Month: September 2014

IKEA Papercraft collection - Pucks and Macarons

IKEA Papercraft Collection: Yes, Do Want

I love IKEA, even though sometimes it doesn’t always love me back. I love it in spite of the crowds clogging up the walkways. I love it in spite of the fact that they removed the self-checkout lanes and I always get stuck behind someone buying half the store. I love it in spite of the fact that sometimes I genuinely have trouble reading the assembly instructions and one time assembled a bookshelf with one piece on backwards, the unfinished particleboard exposed, so late in the process of building that it couldn’t be fixed (a pretty scarf lies over the mistake). I just love the way they design, the intriguing showrooms on the second level, the fun lighting available in the marketplace, the IKEA Family benefits and those meatballs. Among other things.

I haven’t been to IKEA recently–it’s kind of a haul to get there and then to get around in the crowds–but I may need to make a trip soon to see this new IKEA Papercraft collection. Just check out these pictures from their official Share Space blog.

IKEA Papercraft gift wrap - Pucks and Macarons

Gift wrap! Ribbon! Washi tape! Oh my! I like the colors here–they’re nice and neutral, suitable for pretty much any occasion. IKEA already has Christmas gift wrap and ribbon, but a lot of it is really Christmassy and you couldn’t haul it out for a midsummer birthday or anything. Washi tape is so hot right now (in the voice of everyone from Zoolander) and I have a few rolls of it myself. Could do with some more uses for it…I like the idea of using it to tape up presents, even though I’m often clumsy with wrapping paper. My dad is actually a gift-wrapping whiz.

IKEA Papercraft notebooks - Pucks and Macarons

VARIOUS NOTEBOOKS!!! Those pink, blue and green ones piled on the floor are 99 cents apiece for the small and $1.99 for the big, both having a gray elastic band that keeps them closed, kind of like Moleskines but a lot cheaper. Those black and white shell and pointing hand designs appear to be part of a set of stickers, 14 for 49 cents.

IKEA Papercraft writing paper - Pucks and Macarons

Silver is the ruling hue here in this display of notebooks, notepads and little notecards, plus gift wrap and paperclips.

IKEA Papercraft hanging decorations - Pucks and Macarons

What is the proper term for these?! They’re like paper hanging decorations that unfold to have this sort of interior pattern and become 3D. I’m sure they have a name and I don’t know it. IKEA just calls them decoration. I like the fun heart-shaped ones! Obviously you could use these at a party, but then you could just keep them up after since they work as permanent decor.

IKEA Papercraft collection - Pucks and Macarons

Here’s a whole roundup of the collection. You can also see black and white boxes with tree designs, gift bags and boxes and gift wrap with a speech bubble pattern. Speech bubbles are all over the place in this collection, along with the old-school black and white drawings shown earlier and beautiful colorful forest scene notebooks for just three bucks. There’s even party stuff for kids’ parties!

As you can see, Papercraft has some pretty attractive prices for some fun-looking stuff. That forest scene notebook is just gorgeous. There are some fun speech bubble-shaped sticky notes and I like to have some pretty blank cards hanging around just in case (actually, they became useful lately when we wanted a pretty card to cover a cash gift for a family friend’s wedding celebration), so this set might be right up my alley…especially for 99 cents!

IKEA promises new additions to Papercraft all year long, so it’ll be interesting to see how often they add new things and what they add.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go round up one of the big blue bags and head over there sometime soon!

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Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Mascara Topcoat Review: Pucks and Macarons

Problem Solvers: Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat

I like to buy things that solve problems. Really, who doesn’t? A problem I was noticing was that, before a workday had even ended, my mascara had inevitably navigated to the under-eye area and created a delightful raccoon eye effect that no one wants to have. This happened with pretty much any mascara save for L’Oreal Double Extend Beauty Tubes,  but that mascara is so dramatic that I wanted something more low-key for work or other times.

To find a solution to this issue, I went on a makeup-focused area of Reddit and asked, receiving one really glowing recommendation for Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Genius Waterproof Topcoat. I couldn’t find it on their official website, but Ulta and Sephora both have it.

Anastasia Lash Genius Waterproof Mascara Topcoat Review: Pucks and Macarons

Photo from makeupforlife.net

The topcoat costs $21, but it’s already paid for itself in keeping mascara looking fantastic for hours and hours at a time. Even during the 90-degree days we’ve had here recently (the joys of late summer in Georgia), even when being outside for quite a while, it stays put. It stayed put after a tough workout in which I sweated a lot (usually I take my makeup off before going to the gym, but I told myself not to so I could see how the topcoat responded, for science). This goes for both of the brands I’ve tried using it on, Maybelline Full ‘n Soft and Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes–really spanning both ends of the price spectrum there! It also softens the mascara so that your lashes aren’t so brittle.

It is hard to remove. I’m still trying to figure out what might be best for that because Lush 9 to 5 isn’t cutting it. Maybe I need to ask around again–unless you have this product and know a good way to get it off when the day is done!

Thinking of Cross Stitch Again

I’m thinking of picking up cross-stitching again. I’m not much for DIY, don’t have a ton of space to store works in progress and don’t think I’d be very good at the fine art of spray-painting things to look 200% better than they did before, but I’ve done cross-stitching before. Actually, I’ve done it twice before.

As a teenager, I used to do some cross-stitching with my stepmom back when she was still alive. It turns out my grandmother (who also has passed) was a dab hand with cross stitching herself and my dad has some of her framed works: intricate, multicolored, beautiful.

Then I picked the habit back up in 2011 to stitch up two different copies of a Nyan Cat-themed pattern I bought off of Etsy. I made one for me and one for my friend Bethany as a gift!

(Y’all remember the Nyan Cat era? People made some hilarious parody versions, including a Swedish one where the little 8-bit pixel kitty flew over pine trees, cabins and IKEA stores.)

Etsy is a great place to visit for patterns again. The instant gratification is really quite nice and there tend to be more pop culture, youthful-focused patterns available than what one might find at Michaels or JoAnn–of course, there’s nothing wrong with either of those shops, especially considering I’d source thread and cloth from them, but you might know what I mean about the patterns. Plus it’s great to support independent craftspeople.

Here are some patterns that caught my eye while browsing.

Pretty Little Tokyo

Pretty Little Tokyo: $6

This cute and colorful pattern features lots of Tokyo sights, including Mt. Fuji, the Sky Tree tower and more! There are also loads of other Pretty Little cities from this same shop, including San Francisco, Paris, New York, Sydney and Italy. I can think of a friend who might like the Paris or Italy ones as a gift. Having been to San Francisco, maybe that one would be a good choice! But if I can’t decide, there’s a deal for purchasing 2 or 3 as a bundle.

Owl in a Hearts Tree

Owl in a Hearts Tree: $3.78

Wow, that price is great! This pattern is so cute…I love the little owl and the mix of colors in the hearts.

Doomed Redshirt

Doomed Redshirt: $3.99

The grandmother I mentioned above was actually a huge Star Trek fan during the run of the original series. My dad tells a story of how the family was given a Nielsen box one year to chart TV ratings. Grandma would make sure the TV was on for EVERY Star Trek episode, even if it was on at 2 a.m. She passed that Trek love down to Dad, Mom got into it too and now I’m into it, so that makes me a third-generation Trekkie. Cool, huh? Anyway, back to the pattern, which is nothing but the truth (except for when Uhura is in red because she’s Uhura and she rules).

Read More

Read More: $4.22

I like all the little details of this pattern, which would make a fun gift for a librarian friend of mine. This seller also offers a bundle deal for 3 patterns. Note that many of her patterns include naughty words, haha. Who knew such salty language would look so pretty in flourishes?

Only Judy Can Judge Me

Only Judy Can Judge Me: $8

The first time I saw someone use that phrase, I cracked up–and it’s always made me smile since. Mom and I enjoy watching Judge Judy because of her hilarious quips and take-no-prisoners attitude. I also like the frame that the crafter made for this picture, though I know that would be sold separately.

Peacock

Peacock: $4.50

I just love the colors and the look of this peacock pattern! Beautiful in its simplicity–and I love blue hues, so it’s a perfect fit.

Rapidash

Rapidash: $2.09

Pokemon has been a favorite video game of mine since the very first generation. I had a teal blue Game Boy Color and Pokemon Blue and I was happy as a clam. I’ve played pretty much every gen since, except the 3DS ones since I just don’t have a 3DS yet. The pixel art style lends itself well to cross-stitch rendering, like in elegant fiery Rapidash here.

This seller offers a buy 2 get 1 free deal, so it’s easier to catch them all. I’d probably go with Pikachu and Umbreon.

Here are some more incredible cross-stitch patterns that seem too daunting for my liking, but God bless anyone who tackles these:

I’m not sure which one to get! Or, because they’re so affordable, maybe I could get a few?!

Mission Statement

Hi there, I’m Emma and this is Pucks and Macarons. This blog is named for my twin loves of hockey and food, using a food item that kind of looks like the hockey puck itself! I aim to use this blog to write about a variety of topics, including:

  • reviews of products (whether received in Birchbox, Naturebox, from BzzAgent or Influenster just otherwise)
  • food
  • hockey
  • shopping hauls and deals
  • pictures I take
  • maybe some interior design stuff too
  • other stuff to be named later?

I have no editorial calendar or schedule or anything right now. Whenever I feel inspired, I’ll just write something!

While I read a lot of great lifestyle and design blogs and draw lots of inspiration from them, I notice that their writers are generally a bit older than me and at a different stage in their lives. Pretty much all are married or at least taken, and many are parents, whereas I am neither. There’s nothing wrong with either life stage, of course! But there’s a place in this conversation for someone who’s still single too–and maybe I can help add such a voice to the conversation.

I also aim to receive a somewhat-old-but-still-working DSLR camera soon and explore the world of that camera’s abilities, but in the meantime, all pictures are taken with the camera of an HTC One M8 phone unless noted. Yes, really! It’s a great phone for pictures because it actually has two rear-facing cameras.