June 2012 / Carmen Varner // Lifestyle Blogger & Social Media + Blogging Coach


DIY Aroma Spray

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The times are changing. Multimedia is in, so I made a video. It's not with a fancy-schmancy camera, but it gets the job done and the point across. I only did the voiceover on my first try. No practice. Let's face it, it's amazing. Okay, I jest. Just watch this video and now you can use up those old body sprays or perfumes you totally never wear.

I decided I didn't like these perfumes enough to wear them personally, but they sure as heck make my room smell nice! Here's to recycling old items into something refreshing.

What you need:
- Old spray bottle
- Perfume / body spray
- Water

For further instruction...refer to video. 

Have fun! Smile often! Send good vibes!

DIY Trinket Picture Frame

Thursday, June 21, 2012

It's summer now, so it's time for some fun. Here is another easy DIY project for the summer. This involves items that you probably already own. If not, I bought the frame and glue from the dollar store.

I tend to hoard little trinkets I find. I decided to liven up a plain black picture frame I had hanging in my room. This is a great way to utilize your random collection of doodads. 

You can use corks from all those fun wine nights. You can glue coins from your travels. You can do anything your imagination conjures up. This is an incredibly easy project that you can view every day.

What you need:
- Picture frame
- Super glue
- Trinkets 

Now just arrange the knickknacks and then glue accordingly. It's a no-brainer. Believe it or not, all these objects were found. I legitimately found them on the ground throughout the years. Some I distinctly recall, some not so much. But even these pointless doodads hold a certain amount of memories.

If you think it looks stupid, that's cool. I'm glad these random thingamajigs aren't dispersed about my room anymore. They all reside together in one spot where I can look at and have a wave of remembrance wash over me.

Have fun! Smile often! 

Obtain trinkets + super glue
Begin arranging. Now glue.
Close up so far.
Finished product. Suhweeet.

T-Shirt Reconstruction

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Do you have a bunch of old shirts that you never wear? Why go buy more stuff when you can create something new from something you already own? For this craft, I took an old t-shirt and reconstructed it into something totally awesome and refreshing. I should have taken a "before" photo, but oh well. I'll do it next time. This was a basic fitted white tee with a peace sign in the middle. It needed some sprucing up because I rarely wore it. Now I can't wait to sport this during summer!

Follow these guidelines to revamp your closet too! Remember: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

Create a boat neck - Cut directly around the collar. Stretch it out. Now you have a larger neckline that can show off your shoulders. Woohoo! 

Close up of the boat neck cut.

Cut slits - I did simple slits in the back. Nothing complicated. I just cut about five slits in the back and pulled them the same way I stretched the collar.

The slits aren't crooked. I just stand crooked.

Watch this video for some other slit-cutting options if you want to be really cool.

Make natural dye - 1. Boil some water in a pot.
2. Add the outer skin of an onion (the crispy, crunchy part that you don't use). Let it boil, so the colors emerge. You'll see that it's a yellowy color. I added some turmeric to make it more vibrant. Keep it at a rumbling boil so the water gets nice and colorful. 
3. Now you can add the shirt**. I twisted it up and restrained it with hair ties because I wanted a tie-dye effect. Cook the shirt for about 20 minutes or until you can view the color adhering to the shirt. 
4. Wring it out. Let sit overnight. Wash with cold water.

Close up of the tie-dye look (also visible in above photos).

**Note: This works best with a white shirt made of natural product (cotton, silk).

Oh wow! That's it. Now I have a shirt that nobody else has. And now you have some inspiration. Revitalize your wardrobe! Get to it! 

Hello Kelowna! - The Wedding

Friday, June 08, 2012

* I love to travel. I get such a thrill out of visiting new places and experiencing life from another perspective. As a writer, I'm constantly chronicling everything. Here's a play-by-play of my adventures to Seattle, WA. and Kelowna, British Columbia.

So the main purpose of the entire trip was to watch my cousin, Meshkat, wed his lovely bride, Ashlee.  Obviously, I've known my cousin for quite some time. But I met Ashlee last year when I went to Vancouver for their engagement party. It hasn't even been a year and I've only met her twice, but I'm ecstatic to add her to the family. I'm so happy to have been a guest at their wedding and hopefully get to come for the baby shower (whenever that will be). Woo! Congratulations you lovebirds!

My photos are very bad quality. I don't have a cool expensive camera. If you want to see some top-notch photographs of the wedding and ceremony, check out Ronnie Lee Hill Photography. Otherwise, here's some proof I was there.

Hello Kelowna!

Thursday, June 07, 2012

* I love to travel. I get such a thrill out of visiting new places and experiencing life from another perspective. As a writer, I'm constantly chronicling everything. Here's a play-by-play of my adventures to Seattle, WA. and Kelowna, British Columbia.

Hello Seattle!
Hello Seattle! - Day 2

So this was my last day in Washington. I truly enjoyed the greenery, the crisp air and the fluffy clouds. It doesn't get so pretty in Southern California; one must go a bit more north to see that. I visited Pike Place Market and took some photos to prove it. Pike Place has fresh flowers and fruit, seafood, colorful veggies and a countless amount of handmade crafts and items. It's a must-see.


I was looking at one vendor and we got to talking. I told him I was vegan and he informed me of Cinnamon Works, a place where I could find some sweet treats that fit my needs. I immediately departed from him and made my way over for dessert, an enormous chocolate chip cookie with walnuts. I am not joking when I say this cookie lasted me three days. 

After perusing the market a bit more and stopping to pick up some food for the airplane, it was off to the airport. Destination: Kelowna, British Columbia. They gave me free beer. SCORE! Here's the view from the sky. Nice, huh?

I've ventured to Canada before, but never Kelowna. Kelowna is perfect for an outdoorsy adventurer. It's lush, green and gorgeous. Check out the photos from my stroll around town, the Okanagan Lake and the lovely surrounding nature.

Okanagan + Blue


For dinner, it was Earls Kitchen & Bar. Kara was our server and she was simply excellent. Basically, there was nothing vegan, so I modified the roasted vegetable quesadilla into an amazingly fat ciabatta sandwich. It's okay to be jealous; it was marvelous in my mouth. My taste buds were ecstatic.

Hello Seattle! - Day 2

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

* I love to travel. I get such a thrill out of visiting new places and experiencing life from another perspective. As a writer, I'm constantly chronicling everything. Here's a play-by-play of my adventures to Seattle, WA. and Kelowna, British Columbia.

This is a continuation of my recent trip to Seattle. If you want to read the first part of the Journal of my Journeys read Hello Seattle! So let's get started. Day 2 began with rain. In fact, I woke up to the rhythmic tap, tap, tap of water on the roof. I ate a light breakfast of jam and toast with fruit at Pensione Nichols. Plus, no breakfast is complete without a pot of tea! The sun decided to take a break behind the clouds. It was overcast, cold and windy, so I broke out the trench coat. Carmen San Diego style. These pictures are self-portraits, as I feel quite silly asking someone else to take a photo.

Seattle is a great place for vegans. I found amazing food without even trying. Usually I'm forced to peruse the entire menu or make changes to fit my dietary needs. However, it was super simple in Seattle. I ate vegan chowder at Pike Place Chowder. It. Was. Extraordinary. Maybe it was because it was chilly and the hot soup warmed my soul. The chowder included fresh veggies like corn, tomatoes and asparagus (I think?) simmered in coconut milk with just a splash of lime. Regardless if you're vegan, I highly recommend trying it.

After some much needed nourishment, I was off to explore. Rather than go to the top of the Space Needle, my mum and I visited the top of the Columbia Center, which is the tallest building in the city. It's easy to tell when the top of the tower is covered in clouds. It's a long way down!

I also paid a visit to the modern Seattle Public Library. One local thinks it's an eyesore. What do you think? I don't know much about architecture, but I tend to like classic buildings. It's neat though. After the library, I had happy hour at Fairmont Olympic Hotel. Check it out!

After a beer and wine break, I trekked the city streets at night. It's lovely. The Pike Place Market sign looks regal in the dark with its red neon lights. It got surprisingly warmer at night. Well, not warm, but it was noticeably less frigid than it was in the day.

Thanks for reading. You're cool.


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