Green

Green has been my favorite color of 2017 thus far. Not only do I love what it stands for but it also gives me that same feeling you get at the end of September when everything is at the cusp of change. So you can’t blame me with a look like this that packs a green punch.

Winter Capsule Wardrobe 

My journey with a Capsule Wardrobe started almost a year ago already. Time has really flown by but I have definitely learned a lot about my style, clothing and consumerism over the past year. I have to say that I really do believe that a Capsule Wardrobe is the best way to organize your life and also force you to realize exactly what goes into the clothes you wear. How they are made, where they are made, who made them…etc. My journey for this next year is going to involve supporting ethically sourced, made and produced clothing including eco-friendly made clothing. Consuming less is inherently eco-friendly but I would still like to strive to push my ethical and ecological backbone even further. For now though, here are just some ways I’ve worked with my Winter Capsule Wardrobe.

Using accessories has become critical during the winter months. Most days I wear a chunky sweater and jeans so layering with scarves, jewelry and bags has definitely been a focus of my spending for my Winter Capsule Wardrobe.

My sweater collection was big enough from my Fall Capsule Wardrobe that I didn’t really need to purchase any sweaters. So I bought a new pair of jeans because I wanted to get a pair that would last and be versatile throughout the changing of trends. They still have ripped hems though; I don’t think I’ll ever get over that trend.

Exhibit A: stacking on the jewelry. This is actually a bit excessive for me but, case in point. Jewelry can change a minimal Winter Capsule Wardrobe in so many ways.

Some how I lucked out this year. It hasn’t been nearly as cold as it normally is so I haven’t purchased a warmer winter coat. I’m still wearing this teddy bear one from last year but it’s warm enough and I feel comfortable in it so there’s no need to change it.

It’s even been warm enough on some days to just wear my leather jacket which astounds me. Also I’m clearly not over the cami over tee ensemble. So 90’s, so understated ‘cool’.

Keep an eye out for my future Capsule Wardrobe post because I will most certainly be including some ethical brands that I am supporting for 2017.

DIY Air Plant Stands

After playing with polyclay for the DIY Wall Charms post last fall, I have wanted to come back to it and see what else I could create. I got the inspiration for these small plant stands at a local plant shop that carries small wooden ones. It took a few tries to get the perfect method for getting these somewhat polished and clean-lined air plant stands but the end result was worth it.

The process isn’t too difficult, the most important ingredient is patience because working with polyclay can be difficult. It’s hard to smooth out to be honest, which proves difficult when trying to make a bowl shaped object. Start with half of a 2oz package of polymer clay, work it in your hands to warm it up and use any objects you have around (i.e. rolling pin, glass bottle, chunky highlighter pen?) to roll the clay flat, smooth and even on a smooth surface like a cutting board or table. I rolled mine to about 1/4 in thick. The clay for my largest plant stand was rolled out to about 5 inches in diameter and the smallest to about 3 inches.

Find bowl shaped object that you have lying around (i.e. ramekin, sugar bowl, small drinking class?) that will function as a mold for your clay to bake on so make sure it’s safe to use in the oven. Carefully lift the clay off your rolling surface and lay it over the center of the bottom of your bowl shaped object. Gradually wrap the clay around the curve of the bowl shaped object.

Make the legs for your stand by rolling out 3 cylindrical objects that are the same size. Then attach them to the bottom of the clay bowl-shaped object that you just created. First line them up so they are all equidistant from each other then gently press the legs into the base of the air plant stand. The clay should fairly easily meld together. Before you bake, make sure the legs are still all the same length.

Once you’ve done that place your clay wrapped mold on to a baking sheet and follow the baking directions that are provided on the packaging of the polyclay (they usually differ from brand to brand).

Take out of the oven, let cool and fill with an air plant. These fun-sized plant stands make a great gift, even for Valentine’s Day in lieu of a bouquet of roses. Or have a Galentine’s Day get-together and create these with your gal pals. Or just make one for yourself. Either way, share with me what you make!

DIY Beaded Plant Hanger

I’ve been experimenting with plant hangers recently and I came up with a very simple and easy plant hanger design that anyone can do with just a little time. The main idea behind this plant hanger is a simple criss-cross pattern with beads. The easiest way to show this was through video, so I decided to create a video showing you how to make this beaded plant hanger. Let’s get started.

First you are going to need:

  • a tape measure
  • 5 strands of 7.5ft hemp cord
  • 15 fairly large beads (mine were wooden)
  • scissors
  • a key ring
  • a medium potted plant

Here are a few things to keep in mind before you start:

  • The criss-cross pattern is achieved by making knots with two strings. Each string will be knotted with the string that is directly to the right of it (or left depending on which way you work).
  • Leave the outside strings until you have made all of the knots in the middle then knot the two outside strings together.
  • The beads should be about 5-6 inches away from each other.
  • You may need to knot several times depending on what size string you use in order for the bead to stay in place.
  • The longer you cut your string the better. I started with 7.5ft strings but longer than that would work too. Don’t go any shorter than that, unless you want a mini plant hanger.

If you try this DIY, share a photo on Instagram and tag me in it! I would love to see it!

 

DIY Wall Hanging


Wall hangings have always been cool in some way. There is something very tangible about tapestries and macrame hangings that add more dimension and warmth to a space. After scouring the internet for one myself, I kept turning up with ones that either didn’t fit my style or were just way out of my price range. So I started thinking about doing a DIY. I toyed with the idea of weaving one myself but I ultimately just decided to try it out with a small flat-woven rug. With a few simple materials and tools I created this multi-dimensional art piece that now dresses my once plain white wall.

  What you need:

  • 2×3 flat-woven rug, or something similar
  • 3/4 in wooden dowel
  • 1 TBS instant coffee
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • Copper crimp splice caps, find them here
  • 2 large nails for hanging
  • hammer

I originally wanted to find one small flat-woven rug that spoke for itself but after no luck, I opted for the small rug from Ikea and decided to add these crimp splice caps that are used for electrical work as a beaded detail to the fringes of the rug. I simply twisted a group of fringes together then slid the crimp splice cap through. That’s pretty much all I did for the hanging itself. My dowel was originally un-stained oak but I opted to stain it to a color that matches some of the other woodwork in my space. I chose to stain it using instant coffee. Using coffee as a stain is a much more environmental choice and works well for this piece because it is only functioning as art and doesn’t require any protective seals. Simply mix the boiling water and instant coffee together in a bowl then use a brush or cloth to apply the stain. I only did one layer of stain and was happy with the color but you can always add more layers. Once the dowel dried I adjusted the hanging onto it and then hammered the two nails into the wall equidistant with the width of the rug. I set the dowel to rest on the two nails and voila! There is my DIY wall hanging.

Friends They Are Jewels: A Day With Samantha Nitti

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I invited my good friend and fellow blogger Samantha Nitti over for some winter-y festive fun this weekend. We share a mutual love for “heart-warming” food so we decided to bake up some chocolatey chunk ginger snaps (blog post to ensue!). She arrived at about 11am and we got to baking right away. It was a really great way to spend some time together especially because we are both big on cookies but I mean, who isn’t? The product was delicious chewy chocolatey ginger snaps, a cup of hot sipping chocolate, a warmed heart and a great time spent with a great friend. Samantha has some of the cutest personal style so we also voted to take outfit photos for our blogs as well. We ventured out in the cold to take a few snaps of our outfits so if you’re interested checkout the post on her blog just follow the link.

Comment below what kind of moments you like to do with your friends!

  

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It’s a Mod Weekend: The Difference Between Walking and Running

This past weekend Harry and I escaped to the wilderness of Wisconsin for some very much needed adventure and relaxation. I came about the idea a few months ago when I was planning things for Harry’s birthday. I wanted to take a trip together and possibly camp or stay in a cabin for the weekend. But because Harry’s birthday is in the middle of November we decided to take our trip this weekend to avoid literally freezing our butts off. Now looking back at my planning, temperatures reached a balmy 27 F last night which is about as bad as the middle of November anyways. We had a wonderful time and now are convinced that we’ll become camping aficionados.

We arrived at Wildcat Mountain State Park Saturday afternoon after about a 4 hour car ride from Milwaukee with stopping included. The drive was rewarding though long. Just listening to music, chatting and taking in the scenery was enough to work out some of the kinks in my neck. I reserved a campsite that was reachable by foot only; it felt pretty authentic as if we were alone in the wilderness of Manitoba, kinda. We got parked, loaded up a cart provided by the park, and set out into the forest to our campsite. The view from our campsite was absolutely spectacular with the autumn foliage “in full bloom.” We set up our tent and got settled into our new home for the night before hitting the trail for a 3 mile hike. We decided to do the Old Settler’s Trail hike first as it is the longest trail. The hike was invigorating. At one point we took a break to look up at the 100 foot hemlock trees swaying in the wind. Also, there’s gotta be something said for Wisconsin’s limestone walls.

We went back to our campsite after that to start the fire and with a little trouble at first we finally got it going. Not to brag but I did keep the fire burning for 2 hours after we ran out of fire wood. We decided to make pb & j pudgie pies in the pudgie pie maker which essentially is a grilled pb & j…wow. We sat by the fire, had a couple beers and really just enjoyed our time together.

After a not-so-sound night’s sleep because of a lack of support from the ground which was practically a rock and the coyotes howling through the night, we got up to make coffee. It didn’t work out too well but there are no venti iced skim pumpkin spice latte’s with whip in the forest, folks. I must say we did a pretty good job staying warm throughout the night with the help of about 8 blankets, double pajamas, sweaters, 2 layers of socks, hats, mitts and scarves…After a quick breakfast, we packed up and headed over to the Hemlock Trail. It was a 400 foot climb to the top of a peak with an amazing view of the rugged glacial landscape. We headed back down the mountain and back home.

During the week it often feels like I’m running with no time for breaks. I don’t think I can truly some up how extraordinary this weekend was but I could say that it felt like a much anticipated leisurely walk, or hike in this case. Thanks to Harry for being entirely on board and present in everything we do. This weekend was a part of his birthday gift but he, himself, is the real gift.

Bon (presque) anniversaire Harry 🙂