DIY: Emoji Shoes

I like to think that my emoji game is strong. I'm not good at making coherent sentence using them, but since I downloaded the emoji keyboard I don't think there has been a day when I haven't used at least one. I have my favorites, as everyone does. My friend and I were the emoji twins for Halloween last year. I've purchased emoji stickers on several occasions and given them out around the office. I judge people who don't use them. I'm in for the emoji long haul.

This is one of those DIYs that just bops into your brain when you're laying in bed and just won't go away. Like a lot of my DIYs, super easy and simple. I had a lot of the materials taking up space in my craft cabinet. I had these extra flats sitting in a pile of shoes that were cute, but not cute enough to wear because they were so uncomfortable. You know what's going to make these worth wear? Heart-eye emojis on the front. SOLD.

Do you not have a life where you need heart-eye emoji shoes? Then who even are you?

You'll need: a pair of fabric shoes; red, yellow, and black felt; scissors; and fabric tac.

First you'll need to cut your pieces. Cut two yellow squares that are about the same size as the front of your shoes, four red squares that are about a quarter of the size of the yellow squares, and two black rectangles that are about half the size of the yellow squares.

Trim the yellow squares into circles make sure they fit nicely on the front of your shoes. Then fold each red square in half and make it into a heart (just like making heart valentines in grade school). Place the heart eyes onto the yellow circle and trim accordingly.

Trim the black rectangle into a mouth and again, lay it onto the face and trim accordingly.

Use fabric tac to attach the pieces to the face. Make sure to apply an even thin coat of tac and once you place the eyes and mouth, adjust spacing accordingly and quickly. Let dry for 15 minutes until you apply another coat of tac onto the back of the face and glue them to the front of the shoes. You'll need a little more glue for this than doing the smaller pieces. Press the faces down and let dry fully before wearing them. Follow the drying directions on your tac!

I've worn my shoes two or three times and the faces seem to stay put quite well. Just try not to wear them when the weather is bad or it's raining (obviously).


Around Here

There's been a bit of a shift in my mood lately. I love summer, but this summer was rough. The details are fuzzy and complicated and a new season feels like a fresh start. I feel myself feeling like myself again. I'm lighthearted and excited. My house is coming along and no longer 800 degrees at all times (insert celebration emoji). I made things. I have a lot going on and plans are being made and I feel like I'm back celebrating the little things again. Get to stay home and drink a glass of wine on my sofa? Amazing. Leaving work a little early for happy hour plans? Fantastic. A date night? Even better. There's always ups and downs, but right now, it feels like the ups are outnumbering the downs in a big way. Thank goodness.

Glass feels half-full. <3


Recipe: Grapefruit & Rosemary Gin Cocktail

I have something to admit. I didn't know I liked gin. **Cue gasps**

Most of the time I've been able to enjoy an alcoholic beverage legally, I've been a simple vodka girl. Specifically, vodka and club soda with as many limes as you can shove into the glass. Fancy cocktails kind of overwhelmed me. So many ingredients I didn't really know. Spirits that I wasn't familiar with. What do angostura bitters taste like? All in a glass for $9. But recently I've been on a quest to try more things and of course new cocktails falls into that goal.

Recently I found myself meeting friends at a whiskey bar (which I know I dislike), searching for a cocktail that wasn't whiskey and decided a gin-based cocktail would do the trick. And it was great! I'm sold! So I bought a bottle of gin and made you this cocktail. It's that easy folks.

Grapefruit & Rosemary Gin Cocktail

Yields one cocktail

  • 1/2 cup of grapefruit juice
  • 2-4 ounces gin
  • 1 oz rosemary-infused simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 4 dashed of Angostura bitters
  • Rosemary sprig for garnish

To make the simple syrup: Bring 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 2 sprigs of rosemary to a slight boil in a small sauce pan. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then turn off the heat and let the rosemary sit in liquid for 30 mins. Transfer to an airtight container and let cool completely in the fridge before use. 

To make the cocktail, pour grapefruit juice, gin, and simple syrup over ice in a glass. Add dashes of bitters and stir to incorporate. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and enjoy.

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Recipe: Nutella and Banana Indoor S'mores

I know it's technically not summer anymore, but it's currently 95 degrees in my house as I write this and it certainly still feels summery around here. I also don't really need a timeframe to eat s'mores. S'mores should be an all-year-round food in my opinion.

So that's what we are doing today. Making s'mores inside because at some point it's going to be snowing and I'm going to crave s'mores and we'll have this to fall back on. There won't be a fire pit. Your hair won't smell like a smoky fire. But, at least you'll have this treat. And we're throwing bananas and Nutella in there because we can. We're adults.

Nutella and Banana Indoor S'mores

Yields 6 s'mores

  • 6 graham crackers, broken in half
  • 6 marshmallows
  • Nutella
  • 1 banana, cut into large slices

Preheat broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil for easy clean up.

Take a half piece of graham cracker, smother it with Nutella and place a marshmallow on top. Do this with 6 halves of graham cracker and place each on the foil-lined baking sheet. Place in broiler for 2-3 minutes. You're going to want to watch these the entire time. They go from slightly toasty to burned in a matter of seconds. TRUST ME.

Once your marshmallows are slightly browned, remove from the oven and immediately press a slice of banana down on the marshmallow. Spread more Nutella on another piece of graham cracker and top each s'more. Enjoy immediately.


Sunday Thoughts

Life is a funny thing. It's up and down and all over the place. Just when you think things are going in the direction you predicted, the driver takes a hard right and throws you up against the car door. But that's how it goes and we all bounce back, even when it feels like we might not make it. That all sounds very cryptic. Sorry about this.

When you're reading this I'll be finishing a mini vacation with some friends down the shore. I have a feeling that's going to do a lot for my mindset. Reminding myself: Happiness is a choice. <3

Here's some bits from the internet I'm into:

  • Don't Drink and Buy: just some stories of goofy stuff people order online when they're drunk. I'm glad this isn't a habit of mine, but still made me laugh quite a bit.
  • I'm thinking it's time for another pair of BonLook glasses, because three pairs just isn't enough. And these are pink!
  • Had an odd moment this week where I was reading this beautiful piece, When I'm Gone, at work and crying the day after I watched The (Dead Mothers) Club on HBO Now and sobbed at home on the sofa. Having a week where I'm feeling all the feels.
  • Design*Sponge is running an essay contest with the theme "home." I especially loved this piece. And the winner was just simply gorgeous.
  • Just ordered a new engineer print for my dining room that I'm stoked about. 
  • This hat brat post made me excited about transitioning my hats into fall. I always think of them as a summer accessory.
  • Really trying to embody this Mindy Kaling quote:

"People's reaction to me is sometimes, 'ugh, I just don't like her. I hate how she thinks she is so great.' But it's not that I think I'm so great. I just don't hate myself. I do idiotic things all the time and I say crazy stuff I regret, but I don't let everything traumatize me. And the scary thing I have noticed is that some people really feel uncomfortable around women who don't hate themselves. So that's why you need to be a little bit brave." –Mindy Kaling