DIY Lightbulb Terrariums

July 19, 2014

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How to make Lightbulb Terrariums.  I found these lightbulb vases at Hobby Lobby and knew I had to make a project out of them.  For this project I recycled a lot of my old DIY supplies, so I spent under $15.

YOU NEED:

  • Lightbulb Vases
  • Air plant
  • Green Moss
  • Little rocks
  • White String

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1. Make your terrariums.  I divided up the rocks equally and then poured those in first.  I then added the moss and air plant.

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2. Thread your string through the hole on top of the lightbulb vase.  Tie a knot at the end of the string and screw the top back on.

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3. Hang your terrariums from the ceiling.  I used little clear hooks and then tied the string to the hook.

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If you don’t want to hang them they also look great in a book shelf or even as a book stopper.

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How to: Blue Painted Walls

July 16, 2014



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“Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Ace Hardware via Mode
Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not
indicative of the opinions or positions of Ace Hardware.”

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about paint.  But seriously, I’m going to talk about paint.  And before you start throwing tomatos and calling me names like, “Corporate sellout!” or “Stupid blogger face” (sadly that is the second thing that came to mind) for doing this sponsored post, hear me out.

I’ve been helping Anthropologie open their new store in Columbia, Maryland (which I’ll tell you more about another day) and I’ve been inspired to decorate or at least start trying.  One thing Anthropologie does really well (amongst the million other things) is taking something very unique and making it look effortlessly matched with a room.  Rarely does Anthropologie stick with a room full of white walls.  When Ace Hardware came around asking if I’d do this post I got a little excited because, well, they’re paying me, but also because I really needed to do some home decor research before I head home at the end of the summer.  So without further delay, this post is to show you how to do a bright colored wall, namely blue painted walls.  If you don’t want to paint your walls blue by the end of this post, then I’ll eat some cake.  If you do paint your walls blue by the end of this post, then I’ll still eat some cake.  Either way I win because I will be eating cake.

I picked out some of my favorite blue paint colors and displayed them nicely for you. These also match the colors in the pictures below if you wanted to do something similar.

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1. I had to include a picture of how Anthro oooobviously.  I love how they paired the bold prints of the chair and rug with the paint color.  In this way the paint color compliments the furniture but doesn’t overshadow it.

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2. I love this one.  First of all, I love the abundance of nature light coming into the room.  For me this room is all about smart choices when it comes to color combinations.  The blue walls compliment the wood floor and actually make it look more vibrant for a comfortable look.

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3. Mmmm.  This is good.  Sky blue can look really cheesy but it is done so well here.  This is for the folks that don’t want to go too dark but want to experiment with some color.  The other darker blues in the room mute the wall color a little bit, making it look perfectly suited for this room.

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4. You can’t go wrong with a wall gallery (well, yes you can).  I love how just one wall is painted blue, almost as if it’s part of the wall gallery.  This is the perfect compromise for someone who wants to try new wall paint colors but doesn’t want to apply that to their whole house.  This is probably something I’ll do in the future, try one wall at first and see where it goes from there.

Well folks, I’m done. I’m going to go eat some cake.

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Happy Birthday ‘Murica

July 8, 2014

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As you can see my 4th of July was hoppin’ and, yes, I’m being a bit sarcastic.  I felt a little bad this 4th because I was so close to D.C. and deliberately chose not to go see the firework show.  Something you need to know about me is that I hate crowds of people.  I avoid them like I would avoid a restaurant that serves 5 different kinds of ethnic food (not a good idea people, Indian and Greek were not meant to be together).  I love intimate settings with family and friends.  I’m usually the one at parties that is either sitting next to the buffet table so hopefully nobody notices that I went for 5th’s or spouting off depressing facts about corrupt companies and group dynamics (I’m a real party killer).  If you want a party killer, come talk to me, I could give you a few pointers.  So needless to say this little July 4th party was a winner for me.

Also, you probably noticed that it’s pretty light in most these pictures.  Let’s talk about that.  I am lame.  I’m pretty aware of the situation and have fully accepted that I have not so eloquently stumbled into grandma-hood.  If you’re coming to this blog for stimulating talk of parties and travel then bow out now before it’s too late.

It’s now no secret to all you nice internet folk that my life is unequivocally normal and at best somewhat interesting.  I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July.  Happy birthday ‘Murica.

Studio Cosette

July 2, 2014

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Every now and then I like to spotlight artists and shops that deserve recognition.  The jewelry shop Studio Cosette is one of those shops.

The fantastic Fai of Studio Cosette was gracious enough to send over two of her beautiful rings!  The best part is that she hand makes all the rings!  I love them even more because of that.  Also, I’m a sucker for good packaging and these rings were well packaged.

The first day I wore these I got 3 compliments in 10 mintes.  Also, I wear them almost everyday.  If you’d like to check out these rings or her other stuff head on over to her shop Studio Cosette.  Just for CLAD&CLOTH’s readers she’s giving a 10% discount if you use the code CLADANDCLOTH!

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DIY Himmeli Prism

June 30, 2014

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The first time I saw a Himmeli Prism, I just knew I had to figure out how to make one for myself.  Such a cool modern piece for any space.  If I told you that figuring out how to make these and source all the materials was easy then I would be a dirty rotten liar.  In the end they ended up not being that hard to make but getting there was a little bit of a struggle.  Here’s how to make your own DIY Himmeli Prism. FYI: the ones I made here are in my Etsy Shop.

Tools:

  • Wire
  • Metal Tubing
  • Metal Cutting Tool
  • String (for hanging them)

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The first time I tried to make these was a disaster.  I tried to use string because I didn’t have any wire laying around.  I had to start over multiple times because I’d get confused of where that the pieces were fitting.  Moral of the story is get wire.

I purchased 3 packages of gold metal tubing from Hobby Lobby. I cut the metal into pieces to make the different shapes shown below.  When I would cut through the metal it would pinch the tube a little so I used the cutting tool to un-pinch the opening.

After you’ve cut all your metal pieces you’ll then start feeding your wire through the metal tubes.  I wish I could tell you that there was a method to my wire stringing but there isn’t.  I just tried to only feed the wire through twice because it wouldn’t fit a third time.  So that the points of the prism stayed in place I would wrap the wire around once before feeding it through the next tube.

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I made a little hook with the remaining wire coming from the top and looped string through it.

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I put a little air plant to spruce it up a bit.

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If you don’t want to spend the time making one then you can buy mine here!

 

How to Style the Printed Pant

June 25, 2014

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Printed Pants: OASAP // Striped Blue t-shirt: Splendid // White Tee: Madwell (similar) // Gree Tee: Jcrew

How to style the printed pant.  Alright, let’s be straight.  The printed pant can be a little scary.  I get that.  I also get that these pants look like a tropical forest had too much Fiber One Cereal.  The fact is that these looks are so simple and inexpensive.  Those pants are $23 folks.  It doesn’t cost a zillion dollars to be fashionable but it does take some creativity.  It’s all about colors and shapes.  Patterns can work together to compliment on another if you focus more on the whole outfits aesthetic rather than just one piece.  If you break it down all we’re looking at is a three piece outfit printed pants, t-shirt, and brown leather sandals. Easy peezy.

I also want to thank Jamie Dicristofano for being my model for this shoot and for letting me dress her.  She did a fantastic job, am I right?

Avocado + Egg Snack

June 21, 2014

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So I’ve been trying to eat healthy, and no, I’m not on a diet.  I just feel better when I eat healthier annnnnd I’ve also been watching a lot of documentaries on how food is made.  Curse you Netflix and your incredibly biased and emotionally charged documentaries!

One quality of mine, which usually doesn’t work to my advantage, is gullibility.  I usually believe everything I hear, at least at first.  Will I ever go to Sea World ever again (don’t watch Black Fish)?  No, probably not.  I’m also trying to stop drinking from so many water bottles.  I know.  I’m becoming an insufferable hippie.  Sometimes I don’t wear shoes ONLY because I’m too lazy to put on shoes.  Sue me.  But really, don’t sue me because I’m pretty poor.

Anyway, let’s learn how to make a avocado and egg snack.  Too many confessions for a food post.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Avocado (medium to large)
  • Egg
  • Mozzarella Cheese

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My avocado was medium sized so when I cracked open my egg I sifted out some of the egg white.  After cracking your egg, place it where the pit should be.  Set your oven to broil (I put mine on high).  Let the egg cook in the avocado for about 5 minutes.  Take them out of the oven and let them cool for a minute or two. Viola! You’ve made a very tasty and healthy snack!  The best part is that the avocado skin acts as a bowl so you save some dish washing for yourself.

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DIY Secret Book Box

June 19, 2014

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I’ve been wanting to try this for a while now because it’s just cool.  Who doesn’t want a secret book box? Nobody doesn’t want a secret book box (sorry about the double negatives).  This is the perfect gift for the remote control freak ooor for that person who just likes to have mysterious secret compartments.  I’m the latter.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Thick book (I got mine at Goodwill for $2.50)
  • Paint Brush
  • Exacto Knife
  • Mod Podge

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The first step is to sketch out your secret compartment.

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You’ll then use your exacto knife to cut through the pages.  This will be the most lengthy part.

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Once you’ve cut through enough pages to make a compartment, take your exacto knife and clean off any rough edges.  You’ll then paint on your Mod Podge so the pages will stick together.  You’ll only need to paint the outsides and not individual pages.

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Here’s my finished product!

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DIY Mini Magnet Terrarium

June 11, 2014

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I’ve got some cool news!  I’ve been selected to create a DIY kit for Darby Smart!  I’m still working with them to create the kit but I’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.  In the meantime, I got a box just to see how it felt to open up a Darby box.  I decided to go with the DIY Mini Magnet Terrarium Kit.  Love it.  It’s nice to have all the supplies right in the box rather than having to search high and low for them (my dream is to have one craft store with everything I need, I dream big).

I wanted to show you the kit and my finished product (this isn’t sponsored by the way).  Here’s all the deets.

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These are all the supplies that came in the box along with the instructions.

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The first step is to arrange the rocks, moss, and air plant the way you want them to look.  Once they’re arranged take the plastic sheet and measure a circle from the opening of the magnets.  Cut the circle in half and glue it to the top of the magnet.

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This was my finished product.  I love these because they’re so unique.  I mean who has terrarium magnets on their refrigerator?

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If you want to try these out you can buy it here.

DIY Leather Jewelry Organizer

June 10, 2014

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Today I’m going to show you how to make a leather jewelry organizer.  Very easy but a little time consuming.  Buuuuuuut before we get started I just need to say something.  Your comments make my heart feel good. When I see a comment I feel like I just found 5 bucks in my pocket.  You’re the best.  That’s all.

Back to the tutorial.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Wooden Square
  • Leather
  • Hammer
  • Nails

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First cut up your leather into thin strips.  I laid mine out on the board as I cut them so I could gauge how many more I needed to cut.

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Start to lay the leather down, making sure you cover all the wood, and nail it to the back.

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Once you have the first layer of leather down, it’s time to do some weaving.  Make sure that you weave in all the needed leather strips before nailing them down.  Most likely you’ll have to adjust a lot at the end.

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Once you’ve woven all your leather together, then you nail the remaining leather pieces to the back of the board.

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I also think this would look cool just as decor.

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