diy simple gold triangle garland

December 9, 2013

diy / holiday

diy gold triangle garland

in my opinion, there’s a fine line between tacky and modern when it comes to christmas decorating. so i always err on the simple side. shocker. so here is a VERY simple and of course, very easy diy decoration you can make in a few minutes!

diy gold garland

all you need is a large piece of gold scrapbook paper (or two depending on how long you’d like it). i attached the triangles with scotch tape, but you could glue also.

cut out a zillion triangles from your paper. this is the boring part, but i did it while i watched netflix.

diy gold triangle garland

tape your piece of string on one side of a long table, tighten the string and tape the other side down. slide your triangles under the string and tape! i did it in a 2 x 3 pattern, but there are obviously a bunch of variating patterns you could try. they kind of look like modern little christmas trees right?!

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and duh – that’s it! hang across your mantle, over a door frame or just along your wall for a little touch of festive decor.

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payday wishlist

December 6, 2013

wish list

friday came fast this week — i’ve been a little overwhelmed with all the holiday everything. while being consumed with blog ideas, i haven’t even had a chance to think about christmas shopping or getting OUR tree yet. it is driving me nuts seeing all the trees getting decorated on instagram! but hopefully, we’re getting one this afternoon! we’re also have a birthday dinner tonight for my brother at one of my favorite pasta joints. we’re also participating in a chili cook off. definitely my first.

we’ve been avoiding putting the heat on in our apartment for weeks now because our bill gets so high, but i did it yesterday and am proudly no longer shivering. probably for the best. hope you have a great weekend!

payday wishlist

01. i am one of those people that buys playing cards every time i travel – you can’t have enough decks. how cute are these ones?! i’m a sucker for salmon colored anything.
02. they look like toms. but they’re leather. therefore i could wear them and feel like i dressed up. love.
03. i’m all about the huge drapey clothes – the more like a potato sack i look, the better. i want this jacket.
04. i love the shape and pattern on this narrow vase, how cute would it look with some simple roses?!
05. love this baggu drawstring bucket bag, it’s small but big enough to hoard too much in.
06. there’s something i love about lace tablecloths – it’s kinda … grandma chic? so i was so excited to see this.

i link you

December 5, 2013

i link you

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jordan revealed her new bedroom and oh man. i want bay windows in my bedroom. i want a hanging chair. i want black. jeeealous. (via oh happy day)

kyle lambert time lapse paints morgan freeman on his ipad. it’s just insane. (via youtube)

i am so so into making these overnight cinnamon buns. (via mbakes)

a photo series of flattering versus unflattering nude poses. you could learn a lot of naked skills from this. NSFW! (via beautiful decay)

guns replaced by thumbs ups in movies. it’s just so positive! (via thumbs and ammo)

how cute are these homemade leather catch-alls?! perfect holiday gift. (via house of earnest)

diy holiday gift / bloody mary gift set

December 4, 2013

diy / downloads / holiday

christmas is only three weeks away – so i’m going to show you guys some easy homemade gifts that hopefully won’t let your family or friends wishing they’d gotten an itunes gift card. with today’s gift — there’s absolutely no way!

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the instructions are pretty simple for this project. get some pretty bottles and tins, print out my free printable labels and follow the recipes!

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the recipes +

bloody mary mix
(doubled & adapted from emeril)

ingredients
6 cups tomato juice
6 tablespoons lemon juice
6 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoon prepared horseradish
2 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
2 large cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoon tabasco sauce
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

directions
in a blender combine the tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, horseradish, worcestershire sauce, garlic, and hot sauce and process until smooth. transfer to a nonreactive container and add salt and black pepper, to taste. refrigerate overnight.

* i prefer my bloodys on the spicy side — so i added extra everything spicy.

bloody mary rimming salt
(adapted from the seattle times)

1 cup kosher salt
2 tb celery seed
2 1/2 tb granulated garlic
2 tb smoked paprika
1 tb black pepper

mix together the ingredients in a bowl. good for up to six months.

bloody mary gift set

the packaging +

materials
empty bottles (i used these lovely 8oz french bottles from specialty bottle. each bottle holds about 2.5 bloodys)
empty tins (i used these flat 8oz tins which fit my glass rims perfectly)
round labels (the printable i designed specifically for this 2″ avery label)

download and print out the labels i’ve provided below. you can print onto the same avery labels or you can just print onto paper, cut out and glue. half the labels are for the rimming salt and half for the mix. carefully apply labels to your bottles and tins (i recommend prior to filling because you can hold easier when empty)

after making the mix and salt, and letting the mix chill overnight, spoon the salt into tin and pour mix into bottles with a funnel. chill mix until ready to deliver to your lucky friends, family, or hostess. place in a gift bag and you’re a big hit this christmas.

these labels are for personal use only, and NOT for re-distribution.
if you’d like to post a link sharing them, you may not directly post the downloadable files.
please credit and link back to this post for downloading the labels.

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diy makeshift christmas tree

December 2, 2013

diy / holiday / xmas

diy makeshift xmas tree

did everyone have a good thanksgiving?! i ate and drank too much and our dinner was nice and relaxing. and now it’s december. whoa. we decided to hold off on buying a christmas tree for a few days, so for now – enjoy this one!

christmas trees are super expensive and super high maintenance. so for those of you who are deciding to skip a tree this year, here is a REALLY easy alternative!

last year, we moved right before thanksgiving and were going on a trip the day after xmas — so we never got a tree. but i woke up on christmas morning to a tree made of lights taped to the wall by my boyfriend and it was a christmas miracle. and i’ve been planning this easy diy ever since. true story.

all you need for this is a large scale engineer print. at 36×48, this print cost me only $9 at kinkos. luckily i was able to use this BEAUTIFUL photo by hermann platzer (he graciously allowed me to use it for the project – check out his work here).

diy xmas tree

rather than taping it straight on the wall, i decided to hang it like a tapestry. so using a wooden dowel, tape the top of the print directly on it. i’m sure there’s a better way to do this. but i didn’t do it. tie some string on other side and hang it on a nail. THAT’S IT.

ornament garland diy

for the minimalists, you’re all done. but i then decided to make an ornament garland using mini ornaments i bought for $5 at CVS and some silver thread. i simply strung ornaments a couple inches apart and knotted the thread to secure. but you could decorate your fake tree with lights, tinsel, whatever.

tape the garland on top of the print and you’ve got yourself a pretty decent substitute. light a christmas tree scented candle and you’ll forget all about your missing tree sorrows.

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happy thanksgiving

November 27, 2013

yada yada

ginny branch

i’m taking off for the rest of the week to celebrate and eat. we’re having thanksgiving at my moms, who lives very close by, so firstly i’m thankful for almost never having to go on an airplane for the holiday. today we’re cooking some side dishes to bring over (my boyfriend makes the best stuffing ever).

and for the cheesy portion : i just wanted to also say that while i’m obviously very thankful for the people and cats in my life and all the love, support and laughs they provide me. but this year i’m also really thankful for this blog and you, the readers. having this space has done so much for me, developing my skills, challenging myself to the point of many a tantrum, being comfortable with who i am, and hopefully inspiring others. its the feedback that makes me feel like i do all this work for a reason. and if i can make people feel happy and motivated, i’m happy and motivated too.

ok ok enough. have a great holiday if you’re in the states, and if you’re elsewhere — sorry for all the boring thanksgiving posts.

photo by ginny branch