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DIY Bridal Sash

August 10, 2015

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I am in TWO weddings in September, and am trying to embrace the busy times that come with being a bridesmaid in two weddings back-to-back. What a happy time!

Since I’m unemployed, I decided to take a slightly cheaper (and much, much cuter) alternative to buying the typical bachelorette sash. I made one! This was SO easy, and only slightly frustrating. Trial & error, people. That’s what I’m here for. I took a trip to Hobby Lobby and bought thick burlap ribbon ($7), lace trim ($15.00 but I used my 40% off coupon!), and some fabric flowers ($1.99). Not too shabby and I only used 1/4 of the burlap ribbon which will tide me over in Christmas time (YES).

So, this was a very easy (slightly time-consuming) DIY. I cut the burlap ribbon at about 33 inches (make sure to put it on and see if it’s the right length) and then hot glued the ends so that it wasn’t rough. From there I started to hot glue the lace trim. Very straight forward, but took me a good half hour. My glue gun is also the worst, so if yours is on top of things it’ll go a lot quicker.

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I originally thought it would be a good idea to paint on the burlap- but it did NOT work. If you do embark on painting I highly suggest using a stencil because that’s the only way I can see it maybe working. I tried free-hand and it was just a disaster zone. I had to go and sit in the other room to get fresh ideas. I also attempted some gold paint that had a smaller applicator which was better, but still looked like a seven year old did it. In the end I figured out I could hot glue scrapbook sticker letters to the burlap and it would look adorable. Everything was okay.

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I made a quick video to show the process! Enjoy your DIYing!

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How to: Gallery Wall

July 22, 2015

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The thing that has been stressing me out the most in my apartment has been one box. One box full of prints and frames that I had no idea how or where to hang. Well. One day I finally did it. I hung it all (Okay, almost all of it is hung. I still have my bedroom to deal with). BUT IT’S DONE! DONE!

I thought I’d talk about what I hung because otherwise you can just SEE (below) what’s up there. Starting from left to right- the first thing up there is a photograph I took of my parents in New Orleans. I am obsessed with this picture and had it framed for them as well as myself. The second thing is the ballerina print. I bought this (and the blue print with the blonde woman) at a local print market one of my friends was selling things at. It’s really lovely and I enjoy it. Underneath it is a california print I picked up in San Fransisco in January. It’s adorable and a great memento from a crazy trip!

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In the center is a clock I picked up from ikea (for like 3 bucks- thanks!). I made the stag painting underneath by printing out a silhouette and making a stencil. Very simple and so chic. My old license plate is underneath it just because I didn’t want to get rid of it! In the next column is a lovely print I also got from the market and it says talk less, say more. LOVE it. I have the classic ‘not all who wonder are lost’ which is a staple in my life. To finish it off is a little picture frame that I need to update but I like that the ends are personal photos and in between are little things that remind me of myself. 🙂

Video below to show you how I did it! (also follow me on twitter & things to keep up with me!)

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DIY Mod Table

July 20, 2015

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I moved into my apartment nearly eight months ago now, and I am just now putting the finishing touches on it. Pictures are being hung, and things are finally getting painted. I hope to do a before and after feature at some point, but for now I want to show off my nicely redone 60s mod side table in my living room!

As you can see from the before photo above, it was a bulky dark table. It was handed down to me from my mom (and actually has a twin in my parent’s house). I debated just spray painting the legs a metallic color, but it was still too looming in my apartment. I have been wanting a hairpin-legged coffee table for a while now, and decided maybe the side table would be the perfect way to get that look in my skinny living room!

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The first thing this baby needed was a change of color. I went to Home Depot and came back with a pretty lilac color. My friends (and mom) were doubtful, but I had high hopes! And I think it came out great!

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The trickiest part to this easy DIY was the legs. No hardware stores in my area carry table legs (that we found, at least). So we went to the internet to solve our issues! Turns out there are a lot of hairpin leg online stores. Thankfully.

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We took off the old legs and drilled in the new ones and VOILA! Easiest table DIY ever. Not even very time consuming. The moral of the story is to never let a dark table get you down. It can be cinderella if it wants to be- AND it will even house your cute little pouf from Target.

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