Month: May, 2014

etsy éclat: note writing

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what is it about a blank notebook that feels so inspiring? crisp white pages with nothing on them, the smell of new paper… I’m always reluctant to start a new notebook because I feel like I should have a “theme” to be justified in messing one up. in any case, here’s a little roundup of materials to use for thank-yous or just saying hello. or you can gift these items as a kit, and maybe you’ll get a thank-you note back made with your supplies!

gift tags/geometric notebook/hello stamp/grid notebooks

radio silence

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I just wanted to provide a little personal update. I haven’t been posting as consistently as I was at first- it’s because my laptop screen is broken, so I don’t have a personal computer to work off. I do what I can from public computers, but I am not able to post as often. I’m trying to still provide fresh and quality content so thank you for your patience!

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dished: white bean burgers

we had these last weekend for a picnic. they were very easy to make, and I modified them a little bit.

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I didn’t have any fresh basil, so I used dried instead, about half a tablespoon. instead of parmesan I used mozzarella, and I had a can of white beans that I used in place of navy beans (not sure what the difference is but I think there is one). and I used some gluten free bread for breadcrumbs. also I did not make the tomato olive relish… too lazy 🙂

these tasted great! we had pretzel buns that I buttered and toasted in a frying pan.

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my boyfriend likes onions, I like brie.

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with the giant buns, we both ended up saving our second burgers for the next day. they were good then, too! in the future I plan to make this recipe ahead of time and freeze it in patty shapes for easy cooking.

made: plant stand via abm

even though it isn’t anywhere close to being done, I really love my living room (most of the time). that being said, there are a few things that always make my day just sitting around looking pretty. both are from my boyfriend, and the one I’m sharing today he made me as a birthday present.

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it’s this plant stand, tutorial thanks to mandi. I think the tutorial was fairly easy to follow for my boyfriend, although he was in a bit of a hurry when he did it so it’s a little unsteady. on the carpet it is fine though. before he put it together I spray painted the pieces, two coats for everything. paint doesn’t really stick to the raw edges of the circles and ends of the long pieces, but I actually like that it has the natural accents. the plant on the top is an african violet in a pyrex bowl I found at a flea market, and on the bottom is an aloe vera plant from my local ingles. they’re both doing really well in the indirect light, and I don’t water either of them very often. also pictured is a kitty toy, my area rug, some diy-ed art/old pictures, and my grandparents’ console (“vintage” I suppose) that I repainted earlier this year.

sometimes I can get really frantic and caught up in trying to decorate everything all at once (usually when inspiration strikes after looking at other peoples’ homes), but I’m trying to have the self control to hold off on any more major pieces until I move to a more permanent home. plus my style changes so often that I need to save up for the classic big pieces rather than snatching up lots of cute details that I’ll end up changing out. life lessons, I guess 🙂

discovered: shibori

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shibori (絞り染め just for fun) is a japanese word that refers to a method of dying cloth. it’s pretty much everywhere right now, and I love it. it’s like tie dye is super popular again (outside of the elementary school crowd), except this seems to be a more refined and elegant version of it. the best part is that it’s also very easy to diy. also how incredibly dreamy is that couch?! that was the look I was going for when I experimented with painting one of my couch cushions… never again. it ended up looking like camo. in any case, I was much more successful with some cotton shirts, traditional dye, and this tutorial.

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p.s. I follow rebecca atwood on instagram and she is incredible! I have so much respect for artisans like her and her work is amazing. also how gorgeous are she and her mother?!

succulent shelves

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like I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I’ve moved my succulents from my mantle, where they weren’t doing so well, to some glass shelves that my boyfriend mounted in my window for me. and they are thriving! they might not all be true cacti, but the most recent ones came in containers from home depot advertising their easy to care for nature and calling them succulents so… either way they are very happy in my south facing window. once I re-pot my two fig babies I’ll move them under this window, after I’ve made some plant stands.

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only two shelves could fit in the top part of the window, and I can’t open it anymore obviously, but it doesn’t have a screen on it so I never opened it in the first place because I don’t let my kitties outside.

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the wall hanging is DIYed with a stick I grabbed from my yard and two colors of thick yarn. it was very easy and only took me about an hour to do. hopefully I will get around to doing a post about it in the future.