Advice, DIYs

Planning to Pack is Super, Super HARD & STRESSFUL!

Hi, so I’m graduating a semester early, which means next semester is the last few months in New York. Yup, I’m moving back to Hawaii (because why not?)! I’ll miss it here in NYC, but I’m super stoked to go back home and start my life. Do I have a plan for the future? Not really. I’m WAY more concerned about how I’m moving all my crap back.

So, I’m going to blog about it. Maybe you guys can learn something from my struggles and my mistakes.

  • I first started my packing plan by going on a purge. I know it seems morbid, but it’ll make everything easier that way. I feel that when you’re moving across the country, you should do this. It’s really simple if you can discipline yourself or find someone who can knock away that separation anxiety to your things.
  • Then, I took an inventory of all the things I have. Not to the exact detail, but I was pretty exact for my clothes and bigger office items, like my printer.
  • Next, I sorted what made most sense to store and what I should take home with me, which I recorded on a sheet of paper.
  • Then, I deeply thought about what I should keep at home and what I should bring back to the city. Again, I just recorded that, but if you make a mental note I don’t see why it would be hard to remember it.
  • Oh my gosh so many thinking processes I know! We’re not don, yet. I, then, mapped out the logistics of how all this is moving is going down. I planned to take one big suitcase home & keep it there. I’ll use the other big suitcase, my duffle bag, and my two carry on to pack the rest of my stuff.
  • It’s also wise to come up with a list of what you’re going to give away/sell/donate. Although I’m hopeful that some of my vintage finds and bigger office supplies will sell, I’m sort of sure no one will want to buy it.
  • Packing techniques are essential. I suggest you browse ways of tucking, folding, and rolling your clothes.
  • That’s pretty much it so far. I still have to figure out if I need to ship some things back (probably will have to), but I’ll worry about that when I’m packing to go back home.
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DIY Quick Fix for Damaged Chargers

Last month, I bought my roommate’s 2012 MacBook Pro just in case I need to use Photoshop. I know that it’s slower, heavier, and second hand, but it does the work. However, her charger was a little rinky dink. It wasn’t broken, but the plastic that protects all the wires was breaking off. I didn’t have electric tape on me, so I looked up different ways to repair it and found this DIY on BuzzFeed. It’s this simple knot friendship bracelet wrap around the charger.

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Materials

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  • Embroidery floss
    • You need about 3 of these bad boys for a Apple laptop charger
    • Different colors will make a cool effect, but monochromatic is cool, too.
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue
How to Knot

For those who are unfamiliar with friendship bracelets, it’s super easy to do.

First, lay the charger flat on a table and tie a knot to anchor the floss.

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Second, get the long end and make it diagonal to the charger wire.

Third, put your pointer finger right next to the floss and use the other hand to pull the floss the opposite direction, so that it’ll wrap around your pointer finger. It should look like you’re making a ‘4’ with the floss and charger wire.

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Fourth, wrap the end of the floss around the wire and through the hole, then tug tight. Congrats you made your first knot!

*To make spiral effect, you have to make an effort to tug floss to move knot*

How to Add On

With the new floss, tie a knot next to the last knot you made. Make sure you include that extra floss in that knot. Then, you’ll continue to wrap knot the rest of the charger until the little bit of floss is completely under the new floss.

How to Finish

Double knot and add a bit of craft glue on the end to secure it!

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Embroidery Card

If you’re like me, you like mailing cards. You really, really like it. It’s pretty much the highlight of your month to send a card to someone. Is it the thoughtfulness of giving a card that gets me or…what? I’m not sure, but I really like doing it and it makes other people feel special. I also like making my letters more personable, so I’ll doodle something or write a dry joke. But, I decided to use my new embroidery skills and make something very special for my brother and his new wife! But first this is first…

MATERIALS
  • Cardstock paper or thicker paper
    • For the actual card
  • Regular paper
    • Folder or printer paper
  • Embroidery floss
    • Go crazy with the colors
  • Needle
    • Dull or sharp
  • Cork board or cardboard
  • Thumb tack or anything pointy
  • Scissors
  • Glue
    • Stick or Elmers

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STEPS:

Step 1:

Find a design or create your own

  • If you like my design, you can find a pattern below.
  • I created my design on Word, then printed it out

Step 2:

Match that design on top of your card stock, then poke holes!

  • I suggest that you tape the design down on the cardboard or cork board. NOT ON THE CARD STOCK
  • Decide which side is the right or wrong side
    • Right side = Where you want the embroidery to show
    • Wrong side = The other side of the paper, a.k.a the messy side that you want to hide.

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Step 3:

Prepare your embroidery floss by separating the yarns in half, then stick it through the eye of the needle.

  • If you haven’t worked with embroidery floss, it’s six strands of yarn intertwined together. Six is too much, so just grab three strands and separate it.
  • Eye of the needle is that hole where you string the string.

Step 4:

Start back stitching your design!!!

  • Find my guide to back stitching here.
  • Do one color at a time
    • I started with the light pink. Then, I did the dark pink. Thirdly, I finished the emerald green. Lastly, I did the lime green

Step 5:

Write your message now

  • If you’re going to follow what I’m doing, then you want to do this before you glue
  • If you don’t need to glue anything down to cover the wrong side, then skip to step #7.

Step 6:

Fold the card stock hot dog (vertically) (or hamburger (horizontally) and glue it down.

  • Because my paper was too thin, I had to glue down the other side to strengthen it.
  • I also wanted to cover the wrong side

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  • Due to my design, I had to sew a frame on the bottom.

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Step 7:

Address it, stamp it, mail it

Hope you guys enjoy this and send it to someone special, like your parents, who deserve it. I suggest that you use different hues of colors to make it really pop. I used light pink, dark pink, lime green, and emerald green to give it some depth.

 

My card design:

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Guide to Embroidery Back Stitching

Step 1: Stick your needle through hole #1 from the wrong side of the paper/fabric to the right side. Then, stick the needle to hole #2 from the right side to the wrong side.

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Step 2: Stick your needle through hole #3 from the wrong side to the right side

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Step 3: Stick your needle back into hole #2 from the right side to the wrong side

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Step 4: Repeat steps 2 &3 for the rest of the holes.

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Rose Water

Rose water is supposed to be this miracle, natural toner that was invented by monks in the Middle East. It has a lot of beauty benefits for your skin, hair, body, etc. I put mine in a spray bottle and used it through out summer to fight my oily skin. It helped me a lot and it’s all natural!

DISCLAIMER: WASH YOUR DISHES WITH HOT WATER AFTER YOU COOK FLOWERS

(I’m no botanist, but I would think that this is a good idea.)

MATERIALS:

  • Organic Roses from Whole Foods
    • Wild roses would be better (NO PESTICIDES that’s why)

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  • Pot & Clear Lid
    • Deep and big enough to fit a bowl inside, and rose petals
    • Lid cannot be flat
  • Bowl
    • ABSOLUTELY NO PLASTIC BOWLS
    • Small enough to fit in pot with the lid turned upside down
  • Ice
    • Cubes, not crushed
  • Towel
    • Let’s be eco-friendly and not use paper towels
  • Glass Bottles/Jars
    • You need to put the rose water in something
  • Funnel or turkey baster
    • This will make the process easier on you #yourewelcome

Optional:

  • Colander
  • Big spoon

Alright, when everything is gathered up, let’s get to cookin’!

STEPS:

Step 1: Break the roses and rinse

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  • Hold the stem in one hand and grab the whole flower in the other.
  • Twist the whole flower off
    • No, seriously. That’s it.
    • Super easy. It just all comes off when you twist it.
  • Rinse the petals or swish (gently!) petals in colander
    • Just because it’s organic, doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have pesticides on it
    • I definitely DO NOT want pesticides on my face
    • Rinsing it won’t get rid of all the pesticides, but it’ll wash off some

Step 2: Fill pot with water, rose petals, and bowl

  • The order for this step doesn’t really matter
  • Just put the bowl in the middle and sprinkle the roses around it
    • Put enough to submerge most of the petals

Step 3: Put clear lid on (upside down) and turn on stove to low heat

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  • Yes, put the lid upside down.
    • When you boil the roses with the lid on, it creates condensation and that’s the stuff you want. When you flip the lip, it’s concave, so now the condensation will slip with gravity and into the bowl. (Oh my gah! GENIUS!)
    • It’s important that the bowl fits inside the pot with the lid on like this.
      • Or else the rose water steam will escape and you’re wasting your time
      • If your pot is deep, use another bowl to boost it up
        • Hint: flip that extra bowl over to get more height

Step 4: Put ice on the lid, stir, and wait

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  • When it boils, turn heat even lower and let it stew.
  • Put ice on top of the lid to quicken the condensation (Smart, eh?)
  • Optional: stir the rose petals

Step 5: Turn off stove, wait some more, then extract rose water

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  • When the petals are pretty colorless, turn off stove
  • The ice probably melted already, so use the towel to soak up water and put more ice on lid
  • Use turkey baster to suck up the water and squirt it into your jars
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Step 6: Enjoy!

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  • Optional: Collect the water the rose petals were soaking in. I don’t know what you’ll use that for, but Sarah put it in her bath.

 

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