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Bojack Horseman and Princess Carolyn Halloween Costumes

Make your own Bojack Horseman and Princess Carolyn costumes this Halloween. Click through to see how these were made.

Last Halloween Kevin and I went to not one, but 3 Halloween parties! This is huge for us because our tradition the past few years has been to stay in and spend the night handing out candy to neighborhood kids. Because though some of you might be a little offended, I’m just not that into Halloween. Yet after not dressing up the last few years, we DIY-ed our way into some last-minute costumes that ended up being a big hit and some of my favorite costumes to date!

If you’re a fan of the Netflix animated series, Bojack Horseman, then keep reading to learn everything you need to know to make your own Bojack or Princess Carolyn costumes! And if you haven’t watched it yet, add it to your already long list of shows to watch. But hurry up, because season 4 just came out last month and it’s the best one yet!

to make a Bojack Horseman costume

The only part you have to DIY on this costume is the pullover sweater. Rather than spend a ton on a knit sweater (and to make it look more like the cartoon), Kevin used black fabric paint to paint x’s and dashed lines all over the front of a blue long sleeve t-shirt. So easy—and he’s definitely worn this again after Halloween!

And if you want to go all out, you can get teal colored jeans and red all-stars.

to make a Princess Carolyn Costume

The Princess Carolyn costume is a little more involved, but still do-able. I started with a teal tank dress and added the fish pattern using yellow heat transfer vinyl. I used my Silhouette to cut out the fish but you could totally cut them out by hand too. Just make sure to cover the vinyl with a scrap piece of fabric before placing a dry, hot iron on top. Add a skinny belt and my favorite mustard yellow cardigan and you’re almost done.

I used yellow oven-bake clay to make the triangle charm for the necklace. Once it baked and cooled, I added a dot of red glitter glue in the center. You could also glue on a red jewel if you happen to have one.

The “ears” were made by cutting wrapping sticky pink craft foam around a headband. Once I wrapped it around, I used scissors to shape each piece into an ear. I then used black paint (you could also use a permanent marker) to draw the inside details on the ears. You can finish the costume off with pink heels but since I have chronic foot pain I opted to wear comfy sneakers instead.

 

Are you a fan of Bojack Horseman too? If so, which character would dress up as? I’d love to know!

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Four Healthy Bento Box Lunch Ideas

I’m always on the hunt for new lunch recipes because I just hate eating the same thing over and over again. Variety is the spice of life after all! Today I’m sharing 4 of my favorite lunches to eat and pack. There are 4 suggestions that fit all kinds of diets and the best part is they can be totally customized to fit your preferences and mood.

low carb/protein packed

  1. Black Pepper Harvest Snaps
  2. mixed nuts and dried fruit
  3. hard boiled eggs, peeled
  4. sliced black pepper turkey breast

omnivore/healthy

  1. Onion Thyme Harvest Snaps
  2. grapes
  3. curry chicken salad, I love the one from Trader Joe’s
  4. celery and your favorite nut butter

vegan/gluten free

  1. Lightly Salted Harvest Snaps
  2. hummus (a nut-based cheese substitute would also be delicious)
  3. tabouli
  4. olives

pescatarian

  1. Mango Chili Lime Harvest Snaps
  2. coconut salmon bites, this is my favorite recipe
  3. pineapple slices
  4. honey yogurt dipping sauce, combine nonfat Greek yogurt with honey, lemon juice & zest

Favorite bento boxes

After traveling to Japan last year, I became hooked on transporting my lunch in bento boxes. They are perfect for those of us who don’t like their foods to touch and great for packing a variety of things. I like these stainless steel bento boxes because the dividers are removable, making it easy-peezy to clean.

I jazzed up the lids of my containers using some white adhesive vinyl that I cut using my Silhouette cutting machine. Yet another reason why it’s my favorite DIY tool! If you don’t have a Silhouette, you can always decoupage cute patterns onto your boxes.


This video was created in partnership with Harvest Snaps

DIY Colorful Pine Cone Fall Wreath

The days are getting shorter, the heat wave is (hopefully) behind us, and pumpkin spice lattes are back. It must be fall!

I’ll be the first to admit that I prefer decorating for fall way more than Halloween, especially when traditional fall colors can be swapped out for brighter hues. Because even though fall is approaching, it’s still all sunshine here in California. Today I’m excited to share my first fall themed DIY of the season—a colorful paint dipped pinecone wreath. And this one is so easy to make that you might just want to make more than one.

Head over to Fun365, the new all-things-DIY site by Oriental Trading, to check out my video tutorial and step-by-step instructions!

Links to Love

As we head into the weekend I can’t but feel concerned for my family and friends in Florida. Sending prayers and good vibes to all of you too in the path of the storm.

Happy Friday

If you are looking for a fun project to make this weekend, here are my 4 favorite links from friends that were shared this week. May I suggest starting with #2 and making all of them? 😉

This week I’m loving…

  1. Colorful pin boards to dress up your workspace.
  2. Yes way, frosé!
  3. Patterned notebooks make work and school more fun.
  4. Let’s pom pom all the things.

P.S.

A favorite fall dessert in a smoothie bowl.
Obsessed with Kelly and Jeff’s color palette for their new home.
You can make your own bath bombs (and store them in a pretty jar).
One of my favorite Ikea hacks ever.
My cocktail in popsicle form.

DIY Colorful Collage Wall Art

My brother and I were the only kids in our pre-school class that knew how to use scissors. And my mom was very proud of that fact.

It’s true, I’ve been making things since I was a kid and I’m so thankful for parents who also fostered my creativity. Years later, after I “graduated” to big kid scissors I received a pair of hand-me-down scissors from my dad. The scissors I received were the now oh-so-iconic Fiskars Orange-handled Scissors that are at home in artist studios, offices, kitchen drawers and even the Museum of Modern Art. My pair were my dad’s old work scissors from 1987—a year after I was born.

My dad is a printing expert and these plastic-handled scissors, which he engraved his name into the blade, were the scissors he used daily to cut pre-press printing film. Back in the day before things were digital, each image was transferred onto the printing plates via film transparencies, one layer for each color of ink. Layered together these plates would make up a preview of the soon to be printed images, books, and magazines.

I used these scissors all throughout high school and they got me through all my art courses in college. I’ve used them to clip coupons, make artwork, and cut gift wrap. They’ve cut herbs in my garden and opened many boxes. Now I keep this 30 year old pair of scissors in my home studio where they still get used on an almost daily basis.

50th anniversary

While my pair of scissors turned 30 this year, did you know that October 5th is the 50th anniversary of these iconic shears? These scissors were actually the first plastic-handled scissors to be made. In honor of the anniversary, I used my new pair to create three colorful collages. They are inspired my first pair of Orange-handled Scissors and their printing industry roots. I cut out and layered colorful sheets of vellum to mimic the way cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink are combined to make full color printed images.

DIY Colorful Collage Wall Art

Supplies

Orange-handled Scissors
12″ x 12″ smooth, primed artist panels
Assorted colored vellum
Permanent spray adhesive
Squeegee (a credit card can also be used)
Scrap paper

Directions

  1. Use scissors to cut out the colored vellum sheets in various shapes.
  2. Arrange your design on the board to get an idea of your intended layout. Then one at a time, spray the back of each shape and place on the board. Use a squeegee or a credit card to smooth out any bubbles. Continue layering shapes on at a time until your design is complete.

Free Phone Wallpapers

I just adored these collages so much I decided to make them into iPhone wallpapers. And you can enjoy them too by downloading your favorite design below.

Download the petal stack wallpaper

Download the dot wallpaper

Download the flower wallpaper

Do you have a pair of Orange-handled Scissors? If so, what do you use yours for and what have you created with them over the years?

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