Author Archives: Gloria

UNELEFANTE chocolate bars

What happens when a designer develops a sweet tooth? Awesome Jackson Pollock-inspired chocolate bars I either want to gobble up or frame and hang up on the wall…haven’t quite decided yet. Check them out at UNELEFANTE!

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red raven studio

Helloooo gorgeous! These beautiful porcelain pieces were all handcrafted by Amy and Ryan, the married duo behind Redraven studios, and it’s safe to say after a look around their store that the two make quite the team. I just love the hints of color and gold against all that dreamy white porcelain. Those crystal necklaces are calling my name! And even better? Every item they create has sentimental significance behind it – a true labor of love!

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DIY wooden box head

I bought these cheapo wooden boxes a while back, but I couldn’t figure out exatly what to do with them, so they’ve just been gathering dust around the apartment…until now! Inspiration struck last weekend while I was researching all things Japanese (we have a Tokyo vacation planned for this fall – please send me tips!), and I decided some kawaii style boxes were just what I needed to organize my craft supplies! I love how they turned out, and filling their little heads with washi tape and other doodads has been cracking me up.

Plus these boxes are super duper easy to customize – wouldn’t it be fun to make one for each member of your family?! Go crazy with it!

DIY wooden box head

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • an unfinished cigar box or any other wooden crafts box
  • screwdriver
  • acrylic paint
  • pencil
  • fine black marker
  • 2 pieces of patterned paper, sized down to fit the inside of the box
  • rubber cement

DIY box head instructions

  1. Use a screwdriver to remove all the hardware
  2. Paint the entire lid with the “hair color” of your choice. Then paint the sides and the back of the lower half of the box and let dry – be sure to leave the front clear for the face!
  3. Paint the inner sides of the lid and box. Don’t worry about being too neat – we’ll be lining the insides with paper later on
  4. Very lightly (this is important if you’re using a pale color) sketch out the hair and face on the front of the box with a pencil, and then fill in the hair portion with paint
  5. Once all the paint is dry, trace over the eye and mouth with a black marker. Erase any stray pencil marks if necessary
  6. Screw all the hardware back in. Spread a thin layer of rubber cement on the unpainted insides of the box, and carefully line with your pretty paper
  7. Fill up that adorable head with some trinkets!

DIY wooden box head

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DIY or Buy Metal Hair Cuffs

Crafty folks: Take a trip down to your local hardware store to add a super chic DIY copper hair cuff to your wardrobe! Get the instructions over at Brit + Co.

Not-so-crafty folks: It’s way too hot to be chopping up metal pieces, amirite? Get your hair out of your face instantly with this pretty gold option from Jessica Buurman

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modern throw pillows

Rebecca Allen Animal and Peach Pillow from DENY Designs| Floral Kaleidoscope Pillow from Bouffants And Broken Hearts | Palm Leaf Pillow Cover from IE Design | Teepee Quilted Pillow from ferm LIVING | Gran Linen Pillow from Fine Little Day| Summer Triangles Pillow from Her Art

One of the pillows on our couch is getting a bit worn due to someone‘s big butt laying on it all day long, which means it’s shopping time! *spirit fingers* Here are a few cheerful options I’ve got my eye on!

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5 creative ladies to follow on Pinterest

Out of all the social media one can become addicted to in today’s day and age, Pinterest is definitely my drug of choice. Back before the site was around, I used to cut out bits and pieces from magazines and store them in a trusty old binder using pretty much the same exact categories as my current boards. If only I had thought to digitize the whole process and create a successful tech company out of it!!! I could be writing this post from my private island cabana! Hehe. Here are a few Pinterest accounts I’ve been crushing on lately – happy Friday!

1. Virginie Millefiori. I’m a big fan of her jewelry line, so it’s no wonder that her happy Pinterest boards are right up my alley too. She has a knack for finding striking images that are kind of the epitome of cool.

5 creative ladies to follow on Pinterest

2. Rachel Dangerfield. Rachel owns an awesome creative studio and her boards are my one stop shop for amazing web, graphic, and logo design inspiration

5 creative ladies to follow on Pinterest

3. Cranberry Deer. Just one look at her beautifully curated pins proves that this designer‘s got quite an eye – lots of white space with dreamy pops of pastels!

5 creative ladies to follow on Pinterest

4. Lyndsay Sung. Lyndsay creates the cutest cakes imaginable, and scrolling through her Pinterest feed of sweet treats and exquisite food photography will make you want to run out to your neighborhood bakery ASAP

5 creative ladies to follow on Pinterest

5. Ashley Isenhour. Ashley’s got a whopping 83 boards, so she’s always pinning delightful things that catch my eye. I also really want all the prints in her lovely store.

5 creative ladies to follow on Pinterest

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