Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DIY Pain-Free Ear Gauges

Want to get your ears gauged without the pain and time it takes? You're in the right place! All you need is oven bake clay, a pair of blank metal post earrings with backings, and paint is optional. Here we go!

1. Start by molding your clay to fit the base of the earring post. Tip: You want the circular shape to be slightly smaller than your earlobe so it looks believable.

2. Match the backing of the earring to the size of the front and then shape as desired. Tip: Since the clay will become hard once baked, I stuck my earring through the opening to be certain they would fit together when I was done. It worked perfectly!

3. Bake according to the instructions of the package. I set mine for 15 minutes at 275 degrees.

4. Once baked thoroughly, you have the option of painting them any color. If you used colored polymer clay, then way to go, you're completely done!

Ta-da! You're now the proud owner of pain-free gauged ears. Now go out and shock your friends with your new ear gear. (Because despite the fact that it's 2014, people still aren't used to seeing extra holes on a body. Go figure!)

If you're here from Pinterest and want to see more, click here to visit my entire page of DIY projects!

This DIY post was originally posted 4/5/11 on An Old Story and inspired by an idea on Cut Out + Keep.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Seriously Stylish

My favorite thing about personal style blogging is just that - it's personal.

Fashion blogging has come very far, but isn't it still supposed to be about sharing individual style as inspiration? We've lost some good ones along the way due to the shiny appeal of wearing head-to-toe free stuff and the always lurking latest trends. I'm still hopeful in a new breed of bloggers to help us remember what a personal style is and that we don't all have to fit into some cookie cutter fashion world. Keep on doing you, wear weird clothes, and don't be afraid of looking different. I'm right here with ya!

But don't take my word for it! (Actually, do. Do take my word for it. I made a video all about it!)

Outfit details:
Vintage 60s shift dress - free (thrifted)
Black turtleneck dress - .25 cents (garage sale)
Black tights - $5 (Wal-Mart)
Sequin beret - $1 (thrifted)
Black booties - c/o
Orange-y lipstick - Purty Persimmon by Wet'n'Wild


Friday, October 17, 2014

6 Amazing Creative Writing Hacks

Disclaimer: The following tips are only meant to be used for fun. Since many encourage you to work from something previously written, those writings are only intended to be used as an outline and you should not blatantly plagiarize someone else's hard work. Stealing ain't cool, man.
photo credit: via photopin cc 

Writing doesn't have to be so serious. Get your creative juices flowing and shake things up by trying one of my six tried & true writing methods below. Silly? Yes. Inspiring? Also, yes.

Big Deal Take formerly written text and inject it with as many voluminous words as feasible.

Can You Do It In Less? Choose a paragraph or sentence written by another writer and narrow their idea down in fewer words while still maintaining the structure of the article. A great place to look for ideas are on blogs.

Twitter In a similar game, try to narrow down a paragraph into a single tweet of 140 characters or less. You probably already do this on a daily basis (stupid character limits!) so it shouldn't be too far of a stretch.

And Now For The News Take an ordinary piece of writing, a friend's Facebook status would be superb, and rewrite it to become headlining news story. (Bonus points if you share it with your friend and prove how dramatic they are.)

The Alphabet Game This is a twist on a children's game. In a single paragraph, begin each sentence off with a different letter of the alphabet and continue the suit in alphabetical order. Be even more creative by starting with a different letter other than A.

"All my friends think I'm cool. But I don't have any friends. Could be because I don't get out much. Don't judge me!"  (maybe not the most proper string of words, but you get the gist)

Inanimate Object Write a story from the point of view of an inanimate object in your space. Maybe a coffee mug, your favorite pillow, or even your shower! What crazy tales does it have to say?


Like this post? I wrote another one very similar to it that is sure to keep your creative juices flowing. Follow the link here: Writers Block Be Gone