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Go on a scavenger hunt to your nearest thrift shop. I’d recommend Value Village (very cool) or Talize (almost as cool and smells infinitely better). Try on some crazy jackets – especially the ones with poufy shoulder pads – and some flashy red heels and only once you’ve done that….head for the Purses & Bags section. Cast your eyes over the (hopefully large) selection and pick the bag you like best. Usually you can find something with flowers or sequins or (in this case) a cute fringe. It doesn’t matter if the strap is ugly cause we’ll be changing that!

On your way home, make a stop at your local craft store. Michael’s is usually good, and sometimes even Walmart. In this case, I went for Write Impressions, which is a very pretty (but way too expensive) shop near my house. Anyway, once there you should make a beeline for the ribbon section. (No getting distracted by the I-can’t-believe-they’re-fake flowers and all those soft balls of yarn! You’re on a mission!) Feast your eyes on the rainbow of ribbons and go ahead and pick the colour you absolutely fall in love with. You can afford to splurge on this! You bought the bag at a thrift store for $3.99, after all. Tell the nice lady that you would like two yards, please, because you’re making a very artsy-fartsy purse like no other.

Hurrah! You’ve now arrived home and are on the third and final step. Haul out your sharpest pair of scissors and prepare to cut the existing purse strap to shreds. Make some pirate noises as you hack away at it and finally chuck it in the garbage. Next, loop your new shiny, sparkly ribbon onto the bag in its place. Ta, da! Comment on how pretty it looks to whoever’s standing nearby. Poke them until they compliment the purse in return. Dream about what outfits you’ll pair the purse with and all the movies and bookshops and concerts you’ll go to with it strapped across your chest. Sigh a deep sigh as you return to reality. Now crank up that Jackson 5 “ABC” cause it really was easy as 1,2,3, wasn’t it?

P.S. Check out P.S. I Made This for similar tutorials. (Similar, but not nearly as classy. Hehehe!)


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stuff i shall accomplish this summer

I am determined to break my usual summer pattern of doing absolutely nothing and have resolved instead to work my way through the list below. In no particular order, this summer I shall:

1. convince my mom to let me chalkboard paint my wall
2. learn acoustic guitar (and play like this guy)
3. somehow find myself a guitar
4. attempt a minimum of 2 books each week (open for suggestions!)
5. possibly start a vlog on YouTube to report on said books (aka force myself to read because -hopefully- someone’s counting on me) in the style of these lovely Brits
6. dye my hair purple
7. paint something awesome (in my wildest dreams, something like this)
8. take stupid G1 test (and rule the roads!)
9. prepare for grade eight RCM exam (violin)
10. blog about things that matter (like the geniuses over at Lost At E Minor)
11. watch more classic movies
12. cook something new each week (with the help of Roald Dahl’s granddaughter, The Delicious Miss Dahl)
13. play tennis like Serena Williams (high-pitched squealing included)
14. beef up my iPod playlists (with Manchester OrchestraSufjan Stevens, William Fitzsimmons, and Lauryn Hill to name a few)
15. camp out in backyard with friends
16. bike to work (on the road, man!)
17. scour the racks at VV Boutique (Value Village for those of you who aren’t thrift store cool)
18. eat fudgesicles with my bro in the middle of the night and look at the stars
19. go to the AGO, ROM, and Shoe Museum in Toronto
20. make my own cookies-and-cream ice cream

What are you up to this summer? Do you have any suggestions for what I should read, watch, cook, listen to, or paint? Better still, any strategies to convince my mom that chalkboard paint is awesome and not “just another way to make my room messy”?


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