Launching Golden Owl

Hello, everyone!

Today I have some very exciting news! I have been working really hard lately to launch a new Etsy shop! The shop is called Golden Owl (By The Whale’s Endeavors) and features hand painted glassware!
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Another exciting thing about this post is that in order to kick off the shop, I’m doing my very first giveaway! One lucky winner will receive $5 off a purchase from Golden Owl!

Here’s how to enter:
Go check out the shop and leave a comment telling me which item is your favorite!
Bonus Entry!
Like the Facebook Page and tell me you did so in a separate comment!

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The winner will be announced next Saturday, Septemeber 28th on this blog, so be sure to check back!

For those of you who don’t win, no worries! Just enter the code TWEBLOG at checkout and receive 20% off for the next few weeks!

Hope you guys like it!

-The Whale

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Crochet Hanging Planters

Hello everyone!

Today I want to share a little weekend project I did recently! I haven’t done a croceht project in a while. Mostly because the majority of crochet projects are winter related items… and winter is the last thing I want to think about right now… but this project is not something to keep me warm. I made hanging planters!
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This project was quick and simple. I didn’t use a pattern. I simply took one of the flower pots I wanted to go in my hanging planters and crocheted a circle the same size as the bottom. I then did three rounds of double crochets. After I had three of those, I attached them all together and made straps to tie the hangers to my doorway. I think it adds a nice touch to my little space!

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Now that this project is finished… I am kind of getting amped up for crochet season… even if I wish it didn’t come with the cold weather!

I hope you all had a great weekend and have a wonderful week!

-The Whale

Mini Cacti Gardens

Hello, all!

Today I want to share a small project I did over a weekend! I stopped and picked up a variety of little cacti and succulents from Home Depot. I wanted to make some little cacti gardens!

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Little Cacti :]

I got started right away with separating the individual cacti and planting them into the planters I made and also a few other containers I had.

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So lovely. :]

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I placed the planted gardens on a few of my windowsills around my apartment! It’s all coming together. I hope you are all are having a wonderful week!

-The Whale

April Showers

Hello everyone!
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(<3 Whale Boots!)

So spring has finally sprung here in Indiana! I'm beyond stoked to be done with all the cold and the snow. Not my thing… There was a lovely calm rain going on the other day. I felt the need to snap some pictures because it just felt so tranquil. So out in the rain I went, and you know what? It didn't bother me one bit.

Here are a few of my favorite shots:
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I hope you all are also having warmer weather!

-The Whale

Interior Design February

Hello Everyone!

So, I have been putting a lot of thought into this blog and what I would like the future to hold for it. Of course I’ve also been thinking about my own future. I’ve decided that since this blog is a kind of reflection of my life, I really ought to include more posts to do with Interior Design (it being my college major and hopeful career). For awhile, I wasn’t sure exactly how I wanted to incorporate this part of my life into The Whale’s Endeavors.

Well, I get the Interior Design Magazine in the mail every month, and I am always inspired when I read through it. My resulting idea was that I should share with you all my favorite new things in the magazine every month when I get it! Its a perfect way to share my love for interior design!

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Ok. So basically I sat down with the magazine and a home made latte! (Don’t worry I’m going to post how to make lattes at home with out anything fancy soon!) First I’d like to talk about some of what I thought were the best new finished projects the magazine featured.

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First to make my favorites list is this fantastic home by RCH Studios in Los Angeles, CA. I absolutely love the vertical beams outside the windows in the bedroom and the fireplace! It even can be rotated to warm different areas! Fancy.

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Second on the list is the home of architect Nancy Copley. It’s inspiration was drawn from the wooded setting it was built in in Accord, NY.

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My favorite features from this home include the staircase, a combination of warm maple wood and steel rods, the angled windows, and the complimenting, 1950s Swedish, purple chairs that tie it all together.

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My final choice from this month’s issue is Roundhouse at Beacon Falls, a hospitality complex located in New York. This fantastic work was completed by Rockwell Group.

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The first photo is showcasing a lovely view from the restaurant. Wouldn’t it be great to eat with a view like that?!?
The second photo is from one of the building’s guest rooms. I LOVE the concrete ceiling and beams as well as the acrylic tub! This is definitely a place I feel I would enjoy spending a vacation at.

Another part of this new monthly series I want to feature is my favorite new products from the magazine! Here’s this months!

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1. The art of Timothy Paul Myers
“Myers showcases contradicting components in arrangements of extraordinarily organized grids, most of which are encased within pristine plexiglass display cases.” I love the interesting combinations this guy comes up with!

2. Patty Madden Upholstry
I have been a fan of Patty Madden for a few years now. Mainly focusing on wall coverings, she has always had an edgy and unique feel in her designs. I also love the advertisements for her products!

3. Knoll Textiles Wallcovering, Vibe Collection
Knoll is a very popular textile and wall covering company. I love the color combinations and patterns in the Vibe wall covering collection!

Okay, I’m almost done, I promise! I just couldn’t end this post without including this fantastic art installation by Chris Klapper and Patrick Gallagher!

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Amazing right? The whole installation is inspired by Symphony in D Minor, which is inspired by thunderstorms. So, I suppose you could just say the whole thing is inspired by thunderstorms. The giant tubes hanging from the ceiling are acrylic and were designed using AutoCAD. The end of each tube has a design resembling storm drains, and the whole place has projected images of storms taken from an iPhone. Check it out!

Now I’m done. I hope hope you guys enjoyed this post! I certainly enjoyed creating it and discovering new inspirations and loves! I look forward for next month’s magazine to come in the mail!

-The Whale

Family Treasures

Hello all.

So, my grandma died about a month ago. Its sad I know, but she was suffering from Alzheimers and was having a tough time. RIP Grandma Vera Russell.

Anyways, my family has finally gotten started with going through her house and dividing up all of her old things. I was unaware that this was going on at the time, so I didn’t get to partake yet, but my mother brought me some things she thought I would like. (And she was right!)

If you’ve seen many of my previous posts you may have noticed my slight obsession with scarves…. especially the vintage silk ones. Well, I’ve now nearly doubled my collection!

This is my favorite. So pretty.

I was also given a few pairs of gloves (love the yellow ones!) and an interesting fuzzy hat.

One thing my grandma was known for was her quilt making. My mom brought me this one she made. I absolutely love the colors and the pattern!

Well, that is all I have to share today. I am certain this is only the first of a few posts about nifty things found from my grandma’s. I’m glad to have some things I love to remember her by.

-The Whale

Chai Latte Concentrate

Hey!

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!


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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

Heart Shirt Upcycle

Hello!

Today I have a new upcycle to share with everyone! I had bought a pack of men’s tshirts from Walmart to make a special iron on shirt for my brother’s birthday, and decided to attempt to upcycle one for myself on a whim the other day.

Anyways, I started with a regular medium mens tshirt, cut it up, and sewed on some pretty fabric as a heart shape. A few hems and stitches later and here is what I ended up with:

I really liked the results and now I feel I may be purchasing another pack of shirts to make a few more if I ever get the time!

-The Whale

Sewing Box…

Hello hello! Happy Sunday!

So, today was a nice day. I found a new church that I like in Muncie. My heart will always belong to Church on Fire back home, but this one shall do for my weekends here. :]

Anyways, after church today my roommate and I made a trip to Goodwill. I found many good things… too many good things… but what can I say? I love to thrift. :]

Amongst the things that I found today was a small suitcase looking thing. I’ve been on the lookout for something that could work well as a sewing box for awhile now, and I determined this mini suitcase to be the chosen one.

It was nice and all [and well worth the $2 I spent on it], but I decided to promptly give it a bit of a face lift…

So here it is before:


Andddd after it’s little makeover:


Lining the inside was a bit more difficult than I had anticipated, and the results were a bit messier than intended, but I am still pleased with the outcome. :]

-The Whale