As this semester comes to a close, I wanted to take some time to reflect on my blogging experience. When I learned about this blogging project, I was nervous yet very excited. I choose a do-it-yourself (DIY) blog because I love Pinterest and being crafty. I had so many crafts on Pinterest just waiting to be crafted, I knew this would be a perfect opportunity. Picking a subject that I was passionate about made this experience even more exciting!
Being a first-time blogger, the tools that I found effective on WordPress were widgets, media and pages. Widgets are my favorite because you can customize the sidebars and rearrange everything the way you want to. I found WordPress to be a very easy site to navigate and create posts. One thing I wish I could improve on in my blog posting is keeping a posting schedule. Being a college student I am always studying, so it was hard to constant schedule of posting once a week. I would love to include more DIY project like make-up and maybe reviewing product/items that are becoming popular in todays culture.
One interesting part of blogging is analytics. From Sept. 15 to Dec. 6, I have had a total of 80 views. Some of those viewers were from the United States, Sweden, Turkey and Canada. My most popular post has been Welcome to Straight Outta Pinterest with 21 views. I think it was popular because I promoted the post on Facebook and my family and friends liked and commented on the post. I think when I create more blog posts if I add tags and promote my blog on more social media sites like Instagram, I can reach more viewers.
Overall this blogging experience has been amazing! Although it was difficult with trying to keep a constant schedule and create a post a week, I had a blast sharing my DIY experience. Blogging is now recommended for many media and communications jobs, so I am thankful I have a little experience under my belt. I definitely plan on continuing with my blog and who knows who might stumble upon my blog and share it with the world.
Check out my recent interview with my sister and her love for crafting.
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With everyone jumping on the health train, I though why not try a new recipe to kick off my new health binge. This week I decided to give the Peanut Butter Oatmeal Power Bites a try. As a college student, time and money are always in the back of my mind. What is the fastest way to make a meal while trying to not breaking the bank. Not only are these Peanut Butter Oatmeal Power Bites are perfect for a quick snack on the way to class, but all of the ingredients were cheap.
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- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup honey
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. vanilla
I first combined all the ingredients into a bowl and then stirred it all together to get a doughy mixture. Once the dough was formed I found a empty pan and laid wax paper inside (for easy transfer to the fridge). I grabbed random amounts of the dough and started to roll them into a ball. After all the dough was rolled into rounds, I set them in the fridge to harden for 30 min. They tasted delicious! I tasted the peanut butter the most but there was a subtle hint of honey.
These are great for just a grab-and-go, eat on your way to class or between class snacks. Even though this was a tad bit of a messy recipe it was quick and inexpensive. I already plan on making another batch next week! Maybe next week I can add the coconut to see a taste difference. Make sure to check out my next blog post!!
– XOXO, Taylor
Every Thanksgiving apple pie is always on our table for dessert. This year I wanted to try and put new spin on my favorite dessert. I originally found a recipe for buffalo chicken crescent ring, but I thought why not use apple pie filling instead.
– XOXO, Taylor
October to December is my favorite time of year, because it means Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right upon us. Instead of decorating a real pumpkin this year (that I would end up just tossing), I opted to make a wine cork pumpkin that I can keep forever. One of my favorite things are wine corks, because they are all so different. I love the stamps and company logos that make the corks so unique.
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- 2 packs of corks (15 count)
- Orange paint
- Green paint
- Green ribbon
- Orange ribbon
- 2 rolls of Halloween
- Hot glue gun
- Extra glue gun sticks
- Paint brush
First, I lined up the corks in rows that needed to be hot glued together. Second, I stacked the rows on top of each other and hot glued them together. Then, I began to paint the ends of the corks orange, but decided to strategically leave some corks un-painted. I painted to past remaining cork, that would be the stem green. Once both the body of the cork pumpkin and stem was dry, I hot glued them together. I tied the ribbons stem of the pumpkin to complete the look.
This entire craft took about 30 minutes to hot glue and paint. I left it dry over night and then tied the ribbons on in the morning. The total cost of this craft was 25 dollars. The cork pumpkin was such a fun craft to make, I definitely see myself making another wine cork craft in my future. Make sure to check out my blog post where I try a new spin on my favorite dessert!
– XOXO, Taylor
With holidays coming right around the corner and being a college student, I am definitely on a budget. I want to get my family and friends something personal and meaningful but also something affordable. When I stumbled upon the Funfetti candles in a mason jar, I immediately knew this was the perfect gift for the holiday season.
Photo By: @bethcakeblog
- Mason Jars
- Soy Wax Flakes
- Pre-waxed Wicks
- Metal measuring cup with spout
- Corn Syrup
- Rainbow Sprinkles
- Hot Glue Gun
I went to the local craft store, to get all of my supplies. This trip was a little expensive, but the good thing about it is that I can use all of the supplies for future projects. Beth Cakes blog did have a disclaimer that this project had not been successful for many people and Beth Cakes was working on finding different ways to make this project a success. I decided to give it a try just to see if I could get a successful result. First, I hot glued the wicks to the inside the bottom of the mason jar. I then mixed 1 1/2 tablespoons of corn syrup and two tablespoons of water together in a bowl. I then used a paintbrush to coat the inside of the mason jar with the corn syrup water mix. Immediately after, I coated the jar with rainbow sprinkles and roll it around until the jar was a colorful rainbow. To make sure the wick stayed straight and end the center of the jar, I layed a marker across the top of the jar and taped the wick to the marker.
Next, I began to boil a pot halfway full of water. As the water was beginning to boil I measured out three cups of the soy wax flakes to put into the metal measuring cup with a spout. When the water was almost to a boil I set the metal cup into the boiling water to start melting the wax. As the wax started to melt I added a few drops of my favorite scent, Vanilla. I then began to stir the wax mixture together. When the wax was completely melted I then poured the wax mixture into the mason jar. After letting the jar cool for a few minutes, I set the jar in the freezer for three to four hours, so the wax would set. The next morning, the wax was set and I cut wick to an appropriate length.
One issue that encountered during the making of this candle was that when I poured the wax into the jar, all of the sprinkles settled to the bottom of the jar. Even though, the candle didn’t turn our exactly like the picture, I am extremely happy with the way my candle turned out. I can’t wait to present these candles to all of my family and friends. I can add their favorite scents and make it a personal experience for them. Make sure to check out my next blog, where I get into the halloWINE spirit!
– XOXO, Taylor
My little sister and I are best friends. She is full of life, loves adventure and is always making me laugh. This is her first year at Texas State University and she has decided to join a sorority. She spent over a week meeting different sororities, getting to know their philanthropies and ready to find her sisterhood. She ended up being chosen by her first choice, Chi Omega. As a little congratulations, I told my sister to pick her favorite design and I would craft away. She ended choosing a Kate Spade style canvas.
Canvas – $3.99
Paint – $2.99
Glitter – $2.99
Pack of paint brushes – $7.99
Pack of Pencils – $3.99
I first printed out a picture of a spade to trace in the middle of the canvas. Next I outlined the spade in gold paint, painted the rest of the canvas pink and set to dry overnight. The next night I gave the canvas a second coat of pink paint, outlined the outside of the spade pink and then set aside to dry overnight. The third night was time for glitter; I outlined once again the spade in gold paint, then sprinkled on some glitter. I then drew the symbols of the Chi Omega sorority, painted them in gold and dusted with glitter.
I decided to change the canvas, because I wanted to make it original and I am kind of obsessed with glitter. This project did take some time due to the paint drying, but it just took me about 30 minutes each night. I enjoyed this project; Canvases have become a huge trend in the Pinterest world and it was fun to create my own spin of an adorable design! Make sure to check out my next post when I try to create my own candle!
– XOXO, Taylor