temporary tattoo hack

I’ve collected a few temporary tattoos over the years that I don’t feel like I can really rock now as a grown ass adult, so I set out to see if they would adhere to something other than my biceps. And you know what I found out? THEY TOTALLY DO! Tattoo collection = salvaged!

First I gathered up my supplies:

  • a completely flat white plate from CB2, which provided the perfect canvas for this experiment
  • this adorable zebra tattoo from Gumtoo – be sure to check out their great selection of fun tatts!

And then I applied the tattoo exactly like how you would normally, just substituting “plate” for “skin”:

  1. Clean the plate by wiping it down with a bit of rubbing alcohol, and make sure it’s completely dry
  2. Remove the tattoo’s clear protective covering, and place it face down wherever you’d like on the plate
  3. Place a wet paper towel against it and gently press down until it’s thoroughly wet. Wait 30 seconds, then carefully peel off the paper backing
  4. Dab away any excess water, and your newly inked plate is ready for some trinkets once it’s all dry!

The tattoo adheres quite well, but you can also add a coat of clear gloss to make your design permanent. Otherwise, it’s removable using rubbing alcohol and elbow grease, so you can revamp your plate over and over again – think of all the possibilities!

temporary tattoo hack

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friday grab bag

Happy Friday! This week I’m loving…

  • This DIY for Jonathan Adler-inspired vases from A Beautiful Mess. Can’t wait to try this out – they’re so freaking cute!
  • The sleek look of these modern triangle mirrors from Made For Each Other (not to mention that entire work space!)
  • The eye-catching turquoise & metallic bronze color combo of these Mild Whistle business cards by Oddds Workspace
  • The gorgeous pattern of this Slow Factory scarf from The Colossal Shop, which was created using satellite images of the United States taken at night. Who knew NASA could be so chic??
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cool NYC art prints

Brooklyn City Print from Neither Fish Nor Fowl | New York Glasses Print from Pink Olive | The Big Apple New York by Andrew Footit | Brooklyn Art Print from Dabney Lee | Bouquet City from Two Arms Inc. | NYC from Rifle Paper Co.

My husband has lived in Brooklyn since college, and I just reached my 10 year milestone here (bananas!), so there is a ridiculous amount of New York City themed art all up in our house. I fear that we won’t be able to live anywhere else without having to practically start a new collection from scratch! And yet, here are a few more cool prints I wouldn’t mind adding to our stockpile…Confession: I already bought the glasses one. And the bouquet one. Someone stop me, for the love of Pete!!

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Diana Beltran Herrera

via Lost in Internet

Back when I was living with a roommate, a bird once flew into our building and became trapped in the small entryway. We were SO scared to pass through the barrage of panicky flapping wings that we were both super late to work that morning – total babies, I know. These beautiful paper birds though? I would happily fill my whole house with these! The intricate layers of feathers and the incredible detailing of each sculpture make them look like they could fly away at any moment. Check out the whole flock by Colombian artist Diana Beltran Herrera here!

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Toby the French bulldog tantrum

Behold, Toby’s new trick of the summer! He calls it the “I kindly disagree with the direction we’re going in”, alternatively known as “I wish to sniff this rock for an extra 30 minutes. Please go on without me”. It is simultaneously hilarious and frustrating, as passersby scoot around us and giggle at the scenario – me desperately trying to get his butt off the ground, and Toby pretending he has no bones in his entire body. We’re a regular Laurel & Hardy act! Luckily he’s turning 3 next month, so hopefully these Terrible Two tantrums will soon be ancient history…fingers crossed. Otherwise we may have to invest in a little red wagon to pull him home in :-) Happy Friday!

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these are a few of my favorite things

Peonies | French bulldogs | Sweatpants | Grilled cheese sandwiches | Notebooks I Iced coffee | Traveling | Lightning bugs | Roasted marshmallows

I’m always intrigued by the cool icons my husband creates for the UI design work he does, so I decided to take a stab at making some myself! Mine are just a wee bit less technical, but I had fun honing my Illustrator skills nonetheless :-) So if you’ve ever wished there was an icon for, you know, sweatpants or a jar of lightning bugs, your prayers have been answered!

Download the free icon set (PSD) here!

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