As the days gradually become shorter and a slight breeze fills the air, my mind is filled with thoughts of a late summer camping trip to bid adieu to the season. Something about cool summer nights, sleeping under the stars and fresh mountain air makes me feel so at home and so relaxed. I always come back to my urban reality with a renewed sense of mind and spirit, ready to take on new ideas and a new season. A soft flannel, comfy jeans, a sturdy pair of boots and a warm jacket are all I need to keep cozy and happy by the campfire at night.
Mini trays like this one are perfect for holding jewelry and those knick knacks that you use every day. I found this one on sale at my local craft store, however you can usually find something similar at a homeware store like Bed Bath & Beyond. They are cheap and, once given this easy make over, totally unique. Use it yourself or give it as a gift!
– Patterned paper
– Display tray
– Mod Podge
– Scalpel/craft knife
1. Start by measuring the inside edge of the wooden tray and using a ruler mark out a rectangle the same size onto the patterned paper.
2. Cut out the rectangle and check to see if it fits into the tray – it should sit flush inside. Trim if necessary.
3. Most store bought trays are sealed with varnish, so to ensure the paper will stick properly you may need to sand the inside of the tray. Be careful not to sand the sides, you only want to rough up the base. Wipe out the inside with a damp cloth to clear away any dust from sanding.
4. Coat the base with an even layer of mod podge and firmly stick down the paper. Smooth out any air bubbles. Give the paper an additional coat of mod podge to seal. Wipe away any glue that gets on the side. Allow to dry completely before using.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may remember I found this dollhouse at a thrift shop a few months ago. I’ve had in my mind to take pictures of myself with the dollhouse ever since I bought it, but I wanted to find the perfect dollhouse-esque dresses to wear with it. The Dear Creatures dresses totally fit the bill.
One morning, I lugged my dresses, dollhouse and my mother – who begrudgingly agreed to take film photographs of me – to an open field nearby our home. Here are the fruits of our visual endeavors.
To me, September has always marked the official end of summer. In San Francisco, it’s hard to believe that summer is ending since the weather is still hot hot hot! But the kids have gone back to school and I go back to SCAD in two weeks, so it’s time to switch gears and get into fall mode. In August, my grandmother visited from Florida and I shot videos with Katrina. Here’s a look at the month through Instagram:
I went to The Mill for the first time ever. Ummm hello gorgeous natural light!
I’m pretty sure the last time I wore a ribbon in my hair was in 3rd grade for school picture day or something like that. Which is a shame because who says ribbons aren’t for grownups? No one. And sometimes you want to do a little something something extra to do to your hair. When in doubt, add a bow.
– 1 inch curling iron
– 1 clear hair elastic
– 1 ribbon
1. Start by sectioning the hair and curling with a 1 inch curling iron.
2. Once finished curling, tease the crown to add a bit of “oomph.”
3. Pull your hair half up and secure with a clear elastic.
4. Tie a pretty ribbon (the one shown is from Michaels) around the clear elastic. Voilà! A chic and feminine style that is easy and fun.
Anyone who knows me knows I love a good floral pattern. Even when the summer’s ending, my floral game’s still going strong. Florals all year ’round!
When Free People sent me their Desert Gold Clogs to style, I gave myself the personal challenge of styling the shoe two different ways: one look with a dress and one look with pants.
I’m definitely looking forward to wearing these with socks during the wintertime. An added benefit with these guys is because they are a closed-toe shoe, I can be super lazy and not have my toenails polished all the time (which I usually don’t).
When styling myself, I tend to gravitate toward dresses, but this gave me an opportunity to delve into the world of pants. These clogs are so versatile, I think they look good with most any outfit. Which look is YOUR favorite?
Hello again! Machelle from A Joyful Riot here with another project for you lovelies. And I must say, I think this project IS just lovely! A fun little way to display your flowers because who needs simple glass vases anymore?! This project is pretty, there are so many variations possible, and best of all, it’s simple! So let’s do it!
– 1/4 x 3-4 ft oak board
– Table saw
– Wood glue
– 3-6 small vases
– Paint or stain
1. Collect some small vases. Many options would work, but after I searched many stores, I decided on simple salt & pepper shakers. They were just the size I was looking for and the screw threads were going to be perfect for holding on to my twine. At Target they were $1.99 for a pair.
2. Cut your wood board into four pieces. I chose my frame to be 23 x 14″ and I just had the nice men at Home Depot cut mine for me before I left so having your own table saw isn’t totally necessary.
3. Figure out the spacing between each of your vases. In my case, I found the middle at 11.5″, I made a mark and then measured out 5.75″ in both directions, made a mark and did that same thing one more time.
4. Use a drill to make a hole on each of your 5 marks.
5. Using your wood glue, apply a line to the edge of one of your long pieces and stick a short piece onto it. I used a level standing up next to it to support it as well as make sure I was getting my frame perfectly straight. Do the same on the other end of your long bottom piece and set the other short side.
6. Apply wood glue along the top of your short sides and set the other long piece atop them. Use a cloth to clean up the excess wood glue and then set something with some weight to it on the top corners. Allow your glue to dry for about 8 hours.
7. After you’ve waited for the glue to dry, your frame is ready to be painted! This frame would look lovely with a warm stain but I just can’t stay away from color and I have a special weakness for turquoise so turquoise it became!
8. While waiting for your paint/stain to dry, prepare your vases for hanging. Cut pieces of twine about 2 feet long and tie it around the neck of your vases. I wrapped my twine around the neck about 1.5 times and then tucked it around itself 3 times so that the remaining twine hanged exactly across from the other end of twine. In order to get my twine through my holes, I used a tiny bit of tape to keep the twine from un-winding.
9. Decide how long you’d like each vase to hang and then tie the twine in a knot that’s too big to fall through your hole and cut the excess twine.
10. Now fill your lovely hanging vase with pretty little flowers and admire your handy work!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this hanging vase tutorial, I had so much fun creating it and I’m going to have infinite more fun ogling my flower-filled vases on the daily! Malissa and I look forward to being back next month, xoxo!