Monday, July 25, 2011

Framed Quote

I'm a huge fan of quotes and this is such a great idea, I'm definitely doing it! There's nothing like keeping quotes visible to remind you to do something like keep your chin up, or value what you have, or that there's calm after the storm. This past year I simply wrote inspirational quotes on a whiteboard but this is much classier! Enjoy!

DIY Mothers Day Gift



Thursday, July 21, 2011

Music Madness

Alright, taking a break from all of the DIYs, I just had to share these! I'm so completely in love with these two songs. Enjoy!

Tree Rings

These are sooo cute! They're actually being sold on Etsy but I had to share them. If you like them, support the artist and buy one!

personalized wood tree trunk heart ring

Holiday Lights

I'm a complete sucker for Christmas time. I'm not uber religious but it's just a time of year when everything seems right in the world and so many people are happy. I know it may be far from the truth but don't wreck the mood. Anyways, I know we still have five more months until Christmas but I just found this and had to share it right away! There aren't any instructions, but once again, I can't imagine this being very hard to make. I know I'm definitely going to try it!


Okay, so last school year I was home over spring break and my toddler cousins bought me a mini cactus potted plant. I then asked my mom to get basil at the grocery store (assuming she'd just get the leaves for my tomato, basil, and mozzerella paninis [read YUM!]) and she came home with an entire potted basil plant. Well, I took the plants to school and had a blast with them. Yeah, that does sound pathetic but it was actually a lot of fun to have life in the room! I kinda wanted a fish this year but I think that might be too much work. Judge away. However, I think these might just be perfect! Enjoy!

What You Will Need:
  • A glass container
  • Gravel
  • Dirt
  • Moss
  • Twigs
  • Little plants
  • A little sculpture of whatever you want
1. Get your container!
2. Get some gravel and pour it into the cup, so it’s about half a centimeter thick.
3. Get dirt and push it down flat.
4. Grab some moss.
5. Remove the dirt.
6. Push the moss into the dirt and water it so the roots soak in.
7. Find a little plant and remove it by the roots and find twigs.
8. Place them into the cup, make sure the roots of the plant are in the soil and not sitting in the moss.
9. Rachel found a little red stone turtle to put in her cup, and I bought Tinkerbell.
buttt she was kinda of childish so I painted her gold!
10. Place in your sculpture and you are done!!
Tips: Moss is a shade plant, so keep your terrarium in the shade! and water once a day!
Total Cost: $5 just for Tinkerbell, we had everything else.
Total Time: An hour.

Heart Maps

As cheesy as it may be, this just might be my favorite project yet. It's such a great idea! You could even do different shapes! It's just a fun way of sharing memories and where you've been. This entry doesn't exactly tell you how to make them (I think that someone actually sells them) but I can't imagine them being very hard to make.
Each map heart is completely personalized using vintage maps from cities, countries or regions hand-selected by you.
This would make a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for any cartography-lover, or a long-distance couple passing their heart back-and-forth over cities and countries each night.

Scarves Galore!

This DIY is from a clothing line who had these amazing scarves on display in their stores. Learn how to make scarves just like them to decorate your place!

good morning! today’s DIY is once again inspired by our spring store displays – specifically, the colorful silk scarves floating around the ceiling.  our team dyed and hand-painted each one of these scarves themselves! i think they’re beautiful and such a great way to add some color to a space for spring.
what you need:
for our displays, our team used silk scarves from dharma trading co. and dye-na-flow silk dye.
the dye can be applied to the fabric by simply dipping it in the dye or by using a brush, squirt bottle or sponge to create different patterns on the scarf. once dry, iron the fabric for a few minutes to fix the dye, then wash in cool water with synthrapol and rinse.
i love the mixture of printed and solid scarves our team used!
if you check out the instructions for the silk dye here, there are a number of other cool dying methods you can try, such as sun printing:
i never heard of this method before but what you do is arrange cutouts or found objects like leaves and flowers on the fabric while the dye is still wet, and lay out in the sun for a couple of hours.  when you remove the objects you’re left with ghosts of the shapes that look really beautiful.
i love the idea of sewing a bunch of scarves together like our display team did…they look like prayer flags. i am definitely going to try this and string them up in my apartment!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sweet Nails!

I'm a huge fan of fun nail polish. This summer I've been working as a waitress and I'm not allowed to wear it but I can't wait until the fall! These are some really cool twists on a typical manicure.

More Braids!

My sister is really into learning how to do different braids lately and has been wanting to practice on me. So I decided to do a little research for myself to see which ones I could "suggest" she try on me. Yeah, think what you want. I'm not gonna stop. So here are a couple of my favorite ones....

This one's called The Classic

The Fishtail

The Get-It-Out-Of-My-Face Braid
Sideways French Braid

I'm a little timid about that last one, but it looks great on her! Hopefully these braids aren't too hard so I can do them on myself!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cool Braid

This is kinda different, but I'm in love with it!
original here

The Easy Way to Secure a Braid Without an Elastic

At a recent launch event for Alterna Haircare's new bamboo products, celebrity hairstylist Michael Shaun demonstrated a braid technique that completely captivated an entire room full of women. He called it the "organic braid" and it was really basic...except that it magically secured itself at the end—no elastic, ribbon or knotting required.
You start by loosely dividing the hair you want to braid into three sections—but don't separate them completely at the bottom. Then, begin to braid normally but without pulling the strands through. At first, you'll think you're getting a knotted mess at the end, but it's actually turning into a braid, as well—except it's upside down. (You really need to try it yourself to believe it.) To finish it off, simply loop the bottom half through the middle of the braid and pull. It will hold until you choose to take it out—and it looks just as summery and adorable as any braided style.

Read more: How to Tie a Braid Without an Elastic - Braiding Style Tricks - Cosmopolitan

Freindship Bracelets

I've been making bracelets for years but I've never seen this twist! I think it's so cool! Here ya go...
original here

a couple of weeks ago, inspired by a tutorial on honestly…wtf, one of my coworkers was inspired to bring back her love for making friendship bracelets, and created this masterpiece :) personally, i’ve only ever been able to do the straight line across or the V pattern, so i had to know how to do this.
for this tutorial we’ll learn how to make a smaller scale version of the bracelet, and once you get the basic steps down you can start experimenting with more string and lots of colors!

what you need: embroidery thread, scissors and tape.
click read more to see the full tutorial!

start by selecting four colors of string and cut two long pieces of each one – remember, you always need more string than you think you will ;) knot them together and tape down.
separate the strings so you have one of each color on each side, and make sure they’re in the same order on each side.
starting with the outside color, make what looks like a four by crossing the purple over the next string (green), wrap it around and then pull upwards towards the knot at the top*
*each time you make one of these “four” knots throughout the tutorial, you’ll repeat it, so you’re making two knots each time. this is important!
repeat this step on the next two strings and stop at the middle.
now you’re going to do the same thing on the other side, but backwards – start with the outside color again, and make a backwards four knot. repeat on the next two strings.
knot the purple strings together to complete the V.
repeat this with each color.
here’s where it gets a little tricky: take the yellow string on the left-hand side, and do a backwards four knot around the string to its left (pink).
repeat this on the next two strings, working your way outwards.
next, take the yellow on the other side and do a frontwards four knot around the string to its right (pink).
repeat on the next two strings, working your way outwards. set the yellow strings aside.
take the next color on the inside (pink) and knot them together.
repeat the same thing you did with the yellow string, going backwards and working your way out (basically making an upside down V) but do not knot the pink string around the yellow – stop when you reach the outside and set the string aside.
so for the green string in this example, knot the two green strings together and then you’re only knotting them around the purple string.
knot the purple together – this will be the center of your little circle.
with the green string to the left of the purple, do a frontwards four knot around the lefthand purple string.
with the other green string, do a backwards four knot around the righthand purple string.
knot the green strings together.
do the same thing with the pink string, knotting it around the purple and green, and then knotting them together when you reach the middle. then repeat the same steps with the yellow.
voila! you have your little fish. from here you can repeat all the steps from the beginning of the tutorial to keep going until the bracelet reaches your desired length :)
for the pattern on the right, just skip the V part and keep repeating the steps starting where i said it was getting a little tricky :)
another cute tip? when you’re finished, braid some of the leftover string togehter :)
now you can practice and work your way up to one with more string! the bracelet in the center has sixteen pieces of string across, and the one on the right has 28 across!