I Can’t Keep Plants Alive

I can’t keep plants alive and it’s killing me!

My mother is an amazing gardener. I always thought she had a green thumb like Stanley from “Troll in Central Park,” which is a great old kid’s movie if you’ve never heard of it!


I did NOT inherit my mother’s green thumb. I am not a Stanley.


I just can’t seem to keep plants alive. I’ve vowed to stick to fake plants if I can get them.

HOWEVER!! I have a dilemma.

I really enjoy making floral arrangements… but they can be pricey, and more importantly: I have ZERO SPACE.

I’ve created a magnolia centerpiece [link] for my family’s dining table (when it’s not covered by an in-progress puzzle), and now I strive to make a parrot tulip wreath for spring, and some sort of frosted succulent and snow arrangement for winter, if I change up my decoration theme for the year.

As for year-round decorations, I’d like to get at least a large croton. Fake plants are expensive, but worth the lack of upkeep in my opinion. Preferably, I’d rather have real plants so that I could have fresh oxygen cycling in my home, but we all know their doomed fates.

My favorite would-be flora:

Aloe Vera – especially white or striped


Croton – obviously; also, RAINBOW


Fiddle-leaf Fig tree


Monstera – I have some artwork at my partner’s apartment with these featured


Orchids – especially white, blue, or unique

Magnolia – I’d love a huge tree of “Little Gem”


Snapdragons – I have so many childhood memories


Parrot Tulips – if tulips got a fringe haircut!


Michael’s has great realistic fake flowers. I’ve shopped around and their the best store around for fake flowers, and yes, I’m including Hobby Lobby; those flowers fall apart super quick, they’re much too thin.

Right now, I have no space or money for the fake plants. But one day… ONE DAY!

They shall be mine, and I won’t have to worry about watering them.

I’m really lazy, guys.


Tulle Skirt: the DIY that took me a while… And gave up on.

Soooo, I’ve always wanted a long ballerina tulle skirt.

Like this:


Well… Sorta like that. I like green and blue more. And this is me, so I’m going to make it differently. (AKA, the lazy way.)20160727_194603.jpgFirst things first! I got me some turquoise tulle! I got out my supplies; thread, fabric scissors, and whatnot.

20160727_194731.jpgSpeaking of whatnot, look at this cute little machine I bought for this tutorial!

Michael’s Loops & Threads brand, sold in stores only. It’s lavender and tiny and adorable.

20160727_200355.jpgI immediately unpacked it and started sewing! Look at that focus. And that posture. That terrible, terrible posture.

And then I realized… I don’t know anything about this machine!

How to thread it.

Or what leavers do what.

Or how to turn it on.

20160727_200652.jpgMANUEL, TELL ME YOUR SECRETS.

20160727_200929.jpgSecond time’s the charm.

Sidenote: Am I the only one who finds staring at hands fascinating? Even if it’s my own hands, seeing the tension as they work is amazing, and I’m often not able to appreciate the beauty of hands creating because I’m more interested in the work being made. Look at your own hands at work next time you’re doing something!!

20160727_201000.jpgWhoo! I made an elastic loop!

I’m trying to test the strength for the camera. And showing off to my friend.

20160727_205004.jpgNow that I had an elastic loop, measured to my waist and taken in by an inch and a half so the band will keep the skirt in place while I wear it–next came the tulle.

I cut a bunch of strips a length I measured to fall around my calves. I planned on trimming the bits after the thing was completed.

I layered ten strips on top of each other and sewed them directly to the elastic.

20160727_210121.jpgI folded the strips over each other so they would get a volume and a cute little ruffle detail. That was completely improvised, I had no idea if it would work! This section was stitched so crookedly, but hey! I’m a beginner, it’s okay that it’s crooked, no one is going to be coming up to me saying, “Love the skirt, except that one part. That’s wonky! You’re an awful person for that mistake!” That’s just silly.

So the skirt is very different from other tulle skirts because I did the fabric in strips instead of a folded swath like most tutorials do. I’m going for a floaty look–(AKA, I’m not going for a look, I’m just super lazy and cheap and don’t want to go out and find turquoise tulle off a bolt at a fabric store. Which honestly would have been much easier than the tutorial I did. Wow. Good job, Chell-Bell, for coming to that conclusion.)

Even with the 10 layers of tulle, the skirt is very sheer. There’s no way I can wear it as it is. I needed to put in a liner. But while I was attempting that… I decided I did not like the way my skirt looked.

So I scrapped the tulle skirt and made some maxi skirts.

Maxi skirts are like two seams. Sew once, twice, DONE.

This tulle skirt was not like making a maxi skirt….


A Hat for My Friend

This is my friend, Lexi.


She’s the redhead, and was one of my friends to come to my graduation. I’m totally going to hers soon!

I promised that I would make her a customized sun hat for beachy days.


Like this. ^

They are all the rage right now. I had no shortage of inspiration research on Pinterest. Seriously, all I had to type was “sun,” “hat,” and “message.”

Finding the right phrase has been a challenge.

A French saying didn’t strike me as “Lexi….”

And neither did “Beach Please…” or “It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere!” as cheeky as those are….

Nor did “Do Not Disturb,” or other negative sounding message.

I’m sarcastic; any biting witty remark is golden in my eyes, so if I’m going to make a snarky hat, it’s going to be for me, but it’s not becoming of Lexi! Lexi radiates support and kindness.

So I searched for more positive messages:


That’s cute, but not enough….

I liked the one that referred to travel, and the other reminds me of a song. Still not quite right.

The one that sold me on Lexi…?


“Hello Sunshine”


A lot of the DIY instructions for customizing hats are all about gluing on the letters, but not only does it look bad, it’s also not weatherproof. And if a hat is not weatherproof, what’s the point??!


Nope. ^

My favorite DIY tutorial, that both speaks to me at my level of sarcasm, but also respects quality control, is by YouTuber “Threadbanger” Corinne Leigh. She is one half of the duo that is Threadbanger.

Her video slays me.

I’m not adding a pom-pom edge, but I did find a lovely gold sequin ribbon at Joann’s in the trim section. I thought gold would suit the hat I got at Target.

I sewed on the sequin ribbon, little by little; like Corinne said, it takes a freaking ton of time and my fingers hurt. I made sure I got durable thread that could and would… weather the weather.

I’m proud of my puns.

One of these days I’ll add some fabric to the bottom to cover up the stitches, but until then… I’m proud of the result! Super duper cute. I hope Lexi likes it!

Hurricane in Texas

Okay, so it was a tropical storm by the time it hit us. Guys… Guys! Austin FLOODS.

They don’t tell you that. You really wouldn’t expect it because it’s so damn hot here most of the year; like seriously, what is snow? (Actually, I know what snow is, I can ski down a mean Black Diamond, but this is for hyperbole.)

Hyperbole aside, the years that I have lived here, 3 out of 4 have had flooding of, well, biblical proportions.

2015, around Memorial Day, there was such horrible flooding that 1,000 people were displaced in the towns south of Austin.

2016, Halloween, historic downtown streets were completely flooded, lake levels were at record heights.

Now, 2017, Hurricane Harvey hits the southern coast of Texas. While we didn’t get the brute force of the hurricane, we did get TONS of rain, and frightening winds (seriously, my car kept getting pushed to the side of the freeway)! Many of my coworkers couldn’t make it into work, the reason I was able to is because I live less than 10 minutes from my office building (a great perk of the job, completely coincidental).

While my situation panned out to not be so bad, many people are still being effected by the damage leftover from the floods and hurricane.

If you or someone you know needs help, here are some resources:

Humanity Road: updated information on road conditions and road closures

SPCA & Houston Pet Set: help for pets and animals effected by the disaster

211 United Way: referral program; dial 211 on your phone to find local shelters and resources in your area

WorkIn Texas: for those who have lost wages

Project Row Houses: list of other resources

Texas Tribune: list of other resources, includes a lists that are county specific

If you or someone you know wants to help, here are some resources:

Americares: donate to disaster relief

Update local papers and law enforcement of missing persons, flooded streets, or stranded civilians.

Donate to Food Banks

Texas Diaper Bank

Give blood

Volunteer your time: cleaning, rescuing, updating, and coordinating; you can even volunteer your home to house a relocated victim of the disaster.

Virtual Volunteer Reception Center

If you are willing and able, get out there and volunteer. There’s always donating food, clothes, and money for those who have lost so much. Please help South Texas.

Which GAMING SYSTEM Should I Get. In. My. Life?

Playstation 4? Would be nice to have the most updated system. Also: Graphics.

Playstation 3? My family has this now, so I do have a ton of games for this console. The PS Network has been a hassle though.

XBox? HA! Nope. I am not a fan of the games. So many shooters and not enough RPG’s. And the controllers hurt my hands.

Nintendo Wii/U? Honestly, if they came out with an Avatar: The Last Airbender video game where I could learn the actual movements, I would buy this gaming system in a heartbeat. Who doesn’t like kung fu??! Also, I’m terrible at Mario games.

Nintendo Switch? I just want to play Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. DESPERATELY! WHOLEHEARTEDLY! *weeps* I just cannot allow myself to spend a ton of money for one game, albeit, I will play that game for over 200 hours, and also replay it, but stiiiilll.

Retro? Going vintage, awww yeah. The problem is that, while the classics are amazing, they are also hard to find and are expensive because of their popularity.


Final Choice:

We’re going with a PS4. We found a good price.

Also, these are all the games, so far, that we want, and it’s the longest list out of all the gaming systems:

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection – Recommended by my S.O., it looks like fun, and he likes the series. Apparently, it’s pretty funny too.


Deadpool – I’ve played it on PS3, and I always have a good time. So many Easter eggs!


Diablo III – I’m a Diablo game fanatic, I grew up playing Diablo II and when the third installment came out, I immediately played it. Now, it’s my favorite multiplayer game, my entire family will work together, we get really serious. An issue I have is setting up the game to be challenging enough, but with the expansion, that seemed to help. I greatly enjoy the storyline of the expansion’s act. Fighting an Angel of Death, yaaaasss. The newest DLC features a new take on an old warrior class, the Necromancer! Sweeeeet!


Dishonored – series, possibly, or as many as we can get on the PS4.  The S.O. likes the series, and rightfully so. Steampunk assassinations and dark magic? Sign me up.


Final Fantasy VX – I know nothing about this game or the game play. This is an S.O. pick, and I’m just along for the ride. I research Final Fantasy games for the characters and plots, rather than play them; except Final Fantasy VII, that one is special. We watched the movie recently, and it was decent; I enjoyed the teleportation mechanics meshed with melee. If that a thing featured in the game, I’m all for it.


Horizon Zero Dawn – This looks AMAZING. It’s my aesthetics completely. Post-apocalyptic future with giant mechanical animals roaming the wilderness, humans surviving with found materials, a female badass lead. GIMMEE. (EDIT: so we played it, and it’s like a combination of all the best bits of Assassin’s Creed and Skyrim. I freaking love this game.)


Kingdom Hearts – Specifically the remastered and remixed editions, that come with 3 games in one. What a deal! I personally LOVE the Kingdom Hearts series. When it came out, I was floored that there was a creation out there that had combined Disney AND Final Fantasy! I had to play it. No regrets. I cannot WAIT for KH3 (released this December).


Mirror’s Edge Catalyst – I played the first Mirror’s Edge and it’s one of my top 10 favorite games, so when I saw they were remaking it and expanding on the first game, I basically foamed at the mouth.


Star Wars Battlefront – And 2, of course. And of course, nerds such as my self and my S.O. are going to get a Star Wars game or two. We did our research and any game that allows us to play as Sith Lords is a good time.


Other games possibly, or if they become available: Ratchet & Clank series (at least the first 3, because I love them), Jak & Daxter (same as the aforementioned game series, which also comes from the same game maker), a Lord of the Rings game maybe, Skyrim, Ni no Kuni (how have I never heard of this game before!??), Dark Souls, a Batman Arkham game or two, Shovel Knight, DMC: Devil May Cry, Gundam game of some sort (an S.O. request, I’ll watch but probably won’t play), Mass Effect 1, 2, & 3 but not Andromeda, Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Mankind Divided, Bioshock,


Happy Birthday To ME~~!

27 is a good number I think.

Normally I only like prime numbers. My radio volume must be at 11, 13, 17, or 19. Maybe 21 or 23, but no higher than those, and only for really good songs.

But 27? It’s 3 cubed. Or 3 to the power of 3. I like that.

Each year that passes for me is another victory. I am still amazed that I am here, and that I am well. It’s wonderful and exciting. I used to worry about the future and the terrifying uncertainty, but then it occurred to me a few years ago… Why am I worrying?

[Post continued on 6/20/2017]

I had some time to think about this question. A little too much time, but I’ll blame that on my laziness. I could say I have a busy schedule, but honestly, it’s not that difficult to write. Sure, the Inspiration Fairy and Mr. Motivation need to be cooperating and present, but really, and truly… it’s not that difficult to write. Bad me.

So here I am, writing again. It’s one of my days off, and I’m watching Louis C. K.’s newest Netflix special, some of which is funny (the teacher bit, omg) and some of which makes me cringe (what even was that bit on stereotype voices, it was stupid). I spent the last day off making Pokemon and binge-watching Untold Stories of the E.R. It was magical.

I’ve been wanting to use my time more wisely, more productively, more… usefully. I think it goes along with my New Year’s Resolution? In the sense that I want to streamline my life, I guess… If you can’t tell, I’m reaching. Productivity, I’m hoping, will evolve soon.

But back to the question: “Why am I worrying?

Anxiety is a big struggle with a lot of people, and about half my calls that I take at my job has someone needing help managing anxiety. So… I’m quite knowledgeable in deescalating the debilitating symptoms of anxiety that a person is experiencing in the moment that they call. I’m not claiming that I can help every person, every time; heck no, that’s impossible. I’m certainly not claiming that I have the solution, end-all-be-all cure to anxiety. No. I can only remind a person of their strengths and suggest what may help, encourage the caller that they are already doing great things, and that it is okay to take a moment for themselves, to show kindness that they would normally give to others is okay to also give to themselves, and teach them that self-care is not selfish, but actually healthy and courageous.

Self-care is how I don’t worry anymore. I mean, I worry about some things if I need to, but overall: I no longer have a worry about what other people think of me, what I look like, or what my future is going to be. I work hard, I make educated decisions, and I am thankful for the life I have been given. I struggled getting to this point. I am very aware that I have privilege and not everyone has the opportunities that I had or have, so instead of bringing myself down with this very true fact, I use what opportunities I have to benefit others. I do not have to be at the job I have, but I don’t want to be anywhere else! And, I think, I can commit to this job and be very happy with my decision.

I am lucky, and I got here because I worked HARD. I give myself kindness and I give myself credit with THIS true fact, too.

10 years of college. I volunteered and worked while going to college. I failed, at school, at relationships, and happiness. I spent time sloshing in mud to help others, which paved the way through an extensive domino-ing network, to the job I am so happy at.

Ultimately, my hard work paid off, and my time is not over yet!

So, I don’t worry.

Because I commit to a decision and ADAPT to what comes up, rather than worry about what COULD happen.

There are a lot of what-ifs in the world. LIFE IS UNCERTAIN.

Being in-thenow is the healthiest mindset I have ever entered.

Being 27, is a good age.


Colored Hair: The Dilemma

Should I?


Maybe not this ^ hairstyle per say, it is a bit too bold for me, but damn if I’m not super jealous when I see someone with colorful hair.


For years I have debated whether or not I should dye my hair. As far back as 5th grade, I can recall drawing myself with a light green streak in my hair. In later years I drew myself with a full head of blue curly hair.

That was my early years: dreaming of colors and boldness and being unique, searching for my identity so that I could fit in. My second year of college, I chopped off a ton of my hair, straightened it into an asymmetrical bob that would make anime fans proud, and added a clip on blue hair extension that did not match the texture of my hair at all. I don’t know why I thought that was a good idea, but we all do dumb things when we are young.

I never got around to dying my hair for some reason. SO many friends were doing it. I wanted to jump on the bandwagon, but never did. Ah, peer pressure, you couldn’t keep up with my need for professionalism… and laziness.

I figure other reasons I never dyed my hair when I was young was because at the time of my high school years, the administration forbade unnatural hair colors, so that nixed high school. In college I was too busy with homework, working multiple jobs, and surviving various relationships; I barely had time to take care of myself let alone cared what I looked like.

At some point I was living on my own. I moved past the flurry and chaos of my first years of college, and decided to take time to focus on myself. Independence fostered, I began working at a job that paid the bills enough, and my managers at that job did not care if their employees had crazy colored hair. The desire to be bold came back.

That’s when the “mermaid” trend was introduced.

Welp, those are some of my favorite colors. So I looked into getting my hair done up like a damn turquoise fish lady.

I’m terrified of big commitments like that (which explains a lot of my life, but let’s not open that can of worms!!) I was mostly fearful of going to bright and it making my face redder than it already is. Some days are better than others, where the flush of my face isn’t so discernible.

To compromise with my fear, I thought, why not so bright, but go for a more muted or darker dye?


10-year-old Chelsea would be happy, adult Chelsea would be happy, colors all around!

And then I found out that no matter what, I would have to bleach my hair.

That prompted a very quick and very loud “NO!” while I smacked the chemicals out of the hair stylist’s hands. (That last part didn’t actually happen.)

So no awesome turquoise magic mermaid locks for Chell-bell.

I don’t like having long hair anyway. Too sweaty.

Years have passed since that time. I have “matured,” I guess… Well at least so far in hair care. I’m much more lax about styling my hair. I have embraced my wavy hair and prefer to not have to do a lot of maintenance. I hardly ever blow dry, never straighten, and maybe once in a while I’ll throw in some curl-boosting mousse. I don’t own a hair straightener, and have to borrow a hair dryer from my sisters if I care to blow-dry my hair; and I don’t care to blow-dry my hair.

I’m very lazy.

All this, and I still haven’t taken the plunge to dye my hair.

Despite this reality, I have made a pact to myself that when I’m old and gone silver-haired, I will become RAINBOW-HAIRED GRANNY and will be known throughout all the lands as the “eccentric” lady who uses a T-Rex grabber claw to menace and reach for soup, and frolic about the neighborhood with colorful locks on her head singing vintage Disney songs. I want to change my hair color whenever I want and I figured by that time, I’ll have a great base to do so. I’d just let my hair grow out a bit, close my eyes and pick a color at random, and tada! RAINBOW-HAIRED GRANNY. And when I want a new doo, I just shave it off to make room for a new hue.

This is a fact. It’s happening. You’ll see. In 40 to 50 years. Be on the lookout for Rainbow-Haired Granny, coming soon to your ‘hood.

In the meantime, the urge to dye my hair a crazy color still persists, with all the doubts ringing in my head as strong as ever.

Why not neutral or more natural colors though, Chelsea? Why go for color at all if you are so fearful?

Because, dear random person I made up in my head to talk to: if I’m going to dye my hair, causing unavoidable damage in the process–those chemicals fry your hair–as well as investing a lot of time and upkeep that requires special shampoos and touch-up treatments for fading and roots, then I might as well do something bold and daring to make me feel like the physical and fiscal torture was all worth it.

So I’ve found a middle-ground.



I’ve always wanted to go darker, maybe not black, but at least darker browns. Because I have a pink-toned face with some yellows, I know that if I go lighter, my face will look redder, which I do not like. I once stopped going to a particular hair stylist because they suggested I go blonde.

Never again. >:l

Darker sounds better because I believe that it will draw out a natural contrast with my light blue eyes. (Yes, I have really light blue eyes, go look at my About Me page for proof. That’s an untouched photo.) I’m not one to wear makeup as I have combination skin that feels like it’s drowning under a single layer of face mousse foundation, hence the desire to draw away from the days that I have a pinker face.

With oil slick hair, there is less emphasis on big areas of bright colors, so dying the hair requires less bleach. Less bleach means less damaged hair. The Tricoci University of Beauty Culture gave these pointers about oil slick hair dying, and it was definitely promising. (Be warned, their site has an automatic live chat function, I was not expecting that to pop up, but hey, it was first on the Google list and I can’t argue with credentials of beauty schools because I know nothing about them, whatevs.)

I like the idea that the base of an oil slick hair dye is the requirement for a cool brown or cool black. This will combat my warm-colored face! Also, cool colors recede while warm colors advance, that’s why reds, yellows, and oranges all pop out first in a picture, and why red cars get pulled over more often. Because we can see them. Fun fact: red is the first color we perceive after we are born, assuming the baby is not born with a diagnosis of protanomaly colorblindness.

If all else fails, I can just go for sectional hair color. The 10-year-old me from 5th grade, drawing herself with a stripe of green hair is a little more possible.

I really am going to do something, soon. Hopefully for my birthday. How often do we get to fulfill a childhood fantasy??

Spotlight: Koyamari/Maruti-Bitamin

Koyamari and Maruti-Bitamin are the same amazing artist, those are just two Internet names I have come to know them as.

Their artwork is easily recognizable by the watercolor, patterns, and subject matter. I tend to see works that emulate a single word or concept, such as atmosphere, water, or sun.

I personally own two prints of their work, and absolutely adore and cherish them. I wish to own more one day! And I am saving up for all of the art books. The coolest thing I received from them was that the artist customized the shipping package by drawing an adorable fat whale on the outside and added a cute little tag thanking me for my purchase. I still have the tag!

All credit goes to the artist, and links are provided below for more info and where to buy prints and work from them!




Terrarium Poster


Reality, Intention, Action




I tried finding all the correct names for the works through Instagram and Tumblr, but many of the art pieces are emoji names!


The “Spooky Look Book” and some keychains!


Can’t go wrong with a plant-themed sweatshirt

These are only a FRACTION of all the artworks that the artist has shared on the web. Check out the pieces below!








Fragrant Jewels Review

You’ve probably seen those ads all over Facebook about Fragrant Jewels or some other advertisement for a similar product.


I requested from my S.O. the Wicked set by Fragrant Jewels. Why? Because it’s got a black candle, a black bathbomb, and an onyx stone with rose-gold rings in each! I love black. It’s my main staple!

Both the candle and bath bomb smelled fantastic. The candle took over three days and some digging to get the ring out. The bath bomb was used up with one bath, but it was a very nice bath!

I still have the candle, it’s mangled on the inside, but the label on the glass is too pretty to discard so I kept it.


This was my favorite ring of the two that I got in the set. Both were priced at $25 each, the minimum value for rings in the Wicked set. I just love that this ring has little hearts on the sides, perfect as a gift from my man.

The downside was that they required a monthly subscription to order just one set, and my boyfriend did not realize that going into the purchase, and neither did I. I thought that people could order one set and be done. They essentially suckered my boyfriend into monthly subscriptions and he ended up getting charged for the next month when we only wanted the Wicked set. Not to worry, we used that month’s candle and bath bomb together. We soaked our feet and the candle smelled nice. The rings from that month were not even close to being as pretty as the one’s from the Wicked set. It took a lot of back-and-forth to cancel the monthly subscriptions. I think the customer service could be better if there was a more efficient option to contact the company than just email. It was a tad bit frustrating if you ask me.

All-in-all, I was very satisfied with the products and would rate it an 7.5/10. Good, edging on great, had it not been for the monthly subscription debacle. If you are looking to get a candle and bath bomb and two rings frequently, like you burn through candles like no tomorrow, then the monthly subscription is a great deal for you.

DIY Rainbow Accent Wall — A Beautiful Mess

You guys know I love my white walls. Almost our ENTIRE home is painted white. And I love it. I even recently went BACK to white on a couple spaces I haven’t shown you because I couldn’t handle the darker tones. With that said, today I am branching out… WAY OUT. Today I’m so excited…

via DIY Rainbow Accent Wall — A Beautiful Mess

Accent walls can really make a room. BUT! There are few people daring enough to take a plunge such as this rainbow wall.

A round of applause for the rainbow room! I’m so glad it exists!!

A Beautiful Mess is by far one of my most favorite blogs out there on the Internet, and this is but one of the kazillion ideas shared on their site.

If you can’t tell already: 10/10 recommends the blog A Beautiful Mess, and creating a bold accent wall. In the words of Shia, “JUST DO IT!”

If you’re too chicken to go for a rainbow, here are a some other amazing wall ideas I love (all found on Pinterest):

Go for a daring painted mural–let it take over the room

A giant floral painting can act as an accent wall all on its own

If you have a monochromatic space, a textured detailed headboard will pull focus without being a distraction

Ombré a wall in the color scheme as the room, or add wood planks the same tone as the walls

Plants a plenty can be the accent on the focus wall for a more organic or fantasy look

See my Pinterest “Walls & Shelves” board for more wall inspiration!