Saturday, July 19, 2014

Stereotypes and Detroit

Last week I invited a friend to go with me to a play in downtown Detroit. It was at an outdoor park in the late evening. They declined because of how dangerous they felt it would be. No offense to them but I was a bit offended. The show was actually amazing and we met some really cool people standing in line.
Anyways, growing up I heard about this paradise neighborhood that my parents grew up in in Detroit. If you'd like to hear a bit about this paradise, check out this article, Detroit Was the Best, from the New Yorker. Did I mention the author grew up on the same street as my mom just a few years (possibly 10) younger than my mom.
Here's the house she grew up in. See the leaves dangling in the foreground of the picture? My grandpa planted that tree!

Here's the community center all the kids went to.

Here's the elementary school both my mother and the author of the article attended.

And here's two other amazing houses I snapped some pictures of.

According to my mom's childhood tales, this one is haunted! I'm totally in love with it though

Too bad none of the houses were for sale or I'd probably try and internet stalk it and buy it.
Across the road, in a different neighborhood, my dad grew up in an equally interesting house.
It's great to see these communities still in tact so many years later! To everyone who thinks that Detroit is this horrible and dangerous place obviously has never been to the right parts of it before.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Easy and Budget Friendly Gift for High School Grads- Laundry Kit

As Facebook is filling up with Prom pictures and graduation pictures, chances are you're getting invited to way more graduation parties than you have time for... or money for. Because yes, it's customary to give a large monetary gift when you attend a grad party. But your gift of money will probably get lost in the sea of all the other money. Here's a new idea!
Get them something cute and small they'll actually use- plus it'll be memorable!

I went to Target and got mini bottles of Tide for $3 and then got various laundry bags (they didn't have enough of one :( ) for around $5.50. Then I got the little bags for the coins at Jo Ann's for $5 for 10 bags. I also got the ribbon and scrapbook paper there as well on previous occasions. I tied everything up and I plan on either putting them into gift bags or wrapping them in cellophane wrap.

Here's the link to the tags I made: College Checklist Gift Tags. FYI the check mark is hand drawn. I signed the bag of the tags with a little personal note as well.

I attached around $2 in quarters on the front there but obviously more could be attached. I didn't want to put a super large amount just in case some of the graduates were going to schools where they used Student cards inside of coins for the laundry machines!

 It was super easy to just whip up a bunch of these so I can grab them and go.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

DIY Cardboard Deer Head

When I redid my basement two years ago, I wanted to put in a plaster deer head and a wall of raw wood slices. I did neither but 2 years later I'm halfway done with my design. Ooops! I found a template at  DIY Deer Head Instructions and I was going to use directions for Paper Mache Deer Head at Imperfectly Imaginable but needless to say I didn't have plaster of paris and was to lazy to even try and put paper mache on this flimsy little thing.

I took these slices of cardboard which are the back of notebooks. They just appeared on the counter in my craft room the other day. Convenient huh? Anyways, I didn't end up using the x-acto knife because scissors were a lot easier. 
I printed out the template, cut them all out, and taped them to the cardboard.
 After that, I cut out the cardboard and then assembled all the pieces. I used scotch tape where it was flimsy or wouldn't stay in place.

Yes, that is held up with duct tape and some tacks. shhhhh.

Ooops I should have cleaned things up a bit before I took pictures.

Either way, I still love my little deer head!