January 30, 2013

D.I.Y. Earbud/Headphone Wrap

         For my first project for KorK, I decided to go through my Pinterest account, mainly because there are SO many things that I have pinned over the last year or more that I have wanted to try.

     As I was skimming through my boards, I found one of my oldest pins, a d.i.y. for jazzing up headphone/earbud wires, making them stylish but also unable to kink or get tangled up when you're on the go. (This problem is super common for everyone- especially myself.
Photo Credit: ApartmentTherapy.com
The pin, originally sourced from Apartment Therapy's website, was repinned by numerous, and I mean numerous individuals on Pinterest, spawning secondary pins with other d.i.y. instructions or advice on how to accomplish the look in different ways, including an amazing post by Elizabeth on her blog, Kiss Me Awake. I had such an wonderful time completing this project after visiting her blog and watching her Chinese Staircase video tutorial! It's definitely worth it. (It made this project SO much easier for me!) 

What You Need:
-Earbuds, Headphones, or Whatever Wire You Want (I've even seen them for phone chargers)
-Embroidery Floss/Thread In Any Color You Want (At least three of the 8m rolls)
-School Glue or Super Glue
-A Paper Clamp (optional)

***-About 3 OR MORE HOURS of free time (It WILL take a good amount of time to do this!)***


1. Gather your materials & find a clear space to work!

2. Tape the PLUG END of the headphones to the table and pull it taut- you don't want it loose when you're tying the knots! You can use the paper clamp to gather the rest of the cord and clip It to the edge of a chair, or you can do what I did- I taped the bottom of the wire that was on the table down, then used the clip to hold the rest of the earbuds in place.

3. With your headphones securely on the table, open one of your embroidery floss packages and untangle it. Find both ends of the floss and then, the middle of the floss. The middle is where you start.

4. With the center of the thread, loop it under the wire and tie a simple knot. Once its secure, I started the Chinese Staircase method that I saw on Elizabeth's blog (in other terms, you're tying square knots around the earbud wire), or you can do another technique for making friendship bracelets. Once you continue the staircase technique or knotting pattern, the knots naturally swirl around the wire like the stripes on candy canes.

5. Continue the staircase method or other friendship bracelet technique until you run out of floss/thread.

6. Once at the end of the thread, tie a simple knot like you begun with and tape down the remaining ends to the wire (it leaves you a smooth starting point to start adding more thread). Then, repeat directions 3-6 (starting knot to the end of thread or wire) until finished.

7. If you have finished the wire you want to wrap, tie off the remaining thread with a single simple knot. Trim the ends of the string (leave a small portion). Then, take some school glue or superglue and spread it over the ends of the floss- making it secure against the wrap so it won't become untangled easily (you can also try to tuck in the ends before gluing).

8. Repeat the process for seperate wires (especially seen in most earbuds/headphones). And VOILA! You are done!
So far, my earbuds have worked perfectly (as they would without the wrap) and they are definitely now more durable since they no longer tangle up easily. This has been a blessing, especially since I use my headphones when I'm working at athletic events at my internship.

     And now, for the rating (like the show Mythbusters, it's more fun that way!). KorKbuster rating: KOOL. This project is incredibly fun yet time consuming (it took me almost 4 hours to complete)- but it also makes your headphones to where they are not damaged as easily due to tangles and allows you to add character and personality to dull and dreary looking headphones, which is always a plus.
Until next time! -Katie <3

January 24, 2013

Hello Internet! Welcome to the Crazy World of KorK!

Hello Internet! 
(Wow, it’s a little strange for me to write that, especially after my first thought was of this meme!)

Anyway, memes aside, I wanted to take a chance to introduce myself.

     I’m Katie B., the writer of this blog, Kool or Katastrophy (KorK for short), but you can call me Katie. I’m a junior in college, pursuing a degree in Communication Arts and dream of working in radio, broadcasting, television, or in journalism.

     Personally, I’m a little geeky, dorky, tomboyish, girly, and just about anything a Southern Belle can and needs to be- we’re raised to be tough, haha.

     People have asked me, “So why is Kool or Katastrophy the title of your blog? What are you writing about anyway?”

     Well, like many people, I get online almost every day to connect with friends on social sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Pinterest, among many others. On these sites, I always see individuals sharing or pinning music, memes, quotes, videos, d.i.y.s, recipes, ideas, and pictures- the norm for most people, myself included. 

     So I began to wonder, “Are any of these recommendations, fads or trends that are sweeping through these sites worth experimenting, exploring into, and writing about, just for fun?”

My immediate answer: DEFINITELY.

     So, brace yourselves, readers! This blog will be rather interesting- not only is it my first blog, but I’m going to try and review movies, music, fashion trends, recipes, and who knows what else; as per your requests or what sparks my creativity at the moment. I can guarantee you this though; I’ll try to make it funny as often as I can with movie quotes, memes, pictures, and videos!

     Please feel free to post a comment below or shoot me a message if you have any suggestions about what I should write about or just to chat! I’d love to hear from you!  -Katie <3