Buy or DIY: Wall Hangings

Has anyone else been enamored with woven and tassel wall hangings? (No, just me? whatever).

Like seriously my Pinterest is flooded with them. At Texas Style Council Camp last year we had this as a DIY activity. Let’s talk about time consuming. Granted, most things in life worth doing are. I still want to try my hand at making my own, but luckily there are quite a few on Etsy and I’ve bought one from the Dallas Flea before.

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So whatcha think? Are you into the trend? Would you buy or diy?

Buy or DIY: Wall Hangings

Crafting Dates

There are few things better than waking up on a Saturday morning and enjoying a little crafting with your friends. This weekend Traci and I hosted a succulent planting party (complete with iced coffee and mimosas).

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Here are a few tips for hosting a fun planting party:

  • Stock up on fun containers – anything goes! Check the dollar section of Target, etc
  • Make sure to share knowledge of how to best plant succulents (if the pot doesn’t drain, you’ll need rocks in it to avoid root rot)
  • I like doing this as a BYOB, but provide basic coffee and some snacks

I love all the planters we created (also nothing beats the blues about not having summer off like having a happy plant at your desk). What’s your ideal crafting date?

Crafting Dates

Great Weekends

Sometimes you just have really, really good weekends. The kind of weekends that make you remember how awesome life can be in the most simple ways!

It was one of those weekends. And like all good weekends, it started with nail art.

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I went to Central Market and couldn’t help snagging some flowers.

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I saw this on Pinterest and had to give it a whirl. I call it cookieception (a cookie inside a cookie). Just bake halfway through plop a a circus cookie on top, finish baking and voila!

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Naturally, I did some DIYs. I love the pom ring and tassel key chain. Oh and still trying to perfect DIY midi rings. They are all love children of my I’m-not-paying-for-that-I-can-make-it attitude that often comes on in boutiques and Anthro…

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tassle key ring

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But I did cave at the huge Anthropologie sale section and bought these flats. Whoops….

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I also watched Mean Girls twice and went to Spiral Diner with a friend. So all in all, a GREAT weekend. What did you do?

 

Great Weekends

It’s almost December

It has been too LONG since I have posted. Sometimes you just get busy living.

Last month, Casey and I visited our friend Alex in the L.A. area. It was amazing to see her – I missed that little nugget so much!

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I also took a calligraphy class recently- it was amazing! I definitely plan on taking the advanced class soon.

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I’ve also begun my Christmas wrapping – I love adding small bottle brush trees with some super thick baker’s twine.

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It’s almost December

Gold Confetti Vase

ALL GOLD EVERYTHING! Or at least that’s how I have felt lately. I’ve had this plain jane vase sitting around for a while and luck would have it, I just bought new gold paint.

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Martha is the queen of crafty. I’ve yet to be disappointed by her products.
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Well there you have it. It’s a perfect addition moving into fall and Christmas time!
Gold Confetti Vase

DIY Gift Card Bags

Giving gift cards sometimes can seem like such a cop out. Like I don’t  know you well enough to give a real gift, but sometimes its inevitable.

The thing that probably gets me the most annoyed about gift cards is that they can look pretty plain. I saw this tiny craft paper bags and I couldn’t resist dressing them up for just the purpose of gift cards:

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You could go a lot of different ways with these cute little bags! They are super inexpensive, I used stamps on this one and swapped out the plain handles for some cute blue baker’s twine. I would totally stuff it with some cute tissue, too!

DIY Gift Card Bags

Easy No Slip Hangers

So, I love no slip hangers. I found decently priced knock off huggable hangers at Nordstrom Rack, but I thought it would be fun to make my own.

I have all these wire hangers from the dry cleaners and I thought it would be super wasteful to just throw them away. I’ve seen tutorials were they use multiple wire hangers, but I wanted to keep mine super thin and just kept it one. Also, side note, this is kind of a long project. Dependent on how fast you can wrap, it takes 40 minutes to an hour to make one. So, it’s a good project for TV watching!

Here’s how mine turned out:

Yarn Wrapped Hangers

I used a bright colored yarn and did it the way you do for friendship bracelets. Just tie a knot at the beginning and then make a number four and pull the yarn through. Keep repeating this until you’ve covered the entire hanger. I don’t recommend just wrapping it because when you hang clothes on it, it may unravel – eek!

These could be a unique house warming gift or gift for a recent grad moving into a dorm with limited closet space (these are super thin, so they save serious closet space).

Easy No Slip Hangers

Favorite Summer Hair Tutorials

Summer is upon us! The heat is about to hit scorching in Deep Ellum any day, so hairstyles that pull your hair back are essential. I thought I would share a few of my favorites.

Summer Hair Tutorials

This braided crown from A Beautiful Mess is my favorite. It seriously reminds me of growing up German folk dancing- love it!

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I really like this messy, braided pony from The Beauty Department (p.s. if you aren’t following them, you should!)

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For summer nights when it’s not too hot, I really love this half up half down style with a braid (I’m noticing a pattern here…braids everywhere!) from Design Love Fest.

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And last but not least, I really want to try this DIY crisscross headband from Fine and Feathered.

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What’s your go-to summer hair style?

Favorite Summer Hair Tutorials