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DIY Craft: Pom Pom Peonies

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I’d love to say that this DIY was inspired by nature, but that would be a fib – it’s a complete fluke that the peonies the Texan (boyfriend) bought me look identical to these tissue paper pom poms! So I’ll call them “pom pom peonies.” Anyhow, inspired by nature or not, this is a quick and easy DIY which can really add some fun to your bedroom, or perhaps for a party or wedding… and here’s how you can make your own.

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Materials:

– Eight sheets of tissue paper in the color of your choice
– String
– Ribbon or invisible thread
– Scissors

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Steps:

1. Lay out eight sheets of tissue paper flat on a table and fold them like an accordion along the shortest edge, all the way from one end to the other.

2. Fold in the center and tightly tie a piece of string around the middle point.

3. Tie a piece of ribbon or invisible string to the string in the center, so that you have something from which to hang your pom pom.

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4. Cut each end of the paper to create a petal-like shape. The overall size of your pom pom depends on how much you cut away, so you can have a mix of large and small pom poms if you’d like.

5. Open up the tissue paper into a ring and then gently start to separate each piece of tissue paper. (I found it easiest to pull apart four pieces of tissue paper on one side, and then turn over to pull apart the other four pieces on the other side).

It doesn’t really matter if you tear any of the paper, it will be hidden amongst all of the folds anyway!

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Hang your pom poms wherever you like and arrange them so that it looks like they are cascading from the ceiling. And there you are – who needs peonies when you have tissue paper pom poms to brighten up your room?!

diy craft: pom pom peonies - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: pom pom peonies - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: pom pom peonies - drifter and the gypsy blog

Cat (DIY Craft Contributor)

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DIY Craft: iPad and Kindle Case

Hi guys! I’m excited to introduce Cat from the blog Take Courage as a new DIY Contributor to Drifter & the Gypsy. I’m a huge fan of Cat’s craft tutorials and am happy to have her contributing a (second) monthly DIY Craft column (in addition to our fabulous current DIY Crafter, Dani) here on the blog. Read more about Cat on the contributor’s page here.

Hello there – I’m Cat from Take Courage and I’ll be popping by every month to share a crafty DIY with you all! I’ve got to say, this DIY iPad / Kindle case has to be one of my most favorite DIYs and it’s really simple to make – promise!

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You will need:

An old and very dull hardback book

Wrapping paper

Cardboard

Elastic

PVA or bookbinders glue

Sticky tape

Scissors

Stanley knife

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Step 1: Carefully cut out the pages from your hardback book – use a very old and very dull book so you don’t feel as bad tearing it up!

diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog

Step 2: Cut a piece of paper about half an inch larger than the hardback book’s cover when laid flat. Glue the paper to the outside of the cover, folding the excess edges over the inside of the cover and smoothing out the paper to avoid any air bubbles or wrinkles. Secure the inside edges with sticky tape.

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Step 3: Cut another piece of paper which is very slightly smaller in height than the inside of your book cover. In respect of the width, the paper only needs to be about two thirds of the width of the cover – you’ll see why in a moment! Glue the paper to the inside of the cover, making sure to cover the left side and center in full.

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Steps 4 & 5: Cut a piece of cardboard just a little smaller than the right side of the book cover – this will become the base for your Kindle / iPad / other electronic whatnot and is the reason why you didn’t need to cover the entire inside of your case! Cover the cardboard in paper (you could use a contrasting paper if you fancy) and secure the edges with lots of sticky tape – no need to worry if the backside of the cardboard piece is messy, you won’t be able to see it once it’s finished.

diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog

Step 6: Now the tricky part. Take some elastic and wrap it around your kindle / iPad and the cardboard piece to measure how much you will need for each corner. Be careful to ensure that the elastic pieces aren’t too long – they need to be slightly on the small side, so as to allow the elasticity to hold your kindle / iPad in place. Wrap the elastic around each corner of the cardboard and secure with plenty of sticky tape.

diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog
diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog

Steps 7 & 8: Once the four elastic corners are in place, measure a long piece of elastic which will wrap around the entire cover to keep it closed while knocking around in your bag. Stick to the backside of the cardboard piece, about an inch or so from the right-hand side (if facing the right way). Using lots and lots of glue, stick the cardboard piece to the right side of the cover. Plop a big pile of books on top and leave to dry (overnight preferably).

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Et voilà! A pretty custom-made case for your kindle or iPad which costs next to nothing and looks fabulous!

diy craft: ipad/kindle case - drifter and the gypsy blog

Stay tuned next month for my next DIY Craft!

Cat (DIY Craft Contributor)

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Sponsor Drifter & the Gypsy!

Spring (or autumn depending on where you live) is now upon us. A new season is beginning. What does this mean? A new season means a fresh start and what better way to kick off the season than sponsoring Drifter & the Gypsy? Drifter & the Gypsy is read daily by artists, designers and people who like pretty things. We currently have 5 contributors writing regular columns and we are growing!

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Sponsoring Drifter & the Gypsy is a great way to promote your business/blog/etc. and get the new season started off right! Since its inception in 2008, Drifter & the Gypsy has amassed a following of likeminded artists and has partnered with such companies as Bing, Toms, Modcloth, Crossroads TradingHarrods, Ruche and Free People, amongst other independent artists and Etsy shops.

Most recently, Drifter & the Gypsy was featured as an ‘up and coming blog’ at Altitude Summit 2013. At age 19, Micaela Hoo is the youngest blogger to be featured at Altitude Design Summit.

What exactly is sponsorship? There are a few ways to sponsor Drifter & the Gypsy:

1. Ad banner sponsorship – your ad banner + link to your site is displayed on my right sidebar for the world to see! It’s a great way to get people to click over to your site and perhaps become loyal followers of you too! This spot is monthly (although multiple month packages are available) and the month starts whenever your payment goes through.
2. Outfit posts collaborations – for all owners/purveyors of clothing labels/vintage shops/boutiques/Etsy shops/etc. who want to see me style + wear/feature their items in one of my outfit posts; a fun and creative way to collaborate!
3. Product reviews – for those who have an awesome product they want me to feature/review in a blog post; a great way attract hype about your product/brand.
4. Giveaways – for those interested in giving away a product from their shop/company/etc. in a giveaway post; another great way attract hype about your product/brand.

Read more info about press and advertising over here.

For ad banner sponsorship inquiries, email me at: ads@drifterandthegypsy.com for my ad rates and more details regarding ad banner sponsoring on Drifter & the Gypsy.

For all other sponsorship/collaboration opportunities (I’m always up for creative and innovative ideas!), please email me at hello@drifterandthegypsy.com.

I look forward to hearing from you! Let’s be in touch!

xx Micaela

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Charm & Gumption Giveaway – CLOSED

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Are you as obsessed as me when it comes to being organized? Fortunately there are shops like Charm & Gumption that sell pretty stuff for your workspace, so you can stay organized in style! (I personally like this iphone case and these mugs).

For both the organized and those who want to get organized, Charm & Gumption is giving away a $50 gift card to her shop. $50 can buy you quuuuiite a lot of stationary and other goods, so get at this giveaway, will ya?

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TO ENTER:
– Leave a comment on this post (1st entry!)

BONUS ENTRIES:
– Follow Charm & Gumption on TwitterFacebook and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
– Follow Drifter & the Gypsy on TwitterFacebook and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
– Tweet about the giveaway @drifterandgypsy and/or @charmgumption and leave a separate comment w/ link to the Twitter status (up to 2 bonus entries)

Please note: For bonus entries, simply leave an extra comment stating which platform you are following. For instance, if you followed Drifter & the Gypsy on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, AND followed Charm & Gumption on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, you would get 6 bonus entries in addition to your first general entry, making it a grand total of 7 entries.

**Open to all readers, international included, so anyone can enter!**

A winner will be randomly drawn via random.org and contacted via email next Friday, March 7th. 

UPDATE: Winner is comment #12: Blue Eyed Night Owl. Congrats friend! I will be in touch with you shortly.

Shutterfly Giveaway – CLOSED

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If you know me, you know I take a lot of pictures. A LOT. As in there are probably a few tens of thousands of images saved on my computer (I need to clean it out). Needless to say, on our family vacation to Hawaii, it wasn’t hard for me to accumulate well over 1,000 pictures.

Over the years, we’ve developed a family tradition of compiling our favorite photos into a Shutterfly photo book. This particular photo book was an extra special treat because it was an anniversary present to my parents (our trip to Hawaii was a celebration of their 25th wedding anniversary!). It was also a great way to store our last memories of 2013.

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shutterfly giveaway - drifter and the gypsy blog

With the start of a new year, people tend get nostalgic and reflect on the previous year’s events. Old friends are called, family is visited, and trips down memory lane are taken. A photo album is a great way to organize those moments into one convenient location.

Shutterfly and I are giving you a way to store your favorite memories by offering one 8×8 20-page hardcover photo book plus free shipping to one Drifter & the Gypsy reader!

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shutterfly giveaway - drifter and the gypsy blog

TO ENTER:
– Leave a comment on this post (1st entry!)

BONUS ENTRIES:
– Follow Shutterfly on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
– Follow Drifter & the Gypsy on TwitterFacebook, and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
– Tweet about the giveaway @drifterandgypsy and/or @shutterfly and leave a separate comment w/ link to the Twitter status (up to 2 bonus entries)

Please note: For bonus entries, simply leave an extra comment stating which platform you are following. For instance, if you followed Drifter & the Gypsy on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, AND followed Shutterfly on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, you would get 6 bonus entries in addition to your first general entry, making it a grand total of 7 entries.

**Open to US & Canada readers only**

One winner will be drawn on Friday, January 17th, at 10am PST via random.org, so make sure you get your entries in!

Update: Winner is comment #29: Sara. Congrats! I will be in contact with you shortly.

This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who help make Drifter & the Gypsy possible.

The Daykeeper 2014 Giveaway

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I don’t know about you, but I am a total planner. I LIVE for the first of every month, when I can open my calendar a new page and start planning out the month’s engagements. I love being organized.

I got excited when Katrina told me about The Daykeeper date book she was making for 2014:

A journal slash datebook for the dreamers who want to change the world and keep track of their everyday adventures while they’re at it.

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Today she’s giving away one daykeeper to one winner. It’s filled with pictures and quotes, a calendar for every month and lots of room to chronicle your thoughts, plans, and stories. I can’t BELIEVE there’s less than a month left to 2013, so here’s to starting off 2014 right with this day planner! Or else give the Daykeeper as a gift to an organized friend.

TO ENTER:
– Leave a comment on this post (1st entry!)

BONUS ENTRIES:
– Follow The Daykeeper on Facebook, and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 2 bonus entries)
– Follow Drifter & the Gypsy on TwitterFacebook, and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
– Tweet about the giveaway @drifterandgypsy and leave a separate comment w/ link to the Twitter status (1 bonus entry)

Please note: For bonus entries, simply leave an extra comment stating which platform you are following. For instance, if you followed Drifter & the Gypsy on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, AND followed The Daykeeper on Facebook and Instagram, you would get 5 bonus entries in addition to your first general entry, making it a grand total of 6 entries.

A winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email next Friday, December 13th. This giveaway is open to everyone, international readers included, so anyone can enter!

Update: Winner is comment #94: Nova Castro. Congrats! I will be in contact with you shortly.

photos by abbey sy

A giveaway from Secret Holiday Co – CLOSED

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I’m pleased to announce today’s giveaway comes from Secret Holiday. You may have seen the It’s OK Banners circulating around some blogs as they are pretty popular amongst bloggers. I have the It’s OK banner hanging up in my room and I love looking at it when I need a gentle reminder to take a breath and slow down because guess what? it’s ok:)

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a giveaway from secret holiday - drifter and the gypsy blog

Today, Secret Holiday is giving away one banner of your choice to one winner.

Here’s Aubrey modeling next to her It’s OK banner:

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TO ENTER:
– Leave a comment on this post (1st entry!)

BONUS ENTRIES:
– Follow Secret Holiday on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
– Follow Drifter & the Gypsy on Twitter, Facebook, and/or Instagram & leave a separate comment for each social media site, saying which you followed (up to 3 bonus entries)
– Tweet about the giveaway @drifterandgypsy and/or @secretholidayco & leave a separate comment w/ link to the Twitter status (up to 2 bonus entries)

Please note: For bonus entries, simply leave an extra comment stating which platform you are following. For instance, if you followed both Drifter & the Gypsy AND Secret Holiday on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, you would get 6 bonus entries in addition to your first general entry, making it a grand total of 7 entries.

A winner will be randomly selected and contacted via email next Friday, November 15th. This giveaway is open to everyone, international readers included, so anyone can enter!

Winner is comment #84: Jules. Congrats, friend! I will be in touch with you via email shortly.

Thank you all for entering! If you didn’t win, don’t fret! Secret Holiday is offering 15% off any purchase with the code GYPSY15 to all Drifter & the Gypsy readers! The code will be valid for the next few weeks to allow ample time for you to take advantage of the discount, so you can still have a banner of your very own.

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