DIY Glasses

In two weeks, I will be moving to Chicago for the internship of a lifetime. Yes, that means I was, in fact, offered a position with the company I was sweating bullets about in a recent post! More on all that mumbo jumbo later. For now, I’ve got planning to do. I’ll be living in downtown Chicago, and I have every intention of homifying (new word, starting today) up the two-thousand dollar two-by-four that will serve as my home for the next three and a half months. And because I will be financially responsible for rent aka a hefty mortgage payment, my funds for things like pillows and candles and table decor are otherwise limited. Laawwwdd bless the Internet’s inexhaustible supply of adorable DIYs, starting with these glasses that are sure to wow guests galore….

Missoni-styled Chevron glasses via {{Hi Sugarplum}}

Marbled glasses via {{Honestly WTF}}

Etched glasses via {{A Beautiful Mess}}

Gold-dipped glasses via {{The Crafts Dept}}

Bring on the drinks.

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DIY: Vertical Garden


So maybe you are a college student living in a rundown/temporary apartment, or maybe you are a city dweller without a yard, but so what? Spring is here and you deserve a little green in your life too.

1. Buy a panel from Floral Grubb

2. Each panel can hold two succulents {recommended for this plant-type’s ability to store water}. You can use pre-bought plants (90 plants total) or you can be more cost-effective and grow your own…

3. While the frame lays flat, fill each panel with loose potting soil.

4. Fill each panel with your choice of plants and/or flowers.

5. If you use store-bought succulents, let the panel lay flat for at least 1 month; If you choose to plant your own, keep the panels flat {AND OUT OF RAIN} for 3-5 months. Side note: make sure to be patient; let the roots absorb into the soil.

6. Screw the panel into the wall horizontally {If you by the Floral Grubb panel, your panel will come with a metal mounting bracket).

7. Water by hand or drip-system every few days or as you see fit.

Bon-appeleaf :)

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DIY Lacy Lamp Shade

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Some do-it-yourself projects can look just like that – like you painted and glued and assembled with your own hands in your own basement. This my dearies, is not one of them. Have you ever found the most adorable lamp, but the shade is a little tattered and worn? Look no further, here is a great DIY to daintify even the most damaged of lamps.

1. Find a lamp with a base that you like. If the shade is beat up, even better!

2. Remove all fabric or fiberglass so that all that is left on the shade is the skeleton.

3. Measure the width and height of the lamp shade. Lay the doilies out to fit these dimensions. Then stitch these doilies together with embroidery floss.

4. Once you have your desired pattern, attach the doily shade to the lamp by stitching it to the frame all the way around.

Voila – a pretty, girly lamp for your favorite reading nook:)

Courtesy of Miss Elsie & Miss Kinsey over at A Beautiful Mess.

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Art That Pops

Hello, remember me? The artist wanabee.

The girl who wishes she could turn a lump of clay into a chizzled George Clooney.

Who wishes she could transform a blank canvas into a painting filled with shadows and soft edges and identifiable objects.

Who has always wanted to know how to draw a life-size nose so that her first grade self-portrait could look more like her first grade self and less like an anteater.

Yea, that girl. That’s me. Desperately wondering HOW crafty people can take simple everyday items and turn them into divine works of art.

Or how in the world Dominique Falla could make me want to cover my living room wall with nails and thread.

Teach me your ways crafty people.

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Show A Little Love

Ladies and gents, single or not, there is no reason to be sulky on Valentine’s Day. Don’t be ‘that girl’ who’s got bitterness written all over her face. Best friends, family, YOURSELF…there are so many people to love, so show it…yes, I mean literally!

This adorable DIY heart sweater, courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

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Let Me See Your Bun

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Tomorrow is my first big day at the Mall of America.  Wait, did I forget to tell you that I landed the PR Internship at the big, beautiful MOA?! How ruthless of me! Maybe it’s because I am afraid this is all an eerie dream, and tomorrow I will wake up and realize that the nation’s biggest Mall would never hire me. Between this lingering nightmare and my overwhelming jitters for what is to come, I doubt there will be much sleep tonight.

Instead, I plan to use these hours to dream up the most spectacular first day outfit EVER seen in the history of any and all first days. Working from head to toe, I must first start with the hair.

These perfect buns have been haunting my every waking hour for the past few weeks. I have decided that this hairdo MUST be a part of my first day look. Here is the tutorial that helped me nail this hairstyle. Sharp, sleek, bold, fierce….exactly how I want to appear. After all, first impressions are lasting impressions.

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DIY Centerpieces

As you all know, Momma Orke had a big surprise party this past weekend. One of my big tasks in planning this party was to find/make centerpieces for a reasonable price. After much searching and Pinterest sifting, I found this beautiful centerpiece DIY.

Miss 33ShadesofGreen recommended using rose hips. For some, like myself, rose hips were something I had never even heard of. Finding them was nearly impossible. So McKaye and I went to Michaels, where we found everything you could need to make these chic, elegant centerpieces.

What you Need:

-1 tall vase (or apothecary jar without the lid)

-1 medium-height vase

-1 short vase

-3 faux berry stems (from the flower section at Michael’s)

-2 large floating candles

-1 small candle

-1 reel of gold netting

Tall Vase

You will cut the stem and leaves off of one of the faux berry stems. Weave a small amount of gold netting around the berries. Place stem-up or stem-down. Either looked good.

Medium Vase

Take a faux berry stem and bend the stem so that you create an oval-like shape with the piece. Make sure it is a size that fits comfortably in the vase. DO NOT cut any of the leaves off.

Small Vase

Using the final stem, trim each of the berries off. Place the candle in the center and fill the berries around the candle. I found foamy-like red balls (in the shape of a wreath) that I also used as smaller size that had the same color but gave great variety and visual appeal.

After an hour or so, the water-filled vases started to turn a slight shade of red. I personally enjoyed them even more this way. Using real fruit would probably not create this effect, so if you do not prefer the reddish tint, do not use faux berry stems! Otherwise, enjoy. I received many compliments for these and plan on using this idea again!

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Ornamenting

My family has a very special tradition.

This tradition is six years strong and something I am always proud to share. With three siblings and historically bare wallets, Christmas was often a time when mom would help finance each of our presents for one another. Sure, it was nice to see that Liz got me an awesome toy or shirt, but in the end there was little sentimental value attached to any of those things.

Six years ago, my mom came up with an amazingly special idea. Christmas gift exchange became an ornament swap, where each of us would make ornaments for the other siblings. Each ornament had to be about something special that happened that year. My mom felt this new tradition was a great way to build collections of meaningful ornaments for when each of us grew up and had our own Christmas tree.

I guess it’s true, a mother is always right. Since this tradition began, I have received ornaments about many special milestones: the year I got my driver’s license, the year I was accepted into Madison, the year my baking frenzy began, and many many more. I can’t wait to share these stories with my own kids when I decorate my own tree.

I’ve figured out what ornaments I am going to make for each of my siblings this year, and I would SO clue you in…. but there is a very, very small chance that my brother and sisters are reading this, and I cannot risk ruining the surprise just because I so badly want to share it with all of you! I can, however, give you some great DIY ornament ideas if this is a tradition you’d like to adopt…afterall, tis the season of giving and sharing ;)

Joy Ornament by {Wild Olive}

Fabric Balls by {Martha Stewart}

Glittering Musical Box by {Salt Tree}

Snowy Balloon Ornament by {Martha Stewart}

Christmas List Ornament by {Craft Snob}

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College Gifting

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It’s no hidden secret, college students are broke. Dwindling finances (especially after this weekend in Chicago) should not mean that I/we have to resort to dollar store presents and white elephant gifts. We are so above that. Miss Desirée of 36th Avenue gets us, which is why I love her 25 handmade gifts for under $5. The tea-cup candles, coffee cup sleeves, and book marks are just a few of my faves.

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