printable father’s day gift tags

June 16, 2015

downloads / father's day

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if you’re not using the father’s day gift wrap this year, because like – the store gift wrapped for you, i made some simple gift tags for your presents, or your six pack, or your whatever you’re giving him!

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you know the drill : just print on heavy cardstock, cut out, punch a hole, and attach to your gift! forget to get him a gift? it’s not too late, and you’re welcome for the reminder!

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ALL PRINTABLES ARE FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR REDISTRIBUTION OR RESALE.

f21 faves

June 15, 2015

f21 faves / style

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ok so while i usually wear black, it’s warm outside, so i’m ok wearing lighter colors. well, neutrals. the word color is a stretch, but this will do! here are some neutral faves to complete your summer wardrobe.


WANT THESE
gauze dress / backpack / dress / linen tank / cuff / shorts / kimono / sandals


happy weekend

June 12, 2015

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gracias madre @almostmakesperfect

phew – another week, and even less time until i go to paris. i’m seeing jurassic world this weekend and hopefully doing some posts for while i’m gone. but will you be so mad if i don’t? what if i share some dope links?

⋅ 20 years ago my life was changed by one movie.
⋅ love this pitcher DIY, i mean you’d get so many compliments.
⋅ maybe worth it though?
⋅ um. i love this.
⋅ just bought these for walking around in paris, so far they are way comfy!
⋅ we all need these tips.
⋅ i want to stay here.
⋅ speaking of jurassic world, this is so damn cute.
⋅ a whole bunch of pretty fonts for cheap!

PHOTO TAKEN AT GRACIAS MADRE @ALMOSTMAKESPERFECT

dream house : the studio

June 11, 2015

dream house / interiors

dream house ~ the studio | almost makes perfect

i suppose my current work situation isn’t as bad as it could be — but it’s not good. i do the majority of my DIYs on the dining table, coffee table, and a makeshift desk from a large cardboard box i use in my bedroom to watch TV while i work. so the thing i’m focusing on the most with the houses we’re looking for is having either a large extra bedroom or a converted garage to use as studio space. we’ve actually seen some tiny houses with huge studio spaces, which is great for me and not so great for the rest of the gang.

but i’m dreaming about having large windows with natural light and white concrete floors and organized craft supplies — and ditching the small busted up pieces of foam core i use on my coffee table to shoot all my projects on.

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white floors. i don’t care how much cleaning it’ll require. (i say this now…) [image]

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along with a high vaulted ceiling and a cozy place for me to space out. [image]

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and plants. lot of plants so i never run out of things to instagram. [via]

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and of course, a place for  me to collect inspiration. [image]

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also, i really wouldn’t at all mind having a seamless. [image]

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and i’m going to be really conscious of making sure all of the furniture is neutral and simple and classic. [image one, two, three]

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so obviously i’m not sure this is realistic. but it’s good to be optimistic right?!

diy wood grain flask

June 9, 2015

diy / father's day

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last year for fathers day i made DIY cufflinks. this year how about a flask? lets face it — most men aren’t super easy to DIY gifts for. but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t attempt it anyway right? who cares if they’ll use it! it’s the thought that counts dammit!

how to make a wood grain flask | almost makes perfect

01. cut out a piece of your contact paper to fit around the flask. try to use a smooth piece that hasn’t been damaged like mine.

02. if you want to personalize your flask with your dads name (or whoever’s name, no judgement), do that now. but practice a lot first if you need to. my method for “calligraphy” is to write the name in cursive, and then go over all of the lines that are going down again to thicken those up.

03. peel off the backside and gently place your contact paper down, don’t worry about a little overlap on the top or bottom if you have it, just make sure you like the placement of the name.

04. slowly press down on the contact paper, like one inch at a time, making sure you rub out the air bubbles as you go. you can also use a credit card or a squeegee. continue along the back and you can choose to either overlap the paper or cut (depending on how your grain matches up)

05. using your xacto, slowly run your knife at the exact angle of your flask edges, this will remove all the excess paper, and it worked surprisingly well. the edges are way cleaner than i expected!

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you can even go the extra mile and fill it up with his favorite booze, as well as the leftover bottle. or keep the bottle for yourself. because that’s what you were just thinking you’d rather do.

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maker spotlight : convivial production

June 8, 2015

maker spotlight

maker spotlight ~ convivial productions | almost makes perfect

today i’m introducing you to chentell, the potter behind convival productions. read about her process and swoon over her gorgeous ceramics — guarantee you’re gonna want one or five.

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TELL US ABOUT YOU + YOUR SHOP!
so convivial production, inc was started just over a year ago. we are a production and design company that hand makes home decor and dinnerware products for various brick + mortar stores throughout the us. all of the work grew from my love for hospitality. service. dining. social vitality. the notion of conviviality coincided perfectly with functional ceramic wares – the joining of people to eat, to drink and to be well with one another. we make the dinnerware that allows for festivity as well as the decor that sets the scene for intimate gatherings. our goal is to encourage others to host well as they use the items they have collected.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST START CREATING?
i started creating ten years ago. this fact always baffles me – that at age 24 I have already been developing a skill for ten years now. but it’s true! i took my first class in ceramics my freshman year of high school and have been committed ever since. it was therapeutic for me at the time, if i may speak bluntly. i was surrounded my instability and creating brought a sense of stillness and relief. i loved the process and have stuck with it through the years.

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HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO START YOUR SHOP AND START SELLING YOUR GOODS?
i started selling items in college during the holidays. i’m honestly not sure how that all came about. seemed like a pretty natural progression of close friends taking interest in my work and in turn i began publishing that i had items available for sale. it all grew from there – family + friends first. i remember the first time someone i didn’t know purchased my work – it was a true milestone to be celebrated. from there i simply built my process of production around demand. the more people wanted to buy, the more i would make. it’s still this way today.

WHAT’S THE HARDEST PART ABOUT RUNNING YOUR OWN SHOP?
the hardest part of running my shop is to know how to grow ahead of the demand. its a rare occasion when i receive an order and actually have it in stock – meaning that i am constantly focused on what is in front of me. accommodating. fulfilling. i have a hesitation to build before it comes. building and getting ahead of the game is my goal this summer.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PODCAST OR TV SHOW TO WORK TO?
npr baby! i often listen to classical music as i begin the day. this naturally progresses to some sort of indie folk, and occasionally the blues radio. however, often i feel like i need to sharpen my mind while i work. i don’t want to loose touch with whats going on in the world. npr has been my solution for this and i’m always filtering through ted talks for a good topic.

WHO IS YOUR CELEBRITY HUSBAND?
yikes! my fiance will laugh at me for this but i gotta say tim riggins. friday night lights anyone? i know he is a character – not actually a real celebrity but he is my answer. season one through five my eyes and heart were sealed to the screen, mostly for tim. now thats a bit extreme and if i thought about it more i’d probably end up switching my response to jonny depp or that gentleman from the notebook, but i’ll land on riggins for now. it’s the high school girl in me coming out.

HOW DO YOU GET INSPIRED WHEN YOU’RE IN A TOTAL RUT?
its not often i find myself in an inspirational rut and i think there is a lesson to be learned here. i make it a priority to work hard and to do so continuously. in doing so i find that i am naturally inspired. when i see one idea come to life it often sparks a handful of variations. always stay working. always stay sharp. read. again I say, read! connect the dots. find the meaning. think. process. create!

WHAT’S ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D SHARE WITH OTHER ARTISTS TRYING TO GO PRO?
i have two pieces of advice up my sleeve. one. create and publish your work with a heightened attention to detail. two. don’t look at other designers work within your specific medium. pull inspiration from other sources. pursue your own ideas and don’t chase trends.

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STUDIO PHOTOS BY RYAN JAMES CARR

sooo pretty right?! and she’s offering 20% OFF all items in her shop for the week!

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happy weekend

June 5, 2015

i link you

bob | almost makes perfect

yay. friday. i’m gearing up for a fun shoot tomorrow, which you’ll see soon. and i’m celebrating a cousins birthday on sunday. if you follow me on instagram, you may have seen i chopped most of my hair off. i’m still getting used to how short it is, but so far i’m like how low-maint it is. i just made that slang up. we like it right? have a good one!

⋅ this is just like, perfect
⋅ how delish does this sound?
⋅ i really really want this for the cats
⋅ and i’ll take one of these for me
⋅ i desperately need these tips
⋅ a super easy DIY to avoid having to buy pots
⋅ i have always liked nudes so i like this
⋅ ok so people make fun of me, but this is one of my favorite movies of all time
(also.. that joanna cassidy quote? my mom can take credit for about 80% of that (they went to the same starbucks))

dream house : the backyard

June 4, 2015

dream house / interiors

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even though we’re having some challenges when it comes to loans, i’m still looking like crazy at houses. and all i can do is fantasize about what it’ll be like to have our own home and all the things i’ll do to it and all the apartment neighbors we won’t have to listen to. so i decided to start a new little column while we house hunt to slightly nourish said fantasies.

the thing i’m most excited about is having an outdoor space. right now we have a tiny balcony that’s so tiny we don’t even bother going out there anymore, so i’ve been day dreaming about sitting outside drinking lemonade cocktails and foraging fresh herbs to garnish them with and hosting BBQs and sunbathing and even just sitting outside to talk on the phone. so here are some of the spaces that i’m finding suuuuper inspiring.

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a fireplace and a cozy deck for eating is like, everything i want. [image]

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and cozy lounging. [image]

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basically if you’re living in a botanical garden, you know you’ve made it in life. [image]

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more cozy lounging, more cozy dining. [image / image]

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oh and i want string lights everywhere and a ping pong table for when i feel super active and athletic. [image]

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no words. [image]

do you have a backyard? and if so, do you even use it? haha, i feel like these are probably pipe dreams and i’d end up spending way less time out there than i plan to.