green donuts for st. patricks day

March 10, 2015

holiday

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when i used to live in boston, st patricks day was a thing. as a kid, we were supposed to be home before it got dark, because that’s when the drunk people would get CRAY. living in la, st patricks day is way less of a thing. (fyi if you live in LA and you want to celebrate hard, go to sonny mclean’s in santa monica)

but for those of you that do want to get a little festive, i came up with an easy way to decorate donuts for you to bring into work.

this might constitute as a FAIL of a post. because green donuts aren’t exactly the most appetizing thing in the world, but i thought i’d post them anyway. because you win some / you lose some.

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maker spotlight : confetti riot

March 9, 2015

maker spotlight

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it’s a new column you guys! because of instagram and pinterest, i am so happy to be able to find amazing artisans and shop owners that totally wow me. so i decided like many before me, that it would be fun to get to know some of these talented people. blogging sometimes feels so narcissistic – so it’s nice to have posts besides ME ME ME.


first up is kathryn of confetti riot. i found her shop when i was looking for favors for my sister in laws bridal shower — we threw her a tea party so we thought cute tea towels would be the perfect gift for guests. and then i stumbled on kathryns shop and wanted EVERYTHING. she has such a good eye for pattern, and all of the prints and textiles she does are clean + modern + beautiful. she was also nice enough to do a custom order for us, we wanted her palm print on a tea towel with black ink — and now she’s added the product to the shop!

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so i asked her some hard hitting questions…

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happy weekend

March 6, 2015

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the parker palm springs | almost makes perfect

today i’m off to palm springs until sunday — i’m the best man (yes, me!) in my brothers wedding, and we’re throwing them a joint bachelor/bachelorette party. i might share some details of what i’ve planned next week. hope you all have a fun weekend!

⋅ is this dress cute? i can’t tell if it’s really cute or if the models just skinny + it looks cute on her.
⋅ i love plywood, therefore i love this house.
⋅ but i love this one too.
⋅ these are the most gorgeous moon paintings ever.
⋅ GUH. want these hash browns right this instant.
⋅ so much want this.
x-files is leaving netflix, and i wanted to watch it! dammit.
⋅ some simple tips for making your instagram better.
⋅ if you haven’t yet voted for me in the BHG blogger awards, please do! (+ if you have, you can again!)

PHOTO TAKEN AT THE PARKER PALM SPRINGS

diy triangle bookends

March 4, 2015

diy

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as you know, i love cardboard + contact paper DIYS. because you can make dope things and they don’t cost money.

this project requires a little patience and some cutting skills, but the cardboard is pretty forgiving, so you really can’t tell if the shapes are wonky.

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BHG blogger awards

March 3, 2015

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moon wall

i am so happy and honored to announce that i’ve been nominated in the best DIY blog category in the better homes and gardens blogger awards! i’m nominated among some incredible [+ big-time] bloggers that i totally admire, so i feel really great just to be included.

as you know, i don’t post photos of myself often, but i thought reminding you that i’m just a dork, who can’t seem to stand up straight or pose like a human, who really appreciates votes, might urge you to vote for me.

i wouldn’t continue with this blog if it weren’t for the amazingly positive vibes and feedback i get from you guys, and you always encourage me to try harder on my next DIY — because inspiring you guys to be creative is the only reason i do this. whenever i do a good DIY that gets a lot of love, i always worry i can’t top it and i peaked out. this happens all the time. but i can honestly say the more often you use your creative juices the stronger they get. so thanks for continually inspiring me to inspire you.


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5 minute diy raw crystal magnets

March 2, 2015

diy

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a few weeks ago i was roaming around my favorite craft store and i noticed they were selling raw crystals and minerals for like a buck each. so naturally i filled my basket with them and decided i could just scatter them on every table around the apartment. but when i got home, i decided i wanted to scatter them across my fridge too! so i made magnets. not the most inventive DIY, but these make the easiest inexpensive gifts and favors too!

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all you have to do is buy some dope crystals like mine (i’ve seen them pretty cheap on ebay), and some magnets (fyi i saw pretty much the same magnets for $12 at the container store and $3 at home depot).

then you glue a magnet onto the flattest surface of your crystal. let dry for a few hours before magnetizing (not sure i’ve ever used the word magnetizing before).

i used a combo of hot glue and super glue to make the bond as secure as i could.

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ps i love crystals.

happy weekend

February 27, 2015

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cactus store | los angeles

oooooo yay it’s friday. have fun weekend plans? we’re seeing hannibal buress do comedy tonight! also have a few episodes of empire to catch up on. HAVE YOU WATCHED EMPIRE? i feel like i am now a spokesperson for the show, but dude. it is so fun to watch (as long as you embrace the cheesy-ness). here are some fun links to make your friday go by a little faster.

⋅ these DIY precious stone soaps are just so insanely good
⋅ $18 for molly jacques calligraphy? so in.
⋅ movie stars, they breath just like we do (maybe more)
⋅ love these minimal engagement shoots
⋅ really want to figure out a way to make a permanent one of these
⋅ people would think i was so fancy if i made this for a dinner party
⋅ better start watching before they go away
⋅ i cannot STOP listening to this song
⋅ and i cannot STOP watching this (and laughing hysterically)

PHOTO TAKEN AT HOT CACTUS IN ECHO PARK

diy incense holders

February 25, 2015

diy

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my home office is in the same room as my cats litter box. so we all work really hard in this room. and while i thought i had retired using nag champa in high school, g brought it back to mask the scent of lingering cat poop and it really does work. we’ve been using an old tea tin for years, so i decided to make a simple little holder for our incense sticks – and hey, you can too!

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materials

  • polymer clay
  • rolling pin
  • a clay blade
  • acrylic paints

01. soften up the clay in your hands, roll a piece into a ball and roll it out flat.

02. use your blade to cut each side to form a triangle. using your incense stick, prick a hole in the center and wiggle it around just a little to give enough space for your incense. bake until hardened, let cool.

03. paint! i watered my acrylic paint to give it a watercolor look. if you mess up, you can use nail polish remover to fix your mistakes, although i’ve read it’s bad for the clay. also, don’t spill even a drop on your phone screen like i did. because it IS BAD i learned the hard way.

04. let dry! light incense! party!

+ if you’re wondering how messy this is versus using a “catch-all” for the incense ash, well my answer is that we are very frugal people and we’re also very sensitive to smells, so we only use a little of an incense stick at a time. ash may drop. but yolo.

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