Makeover Mondays

You can blame math for sucking my soul dry and making me feel like not blogging for the past month. I've been so busy working on math (and failing at it) that I haven't had anytime at all to do things that I like such as baking, crafting or blogging! I am trying to reclaim my summer by getting back into everything, and trying to get my math done by doing little bits throughout the week. For this Makeover Monday I decided to focus on where I have been spending most of my time (working on my math), my bed! I sleep in a lovely brass bed that has been in my family's possession for generations but I love the idea of sleeping in a canopy bed, or having the chance to eventually build in a bed in one of my future homes. Here are some of my favorites that I have found around the interwebs:

pale blue and red canopy bed
I adore the cute color combination of red and robins egg blue in this cute canopy bed! Robins egg blue is the color that I want to paint the room I will be sharing in Shoemaker this year. I just really think all of the details that they brought red into this room makes it pop!
white canopy bed
This bed looks so elegant yet comfy! I don't think I could ever actually survive in such a white, clean setting (I would somehow get EVERYTHING dirty) but it always looks so nice when people use it as the color palette for decorating. I really like the photos they have hanging over the bed, it makes this space seem even more personable!
hello kitty bedroom
I think this comes from a hotel (maybe?) but I would die to have half of these details in my own room! I especially enjoy the hello kitty bed frames and the ceiling! I wish I could do this in our room in Shoemaker, I recently found out we don't have a light in the room (its wired but we need to get a fan or something) and I think this would be a fun solution to lighting the room. 
loft bedroom
The ultimate loft bed. : ) Haha its actually in a loft! I hate climbing up ladders because of my short legs and t-rex arms but I would gladly climb up to enjoy such a beautiful view! I also like the bookshelves, in case you have forgotten I want bookshelves everywhere in my house!
round canopy bed
What a crazy awesome bed in such a gorgeous room! I love love love every single detail in this room, from the canopy to the 360 view, the mixture of carpets and blankets!
pink canopy bed
I love using lights to add an extra element to rooms so I think the twinkle lights make a very interesting bedframe/ canopy.
woodsy canopy bed
This isn't my favorite bed of the set but the colors make me smile, along with the stars. 
yellow canopy bed
Once again so much white! Yet this really works for me with the pull out drawers, sheer canopy and the hanging light. It all seems so functional yet beautiful!
built in bunk beds
I think this is such a creative idea for a grandparents home, vacation home or a guest bedroom! I just want to climb into one of these beds, pull the curtains closed and take a nap.
sideways canopy bed
The most interesting element to me about this canopy bed is the way it is connected to the wall. I like how the designer connected the molding as the attachement for the canopy, though seeing a bed sideways with a canopy is quite funky!

So hopefully now I can keep up with blogging easier, I've felt so guilty about not blogging! 
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Time is flying by!

Alas, I totally have been slacking again. Woops. I have been busy babysitting (yay!) and hanging out with some friends. The weather has been pretttyyy nice out (sorry I am like an old person constantly talking about the weather but it plays such a big part of my summer activities!) and I got to go to the pool with my friend Kelly the other day. Later that night we went and saw Bridesmaids along with our other friend Katie. That movie was hilarious! I am hoping to go see Super 8 tomorrow with my friend Danny, it got an 82 percent on Rotten Tomatoes so it must be pretty good! Tonight for dinner I made this delicious alfredo tortellini for the second time. Everyone really seems to like it and I appreciate the fact that we already have all of the ingredients. It is a really easy meal, great for college cooking! Here is how mine turned out,

Alfredo Tortellini  
I like to add peas to mine and we use both tortellini and ravioli. 

Some other things I have been up to were stopping by for a visit to Lowes to see my friend Clay, who works in the garden section, and the bwaybway birdies that hatched this week! He has been looking out for the little fellers since he first started about a month ago, when they were first eggs. Apparently the mother bird keeps an eye out on them as she flys around and socializes with the other birds living it up at Lowes. 
Baby Birdies  
Aren't they so cute!? One of the other workers moved the grass when I took this shot and I am pretty sure they were hoping it was their mother showing up to give them a snack. 

I also made pancakes today. Chocolate chip pancakes of course! I felt like making them in cool shapes so I found our heart cookie cutter and a square cookie cutter and made delicious pancakes! Here is the most perfect square, I am rather proud of it.
Square Pancake  
Ahh yes, I know you are all just reveling in what an amazingly interesting life I live aren't you? : P If anyone ever want to join me on my fantastical adventures just let me know!
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Whimsical Wednesday

Well I haven't gotten a full time job yet but I have been lucky enough to find some babysitting jobs. Getting to spend some time playing hide and seek and cooking for kids has made my week so much better! Tomorrow I will babysit a bit in the morning and then go swimming with my friend Kelly later in the afternoon. I would have posted last night but my computer was having some R&R time at the Apple store while they tried to figure out why my computer keeps blacking out. Sadly they couldn't find anything but I updated to Snow Leopard (finally) so maybe that will fix it!
lush soaps
look at meow I'm getting paper
harry potter kiddos
calvin and hobbes
rainbow wedding
asian penguin baby
princess bride
once upon a time necklace
hello kitty shoes
keep calm and shake the glitter katy perry
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Makeover Mondays

Holla! Its a little bit past Monday but I will still post the intended home inspiration pictures! I have been enjoying the beautiful sunshine and warm weather northern Indiana has been getting, it has been so wonderful lately! I have been lucky to go swimming with some of my wonderful friends, something I rarely do this early in the summer but the water has been so warm! I also started to help out my family with some of the issues we have been having on our old mac desktop, its running rather slow now since it is six years old so I am looking to take off most of the excessive stuff on it. Hopefully I don't mess it up! I have also been playing a lot of Mass Effect at my friend Clay's house, I am still trying to beat it! I probably drive him insane, I want to try and play as much of the game as possible before I beat it and since there are so many options and different story lines it has been taking me quite a while. Oh! And for anyone who hasn't heard, Xmen is wonderful and you should stop what you are doing and go see it immediately.

green victorian style home
This gorgeous victorian style home actually has some rather interesting interior decorations, all in the steam punk style! 
white bookshelf lined spiral stairs
I am obsessed with bookshelves, and I really would like to have this much space for books, art and other collectables. I would love to think that little kid toys could be kept on lower shelves and some would be reserved for cats to climb on.
wooden type desk
This entire desk area is so neat, especially with all of the typography influences (the fronts of the cabinet doors are covered in type). I would like to use this as a high desk area in my dream craft room.
tree house kids room
What little kid (or adult) wouldn't love this?! The whole stage area is so awesome, great for play and pretending, and underneath has lots of storage! Hiding a column by making it into a tree is also a clever way to include the design in this amazing kids room. 
canopy bed
This whole room setup looks rather elegant, I wish I could see more of the mirror that is on the wall. I like the colors they chose to decorate it in a lot, and I would love to have a canopy like that over my bed. 
painted tables
WhileI don't think I would use such a low sitting table for a desk, I do like the idea of painting the old furniture to match each other. I also like the pictures all collected on the wall with clothes pins! I did something very similar in my dorm room this past year.
dining room with tall book shelves
More bookshelves! Like I said, I want some in every room, so I am glad to see that idea carried out other peoples homes. I particularly enjoy that the top shelves are rather barren, just like mine would be with how short I am!
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Cookie Dough Truffles

I think this may be one of my favorite new recipes! They taste just as good as they sound, for all of those cookie dough fanatics out there, this is the recipe for you. I was fighting my family back while making the dough, I promised them, the end result would be so much better than just eating the dough, and I definitely did not lie! The recipe also isn't hard, it only takes some time due to have to chill the dough, but you can go do anything you want in that time, which in my case was working on sewing a dress. Oh! And its an egg free recipe so you won't get that stupid thing called salmonella that our pesky mothers always bother us about! Here is the recipe I have been ranting about:

2 1/1 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 sticks butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup milk
1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
14 oz dark chocolate

HEY! Look at that! No oven involved. : )

Cookie Dough Truffles  
Cookie Dough Truffles  
1. Combine butter and sugars in a large bowl.
Cookie Dough Truffles  
2. Cream ingredients with electric mixer until light and fluffy.
Cookie Dough Truffles  
3. Add in vanilla.
Cookie Dough Truffles  
4. Add in milk.
Cookie Dough Truffles  
5. Mix in flour, salt and baking soda.
Cookie Dough Truffles  
6. Add your chocolate chips! Make sure you have the mini ones so you don't have to chop them up like I did!
Cookie Dough Truffles  
7. Now cover with the devil that is plastic wrap.
Cookie Dough Truffles  
8. Chill for an hour. Go craft or something.
Cookie Dough Truffles  
9. Melt chocolate in a fondue pot or in the microwave. However you want really.
Cookie Dough Truffles  
10. Make balls out of your dough and dip them in chocolate. Place chocolate covered balls back on tray and back in the freezer.
Cookie Dough Truffles  
Cookie Dough Truffles  
11. Keep chilled, my family prefers them nice and cold so ours stay in the freezer!

Here is the printable version of the recipe:

Cookie Dough Truffles Recipe

Enjoy your truffles! I ended up having so many which is nice because it makes me even more willing to share! These are seriously a bite of heaven. BEST THING EVER!
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Tutorial Thursdays

So I had been wanting to do this tutorial for a while, I just hadn't really given myself the time to do it until this past week! The idea of giving my camera strap a face lift sounded awesome to me, especially since I hate having brand names plastered all over my stuff.

What you will need:
  • a camera strap
  • a peice of fabric that is big enough to cover it (approximately 24" by 5")
  • rubber band
  • measuring tape 
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • iron
diy camera strap
So pick out the fabric you want to cover your camera strap with. Measure the strap and then add an extra two inches to the length and an inch for the width.

diy camera strap
Flip over your fabric and fold and iron your short ends 1/2 inch. Then fold over your fabric another 1/2 inch. Repeat on other short end. 
diy camera strap
After stitching the ends at the folded edge, fold the right sides together. 
diy camera strap
Stitch down the entire side, 1/2 inch away from the rough edges.
diy camera strap
Now turn your tube right side out and iron your strap cover so it will go on your pre-existing strap easier. I don't have any pictures of the process of putting the strap cover on because it is quite tricky. All I can really say is keep at it until it is completely covered. 
diy camera strap
I am really liking how my camera strap turned out! I'm glad to add a bit of uniqueness to my camera.
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Whimsical Wednesday

Not gonna lie, this is one of my favorite days to post. : ) I love putting all of my favorite pictures in one place, its one of my main reasons for starting this blog! I have been really busy baking away, the chocolate chip cookie dough truffles have been a pretty big hit so far, and yesterday I pulled off the surprise dessert for my mom! Those recipes will be going up this weekend, so no worries you will get to make them yourself soon!
pink eye makeup
Mr & Mrs Pillows
Mini Sneakers
you bring the color into my life
pink makeup
Amanda Bynes
Yummy Strawberry Dessert
Means Girls
Silver Nails
Hoping to change the world outside
Monsters Inc Baby
Winnie the Pooh
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