Today I fly back to Houston from a whirlwind week in LA and Palm Springs (which I’ll tell you all about soon!), and I’m so, so excited to see my own bed tonight, you have no idea! It might’ve been the only time the desert has seen flooding in the last year, and we might have accidentally rented a clunker Suzuki rental car and screamed all the way down some of the steep streets in Silverlake, but we had a good time.
It also didn’t hurt that we had the cutest Airbnb of all time in Echo Park and hit up just about every bakery and coffee shop within driving distance. My favorite hands down was Bottega Louie though, I’m ninety-nine percent certain there is not a single prettier bakery in all of the land, and I’m thankful that there isn’t one in Houston or I might be poor, out of shape, and highly caffeinated and I’m really aiming for something a bit better for my auto-biography.
I thought I should still share a few photos of the goodies I picked up from there yesterday like macarons (in every color, naturally) and the most stunning giant macaron ever, appropriately named Le Grand Macaron. It was filled with raspberries and chocolate and was just big enough to put me in heaven for about an hour. Of course I had to buy enough macarons to fill a box to bring back for Jared, it was just a coincidence that I got to eat some too…
We’re all pretty aware of my obsession with gold, and I couldn’t help but
infect spread the golden love in my second tutorial for Lulu’s, with these simple DIY golden pendant lights. Even better, you can make both of these bad boys for under $40! Check out the full tutorial here, and in case you missed my DIY up-cycled containers, I’ve got that covered for you too.
In the meantime, I’m running around like a mad women trying to schedule some exciting collaborations and projects with a few talented ladies around Houston and get everything squared away for work before another three week travel hiatus. Hopefully you all are having a great week so far!
Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on projects for a collaboration with Lulu’s on a brand new Sugar & Cloth series, Fresh Spaces! This week you’ll get to see three different projects I’ve worked on with the perfect touch of gold… not that that little fact would surprise you. Although if you follow along on Instagram, you’ve gotten some sneak peeks here and there, can you guess which ones they are?
First up this week are these DIY up-cycled containers for organizing, storing, and just being pretty. Instead of buying expensive storage or hiding away planters during cold weather, you can transform ordinary household containers or planters into unique vessels. See all of the details here!
I’m slightly embarrassed to admit that I can’t sew. I can do a little mending here and there, plus a button or two, but what I would consider full on sewing (that you’re actually willing to claim) I cannot. Thus making any kind of fabric related DIY has to either include glue or a no-sew technique, but as it turns out, trouser clamps do the trick quite nicely! If only you could make cute curtains or linens help together by trouser clamps… those would be the days.
This DIY no-sew inspirational banner makes for a simple way to create wall art without needing any real technique, which is perfect for those of us that are better at making desserts than we are with needle and thread. Here’s how:
- Trouser clamp (mine is from the Container Store)
- 12×12 piece of vinyl (won’t cause frayed edges), canvas, or card stock
- Adhesive felt (or precut felt letters)
Measure and mark the material you’re using for the banner to be as big as needed for you’re saying. My measurements for this were 12 inches from the top to the bottom point, 10 inches across, and had the angles begin 8.5 inches down on both sides toward the middle.
Once you have the banner cut, you can decided how big the felt letters should be. You can use chalk or a white colored pencil on the black adhesive felt to draw out your letters to size.
Then cut them out and decide their placement on the banner before peeling the back off and sticking them down. Once they’re adhered to the banner, open the pant hanger and clip the banner in. Now hang in your favorite spot!