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Lovely Little Links

  1. Put that wedding dress (or bridesmaid dress, prom dress, etc.) to good use and add a little drama to your wardrobe without looking crazy by dressing it down with denim and cowboy boots. (pinterest.com/meielizabeth)
  2. Killing the Monday blues with baby animal cuteness overload. (slowrobot.com)
  3. Who said only punk rockers and My Little Ponies could have rainbow colored hair? (beautylish.com)
  4. Bubbly and refreshing Citrusy Champagne Sangria makes for a fabulous time (kirantarun.com)
  5. Fashion illustrations by Hayden Williams that are so good, they may be better than the real thing (haydenwilliamsillustrations.tumblr.com)
  6. Tiny tasteful tattoos that inspire (buzzfeed.com)
  7. Cateye and camo Oliver Peoples sunglasses = a little sass with a side of trouble (oliverpeoples.com)
  8. Maria Menounos and her dramatic structured ethereal gown rocked the GLAAD awards last night (dailymail.co.uk)
  9. Live green on Earth Day and everyday with these awesome ecofriendly tips (simplemom.net)
Arts & Crafts Design DIY

DIY Home Edition: Custom Pin Boards + Virtual Obsessions

I’m definitely a person who gets inspired (and distracted) by beautiful and amazing imagery whether in photos or in real life. Add to that, my tech obsession and you’ve got yourself a bonafide Pinterest fiend. So when the site came on the scene, you can imagine my immediate addiction for this easy as pie yet powerful bookmarking tool. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that during the first few weeks of its release, many a late nights were spent scouring the internet for DIY ideas, dream home decor, and recipes for dinner parties I was yet to host. Pinterest is for women what fantasy football is for men. Except the former might actually result in a refurbished coach or an impeccably themed and decorated baby shower. (I’ve never heard any man coach an NFL game as a result of playing fantasy football…just sayin’)

Not unlike most addictions, as time went on, this innocent pastime turned into an odd form of virtual hoarding of images that I rarely referred back to because I had aggregated so many. In an attempt to rectify my virtual imagery compulsions, I wanted to get back to basics. So I decided to focus my inspiration with the classic, finite, and more importantly, tangible vision board.

For this particular project, I opted for a modern twist on the traditional corkboard by covering a foam board with a clean patterned fabric in neutral colors. I also relied on the pins to give it some edge and to tie the entire concept together. Thoughtful yet effortless, not unlike Pinterest.

CUSTOM CHEVRON PIN / VISION BOARD

SUPPLIES

  • 2 ft x 3 ft x ½ in sheet of plywood
  • 2 ft x 3 ft x ½ in sheet of foam
  • 2.5 ft x 3.5 ft of fabric of your choice (when purchasing the fabric, make sure the pattern that you choose will be in the direction in which you would like your pin board to hang)
  • thumbtacks
  • ruler
  • staple gun
  • 1/4 in size staples
  • any frame hooks
  • nails

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Iron fabric to remove any wrinkles
  2. Lay fabric backside up
  3. Place sheet of foam in center of fabric so there is a 3 inch border of fabric around all sides of the foam
  4. Place sheet of plywood on top of foam so they are perfectly aligned on top of each other
  5. At the center of one side of the fabric, fold the 3 inch border of extra fabric over the edge of the foam and plywood sheets and hold it taught
  6. Take your staple gun and carefully staple the fabric onto the plywood at that center location. Continue to staple that side until fabric is secured onto plywood.
  7. Make sure that the fabric is pulled tight and repeat on opposite side.
  8. Repeat on remaining sides.
  9. Turn pin board over. ½ inch from the edge, pin equally spaced out thumbtacks around the border of the board.
  10. Orient board the way you would like it to hang on the wall (horizontal or vertical). Turn pin board over. Center hook to top edge of pin board. Hammer hook onto edge of pin board. Et voilà! You’ve got yourself a custom pin board to pin anything

 

Arts & Crafts Design DIY

DIY Home Edition: Faux Porcelain Jars + The Process

As a kid growing up in Ellensburg, I can honestly say that I had the best childhood I could have ever asked for. We lived in a small town where we were encouraged to go out and play freeze tag in the front yard, get our hands dirty and catch crawfish in the local creek, and ride bikes with the neighbor’s kids just so long as we got home before dark. I never felt like we were lacking even though we didn’t have much. My parents worked in a canning factory during corn season, and my dad was a gardener while my mom cleaned house during the off season. We ate at home every morning, noon and night. To put it lightly, we were far from being the rich kids on the block. But to be honest, I can’t say that I was any less happy then, than I am now.

Unbeknownst to us as children, our lack of things forced us to live without. And when you live without, you realize that you don’t need much to be happy. Because all that was missing were things. We had everything else. We had each other.

But on those days when you’re bored and the hand me down Monopoly with missing parts and pieces from the Salvation Army just isn’t cutting it anymore, you just get creative, as children often do, and you make your own board game. Half the fun was in the time spent working together with my brother and sister and creating something with our own imagination and producing it with our bare hands. No one cared if it was ugly, that it was made from squares drawn on a brown paper bag, or that our tokens were pebbles instead of a brass top hat. To us, it was awesome. It was fun. It was perfect. We may not have noticed then, but it helped us build our creative muscles, appreciate the resources and efforts that allowed us to have the things that we did have; however limited they might have been. And it taught us to value the process over the product, the journey instead of the destination.

Fast forward twenty years later, and although we’ve traded in our hand me downs for a new pair of Giuseppe Zanottis every now and again, our values have pretty much remained the same. We still reuse our paper bags, repurpose our old T-shirts and recycle our empty cans, not because we have to but because we appreciate the story behind each object.

So recently, when I had the luxury to come across the conflict of what to do with my beautifully architectured yet highly branded empty jars of ridiculously expensive face cream, I couldn’t bare the thought of simply throwing them away. (Literally. I tossed them in the recycle bin just to fish them back out five minutes later.) The non-waster in me couldn’t simply trash them, especially when so much thought went in to designing the perfect container that balanced functionality and art and all the high quality materials that went into manufacturing it. So not to let a perfectly good upcycling opportunity go to waste (For the record, we were upcycling before there was such a thing as “upcycling”, and it wasn’t yet publicly applauded on Pinterest.), I cleaned out my jars, picked up a can of spray paint from the local hardware store and voilà! In a matter of minutes, I had two pristine and modern decorative and functional “porcelain” jars. And this time, the product was just as beautiful as the process.

FAUX PORCELAIN JARS

SUPPLIES

  • 2-3 nicely structured empty jars
  • 1 can of flat or matte spray paint (I chose Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch Ultra Cover in Flat White)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Wipe the inside with a cotton pad to make sure all the remaining cream is removed. Wipe the outside with a dry cloth to remove any dust or debris.
  2. Unscrew lid so there is a gap between the base and lid of the jar. Do not remove lid.
  3. Make sure the exterior of the jar is dry. Shake spray paint for 1 minute to make sure it is thoroughly mixed. Hold can12 inches away from jar and start spraying in a slow steady motion around the jar until the jar is covered. Let paint dry for 10 minutes and add a second coat if necessary. Let paint dry over night.