home again

July 8, 2013


i’m home now ( sadly ) and trying really hard to beat this jet lag. how come it’s so much easier on the front end and horrible on the back?! i’m posting pictures hopefully tomorrow and trying to get back on track with real life. UGH. real life. STAY TUNED!

happy 4

July 4, 2013


hope you have a fun day! i love fireworks, day drinking, and summer, so it’s one of my favorite national holidays.

+ and in case you missed the DIY matchboxes for july 4th, go make some QUICK!


( the photo is from my 4th of july last year in hawaii where you can buy a jumbo box of fireworks at walmart ! )

diy leather luggage tag

July 1, 2013

diy / travel

i love brown leather anything but can’t sew – so i decided to do the easiest and quickest way to make a luggage tag for my trip. all it requires is cutting and gluing, could that be easier? don’t think so.

i was a little afraid of doing a no sew attempt, and i had no idea if the super glue was going to be sturdy enough for the leather. but it’s been a few weeks and it seems to be holding up just fine.



a piece of leather hide (i bought mine from the local shoe repair store)
super glue
a ruler
an xacto knife
a sheet of thick or no bleed paper
a sheet of vellum or transparency paper *

* i like how the vellum fogs up the contact info a little, it looks kind of … chic to me! but transparency paper would work just fine as well.


STEP ONE cut two pieces to your desired size, with about a half an inch extra length wise

STEP TWO line them up on top of each other and trim to finesse. mine definitely weren’t perfect, but similar is good (you can do it a little at the end too)

STEP THREE cut the top of one of your pieces to make a trapezoidal eyelet

STEP FOUR one of your pieces, carefully cut three sides for the opening that folds up for the card

STEP FIVE cut a matching rectangle within your eyelet

STEP SIX cut a long thin strap that fits within in the hole and make sure you have a fairly large loop when you bring the ends together


STEP ONE cut a piece of vellum or anything that’s transparent to fit in your cut out

STEP TWO carefully superglue the edges to your front piece, being very cautious of not getting glue on the flap

STEP THREE once it’s dry, make sure the flap still folds up but the vellum feels secure

STEP FOUR glue the back piece to the front piece, going from one side down, LEAVING THE TOP SIDE AND EYELET unglued

STEP FIVE once dry, cut a piece of paper with your contact info and slide through the top side

STEP SIX glue the ends of the looped strap together, once dry, you can tie around your bag by looping it through