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!

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Closet Organization 

When I started my capsule wardrobe journey almost a year ago, I didn’t really know what it would entail. I knew it followed the philosophy “less is more” and that by having less clothing, that are still versatile, in the end you have more options. This really appealed to me as a way to stay organized and have one less thing to always worry about.

A few months ago I decided that part of having a capsule wardrobe is having an organized physical wardrobe. We have two closets, one huge one that could probably double as an office or spare bedroom and one smaller one that we use to store seasonal items and household tools, etc. The bigger closet, because of it’s size has a tendency to get cluttered quickly. There wasn’t much organization to the space and nothing really had a home. So I took it into my hands and devised an organized closet that would suit my capsule wardrobe needs.

I started by taking down the existing clothes rail because it was just too much rail and we were never able to fill the space up. So I added an “auxiliary” rail from Ikea that I knew would be the perfect sized to house all of our clothes that need to be hung up. This in-turn left enough room to stack our dressers and add in more shelving space. Less rail equals more room for other useful organization.

So we stacked up our dressers which are the Malm dressers from Ikea. This gave us room to add two more shelves and room for a shoe rack. I really wanted more shelves so that I could have room for my jewelry and accessories to be displayed. We also store our sweaters and pants in storage bins (which are from Ikea and Target) and we needed more space for those as well. I also recycled an old belt and attached them to the dresser drawers with some gold nails to function as drawer pulls.

I even snuck a bit of storage space underneath the clothing rack. A few of my favorite shoes and a storage bin full of extra bedding and sheets.

I love having my jewelry displayed on the shelves. One: because it’s beautiful and two: because it reminds me to put it on in the morning. All of our trays and catchalls are from either The Container Store or from Target.

I have to say that this one of the best things that we’ve done in our apartment. It was the only spot that had a tendency to get messy; it always felt like a catastrophe whenever it was even slightly messy. It has taught me that it’s important to use your space in a way that is best suited for you, especially when you’re blessed with more than adequate closet space. Feel free to share any of your closet organizing tips with me below in the comments!

Updated Skincare Routine 

Over a month ago I went to pick up a new bottle of my standard cleanser at Target. If you’ve read my last skincare post, you’ll know that I am in love with the Jason Gentle Basics Facial Cleanser and that it’s my go-to. But much to my dismay, Target no longer sells it, nor does Whole Foods or any other store in my area. Although I was ultimately heartbroken, I took it as a sign. A sign for me to get a new cleanser, of course. So I did a bit of research, as I always do when buying beauty products (and everyone else should too). I came across the Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser. It checked off all of my boxes so I decided to go for it. Let me tell you, this is a kick-ass cleanser. Gentle, non-drying, smells amazing, and keeps my skin moisturized and clean at the same time. I’m so happy to have found another cleanser that I love.

I hear stories all the time about people being “moisturizer-happy” and after careful reflection, I’ve come to realize that I’m “cleanser-happy,” seeing as though I use not only my Aesop cleanser but also the Fig + Yarrow Cleansing Nectar and the Pixi Nourishing Cleansing Balm. I guess I just like options.

I’m sticking with my Odacité Jo + L serum, it really hasn’t left my side for almost a year. It’s the perfect serum for when my skin looks a bit lackluster and in need of help.

I’ve been trying out the Herbivore Lapis Facial Oil and I think in-combination with the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, it works best. This is my strictly night-time routine because it’s just a bit too much to wear under makeup during the day. The Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream is probably actually just a magic potion because when I pair it with the Lapis Facial Oil at night, I wake up in the morning with plump bright skin and I can visibly tell that my various acne scars are diminished and my skin tone is evening out. It is really a relief, definitely going to purchase the full size versions once I run out.

In the morning I always keep it really simple. Cleanse, tone and moisturize. I need something lightweight but still creates a barrier for the day ahead. I’ve been reaching for the Herbivore Rose Hibiscus Hydrating Face Mist as a toner and then applying the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer. They work well together and keep my skin fresh and moisturized throughout the the day.

If you’re as skincare happy as I am then you probably know about the struggles of sticking to a regimen. It also is the best thing ever when you find products that you actually want to keep using despite the temptation of new, flashy products. What are some of your go-tos?

A Chicago Weekend and Four Places to Visit

Last weekend, Harry and I spent a day in Chicago. Chicago isn’t a new thing for us. We’ve done the Art Institute, Shedd Aquarium and just about every other thing in between.  Harry grew up near Chicago and even went to college there for a short while and as for me, growing up within just car ride away, I got to visit a lot. So, we decided to stick to doing some unconventional things in Chicago. We ended up visiting three great locally owned shops and 1 local cafe in Chicago. We even got to meet up with some friends while we were there. I decided to share them all in case you are ever in Chicago and want to visit them.

Humboldt House

“Humboldt House is an vintage modern home shop specializing in vintage modern furniture, eclectic textiles, Chicago made goods and pitbull love.”

I got to meet Chelsea and her dog Genius when I went in to the shop, both were so nice! Any shop with a dog gets my vote.

(41.9006219, -87.69654149999997)



Asrai Gardens  

“Asrai is the space that brings together the people and beauty that make my life full of joy. I am told it brings something similar to others as they walk through the door. I suppose it is simply my gratitude and wonder on display.”

Chelsea from Humboldt House recommended I go here. I wanted to buy a bouquet of Ranunculus bought I knew that they wouldn’t make it home so, I opted for another air plant. Also, the ladies working there were so nice and friendly.

(41.9103551,-87.676424)

C.C. Ferns

Best latte I have ever had. C.C. Ferns is a bit of a hidden gem, with it’s cozy cabin feel and a deep richness, that is probably brought on by the cigars they have sealed in a humidor. Need to go back ASAP.

(41.8994227, -87.69719150000003)

  

Gather Home + Lifestyle

“Gather Home + Lifestyle is a modern neighborhood general store located in Chicago, Illinois. We bring together a variety of small makers to create a streamlined assortment of minimally designed goods for you and your home. We’re inspired by keeping things simple. Each maker and item in the shop is thoughtfully selected to feel like it belongs next to the other.”

(41.9103551, -87.676424)

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!

 

Before and After: Retro Restoration

Several weeks ago, I saw a listing for this MCM footstool well priced at $25. I instantly fell in love with its charm. The wire legs in combination with the faux leather seat also really compliments my space, while the price was more than generous despite needing some TLC. I also was on the lookout for a side/accent chair and Harry happened to have found this one sitting outside, for free. It was in a state when he found it; the vinyl was ripped and it was in need of a deep cleaning. But I loved it’s groovy shape and alas here we are.

The legs on the footstool needed some TLC and quite frankly, so did the seat. The wire legs were pretty badly tarnished and they also had some paint splatters on them, which is nearly impossible to get off. After hours of elbow grease and some steel wool it started to come clean, kinda. At that point I decided to leave it how it was. Besides, it adds an industrial feel, right? The hardest part was probably the reupholstery. Have you ever tried to reupholster a cylindrical object? Don’t. Unless you’re okay with it not being perfect. Otherwise, send it to the upholsterer and let the professionals handle it. I was okay with the ruche-ing that was happening when I stretched the fabric around the seat so it worked for me.  I used a faux leather in cognac that I picked up at a craft store for 11 dollars (on sale!) a yard.

The chair was much easier to reupholster. Cube shaped = my friend. I decided to skip the buttons and just stick with some simple clean lines and it made it a lot easier to reupholster. I got the suede herringbone fabric from the same craft store for $8 (also on sale!) a yard.

Overall the footstool was $25 and the chair was free. The supplies were $20 for a total of $45 for both the chair and the footstool. I’m really pleased with the results and considering the cost of the project, I think it was an all around win.

Pretty in Pantone 13-1520

  Last year I wrote up a post about Pantone’s new colors of the year for 2016. It was basically a rant and rave about how much I love Pantone’s 13-1520 color called Rose Quartz. After a few months of contemplation I decided to inject a bit of the color into my bedroom. If you asked me a few years ago if I would ever decorate my space with pink I would have said absolutely no but times have changed. There is something so soft and dream-like about this shade of pink. And it is Valentine’s day so why not talk about the color pink.

I knew that I wanted to keep it simple with just a few pieces in Rose Quartz here and there. I got this pink velvet cushion cover from Ikea. It’s a great option because it’s removable so that in the future, if I decide to change things up, I can just replace the cushion cover with something else. It was a really affordable option, at only about 8$. I also found this utility clamp work light at the Home Depot. It’s original finish was steel but used a pink spray paint to paint the outside of the shade. I fitted it with an Edison light bulb that gives off an amber glow; perfect for reading at night. Just these two little pops of Rose Quartz add a lot of character to the space and transform it into a very inspirational and dreamy space, perfect for taking naps.

How do you feel about Pantone’s Rose Quartz color of the year? I am absolutely in love with it. Happy Valentine’s Day!