Hi guys! I’m excited to announce that my new website is up and running! Woohoo!! It’s been a long time coming— as you can tell, my focus has been moving more and more toward fashion illustration with less emphasis on personal style and DIY projects. I tried to make a transition towards art here but ultimately felt that I needed a fresh start. I’m so happy with where Sprinkles in Springs led me in my life and all the opportunities that it brought and I’m so excited to see where my new blog takes me! So without further ado, here is my new site: KaraAshley.com and the blog: KaraAshley.com/blog
In preparation for our upcoming wedding, I’ve been focusing on getting healthier and in better shape. Finding love and basking in romantic bliss often come with a few extra lbs… calories shouldn’t count when you’re being wined and dined, am I right? So I joined a gym and started working with a personal trainer. It’s so great being this active again (I haven’t worked out consistently since playing volleyball in high school).
Aveda sent over some of their products from the Romantic Grandeur collection, which I loved and want to share with you! I’ve only ever used their hair products when I’m at the salon (which are amazing and smell fantastic), so these makeup products were a first. The lipstick glides on so smooth and gives great coverage in this most gorgeous shade of red—I have it in 930 Goji Berry—and the lipliner is so beautiful as well. The ‘mosscara’ is a nice everyday kind of mascara that leaves your lashes lush. So go check them out and tell me what you think!
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Have you heard of Green Monday? It’s like a second Cyber Monday. If you missed out on the sales or are wishing you bought something, this is your chance. Here are my favorite things for myself and to give as gifts. Sales are still going on as well as free shipping at a bunch of stores. If you’re still in the mood to shop:
Today I’m bringing you a fun and unique home Christmas project! I teamed up with Ana, of Chic Streets and Eats, to create a ‘basket wreath’ wall art. We each made our own creation going off that idea—see Ana’s version here. For my project, I wanted to do a spin on the traditional rustic country Christmas by incorporating rich colors and pine cones. The fun thing about putting greenery inside the baskets is that it’s the same effect as a traditional wreath, just re-arranged.
Here’s how I made it:
I bought baskets at the dollar store and all the fixin’s at Michael’s.
Plan out the arrangement of the baskets and overall design.
Using twine, tie the baskets together in a few spots.
For extra strength, I cut up foam cardboard and backed the baskets, tying it together with fishing line and taping everything down.
Make a loop to hang it at the top.
Carefully tie (or glue) everything down so it stays put when you hang it. I chose to tie everything in so if I wanted to change up the design next year I could. (The baskets would stay tied up but the decorations can be removed.)