Favorite Finds from the Web {Week of 9/8/14}

I shared my favorite things a few weeks ago on Labor Day here and now I want to share a few more awesome discoveries and cool stuff I've seen this week...

  • Sporcle - free online trivia with a million quizzes and categories. And you can earn badges! I love the geography, TV, and sports quizzes. Prepare to spend hours there... 
  • Clemson Necklace - I got it from GroopDealz about two weeks ago for $11 (including shipping) and it arrived on Friday and I'm in love! I can't figure out who the seller was or I'd tell you - let me know if you know! (If only there was a Clemson game this week to wear it for...)
pic via GroopDealz
via CNN
via Lifehack
via Wired

Did you find anything else super-awesome? Please share in the comments!

Ombre Scalloped Wreath

I saw some pretty felt wreaths on Pinterest (like this one from Make & Takes, this one from a bit of sunshine, and this one from Green Wedding Shoes)and knew for awhile I wanted to make my own. I finally got around to it after hoarding some blue felt. The result was even better than I'd imagined!

This was seriously simple to make. The directions are basically to get felt, wreath form, template, scissors, and straight pins. Cut out the scalloped template in several shades and tints of felt. I used this template from Jen at Tatertots & Jello (a big thanks to her!) - one row of the scallops on the paper was perfect for wrapping one color or row around the wreath. (Jen's wreath was all one color so she had one long piece of felt.) Wrap around your wreath form and hold in place with a straight pin (I literally just put a straight pin or two directly into the wreath to hold the two edges of the felt over one another).

You could use glue, but I was thinking I might re-arrange the colors so I did something temporary... I probably would have gone for hot glue if I'd known how much I'd like this pattern! Just keep wrapping different strips of the scalloped felt around the wreath form until you get finished... mine are mostly in an ombre pattern (they're slightly imperfect when I got back to the starting point, but I didn't care enough to try to fix it). 

I staggered the scalloped points - made me think of the children's book about the rainbow colored fish with the scales he gives away (some Googling revealed the book is The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister). 

The resemblance is obvious... right? Right? 

A few more shots because I loved it so much I had to take pictures... even when it was wayyyyy too bright to expect actual pictures....

My new favorite wreath for sure!

I'll be sharing with my favorite linky parties....

Free Desktop Wallpapers Roundup

I love the first of the month in part because I get to go collect free desktop calendar wallpapers to fancy up my computer (it almost kinda sorta balances out the bills that start again each month). People who know me in real life usually ask about where I get them so I thought I'd round up some from this month. Most of these sites offer a new one each month so I highly recommend bookmarking some you like... (and no I don't go to all of them each month, but I do visit a few). (And a big thank you to the talented people who make these each month!)

I'll be sharing with my favorite linky parties....
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