leather bracelet

On a quick errand with a friend I popped into a boutique with a friend and found this great leather bracelet.  I wore it all the time, it worked so well with every music festival outfit but last Summer when I went to pull it out of my jewelry bag, it broke! I was sad but moved on until today when I found this DIY leather bracelet tutorial. It may take me a whole afternoon and about a bizillion tries, but I will be making one to wear for at least one Summer show.

affogato

I’ve been thinking about ice cream and gelato a lot lately and now that it is warm outside it finally seems appropriate to start making my own. I’ve got a stack of recipes that I want to try but when I was searching for a gelato recipe, I found affogato!

 

You take a scoop of gelato, ice cream or custard (for you Culver’s fans) and pour hot espresso over top. I think this would be the perfect dessert to share with friends after dinner on a hot summer’s night or a couples bridal or baby shower. When would you serve it?

wedding posts

 

I was watching the Parks and Rec episode Leslie and Ben and it occurred to me that I haven’t posted anything about weddings for awhile, so I thought I’d share a few things I’ve spotted on the internet the last few months.

 

Inspiration-100 Layer Cake

 

100 Layer Cake’s Inspiration Guide has tons of ideas and makes it easy to pin all the photos.

 

 

Etsy’s Pick your Pattern: Stylish Wedding Prints post has a the Style Quiz, so you can discover perfect wedding ideas for you.

 

 

Joy Ever After’s diy post A Faux Chalkboard was written for the holidays but you can make one for folks to hold taking pictures, to direct guests or the bar menu. For more ideas you can check out my “Wedding” Pintrest board and I promise even though I’m not planning a one right now, I will post more about weddings.

wax paper candle holders

Tis the season for holiday parties! I attend a lovely party hosted by friends in Duluth, MN this past weekend and was quickly reminded about how fun it is to eat, drink and be merry while inches upon inches of snow falls on the ground. And while I was outside watching the snow fall, sipping on my new favorite cocktail, I thought wouldn’t it be neat to line your snow covered walkway with wax paper candleholders? The idea came from a diy for your dorm from Design Sponge made this Fall and you can find all the instructions here. The nice thing about making these is that you can hold on to them and use them again next year or place them around your house. Do you have any outdoor holiday decoration ideas? If you do submit them to our facebook page.

a dash of diy

When holiday gift making gets to be a bit too much, I turn to giving some of my favorite beauty products as Christmas gifts, like Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment.  But even though I opt out of making something for the gift, it doesn’t mean I won’t try to make the packaging more creative/crafty.  Like using these embroidered gift boxes template from Etsy.

For hostess gifts I love giving a bottle of wine, an assortment of beer or their favorite liquor.  But again I love to add something a bit more personal, so I may be use Joy Ever After’s diy glitter creatures idea to make ornaments to place around the bottle instead of a bow. Do you add anything crafty to store bought gifts?

 

baby hipster

I spent all last week hanging out with my 6 month old niece and was super inspired to make a younger version of the slouchy hats I’ve been designing lately. At first I thought that the hat may not last that long on my niece’s head before she tried to pull it off, but because it wasn’t so tight that she didn’t mind having it on. I think I’m going to knit the pattern up one more time before I share the pattern on Ravelry, but I promise to let you all know when it is posted. Also, you can keep up to date on all the projects I’m working on via Twitter and Facebook.

weekend activities

Need a book recommendation for the summer? Check out Good Reads, where you tell them what titles or genres you’ve enjoyed in the past, and they’ll give you surprisingly insightful recommendations.

 

Did you drive or walk by a strawberry stand today? Why not stop by and pick up a carton or two and make Strawberry Sherbet.

 

Lounging by the lake, ocean or pool this weekend, wouldn’t it be nice to relax on a this poolside roll out? It looks like it might be a time consuming project, so I would suggest making it on a rainy day.

 

photo via style architects

boutonnieres & favors

If you aren’t having a traditional ceremony, like where everyone walks down the aisle, but certain guests will still have special roles, like making a speech or the parents of the couple, what do you do? Typically the men wear boutonnieres and the ladies in the wedding party carry bouquets but why not have a “unisex” boutonniere that everyone with a part in the wedding can wear? Like the herbal boutonnieres that are pictured above.

You could even have theme drinks based on the wedding parties herbs, like mojitos. Or and this may be a bit much, but you could give each “wedding party” member a starter plant that matches their boutonniere or a recipe that includes the vegetable from the plant and the dried herb they are wearing. Very personalized and pretty practical. Go here for the diy plant favors and here for the diy wedding boutonnieres.

i’m moving

print by Ein Bier, bitter

 

Some of you may already know this, but I’ve decided to leave Chicago and move back to Wisconsin for the summer and hopefully put down roots in Minneapolis this Fall. And today, even though my workplace knew about it, I put in my letter of resignation, so I thought I’d let you all know, too. If you’re wondering what I plan to do when I pack up and leave mid-July and settle into my parents’ house in Eau Claire… I have no idea. I’ll be working on my friend’s wedding till the first weekend of August, hanging out with all of my family and friends, making a lot of ice cream, teaching yoga and knitting somewhere around town and hopefully knitting a few commissioned pieces. I’m super sad to be leaving all of my Chicago friends who have become my family, but I am really excited for the next chapter in my life. Thank you for all your (hopefully) positive energy!