Old Jeans Upcycle!

Hello all!

Today I have an old jeans upcylce to share with you! Of course I made them into shorts for the summer, but not just your regular cut offs! I found my inspiration from one of my favorite blogs and decided to put my own style into it.


So here’s what I did!

I started by turning my jeans into cut off shorts. Just regular normal cut offs.

I then picked a pretty fabric (cute little apples right?) and cut out and pinned on my design.

After that I went to my handy sewing machine and hemmed the shorts with bright red thread.

Once they were hemmed, I used embroidery thread to stitch on the apple fabric. I made the stitches kind of nonuniform and sloppy. I don’t like perfect things. :]

Lovely right?

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week like I am! Lots of crafty things going on in my world as well as very pleasant (not too hot) weather. The job search continues! Wish me luck!

Ps- Go REDS!

-The Whale


Chai Latte Concentrate


So today I wanted to share with everyone one of my favorite drinks of all time…. a chai latte! An iced one of these on a summer day is one of the best things I can think of!

(love my thrifted owl figurines?) :]
To make my lattes, I typically make a batch of chai concentrate and store it in the fridge. It’s so nice to be able to throw one together in a matter of seconds in the morning!

Chai Concentrate

You will need:
-Two Black Tea Bags
-4T.Brown Sugar
-5 Cardamon Pods
-1 Cinnamon Stick
-6 Whole Cloves
-4 Whole Black Peppercorns
-1 Slice of Ginger
-1/4t. Fresh Grated Nutmeg
-2c. Water
-Honey (to taste)

Step One:
Put all ingredients (except honey) into a pot.

Step Two:
Bring to a boil. Once the chai is boiling, lower heat and allow to simmer for five minutes. Once that time is up, remove from heat and allow it to steep for five more minutes.

Step Three:
Strain the spices out of the chai and add the honey. You can adjust the amount of honey depending on how sweet you like your chai. Now all you have to do is put it in a container and keep it in the fridge! It will stay good for quite some time.

For a chai latte, mix one part chai concentrate with one part milk. You can warm it up or pour it over ice like I love! Hope you like it as much as I do!

-The Whale

Sewing Project.

Hello all!

So I’m finally posting about a sewing project I did a few weeks back! I decided one day to make a dress… and I kind of just went for it!

(sorry this picture isn’t too great, it’s from my phone!) I used some plain white fabric my grandma gave me. I didn’t use a pattern or anything. I just had an image in my head and tried for it. Of course it didn’t turn out perfect, but I didn’t expect it to considering my methods. :]

Anyways, the white was all fine and dandy, but I wanted to make it a bit more interesting. I had some dye just sitting around, so I decided to go for a light blue!

And the back:

I really like the cut out back dresses I’ve been seeing everywhere lately such as this, so I was kind of going for something along those lines.

Well, I hope you all like it! I ended up wearing it for my graduation ceremony, but you couldn’t really see it considering it was under my cap and gown!

-The Whale

Senior Project.

Hello all!

So I’ve been out of school for nearly a week now so this senior project post is overdue! I’ve been in a family vacation in Charleston, South Carolina this whole week, so posting has not been my top priority. (I do feel the urge to do a vacation post though so keep an eye out!) Anyways, my senior project was to renovate the Ball State Art Museum. Of course tons of hours of work went into this project and there is a lot more to it, but I’ll just show you guys the pretty pictures (renderings) of the finished product!

The main staircase.

Top of the staircase.

Cafe area.

Reception Area.

One of the gallery spaces.

Well that is about it! I’m so pleased to be finished with school! Now starts the process of finding a job… fun, fun. :]

-The Whale


Hello hello!

It feels so good to be finally done with school! My graduation ceremony is tomorrow and I couldn’t get anymore excited! In the meantime I’ve been relaxing and filling my days with crafty and fun things!

Iced tea and coffee have been key liquids in my diet as of late. They go along perfectly with the weather we’ve been having here lately.

I’ve found myself doing a few sewing projects this week (one I intend to post about soon!) I’m so thankful for the bags of vintage fabric my grandmother gave me last summer. Its nice to be able to make things on a whim and have all this pretty fabric on hand!

I know this isn’t the best picture, but one of the best things about the past few weeks is that my roommates and I rescued a kitten! We found her hiding in a stump at the local park nearly starved to death! At first she was super jumpy and cautious of us, but she has been warming up a lot and is just adorable. One of my quick sewing projects was the bed she is on in this picture!

Finally, my roommate/best friend and I did a fun sort of whimsy feeling photo shoot the other day just for fun! Take a look at some of my favorite shots!

-The Whale

Holga Photos (Finally!)

Hey there!

So earlier this year I got my hands onto a Holga camera and promised I would make a post about the photos I took with it. Well, its been awhile (I’ve been so busy with school lately it being the last week) but that promised post is finally here!

I’ve taken three rolls of film thus far, one color and two black and white. Unfortunately the color film (being my first attempt) had too many light leaks and not many of the photos turned out. For the next two rolls, however, I learned.

I do like the effect of the light leaks in the photos that were usable though.

One roll of black and white I took at home mostly of my pets, while the other I brought with me to my family’s Easter celebration. There are shots of my family and also things from our walk through the woods.


-The Whale