I just got back to NYC from Boulder yesterday afternoon and didn’t even have time to go back to my apartment before class, which I think tells you a little about how my next two weeks are going to go. I’m missing home a lot today, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite making-related quotes. I am incredibly thankful for the weekend I had with my family in Boulder, and I am ready to kick some ass here at the end of the semester in NYC. December can be insane so don’t forget to carve out a little you-time to make something!
Happy Monday, Everyone! How was your weekend? I spent mine running around like a mad woman starting with tea at a townhouse on the Upper East Side (for class!), stopping in at the Frick to see Girl With A Pearl Earring, going to M&J Trimmings and grabbing dinner with the roommates JUST on Friday afternoon/evening. Saturday I saw Catching Fire, got brunch at my favorite spot in the east village, had coffee with friends from high school and had a holiday photo shoot with my incredibly talented friend, and Sunday I went to the renegade craft fair in Brooklyn! Luckily I had some time Saturday night to make a sparkly headband, which is something I’ve been wanting to make for weeks.
What You’ll Need
– Some elastic. I bought a yard because M&J has a minimum, but you really only need about 6 inches, maybe less.
– Rhinestone chain (Optional). You guys know my affinity for sparkle, so I had to add this. This headband would be just as cute without it. Make sure you get enough to go all the way around your head, that way you can cut it down later.
– Embroidery Thread, assorted colors. I used some of my pearl cotton that I have for my embroidery projects. I think it’s the best for this because the strands don’t split, but if you have just some regular embroidery thread it’ll work just fine.
What I did:
Pick your thread colors. I chose pinks, purples and grays. I chose 7, but you can obviously do whatever. I cut 5 strands of each color. Since this is a braid, I recommend a number of colors that splits evenly into 3s when multiplied by 5 (ex: 6 x 5 = 30, 30/3 = 10 –> good choice while 7 x 5 = 35, 35/3 = ??? –> bad choice). If that doesn’t make any sense, choose a number of colors you want and f*ck the math.
Like I said, cut five strands of each color. If you want your braid to be thicker, cut more. Lay out all the strands and your rhinestone chain like above, in three groups. This helps the braiding process. I mixed my colors around so there were various colors in each pile. If you want a more braid-y braid look, put colors in similar groups.
Braid! If you want to add the sparkle, just group it in with one of your groups of thread and act like it’s just another strand of embroidery thread. Work your threads in between the stones if you want them to really shine or just let the threads cover them in some places and not in others if you want a less sparkly look. The hand in the picture isn’t mine, it’s my boyfriend’s. He patiently held the braid while I did this, but if you don’t have the world’s most patient s/o, you can clip your braid to something or use masking tape.
When you’ve finished braiding, tie the ends by wrapping them around a bunch of times with about a foot of embroidery thread. Make sure you leave a tail out so you can tie it off.
The amount of elastic you need will depend on how much of your head your braid wraps around. I would hold your headband up to your head and then complete the band with your elastic and then remove about an inch and a half of that amount. I am no scientist. If you can think of a better way to do that, use your judgement. My methods for attaching the elastic were bad, at best. The next time I make one of these, I’ll just hand sew my elastic onto the part of the braid I wrapped with thread, which is what I recommend to you, dear reader.
And done! Super simple. The whole thing probably took me about an hour and a half.
PS: If you’re looking for a good book about crafting, you should check out Homeward Bound: Why Women are Embracing the New Domesticity. It’s a neat read, but definitely not without it’s problems. One of my hopes for this blog is that I’ll be able to explore some of my deeper thoughts and feelings about crafting/femininity/feminism, but for right now my semester is taking up too much brain space.
Have a good week everyone & Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Friday, Everyone! Can you EVEN believe Thanksgiving is next week? I for one am super excited. As I get older (ha, I’m 20), Thanksgiving is becoming more and more my favorite Holiday. Good food, family, and a parade?? What else could a girl want? Here are my favorite things from Around this internet this week. Did I miss anything?
Feeling bored with your usual date night routine? Try these ten cute ideas!
Finals are around the corner (terrifying, I know) and if you’re not like me and actually have them this year, you should try out some new study tips. Teen Vogue has some that are actually pretty ingenious.
Did you know that the National Science Foundation sends an Artist-in-Residence to Antarctica every year? The one this year is keeping a tumblr about her experiences there.
This article about selfies hits the nail on the head! As someone who thinks a lot about the intersection of femininity/internet culture/feminism a lot, this was a really great read.
The selfie flaunts the restrictions of “good girl” culture like a badass teenager sitting in the back of the classroom, refusing to apologize for what she says. I, for one, want to sit next to her in detention.
Guys let’s talk about Dr Ruth for like 5 minutes. She’s on twitter and Buzzfeed put together a list of 12 Tips for Improving Your Sex Life. They’re all so cute!
Jacqeline Clair of York Avenue had the cutest apartment tour on The Everygirl earlier this week. I’m completely in love with her little studio apartment and it’s got my gears turning about how I could do one of my own…
Ooh this delicate Crystal Necklace from Stripes and Sequins is too pretty to deal with. I’ll add it to the long list of things I want to make when the semester is over.
I’m watching Scandal as I write this post (in bed, drinking tea) and I, much like every other woman in America, want to dress like Olivia Pope when I grow up so this article about her wardrobe had me frothing at the mouth.
Three words: Dairy Free Eggnog.
I just got this Linen Bulletin Board from Poppin and it’s perfect in my room for hanging pictures, inspiration, and finished products.
My mom sent me a link to this print on Etsy and I am 100% in love with it and all the other stuff in the store.
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I just stumbled across Lisa Congdon’s hand lettering project and I LOVE every single one. I am particularly partial to this Steinbeck quote. I’ve been feeling really inspired lately and I am really excited to get some new projects started this weekend! What inspires you?
Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I spent mine working on secret projects, watching too much Breaking Bad with the boyfriend, and doing lots and lots of school work (sometimes all three at the same time, no shame!). My embroidery has fallen by the wayside the past few months as I’ve tried my hand at some other crafts so I thought I’d share some projects I did over the summer (which seems like yesterday, but was actually MONTHS ago) and have been working on this fall.
Liz Lemon Quote Wall Hanging
Who doesn’t love good ol’ LL? She’s been one of my favorite TV characters for a long time, and this quote is one of the shining examples of everything that’s great about her. 85% sass, 15% complete mess. Kind of like all us ladies, amirite? (If I were a stand up comedian, this is the part where you’d throw tomatoes at me.)
I based my design for Liz on a bookmark my mom got me from Mates Rubbish for my birthday. I love the way her mouth & eyes turned out. Not so much her weird monster hands.
My Mom’s Favorite Saying
It’s a little hard to read in the picture, but it says “A Good Life Takes Effort,” which is an idea that comes straight from my mom. This piece is a total work-in-progress, but I wanted to share it anyways because I’m pretty excited about it. The blogosphere talks a lot about “intentions” and “mindfulness” but honestly, the real good stuff only happens when you do the work. I can sometimes be pretty lazy about things I don’t want to do (like cook, and clean, and socialize), and sometimes I get upset that I’m not where I want to be, and then I have to remind myself that I am the only one who can change things. I’ll probably frame this one when it’s done and hang it right at the foot of my bed as a reminder.
I’m pretty bad a picking (and/or sticking to) color schemes for my pieces, so I just kind of let them speak to me as I go. For this, I figured the rose should be red and I liked the way the yellow looked on the polka dots. I think it turned out pretty cute, no?
How sweet is this little tea bag? All the images on this piece are iron-on pattern transfers from Sublime Stitching, either the books or the loose patterns. Iron-on patterns are my favorite way to do a piece, and I think theirs are the best around, both in quality & imagery. I highly recommend following their Instagram as an amazing source for embroidery inspiration.
Well, that’s it for me, for now folks! What have you made recently? I love to see what other people are up to! Share in the comments & have a great week, lovely!
If the video piqued your interest, head over to Uppercase Magazine to grab a copy!
Looking to decorate your walls? Here are some simple guidelines to get you started.
My incredibly talented friend Olivia wrote an article for the Atlantic (!!!) last week about her struggles with OCD and how our culture belittles and stigmatizes those who suffer from it. An excerpt:
“Obsessions fuel compulsions. When I had thoughts of hurting people I loved, I would kiss or press my tongue to the floor, recalling a ritual I’d seen in church. My loving God became a vengeful deity, one who would kill my family members before he would watch me disobey a compulsion. When I was 17 and living in Manhattan, this meant kissing dirty streets and subway floors. I would pretend to search for something under a seat on the train and peck the spotty ground with my lips. “
My NYC history class saw The Human Scale three weeks ago and I still can’t stop thinking about it. Three weeks is FOREVER in Millennial Years™ you guys. It’s about urban design and city planning and it will terrify and heart warm you all at the same time.
I’ve lived in New York for almost 3 years and I’ve FINALLY found a hair person I adore. Her name is Angela, and she has a cute little salon (3 chairs I think) in Park Slope called Union Beauty. If you’re looking for a wonder woman with curly hair, she’s your gal.
I’m swoooooning over these 21st Century Mod pictures.
I went to a montessori school and I still use a lot of the principles I learned there today which is why this playroom warms my heart.
Traveling places that are off the beaten path is the best. The last trip I took was to take a sociology class in Abu Dhabi, which I would add to this list of Seven Underrated Places to Travel.
I live with two of my best friends, and it’s so rewarding in SO many ways but it means that I can’t just decide to paint walls and buy furniture and style things however I want in our kitchen/living room/bathroom, and we rent so there’s little I could do even if I wanted to so this roundup from Apartment Therapy was a nice reminder to love the home you have.
That’s it for this week! Did you see anything around the internet that I missed? Let me know in the comments!
This perfect little burst of wisdom came at exactly the right time for me– now get making!
I was inspired to do a glitter phone case by J Crew, who had one a few seasons ago that I completely lusted after but never bought because I hate myself/was going through a weird time in my life when I didn’t like what J Crew like stood for, y’know. Anyways, I’m past that now and I’m kind of glad I couldn’t find a glittery case when I emerged from the dark ages because I decided to make one and then when I was out buying glitter, I got to text my boyfriend the phrase “hide yo kids, hide yo wives, cause I’m glittering EVERYTHING up in here.” Dreams do come true, kids.
I bought 24 different colors of glitter instead of just the silver I needed. So? Get out of my face. You can never have too much glitter. I was so excited. I still am excited. Expect lots and lots and lots of glitter in the coming forever. I love glitter. Glitter glitter glitter. I digress.
What You’ll Need:
– Mod Podge. I got matte, but you’re allowed to use whatever you want.
– Glitter. Martha Stewart glitter is the. best. glitter. out there. Hands down. Don’t even try other glitter. Don’t even look at it. Don’t even think about it (a caveat to this is that it’s not food safe- if anyone has a good food-safe glitter, please let me know in the comments).
– A phone case. I got mine at a dollar store here in the city, but you could get one anywhere you see fit. Mine is one of those gel-like ones. I also got a white/clear color so it wouldn’t be a total pain to paint over. The glitter won’t completely cover the case, so get a plain color if you don’t want it to show through. Of course as I type this, I’m thinking of all the cute patterns you put glitter on.
– Paintbrush/stir stick.
– Container. I used a plastic cup, but my favorite thing to use for this kind of thing is sushi takeout containers.
Okay– here’s what I did: Pour about a tablespoon of mod podge in your cup/bowl/takeout container and add about 2 teaspoons of glitter. Keep in mind that the mod podge dries clear, so the color of the mix isn’t the color that’ll actually end up on your case.
Here’s the case with one wet coat of glitter/mod podge mix.
After a while (like 5 coats) I gave up trying to paint the glitter on and just sprinkled it on the case. I did it in a line and the spread it out with a paintbrush that had some of the mod podge on it. Do this in coats too, or else you’ll get glitter clumps on the back of your case. I did this a bunch of times until I could hold up the case to light and couldn’t really see through in most places. Do it on the sides too, but use a smaller brush. For reference, I ended up using about a quarter of the little .37 oz bottle (I googled that, btw, I didn’t just know how big the bottles are). Prop up on something so none of the painted parts touch anything- with the prop where the phone would go, if that makes sense. I used a mint tin.
Here it is all done! See? I’m very casually talking on the phone while my boyfriend takes pictures of me. 100% casual and certified un-staged.*
*A little staged.
In case you didn’t know, Grumpycat visited Disneyland this week and it was the only thing that mattered.
I just moved into my first ever apartment, and I’m having issues with storage! I love what Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook did with her ikea wardrobe.
Who doesn’t love baths? No one. Lush makes the. best. bath products, but why buy when you can dee eye why? (okay you can shoot me now).
Let’s have a big crafting party and make all these things. Okay? okay.
When I go out to eat with my family, my mom and I always yell at my dad and brother not to eat anything until we’ve taken pictures of the food. It drives them crazy, but I’ve been trying to keep these 5 tips for food photography in mind when I do it.
I love tumblr. A lot. Here’s my new favorite.
Sad Etsy Boyfriends is a look into my boyfriend’s future and I’m already really sorry*.
Well this is great! 13 Ways to Travel When You Have No Money.
THERE ARE NO WORDS. Stitching + Cats + Ninjas. !!!!
*I’m not that sorry.