Monday, July 14, 2014

DREAMS DO COME TRUE

A week or so back, I had this dream (I know, I know, this is the worst way to start a story, but stay with me) where I was paid to eat potato chips. It was otherwise banal, literally my job was just sitting in a factory testing potato chips and marking little notes on a clipboard. 

I woke up and was like, huh, that was weird, I haven't had a dream in a while, let alone one so specific, and headed to my real job, where I sadly do not get paid to eat potato chips.

Fast forward six days, and I get a package at work. It comes in a huge box, but is very light. I open it up and find this inside:


I went through my emails and found that at 2:33am, the night I had the dream, I filled out a survey through my credit card company to do "Consumer Research on Snacks." I FILLED OUT A SURVEY IN MY SLEEP TO BE A CHIP TESTER WHILE I DREAMED OF BEING A CHIP TESTER. (Though a friend had a great point - are they still really trying to figure out how people feel about Flamin' Hots?)

So basically, life has been awesome lately. 

xo,
z

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

PINTEREST FAIL - DIY PAINT VASE

I love Pinterest, it is a never-ending time suck of pretty pictures of all my favorite things (food, diy, makeup, etc etc). There have been a few times that it has lead me totally astray, though. making me question my commitment to this relationship. The first time was when I found a recipe for some chili lime tofu that was so bad I'd rather have just eaten hot garbage, and this time, I've made myself a hot garbage craft.

As someone who runs a DIY blog, I know that there are times you do projects just for content, or projects just for fun, without really thinking about them much after that. This is one of those projects that was cute for a minute, then took a dark turn.

(This picture is not from the original tutorial, since I can't find it, but seems to be creeping down the same dangerous road I went down.)

By now, I'm sure a decent amount of readers have seen this craft, where you pour paint in an old thrifted vase, swirl it around, and now you have a colorful and fun vase. Upcycling! Now, before I share with you my tale, I take full responsibility that any heinous results are probably because I rush through things and am terrible at everything, so this is more like "here's one way that I fucked up, avoid this" instead of "this persons crafts suck".  


So I swirled a little leftover white paint in a vase, and then painted a face on the outside. I just needed a little impromptu vase for some Trader Joes flowers I had just bought, and it worked great. You can see here that he ended up getting a little accidental nose when I scraped off some of the paint with a flower stem, but overall it got the job done.

Until it didn't.

Within one hour, the paint had all started to fold and crumble because of the water, and the once-adorable face began to melt.


AND THEN THE POISONED PAINT WATER INSTANTLY KILLED ALL THE FLOWERS.

Okay, of course that isn't true. I just forgot to take a picture until like, a week and a half later. But basically, the paint does not hold up at all. (This disintegration happened over the course of about two hours.) I've since seen tutorials that are like, "Use glass paint, you dingus." but the tutorial I originally found specifically called for acrylic ("A good way to use up old acrylic paint!", even). I wasn't trying to create a family heirloom or anything, I just wanted an afternoon project that ended in something to shove flowers on. Which, I kind of got...

The cheesy smile paired with the melting face brings me such sick joy that I almost don't want to throw it away....but it smells really bad. 

Anyways, I just wanted to share this total fuckup with you. Also, I received my Glossybox today, so hopefully I should have a new upload for you later this week! (If you missed the first Birchbox review, you can watch it here.)

xo,
z

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

MAY 2014 BIRCHBOX VIDEO REVIEW (SPOILER: IT KIND OF SUCKS)



Hello!

I haven't done a video in ages, but when I mentioned that I'm a dumb sucker who signed up for Ipsy/Birchbox/Glossybox again, people asked me to keep them posted on how I like them. I originally cancelled my subscriptions in the past because they kept sending me terrible shit, like pieces of string (not joking), but I'm a sucker for mail and makeup, so here we are.

In this video, I review the May 2014 Birchbox (Glossy and Ipsy haven't arrived yet), which I end up giving a grade of a C-. (Am I not supposed to tell you that? Should I withhold info so you'll watch it? In that case, TUNE IN TO SEE HOW I GRADE THIS BOX!)

My total lack of social media knowledge aside, at the end of this video is a story about how I was real creepy and weird with a reader who said hi to me this weekend, so even if you don't give a shit about Birchbox, you can tune in for that.

If you want me to keep making these, let me know! They are fun to make, but humiliating to playback for myself, but if they are at least helpful or entertaining I'll keep making them! I am going to subscribe for a minimum of three months before I cancel, just to give it a real fighting chance, but if this box is any indication, it's not looking promising for you, Birchbox.

xo,
z

PS: If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you'll notice that I changed my usernames back to "megzandi", instead of "radicalpossibility". Just a heads-up!

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