DIY Build: Copper and Wood Lamp

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Lighting is something I could always use more of! I used to think that making a lamp sounded would be difficult but once I tried it, it turns out it is super easy. Especially if you use a lamp kit but if you are feeling adventurous you can just buy an extension cord and a socket. And of course I think copper is gorgeous–who doesn’t? So choosing copper for my first foray into the DIY lamp world was a perfect choice.

Materials:

– Small wood plaque (99 cents at most craft stores)
– Lamp kit
– Screwdriver
– Drill
– ½ inch drill bit
– Light bulb
– 10 foot, ½ inch copper pipe
– Pipe cutter
– Measuring tape
– ½ inch 45 degree elbow
– ½ inch copper pressure tee
– Acrylic bumpers
– Super glue

diy build: copper and wood lamp - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Drill a hole in the corner of the wood plaque. Once the hole is drilled, you may need to trim around the edges a little bit to make sure the copper pipe will fit through. To do this, just take the drill bit and move it in a circular motion.

2. Measure and mark 16 inches on the copper pipe.

3. Use the pipe cutter to cut the pipe.

4. Take the pressure tee and place on top of one end of the pipe.

5. Next, measure 4 inches on the pipe and use the pipe cutter to cut.

6. Connect that piece to the pressure tee.

7. Connect the 45 degree elbow. It will look like the photo when all connected together.

8. Add a dab of super glue to the hole you drilled. This is just to ensure that the pipe is well secured.

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9. Place the end of the pipe into the hole and hold it for about a minute.

10. Now we will wire the lamp. Start by taking end of the wire up through the bottom of the wood plaque.

11. Wiggle the wire all the up through your pipe structure. It may be easier to temporarily deconstruct the structure, which I did.

12. Pull the end of the wire out through the top of the elbow.

13. Place 4 bumpers on the bottom corners of the wood.

14. Take the socket in the lamp kit and use a screwdriver to loosen the screws.

15. Next, attach the wires to the screws. You will want to take the ribbed wire and wrap it clockwise around the silver screw. Repeat with the other wire on the bronze screw. Make sure that the cord is not plugged in!

16. Place the socket cover on top of the socket.

17. Screw in the light bulb

18. Plug in your new lamp!

diy build: copper and wood lamp - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: copper and wood lamp - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: copper and wood lamp - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: copper and wood lamp - drifter and the gypsy blog
I hope you enjoy this little lamp project. Think of all the fun possibilities with copper piping or other materials! I ended up spray painting the socket cover gray since I didn’t love how the bronze looked with the copper but think of how fun a bright color would be–say a turquoise!

Malissa (DIY Build Contributor)

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An Autumn Wedding

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an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
For some reason, when I think of getting married, I always think of getting married in the springtime. The air is fresh, flowers are blossoming, leaves are green, spring just feels like new beginnings. But Keely and Aaron’s autumn wedding is seriously making me rethink that.

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I’ve been following Keely’s photography for a few years and her wedding is just incredible. I wouldn’t expect anything less from someone who has such a keen eye for natural beauty.

an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
How ’bout that foliage??

an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
bride
dress: esque by leslie pennel —designed by keely and leslie
necklace: etsy
rings: thatch 

an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
groom
tie: asos
suit coat & pants: nordstrom rack
shirt: h&m

an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
Keely told me on their wedding day, there was hail, blinding sunshine, rain and fog. They never personally got rained on or anything. It just made great for photos (spoken like a true photographer!).

an autumn wedding - drifter and the gypsy blog
photography: david matthew fiser 
videography: chris o’dell 
venue: the hamill house 
food: da kind soups 
florist: passionate about peonies

DIY Food: Herbal Vanilla Latte

diy food: herbal vanilla latte - drifter and the gypsy blog
Something has happened to the United States and it’s called Snowvember. If you’re in Buffalo, New York, Snowvember takes on a whole new meaning. Case in point? This. And this. BuzzFeed even made a post about it. I somewhat spoiled living in California because Snowvember has decided to skip right over the extreme west and plague the rest of the nation. But still, this Herbal Vanilla Latte is the perfect solution for all.

diy food: herbal vanilla latte - drifter and the gypsy blog
HERBAL VANILLA LATTE

Serves 2

Ingredients:

– 4 Tablespoons raw hemp seeds
– 1 cup spring water
– 3 cups hot herbal tea (chamomile, mint, nettle, rose)
– 3 Tablespoons coconut oil
– 2 teaspoons maca powder
– 2 teaspoons vanilla
– ½ teaspoon cinnamon
– 4 drops vanilla stevia or 1 teaspoon raw honey
– Pinch of sea salt

Procedure:

1. Place hemp seeds and water in blender and blend until smooth to make hemp seed milk.
2. Add remaining ingredients to milk and blend until smooth and frothy.
3. Serve and garnish with extra cinnamon.

diy food: herbal vanilla latte - drifter and the gypsy blog
Herbal teas are anti-inflammatory and most support digestion. The maca in this drink is what provides a boost of energy, enhances mood, supports strength and endurance, balances hormones and helps us cope with stress.

You can make this latte with any nut milk of choice, but I chose hemp seeds to add some complete protein and healthy fats to the drink.

diy food: herbal vanilla latte - drifter and the gypsy blog
Recipe developed by Giovanna Garcia // Intro & photography by Micaela Hoo

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Dream girl

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dream girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
dream girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
dream girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
I saw this photo shoot from two of my pals Ashley and Emily and a few other people and I died. And then I looked at the photos again and I died again. And then I knew I had to share this with you guys so that you can die at how unrealistically beautiful these photographs are too.

dream girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
dream girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
dream girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
These photographs sum up my style so well (okay so maybe I wouldn’t dress quiiiiteee so flamboyantly in real life, but we’re talking aesthetics here, so don’t get too literal on me). Color, but not too much color. Dreamy, but not too much dreamy.

dream girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
dream girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
dream girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
dream girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
dream girl - drifter and the gypsy blog
photography by johan santos
art direction & styling by ashley ording
hair & makeup by katherine sterrett
model is emily theobald

A survey

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Hello friends and happy Thursday! I’m popping in to ask you to take 5-7 minutes of your time to complete the Drifter & the Gypsy Reader Survey so I can get your feedback on what you think of the blog in its current state.

You can answer anonymously or leave your contact info; whatever you prefer. If you have any further comments, questions, suggestions, concerns, etc. feel free to email me at hello@drifterandthegypsy.com as well!

Thanks in advance; I really appreciate your input in making the blog an enjoyable place for you to rest your eyes!

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Skip to my Lou

skip to my lou - drifter and the gypsy blog
A simple fall(ish) outfit.

I found this white blouse at Crossroads. Ordinarily, I would have passed it up because it’s pretty plain, but lately I’ve been drawn to more minimalistic items. It’s nice and lightweight and could even be worn with some shorts in the summer.

This heavier denim jumper from Urban Outfitters provides a little more warmth. But still, fall is pretty mild in San Francisco, so you don’t need to be tooooo toasty.

skip to my lou - drifter and the gypsy blog
skip to my lou - drifter and the gypsy blog
skip to my lou - drifter and the gypsy blog
The blouse has buttons on the side of the sleeves, so you can roll them up or leave them down.

skip to my lou - drifter and the gypsy blog
skip to my lou - drifter and the gypsy blog
skip to my lou - drifter and the gypsy blog
skip to my lou - drifter and the gypsy blog
blouse and cardigan sweater from crossroads trading co., jumper is from urban outfitters, swedish hasbeens peep toe super high clogs and necklace is from haej.co

Weekend Hashtag Project: Glitter

weekend hashtag project: glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
1. @kateycrave 2. @herhollowway 3. @camlizstew 4. @saraheiseman

Every so often Instagram‘s Weekend Hashtag Project catches my eye. This past weekend was themed glitter (#WHPglitter). Of course anything remotely girly makes me happy and I was excited to see what people would do with glitter (I even participated myself!). On Monday, Instagram picks their favorite submissions, but there are always so many more that deserve attention, so I’ve rounded up my favorites.

weekend hashtag project: glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
@impulsings

weekend hashtag project: glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
@inessitao

weekend hashtag project: glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
1. @viviennelsen 2. @hamhennes 3. @treecropslane 4. @akannksha

weekend hashtag project: glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
@sannalinn

weekend hashtag project: glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
1. @antonellavanoni 2. @candyperfumegirl_ 3. @jesiiii 4. @mlnordan

People use their hands in such creative ways.

weekend hashtag project: glitter - drifter and the gypsy blog
@ourwildabandon

Are you Instagram fans? Do you participate in the Weekend Hashtag Projects? Did you participate in THIS Weekend Hashtag Project?

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