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Giveaway // My living room details & win my rug!

January 31, 2014

living room of Sugar & Cloth

living room of Sugar & Cloth

Most of you may have seen bits of my living room from my home tour on The Everygirl, but it looks a bit different since I added this DIY light fixture, rearranged a few accessories, and got this new rug. I’m kind of obsessed with it! I wanted similar rug from West Elm for forever but I just couldn’t swing the price tag on that one. Speaking of numbers, one of you lucky readers will win a $400 gift certificate to Plush Rugs to purchase a rug like mine (or one of your choice), but first, I’ll give you the details on the rest of my decor.

I’ve had so many people ask where my artwork and couch are from, so I thought I’d fill everyone in together. The grey couch is actually made a sleeper sofa by Serta and it has the absolute perfect style and shape! The only downfall is that it’s literally falling apart and I’ve not even had it a year. I don’t have kids and I’m not rough on things, but this little guy just does not want to stay standing, hence the reason it’s propped up on books. It’s kind of annoying I’m clearly in the market for a new couch once I strike gold.

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DIY // Neon Macramé Jars

July 10, 2013

DIY neon macrame jars

DIY neon macrame jars project and photos contributed by Kathleen of Snowdrop & Co.

I, Kathleen, have a confession to make: I am a glass jar hoarder. Once I empty a jar, I can’t help but add it to my stash. Not only that but I’ve been known to buy food simply because I want the empty jar afterwards. If you’re anything like me, today’s DIY is a great way to put some of those jars to use.

A fun and nautical way to spice up your craft storage, neon cord adds a summery splash that makes even organization something to look forward to.

DIY neon macrame jar

Materials:

  • Neon cord
  • Empty jars
  • Aluminum foil pan
  • Washi tape
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Hot glue gun
  • Measuring tape

DIY neon macrame jars

Step 1: Cut five strands of cord each about 6’. Fold them at the center and tie an overhand knot; you should now have ten 3’ strands of cord. This should be more than enough for a pickle jar – if your jar is smaller/bigger adjust these lengths accordingly. You can also experiment using fewer strands for smaller jars and more strands for bigger jars.

Step 2: If your cord tends to fray once cut, use tape or a lighter to prevent further fraying.

Step 3: Using your measuring tape, tie two strands together about 2” from the original big knot. Repeat for the other strands.

Step 4: Repeat step 3, but separate the joined strands and tie strands from neighboring knots together, also about 2” apart, creating a net as seen in the image.

Step 5: Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to check how your macramé net is fitting over the jar. If you want to change the way the net looks, simply untie the knots you’re unhappy with and retie at a different measurement.

Step 6: Continue tying knots and checking that it fits your jar.

Step 7: Stop once your macramé net reaches the mouth of the jar.

Step 8: On the bottom of the jar, hot glue the double-strands of cord onto the jar. It’s best to do this in the concave area that won’t touch the table – this allows the jar to stand flat.

Step 9: Using the exacto knife, cut off the big original knot.

  DIY neon macrame jar

Step 10: Once the big original knot is cut off, the jar should stand flat on the table. If your cord frays a lot, use additional hot glue to seal the raw edges you just cut.

Step 11: At the mouth of the jar, hot glue the cord into the threads of the jar.

Step 12: Use the exacto knife to cut off any excess cord.

Step 13: As before, hot glue any raw edges to prevent fraying.

Step 14: Measure the circumference of the mouth of the jar and cut a strip of aluminum ½” longer; the width should at least cover the threads of the jar.

Step 15: If your aluminum strip has raised bumps on it, flatten them by rubbing the handle of your scissors on it back and forth until smooth.

Step 16: There may still be some texture when you’re done, but this adds interest to the rim!

Step 17: Use hot glue to secure the aluminum strip to the mouth of the jar.

DIY neon macrame jars

There you have it – repeat on as many types of jars as you please!

contributor kathleen

project and photos contributed by Kathleen of Snowdrop & Co.

 

 

Far & Wide Collective

July 3, 2013

far and wide collective baskets

As much as I love unique handmade items, I love supporting people and their cause even more. So when Hedvig introduced me to her site, Far & Wide Collective, that features artisans in post-conflict countries to allow them fair trade support, I was all about it! Not to mention everything is beautiful, I mean, how could you go wrong?

Here are a few of my favorites–

far and wide collective 1 placemats, $29 // 2  patterned striped basket, $59 // 3 small ceramic bowl, $15 // 4 evil eye clutch, $245 // 5 walnut coasters, $15 // 6 scarves, $45

far and wide collective

 

 

The most time-consuming business cards ever…

January 23, 2013

business card packaging

business card packaging

I’m officially headed to Alt today, (whoop!) and as a friendly reminder, this DIY’er always welcomes a wish of luck and a prayer or two. While I’m plane hopping and fighting off butterflies, I’ve left you with the unveil of what I’ve deemed my new Blood, Sweat, & Tears business card packaging. My husband would be very happy to vouch for this new title as well…

The card was designed by me and letterpressed by the ever-amazing folks behind Eat Sleep Ride Print. We used clear business cards envelopes to enclose the card, a swirl of twine (my go-to item as you know), a package of glitter (my number two go-to item), and a little wooden clothespin to emphasize pulling yourself together. Okay, that last part isn’t true, I just thought they were cute so I threw them in there. Don’t judge me.

business card packaging

business card packaging

 

A quick fun fact for you: Did you know that you can rub chalk  over a rubber stamp to stamp your logo? True story!