Blogging // The Process of Writing a Post

Blogging: How to Write a Post

If you’re a blogger, you know that the process of writing one little post can be kind of daunting (especially if the post involves making something physical, like a recipe or a DIY project). Blogs are, after all, essentially like miniature daily online magazines, and to turn out quality content for your blog is something that we all strive for. I’m asked often (by bloggers and non-bloggers) what the post writing process looks like for me, so I thought I’d tackle it today. Let’s get down to it.

Read on for the down n’ dirty of my blogging process!

Travel Oahu // Where to Eat

Where to Eat on Oahu

I love traveling somewhere and eating like the locals do. We tried as best we could on Oahu to stay away from the tourist traps and hit some off-the-beaten-path spots for killer eats that you can’t get anywhere else. (Although we fully admit to having Starbucks breakfast sandwiches on multiple occasions.) If you’re traveling to Oahu, you’ve gotta check out some of these spots – we boiled the list down to our faves. Read on for recommendations and photos! xoxo

Marukame Udon. We stopped here on our first night in town for some freshly made udon noodles, and it was insanely delicious. The line looks long but moves really quickly, and it’s pretty affordable for a Waikiki meal. Get the kamaage udon or the niku udon and a few pieces of tempura. Yum.

Where to Eat on Oahu

Where to Eat on Oahu

Agostino’s Pizza. A perfect choice if you’re not afraid of adventuresome eating. Agostino makes his Sicilian-style pizza in a woodfire oven out of the side of a van in a parking lot. The place was packed but everyone was in a great mood because the pizza was so good. Our faves were the Veggie and the Agostino.

Where to Eat on Oahu

12th Ave Grill. A great spot for something slightly more upscale but not too fancy-schmancy. We totally skipped the entrees and split a bunch of sides and small plates, which I’d highly recommend. Don’t miss the scalloped potatoes!

Eat the Street. If you happen to be in town during this outdoor food truck festival, hit it up! It’s every last Friday of the month. There’s every kind of street food you can imagine, with music and entertainment. Best chicken pot pie I’ve ever had.

Where to Eat on Oahu

Leonard’s Bakery. When I heard that this place’s specialty was Portuguese donuts, I put it at the top of my list. Go and get a few malasadas and congratulate yourself for knowing what’s up. We loved the classic and the li hing.

Where to Eat on Oahu

Cinnamon’s . If you’re up for a morning drive to the east side of the island, head to Cinnamons! We heard they were famous for their red velvet pancakes, but we were bigger fans of the Portuguese sweet bread French toast. Seriously.

Food Trucks. If you find yourself on the North Shore, head to Haleiwa and stop at the food truck spot with Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck. We split a plate of the shrimp scampi and never wanted it to end. If you eat there, be sure to save some room for the Snow truck. Snow is like Hawaiian shave ice but mixed with frozen yogurt. (Kind of a new obsession of ours.) Try the li hing mui flavor!

Where to Eat on Oahu

Where to Eat on Oahu

Where to Eat on Oahu

Fruit Stands. Keep an eye out for fresh fruit stands on the side of the road! Grab some fresh pineapple or a coconut. I was simultaneously fascinated and terrified watching the little old lady break open my coconut with a machete.

Where to Eat on Oahu

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

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!

Materials

  • natural wood beads in different shapes
  • craft paint
  • paintbrushes
  • embroidery thread
  • scissors
  • 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!).

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

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.

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

String the beads onto a 36″ length of embroidery thread.

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

Tie the ends of your embroidery thread into an adjustable knot (we have a tutorial on that right here!).

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

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

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace

DIY Painted Wooden Necklace


Cool Baby

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

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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.

Desktop Designers // Ilana Zatkowsky

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Spread love.
-Mother Teresa

DOWNLOAD LOVE WALLPAPER

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.

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Follow Ilana on Instagram for more designy goodness, and be sure to download your free desktop wallpaper below! Have a great weekend! xoxo

DOWNLOAD LOVE WALLPAPER

DIYs for HGTV

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.

DIY Nail Polish Marbled Votives

DIY Nail Polish Marbled Votives

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!

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Market Tote

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Market Tote

Happy summer making! xoxo

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats

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!

Materials

  • 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.

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats

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.

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats

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.

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats

For finishing off and washing, follow these instructions from our shibori kitchen towels.

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats

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

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats

DIY Indigo Shibori Dyed Placemats