Wow, we can’t believe a year has passed since we first began our adventure with Where Roses Bloom. Just recently, on January 5th, we celebrated our first birthday of the day when we came together and decided that we were ready to embark on this crazy ride. Where Roses Bloom has already grown into something that we could have never imagined, and we honestly can’t wait to see what the next year holds. We’ve enjoyed reminiscing on all of our fun endeavors that 2012 held for us. Take a look back at some of our favorite moments with Where Roses Bloom’s first year.
I honestly can’t believe that it is almost August! I have had such a wonderful time this summer thrifting, hiking, taking trips, and crafting, but one of my favorite things I have done so far this summer was go on a pretty spontaneous trip to the beach with my friends from back home. With just a few short days to plan, I decided it would be fun to design a tote for transporting all of my favorite things to the beach. There’s not too much needed to create this tote, and it can easily be done in one afternoon.
The supplies that you’ll need to make this no-sew tote are listed above and can be found at your local craft store. I purchased just a half yard of fabric since I knew that the anchor I created would not take too much to make.
The steps to create the tote are pretty simple! 1- You’ll need to flip your fabric over and draw an anchor the size that you’d like it to be on your bag (not pictured). Once you have your anchored design marked, simply cut it out of the fabric. 2- Use fabric glue on the back of your fabric anchor and adhere it to the tote in whatever placement you prefer. Let the glue dry completely– I let it dry for 30 minutes to make sure it was secure. 3- Once the glue has dried, you can now use paint to add designs to your tote. I chose to use a glitter paint around the edge of the anchor to add a little glitz. Don’t forget to let this glue dry for about 15 minutes.
And there you have it! A nautical-themed tote that can carry all that you need for a quick getaway. Hope you all get to fit in a trip to a favorite place full of exciting adventures, there’s plenty out there to be explored!
In just two short days, America will be celebrating its birthday. In preparation for the big red, white, and blue festivities, I decided flag nails were the perfect accessory. The only things you need for this easy salute to the USA are:
Red fingernail polish
White fingernail polish
Blue fingernail polish (preferrably a darker blue)
Base & top coats if you’d like
The first (and easiest step) is to paint your nails with a red fingernail polish. (If your nails have a tendency to stain easily, you might want to brush on a base coat first.)
Once the red polish dries, cut 2-3 inch strips of tape and place them on a surface that allows them to be easily removed (I used a plastic surface). Proceed to brush white polish over the tape in a back-and-forth motion so the paint doesn’t get clumpy until the tape is solid white as you can get it. Let these pieces of tape dry for 10 minutes.
Once the tape has dried, cut very small white strips from the tape. It is easier if youhave lengthy pieces of tape because then you can cut it up into many sections to cover many fingers! I made my strips about 1/8″ thick which allowed me two white stripes per nail.
Place your white stripes on your [dried] painted red nails and trim down on both sides so that you don’t have any excess hanging over the left or right of the nail.
Once the strips have been cut down, you can immediately add the blue to the top left quarter of your nail. (Make sure to choose a blue color that will allow you to see the stars when you paint them on.) Allow this polish color to dry.
Once the blue has dried, you can now add your stars! Don’t stress too much about aligning the dots or putting 50 on your nail, just have fun with it. I used a toothpick and dipped it in the white paint so that I could get tiny stars on the blue colored portion of the nail.
And finally, once your stars have finished drying, apply a top coat to your nails. And that’s it, you’ve got fingernails that are perfect for all of the celebrations this week!