Painted bookcase inspiration

I bought this bookcase at a garage sale a few months ago. I knew I’d eventually repaint it but in the meantime, I cleaned it up and put my books on it. It served the purpose for a while, but it’s time for a facelift really soon. Here are some of my favorite painted bookcases.

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via Bliss at Home

An all-white bookcase is always pretty. It lets the books stand out. Look at them POP!

painted bookcase inspiration - drifter and the gypsy blog
via Little Green Notebook

Or else something a little more subdued and feminine is adding a soft pattern to the shelves. Oh My Dear added some Kate Spade wrapping paper to the back of her bookcase.

painted bookcase inspiration - drifter and the gypsy blog
via Oh My Dear

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Banana Ice Cream 3 Ways: Summer Edition

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Summer may be drawing to a close, but the weather’s still warm and sunny, so I’m going to continue to be in denial and pretend it’s not happening. We CANNOT be starting the fall season already. We just CAN’T!

I was initially introduced to one-ingredient ice cream when I got my first Vitamix blender (which in itself was a life-changing purchase, but we’ll save my rhetoric on that for another day). What is the one ingredient? Bananas! Oh yes. Bananas–when frozen and blended up–have a beautiful, thick, luscious soft serve ice cream consistency. I love to blend up bananas with raw cacao powder or cinnamon for a dessert-type treat that can be eaten at any time, really! (I’m personally a fan of banana ice cream for breakfast. Just sayin’.)

frozen banana ice cream 3 ways: summer edition - drifter and the gypsy blog
Since it’s still summer, I made banana ice cream in 3 summer flavors: strawberry, peach and blueberry. Why? Because summer fruit is my absolute favorite and banana ice cream is my absolute favorite, so naturally, it’s a match made in heaven. Let’s do this!

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Faux Galvanized Pipe Bookshelf

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I love the look of industrial décor: exposed brick and pipe, faded paint and neutral color schemes. Naturally I wanted to include some pipe elements in my living room to bring in that industrial feel. DIYs for pipe shelving abound but I wanted a little different look. Instead of a wood platform for the books to sit upon, I wanted the pipes to be the actual shelf.

faux galvanized pipe bookshelf - drifter and the gypsy blog
To challenge myself even further, I used super inexpensive PVC piping to create the look of galvanized steel pipe without the cost. In the end this project cost less than half the price that using steel piping would have and it’s still plenty sturdy enough for my books. It also fits the bill of bringing in that industrial feel I was after.

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Join me at Makers Market’s Grand Opening Party!

join me at makers market's grand opening party! - drifter and the gypsy blog
join me at makers market's grand opening party! - drifter and the gypsy blog
If you’re in San Francisco, perhaps you’ve heard of Makers Market. If not, allow me to me introduce you. Makers Market started out as an online shop in 2014 and then as a pop-up shop during this past holiday season in the Westfield San Francisco Centre. They sell all-American goods from independent makers with the goal of preserving American craftsmanship. A few of my favorite makers are Jessica Wertz Ceramics, Etta + Billie and Scout & Whistle.

There’s so much mass-produced “Made in China” stuff out there it’s nice to see a shop entirely devoted to handcrafted items.

join me at makers market's grand opening party! - drifter and the gypsy blog
join me at makers market's grand opening party! - drifter and the gypsy blog
Over the past few years I’ve dealt with a lot of dietary issues that helped me bring awareness to not only what I eat, but also what beauty products and clothing I put on my body. It makes me so happy to see people advocating a holistic and mindful lifestyle. And what better than an entire STORE devoted to supporting American makers?!

I’m really excited for Makers Market because they just recently moved to a permanent location in the Westfield San Francisco Centre AND they’re having a grand opening party tomorrow to celebrate! They’ll still maintain the online shop, but all the deets on their new STOREFRONT are below:

join me at makers market's grand opening party! - drifter and the gypsy blog
The party is tomorrow, August 27th, from 5:30-7:30pm and I’ll be there if you want to stop by and say “hi!”–just make sure you RSVP here. (I stopped by the shop last week and it’s quite a gorgeous little space. ;)) See you there!

Schoolgirl newgirl

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Today is the first day of school for the kids in my area. While I’ve never seen the point of starting school BEFORE Labor Day–or maybe I’m just in denial of the fact that summer is drawing to a close–it is what it is. I remember the first day of school: the anxiety over your new class schedule, finding classes, opening lockers (or even better yet: if you’d get a top or bottom locker–I always got a bottom locker -_-), reuniting with friends and of course–and arguably most important–what outfit to wear.

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In elementary and middle school, the first day of school outfit for me was crucial. Serious business. It set the tone for the entire school year, right? My mom would take me shopping and let me pick out an outfit for the first day. I always picked out a skirt. It wasn’t as formal as a dress but it was a little more polished than wearing jeans; a nice compromise.

From grades 4th-7th, I got caught in a terrible pattern of falling and skinning my knees the day. before. school. started. Fun, eh? I was very creative and never injured myself the same way twice, although it consistently involved pavement and pain. One year it was while walking my dog, another while in the parking lot of a grocery store, then getting the mail at the end of the driveway and the last year it was while hanging out with friends… maybe I should have just locked myself in a closet on the last day of summer? For four years in a row, on the first day of school, I was sporting a big ol’ bandage with my skirt. I was a classy gal I tell ya.

schoolgirl newgirl - drifter and the gypsy blog
schoolgirl newgirl - drifter and the gypsy blog
In case you’re wondering, I AM still in school–I’m majoring in Graphic Design at SCAD through their eLearning program–but having a nice first day of school outfit just doesn’t have the same meaning when you’re going to school online. Here’s an outfit I may wear on MY first day of school just for the fun of it all. But I don’t start until mid-September, so I still have a few good weeks left. I’ll soak up the last of summer while I can!

schoolgirl newgirl - drifter and the gypsy blog
Was–or IS if you’re still in school–the first day of school a big deal for you too? What was the most critical: getting the classes you wanted, having the same lunch period as your friends, wearing a killer first day of school outfit, or something else?

Skirt & tanktop American Apparel
Blouse Crossroads Trading Co.
Shoes & socks Urban Outfitters
Sunglasses Ray-Ban

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Drifter Rebrands: Part I

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If you follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat (ohmydrifter), Pinterest or read this blog, you probably know by now I’m changing my name to Oh My Drifter in the next few months. If you didn’t know that or want to know some of the reasons why I’m name-changing, read this post.

Although the content of the blog will stay the same, the name-change allows for a few other fun changes, like a new layout and a new logo. While I’m working with a web developer on the layout, I’m designing the new logo myself. I always love looking at other people’s creative processes, so I thought it would be fun to share the process of my own logo so far.

I’m such a visual person, my heart would love nothing more than to get lost in the depths of Pinterest, pinning away brand inspiration from the get-go, but before I do ANYTHING visual, I ask myself questions: Who is my audience? What words would others use to describe the style of my blog? How would I describe my blog? How would I like my blog to be perceived? What do I want others to gain from reading my blog? Etc. etc…

I pick out a few keywords from my answers and jot them down. NOW is the time to get pin-happy. After I’ve made a Pinterest board, I open up my pinned images in Illustrator and see how they work together. I use the eyedropper tool to pick a few theme colors and use the images that seem the most cohesive and tada! A pretty lil’ moodboard:

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From the moodboard, I identify key themes going on. Obviously I love color. Bright cheery colors and pastels, specifically. And I’ve got an affinity for vintage. And hands. And geometric, grid-like compositions. And just overall happy vibes. From here, I think some keywords are vintage, whimsical, feminine, colorful, quirky and happy.

Next, I grab a pencil and sketch out some initial logo designs. I play around with font style, font size and placement. From there, I take my favorite sketches and translate them into the computer on Illustrator.

oh my drifter rebrand: part i - drifter and the gypsy blog
These are a few of my first comps. Some of them aren’t great, some of them I like better than others, but I always start off with a large amount of options and then edit down from there. I decided to keep the logo to typography and not make an accompanying mark (aka a graphic). I still have to tweak the logos more (and maybe design a few entirely new ones) until they’re there, but I feel like I’ve gotten a good start. I’m contemplating whether or not I want to add a pop of color to part of the logo… we’ll see.

Anywho, I want to involve you as much as possible in my rebrand and what better a way to show you my work in progress! Tell me which logo(s) are your favorites, even. Writing this all out helps me see my process in a more organized fashion, so it’s a win-win for all!

DIY Mini Whiteboards

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I am a scribbler. As soon as I pick a telephone, or start thinking about something, I feel the urge to doodle and write absently on whatever is around me. (As you can imagine, my childhood was filled with crayons on walls and cranky parents!) In the interest of saving paper (and some trees), I recently decided to invest in a whiteboard for our home. But those things are so ugly and intrusive; I would have no idea where to put it. We wanted somewhere central, but not so obvious that it takes over the room. So instead of one big ugly board, my boyfriend and I decided to make our own colorful mini whiteboards to keep around the house. Now there is always somewhere to jot down notes, no matter where we are!

The beauty of this project, is that when you aren’t using these ‘whiteboards’ they can double as nice, simple artworks around your home! My boyfriend and I popped down to our local thrift store and snapped up a collection of picture frames to chose from: a couple of medium sized frames for larger messages like shopping lists, event reminders and birthdays; and a couple of small palm sized frames to keep by the phone to take down messages and numbers.

diy mini whiteboards - drifter and the gypsy blog
Materials:

• Colored and patterned paper – remember, if your paper is too busy, it will make it harder to read your messages.
• Picture/photo frames (various sizes)
• Tape & scissors
• Whiteboard markers (dark colors work best)

diy mini whiteboards - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Start with a big ol’ mess of paper and as many photo frames as you want to use. This is a great opportunity to use up those scraps of pretty wrapping paper you’ve been hoarding to reuse ‘one day’ – today is that day! Select your favorites, it’s a good idea to group similar color pallets to your rooms you are going to place them in.

2. Remove the back from your photo frame and take out the paper insert that comes inside it. Using this as a template, cut out a sheet of your selected paper to the same size as your template guide.

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3. If you are using thin or transparent paper (like tissue paper), flip the frame insert over (the backs are usually plain white) and wrap your tissue paper around the template piece, taping down the edges to secure.

4. Place the newly cut piece (or wrapped insert piece) into your frame and secure the backing on again.

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5. Give the glass a good clean with glass cleaner or rubbing alcohol to remove any dust from the surface.

diy mini whiteboards - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy mini whiteboards - drifter and the gypsy blog
6. Hang or place on a shelf and get to writing! I like to keep a whiteboard marker sitting behind my frames, so I can write on them whenever I need!

diy mini whiteboards - drifter and the gypsy blog
Dani (Craft contributor)

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