diy macrame plant hangers

June 24, 2014

diy

while i’ve been seeing macrame plant hangings for quite a while around the internet now — i’ve been wanting to make some but looking at all those tying tutorials seems so daunting. until i realized beads could replace knots. which is what these hangings are totally based on.

macrame plant hanging | almost makes perfect

these super simple plant hangers only require THREE KNOTS. just THREE KNOTS (plus a little tie off on the top and bottom) and you’re done. how easy is that?!

materials
cotton filler cord 6/32″
wood beads
gold key ring
scissors
a cute plant
a drill *

diy macrame plant hangers  | almost makes perfect

directions

01 | depending on your desired length, cut your cord into six pieces. my longer hanging had pieces around 4.5 feet long, the shorter one was about 2. line up your pieces, and tie an additional piece of cord around to secure them and make a tight knot.

02 | separate your pieces into pairs, and tie a knot at the same height on each pair.

03 * | if your bead holes are too small to fit onto the cord, drill larger holes in each bead. then thread the cord into three beads, dividing each pair. so that the two pieces on the ends are now beaded together. is that worded correctly?

04 | place your plant into the cradle of the hanging, and if all is well, line up your pieces over your key ring. use an additional piece of cord to tie it in place, snip off the ends.

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and that’s it! make 10 and hang them all over your house.

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and good news for all you cat parents who love cacti — hang it and you can have cacti in your house!

diy macrame plant hangers | almost makes perfect

a summer dinner party

June 23, 2014

entertaining / roundup

it’s officially summer now! hope you had a warm weekend outside — i spent almost all of last week being sick and working, but i’m feeling better now and a tiny bit ready to get back into the swing of things.

we had a yard sale on saturday and our apartment feels so much emptier. i’ve been a hoarder for about 10 years now so i’ve been really trying to be better and only buy things i really love, but it would be so much easier to just start over. every closet and corner is stuffed to the brim with things. but the yard sale helped! and we’re putting the money we made towards the honeymoon.

with our tiny patio, all i can do is daydream about al fresco dinner parties, which i do every summer.

a summer dinner party

01 | these diy gold leaf terracotta pots would look amazing scattered around the table
02 | my all time favorite modern beverage dispenser, who doesn’t want a big vat of spiked punch
03 | a rad serving tray that every food i’m currently thinking of would look amazing on
04 | a pineapple citronella candle? i mean. these would totally double duty as decor and skin savers
05 | someday when i have room, i’m buying a couple of these chairs
06 | cute patterned throws for when it cools down
07 | plastic cups that don’t look plastic, so in.
08 | i’m obsessed with these bamboo plates - we used them for the shower and they are amazing quality and amazing looking for disposables, i’m now never not going to use them.

payday wishlist

June 12, 2014

wish list

i’m heading off early this week because my dad and stepmom are in town for my bridal shower this weekend! we’re doing a little sightseeing while they’re here – along with some costco time for the shower… did i mention gideon is catering it?! he will be assisted by my brother and dad as his sous chefs in the kitchen. so excited!

hope you all have a lovely weekend — today’s wish list is all about house updates that will make a big difference during spring cleaning.

payday wishlist | almost makes perfect

01 | i want a jungle in my apartment, filled with cactus in planters. but my cats won’t let me.
02 | loving these handpainted pillows from abc home by shanan campanaro.
03 | h&m now has marble patterned things. EEEEE!!!!
04 | i’m not usually a fan of glass coffee tables – but i’d make an exception for this one.
05 | i am all about the tea towels. ALL about them.
06 | when i clean, i put things in things - pretty baskets are key for that.

diy geo cufflinks

June 10, 2014

diy / holiday

diy geo cufflinks  |  almost makes perfect

father’s day is fast approaching — and even though cufflinks are pretty passé, they’re an easy little gift you can make for your dad or baby daddy this year. they must have ONE shirt that needs ‘em right?! these little babies are so easy to make that i’m posting a whole other cufflink DIY tomorrow!

geo clay cufflinks

materials

tacky glue
polymer clay
xacto knife
gold cufflinks

diy geo cufflinks

directions

01 | preheat oven to 275°. cut your clay into small squares or circles and hold up to your cufflinks to make sure they’re a little bigger than the cufflink surface to make sure you can trim down.

02 | keep your clay cold, so try not to condition it or rub your hands on it too much. as long as it’s cold – you can use your xacto blade to make small slices all around in every direction to create an organic geo shape.

03 | bake for about 10 – 15 minutes and let cool. once cooled, glue onto your cufflinks and let dry for a few hours!

diy geo cufflinks

and come back tomorrow for one more DIY cufflink project!

 

hey we went to ojai

June 9, 2014

travel

ojai rancho inn | almost makes perfect

i realized i never shared my trip to ojai! so better late than never — two weeks ago gideon and i got away from wedding planning stress for two days and chilled real hard in ojai.

in high school, i went there for my senior retreat where we spent a week camping, cooking only vegetarian for ourselves, doing a lot of heart to hearts by the campfire and sweat lodges and a whole lot of sage smushing. it was clearly a hippie high school — but this trip changed my life and made me snap out of my bad kid ways, so i’ve always had a soft spot for ojai. anyway — ojai is a tiny town about an hour and a half away from LA and it feels faaar away. we mostly went because i’ve been wanting to go to ojai rancho inn from the first moment i saw a picture on instagram.

ojai rancho inn | almost makes perfect

and it was as pretty as i thought it would be. we got a really good price because it was during the week, fyi – this place is not a boutique hotel, but feels more like you’re back at sleep away camp. if you went to sleep away camp, i did. it was also really empty, we forgot to bring our tripod which i was planning on doing – but there was barely anyone around the whole trip so we never got a photo of us. : (

we spent the majority of our two days at the pool playing cards.

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on our second day we took the hotel bikes out to the town and walked around a little – before coming back and sitting at the pool once again.

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FOOD IN OJAI
we were told right away by the hotel staff that the food in ojai isn’t much to write home about. they were mostly true, but we enjoyed most of our meals!

knead baking co. was where everyone had mentioned for breakfast, i had a breakfast sandwich that was good but the place was a little pricey.

osteria monte grappa was a really pleasant place for dinner because the weather was perfect on the back patio where we ate. totally recommend the pâté if you eat pâté, and we had a delicious pappardelle with duck. apparently we eat meat!

sea fresh was a seafood restaurant we had for lunch, i enjoyed the tuna tartare and the hush puppies. well, i always like hush puppies.

azu was a tapas restaurant that was decent — the honey baked brie was really good, the gambas shrimp – not so much. we also heard about the bison burger being amazing but didn’t try.

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SHOPS IN OJAI
the town of ojai is SUPER small but there are a couple reaaally cute shops.

shop summer camp an old auto garage turned into a boutique full of camp themed goods and so much i wanted to buy. we may have gone twice in two days. and i may have bought things both times.

gravel and gold was a tiny little nook in the hotel office.

modern folk a shop right behind the main stretch of town full of perfect ojai themed gifts and some really cute clothes i couldn’t afford.

fig was a cute little shop with home decor and outdoor stuff – i bought the best wooden tongs ever.

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but like i said – we were mostly super lazy and we played a lot of cards. and got a whole lot of R&R to come back and not kill each other over wedding planning.

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and i highly recommend the ojai rancho inn!

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