Come in Colors

come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog
come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog
come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog
come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog
come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog

Holy swoon. This wedding editorial shot by Lara Hotz for Hello May is pure magic.

come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog
come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog
come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog
come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog
come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog
come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog
come in colors - drifter and the gypsy blog

I’m not looking to get married anytime soon, but when I do, I want a rainbow-colored horse at my wedding! Ummm hello… how crazy epic is that last picture?? There’s also a super cool behind the scenes video from this shoot you can check out here.

hello may magazine
photography: lara hotz
styling: stefanie ingram
florist: the sisters
makeup: lianne claire
hair: dd & co
models: ellie giddings and dylan king

A Wendy for Every Occasion

a wendy for every occasion - drifter and the gypsy blog

(schoolhouse wendy via national geographic)

When I was younger, I had a friend who had a pretty awesome playhouse. It was built by her dad who was a contractor or something cool like that in my little 7-year-old eyes and I was oh-so-envious.

a wendy for every occasion - drifter and the gypsy blog

(botanical wendy via new england home // tropical wendy via india hicks)

a wendy for every occasion - drifter and the gypsy blog

(snow-capped wendy via andy dawson)

a wendy for every occasion - drifter and the gypsy blog

(frilly wendy via bhg // hillside wendy via bhg)

The original Wendy house was built for Wendy Darling in J. M. Barrie’s play, Peter Pan. Wendy was shot by the Lost Boy Tootles after arriving in Neverland, so Peter Pan and the Lost Boys built a small house around her where she had fallen. Now a Wendy house refers to a small playhouse for children that is large enough for more than one child to enter.

a wendy for every occasion - drifter and the gypsy blog

(rustic wendy via laurie ceesay // gothic wendy via bhg)

a wendy for every occasion - drifter and the gypsy blog

(garden wendy via bhg)

So there you have it: a Wendy for every occasion! Do you know how many of these houses I want?!

Which Wendy house could you see yourself in?

SF Shopping Party

sf shopping party - drifter and the gypsy blog
sf shopping party - drifter and the gypsy blog
sf shopping party - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hey guys! This Thursday, January 30th from 6-9 pm (at a very secret location in downtown san francisco), I’m hosting a pop-up shop with Crossroads Trading Co. The space is limited to 150 guests who get the rare opportunity to shop racks from all 6 of Crossroads Bay Area stores in one convenient location. You can view photos from last year’s event here.

I’ll be tagging my favorite pieces on the racks, so you can shop my favorite picks too! So many of my clothes come from Crossroads, I’m super excited to be hosting this event with them.

In addition to the pop-up shop, there will be wine and refreshments. If you’re in the Bay Area on Thursday, you should come (it’s completely free to attend) and we can talk and shop and do other fun things!

Please RVSP to lholmes@crossroadstrading.com to get on the guest list and receive the details of the location.

first row of images via crossroads trading co., last row of images via 7×7 magazine

Horseback Riding at Piiholo Ranch

horseback riding at piiholo ranch - drifter and the gypsy blog
horseback riding at piiholo ranch - drifter and the gypsy blog

Ever since I can remember, I’ve always wanted to go horseback riding while on vacation. I’d always bug my dad to take me, but he was never too keen. He finally obliged in Aruba when I was 9 years old. We had so much fun that day that we decided to do it again at Piiholo Ranch when we were in Makawao, Maui.

horseback riding at piiholo ranch - drifter and the gypsy blog
horseback riding at piiholo ranch - drifter and the gypsy blog
horseback riding at piiholo ranch - drifter and the gypsy blog
horseback riding at piiholo ranch - drifter and the gypsy blog

The ranch is located away from the coast and it’s really funny how much the topography of the island changes once you go inland. No more beaches, no more resorts, just rolling hills and open space.

horseback riding at piiholo ranch - drifter and the gypsy blog

Our rancher tour guide, Morgan. She had such an awesome spirit and personality, I loved her vibe!

horseback riding at piiholo ranch - drifter and the gypsy blog
horseback riding at piiholo ranch - drifter and the gypsy blog

It was such a fun day! I think my dad liked horseback riding even better than the sunrise at Mount Haleakala. If you’re ever in Maui, I highly recommend you check out Piiholo Ranch (they also have ziplining!). Who knows, maybe I’ll try ziplining next. Eek! I’m kind of scared of heights though. Have any of you guys gone horseback riding while on vacation?

horseback riding at piiholo ranch - drifter and the gypsy blog

DIY Craft: Beaded Pot Holders

diy craft: beaded pot holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

There is nothing worse than finishing a delicious meal only to find that your hot plates and pots have marked your table. In our house we cook a lot of oven baked dishes that are served straight from the oven, so to combat this we usually put down hand towels or dish cloths to protect the table. Kind of ruins my beautifully set table settings, dontcha think?

To return my table to its former glory I made a couple of sets of Beaded Pot Holders. They were so easy to make and look so awesome, I thought I would share the process with you guys!

You’re going to need a whole lot of wooden beads. I used about 60 beads at a 1/2 inch (1.5cm) size to make an 8 inch (20cm) in diameter holder. The size of your beads will determine how big your pot holder is, so it’s a good idea to get more than you think you’ll need – just in case! The other thing you’re going to need to remember is to get wooden beads. Plastic beads will obviously warp or melt under high heats. The same goes for colored beads: if your beads are painted with a thicker, acrylic paint, it is likely the paint will peel  away under heat, so look for naturally dyed beads. I was able to find a whole bunch at my local craft store.

diy craft: beaded pot holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

Materials:

Wooden beads (approx. 60-80 per holder)
Leather cord or thick twine
Scissors
Sewing needle and thread (optional)

diy craft: beaded pot holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

Instructions:

1. Take your cord and cut a length of around half a meter. Knot one end securely, ensuring that your knot is larger than the holes on your beads. Leave around 10cm of cord before the knot.
2. One at a time thread your beads onto your cord. Continue until you have used all your beads.
3. Loosely tie off the open end of cord around 5cm away from the beads. Then push all of your beads so that they sit fairly flush against the original knot.
4. There are two ways you can proceed from here, depending on the size of your pot holder and how ‘secure’ you want it:

diy craft: beaded pot holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

OPTION ONE:  take the first 10 (or so) beads and twist into a loop, knotting any excess cord around the cord (ie: between the 10th and 11th bead). Wrap the rest of the beads around the first loop, creating a second larger loop and knot again when the rope of beads reaches the first. Repeat again to make another larger loops and knot again (repeat again if necessary). Tie off the last loop against both the previous loop and the end of the cord. Add in a few lengths of cord to the knot to make a tasseled end.

diy craft: beaded pot holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

OPTION TWO: Twist the beaded rope around itself repeatedly to make a spiralled loop. Place down on a flat surface so that all the beads sit flush. Take a needle and thread and carefully stitch a knot between the original knot and the first row of beads. Sew a zigzag between the alternating gaps between the beads, pulling the rows together. Continue this process all the way around. Your threads will be exposed in some areas, but it will only be on one side. You can simply flip the holder over once you’re done. This option is quite fiddly and takes a bit more time, but it will result in a sturdier pot holder. I would recommend this option for larger pots.

diy craft: beaded pot holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

And that’s it! I made a whole set of blue and cream pot holders for our family, now everyone has one! They are perfect for pot pies and casseroles, and my table has returned to its pretty beginnings! (Thanks goodness!)

diy craft: beaded pot holder - drifter and the gypsy blog

Dani (DIY Craft contributor)

click here for more diy craft by dani!

The Lab Event 2014

the lab even 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
the lab even 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
the lab even 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog

Exactly one month from today I’m participating in The Lab Event runway show. Have you heard of The Lab Event? It’s a wedding vendor showcase taking place this year at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

the lab even 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
the lab even 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
the lab even 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog

This year, the event features various vendor displays, bites and nibbles from Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, a Tomfoolery photo booth, live music, and a runway show.

the lab even 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog
the lab even 2014 - drifter and the gypsy blog

I’ll be modeling some of the designs in the runway show, so cue the butterflies! I’m actually really excited about being part of The Lab Event. Judging by the pretty crazy awesome job they did last year, I can’t wait to see what they do this year.

Maybe I’ll see you there!

The Lab Event
date: sunday, february 23, 2013
time: 5pm-8pm
location: the ferry building, san francisco
tickets available: here

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