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Cheers to the 4th!

Friday, July 3, 2015

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Happy 4th of July weekend, friends! For all you lovers of vintage packaging and typography, check out these great graphics on these packages of fireworks.

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So great, right? If you want to see lots more, click on the sources!

P.S. Looking for something special to add to your red, white, & blue outfit? Check out this patriotic paper flower headband project!

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DIY Palm Tree Mani

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

DIY Palm Tree Mani - Perfect for Summer! Click through for the full tutorial!
Hey guys! I've got a good one for you today, that is if you're into nail art and tropical prints! And who isn't, amirite? Special bonus, this palm tree mani diy is actually pretty easy to do yourself - no need to pay a premium at the salon. And you don't need any special painting skills - if you can write your name with a pen I bet you can draw some palm trees that look amazing on your nails. So let's get to it!

Here's what you'll need:
DIY Palm Tree Mani - Perfect for Summer! Click through for the full tutorial!
DIY Palm Tree Mani - Perfect for Summer! Click through for the full tutorial!
Start with clean, painted nails: 1 coat of the base coat + 2 coats of nail color, and let dry thoroughly. Shake up the pen according to the directions and get it flowing on a scrap of paper. For one palm tree: draw one long line for the trunk. Add 4-5 small arcs coming out of the top of the tree. Draw small vertical lines under each arc to make the palm fronds. Repeat on all or just a few of your nails. Finish with a clear top coat and let the compliments start rolling in!!

DIY Palm Tree Mani - Perfect for Summer! Click through for the full tutorial!

These trees are painterly and somewhat free-form, so don't worry about trying to be perfect! I painted palms on both of my hands and didn't have any trouble painting them on with my non-dominant hand. Practice a bit on a piece of paper, or have a friend help you out if you're having trouble.

I hope you'll give this mani a try! This nail polish pen is seriously a game-changer! I can't wait to try some other designs.

P.S. Love nail art? Check out my gold leaf and heart manicures from the archives!

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For the Love of Pink Flamingos

Friday, June 26, 2015

The world got some sad news this week with the passing of Don Featherstone, the inventor of the iconic pink flamingo lawn ornament. To commemorate his unforgettable contribution to mid-century kitsch I did a little round up of cool pink flamingo products that will add some feathered flair to your sofa, pool, tabletop, or feet!
for the love of Flamingos
1. Pillow from Zazzle
2. Pool float (so cute!) from Sunnylife
3. Glass from Ikea
4. What the Flock? card by Vitamini
5. Must have 10 Piece set from Home Depot
6. Flamingo Print Vans (love!!)


Have a great weekend, friends!

P.S. 4th of July is coming up fast! Check out this red, white & blue flower headband project.

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DIY Modern Staghorn Fern

Monday, June 22, 2015

DIY Modern Staghorn Fern | click through for the tutorial and care tips! Hey, did I tell you guys I love plants? I've been on the hunt (ha!) for a staghorn fern for a few years, so I was thrilled when I came across some for sale at a orchid show I attended a couple weeks ago. Staghorn ferns are named for their resemblance to, well, the horns of a stag. They're epiphytes, which means they naturally attach themselves and grow on the trunks and branches of other trees and shrubs. They can also be attached to other vertical surfaces and hung on the wall. They're really cool plants! When I originally picked mine up I planned to mount it to a slab of weathered wood, but I changed my mind and decided instead to attach it to a piece of wire metal mesh. The clean lines of the metal combined with the leafy, organic form of the fern really gives it a modern look. It would look great hanging inside or outside!

Here's what you'll need to make a modern hanging staghorn fern of your own:
DIY Modern Staghorn Fern | click through for the tutorial and care tips!
  • Staghorn Fern. I bought mine at a local orchid show, but you can find them online and in specialty nurseries.
  • Sheet Moss
  • Monofilament or fishing line (I used clear beading line from my mobile project)
  • Hooks and/or spacers for hanging on the wall
  • Metal grid. Repurposed (I always see these at the thrift shop) or you can buy and paint a piece of wire mesh from the hardware store. Mine was a divider for my puppy's crate!  
  • Scissors

DIY Modern Staghorn Fern | click through for the tutorial and care tips!

Cut a few pieces of moss and dampen in a bowl of water. Lay the metal panel on your work surface and create a little "nest" shape where you want the fern to go. Make it thicker on the side that will become the bottom when it's standing up. Remove the pot from the fern, remove any loose soil, and loosen the root ball. Don't be afraid to use a little muscle loosening the roots. Set the fern in the moss nest.

DIY Modern Staghorn Fern | click through for the tutorial and care tips!

Cut another piece of moss to go over all of the exposed soil. I was able to do this with one piece, but use more if you need to fill in any open areas. Bundle the moss around the roots, covering up any exposed soil.

DIY Modern Staghorn Fern | click through for the tutorial and care tips!

Cut a length of the monofilament, about 3' long. Tie the end to the wire mesh next to the edge of the plant. Pull the line directly across the plant, making sure to go under all of the leaves (so it only makes contact with the moss) and loop on the other side. Repeat, looping back and forth until the entire base of the fern is securely attached to the wire grid. Tie off the end. Tuck additional bits of moss around any visible monofilment if you'd like, to help conceal it.

DIY Modern Staghorn Fern | click through for the tutorial and care tips!

Screw in a two hooks on the wall and hang, or just lean it against a wall. If placing it outside, it will do best in a bright area with no direct sunlight. Morning sun is ok, but it will burn in direct afternoon sun. Bring inside during the colder months to avoid frost. It also likes humidity so place it near a water source like a pond, or hang it in the bathroom when you shower. Give it a soak once a week or when the soil and moss feel dry.

DIY Modern Staghorn Fern | click through for the tutorial and care tips! DIY Modern Staghorn Fern | click through for the tutorial and care tips!

I can't wait for this guy to grow! Do you have any experience with staghorn ferns? Aren't they cool?

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Friday Finds 6.19.15

Friday, June 19, 2015

Retro Lawn Chair fabric print by Vitamini
photo via Instagram

Happy Friday!! I planned to share a craft project roundup today but my laptop was not cooperating last night. It's been a long week, so I decided not to fight it. I have a list of fun links instead, today!
  • I just debuted a new fabric print (above)! The Vintage Lawn Chair fabric is available in three different colorways, black and white, aqua and white, and multi (above). Each chair is hand drawn and is based on classic, retro lawn chairs. It reminds me of summer cook-outs in the backyard. You can find all three options in my shop!
  • Adorable cactus pincushions - I need to make one! 
  • Speaking of cacti, these paintings (yes, paintings) are incredible. 
  • I love this super-simple diy ring holder.
  • Also, this clever wood planter
  • Did you hear? Etsy just started a crowd funding pilot program.
  • Adorable is right. (They're looking for these guys right in my backyard!)
  • I have a big stack of fabrics that I'm excited to start sewing with. I started collecting pins of patterns in my sewing and fabrics Pinterest board but I haven't pulled the trigger on anything yet. Are there any clothing patterns out there that you love and recommend? I'm thinking simple shirt dresses and pencil skirts...
Have a great weekend! XO
 

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