For anyone who’s been keeping up with my life, you may have seen that I got married! April 29th, Michael & I got married in our hometown of Jacksonville, FL (and then briskly moved to Chicago & Gainesville respectively haha…).
Which now means I have all the small details from the day in the new apartment begging to be photographed. Originally I had planned to get these up as they were made, but nothing ended up being built until the week of- HA. But now it’s spring and full blown wedding & shower season so better late than never?
To kick off this batch, here are the wedding table signs I made for our farmhouse style tables at the reception. I couldn’t find anything that fit our ‘Modern & Classic Beach Wedding’ theme except these house numbers that are all over Pinterest. Before we start, I apologize for the complete lack of step photos. Did I mention all wedding projects happened the week of?
Some material tips: Most home improvement stores will cut down your blocks if you buy a chunk of wood. Easiest way to get the correct size. When choosing an epoxy, don’t go for the 1-minute set! It won’t give you enough time to adjust your numbers. You can clean up any overflow epoxy with a q-tip and acetone.
1. Fill in the backs of the house numbers if hollow. Do multiple, thin layers to really make sure it dries completely or else it will crack/fall out. Honestly, no one will notice the back, but it does help give more surface area for the epoxy to grip.
2. Sand everything down- the spackle & the metal. You’ll need to get the whole number ready for paint!
3. Apply 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of paint color of choice to the numbers.
4. Spray the base wood with the 2 coats of acrylic spray. This keeps the wood from absorbing all the epoxy.
5. Following the epoxy directions, carefully attach a number to a base making sure the bottom of the number is flush with the bottom of the base so it can stand. If your numbers are a little wobbly after the glue sets, you can pad the feet with clear furniture bumpers.
Tada! I’m so over the moon about these guys I’m trying to find ways to use them around the apartment! Now for some close ups so you can see that they stand on their own 😉
Confession- I hate jeans. Hate, hate, hate it. Maybe it’s because I started exploring fashion at the height of the low rise and constantly had to battle keeping them up, but my style today is very loose dresses. My secret for looking pulled together even while wearing what my friends fondly call ‘pillowcase’ dresses? Statement pieces!
A crazy bold lip or cutout boots, bam! Instant cohesive and comfort. But because it’s summer and I now live in Florida, I’m looking to big earrings for heat friendly pieces. These six swinging summer statement earrings are what I’ll be wearing all season long.
1.Cities in Dustis one of my favorite Chicago jewelry designers. They’re at every maker’s fair with new collections, but this piece is my favorite.
2. Anthropologie’s summer lineup has me doing double takes. It’s leaning more modern than boho and I’m for it!
3. 90% of my jewelry collection is Madewellat this point. Seriously, look at the etched middle fringe.
4. These hold a special place in my heart- they were my reception earrings at my wedding! Online pics don’t do it justice.
5. Featured Etsy maker, Umya, is a self taught metalsmith with an amazing eye for shapes and details. Even the hooks on these earrings have detail!
6. In the same era of the low rise jean, Forever21 was the OG in statement pieces. Brave the mall (or better yet online) for big, simple shapes that you won’t be afraid to lose on vacation.
Sometimes I buy things not knowing what project it’s going to be but just knowing deep down it’ll be good. Like today’s post. This beautiful blue pillowcase from IKEA caught my eye 1) the color 2) the yellow $7 tag 3) I was convinced this was linen.
I was running to check out thinking I scored the jackpot on essentially a 20×40 piece of linen for $7! And then I read 100% ‘ramie’. What the heck is that?
Ramie is the perfect linen substitute. It has the same properties as linen and then some! It’s naturally bacteria and mold resistant which makes it the perfect material for a bread bag. Rachael Arnold of Raven Fea has me convinced of its magic.
And if your house/apartment is a carb loving one like mine, you need a bread bag. Linen and ramie keep your bread fresher longer and maintains that nice crunchy crust.
You’ll Need ramie/linen pillowcase (I used this guy)
fusing tape and/or sewing supplies
By starting out with a pillowcase, most of the sewing is already taken care of! Just a few snips, folds, and threading the cord, and you have your own bread bag.
Measure out your bag size. I wanted to make sure round and baguette loaves would both fit so I just laid my loaves on top, but here are some standard bread sizes: Baguettes 11×17 Boules (round loaves) 12×12 Sandwich loaves 15×12
Step 2 Cut off the extra fabric from the zipper side. Taking a seam ripper, let out cut either side to be folded over for the string casing.
Step 3 Iron ~.25″ of the top of the pillowcase down, folding from the outside/good side in to the interior/bad side. Iron and fold again for ~1″ (this is the clearance for the string) so the raw edge is enclosed in the double fold. Kinda like the Mother’s Day tea towel wrap. Apply thin strips of hem tape to the new lip and iron according to the instructions.
If you prefer sewing, go ahead and topstitch this down. So far the fusing tape has held up for me in the wash, but I made extra sure to follow the instructions!
Step 4 Thread your fabric string through! You can make your own using the cast off pillowcase extras and sewing down the raw edges. I just used the white fabric ribbon that came off a BHLDN bag ;).
When picking a cord, make sure to use a fabric based string. You need to be able to draw the bag tightly shut to keep your bread fresh.
Hello again, miss me? The past 2 weeks have been a blur and I dropped the ball getting a post up last week (which I’m actually ok with because I don’t have a studio setup in our new apartment yet >_>). Well I couldn’t let blog loving, diy peeps down again- especially with Mother’s Day right around the corner. My mom’s house is currently filled with leftover wedding flowers from Saturday, so I knew a regular bouquet wasn’t going to cut it this year. So who’s with me in gifting live plants!
Ah. From the frozen tundra of Chicago to the oppressive heat of Florida, this guy has traveled a long ways to bring you this diy. Completely naked. He deserves to be a little dressed up. Let’s see what we can do using what’s around the house.
Tea Tied Towel By using a tea towel as wrapping paper, you can gift a two-fer! Target always has seasonal & adorable sets in the Dollar Spot.
Start by folding down a small section at the top for a clean lip and folding the bottom up to the desired height. Iron so the folds stay in place. Wrap the tea towel around the plant and keep in place with twine.
So cosy. I’d recommend using this method on a slightly bigger plant so the towel doesn’t get too bulky around the plant.
Classically Anthro Is there a better name than this? Probably. But there is something so Anthropologie about using kraft tissue paper and silk ribbon. That classic hi/lo contrast works beautifully in their stores and works just as well for gift wrapping.
To get the look, cut out two tissue circles with a radius roughly the 2x the radius of the bottom of the plant pot + the height of the pot. Your math skills will impress mom ;). For a soft, dimensional look, layer two different tones of tissue. (Anthropologie tissue works greatttt).
Center the pot on the layered tissue circles. Gather the tissues up and work your way around adding soft pleats. There isn’t really a wrong way to do this guys. Tie off with a bit of silk and your mom will think you’re the kind of lady who actually uses the heirloom silver she gave you.
Sack it to me, sack it to me Using the most fun wrapping paper in your closet, you can make a small paper sack for the plant! I got this holographic gem from Target. It’s actually terrible for wrapping presents because it is slightly see-through, but it’s perfect for this!
And because paper sacks were a 2016 big trend, I’m going to direct your attention to Fall For DIY’s tutorial on how to fold one. She is the queen of diy and her steps are so, so easy to follow. I used a regular glue stick instead of industrial strength and my shimmery sack is going 2 weeks strong.
Do you have any Mother’s Day plans? What are your favorite gifts for mom?
Chicago recently implemented a bag tax and it’s almost Earth Day, so instead of packing I rounded up a list of my favorite reusable shoppers!
The main features you’ll want for a bag that will last forever are thick straps and made of some strong fabric like rip stop nylon or canvas. I’ve been loving my Baggu’s Big Baggu in Hilo. I want their two new plant prints on everything!
Battenwear’s Packable Tote Bag is another rip stop nylon option but with adjustable straps! It’s also a part of Urban Outfitter’s sale, so snatch it up while you can.
Is anyone surprised I love Everlane? They’re one of the most transparent companies in how they make their goods, and profits for this tote go to Edible Schoolyard NYC. It’s a classic canvas but coated for durability and lined with nylon. If dough isn’t your speed they also have a “Know Your Sole” and ‘Know Your Grains”.
An Etsy gem, DEPEAPA‘s unique illustrations are right at home on a cotton tote.
Confession, I still shop at F21 just for the socks & totes. The cheap, $4 bags work as gift bags, shoes covers, and beach bags and I never feel bad tossing them around. And they always tell it like it is.
All eyes on you, you. When you walk into the room with this tote. Perfectly Nice has a bunch of clean and modern graphics, but this one and their snake tote are my favorite.
Another Baggu, but this one is different! The mesh is ideal for veggies and you can hang and store the tote in the pantry. Shopper & storage. Now you have an excuse to buy it in all their pretty spring pastels.
What I would give to have a waxed canvas bag. They’re more of an investment, but the hardware and materials are built for life. Newton Supply Co. offers the most on trend colors for waxed canvases. Their new seaglass color is particularly striking.
And rounding off the list is the Pinterest Holy Grail, the Apolis Market Bag. They’re sold everywhere and have different cities and occasions so you can find the perfect one for you! Jute exterior, waterproof interior and leather handles, they’re the farmer’s market dream.
A few other places to check out would be Herschel and Mochi Things. Herschel’s market tote comes in so many colors and even a frond print!
Mochi Things is my secret source for adorable paper goods & unique gift ideas. Their shopping cart shopping bag is too amazingly meta not to get.