New Craft Obsession: Paint With Diamonds

My New Craft Obsession Is Paint With Diamonds, You've Got To Try It

It's everything you could ever need in a craft.

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If you're someone like me and love to scroll on Pinterest to search for fun new crafts, then you'll love this new craft-hobby-thing I found. I'll admit it looked annoying at first, but once I tried it I learned how much fun it was!

Paint with Diamonds, or Diamond Dotz is another brand, is a craft where you have itty bitty little gems that you stick to a sticky piece of fabric and form a picture with. Some are very very big, others are smaller or for a keychain.

The reason I love this new craft so much is that it's sort of mesmerizing to see how the little diamonds stick to the pad. There's something satisfying about the shimmering end result too.

I'm also a perfectionist and love being able to put things in their place. This is one of those crafts where everything lines up just right and creates a beautiful masterpiece that is super duper pretty.

This is a good gift for someone who loves crafts. Or if you're the crafty one and know someone who would like the end result, you could get it for you to make and give to them. I actually bought a Starry Night Van Gogh one for my mom that I made and gave her the finished product framed for Christmas.

Be careful with this though! If you have a cat or small children they may like to play with the "diamonds" and could swallow them. Or, you know, just scatter them everywhere and make a mess that you have to clean up. Then you pray to God that you have enough gems to finish with. I'm not bitter or anything.

I digress. If you feel that you're in need of a new hobby: this is what you need. Just go to your nearest craft store (or order a custom image online!), throw on some music, and get to work. Trust me. You won't regret it.

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15 Winnie The Pooh Quotes That Will Make You Feel Good

A sure-fire way to put a smile onto your face!
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Everyone has their favorite childhood character, or entire show, that makes them feel better when they hear a quote or see a picture of them. Winnie the Pooh will forever be my favorite childhood character! Pooh Bear is even my mom's nickname for me, that's how much I love him! The show and the books were probably the best thing that could have happened in my childhood. They always had good lessons to be learned in each story and episode. When I feel really down or just need a friendly reminder that there is still some good remaining in this crazy thing we call life, I look up a bunch of different quotes from the series and never fail ending up with huge smile on my face! Here are fifteen of my favorite Winnie the Pooh quotes that are sure to make you happy, feel better, and overall feel good inside!

1. "You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you'll ever know."

2. "A friend is one of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be."

3. "How do you spell love? You don't spell it, you feel it."

4. "Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved."

5. "If there ever comes a day that we cannot be together, keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever."

6. "As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen."

7. "How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

8. "Any day spent with you is my favorite day. So today is my new favorite day."

9. "If you live to be 100, I want to be 100 minus 1 day so I would never have to live a day without you."

10. "Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

11. "One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries."

12. "We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun."

13. "Weeds are flowers too, you just have to get to know them."

14. "Some people care too much, I think it's called love."

15. "I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can be together all the time."

There you have it! Fifteen Winnie the Pooh quotes that are sure to bring a smile to your face! I hope they made you just as happy as they make me!

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It’s Time To Stop Letting Victoria’s Secret Define What Is Beautiful

Glorifying and commodifying a specific type of body on a large-scale is damaging to women everywhere.

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Victoria's Secret is a retailer that thrives off of exclusion and maintains notions of beauty and attractiveness that are no longer as welcomed in the 21st century.

Frankly, capitalism will likely wipe out the brand when people stop buying their lingerie due to lack of support for the company.

That's the beauty of capitalism.

In fact, VS stock, which is now down 40% indicates that this type of change is coming to the lingerie marketplace, where women now value companies that promote bodily diversity and don't shame certain kinds of bodies for not adhering to the beauty standard set by Victoria's Secret.

While Victoria's Secret has increased its diversity throughout the years regarding ethnic backgrounds, the body type represented in the brand is incredibly homogenous.

The models in the show are all runway models outside of the Victoria's Secret show, meaning that they adhere to standard agency requirements. These requirements dictate a female model be at least 5'8 in height, and while weight is not often specified, models are usually between 105-120 pounds.

Any brief exploration into the models on the site will show that their measurements are around 31-34 inches in the bust, with a 22-26 inch waist and 34-36 inch hips. These measurements correspond to sizes 0-2, which are often used as sample sizes for the runway.

This article is not meant to attack their signature model, "Angels." They are beautiful women who fit the needs of the fashion industry they earn a living in. However, they are not the ONLY type of beautiful women to exist.

Further, this article is not meant to denigrate naturally thin individuals. I am a size 0 myself, so many people consider me a "thin" individual.

People might fail to understand why I disapprove of Victoria's Secret as a brand. After all, they cater to individuals with my body type, so what is there for me to complain about?

I don't fit their height requirement, meaning that I could never be one of their esteemed Angels. And you could ask yourself, "so why does that matter?"

The vast majority of women in the United States could never come close to achieving the bodily standards observed in Victoria's Angels that the brand emphasizes.

And which it's important for companies to cater to individual markets to ensure corporate diversity, Victoria's Secret remains a lingerie giant and has a massive ability in dictating national standards of beauty.

They also sell sizes beyond the XS or S displayed in the fashion show, yet fail to include bodies in the show that would fit their M, L, or XL sizes they sell in stores.

The problem with influence and lack representation coupled with their marketing strategy dictates to women that the Angel is the pinnacle of beauty. Therefore by wearing their lingerie, you get to supposedly feel like an Angel in the Victoria's Secret fantasy.

And yet, you don't.

Why?

Because even if you get sucked into their marketing scheme and buy their bras and underwear expecting to feel better about yourself, if you're not absolutely secure and completely love with your body already, you'll just recognize that you will never fit the Angel standard that you feel is expected of you to be considered beautiful.

And that when you look in the mirror, you not looking like an Angel makes you feel like a fraud.

Victoria's Secret further utilizes the term "sexy" often, meaning that wearing their lingerie is supposed to make you attractive and appealing to the opposite sex.

So not only is their brand about idealizing specific types of bodies but commodifying these particular bodies as objects of prime attractiveness to the opposite sex.

There is a consequence of presenting one body type as the most beautiful and categorizing it as incredibly sexy. For women, they risk feeling that a guy seeing them in lingerie will think of them as unattractive since they don't adhere to the epitomized beauty standard so endlessly praised in the media.

Victoria's Secret emphasizes that their show is a "fantasy." This notion of a fantasy can imply that it's not real. However, we as consumers know those models are still real people. And even if they're bronzed, made-up and thrust out onto the runway in perfect lighting, the bodies walking that runway wouldn't be there if Victoria's Secret didn't already consider them perfect before the show.

Further, Ed Razek, the Chief Marketing Officer of Creative Services of L Brands (the company that owns Victoria's Secret) responded to a question concerning bodily diversity in this manner:

"We attempted to do a television special for plus sizes (in 2000). No one had any interest in it, still don't,"

His quote is prime evidence that the minds behind Victoria's Secret do not consider bodies outside their norms interesting, nor beautiful enough to be in the spotlight.

In the eyes of Victoria's Secret, we women who don't fit the Angel model are not valued. We are not, and never will be, as attractive or as sexy since we are not, and cannot become, Angels.


To them, we are just women who chase their notions of beauty and sexiness to try and fulfill our desires to feel that way about ourselves. We remain consumers thinking that someday, maybe we will get close to or achieve that ideal and that wearing their lingerie is somehow a way to get there.

And since the vast majority of women in the United States feel insecure about their bodies, Victoria's Secret capitalizes on women's insecurities.

Brands such as ThirdLove and Savage X Fenty have made efforts to turn lingerie from devices of body standards and external validation to objects worn by women of all backgrounds for support, self-confidence, and comfortability. They've also worked to move the notion of sexiness away from something determined by the opposite sex to instead a feeling one experiences from empowering their own female sexuality.

All in all, you get to decide what companies you support, where to put your money and who you think makes the nicest lingerie.

I, along with many other women, have decided I don't want to spend my money at Victoria's Secret anymore. I've been on too long of a journey of bodily hate and self-destruction, and I feel that it is time for me to move on and surround myself in a social movement that doesn't make me feel less of a woman.

Maybe one day, Victoria's Secret will do someone to cater to the millions of women upturning their noses at their company. And if not, they may have to settle as a smaller, specialty retailer that emphasizes clothing for smaller women.

Regardless, a change in marketing could benefit their sales and stock.

Otherwise, a lot of us women are going to go elsewhere and work to redefine what it means to be beautiful.

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