Goodbye Apartment

This morning, I bid goodbye to my sunny apartment in Gardner, and in a weird and slightly unexpected turn of events, I’m going to miss it.

To be clear, it was not a nice apartment. It was barely insulated, the walls and floors were in bad condition, most of the rooms were a hideous brown. The neighbors came with their own batch of concerns.

However, the neighbors had good days, like when Don gave me his sunflower and the fat cat Addie became friends with. I loved, loved, loved my bright white living room. My walking loop had a lovely pond full of wildlife (like an otter). Best of all, I could have little Adeline there.


This was my reading area. Sometimes I would move the chairs out of the way so I could do yoga in the morning light. The chairs were both Craig’s List finds. I redid the stool myself after my grandfather gave it to me. The bookshelf, dog bed and such are all things I made.


My desk with it’s tangled mess of cords is where I created everything. I built the top with my brother, and triangle shelves next to it are something I designed and my dad helped me build. It was, by far, the most difficult project we’ve ever undertaken but I love my mountain shelves.


Side note: Martha Stewart paint is definitely the best coverage. I swear by it.


My favorite thing about the room is that just about everything is thrifted, a hand me down or handmade. The rug was a $4 find at a flea market, the couch was from Craig’s List, I made the pillows, the trunk was my grandfather’s when he was in the Navy, I made the light fixture, painted the deer skull and so on. Heck, even Addie is a little rescue creature.




This apartment came at a time when I really needed just a little bit of space to figure stuff out. I got that, but I also got Cinco de Mayo parties, nights of making flowers crowns on the floor with good people and lots and lots of memories that prove I will be okay. It showed me I can craft the life I want to live and that I have choices.

So yeah, I’ll miss my little space. But not enough to pay the electric bill this winter.


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DIY Branch Air Plant Hanger

Hi guys!

Still air plant week over at these parts.

So once I had seven plant holders I needed a way to hang them without putting seven holes in the wall, because this is a rental. Then I got remembered this Pintrest pin, that I had loved. It’s like a whole garden on a wall.


And I said I can do something like that.

So I went on a walk, found a tree with a dead branch I liked (I promise it was dead) and ripped it off the tree and brought it home. I’m basically a lumberjack.

Once I got it home, I wrapped some pink embroidery around the ends, about an inch on each side to add some color, and then tied the ends to create a loop.


From there, I just strung the plants on and hung the branch on the wall (only two nails – not seven).


This is what it looked like.




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Macrame Air Plant Holder

Hi People!

It’s air plant week in celebration of my new Air Plants I bought at Brimfield (objectively the best flea market in New England).

Today, we are talking about what to ‘plant’ the kiddos in. Now, as the name suggests, they don’t need dirt. Instead, they feed off of dust and water. A popular way to display them is in handing glass jars, although the vendor I bought my plants from recommended against that. He said they like to have more air than they can get in the glass container, however based on my reading that seems conservative.

For my plants, I made some macrame holders, and you can to.

For supplies you need: string, wooden beads, a nail to hang it on the wall and help push the sting through the beads


To start, fold the three string in half tie a simple loop knot. Then string the beads onto two of the strings. Tie a knot under the bead to keep it from sliding. Repeat until it looks like so:


Then create another row of beads. Making this pattern.


When that’s done, tie a simple knot at the end holding everything together like a little net.


Then add your air plant and you are good to go.


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RIT Dye and Candles


I was making some candles the other day and I became really curious about what would happen if I threw some liquid RIT dye into the wax. This is how it turned out.

Since the liquid Dye is water soluble, instead of mixing with the wax it settles into pockets.

Since the liquid Dye is water soluble, instead of mixing with the wax it settles into pockets.

Since the liquid dye is water soluble, it doesn’t mix wax at all, creating a water and oil effect. If you mix it well — a fork worked best — you can break up the dye into little bubble and spread it through the wax.

As the wax cools, the dye starts to settle in. I found that if you cool it in the fridge the dye has a lot of time to settle towards the bottom, but if you cool it in the freezer the dye will remain a little more spread out.


Anyways, when I Googled it I wasn’t coming up with results that would show me what the end result would look like, so I thought I would make a record for the Internet.


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Saw it on Pinterest: Dip Dyed Shoes

Like most people, not every diy I do is a new idea. Sometimes, I see it on pinterest and just saw I want to do that. Such was the case with my dip dyed shoes.


These shoes were based on this popular Pinterest pin, which originates at DIY Selfies.

After seeing and falling in love with the pin, my sister and I decided to try it out. I made pink ones and she went for black one. We used RIT dye, a rag, vaseline and $8 for cheap white shoes at Kmart.


We found it best to go easy on the vaseline, because it can be difficult to get off later. The rest was pretty straight forward, dip and then use the rag to gently pull the dye up the sides of the shoe in an ombre effect. Dipping the rag in water can help to spread the dye around.




Then you hang them out to dry.


As a note, as my sister will show you, this can get messy. So if you care about your hands look like for the next week, you should wear gloves.


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The Micro Trend: The Watermelon

For the past year, the pineapple has been boss of the fruit trends — pineapple shirts, pineapple night lights, pineapple ukeleles,pineapple pinatas, etc. You name it, it has been DIYed with a pineapple motif.

Lately, though the watermelon is getting its turn in the limelight.


Here’s why the watermelon is great. One, it is easy to do (see above painting). A rounded out triangle, a swish of paint and some black dots and there it is. You have a watermelon slice. There is nothing more satisfying than a DIY you can’t screw up.

Here are some of my favorite projects from around the web.

All about this stamped doormat made from a sponge. Get the project here

Or how about this super cute umbrella from Studio DIY.

If you like to wear your DIYs and aren’t afraid of color try these.

A DIY for how to make a watermelon tote bag in French. But the pictures are pretty obvious.

And if you want to drink your watermelon, but a your watermelon cocktail in a watermelon keg.

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DIY Tin Can Candles

Once upon a time, I was nice and decided to buy my dog wet food. The result was a a happy, fat, spoiled cocker spaniel and a lot of tin cans sitting around the apartment that I was trying to come up with a use for.

Then it hit me, candles.

DIY Tin Can Candles

After a good scrubbing that involved some bleach to get rid of any dog food smell, I set out to make Grapefruit Fir candles and Lavender Rose Candles.

I used tin cans, this soy candle wax, candle wicks, grapefruit essential oil, fir essential oil, and grapefruit zest for the Grapefruit Fir. For the Lavender Rose, I used rose oil from the candle section at Walmart, crushed rose petals and crushed lavender leaves.

Making them turned out to be pretty easy. I melted the wax in my toaster oven (I don’t own a microwave) stirring occasionally. Be prepared for the wax to melt down a lot. It took two bowls to fill the tin cans.


Then mix in your fragrances. I used about 12 drops of grapefruit oil and 3 drops of fir per bowl for the candle. And about 15 drops of rose.


While the picture doesn’t show this, I found it worked better to mix in the solid objects — leaves petals and zest — in the tin can once the wax started to cool a bit to keep it all from sinking to the bottom. I don’t have an exact recipe for how much of the zest or petals to add. For the lavender, I recommend using the leaves off of 2 sprigs and chopping it down.

From there, you pour it in and let it cool. Be sure to offer your wick some support or it will end up crooked like mine.


I had made this little watercolor labels the day before to dress them up a little bit.


So I just glued them on and tied it off with a string. And they were good to go. These are super easy to make and the possibilities for scents and containers are endless.



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DIY Flower Crowns and Florence Welch

Let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time, my best friend had front row tickets to a Florence and the Machine concert, and I said you know what would be cool if you wore a real flower crown. And she said you know what would be better if I gave Florence Welch a flower crown (mostly because flowers aren’t her “aesthetic.”

So we went and picked all the daisies and wildflowers we could find, and made our first two floral crowns ever.

This is what happened to the first one.


That’s the lead singer of the opening act Empress Of.

And this is what happened to the second one!


Cue moment of triumph. She wore it. During the song Third Eye no less, which we had a half hour conversation about in the office earlier that day.

This success, of course, led to a flower crown rampage, with three people coming over two nights later to make more than a dozen crowns for my sister’s graduation party. The blondie is my sister several hours into her party.


Less wilted…






They got a little wilted at the day went on. But here are some tips and tricks for how to make them.



Floral Wire

Wire Cutters or Scissors




To make:

1. Cut enough floral wire to wrap around your head about four times.

2.Using that wire make a loop that is the size you want the crown to be, then wrap the excess all the way around the loop to reinforce the base of the crown. You should have a long tail of wire when done.

3. Using that tail, secure the wildflowers to the crown in whatever pattern you like. Place the flower where you want it then wrap the wire around several times.

4. Just keep adding or subtracting flowers until you like how it looks.




Some tips.

1. Doing a round of spray flowers (stalks with a lot of little tiny flowers first) helped to fill in the crowns and hide the wire later.

2. My favorite crowns were the ones where I wasn’t too picky about what flowers went where, and instead just loaded them up with a whole bunch of big colorful blooms.

3. They are eventually going to wilt. But to make them last a little longer it helps to put the flowers in water before making them and then afterwards to wrap the crowns in a damp paper towel, bag them, and then keep them in the fridge.


So here’s me looking more than a little scary after making more crowns than I care to count. And also a couple of glasses of champagne.



Here’s my sleepy pup with one of a couple of crowns I made her. I used a basic hair clip to keep them on her head awhile longer.




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Pretty, Free Hand Lettered Fonts

It stated when I said to myself “hey, I want to make a quote poster.” Then I remembered my handwriting isn’t all that great. Six hours later I have compiled a list of eight free fonts that would look good on a wall.  Now, I just need to find a quote.

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Jack Black | Great Vibes | Hard Candy | Mahogany Script | Respective | Rochester | Satisfy | Painted

Bonus, the watercolor backdrop on the graphic came from here




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10 Free Downloads for Your Gallery Wall

10 gallery wall downloads

While it is rather easy to find fun quotes for a gallery wall, today I learned it is far, far harder to find free, downloadable images. So here’s a wrap up of my top 10 favorites from around the web.

To find them go to:

1. Ampersand from Smitten on Paper

2. Best Friends by the Weaver House for Design Love Fest

3. Feather Prints from Oh So Lovely

4. Pineapple from Oh So Lovely

5. I like boring things from A Beautiful Mess

6. Deer from Oh So Lovely

7. Compass from the Graphic’s Fairy

8. Running on the Beach by Max Wanger for Design Love Fest

9. Popsicles by Julie Song for Design Love Fest

10. Florals by Julie Song for Design Love Fest

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