7.29.2014

W E A R :: brick by brick






details :: top/free people, jeans/hco, boots/sam edelman
 
 
Did I mention that I turned 26 this month. I'm not gonna lie, I was pretty aprehensive about the whole thing. I generally don't enjoy birthdays much, as it is, but for some reason the idea of 26 seemed so daunting. I think mostly because 25 set a pretty high standard. At 25 I got married, we got an apartment, we got a dog, I got a job that I love, I started graduate school and I struggled/beat the crap out of some obstacles. God was really great at 25. So I was pretty content with sticking to 25 for the rest of my life.
 
In the last few weeks though, I've started to see myself and the world around me a bit differently. Sure, I'm not just suddenly so much wiser or more mature, but there's been a shift and I think I'm okay with 26. I might even be a little excited about it. God is still God, which means He's still great and He's still going to do some great things.
 
What was your favorite age??
 
xo. mel


7.23.2014

M A K E :: clay magnets

One of my favorite things to do in the morning is leave little notes for Elisha to read when he wakes up. We've started to collect our little love notes and I wanted to come up with a creative way to display them. I thought our fridge was the perfect canvas! Here's a super quick way to dress up that empty space in your kitchen, with fun magnets!
 
S U P P L I E S :: clay / paint / self adhesive magnets / brushes


1) Pinch a small piece of clay from your block and use your hands to make a small ball. Use a rolling pin or something similar, to roll your ball out so that it is flat. It does not have to make a perfect circle; I like that mine were a bit oblong - it gave them character!
 
2) Follow the instruction for your clay, and bake them for the appropriate time. Be sure to use a dish that is safe and wash thoroughly once the clay has been removed, as some of it may stick. 
3) Paint! Get creative with designs, patterns and colors! Since our notes have so much writing already, I knew I wanted simple designs that wouldn't distract. Have fun!
 
4) Peel the backing on your magnet, so the adhesive is visible. Place the adhesive facedown onto your magnet and press gently. Complete this with your remaining clay circles.All done!


This project didn't take more than an hour and it was relaxing to be able to paint for fun! I love how much it brightened up an otherwise boring space. Get creative with your shapes and colors - I'd love to see what you come up with! Happy Crafting!


xo. mel

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7.22.2014

W E A R :: pina







details :: cardigan+flats/target, top/aerie, jeans/urban outfitters, belt/f21 

This has been the busiest Summer ever, but like, in a good way. I've been working and traveling and finishing up my first semester of grad school... and it's been the most rewarding. I feel like I'm building a life I'll be proud of in the coming years.
 
I've also had this thought in my mind for the last few days, so I thought I'd throw it out to you and see what you think: would you rather accomplish 5 good things, or 1 great thing? Good isn't bad, but it's certainly not great, so I wonder, do we over exert ourselves to be good in many areas or should we narrow our focus on what we're great at and do something truly memorable? I've been going back and forth between the two and I'm sure in a perfect world we could have it both ways, but we only have so much to give and you can either give 100% to one, or 20% to five. Sometimes I feel like I don't give the things I truly love, the attention they deserve, because I'm stuck doing something else I'm not nearly as passionate about. Being well rounded is wonderful, but shouldn't we spend our lives on what moves us; the things that make our heart beat? Just thoughts and ramblings, but I'd love to hear your perspectives! Love you ladies!
 
xo. mel

6.27.2014

M A K E :: Wall Hanging II

Well I had so much fun making the copper wall hangings that I had to make one more variation! This time I opted for a different shape and color, but I love the result. This project is budget friendly and can be completed by anyone with even the slightest crafting ability. Like, it's real easy y'all.

S U P P L I E S :: hoops (local craft store), yarn, wire, scissors, beads

 
1) Begin by cutting your yarn into 24 inch strands. 


2) Using this technique, attach each of your strands to the hoop.


3) As you continue to add them move them towards the center, so they're nice and compact. They should cover the entire bottom half..


4) Attach your beads to the smaller hoop by using your wire, or any other jewelry finding. I used jump rings to allow them to dangle a bit.

5) Attach the rings together using the remaining gold wire. Wrap the wire around both hoops until it feels secure, and then cut off. Ensure that no wire is poking out, by sliding the excess in between the wire you wrapped.



It's a really simple piece, but I think that's why I love it so much! You can have fun mixing colors or styles of yarn and beads too! As always, if you decide to try this out, leave us a link with a photo - I love seeing what you all come up with! 

Happy Weekend! Mel

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6.24.2014

W E A R :: staying neutral




details :: dress /free people, shoes/sam edelman

dinner dates. snoozing. crafting. photography. blogging. cleaning. organizing. cooking. dog walking. coffee chatting. church. photo editing. bubble tea. dance recital. grad school. waffles. sunshine.

This is basically what my weekend was and it was nothing short of perfect; just what I needed! Hope yours was exactly what you were hoping for!

xo. mel

6.23.2014

M A K E :: copper wall hanging

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The incredible thing about having a home is that you have this little spot in the world that's yours, a place that God has provided and allowed you to make your own. I love being able to express my creativity in creating art for our home. I look forward to our future children looking at these pieces and cherishing them as treasures as they grow old -- something I can pass on to them that will someday make their own house a home. I have seen so many beautiful weavings on the internet lately, so I wanted to create something with a similar feel. Our walls have been pretty bare since moving into our apartment, and these lovely wall hangings have added just the right touch to our home!
 
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S U P P L I E S :: skein of yarn, copper couplings, two wooden dowels, scissors

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1. Gather your supplies. Begin by cutting your yarn into 18-inch strands (this can be adjusted based on the length you'd like the finished product to be).

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2. Once your strands are cut, fold them in half and place the ends through the loop as pictured. Do this all the way across the wooden dowel.

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3. Take three strands of yarn and braid them together. Halfway through the braid, tie a knot and place a copper coupling. Tie a knot on the other side of the coupling and continue braiding. Tie each end to either end of the dowel.

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4. Place a notebook or piece of cardboard atop the ends of your wall hanging. Use this as a guide to trim the excess yarn and create an even line.

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Variation : Use the same technique to wrap the strands of yarn, but cut the strands to be twice as long, collect ten of them together, and then attach.

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Variation (cont.) : pull the strands through the copper coupling and arrange as desired.

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5. Use string or yarn to create the top hanger by tying a loop around each end and placing the dowel inside the loops. You can also make other decorative hangings by trying out other tying and hanging combinations. Display and enjoy!

I previously shared this post on the Deeply Rooted blog, which you can view here. If you haven't already checked out Deeply Rooted, I strongly suggest you do! I loved their first issue and I can't wait to get my hands on Issue Two, which just became available! Yay!


xo. melisa