DIY Build: Treat Stand

diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
Malissa and I recently threw an outdoor dinner party with our family. We created this decoupaged wood crate display stand for our desserts to sit on. This treat stand doesn’t necessarily have to be a treat stand; it could house dainty little hors d’oeuvres or display jewelry at a jewelry party OR you can use this as your display if you sell at a craft fair. It is perfect for any special occasion. Be creative with it!

I could not adore World Market more and their decorative papers have the most gorgeous designs as well as a wonderful thickness that is just perfect for decoupaging! This stand was not only easy to create, transport and set up, it also has a glamour-meets-nature look to it from the mix of wood, paper and metallics that is perfect for any get together.

diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
Materials:

– Wood crates
– Wood stakes
– Zip ties
– Long piece of lightweight craft wood
– Hot glue
– Mod Podge
– Paintbrush
– Gift wrap (I purchased mine from World Market)
– Cardboard
– Paint

diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
Steps:

1. Roll out your chosen paper, place your wood crate atop it (I bought my wood crates at Michaels and used and a 50% off coupon on every one so they ended up about $7.50 each) and trace a line under the first wood slat. You can choose to simply trace all the lines now but if you want the look of a continued pattern like mine then you’ll have to painstakingly trace, cut a strip and place your paper back under your crate to do it for all the other slats. But I really think the end result is worth it.

2. After all strips are cut, apply Mod Podge liberally to your crate slats and then smooth your paper strips on. Repeat with all crates.

3. When your glue is dried, you’re ready to assemble your stand. Stack the crates a top one another in two columns and then use your zip ties to latch them firmly together through the slats and through the handles.

4. To make a sign for your table, cover a long piece of lightweight craft wood (or cardboard) with your paper using the steps given above.

5. Cut letters out of cardboard. I printed out a font I liked and traced them onto my cardboard then used an X-acto knife to cut them out.

6. Spray paint your a matching color and use hot glue to attach to the board.

7. Glue the board to the front of your wood stakes and then adhere your wood stakes to the back edge of the top crates after they are all assembled. What I love about this table is that since it’s made from crates, you can not only use them to transport your supplies to your party site but you can also store your sweets in them during your party for easy refilling! And then at the end, the table comes easily apart so it fits through any doorway and in any car. There really is no loosing with this simple stand.

diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy build: treat stand - drifter and the gypsy blog
Machelle (DIY Build Contributor)

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Girl’s Got Style: Bye Bye Birdie

girl's got style: bye bye birdie - drifter and the gypsy blog
girl's got style: bye bye birdie - drifter and the gypsy blog
This Girl’s Got Style isn’t focused on one particular girl, but the movie Bye Bye Birdie as a whole. I watched the film for the first time last week and although I didn’t care much for the story, I absolutely fell in love with the choreography and cinematography. The colors in this scene? Amazing.

girl's got style: bye bye birdie - drifter and the gypsy blog
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bye Bye Birdie, it’s about a VERY popular rockstar, Conrad Birdie (Jesse Pearson) who’s been drafted to the army. Aspiring chemist/song writer, Albert (Dick Van Dyke), and his girlfriend, Rosie (Janet Leigh), develop a plan to get Conrad on The Ed Sullivan Show and kiss a high school girl (Ann-Margret) goodbye.

Bye Bye Birdie (Comedy/Musical)

Year: 1963

Director: George Sidney

Writers: Michael Stewart (book) and Irving Brecher (screen play)

Actors: Dick Van Dyke, Ann-Margret, Janet Leigh (full cast and crew here)

girl's got style: bye bye birdie - drifter and the gypsy blog
Have you ever seen Bye Bye Birdie? If not (or if you want to watch it again!), you can watch the entire movie on YouTube (for free!) here.

film stills via dreams are what le cinema are for and dr. macro’s high quality movie scans

Silhouettes

silhouettes - drifter and the gypsy blog
silhouettes - drifter and the gypsy blog
silhouettes - drifter and the gypsy blog
silhouettes - drifter and the gypsy blog
silhouettes - drifter and the gypsy blog
Silhouettes is a hand lettering series by graphic designer Hannah Reynolds. I love how the letters are somewhat hard to read so it requires more concentration to focus on the quote; I tend to skim things really fast, so this forces me to slow down and let the words sink in.

DIY Beauty: How to Wear Glitter Eye Shadow

diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
I recently attended Melbourne Spring Fashion Week and I was so inspired by the runway makeup I decided to do this tutorial. One of my particular favorite looks was created using the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow.

I remember wearing glitter makeup in my teens. The older I get, the scarier glitter eye makeup becomes. A trend I have noticed from major cosmetic brands this season is the roll out of shimmery/glittery makeup products. Despite my reservations, I took up the challenge of creating a grown-up glittery eye makeup look.

diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
My golden rules on glitter eye makeup:

1. Less is more. For a modern and sexy take, use the less is more approach. To ensure you don’t go overboard, build up the sparkle slowly. Sticky tape is definitely a handy tool to have to take care of any fallout.

2. Go for neutrals. To create balance, neutral shades are the perfect counterpart to glitter. It compliments it without being over powering. Pair glitter shadow with matte shadow to give your look dimension and definition.

3. Choose your glitter. If you are starting out with glitter eye makeup, ultra fine glitter is a good way to incorporate sparkle. Products with more subtle glitter offer more glitz and glamour without looking flashy.

Steps:

diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
1. Prepare your eyes

Just like any other eye shadow, glitter shadow should be applied after eye foundation/concealer and eye shadow primer for maximum staying power. For depth and definition, apply your normal eye shadow colors first before applying glitter shadow.

diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
2. Apply glitter eye shadow

Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadow comes in many different shades. The one I am using is Kitten (nude pink sheen). It also comes with a mini liquid eye primer and mixing tray. I still like to use my own primer beforehand to ensure long lasting adhesion.

There are two ways of wearing the Stila eye shadow. The first is applying the shadow without the liquid primer (see top line of my hand swatch). The second is mixing the liquid primer (use half a drop, one drop is way too much!) with and the eye shadow (see bottom line of my hand swatch). You can see how pigmented the eye shadow becomes after adding the liquid primer! To apply, I used my ring finger to spread and dab it onto my eyelids slowly to make sure it’s even and smooth.

diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
3. Eyeliner and Mascara

Apply eyeliner and mascara as normal. If you want to create more drama, try a pair of fake eyelashes to complete the eye makeup look.

4. The rest of your face

Let your eyes steal the spotlight. This isn’t the time to wear your statement lip. Keep your lips (wear lip balm or clear lip gloss) and cheeks natural (add bronzer to give your face some color).

The finished look:

diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy beauty: how to wear glitter eyeshadow - drifter and the gypsy blog
Melanie (DIY Beauty Contributor)

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Silence / Shapes

silence / shapes - drifter and the gypsy blog
silence / shapes - drifter and the gypsy blog
silence / shapes - drifter and the gypsy blog
silence / shapes - drifter and the gypsy blog
Filippo Minelli’s Silence / Shapes series is so soothing to look at. It’s an ongoing project started in 2009 in which Minelli gives a physical shape to silence.

I love the combination of soothing scenery with the colorful smoke. (The way that light is interacting with the smoke in the second to last image? Perfect).

Play by Numbers

play by numbers - drifter and the gypsy blog
play by numbers - drifter and the gypsy blog
play by numbers - drifter and the gypsy blog
Nadinoo was one of the first clothing labels I started following when I began blogging. Every collection of Nadia’s – the designer – resonates so well with the Drifter & the Gypsy aesthetic; I love it all! Her style is traditional & classic with that distinct English schoolgirl vibe (she IS British after all).

play by numbers - drifter and the gypsy blog
play by numbers - drifter and the gypsy blog
play by numbers - drifter and the gypsy blog
Nadia so generously lent me some pretty little things from her Autumn/Winter ’14 collection to wear for a fun D&tG studio photo/video shoot (sneak peek here). The video and images will be released early next month, so stay tuned for that!

play by numbers - drifter and the gypsy blog
Of course I had to take advantage of the short while I had the clothes to do an outfit post with at least one of the garments. This yellow dress was definitely my favorite. Can you believe I don’t own A SINGLE yellow item? I think that needs to change. Yellow is such a cheery color (although ironically I read that people most often lose their tempers in yellow rooms, so go figure).

play by numbers - drifter and the gypsy blog
play by numbers - drifter and the gypsy blog
play by numbers - drifter and the gypsy blog
oopsy daisy dress c/o nadinoodesert gold clogs c/o free people and owl necklace is a gift from my grandma

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