friday grab bag

Happy Friday! This weekend is shaping up to be a fun one, filled with friends and baking and street fair meandering – the trifecta of a good time in my book :-) This week I’m loving…

  • The cheerful pom pom trim of this Lazy Oaf Pom Dress from Nasty Gal
  • These adorable safari tape holders from Verry Berry Sticker that’ll help keep your washi tape collection neat n’ tidy
  • Simple naked cakes like this strawberry beauty from The Simple Sweet Life. This is definitely on my must-make list once strawberry season hits!
  • These paint dipped alphabet magnets from Sarah Hearts that give a childhood classic the perfect grown up makeover
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Camp Pretty May flowers

My eyes are itching like crazy. My nose is giving Rudolph a run for his money. I’ve been buried under a mountain of tissues the past couple of weeks. And yet I STILL want to fill every corner of our house with flowers, seasonal allergies be damned! Luckily I can admire these beautiful “blooming” illustrations over at Camp Pretty without having to reach for my Visine – swoon!

Camp Pretty May flowers

Camp Pretty May flowers

Camp Pretty May flowers

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DIY fruit notebooks

Thanks to an unexpected warm front this week that screams summer much more than spring, I stocked up the fridge with watermelon, strawberries, apples, oranges, AND blueberries. Does anyone else uncontrollably binge shop fruit when the weather turns warm? This obsession seems to have spilled over into my creative mind because I’ve got a fun DIY for some fruitastic mini notebooks for you today! They’re inspired by this whimsical line of Juicy notebooks and super easy to make, so check it out down below!

DIY fruit notebooks

What you’ll need:

  • 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of colored card stock, including green
  • 8.5″ x 11″ sheets of plain white paper
  • bone folder (optional, but SO great for crisp folded edges!)
  • X-acto knife
  • ruler
  • assorted markers
  • small binder clips or paper clips
  • rubber eraser
  • stapler that unhinges open
  1. Fold a sheet of card stock in half and cut it using a ruler and an X-acto knife (scissors will do just fine too) to produce two rectangles
  2. Fold one of these rectangles in half, and decorate it with a fruity pattern. This will be your book cover!
  3. Repeat step #1 and the first part of step #2 with 5 or 6 sheets of plain white paper to create the inner pages
  4. Unfold all the paper pieces and stack the cover on top of the inner pages. You may want to clip it in place with a couple of paper clips or binder clips to keep any pages from shifting
  5. Place the rubber eraser underneath the crease of the notebook and use it as a surface to staple into, about 1.5″ from the top edge
  6. Flip the notebook over, and dislodge the eraser from the staple. Fold the edges of the staple down to secure (I used the edge of the ruler)
  7. Repeat the previous two steps, but staple 1.5″ from the bottom edge
  8. Fold the booklet, and trim any pages that may be sticking out with the X-acto knife for a nice clean edge
  9. For the bookmark, take the green card stock and tuck it into your notebook, lining up the bottom edges
  10. Draw some leaves at the top in pencil, then connect the ends to the bottom of the page in two straight lines. Cut it out, and stick between the pages.
  11. Write down your summer to-do list in your new mini notebook!

DIY fruit notebooks

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super chic ikea hacks

IKEA Tarva dresser hack from Smitten Studio | IKEA Bekvam stool hack from This Little Street | IKEA Rast nightstand hack from Red Book | IKEA Besta + Billy bookcase combo hack from Centsational Girl

We’re finally getting around to updating some of the furniture around our house, which means I’ll be bidding adieu to my trusty Malm dresser and nightstand that have been with me since I moved into my very first apartment here in NYC 10 years ago. Say what you want about IKEA, but some of that cheapo stuff really LASTS! I only wish I had seen these pieces as blank slates to build upon and really made them my own. I mean, just take a look at these incredible makeovers to see what happens when creativity and elbow grease meets plain old IKEA furniture – (expensive looking) magic!

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get in my closet style picks

1. Honey Bee Necklace from Tatty Devine | 2. Pineapple Cropped T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle | 3. Townsend Sandals from Moorea Seal | 4. Cactus Carry-All Bag from Amelie Mancini | 5. Taki Lowry Watch from Switch Modern | 6. Polka Dot Cuff Socks from J.Crew Factory | 7. Sweet Pretzel Stud Earrings from Nordstrom

I love the yearly ritual of swapping out sweaters for bright maxi dresses and tees in the spring. Throwing open my closet doors each morning to see all those pops of color is always such an uplifting sight! Here are a few lovelies I’m itching to add to my warm weather shopping list – helloooo pineapples!

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DIY quirky sitting flower pot

I brought home this leafy Golden pothos plant on a whim around Thanksgiving last year, never fully expecting that it would live to see Christmas under my black thumb. And yet, here it is almost 5 months later!! What a resilient little sucker. One of my bucket list items is to “Keep a plant alive for at least a year” (seriously), so I’m hoping I’ll get to cross that one off the list in a few months :-) To reward my new friend for its impressive survival skills, I decided to upgrade it to a happy new home for spring!

DIY quirky sitting flower pot steps

What you’ll need:

  • a terra cotta planter
  • white oven bake clay
  • hot glue/super glue
  • white gloss spray paint
  1. Take a look at your planter and decide out how large you would like the legs to be
  2. Start sculpting! I found it easier to make things even by rolling out a “snake” for the legs, along with two balls for the feet
  3. Cut the “snake” in half to get two equally sized legs. Flatten the balls with your thumb and shape them into little rounded out rectangles
  4. Make sure your planter is sitting on a flat surface, and gently squish the legs into position. When you’re happy with the length and thickness of the legs, go ahead and attach the feet!
  5. Then create some pieces for the face – I went with two simple dots for the eyes and a teeny cone for the nose
  6. Bake your clay pieces according to the directions on the package (I removed the eyes and nose early since they’re so much smaller in size)
  7. Once they’re done, let them cool and glue them into place
  8. Spray the entire planter with two coats of spray paint
  9. When the paint has fully dried, transfer your green friend to his new whimsical home!

DIY quirky sitting flower pot

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