happy weekend

December 4, 2015

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festive kitty | almost makes perfect

i feel like december always flies right by — with holiday parties every weekend, it’ll be like 2 seconds until christmas! that makes me both happy and sad. we’re still doing lots of stuff house, we finally got rid of the cardboard in the window and replaced with a blind – and the studio is being worked on as we speak! it’s been hard to blog without a space to work in and without my supplies — so i am soooo anxious to have it ready. we’re getting our tree this weekend so i’m in a real good mood. have a great weekend!

i’m pretty into going to this
cute flowerless arrangements
i want to eat this right now
it’s important to look smart and not dumb
this ring is freaking GORGEOUS
concrete xmas trees
a plywood house!

DIY eye slippers

December 2, 2015

diy

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now that it’s december, i wanted to create some simple DIYs that would make perfect holiday gifts! man or woman, everyone wears slippers… i think. so making your loved one a custom pair of slippers is like, a perfect xmas present!

i am still loving eyes, even though i know they’re soooo trendy, so i created a design you can use, or you can do any design you want.

diy eye slippers | almost makes perfect

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01. print the eye design i’ve provided above or whatever design you want to fit your slippers. i measured mine for about 3″ max per design. i put 3 sets on the sheet so you can make multiple pairs. if you’re doing your own design, just make sure you flip it before printing.

02. cut out the design and keep the edges a little rounded, the terry cloth texture is a bit hard to peel the adhesive off of, so you want to keep enough of a border to not mess with the transfer when peeling.

03. turn your iron on and let it heat up for five minutes prior to ironing. make sure it’s on the cotton setting without any water or steam. place the transfer down on the slipper and iron slowly for a good five minutes. let it cool for two minutes and see if you can peel off the backing paper yet, if not — do a few more minutes of ironing. if you have trouble peeling off the paper, use tweezers to grab a corner and gently peel off the rest from there.

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so cute right?! hope this helped in case you’re scrambling for an easy inexpensive gift idea. and i’ll try to give you some more ideas stat.

holiday gift guide : for the cook

November 30, 2015

gift guide

holiday gift guide for the cook | almost makes perfect

i have many cooking enthusiasts and foodies in my life, so i’m always buying cooking tools and gadgets for holiday gifts. here are some pretty reasonably priced gift ideas that they probably don’t have!

01. a 12 pack of dish towels that can double up as stylish napkins or kitchen rags.
02. a cute little dansk butter warmer that they’ll want to keep displayed on their stove.
03. for the griller, a beautiful soapstone grill press for burgers.
04. i’m swooning over this gorgeous set of six spoons for tasting.
05. my go-to is always an inspiring cookbook like sunday suppers.
06. who wouldn’t want to press garlic with a copper press? i want to.
07. you don’t have to worry about them not using fancy olive oil.
08. a straight maple or walnut rolling pin for the baker.
09. a stylish potholder, because again — they’ll use it.
10. i really want this sleek black chefs knife for myself, so they might too.
11. as a sucker for pretty packaging, these pastas make the perfect pantry addition.

10 last minute thanksgiving ideas

November 24, 2015

thanksgiving

thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday, because i love stuffing, a pretty table and people i love in one place. i’m gonna take the rest of the week off to enjoy the week with my dad but i wanted to leave you with some projects and DIYs you can create for a simple, modern thanksgiving.

diy block printed napkins | almost makes perfect

quickly create your own custom napkins for your table, using my quick stamp diy method.

10 last minute thanksgiving projects

send your guests home with a piece of pie in these very cute little printables.

diy plexiglass calligraphy placecards | almost makes perfect

create plexiglass calligraphy place cards that your guests can keep or you can reuse next year.

10 last minute thanksgiving ideas

bake some rustic garlic bread even if you’re just a guest at dinner.

10 last minute thanksgiving ideas

my favorite holiday floral arrangements are loose and organic in a neutral autumn color palette. i’ve used this arrangement for inspiration regularly.

thanksgiving bingo | almost makes perfect

add some laughs and fun to your party with thanksgiving bingo.

10 last minute thanksgiving projects

even if you’re serving wine only, get some edible flowers to fancy up your thanksgiving drinks.

salted caramel pie

the easiest and most delicious pie means you’ll have plenty of time to stress about the rest of the menu.

thanksgiving menu printables | almost makes perfect

i shared these printable modern thanksgiving menus last year, and i wanted to remind you.

10 last minute thanksgiving projects

for your black friday lunch break, make your thanksgiving sandwich extra dope with the monica gellar moist maker.

happy thanksgiving!

happy weekend

November 20, 2015

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charcuterie board | almost makes perfect

friday! i’ve still been getting the house setup, we installed a new light, took down a ceiling fan, all those little things that seem so big! my dad just came into town early for thanksgiving, so i’m very excited to have someone help me carry big things. and to have a proper guest room! hope your week was awesome, and also hope your weekend is awesome.

⋅ this is true love
⋅ i don’t want anyone to do this, but i will watch it
⋅ if you live in NYC, i’m very jealous
read about my holiday traditions
⋅ ew they’re hideous! 
⋅ loooove this studio tour
⋅ super cute DIY storage
⋅ i want these in my mouth
⋅ beautiful holiday inspiration
⋅ my girl rachel has an e-course on photo styling, use code AWESOMEPHOTOS for 10% off!

DIY plexiglass calligraphy place cards

November 18, 2015

diy / holiday / thanksgiving

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are you ready for one of the easiest and most satisfying place card DIYs ever?! i came up with this idea and had finished them a few hours later. if you DIY, you might know that doesn’t happen often (usually there’s a long and tedious process of brainstorming, executing, rejiggering, re-executing).

we have more or less the same motley crew every year for thanksgiving, so i wanted to create a more permanent and durable place card that we could reuse annually. not only are these going to last, but they took me about 3 minutes max per place card – so making more is no sweat. keep reading

holiday gift guide : for the homebody

November 17, 2015

gift guide

holiday gift guide - for the homebody | almost makes perfect

i think we all have someone special in our life that’s a total homebody, i like to think of myself as wearing many hats — and g and i most definitely wear homebodies hats. so i wanted to round up some cozy and practical gifts for staying in.

01. most homebodies also want to keep their home tidy, so this book is the perfect inspiration to do so. and if that’s not their thing, heres another good book to gift for the TV binge watcher.
02. a chunky beautiful throw blanket is something i definitely want for christmas.
03. a beautiful porcelain teapot paired with some teas is the perfect gift for the tea drinker.
04. the most gorgeous aroma diffuser ever. a gift they may have not even known they wanted.
05. for the music lover, a very cool + affordable record player, paired with vinyl they’ll love.
06. homebodies take baths, that’s just a fact, probably.
07. gift them a cast iron waffle iron along with waffle mix + syrups – here’s my favorite syrup ever.
08. we all want a pair of cozy slippers for the winter, and don’t you dare deny that.
09. in case they don’t already own cards against humanity
10. a quirky pillowcase or two for their bed or sofa. i want these for our guest room.
11. the most beautiful water filter of all time makes the perfect gift because we all drink water.

happy weekend

November 13, 2015

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this week flew by! i feel like all the weeks leading up to the holidays do – and somehow my dad is already coming into town NEXT week for thanksgiving?! he’s coming early, but still. i spent the majority of this week still unpacking and assembling furniture and all that super fun stuff. this weekend we’re gonna do a whole bunch of adult house errands that sound boring and can hopefully chill a bit. hope you guys have a good one!

did you watch friends? did you ever notice this?!
i wish i wish i wish i had done this when i was 18
ugh, melty heart. and that’s what my kitty looked like when he was a kitty
vintage design was way better than current design
love our new mailbox i just bought
now i also wanna buy this, do you like it?
this would be super cute for thanksgiving decor
if this is true this changes my alcohol diet stat
⋅ randomly came across these last night… and i have no words
some lovely thanksgiving table inspiration

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