30 Day Writing Challenge | Day 22

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Day 22: Put your music on shuffle and list the first 10 songs that play.

This one, my friends, could get a little embarrassing. I have music on my iPod from ninth grade that I haven’t removed. There is a mess of everything from punk music, to folk music, to jazz, to pop, to fairly heavy rock. I even have children’s songs and Disney music on here, as I am a nanny for two little girls (for those of you wondering, this is my last week as a nanny! I begin my new job that I mentioned on the 29th!). I have no idea what is going to come up when I hit shuffle, but here we go! I’ll try to link youtube videos for the songs that come up, in case you’d like to hear them. 🙂 There will be bonus songs at the end because that’s just what I seem to do.

1. Shake it Off- Taylor Swift. I have zero shame with this one, I don’t typically like Taylor Swift’s music all that much, but when I first heard this on the radio I couldn’t help but dance to it. Now it’s one of those songs that I sing loudly (and horribly might I add) when I’m driving around in my car. So damn catchy!

2. Belle (Little Towns)- Beauty and the Beast. This was simultaneously my favorite and least favorite Disney film when I was a little girl. I added a fact to this list of 30 facts about me regarding this topic. When you find it you’ll understand why I had such a love hate relationship with this film. Belle is however, my favorite Disney princess.

3. To Be Alone- Hozier. I love this song. I’d say this must be near the top of my most played list. I really love Hozier in general. He’s been featured on two different posts in my 30 Day Writing Challenge, three now with this one I suppose! His music just grabs a hold of me.

4. Bye Bye Bye- N’Sync. I knew the whole dance to this video as a child. And I have absolutely no shame admitting this to you right now. My crush on Justin Timberlake still hasn’t ended. It might sound crazy but it ain’t no lie baby bye bye bye.

5. Fat Bottomed Girls- Queen. Do I need to explain this one? I’ve listened to queen as long as I can remember, my mom started me questionably early on this stuff, and I love her for it. Just imagine 5 year old me singing this song at the top of my little lungs in the car, inappropriately wonderful.

6. Sweet Child O’ Mine- Guns N Roses. I think this is turning into “let’s take a tour of Lexie’s childhood music favorites” haha, because this is another one that I absolutely love. I would also like to point out that I was born in 1993, not the 80’s, so this music was all brought to be by my mom and brothers. I still get excited when this one pops up on my iPod. You may be surprised at the volume of classic rock songs I’ve got on here amidst my indie music and my pop music haha.

7. Wannabe- Spice Girls. If you want my future, forget my past, If you wanna get with me, better make it fast. Now don’t go wasting my precious time; Get your act together we could be just fine. I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want. So tell me what you want, what you really, really want! Okay, I’ll stop, but this was fun.

8. Perfect- Simple Plan. Oh god… Welcome to my angsty teen years. I’ll just leave this one here. Judge me if you wish haha.

9. With A Little Help From My Friends- The Beatles. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you may have noticed the little references to my love of The Beatles throughout my posts. I formed this love all on my own as a child. No one else in my family were big fans of it, but I found a cassette tape of it in the garage when I was really young and listened to it non-stop. Thanks to my mom for letting me listen to it even though she wasn’t too interested in it!

10. Geronimo- Sheppard. I just like this song. It makes me think of Doctor Who, it is insanely catchy, and I really enjoy his voice. I think the video is absolutely adorable as well. I love when people use their imagination and don’t just have half naked women and liqueur in the background.

BONUS: The next songs that came up were Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, Budapest by George Ezra, Sunday Morning by Maroon 5, No Scrubs by TLC, Let Her Go by Passenger, Stay by Hurts, and Livin’ On A Prayer by Bon Jovi.

In fact, here, I’m going to leave the video for Livin’ On A Prayer right here, because I’m dancing to it as I’m typing this sentence and I feel like you need to be dancing while you’re reading it.

There you have it, the first 10 songs to come up when playing my iPod on shuffle and then some. Let me know if you like any of the same stuff I do or if you just think I’m weird in the comments below! This post was really fun to write, I enjoy these posts where I share my favorite things or facts about me. I feel like it helps you get to know me a bit better. 🙂

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx

20 Summer Goals | 19.) Do at least three crafts | Tie Dye Shirts

Once again, I decided to set off on another little adventure in hopes of moving closer to checking another thing off my list of 20 summer goals. This time, I wanted to work on a craft, and what better to do than get a little messy and tie dye some shirts! I have to admit, I didn’t do this craft alone, I grabbed a friend and my niece, to make working towards this goal a bit more fun! After enlisting their help, we went off on a journey to Michael’s (just a chain of craft stores, in case you’re not familiar with it) to pick up the tie dye kits. I ended up deciding to go with two separate kits with 5 bottles in each, as the bottles in those kits were larger than all the others and I thought I’d be able to do more with them. The two kits I bought were both the Tulip One-Step Tie Dye Kit, and I bought one called Carousel and one called Neon.

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The colors included in the Carousel kit were Teal, Royal Blue, Black, Purple, and Fuchsia, and the colors included in the Neon kit were another Fuchsia, Orange, Yellow, Lime, and Turquoise. Each kit also came with some gloves to protect your hands from looking the same as your newly tie dyed shirt when you’re done, and some rubber bands to use when making the design. Once we arrived home, set everything up outside, and changed into old clothes that we couldn’t care less about, we got down to business.

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These kits are incredibly user friendly; all you need to do to get started is fill the bottles up with normal water from the tap, shake it up to incorporate the powder dyes in the bottle, and its time to dye! Before you start, its best to wash your shirt and pop them in the dryer (without any fabric softener or dryer sheets) so that they are clean and ready to go to soak up the colors. This kit doesn’t require you to soak them in vinegar before dying them to hold the color, but you can always do that if you’d like. I absolutely hate the smell of large quantities of vinegar, so I passed on that one. Once the dye was ready, I got started getting the shirts tied up in the rubber bands. For the tank top I’m going to share with you here, I chose to attempt a spiral pattern. I say attempt, because these things never turn out “right” for me. My spirals always turn out a bit wonky and off, but that’s honestly half the fun of tie dye; nothing ever comes out the same and it usually looks better when its not perfect!

First, you lay your shirt out as flat as possible on your work surface. I’m using an oversized tank top that I got from Walmart for something like $10, but you can use anything you’d like really. It’s just best to make sure it’s mostly (if not 100%) cotton, as it tends to be the easiest to work with and holds the dye the best.

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Then, now this is the tricky bit, you want to pinch a spot near the middle, or wherever you want the center of your spiral to be, and start twisting it counter-clockwise, gathering all the rest of the fabric into the spiral as you go. It is hard to explain, but once you start twisting your shirt you’ll understand what I mean. And don’t sweat it if you have to start over and re-do it, or if it goes a bit wonky, it always takes me at least three tries before I’m happy with the final product.

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After twisting the shirt until the entire thing has gone into one big spirally circle, you’ll just want to chuck a few rubber bands on it to secure it. Make sure that the rubber bands all meet in relatively the same spot in the middle of the spiral. It should almost look like a sliced pizza from the top.

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After you’ve done that, and have completed whatever design you’re wanting for your other shirts (if you’re unsure what other designs you’d like to make, just do a quick google search and you’ll find loads of ideas and instructions on how to do them), its time to start the actual dying process. For a spiral design, its easiest to just dye the shirt in between the rubber bands, as if you’re dying each little pizza slice a different color. I always do them in a pattern of sorts where each slice gets dyed the same color as the one directly across from it, but you can do whatever you’d like really. This is the messy part obviously, so do take care to wear the gloves provided in the kit and make sure you’re wearing things you don’t care too much about, because its almost guaranteed that they will get messy. It’s also helpful to lay an old towel or something down on the surface you’ll be using to make sure nothing gets ruined (aside from the towel) and also to make the clean up process a bit more manageable. The dye will bleed together with the one next to it, and chances are high that various colors will rub off from your gloves onto the next section of the shirt that you work with, but don’t worry about it too much, it will turn out fine in the end, I promise.

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After your shirt is thoroughly soaked with the colorful dye, you just put it into a zip-lock bag or wrap it in plastic wrap, and leave it to sit for 6-8 hours, or whatever your kit recommends if it is different from mine. Once that agonizing wait is up, you’ll have to begin the task of getting the excess dye out of the fabric. This takes a while, so be prepared. They say to rinse the shirt in the sink until the water runs clear, similar to dying your hair at home, but if I’m honest, I’ve never been able to get the water completely clear. So just do your best, and once that’s done, you’ll just pop them in the washer on the largest load setting you have (the excess water is necessary to get the rest of the dye out) and add in a very small amount of whatever laundry detergent you use, and let them wash. Once that’s through you can either let them air dry, or pop them in the dryer. I, being the forever impatient girl that I am, chose the dryer option, and in 30 short minutes, my shirts were dry and the tie dye process was complete!

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I love tie dye, and not because its psychedelic or because I’m a “hippie” as people often think, I just love it because of the color. The bright colors, the various patterns, and the way that every single one of them is different just makes me happy. And I’m always up for any excuse to get messy and do something creative.

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With this, I am one step closer to checking another thing off of my list of summer goals. And if there’s one thing that I’d like you to take away from this post, it would be to just go out and do something creative! There’s no “wrong” way to be creative, and that’s a beautiful thing.

I hope you’re doing well, where ever you are in the world, and I wish you all the best.

-Lexie Xx