Wooden Geometric Necklace

Hey, everyone!

I just wanted to share a quick little project I did this week!

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I made a geometric necklace using some wooden pieces I had lying around. I’m really not sure where they came from, but does that really matter???

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I used my paint markers to draw on a geometric blue and gold design, then added the components to make them necklace pendants.
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From there it was simple to attach them to a chain, and I was good to go!
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Hope you guys like this little snippet of my crafty life!

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-The Whale

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Floral Romper Refashion

Hey there!

I finally have a new refashion post!

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So I acquired this romper from my mom’s closet awhile back. She didn’t want it anymore, and I really liked the print, so I snatched it up. At first I had no intentions of refashioning it. I felt it was alright as it was, but after I dug it out this past weekend, I noticed my feelings towards it had changed… thus a refashion was born!

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I don’t really know why I liked it (for anything other than the pattern) before. I didn’t like the sleeves with the little bows, or the long, flowy shorts that make it almost appear to be a dress. All of this needed to change!

To start off, I shortened the shorts and took in the sides a bit to make them more fitted. After that I removed the sleeves and hemmed them up. I was decently pleased with how all of this went down, but, as usual, I felt it needed an extra dose of personality… this is when the lace pocket was added!

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I paired this with a belt to break up the pattern a bit, and some cute little thrifted booties! I then wore this out to an interesting evening with some friends. My friend Calli and I were romper friends!
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Such fun!

Doing this refashion kind of got me back into a sewing type mood. I’ve been in a bit of a burn out from it lately, so hopefully this is what I needed to refuel the flame!

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Spicy Sweet Potato Burgers with Onion Slaw

Hey, everyone!

Delicious recipe today! Like really, I think this may be one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever posted… and that’s saying a lot!

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Spicy sweet potato burgers with onion slaw! A little spicy. A little sweet, and a bit of tang! All the good things balanced into one thing!

You Need:
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-2 large sweet potatoes
-1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
-1/3 cup flour
-1 egg
-1/8 cup sriracha hot sauce
-1 tsp paprika
-1 tsp onion powder
-1/4 tsp seasoning salt
-olive oil for cooking
For the onion slaw:
-1 medium sweet onion, sliced
-About 1/2 head of nappa cabbage
-1/2 cup Sour Cream
-Salt & Pepper to taste

One:
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Wash your sweet potatoes and pierce each one on all sides with a fork. Bake in the microwave for 6 minutes. Flip over the potatoes and bake for 6 more minutes. Remove them from the microwave and slice them open. Allow them to cool for a bit until they are easier to handle.

Two:
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Scoop out the flesh of the potatoes into a bowl. Mash them until they are smooth. Add the egg and mix thoroughly. Add the remaining ingredients and mix. Place the mixture in the fridge for about a half hour. I found this made forming the patties so much easier!

Three:
While the mixture is cooling, prepare the onion slaw. Slice the onion and cabbage so they are roughly the same sized slices. Heat some olive oil in a pan and add the onion. Saute it for a minute or two before adding the cabbage. Cook until the veggies are tender, adding salt and pepper to taste. Remove to a bowl and mix in the sour cream. Set aside until the burgers are done.

Four:
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Use about 1/4 cup of the mixture to form balls. This mixture is kind of sloppy, so I decided this was much easier than making patties.

Five:
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Heat some olive oil in a frying pan. Place one of the balls into the heated oil. Allow it to fry for a few seconds before using a spatula to smash it down into a patty about 1/4″ thick. This method really helped the patties hold their form. Cook the patty on one side for two or three minutes, then gently flip it over and cook the other side. Remove to a plate covered with a paper towel to drain off excess oil. Add more olive oil to the skillet before you repeat with each of the mixture balls.

Six:
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Assemble each burger by placing a patty on a bun followed by some sliced avocado. Top with a generous portion of onion slaw.sp_done
Yum!!! Hope you guys love it as much as I do! It would be a great dinner for meatless Monday!

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-The Whale

Mini Magnetic Wine Cork Planters

Hello all!

Today I want to share a quick little project with everyone!

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I made mini wine cork planters! These are so unbearably cute and easy to make!

You Need:
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-Wine Corks
-Magnets
-Exacto Knife
-Tiny Plants (I used mini cacti!)
-Planting Soil (like a tiny bit)
-Tacky or Hot Glue
-Paint Markers (optional)

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First thing’s first, you must hollow out a small hole for the plant to go in. I used an exacto knife to carve out the tiny hole. I carved about a half inch into the cork.

Now if you want to paint your planters, it is time. I painted about half of them just to keep it interesting. Basically just on the more ‘boring’ corks.

Once the paint is dry (if you painted), go ahead and glue a magnet to the back of each one. After the glue is dry (and I learned the hard way: waiting for the glue to dry is important) add a pinch of soil and a drop of water to the hole you carved out, then go ahead and add the tiny plant!

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SO CUTE! Mine are hanging out on my fridge for now, but I think it would be cute to have some on my dry erase board!

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-The Whale