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?
A few months ago a new Beauty Blender case was released. Ah! Brilliant! I hate leaving my sponge sitting out on the sink. I was all ready to buy it when I tried Googling it to remember what it was called. And then I saw these guys. $10 plastic eggs.
We can do better than that right? For $1-5 you can get a whole pack of colorful eggs!
Supplies plastic eggs
3/16th drill bit
If your egg already has holes on the top and bottom pieces, skip straight to decorating! If not brace each egg half on a flat surface and gently drill holes on the top and bottom.
Be careful trying to create large holes in the eggs- I originally tried creating the polka dot pattern with varied spot sizes and found that using any bit larger than 3/16th cracks the whole thing up.
Some tips for finding the perfect egg: take your blender to Target at it’s max size. I wandered the rows of colorful eggs, beauty blender in hand, and looked for oned that seemed big enough. As you can see in the above photo it fit the blenders perfectly! When completely dry. It wasn’t until I was trying to fill out the eggs more for photos that I was quickly reminded how much these sponges expand. Whoops.
Bonus tip: If your egg don’t stand up, you can find or make a regular egg holder to display the case. The faux granite egg holdersfrom last year would be a nice vanity addition 😉
A third of the year is already over guys, how is everyone doing with their New Year’s resolutions? I’m not even sure what most of mine were at this point, but the one I’ve stuck with is yoga. Man it feels good to start the day with a little calm. But with daily practices my mat was looking and smelling a little worn. So I looked at yoga mat sprays and saw they were $15+ for essentially water. D-I-By By By.
This spray is made in ratios so it can be easily scaled up or down to your bottle. I like keeping a little 2 oz. spray in my gym bag and a larger one at home as a room spray. Gotta keep it fresh everywhere, everyday 😉
3 parts filtered water
1part witch hazel
10 drops tea tree
10-20 drops of your favorite essential oils
glass spray bottle label sheet
Combine all parts in glass spray bottle. Slap a label on. Shake well. Easier than child’s pose!
You’ll want to mist your mat after each practice. This is more a daily cleanser instead of a deep clean. If you want to deep clean your mat, use a gentle dish soap and a bathtub.
So what’s in this thing? Well the filtered water will keep the nozzle from gunking up. Witch hazel is an alcohol and an oil, so it disinfects and acts as a carrier oil for the essential oils. Tea tree oil is the all-around perfect, natural cleaner. It’s antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal.
The essential oils are of course a nice aromatherapy, but similar to the the beard/body oil, you can use lavender, sweet orange, cedarwood, or eucalyptus for extra antimicrobial benefits. Super sweet and simple.
It was so much fun making little labels I couldn’t stop at just one! All three are on the label sheet. Let me know which one is your favorite!
In preparation for planting season I’ve been hunting down cute pots and stands. When I saw this pot/stand combo from IKEA I knew it was coming home with me! (It actually took 3 IKEA trips to find it, but hey, it’s home now). The major downside though was NO DRAINAGE HOLES.
Nuh uh. Not this time. I learned my lesson with my last IKEA ‘self watering’ pot (the shorter one pictured above). Plants don’t like sitting in wet soil for days on end. It’s the difference between wearing wet socks for a week or having a short, relaxing pedicure. So I could have passed over this great find OR….
Find a solution. And really, adding drainage holes is ridiculously easy with the right tools!
standard drill bits for plastic pots masonry bits for unglazed ceramics like terracotta
diamond tipped bits for glazed ceramics
lots of water
If you’re working on an unglazed pot, soak overnight to prep. This will help the drill move more smoothly through it.
Scratch a small ‘starter’ mark where you want the drainage hole with your nail to help the drill bit to stay in place. With your spray bottle in one hand and drill in the other, slowly go at it. Keep the drill bit and pot surface wet with the spray bottle. This keeps the bit from overheating (and potentially snapping) and the pot from cracking. If you feel like the bit isn’t getting anywhere, don’t be afraid to really give it some force. Just be sure to keep the drill perpendicular to the pot and not at an angle.
Always work up to a bigger size instead of using the largest bit immediately. I started with 1/4″ sizes and went up to 1/2″.
Also, doesn’t the pot look like he has a face now? It almost made me sad to fill it with dirt.
Ah. Pure satisfaction. Now I only add a tiny bit of water to the ‘self watering’ base to give plant baby the humidity he craves but not enough to touch the interior pot. Remember pedicures, not wet socks.
New baby makes his second appearance. May he grow large and healthy to fill out his new home. Still struggling with a name for this one and his new sibling (the prayer plant in some of the photos), so leave me some suggestions in the comments 🙂