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Shibori

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diy indigo dyed sheets & hand towels on the sweetest occasion

I know shibori isn’t a new trend by any means. But lately I’ve been seeing shibori techniques used on virtually any type of cloth: bedding, clothing, tea towels and other linens. I’m not one to get swept away in trends, but I have to say I’m liking this one. A lot.

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shibori halter dress diy by lauren winter

shibori - drifter and the gypsy blog

naturally dyed organic tote shopper bag by rebecca desnos on etsy

shibori - drifter and the gypsy blog

indigo shibori wall hanging by earnest dry goods on etsy

The shibori technique of dyeing with indigo developed during the 8th century in Japan. It comes from the Japanese verb root “shiboru” which means, “to wring, squeeze, press.” I love that there is an infinite amount of ways to fold the cloth, resulting in an infinite amount of patterns… like how no one snowflake is ever the same.

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indigo shibori linen skirt on madewell (currently on sale!)

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indigo hand dyed shibori pillow cushion by rebecca desnos on etsy

shibori - drifter and the gypsy blog

silk shibori blouse by dyeing2meetU on etsy

shibori - drifter and the gypsy blog

diy indigo shibori dyed kitchen towels on lovely indeed

shibori - drifter and the gypsy blog

vera wang shibori duvet color via beddingstyle.com

Studio swoon

studio swoon - drifter and the gypsy blog

Between school, personal projects and the blog, I do all of my work at home. While you can’t beat the commute (a simple stroll down the hallway!), doing projects on the kitchen table is not my favorite. I DO have an office that I share with a bunch of old furniture we don’t use and it also doubles as a workout room, but – as you can imagine – it’s not the greatest setup at all. I dream of one day having a studio for Drifter & the Gypsy. Something spacious but cozy with huge windows for lots of natural light. A place of my own and a place for friends. Here are a few of my current faves.

studio swoon - drifter and the gypsy blog

emmadime/loren crosier studio

studio swoon - drifter and the gypsy blog

pugly pixel studio

studio swoon - drifter and the gypsy blog

smitten studio

studio swoon - drifter and the gypsy blog

everlane studio (via remodelista)

studio swoon - drifter and the gypsy blog

julia manchik studio

Tell me friends, do you have a studio space away from your home or do you work from home?

Ann Arbor Apartment

ann arbor apartment - drifter and the gypsy blog

My friend Jennifer moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan two years ago to pursue a dual PhD in Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan (yeah girl!). When she posted these pictures of her newly decorated apartment, let’s just say some serious swooning went on.

ann arbor apartment - drifter and the gypsy blog
ann arbor apartment - drifter and the gypsy blog

“We have a penchant for vintage, thirfted finds, and DIY projects. Our apartment is a collection of found objects from over a decade of scouring estate sales in both California and Michigan. Our personal style is playful, warm, and welcoming with a touch of midcentury flair. Some of our favorite pieces have been found on the street, and we have invested time to restoring their beauty for our home. Being both lovers of nature and camping, several of our pieces are reflective of the outdoors. We have a collection of found objects on our coffee table as well as a collection of antlers. We love that our apartment is a place for friends to gather on a summers day for a BBQ or an evening inside during winter.”

ann arbor apartment - drifter and the gypsy blog
ann arbor apartment - drifter and the gypsy blog
ann arbor apartment - drifter and the gypsy blog
ann arbor apartment - drifter and the gypsy blog
ann arbor apartment - drifter and the gypsy blog

A Secret Shared

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I got this fabulous print by artist Jennifer Madden from Arte Limited. The artwork is called, “A Secret Shared,” which reminds me of the scene in The Secret Garden when Mary tells Dickon she’s stolen a garden. The lavender colors go perfectly with my room. It’s safe to say I love it.

a secret shared - drifter and the gypsy blog
a secret shared - drifter and the gypsy blog
a secret shared - drifter and the gypsy blog
a secret shared - drifter and the gypsy blog

Later this week I’ll be doing a giveaway with Arte Limited to win any print of your choice, so make sure you stay tuned for that!

Wreath Making at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog
wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog

On our second to last day in Hawaii, my mom and I took a wreath-making class at Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm (my dad took the pictures; he’s not really an artsy crafty kind of guy, although he did glue one flower to the wreath, so I guess you can say he contributed).

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The lavender farm is way up on the top of a mountain where you can see rolling hills and houses and ranches for miles and miles. It wasn’t the most ‘touristy’ thing to do, but it was a really great way to recharge and unwind after being on the go so much the entire week.

wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog
wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog

My mom used to make these crazily complex topiary trees back in the day, so this was definitely a throwback to when I was younger and would help her.

wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog

I was so afraid the wreath would get crushed on the plane ride home, but I’m pleased to report that it made it back safe and sound. Our wreath now happily sits at the entryway of our home.

wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog
wreath making - drifter and the gypsy blog

Handmade home decor really is the best ♥

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