Sunday, July 20, 2014

An Anouncement!

Hey y'all! I've started a new blog and am starting fresh over at The Lena Marie Blog. Head on over here to see my big news! 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

DIY: Wooden Chalkboard

If you haven't caught on already, I'm a kind of a lazy crafter. I cannot sew, which is a HUGE handicap to have when one is as into crafting as I am. It's really just gotta change. But that basically has nothing to do with this DIY. Apparently I needed to get that off my chest…??… So I bought a wooden plaque for something like $8 at Michael's. (I got it at the same time I bought supplies for these Wonderland-inspired wall art pieces.) I didn't know really what I was going to do with it, and then decided that I'll definitely be needing a reminder-board come fall (for reasons yet to be exposed.) All you need is the below: 

+ chalk paint & white paint

+ brushes

+ wooden plaque 

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1. Paint your entire board in several layers of chalk paint. 

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2. And around the edges you can accent the board with white and paint some boarders. For my boarders, I used this pin for inspiration. 

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3. Hang in a spot near your bedroom doorway or somewhere you'll be able to be forced to see it on your way out the door. 

Chalkboard 2014 II

Chalkboard 2014 I

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Real Life: Selling Things

Happy fun summer-times!! It's so exciting that the summer is finally here, and although the Northeast is having a bit of a slow start, I've been soaking it in as much as I can. And when I'm not soaking it in, I feel the guilt creep in telling me that I'm an absolute idiot for being in doors. 

So with some of the life changes coming up, I'm going to be selling some of my belongings. I've put a couple up on ebay, so if you're interest in a camera-bag or timbuk2 messenger bag, take a look! 




Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Real Life: I'm Back

So that was a bit of an unexpected hiatus from le blog!!

The month of May pretty much kicked my ass and I still feel like my mind and body are recuperating. I had a longer and very stress-heavy business trip in the middle of the month and then within the week of returning back to Cambridge, MA (my home) had to move house. This was a bit of a sad story in the beginning, you see. My lovely, beautiful, and dear friend of a roommate just moved in with me in late December, and within that week, we received noticed that our building was being put on the market. And after trying to win over the hearts of the new owners on several occasions, we realized there was no way we were going to be able to stay without them taking every penny of ours. They've basically treated us like dirt since they signed their contracts, so we knew we needed out. But alas, living in a relatively affordable apartment North Cambridge is like finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow… But oh boy, did we find that pot of gold!!! Within 30 minutes of our new landlord putting up her craigslist advertisement, we snatched a viewing and won HER heart over. It's only two blocks away from our old place and our church, but le roommate and I figured that boy, do we have a lot o' shit. So it was time to purge of many of our earthly treasures and move on. So now we live in a beautiful apartment with stainless steel appliances including a DISHwasher (my first ever as an adult) and a washer & dryer! Basically, I feel like I'm living in luxury right now. 

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Since moving, I've started to think ahead (again) which is not a difficult task for me. As I've mentioned throughout this year, there are some major changes happening in my life and music career, and will be sharing with you towards the end of the summer. In the meantime, I'm going to be soaking in as much summertime as I can, get back on track with this blog-situation and bring some fun DIY's & some outfits here and there. During my time off, I've really been thinking about what Tales for Karina Marie is and what I'd like it to be. A lot of bloggers that I follow have been going through a similar thought-process too, I've noticed. "What does my blog mean to me?" "What do I get from it, if anything?" "Is it what I really want it to be or am I trying to give people what I think they want?" As the summer goes on, I'm going to continue to meditate on these questions and make changes as I see fit. 

So stay tuned for some more lifestyle-based content and maybe some aesthetic-based changes! 

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Giveaway: Anthropologie Gift Card

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Hope y'all are doing well and enjoying the beautiful spring weather! I'm currently on a week-long business trip, and am moving house next week, so life is a bit crazy around here! I'll be back around the beginning of June with lot's of fun DIY's and fashion-posts! Head over to Because of Jackie for a fun giveaway starting at midnight tonight! 

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