freeloader // 8

May 20, 2014

downloads / graphic design

free iphone wallpaper - shibori

we can all agree that not only is shibori and indigo super trendy right now, but it’s also soooo pretty. so i decided to use my love of shibori patterns for a new iphone wallpaper! these wallpapers were digitally painted by my talented husband to be, gideon. he might be the first boy painting shibori ever?

shibori iphone wallpaper | almost makes perfect

shibori on shibori. mind blower. thanks again to gideon — and everyone else, download and enjoy!

this wallpaper is 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 wallpaper.

diy entryway organizer

May 14, 2014


diy entryway organizer | almost makes perfect

because i’m completely swamped with freelance and wedding stuff this week — i have very little time to work on the blog, so i’m SORRY. I APOLOGIZE. but in the spirit of being busy, i decided to do a DIY that takes five minutes! this might be the simplest DIY to date on the blog.

diy entryway organizer  |  almost makes perfect

you may have seen simple bungee entryway organizers before, and i’ve always loved them – so when i saw this wood box at the craft store, i immediately knew what to do with it.

entryway organizer diy


wood framed box
two pieces of bungee (mine had hooks on either ends that we chopped off)
a drill

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step one | measure where you want your bungee and drill holes

step two | tie a knot on one end of your bungee and loop it through to the other end. tie a knot on the other end on the inside.

step three | hang it.

5 minute diy | entryway organizer

throw your keys and sunglasses on there, you can slip important outgoing mail in there… endless possibilities.

diy entryway organizer | almost makes perfect

fiesta bridal shower

May 13, 2014

our wedding / pinterest

fiesta bridal shower | almost makes perfect

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now i know i’m not supposed to be planning or consulting on my own bridal shower… but of course i am. my maid of honor is in charge of all the games, and another bridesmaid is handling the decorating, but how can i not help?! pinterest is my favorite pastime!

we came up with a modern fiesta theme, because it’ll be a daytime party in my moms backyard and i love tacos and margaritas. to save money and to make it more special, we decided to have my fiancé cater the thing – he’s good with tacos.

our big ordeal is that we had planned on it being late june, and due to my work schedule changing – i realized we had to change the date to a week sooner so now we’re only a month away and we still haven’t sent out invites or done anything really besides buy some papel picados.

has anyone thrown a fiesta themed party before? if so, please share some easy and cheap tips of how to make it special! and SOON!

i link you : mothers day edition

May 9, 2014

holiday / roundup

i link you | mothers day DIYs

with mother’s day this sunday, it felt totally selfish to roundup things i want for myself. but if you’re still looking for gift ideas for her, check out the mom gift guide.

if you still need some inspiration, here are my favorite girly projects that you can bust out tomorrow before her big day!

01. all moms drink tea, right? that’s their thing. so this diy tea box is simple, easy and perfect. (via freutcake)
02. super lovely watercolor floral mothers day cards by yao chang that you can print right out! (via the alison show)
03. moms love breakfast in bed, but what if you made her a gorgeous crepe cake like this?! (via the house that lars built)
04. homemade milk bath for the mom who loves her bath time (via handmade mood)
05. this beautiful floral gift wrap is perfect for mothers day and printable! (via oh happy day)
06. pick up some edible flowers, throw them on top of everything — your party is made. (via studio diy)

have a happy mothers day and a great weekend!

diy stamped no-sew napkins

May 8, 2014


diy stamped napkins | almost makes perfect

as promised, i decided to use yesterdays DIY stamp to make some napkins using leftover jersey fabric! now, i’m not suggesting jersey is the best fabric for napkins – but you could use any durable fabric lying around or even stamp onto store bought cloth napkins or flour sack towels. and don’t forget, these are machine washable! YAY!

diy block print stamp

to make the stamp, follow the same instructions as yesterday’s DIY stamped scarf post.

my only tip for this project is if you’re reusing your stamp, make sure not to wash the stamp under running water. it wears down the adhesive – so the best way to reuse it is to clean with a soapy paper towel. but let’s be real – these stamps aren’t super durable for long term use. the good part is though, they’re easy as shit to make – so you can make a new one whenever!

diy stamped napkins | almost makes perfect

now wouldn’t these make the perfect mother’s day gift? oh and speaking of mother’s day… print out the gift tags i shared to wrap them in and you’ve become the favorite child!

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or just throw your mom a brunch, use the napkins at the brunch, then say “see these napkins? they’re your gift! sorry they’re dirty.”

diy stamped napkins  |  almost makes perfect


diy no-sew stamped scarf

May 7, 2014


diy stamped scarf | almost makes perfect

i wanted to share the DIY project that i chose for the anthropologie event this past weekend : stamped scarves! these are so easy and it might be one of the most fun diys ever, actually. you know, because you get in the zone.

also, jersey knit makes for the perfect lightweight summer scarf, so i don’t have to tell you this would make a great mothers day present. do i? ok, well it would.

diy stamped scarf | almost makes perfect

making your own stamps is insanely easy, so now that i’ve “mastered” it, i’m making a new stamp for everything.

diy stamps


craft foam with adhesive backing *
wood block (we had these cut from scrap wood at the hardware store)
jersey knit fabric
fabric paint
foam brush

* to make sure the stamps were thick enough, i doubled each piece of craft foam by simply sticking one piece to another.

diy stamp

step one | trace your block onto the back of your craft foam to get an accurate size. you can also skip this step if you’re impulsive.

step two | draw out your desired shape. i went with a striped pattern so just cut out a ton of lines. they’re definitely not perfect, but i think all the imperfections add to the charm of these.

step three | remove the backing and stick your foam onto your wood block.

step four | cut out a piece of fabric that seems like a good size scarf. this one measures at about 13.5″ x 65″. because it’s jersey, the raw edge is pretty unnoticeable and the edges roll nicely.

diy stamp

step five | lay your fabric down flat on a work surface and tape down to secure.

step six | brush paint onto your stamp and stamp away!

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because i was so into the block pattern this stamp made, i wanted to show you yet ANOTHER easy diy you can make with it, just in time for mother’s day. i’ll be sharing part 2 tomorrow!

diy stamped scarf

mother’s day gift guide

May 6, 2014

gift guide / holiday

mother’s day is this sunday — and in case you forgot to get her a little something something, here are some easy ideas [mostly all] under $100

mothers day gift guide | almost makes perfect

01. you can never have too many pretty serving spoons, which is why i put them on every mom gift guide!
02. a fancy overnight face mask is something my mom would never buy for herself.
03. my mom is obsessed with celebrity biographies & memoirs, i”m going to assume all moms are the same way.
04. a fantastic cookbook always goes over well, my mom and i both love the AOC one.
05. a comfy set of pjs is always a go-to. this set is perfect for warm summer nights. i also want it for myself.
06. what woman wouldn’t want a gorgeous umbrella?
07. fill out this “what i love about mom” book and she’ll be thrilled to get a custom gift that’s all about her.
08. a little leather tassel keychain in her favorite color
09. a pretty rose gold watch for the mom who needs a little help keeping time
10. a little more expensive, but i had to include this footed bowl because my mom would looove it. go halfsies with your sibling.
11. the perfect summer bag for errands and farmers markets and general mom tasks.
12. a beautiful wood cutting board to spruce up her kitchen countertop.
13. a cute iphone case is always my go-to.