{Hannah} “Your Sister is Effing Awesome”

I have a well known trait of not liking change. I’m perfectly happy to eat the same food every day. I also refuse to adapt when the items I like and use often are no longer available, which means I find myself scouring eBay to find the same pair of discontinued sneakers, or another purse exactly like the one I’ve been using.

But this time, the issue was my phone’s battery, which no longer held a charge. I didn’t want to be forced into buying a new phone quite yet, as I’m not excited about the new iPhones that Apple sells. So putting off the inevitable, I googled, and realized that I could replace my iPhone’s battery myself! New lithium ion batteries are around $20-$25, and most come with a kit that has all the tools you need to make the switch.

I ordered a battery kit on Amazon (the exact one I ordered is no longer available, but there are quite a few others for sale on Amazon and through other retailers)…and then I let it sit in the box for a month.

But last week my phone was struggling to stay on even when it was connected to an external battery, so I knew the time to finally try had come.

Best case scenario: My phone has a new battery and lives to see another day!
Worst case scenario: My phone still doesn’t work, and I have to buy a new phone (which is the same outcome as if I didn’t attempt replacing the battery).

Of course, I waited until 10pm to change the battery, but there’s no time like the present once I decided to commit. The directions were pretty clear and easy to follow, but I did make a few errors. First, I dropped the first screw I took out. They’re incredibly small, and I wasn’t expecting it to come out so easily. Then, I got overly excited, and rushed through removing the second adhesive strip, which meant I had to pry the battery out.

The whole operation was nerve wracking, but I kept reminding myself that people do this every day at the Apple Store and other retailers. Once everything was put back together, it was time for the moment of truth: would it turn on?

YES! It did! I was so excited I texted my brother a screenshot of my phone, along with the message “YOUR SISTER IS EFFING AWESOME”.

And then I used my newly fixed phone’s flashlight to look for the missing screw, which I was able to find! So all in all, it was a pretty great night!


{Hannah} Unrevealing

Sometimes I buy a dress that I love, but the neckline is a little too revealing. Luckily, if the fabric has a little give, and there’s a bit of extra space in the bust, it’s easy to sew the neckline up to be less revealing!

Enter: fancy designer dress from eBay. The neckline was too low for my comfort (especially on a dress that is otherwise work appropriate).

A few minutes with a needle and some thread, and I had very carefully stitched the neckline closed a few inches. Revealing no more!

I had also done this a few months ago on a dress I wore to a cousin’s wedding. I had worn it in all its low-cut glory to a friends’ wedding a few months before, but I wasn’t very comfortable then and knew I wouldn’t be in front of family either.

It’s a quick and easy fix to make your clothes work for you!

{Hannah} Another Screwy Project

It’s no secret I love shoes. I also like shopping on eBay. A year ago, I had ordered a pair of shoes in a style I already have and was excited for them to arrive. So excited that I didn’t even try them on for a few weeks! At that point (and since I had already left positive feedback), I felt like I couldn’t ask the seller about an issue with the shoes: that the right heel was a little loose.

I wore them a few times, but never felt very comfortable with the wobble in the heel. So they sat in my closet until a newer pair of black heels wore out. Then it was time to investigate and address the problem with these shoes.

Shoes are made in a relatively straight forward way, and I knew that there would be screws or nails holding the heel to the sole. First step was carefully peeling back the cushioning in the sole to reveal them.

The white paper was also easy to remove, as were the three screws.

Huh.  The top screw was shorter than the others, and one screw had broken off in the heel.

If you ever wondered what’s hiding under the heel, you’re in luck!  Also, it’s worth noting that the heel in this shoe happens to be painted plastic, and the wobble was with how the heel was attached. Other heels may be wood or covered in leather, and the break may be on the heel itself, which could make replacement a more challenging.

I brought the shoe home with me when I went for the holiday, hoping that my dad or brother would have the tools to remove the stuck screw part.  Luckily the screw had broken off at the point where it went into the plastic.  It took a little effort, but my brother was able to chip away at the plastic enough to get a grip on the broken screw piece with pliers!

Once it was out, it was time to get a replacement screw.  My dad and I stopped at Ace Hardware on the way to the airport, and an employee helped us find the right screws.  My dad suggested I get two as long as I was there, and the employee suggested another type of screw as well.  For all of fourty cents, I had some screws to take back with me and try in my shoe.

I preferred to use the middle two screws, so I tried those out in the shoe to make sure they’d work before I proceeded.  Then I broke out the Shoe Goo glue to help hold things together.

Using a toothpick, I spread some of the Shoe Goo onto the shoe where the heel goes.

Then I carefully screwed the heel back on.  I couldn’t wait to try them on! Sadly, the heel still wasn’t very firm.  I took out the short screw that was on top, and put in the other replacement screw from the couple I had bought.  I tightened all three screws as tight as I could, and finally the shoe feel a lot stronger!

The last step was gluing the paper and sole back down.

Now I have a nice new-ish pair of pumps to wear!  As well as the shoe-saving scene from The Wedding Planner stuck in my head (it’s at the 30 second mark).

{Hannah} Bridal Bow Bonnet

Keeping up the wedding/bridal theme I’ve had going on (no, Mom, not for me), I attended a friend’s bridal shower yesterday. As a friend of the bride, I was given the task of assembling the bridal bow bonnet made from the wrappings of the presents she received.

Of course I got very into it, and everyone was impressed with how it turned out. Another friend suggested I post about it on the blog, so here it is!

It was quite simple: take a large paper plate, poke some holes in it, and feed various ribbons, papers, and anything else that was on the present into the holes.  Some of the pieces of wrapping and tissue paper were secured by wrapping ribbons around them, and tying long ribbons into a large bow before securing onto the plate.  I even made a chin strap out of a piece of ribbon.

As a bonus, one of the games we played was “Guess How Many Kisses are in the Jar?” And I won!  I had guessed the exact number…which should probably be embarrassing, but hey–I’m the one that walked away with the chocolate!

Happy Bridal Shower! Can’t wait to celebrate at the wedding in a few weeks!

PS. There were 273 kisses in the jar!  Anyone want to bet that I’ll have eaten them all by the end of the week? (Two reasons why I’m still single, perhaps? LOL)