Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Life by Rikki 2.0

Happy Wednesday, all!  I just wanted to let you all know that I've updated my web address to  Please be sure to update your GFC, Bloglovin' or however else you keep up with me, if you need to!  I would hate to lose you any of you :(

I hope you are all having an amazing week!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Oldies but Goodies

Now that we are moved in our new home and I have my pre-pregnancy body back (minus some additional toning I need to work on), it's been really fun "shopping my closet".  This F21 shirt and skirt are from well before I was pregnant. I love the retro and modern print of this skirt (similar and similar) and I'm really glad I held on to it. I'm really considering investing in this one.  I added a fun new necklace and stacked a Coach bangle along with others from a local boutique. My husband bought me this bracelet for Chrismas a few years ago, but here is a similar one.
I hope you are all having a great week!
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Projects by Rikki: DIY Bird Mobile

When I was planning and decorating my daughter's nursery, I wanted as many hand-made, personal items as possible. I purchased from Etsy, searched tutorials, etc.  One of the things that I absolutely had to have was one of those hand-made mobiles on Etsy.  One thing stood in my way: money.  I just couldn't bear to spend upwards of $50 for a few pieces of paper, some string and sticks/wood.  So I looked online for some inspiration and encouragement to make one myself.  This took me less than an hour and about $24.00 in materials, which I still have plenty left over for all sorts of other projects. The only thing I already had was the pencil and scissors :)
While I wish I could take all the credit, I did get most of the idea from this Martha Stewart project.  I took the idea, drove to Michael's and pretty much went with whatever I could find.
Here's what you'll need:

- A printed copy of this template
 - Colored/printed paper or cardstock
- A pencil
- Scissors
- A needle or small hole punch
- A wood/wicker wreath
- Embroidery thread
- Flower scrapbook stickers, small artificial flower pieces or DIY flowers from here
- Regular glue
-Hot glue gun and sticks
1. Cut out both pieces of the bird from the template.
2. Trace them onto the printed paper/cardstock and cut out the pieces. Since my paper was only printed on one side, I cut two of each piece and glued the white sides together so that my birds were printed on both sides.

3. Bend the body silhouette so that you can cut a slit in the middle of the body. This is where you will be inserting the wing piece.  Using a razor or exacto knife would be easier, but I didn't have one.

4. Insert the wing piece through the body like the picture below.  I added some glue where the wings meet the body to keep it in place. Create as many birds as you want; I made 8, using different colors and prints of paper.
5. I took a small needle and poked a hole in the middle of the bird's body so that I can thread the string through. I seperated the embroidery thread in half, so that each string was composed of 3 pieces of thread - I hope that makes sense. 
6. I threaded one end of the string through the hole and tied a knot so that it couldn't come back through.
6. Tie the other end of the string to the bottom of the wicker wreath like the photo below.  You will want to vary the lengths of threads so that the birds are at different heights.

7. After you have tied your birds to the wreath, add the flower pieces to the outside of the wreath with the hot glue gun like the photo below.  I  used these stickers from Marth Stewart Crafts. I wasn't specifically looking for Martha Stewart products, they just happened to be the ones that I liked the best.

8. Lastly to hang the mobile, I screwed a hook in the ceiling above the crib. I tied each end of a whole piece of embroidery thread to either/both sides of the top of the mobile and hung it from the hook.

Here is the finished project!

This is my first real project tutorial, so I would greatly appreciate any feedback, suggestions, etc.
Thank you so much for stopping by and please let me know if you have any questions!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Navy Tank + Lace Shorts + Bright Bangles

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I ran some errands and did a little shopping this weekend and I just couldn't believe that all the Fall fashions and make-up are coming out already.  Spring and Fall are my most favorite seasons.  I am obsessed with jackets and scarves.  In San Diego, there is only a limited amount of time we can wear them, so I really can't wait!
Anyway, it's still summer so we can cross that road when we get there. Here I am, wearing a navy tank from F21 and a pair of lace shorts from a local boutique (similar).  Just because I'm such a color freak this summer, I chose to add some gold, bright yellow and pink bangles from Glint & Gleam.  I'm actually a bit disappointed that you can't really see them in this picture.  Here's a glance at them from ShopLately.
 What else is in the picture? My monogram iPhone case from To Gild The Lily.  You could win a personalized iPhone case with any design your choose from their shop. 
Don't forget to enter the giveaway here.


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Monday, August 5, 2013

Mani Mondays and a Giveaway!

So I decided to give nail decals a try. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I took a break from all the bright summer nail colors and just used 2 coast of OPI in Passion.  It's my favorite "natural" polish.  You can add another coat to make it opaque, but I decided that I wanted it a little translucent for a more natural look. I found this beautiful feather design and purchased it in both purple and blue.  I had never used nail decals before. I actually just used nail tape for the first time, here.  All in all, I like it. If you look SUPER close, you can see that it's a decal, but it's not really obvious and I really like this design.
It was a lot easier to use that I thought it would be.  You just cut around the decal as close to the design as you can.  Then you peel off the clear cover and it exposes the sticky side of the decal.  You press it onto your nail and rub it a little to make sure it's on there well. Mine came with a couple little foam pads. You just take a pad, wet it and place it on top of the paper side to moisen the paper (the paper side of the decal is facing up, now that you have pressed the decal onto your nail).  The directions said to wait 30 seconds to take the paper backing off, but mine actually came off with the wet sponge. It didn't damage the decal...maybe I got lucky? Too finish, you just add a couple coats of top coat and you are good to go!
I would have used a different base color. I just got bored with my natural looking manicure and decided to go for it.
Now for the giveaway! I am so excited to be teaming up with Melinda from To Gild the Lily for this giveaway! After I purchased a case back in June, she offered to do a giveaway with me. I was so excited because I absolutely LOVED the case that I got.  I raved about it here.
Now you have a chance to win your own personalized monogram case from To Gild the Lily.  You can pick your own design from their Etsy Store, and have it monogrammed with your initials.
Good luck and thank you for stopping by!

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