June 30, 2011


Ok, so, I stole this DIY from the latest issue of ELLE— they used a raincoat (or anorak, if you want to get really British,) but I found this slightly glitzy sweaterdress for $7 yesterday at Second Time Around in Burlington (gotta love thrifting!) and thought it’d be PERFECT. This cold-shoulder looks is so trendy right now, and is a great way to show a little unexpected skin. Here’s how to do it:
Step 1— Find a longsleeved shirt, dress, or jacket that you don’t mind cutting up and making more fabulous.
Step 2— Try it on, and decide where/how big you want to make your cut-outs. A good rule of thumb (shoulder?) is that your shoulder should be easily exposed, and there’s enough “bag” to the sleeve that it drapes and hangs gracefully.
Step 3— After making sure the sleeve is completely lined up one side on top of the other— just match your seams— and after carefully marking your cut lines, use a pair of sharp scissors to cut a half-moon out of the top of your sleeves by the shoulder. One half-moon should translate into a perfectly round, symmetrical hole, if you do it right. (For an easy way to cheat, I laid my first cut sleeve over my second un-cut one, and used it as a guideline to make a mirror image hole the same size. It worked well.)
Step 4— Try it on, and alter further to fit your desires. If you plan ahead and leave some extra fabric to hem it, you can if you want so that you aren’t left with any sharp or uneven edges, but I personally like the way that cut fabric rolls up back into itself. Ta-da! Enjoy your new (old) very fashion-forward look!
XOXO

Ok, so, I stole this DIY from the latest issue of ELLE— they used a raincoat (or anorak, if you want to get really British,) but I found this slightly glitzy sweaterdress for $7 yesterday at Second Time Around in Burlington (gotta love thrifting!) and thought it’d be PERFECT. This cold-shoulder looks is so trendy right now, and is a great way to show a little unexpected skin. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1— Find a longsleeved shirt, dress, or jacket that you don’t mind cutting up and making more fabulous.

Step 2— Try it on, and decide where/how big you want to make your cut-outs. A good rule of thumb (shoulder?) is that your shoulder should be easily exposed, and there’s enough “bag” to the sleeve that it drapes and hangs gracefully.

Step 3— After making sure the sleeve is completely lined up one side on top of the other— just match your seams— and after carefully marking your cut lines, use a pair of sharp scissors to cut a half-moon out of the top of your sleeves by the shoulder. One half-moon should translate into a perfectly round, symmetrical hole, if you do it right. (For an easy way to cheat, I laid my first cut sleeve over my second un-cut one, and used it as a guideline to make a mirror image hole the same size. It worked well.)

Step 4— Try it on, and alter further to fit your desires. If you plan ahead and leave some extra fabric to hem it, you can if you want so that you aren’t left with any sharp or uneven edges, but I personally like the way that cut fabric rolls up back into itself. Ta-da! Enjoy your new (old) very fashion-forward look!

XOXO

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February 19, 2012


If you have kids (or are just a really big kid yourself,) and are crafty, this is a great afternoon project.
XOXO

If you have kids (or are just a really big kid yourself,) and are crafty, this is a great afternoon project.

XOXO

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June 25, 2012


Made a pair of bitchin’ barefoot sandals tonight using recycled necklace beads from jewelry I don’t wear anymore and $10-worth of supplies from Michael’s, including hemp rope. Because I couldn’t get behind using metal or plastic thread. 

…If you’re going, “Footless sandals, what the fresh hell,” like I originally did, they are also commonly known as “fancy anklet/toe-ring things.”

XOXO 

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June 26, 2012


In two days, I’ve made three sets of barefoot sandals. I’m a little obsessed, but hey, it’s something crafty to keep my hands busy and therefore, the rest of me out of relative trouble. I’ll take it.

XOXO

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July 14, 2012


…If I could cut glass, I would MacGyver overhead lighting using Mason jars in a heartbeat. HALF a heartbeat.
XOXO

…If I could cut glass, I would MacGyver overhead lighting using Mason jars in a heartbeat. HALF a heartbeat.

XOXO

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July 15, 2012


Transformers For Hippies.

I have a week to turn this…

into this…

for 3 days of car-camping while volunteering at Solarfest.

I think the Civvy can be turned into a rather suitable vanagon for one 5’3” petite girl. I’m custom-making screen inserts and curtains for the back windows so I can roll them down and not let bugs in at night, and am designing a little wooden table to go over the center console/”living room” area. Also included is the ressurection of the ridiculously extravigant bedding I perfected in the Saab during my high school stints car camping, now featuring a cooler, area rug, camp chairs, battery-powered lantern, toilet paper, and some sort of tapestry/bedsheet upright changing area.

You can bet there will be photographic evidence of this journey and the extreme, herculean efforts that are going to be taken in cleaning Mistah J up and getting him all ready to be vanagon-ed.

…I am STOKED.

XOXO

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obon:

DIY Recycled Pallet Vertical Garden.
In depth wonderful tutorial from Design Sponge here. I’ve always loved the idea of these living vertical structures. There are more gorgeous close up photos on the site.

Vertical apartment gardens, check!
XOXO

obon:

DIY Recycled Pallet Vertical Garden.

In depth wonderful tutorial from Design Sponge here. I’ve always loved the idea of these living vertical structures. There are more gorgeous close up photos on the site.

Vertical apartment gardens, check!

XOXO

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July 16, 2012


Today the Civvy got a full detail (and now smells lemony-fresh), custom screens for the back windows, and curtains. Also now included is a hanging shower rack that fits perfectly from the hanger hook in the backseat and will be a great organizer for “stuff”, cooler, two camp chairs, sun umbrella, area rugs to transition from sitting area to car interior, clothesline, and ever-important bug spray.

On the docket for tomorrow is custom-making the trunk screen, grocery shopping and gassing up, and the gathering of the gear— cooking supplies, bedding, citronella candles for the outdoor seating area, battery lantern, incense (because I know how ripe that car will smell after 3 days!), etc. Between the new curtains (in totally funky psychedelic patterns re-purposed from two pairs of old pants from the ’80s,) and opening the two doors on one side and hanging an old bed sheet over them, I think I’ve come up with a pretty functional changing area for a small woman. It’s such a blessing I’m tiny— I fit from backseat to trunk perfectly. Not even in my beloved hatchback Saab could I sleep straight— I had to be diagonal! The amount of space inside the Civvy constantly amazes me. What a fucking great (not so) little car.

(Note to self: You’re going to want a shit-ton of towels for everything from showering needs to just making the interior more comfy and private, and may want to consider a tarp to rain-proof the outdoor seating area. Just a thought to toss around.)

The tiniest vanagon will be ready for car camping at Solarfest!

XOXO

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July 17, 2012


…All I want to do is keep working on the Civvy and perfect it for this weekend as soon as possible. It’s turned into a full-on obsession. I am DEAD-SET on proving that a small enough person can have a totally enjoyable, realistic car-camping experience in a compact car with enough ingenuity, self-sufficiency, and raw determination. It may not be one of the more traditional hippie campers showing up to Solarfest, but it WILL be one of the raddest.

……I have also recognized the fact that I’m going to need to do a test-sleep night Wednesday or Thursday to iron out any issues that crop up comfort/screen/living-wise before I head out on Friday. Because that would be both clever and smart.

XOXO

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July 18, 2012


This would be a wonderful, more natural alternative to throwing rice at a wedding— just fill colored jars with flowers and lavender and make sure there are a few at every table for your guests. Brilliant.
XOXO

This would be a wonderful, more natural alternative to throwing rice at a wedding— just fill colored jars with flowers and lavender and make sure there are a few at every table for your guests. Brilliant.

XOXO

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July 19, 2012


On A Roll:

My sleeping bag is airing out on the clothes line. Carrots have been cut, and Pirate’s Booty has been dividided into seperate plastic baggies so I don’t eat the entire bag in one sitting (it is like crack cocaine to me, and a major problem). The pasta dishes are cooked and chilling in the fridge. The area rugs, towels, blankets, cutlery, sheets, lanterns and flash lights, extra batteries, and reading materials have been gathered. I’m on my way to go get gas.

My period is MIA. What the fresh hell.

XOXO

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July 20, 2012


Slept in the Civvy last night to test out the vanagon transformation. Screens work great. Bed is ridiculously cushy. Red lighting is fancy. Art postcards on the ceiling make it feel like the Civstine Chapel. Curtains are groovy and fit windows. Hotboxed the whole thing while listening to Edward Sharpe, Steve Miller Band, and Led Zep to celebrate. This is the good life.

Off I go to Solarfest! Won’t be around for 3 days; miss me!

XOXO

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August 8, 2012


Just the right touch of girly accent when you’re co-habbing with a dude.
Because even men like candlelight, the big softies.
XOXO

Just the right touch of girly accent when you’re co-habbing with a dude.

Because even men like candlelight, the big softies.

XOXO

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Well, here’s a simple afternoon project to spice up the pots on your deck that I now want to do.
XOXO

Well, here’s a simple afternoon project to spice up the pots on your deck that I now want to do.

XOXO

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