A simple, fun way to revamp an old t-shirt into a stylish tank top! This tutorial not only gives step by step instructions on how to get this look, it has tips on where to find more fun projects.
So Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Are you in need of a last minute host gift? Perhaps you want to show your appreciation to your neighbors, friends, or in laws? Here are a few ideas for some festive personalized treats.
The Classic Host Gift: Wine
For many events (especially large dinners) wine is typically a go-to gift for a host, Thanksgiving is no exception. But what kind of wine is best and how can you add your own personal touch?
Both white and red wines can work with Thanksgiving day feasts.
While chardonnay is typically a reliable standby ,its intese flavor may not be the best for such an overwhelming amount of flavors. Instead consider a lighter fruity choice. The most popular of these include Viognier, Chenin Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc.
Yes, red wine is typically served with dark meat, but lighter reds are just right! Stay away from tart choices like Cabernet. Instead try Pinot Noir, Zinfadel, or Syrah.
You could marry the two and choose a nice, pink Rose! Its light, crisp flavor may be a nice compliment for a hearty meal.
There are a variety of ways to personalize wine bottles. You can use printable holiday labels like this or this. Or you can customize your own label here. These sites let you choose whether you would like to print free from your home wine labels or tags to drape around the bottle’s neck.
Another way to add your own personal flare is to use a wine bag or box and customize it. You can add photographs, gift tags, and more!
NOT 21? NOT A PROBLEM!
Pumpkin Nutella Bread
This festive holiday treat is both scrumptious and easy to make.
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup water
1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon hazelnut extract
8 tablespoons Nutella (2 tablespoons per mini loaf)
And there you have it! Yummy, simple treats!
Pumpkin Candle Votives
Have leftover pumpkins that you feel guilty throwing away? Here is a waste-free way to use them!
You now have a fun, festive candle! This project is very quick and extreamely easy!
And there you have it!
A complete list of thoughtful, simple ideas that anyone would appreciate receiving!
Have fun and enjoy your holiday festivities!
Sick of living in a room with monotonous white walls? Ever wish you could add a touch of color to a room without having to use paint? Well the answer is here.
Tapestries have been an implement element of decor since the 3rd century B.C. They not only add color and texture to a room, but they can also be quite expressive. The types and styles have a variety of ranges, from elaborate depictions of famous artwork such as this piece recreating”The Birth of Venus” or the more simplistic designs like this elegant floral design.
Recently, tapestries have been trending in design and decor stores (such as Urban Outfitters, World Market, and Pottery Barn) and can be found in younger, hipper spaces. They are popular among college students and young adults alike.
Cal Poly freshman Rebecca Taylor explained what drew her to purchasing one. “I like how it makes it feel more homey,” Taylor said. “It completely changes the mood of the room.”
But many of these shops charge upwards of $50.
“I was looking to get one, but when I saw how expensive they were I decided against it,” stated Brianna White, a Cuesta student.
Here we will be showing how you can make it yourself for under $20.
The tapestry we will be making here will look as if a garden is growing out of your wall!
You will need:
And there you have it! 5 easy steps
While wandering campus, I came across Cal Poly’s vintage Shakespeare Press Museum. The building houses a working 19th century printing office. The press was a donation to campus in 1964. It has been restored to its original condition and still prints quite beautifully. The museum is open to the public weekly and is located in the Graphic Arts Building.
From toddlers to the elderly, decorating and personalizing ceramics is a relaxing way to demonstrate creativity. Plus, the product is a handmade piece that can be used or given as a gift.
There are myriad ceramic shops located throughout the country that allow patrons to come in and paint items of their choice. This includes figurines, dishes, vases and various other knick knacks. Heather Gelfound of Paint Pals in Simi Valley explained the attraction to this particular art form. “It’s versatile because a ceramic can be painted any way that a person desires. It can be baked in an oven for a smooth finish or it can be glossed with a spray,” Gelfound said.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo student Rachelle Beaudoin said she would use this as an idea for a gift. “Hand made gifts are special because you know a lot of time and effort went into it,” Beaudoin said. ” And i think that’s more important than how much money it cost.”
Gina Allen of Firefly Ceramics stated, ” There are a variety of age groups and experience levels. Some take it more seriously than others, but it’s a lot of fun no matter what.” She elaborated by saying that the studio hosts everything from children’s birthday parties, to baby showers and more.
However, these shops tend to be a bit pricey. They can vary from $5-45 depending on what is being made and the establishment. It can be made for under $5, and here is how!
What you will need:
4. Go over your pencil design with the permanent marker. (TIP: If you find you are unhappy with the way it looks or if you make a mistake, a sponge and dish soap will do the trick)
5. When you are happy with your look, put your item in the oven for 30 minutes.
6.When it is done, carefully remove it from the oven. It will be very hot so use hot pads or oven mits for safety.
And there you have it! The design is set into your piece and will remain wash after wash!
52 REASONS WHY I LOVE YOU
You want something special and personal to show someone you love just how much you care? You may have just hit the jackpot!
Here is what you will need:
Here’s the deal…
4. Use one of the Joker cards as a cover. Say whatever you please or what you deem appropriate!
5. Now comes the assembly! String your ribbon through and tie it in a bow. And thats it! You have yourself a handmade bundle of love that I bet they will enjoy!
There are a variety of upcoming artists that have caught my eye and deserve recognition.
2. Ezra Furman! He has a very Bob Dylan/Neil Young sound, partly because he incorporates the harmonica in many of songs. He is bringing a touch of folk rock to this generation. You can even download half the album free from his website or buy it from iTunes.
3. Tennis! They are a husband and wife band. They have a very early ’60s sound. Their music is catchy and the lyrics tell a story. Their videos are also shot with a very retro feel. You can find them on iTunes or sample some songs on their Myspace page.
Or if purses are not something that is of use to you, the shop also has handmade knives and sheaths.
There is a little something for everyone!
I tip my hat to you, for putting yourself out there and exploring your creativity!
Myriad retailers have been using vintage inspirations to boost their collections for the past couple of years. Whether it be the runway with Oscar De L Renta’s 1950s inspired party dresses such as this one or this one.
The New York Times and Vintage Fashion News recently published articles exploring how retro looks are squeezing their way into contemporary trends. You can see a video here about the designer and creator of Nine West’s Vintage America Collection which was released last month.
The looks span the eras incorporating everything from ’20s fringe to ’90s denim grunge.
Many people do not even realize that some of the looks they are buying into have roots dating back to the last century. Take a look at this photograph taken in the 1960s:
Some of these outfits look a little outrageous, and perhaps even dated. But when looking at the elements of each individual look, its easy to pick out portions that are relevent and prominent in today’s media.
You can compare the above images with the retro photograph. Note the feminine bow tie, central button stripe, and the geometric color-blocking. These looks are not blatantly vintage and many would not even put them in that category.
Here are some other styles that many would not peg as your typical old school style:
and so much more!
“Fashion fades, only style remains the same”-Coco Chanel
Miss Chanel was quite right. Trends do come and go with the seasons, but style is something that is timeless. It is interesting how consumers are buying into looks of the past without even realizing. Whether the look is obvious or more reserved, these classic looks are recycled and remain a key part of contemporary merchandising.
Welcome to Ravishingly Retro, a blog all about how to emulate trendy looks for less! Thematically it is similar to this do-it-yourself blog, but will differ in that it will have the simplistic style of this student blog. Another site I am highly inspired by is Roots, Wings and Other Things!
A little about me…
My name is Larissa Olsen, and I am a Journalism student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo! If I had it my way, I would have been alive in the ’40s. But I wasn’t, so instead I revive a touch of the time to our winsome digital generation. I relish in anything creatively stimulating, and generally like to recreate things I see rather than spending money I don’t have. I think any frugal college student can relate. Here I will give step-by-step instruction on how to get the look for less.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy the coming journey!