I love doing a project with natural wood supplies. It’s so fun to start — it’s like a perfect blank canvas and there are so many directions you can go to dress it up (or just leave it plain). These natural wood beads were calling my name and so I decided to whip them into a little simple summer necklace. Here we go!
- natural wood beads in different shapes
- craft paint
- embroidery thread
- masking tape
Make Time: 20 Minutes
Gather your supplies. If you’re looking for some cool nature-inspired or natural materials, head to Michael’s starting on August 8th. They’re unveiling a new line called Raw Bar, with materials like natural cork, wood, burlap, metal and canvas (we got a sneak peek and it’s pretty cool!).
Once you have your beads chosen, go crazy with the paint. I liked the idea of a diagonal line across the wooden spools to make them feel a little more modern. Some beads got left completely natural, which is cool for some contrast.
String the beads onto a 36″ length of embroidery thread.
Tie the ends of your embroidery thread into an adjustable knot (we have a tutorial on that right here!).
Adjust the knot to your liking and slip it over your head! I kind of love this — it’s like a throwback to my old childhood beaded jewelry but with some grownup touches. Hope you try one! If you’re into the raw materials, check out the rest of the Michael’s Makers projects, below. xoxo
Sooooo when did baby stuff get so cool? I think of baby gear and I think of bright plastic and things that buzz and bonk and flash, but Pinterest has me going down a rabbit hole of kid stuff that I would gladly put in my grown up room. I swear, the babies on Pinterest are way cooler than I will ever be. But seriously, look at these pretties. xoxo
I’ve been pinning stuff from Lay Baby Lay since before I was even thinking of having a baby — her nursery designs might as well just be for any room in the house, they’re so awesome. And her new print just got me right in the gut. The words are from Psalm 27:14. How cool would that print be in a nursery (or anywhere!)?
And not to turn from the sublime to the ridiculous, but a rocking pig? Come on. The best.
This little kid is cooler than I’ll ever be.
I know everyone dies for Freshly Picked’s leather moccasins, but seriously, wouldn’t you wear grown up ones?
Think I could fit in this teepee?
These DIY ice cream printed tees are the cutest.
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Pretty simple, huh? Spread love. Instead of fear, or hate, or intolerance, or frustration, spread love. It’s that simple.
I love the work that Ilana Zatkowsky did on today’s simple quote for this week’s desktop wallpaper freebie. It’s sweet without being overly so, and it somehow looks a little bit alive. Like I can picture her scrawling it out and taking a step back to look at it. I love it.
Ilana is the gal behind Sugar and Type, where she creates designs for brands, websites, and wedding invites. Take a peek through her Portfolio and you’ll see how fun the Sugar and Type vibe is — it’s colorful, vibrant, and sometimes just a bit offbeat, which I love. (Psst — she and her sister are also introducing a jewelry line to the shop soon, so keep an eye out for that!). Ilana is actually in the midst of planning her own wedding, so wish her the best for her August nuptials! Here’s more about this doll.
Follow Ilana on Instagram for more designy goodness, and be sure to download your free desktop wallpaper below! Have a great weekend! xoxo
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Happy Monday, lovelies! Dropping by this morning to share a couple of super-rad (tooting my own horn?) DIYs I did for HGTV’s summer how-to extravaganza. They’re both projects with techniques that I’ve been wanting to try forever but have been too chicken until now. And as it turns out, they were both totally doable and turned out brilliantly.
These nail polish marbled votive cups are hanging out on my dining table, looking all summery and beachy. Best thing about these? You might have all the materials you need right at home. Check out the full tutorial here.
And if you’re heading to the farmer’s market this summer, be like the cool kids and get into indigo shibori dying. I made a couple of tie dye indigo market totes and they are now the only thing I want to carry groceries in. Seriously, I got addicted to shibori and you must have noticed my obsession with it here on the blog (evidence here, here, and here). For the skinny on the market totes, head over here!
Happy summer making! xoxo
This is the last of our DIY indigo shibori dyeing projects, and I still can’t get enough. It’s so fun to mess with patterns while you dip dye things — completely addictive. And I totally dig the boho feel that these DIY placemats bring to a table setting. Let’s do it!
- painter’s dropcloth (or other similar fabric for sewing placemats)
- sewing machine and accessories
- Indigo dye kit — I love this one
- 5-gallon bucket
- Aluminum foil
- Stirring stick
- Waterproof drop cloth
Make Time: 2 Hours (plus waiting and drying time)
Start by sewing your placemats. I used a plain, clean dropcloth for fabric because I happened to have one in the closet and I thought it would make a good texture for placemats. Cut into rectangles that are approximately 14″ x 18″. Create a rolled hem on all edges of the rectangles by folding each edge over 1/4″, then over again another 1/4″. Press and sew all four sides.
Set up your dye vat according to the directions from last time. While the dye is marinating, fold the placemats for dyeing. You can use any pattern of fold that you like! If you want something similar to what’s in the photos, fold your placemats into an accordion width-wise, then fold the accordion in half twice and secure with a rubber band.
When the dye is ready, fully submerge the placemats in the dye, keeping them in your (gloved!) hands and agitating them slightly for about 3 minutes — the longer the time, the darker they’ll be. Don’t let them fall to the bottom of the vat. Remove them from the dye and let them oxidize for about 20 minutes.
For finishing off and washing, follow these instructions from our shibori kitchen towels.
Set a table with your new placemats and have a great dinner! I think these would look so cool on an outdoor patio table for a fun summer meal. Hope you’ve loved our little mini-series on indigo dye! xoxo
Before we get too far into this, let’s be real – Mr. Lovely and I went to Hawaii to chill out on the beach together. And that’s mostly what we did. But we did have a rental car and got around quite a bit as well, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite stuff to do on Oahu in the summer. It’s such a cool spot because there’s plenty of city life and also lots of tucked away places that make you feel like you’re a million miles from civilization. This post gets a little long but I wanted to give you all of our favorite tips! xoxo
Click here for lots more photos and our favorite spots!
UPDATE 7/13: Giveaway is now closed and we’ve contacted the winner! Thanks to all who entered. Keep an eye out for more fun giveaways coming up!
How is your summer so far? Hope you’re having lots of sunny, happy adventures — and today we’ve got a giveaway to help you document them all! You might have noticed during the month of June on Twitter and Instagram that I was sharing photos using the hashtag #30summerdays. The fine folks at Staples sent a few bloggers the Samsung NX300 camera to tote around during their summer days, and I was lucky enough to get to try it out! We used the Samsung to document our comings and goings, and all of the summery things we did. And you can win the exact same camera!
The Samsung is pretty rad — my number one, favorite thing about it is how light and small it is compared to my usual Canon that I haul around. It’s also totally user-friendly. I was able to figure out the functions by just experimenting and using the touch-screen to alter settings. On top of all that, it’s got WiFi capability (you can email photos right from the camera!) and if you download the iPhone app, photos from the Samsung sync directly to your phone. It’s awesome. The photo quality is great, and it’s totally cute to boot. Perfect for traveling and snapping photos of your adventures!
So let’s get down to it! One of you lucky dolls will win your very own Samsung NX300. See the Rafflecopter below for entry and giveaway rules; there are lots of ways to enter, and the more you enter the better your chances of winning this bad boy! Giveaway open to U.S. Residents only. Big thanks to Staples for helping us document our summer days!
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