DIY Coffee Filter Letters

diy coffee filter letters

Yay! It’s finally time to share these suuuper easy DIY letters. This is not my original idea, I saw a project similar to this but on a much larger scale, somewhere on Instagram a while back. I’m sorry that I don’t know where I saw it!

My plan for this little corner was to make it a cozy coffee nook. I did some rearranging & moved the coffee cupboard to this wall & I had planned to get a big comfy chair to put next to it. That hasn’t happened yet, but we’ll be moving apartments in the next few months so I decided to wait. I came home from work one day and saw that Nick had hung my coffee print above the Keurig ;) So sweet. And true, no?

I had a couple requests for the instructions on how to make these letters, and I almost wish they were harder to make so I didn’t feel like this post was so simple.

Anyway, they’re incredibly easy and you can make them say thing you want! I chose Relax because I’m a big advocate for making your home feel relaxing and having it be the place that you can escape to. It’s also a constant reminder for Nick and myself to slow down once in a while and just…relax.

Aaaaaanyway…now to the tutorial!

You’ll need:

–Wooden letters (you can find these any just about any craft store, I got mine from Joann’s)
–Coffee filters (I think I grabbed two 200 count bags and only ended up going through less than 1 bag; this totally depends on the word you’re spelling)
–Hot glue gun & glue sticks
–Beer
–The Netflix show you’re currently binge watching

Super simple & cheap; with all of the coupons for craft stores, you can get the wooden letters for a lot less than regular price. The beer and Netflix are optional, but suggested.

Now, just take one coffee filter & pinch the center of it, so it makes what looks like a little flower. Twist the center where you pinched it so the little flower doesn’t come undone.

Next, hot glue! It didn’t take me long to realize I should bend the paper where I twisted it, so all I had to do was dab some hot glue onto the base of the coffee filter and press it onto the wood. This way, more paper is meeting the wood and you’ll get a better hold.

Keep repeating this process until you’re satisfied with how fluffy the letter is. I only used about 2 coffee filters across the width of each letter, then fluffed the filter “flowers” out so it looked fuller.

diy coffee filter letters

Aaaand that’s pretty much it! A few episodes of The Killing & quite a few hot-glue-induced swear words later, they were done. The wood letters I bought didn’t come with any wall hanging hardware, so I had a couple hooks (they look like closed question marks..I have no idea what they’re called!) laying around that I twisted into the top & hung onto nails I put in the wall.

I think they came out pretty cool! I had some RIT dye in my supplies that I was tempted to mix with water and spritz onto the paper, but I liked the crispness of the pure white.

diy coffee filter letters

diy coffee filter letters

Ta-da! Now go make your own coffee filter letters & tag @alyssaleane on Instagram so I can see! :)

xoxo

 

 

Two Thousand Fifteen

Hello!
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and that you’ve had a beautiful New Year so far.

charleston sunset

2014 was such a HUGE year for me…here’s a bit of a recap:

–I started my blog in December 2013, so it’s a little over 1 year old now. For the following reasons, you’ll see why my first year of blogging was also probably the worst year I could have tried to keep up with blogging

–Nick and I moved out of our first apartment; I moved back in at home, he moved to South Carolina

–I finished my last semester of college; I graduated in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s in Marketing

–I moved out of state for the first time, to South Carolina 

–I got married

–I started working at my dream job; I’m still convinced it was fate…ask me the story sometime! 

Ever since July, life has been just a whirlwind of adventure, full of both happy and sad tears. It’s been an unbelievable 6 months or so, but I’ve never felt better or more fulfilled by where I’m at in my life.
I started my blog with the intention of sharing my DIY projects, my wedding plans, my life changes…etc. But I fell pretty short on those goals. However, with so much going on & being a newbie blogger, I’ve since forgiven myself of my “failures”.

2014 was huge in that it captured many milestones in my life, so as 2015 approached I felt myself feeling a little overwhelmed at how….underwhelming..this year was looking. For a long time, I’ve found myself looking ahead so often that I didn’t spend enough time focusing on being PRESENT. Of course, with such exciting things as college graduation, moving South, getting married, starting a new job, it’s kind of hard to stay focused on the here-and-now. 2014 was easily one of the most stressful years of my life, but I’ve gone so many more places that I ever could have imagined. I’ve met so many wonderful people that I can’t picture my life without, I’ve pushed my own personal limits both mentally & emotionally (still working on that whole physical-limit-pushing thing…Ahem..).

But as 2015 unfolds, I’ve been realizing how important it is to not have life planned out sometimes and to not freak out when it isn’t. We’re all just learning as we go. Positive attitudes and a contagiously happy spirit can change your life.

I’m pretty damn excited to see what this next year holds, more so because I have no idea what this next year holds.
I suppose instead of stressing about the unknown, I’ll just finish my bottle glass of wine, eat my chips & salsa, and finish binge watching Parenthood. (Season 6…please never end.)

Thanks for following along! xoxo

Weekend in Savannah

savannah ga

It’s official…we made it to the middle of the week!

This past weekend, Nick and I went to Savannah, Georgia with two great friends.
We spent Saturday exploring the city and checking out the Oktoberfest festivities going on, then stayed overnight and did a bit more exploring on Sunday.

I am so glad that we’re so close to some really awesome cities! Within 2 hours we were in Savannah, which is such a beautiful city. Have you ever been?!

I am a huge fan of their “open container” freedom, because beer.

savannah georiga

Savannah has beautiful buildings and architecture, too. Being on a trip with 3 guys, they weren’t exactly keen on me stopping to photograph everything, so I grabbed only a couple pictures.

savannah ga

I was really excited to see this inspirational graffiti on a pole near River St. If you’ve been there, maybe you’ve seen this! This was a photo that even the guys took ;)

savannah, ga inspiration

We enjoyed the nightlife in Savannah, although it got crazy cold for me! Bar hopping in 60 degree weather is not exactly my cup of tea, haha. It was great to wander and find our way around the history city, though.

On Sunday, we took a trip to the zoo in Savannah. Let me say this…I am not a huge zoo person. It takes a lot to get me excited about wandering and seeing (mostly) the same animals at every zoo. However, when Nick and I went to Columbia 3 weekends ago for a mini “honeymoon” we stopped at the Columbia Zoo. If you’ve never been there, GO! It’s the BEST zoo I’ve been to so far.

Anyway, we stopped at the Savannah zoo and I knew right away that with a $5 admission fee it wasn’t going to even come close to Columbia’s.
Boy, was I right. It had more of a nature-walk set up, with trails leading to each exhibit. That part was pretty cool but I got really anxious to leave about 1/3 of the way through it. Party pooper, I know. It seemed like the guys were SO curious about every single animal and I was walking ahead thinking of where we could go for lunch. Haha the Columbia zoo held my attention like a kid in a candy store, though!

Walking through to each exhibit really was beautiful.
savannah zoo

When we finally reached the end of the exhibits, I breathed a sigh of relief and we headed to Tybee Island for a quick lunch stop. Best decision we made that weekend, other than going to Savannah of course ;)

Our lunch stop was at North Shore Bar and Grill…myyyy oh my it was delicious. They have a small menu but everything on it is made fresh and it is SO good. Sweet potato fries drizzled with honey and a balsamic reduction? Ummmm. Yes.
Not to mention the restaurant was right in front of beach access.
Naturally, we stopped to touch the ocean before we headed home.
We touched the ocean. In Georgia. In October.

tybee island

It seriously blows my mind when I give myself a reality check. I’m living in South Carolina, the happiest I’ve ever been. There are so many doors of opportunity ahead of us. I have no idea how I got here but I’m so thankful that I did!

tybee island north shore beach

Who could ever get sick of those waves? On a beach. In Georgia. In October.

Overall we had such a great weekend…we are already thinking of our next weekend trip. There are so many amazing cities within hours from us, it makes exploring the South that much easier.

I’m so thankful for my husband and the amazing adventure partner that he is. He’s (mostly) down for anything and spontaneity is our favorite past time. So love this guy!

north shore beach tybee island

north shore beach tybee islandDaaaa guys.

I’m excited to share all of the other places we head to next! Any favorite places to explore in the South? Make sure you share with me :)
I hope you have a great Wednesday!

xoxo

Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

candles

Happy Thursday!

Today started out as any other Thursday, but as I type this I know that today actually turned out to be a pretty important Thursday in my life.

You know those days where you feel like you have to step away from the project you’re working on to take a breather? Up until today I haven’t really felt the need to leave what I’m working on and switch gears for a bit. It’s been pretty smooth sailing in my work-world so far, but today was different. Nothing went horribly wrong, no. But I feel that I had an awakening of the senses about what my goals are and where I’m headed and the perspective of life that I’m carrying along with me.

The other day at work I started working on a new project. It’s a pretty important project, actually. I won’t give too much away but it looks a little something like this….

candles

When I got into work today, the perfectionist in me was so headstrong that I felt so overwhelmed with where my project was going. Certain aspects weren’t how I imagined them to be and it stressed me out big time. I know that my attention to detail can be killer sometimes and that I really need to work on letting things go. But because this is a pretty big project I wanted it to be perfect. An hour after I got to work I knew that today would be the day I left the shop during lunch to take that much needed breather.

Then a coworker told me what I keep telling myself all the time…”sometimes you just have to let things go.” It’s almost ironic that being a lover of handmade and DIY that I have such OCD perfectionist tendencies. If it’s not mass produced by a machine that means it’s made by a human….and as humans we are NOT perfect. Simple logic, I know. For some reason it’s taking forever to get through my head.

Anyway, that was lesson number 1 of the day. I truly need to start letting little things go. I am so hard on myself way too often and it translates to other aspects of my life outside of work.

My chain of thoughts from “nobody’s perfect” continued to “stop comparing yourself to other people.” I immediately thought of all the things in my life that I (way too often) find myself comparing to others…my body, my home, my fashion choices, my goals, the list goes on.

But comparing myself to other people is one of the worst things I can do for myself. It’s truly awful how habitual we have become as a people in comparing each other. Social media and a world of “filters” makes us think that the lives our friends lead are pristine, when in reality their lives are just as convoluted and confusing and stressful and messy as ours.

Look at this corner of my apartment

apartment

The perfectionist in me is in a constant battle with the laziness in me to fix this corner. It’s become the “catch all” for random crap on the table that we never use, the chest freezer that takes up way too much space, and there’s all the wall art that I have yet to hang since we’ve moved in.

My chain of thought after “nobody’s perfect” was “I am completely okay with my life and where it’s going.” It really hit me that it’s OKAY that I haven’t turned this corner into the cozy coffee/reading nook that I want to yet because I’m too much of a cheapskate to go buy a cozy chair and too lazy to take apart the table because we never use it.

It’s OKAY that sometimes I come home from work and DON’T do yoga or make a real dinner but instead eat stale girl scout cookies and gelato while drinking a Corona. (Ahem….that doesn’t happen frequently, I promise).

All of this went through my mind and I reached the understanding and peace that I’m not perfect & that perfection will never be attained. It’s all relative anyway…what’s perfect to you is a horrible disaster in someone else’s eyes.

My second lesson of the day came when my boss called a staff meeting and we listened to him tearfully tell us that a coworker (who has been out of work since before I got hired) has been given days to live because of his cancer. I have never met this man, but to know that he has been so influential to so many people makes me wish I had. I absolutely needed that lunch-break breather at this point!

Here’s my point. None of the things we worry about and compare ourselves to and stress over….none of it matters. I often become anxious when I realize that I have no future goals or aspirations that I feel would make my life complete once I achieve. But it hit me after I heard that heartbreaking news that literally none of it matters. I am absolutely 100% content with living my life with no “finish line.” That’s how it should be…we should always be learning and living and taking adventures, saying what’s on our mind and being real with ourselves and everyone else. Certainly I have short term goals such as becoming healthier, maintaining a healthy marriage, friendships, and eventually raising a happy family. But when it comes to the bigger picture it’s SO incredibly important for us to stay grounded in the thought that the little tiny details just don’t matter.

When will I turn that cluttered messy corner into a cozy coffee nook? I have no freakin’ clue and I don’t even care. It’ll happen when I get the fire under my butt to find a thrifted chair, but until then…I’m just going with the flow. Life is so so so short and it’s way too short to be competing for the cutest apartment or best outfit or whatever we concern ourselves with anymore.

I look forward to focusing on letting those little things roll of my shoulders and not weigh me down anymore. I strongly encourage you to do the same. That being said, go open that bottle of wine you’ve been staring at but tell yourself you shouldn’t drink and eat those Cheetos because they’re soo delicious. Meanwhile I’m going to drink a glass of wine myself and not even stress over the fact that I rambled quite a bit through this post…but hey, nobody’s perfect.

Welcome Back

Charleston

Well hellllooo there!
You’re probably wondering if this blog even still exists, which is a well justified thought.

I’m going to give a quick recap of my life since May, to catch you all up:

-I graduated college in on May 17th, and moved to South Carolina May 18th. Nope, I didn’t waste any time!

Charleston

-I spent about 2 months unemployed, going crazy and putting too much on my credit card because I couldn’t find a job (I will admit that I was a tad picky about where I applied, but I reached a point where I was applying anywhere…unemployment is relaxing-especially right after graduating college!-but only for a couple weeks…then it starts getting annoying, haha)

-Nick and I drove up to New York mid-July to get married! July 19th we said “I Do” :)

Wedding

-On July 21, I got an email, from the ONE company I was hoping and praying to get a job with…to set up an interview! I interviewed 2 days after we got back to South Carolina and 2 days after that I was hired. NO LONGER unemployed..yay! Timing was SO good after we got married, I was beyond excited!

Rewined candle

-During the month of August, Nick and I did the Whole30 challenge. I LOVED the way it made me look at food, and how I felt after. I still try to stay 80/20 but it usually ends up being 70/30…haha I’m working on that!

-For about 2 months now, I have been working for Rewined Candles in Charleston, South Carolina. Have you ever heard someone say “I love my job” and actually mean it? I freakin’ LOVE this job and all the potential it carries along with it. I’m truly so grateful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of such a great family! If you ever want to hear me ramble on and on about my job, just let me know because I can do that for you ;)

Today on my way home from work I had the urge to type and get back into the blogosphere. I couldn’t leave all of you wondering where I went and if I was ever coming back! Because I know you were all wondering… ;) When I wasn’t working, I was so busy finishing up planning our wedding and finishing my DIY projects for the wedding, that blogging felt like a chore. I didn’t want to force myself to create a post that didn’t have any life behind it. Because I wasn’t doing anything exciting..except becoming an expert on the Investigation Discovery TV show schedule while I crafted….ahem…

Anyway, the last couple of weeks I have been getting home from work and falling into a very unproductive routine. I wasn’t making time for exercise or doing what I loved. Granted, I have a lot of fun all day at work, but I have been itching for a DIY project. Yesterday I gave myself a kick in the ass and did an hour of yoga. Today, I got home from work and did 40 minutes of yoga. I am working on creating a new, PRODUCTIVE routine that helps me relieve some seasonal anxiety and just be a better person health wise.

Yoga

In the next few days I’ll be sharing some of my favorite wedding photos and hopefully the DIY project I have in mind!
I’m glad to be back & I’ll be working on creating a schedule to (hopeufully) keep myself on track.

Staaaay tuned! ;)

Instagram Blog Hop

Helllllo friends!
I have been so MIA lately, I feel awful! Life has been rolling pretty fast since we got back from our wedding week in New York.
I’ll be sharing an update with you sometime this week…pretty exciting things happening!
Be sure to link up your Instagram account below & meet amazing new people :) It’s a great way to connect with similar minds and make new friends. Have FUN!

 

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Instagram Blog Hop

Woah! I feel like it’s been a century since I’ve posted on the blog. We got back from New York last week and I start a new job this week, so life has been pretty crazy! In an amazing way :)

I’m not going to promise regular blog posts, because that’s just not truthful of me. I will however, have wedding pictures to share in the next month! I’m so excited to share those with you all.

For now, be sure to link up your Instagram account this week and meet new friends! I’ve met so many amazing friends through Instagram, believe it or not. Similar interests really do bring people together…so link up & see who is out there!!

xoxox Have fun!!

 

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Instagram Blog Hop

Hello friends!
Nick and I are officially back in New York this week because we get MARRIED on Saturday! Crazy!
We’re so excited.
I will likely be MIA on the blog this week, but while I’m gone, be sure to link up this week and meet new Instagram friends! It’s super easy and you don’t even have to have a blog to hang out with us…all you need is an Instagram account :)
Have fun & enjoy!

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Yoga, anyone?

Good morning loves!

Raise your hand if you’re a Yogi. I’m sure there are a bunch of you out there, and I have to say I’m pretty jealous!
I recently started following an amazing Instagram account that I have become so inspired by.

If you’re not following Yoga_Girl on Instagram, you’re missing out! Rachel’s feed is beautiful & her yoga videos make the practice look so easy. Her website is full of inspiration, also!

Nick and I have always been interested in yoga, but we have never consistently practiced it. Now that we’ve moved to South Carolina, sometimes it’s just too hot and humid outside to go sweat out some exercises. I’ve started to get back into yoga with some Yoga with Adriene Youtube videos. I have to say, her laid back approach and adorable little comments make it a lot of fun!

I get so envious of the pictures I see of these swift, graceful Yogis on their hands and heads, acting like the rest of their body is simply a feather. And then I roll out my yoga mat, determined to lift my feather-like body above my head…….hahah. Yeah, right.

 

Even though yoga is pretty hard sometimes, I do feel so much better after just 20-30 minutes of practicing. I have to say though, it’s a difficult process for me to stick with it because I don’t really know how to relax. Controlling my breathing and being “in the moment” can be pretty hard sometimes. I can’t be the only one who feels this way!

I know that it’s the process of learning and growing and not giving up, though. Someday I WILL be able to do a headstand and hold it for mmm let’s say 5 seconds as a starting point haha.

Do you have any tips or tricks for sticking with yoga? How did you get starting practicing?

I have a lot of goals when it comes to my health and fitness, but I often find myself not pushing hard enough for what I want. I know that even a few minutes a day of yoga can significantly improve flexibility, but I still find myself being lazy at times.

My word of 2014 is “patience”…and I feel that sticking with yoga and having the patience to see results and grow from the inside out is something that I truly need. I’m always thinking ahead to the future or looking back on the past. It’s absolutely necessary for me to learn how to live in the NOW.

If you’re on your own yoga journey, share your tips & secrets with me! I’m always looking to learn and develop more, so anything helps. I’ll be sure to share a great picture of my 5 second headstand some day ;)

Have a great Thursday, ya’ll!

xoxoxo

Instagram Blog Hop

Hey there! Hopefully you had a great 4th of July weekend, I know ours was a blast. No pun intended ;) 
It’s that time to link up your Instagram account and meet new friends!
I love Instagram, it’s my favorite form of social media. I love following amazing people & seeing their awesome feeds. There’s no doubt you’ll find some great new people to follow, too!
Have fun :)

 

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Fill out the URL, Name & Email to link up your Instagram profile as shown below:
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this happens to pop up: “Error: The requested URL returned error: 500″,
that’s totally fine! It simply means that it’s unable to find a picture
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Image URL” if you have one or “Upload from Computer” and pick an image
of yours to upload. If you still have trouble, you might be better off with using Followgram or Webstagram to upload your profile/picture.
4. Check out other Instagram profiles & make new friends!
After all, that’s what this party is all about!
 
5. Share the Instagram Blog Hop & spread the party around so we can keep making new insta-friends!
 
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