After-dinner walks

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Overalls. I think the last time I owned a pair I was in kindergarten mayybeee 1st grade? It’s weird how I see fashion trends from MY LIFETIME coming back. That makes me feel old, haha.

after-dinner walks - drifter and the gypsy blog
after-dinner walks - drifter and the gypsy blog
after-dinner walks - drifter and the gypsy blog
after-dinner walks - drifter and the gypsy blog
after-dinner walks - drifter and the gypsy blog

I found these sweet overalls at Crossroads a few weeks ago. I have no idea what the brand is, but that doesn’t matter to me. I like the pattern and how comfy they are. They’re perfect for after-dinner walks with my mom and Aubrey!

after-dinner walks - drifter and the gypsy blog
after-dinner walks - drifter and the gypsy blog
after-dinner walks - drifter and the gypsy blog
after-dinner walks - drifter and the gypsy blog
after-dinner walks - drifter and the gypsy blog

overalls & shirt from crossroads trading co., shoes are from urban outfitters, sunglasses are ray-ban and necklace is by consider the wldflwrs

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.

shibori - drifter and the gypsy blog

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.

shibori - drifter and the gypsy blog

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

shibori - drifter and the gypsy blog

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

Girl’s got style: The Waltons

There are a lot of new columns/tweaking going around with Drifter & the Gypsy lately, and this is a new column I’m going to run myself. As a part-time fashion blogger, I’m constantly inspired by other people’s style. Girl’s Got Style showcases my latest girl crushes, both vintage and modern.

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My mom has jumped on The Waltons bandwagon as of late. I’ve watched it with her a few times. Although I’m not a huuuuge fan of the show (sorry guys, kinda boring), there is something about the schoolgirl look that will always have a special place in my heart.

girls got style: the waltons - drifter and the gypsy blog

Love her makeup:

girls got style: the waltons - drifter and the gypsy blog
girls got style: the waltons - drifter and the gypsy blog
girls got style: the waltons - drifter and the gypsy blog

The Waltons (TV series)

Created by: Earl Hamner, Jr.

Starring: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby, Will Geer, Judy Norton, Jon Walmsley, Mary Elizabeth McDonough, Eric Scott, David W. Harper, Kami Cotler, Peggy Rea, Joe Conley, Ronnie Claire Edwards

Producers: Robert L. Jacks, Andy White, Rod Peterson, Claylene Jones

Distributor: Warner Bros. Television Distribution

Original channel: CBS

Original run: September 14, 1972 – June 4, 1981

all screenshots via the illustrated waltons

Into the woods

into the woods - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the woods - drifter and the gypsy blog

One of my favorite things about San Francisco is its fog. Although I don’t like the cold and it wreaks havoc with my hair, it always makes for pretty pictures. This wedding-inspired editorial by Helena and Laurent Photography was shot in the San Francisco fog. The eeriness reminds me of a modern-day Little Red Riding Hood. Minus the red riding hood of course, heh.

into the woods - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the woods - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the woods - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the woods - drifter and the gypsy blog
into the woods - drifter and the gypsy blog

Notes to self

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I am a self-proclaimed perfectionist and for that reason, I am extremely hard on myself. I can easily – and often do – spend hours and hours and HOURS on blog posts. Then I go to sleep and do the same thing the next day. The words “It’s good enough” are not in my vocabulary. I think most creative people can relate? These past few weeks were especially stressful and busy and I know I need to cut myself a break sometimes. Coincidentally, I found The Motivated Type on Etsy the other day. The shop has tons of little reminders I need to tell myself more often.

notes to self - drifter + the gypsy blog
This describes me all too well…
notes to self - drifter + the gypsy blog
notes to self - drifter + the gypsy blog
notes to self - drifter + the gypsy blog

DIY Build: Patterned Wall Hooks

I’d like to introduce you to a new regular DIY series on Drifter & the Gypsy. Malissa and Machelle of A Joyful Riot will be contributing one DIY post a month. Their DIY projects will deal with using wood, metal and carpentry tools.

diy build: patterned wall hooks materials - drifter and the gypsy blog

Hello! I am Malissa and my twin sister Machelle and I can be found at A Joyful Riot where we share party and craft ideas! I am beyond thrilled to start sharing craft and home décor ideas on Drifter & the Gypsy.

For this DIY, I wanted to choose something that would be useful for almost anyone – something that could fit in any space, have a variety of uses, be reasonable cost-wise, doable for any skill level and most of all totally customizable! Let’s get started!

Materials:

diy build: patterned wall hooks materials - drifter and the gypsy blog

- Wood plaques (I used 5×5″ and 5×7″ of varying sizes – you can find these at any craft store for less than $2)
- Ceiling/screw hooks
- Drill
- 3/16 drill bit
- Copper spray paint
- Paint
- Paintbrush
- Glue (glue stick and optional Mod Podge)
- Decorative paper (I made the patterns I used available for you to download here: dreamcatchers, feathers, chevron)

Steps:

diy build: patterned wall hooks materials - drifter and the gypsy blog

1. Gather your supplies. For the wall plaques, I chose 3 shapes – a 5×5″ square, a 5×7″ rectangle and a 5×7″ oval. You can buy larger or smaller plaques and experiment with shapes for a one-of-a-kind look. You will also need a drill and a 3/16″ drill bit, 3” ceiling/screw hooks, spray paint, craft paint, glue and paper.

2. Spray paint the ceiling hooks and let them dry. I used two coats on each side to ensure even coverage.

3. Use the drill and drill bit to drill a hole in the bottom middle of each wood plaque. I didn’t mark the center and just eyeballed it, but measuring precisely is always a great idea. You will need to drill into the wood about an inch or so.

4. Next, gather your decorative paper. I chose 3 patterns: a feather pattern, a dreamcatcher pattern, and a chevron print.

5. Place the paper upside down and put each plaque on top and trace around.

6. Cut out the paper.

7. Glue the paper on the plaques. I used a glue stick for this step because it is less likely to create bubbles in the paper but any glue will work.

8. Paint the edges of the plaques. You can do this before you glue on the paper, the order doesn’t necessarily matter! I used turquoise for all of them to make them uniform but you can mix and match colors just as easily.

9. Wait for the paint to dry.

**Optional: if you want to make the wall hooks extra durable, put a layer of Mod Podge over the paper and paint.

10. Screw in the hooks to the bottom holes and then hang up your new hooks!

diy build: patterned wall hooks materials - drifter and the gypsy blog

I used Command Damage-Free Strips to hang up my hooks and it works really well. Sawtooth hangers would also work. You can use these hooks to hang jewelry, keys, hair accessories, craft supplies; almost anything!

diy build: patterned wall hooks materials - drifter and the gypsy blog

- Malissa (DIY Build Contributor)

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