GUEST POST: DIY Marble Shorts

NOTE: Yes, I am still at camp, and this is a scheduled *guest post* by Sarah Miller. I will continue normal posting when I get back from camp in late August.

I usually don’t like shorts. But I like shorts now. Mostly because I have an easy way to turn jeans into the best shorts. Here is how.

1. Sort through your stacks of jeans. If you are lucky a cute and tiny dog will give you support. Find a pair you are willing to destroy with love and magic.

2. Use a straight edge to draw the cutting line. This part is sort of important; this is where you want to cut them at an angle like I did in the picture. I promise it is just more flattering. Cut above the line.

3. You will use some bleach and a bucket for this part. Take all of your items outside.

Most likely your current pair of new cut off shorts will be a terribly dumb color. So you have a choice, dip the whole dang pair in the bucket, use a stick to splatter, or do a gradual dip like this:

The first dip is quick and you can immediately see the colors changing. Rinse them off and pour more bleach in the bucket.

4. Then just dip the tips of the shorts and leave them in the bleach for about 10 minutes. Don’t worry about the dips being perfect because the more messy the splashes, the prettier the shorts.

I love the marbled effect.

5. Rinse again, wash, and you are now a boss man or lady.

Some tips & things:
*if you skip the rinsing parts there will be more marble.
*dispose of the bleach in a nice way.
*tighter jeans don’t work quite as well.
*don’t let tiny dogs help during the bleach part. It could hurt them!
*remember to use gloves while handling bleach.
*you can’t mess this up.

Guess who didn’t go to the midnight premier of HP?

I had the best time in Vermont! It was amazing and it felt great to have fresh air in my lungs and a blue sky over my head. It was very inspiring of drawings and songs I created while I was there. Being in the mountains also made me realize how little people appreciate a blue sky when it’s there every day- I never realized how much of an affect the lack of it would have on me until I was trapped under it for so long. On the last day of camp, four people were chosen to hold a candle that represented each of the four elements while everyone else sobbed and sang (about the end of camp, not the candles… ahem) and I was given the “air” candle for my “appreciation of air and the sky”. That really made me think.

Anyway, I’m sorry my mom neglected to post for me. She had good intentions, she still likes you guys! She just didn’t want to mess up my blog and embarrass me. Unfortunately, that made most of you guys go away so I’m going to have to get re-connected and you can help by spreading the word about this blog! I’m sorry. I promise I don’t mean to be such a walking advertisement.

I’m very aware that it’s June, but I’m going to a new school next year and I’ve been thinking about it a lot. 8th grade is uber important! It will affect the rest of my life: my grades will affect my high school, college and then career, and because I’m not moving again after this, the friends and (hopefully not) enemies will stay with me through high school and maybe beyond. I can’t think of a year in my life that will be more important than 8th grade. Maybe my junior year of HS?

Either way, I’m going to be posting some back-to-school vibes, some of which I might have already posted.

birdwings.tumblr.com, Tavi (style rookie), random Tumblr, tulletulle.tumblr.com, Lexi (quirky explosion), Bridge to Terabithia

Ahh, I love cool shoes and sharpening pencils. I also love my handwriting on the first week of school. Just writing this is making me excited for the fall- my favorite season for weather and fashion!

While I was at camp, I noticed there is no such thing as summer camp fashion, so, at the same time, there was. The lack of creativity in the way people dressed inspired creativity in general, I suppose. There was a very specific “style”: friendship bracelets and other random things strangling one arm , wearing the clothes you don’t care about getting dirty, big rainboots for easy access and to keep out mud. Here’s a little snippet of what I usually wore at camp. (My boots had holes in them and I had to throw them out.)

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That’s about all I have to show you now. Just be sure to check for updates because I’m going to begin to post regularly again. As a “PS”, I am in the middle of sewing a skirt and I have just finished a bow and a belt. Here’s the belt.Eek! A few threads came loose!Details.

One wing will never ever fly, dear, neither yours nor mine.

One Wing is my favorite Wilco song at the moment. That’s irrelevant to this post, but it’s been in my head for weeks and I thought I’d share.

What I really wanted to say was this: I MOVED! I moved out of Shenzhen, China, and I never have to go back! I mean, it was a good experience and all, but I really took fresh air and quiet for granted. And, you know, everything NOT being under construction so you need to hop over ditches and wires to walk to school. I love Providence! It’s so beautiful! I don’t have any pictures of downtown at the moment, but I will later today and I’ll post them then. For now, enjoy what I can see out of my windows.

(My new room with a blue floor!)

I also went thrifting for the first time in AGES. I went to the Salvation Army and got 4 things: a button-down print shirt, a grey blazer, a black blazer, and an eighties yellow striped tee shirt that hangs off one shoulder. Here are some pictures! Yaaaayyy! (sorry if they’re blurry, my camera sucks.)

This was $5!

$5.99Don’t remember how much this cost

I’ve been searching for a striped tee shirt to wear tucked into cuffed jeans for the summer with clogs or all-stars. It’s kind of my goal outfit for the next couple months. I was really craving one with longer sleeves and more fitted, but I like the color a lot.

OH! And one last note: I went into a tiny shoe store called “Berks” today and found the more amazing pair of floral Doc Marten’s ankle boots! Ah, Providence. I love them soooo much. I feel like they’re calling out to me! The thing is, they cost $120. I tried begging my mom to buy them for me, but I don’t think she will. I’m considering caving in and giving up my savings for this pair of shoes, but I don’t want to. If anyone knows where I can buy used Docs (including the internet) email me or tell me in the comments!

Here’s what I wore today- my new thrifted shirt is beautious!

Details, details!

Wearing~ shirt: Salvation Army. Shorts: Cotton On (HK). Shoes: supposed to be Vans, but aren’t :3 Bow on shorts: childhood

In the comments: Have you ever completely fallen in love with a pair of shoes?