I love hanging onto travel ephemera. But very rarely do I actually put it anywhere but in a box. However, I stumbled across this lovely travel journal by Victoria and I am completely inspired for my next trip. (And now I can’t wait to see the hubs’ upon his return.) See all of her lovely pages here.
all photos (and more) by Victoria
a new recipe // a new craft
A few weeks ago, while on a picnic, I kept myself occupied by making my phone cord a bit more colorful. We have quite a few cords floating around and I have on several occasions grabbed two (or none); but now there is no mistaking my cord (& plug) from anyone else. I just used a little embroidery floss for the cord and some washi tape for the plug. Easy-peasy.
The packages… I used all scrap material: grocery sacks, twine, newsprint, tree trimmings, ribbon, paper clips, and a hole punch. There is even an upcycled pastry sack and Freebirds to-go sack! The tree trimmings were free from Whole Foods (which is where most of the grocery sacks came from). And I was so proud of myself for FINALLY using Martha Stewart wrapping paper (*confession — I’ve had it for FOUR years!). However, these packages didn’t stay pretty for very long…
I ventured into new territory with dying fabric. I picked up some white canvas and a little RIT dye. I quick sewed up a tote bag and then dipped away. I would like to have seen more of a gradient pattern or different levels or darkness, but I’m not displeased … especially for my first attempt.
Many things were made with love this year, including these Herbal Fire Starters. It was as easy as collecting the necessary materials and bundling them appropriately. The new owners were wonderfully grateful. Easy-peasy…really.
[These would go wonderfully with this hand-made gift!]
A few weekends ago, I was in Zara and saw the most fantastic skirt. I knew right then it’s what I wanted to wear to the Stars Dinner. However I didn’t want to pay $70 for it. And of course I got struck with “I could make that!” syndrome (again.) The key though would be finding the right material. After searching hi and low for the gold bottom layer I finally found it on Ebay here. It was only $7 a yard! Then, I came across the top, sheer layer at High Fashion Fabric ($13 a yard). My only complaint was that they didn’t have it in the “putty” color I was really looking for. Oh well, what are you gonna do? To finish, I used some black 2″ wide elastic and made the easiest elastic-wait skirt ever. (See it in progress here.) If you don’t know just how easy it is, there is a great tutorial for one here. But mine wasn’t even that complicated because it is sans pockets and NO HEMMING required!!! Looking at it now, I would have added MANY more pleats, but it really would have made it more of a cream color instead of what it was. But, maybe for another day. (It would be fun to do this in other colors.) I accessorized with my shoes from last year, a black tank top and this black jacket. Easiest outfit ever….
So two of the projects I talked about yesterday were making crayons and etching a vase. With the crayons I overheated and melted them too much. Then I left them in the freezer too long; I also didn’t spray the mold so when I went to empty them, the tails broke off… then I had to heat them again! Ugh. I finally got it to work though, but no photos yet. And with the vase, I have NO IDEA what I did wrong. I used a test piece of glass. It worked beautifully. I then use the cut out on the piece I purchased and it’s like the chemical reaction turned out completely uneven. So I then went back to the test piece and it wouldn’t work again. I tried it TEN MORE TIMES and still nothing. So I threw in the towel and unfortunately our friends do NOT get a monogrammed vase…. But I suppose we can’t all be Marthas all the time.
I love it when someone loves their gift as much as I loved making it — and then takes a picture and sends it to me! My gal-pal immediately put her new African-bunting to good use on the shores of Lake Michigan. I wish I was camping there again. It is one of my most favorite campsites. But thanks to my friend, I can live vicariously once again. Nice shot, Fig!
Last weekend I couldn’t help myself and I made a little “happy” for my friend that is
stuck in the woods with 15 campers! I figured a little bunting could help brighten her tent or the dining area. (I am jealous though that she is back in the same place we were in 2009.) I used some of the fabric that she brought back for me from Tanzania in 2008. It was a great, easy one-evening project.