Oh How I Love Thrifting

Hello Hello!
Long time no see I know, I apologize but last week was my first week back at school and a bit hectic to say the least. I also was not able to fit my herb garden in my car for my initial move back to school, so obviously I can not blog about its progress. You can expect an update this coming weekend though.

So I have so many posts I need to work on! Recently I have upcycled two lovely outdoor chairs, as well as a pair of shorts I hope to inform everyone about. I also need to post an update about the new Etsy shop!

However, this particular post is about a new item I thrifted today! I went to the Goodwill not so far from my apartment with my roomy. We were searching for interesting clothing items we can recreate [inspired by this fantastic blog
I found earlier today. You can expect to see posts about the found items soon as well!] As we were searching through the clothes, I spotted these awesome sandals!

They were only about $4 and my favorite color! Comfy as well!

I’m so happy to have found these and am very excited to wear them often :]

-The Whale

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So We’re onto Something…

Hey there!
I’m very excited about this new endeavor of mine! [Well mine and my bf’s]
We’re opening an Etsy shop! Its currently under construction, but I wanted to let you guys in on the scoop! We’re going to be offering some awesome furniture which we are up-cycling and we’re working really hard to create unique and interesting pieces!

For now, here’s a sneak peak at our store banner [which we designed] so you can kinda get a feel for the style we will be offering!
Keep checking back as I will be updating about this regularly and posting some of the items that will be for sale!
-The Whale

Watermelon Basil Popsicles!

Hey there!
So I finally got to put my herb garden to use! [The basil at least!]

I was inspired by a local business downtown Cincinnati, OH where I work called Steetpops that makes gourmet popsicles and sells them out a little cart at the Flea market and other events. They have great flavors such as Strawberry Mint, Peach Ginger, Chocolate Chili Pepper, and of course my favorite, Avocado! I liked the idea of mixing fruit and herb, so I searched the internet for exciting recipes I could make with my herbs. The one I picked was Watermelon Basil. I did however tweak the recipe. The original wanted me to simply put all the watermelon and basil in a blender, but the maker stated that most of the watermelon pulp ends up at the bottom of the popsicle. The popsicles also had pieces of basil leaves frozen in them, and I wasn’t too fond of the idea of leaves being in my treat. So instead, I decided to make a Basil Simple Syrup, and I also crushed the watermelon to extract the ‘juice’ so there wouldn’t be pulp. The result? Delish!

WATERMELON BASIL POPSICLES

2 cups watermelon juice
1/2 cup basil simple syrup [bring a handful of muddles basil leaves, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup of water to a boil. Strain out leaves and cool.]

Mix ingrediants, pour into popsicle molds or paper cups and freeze.
Thats all there is to it!
-The Whale

Herb Garden Week 8!

Hello!
It is past time for an herb update! I have been rather lazy this week!
I am pleased to inform you that I finally got around to using one of my herbs just a few hours ago; watermelon basil popsicles! They are currently in the freezer, and I will definitely be posting about their outcome, so be on the lookout!
So I am going to do what I did last week and simply just post the updated pictures of my garden and skip the detailed captions.





I don’t know if you can see, but a new sprout has randomly appeared in my rosemary section… I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I am keeping my fingers crossed!
Well there you have it. Week 8 complete.
-The Whale

Sewing: A New Hobby?

Hello, Hello!
So I was lucky enough to have awesome friends who give me awesome things for free, such as sewing machines!
I have always tried to hand sew things, but this makes it so much easier! As a result, I do believe you can expect to see posts about my future sewing adventures! Here, however, is my first one!
I was poking around one of my favorite sites a bit ago bookmarking pretty much everything and was inspired to attempt to make myself a skirt. My first idea was to use this tutorial, but I didn’t have any elastic, so instead I decided to just go for it and create my own design. I picked a pretty blue floral pattern fabric and a light blue aquaish fabric I got from my grandma and some pretty white pearlish buttons and went to work!



-The Whale

Herb Garden Week 7

Hello there :] tis time for an herb garden update.
It is now week 7 of my herb garden growing experience. Everything seems to be going well so far, so I believe I will leave out most of the discriptions of progress and just post the pictures if thats ok with you? yes? ok.





I do have one thing to say about my single ‘rosemary.’ Yes, I am an idiot. I have seen rosemary before, so why did it take me so long to figure out that my ‘rosemary’ is not rosemary at all. In fact it is another basil plant that somehow made it into the rosemary/dill bowl. Now I am rather upset at the fact that instead of just one rosemary, I indeed have none. :[ Sad day in my heart.
Well, that concludes my herb garden update.
-The Whale