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1. Dye and sew a pretty ink-dyed clutch.
2. Scented soy candles would make a great gift.
3. Make colorful coil baskets even if you have no basketweaving skills.
4. The indigo trend is still going strong, so try some indigo dish towels.
5. This inverted pleat knit skirt tutorial looks easy and cute.

How cute (and cheap!) is this sweatshirt dress?

These shoes are on sale, and they’re super tempting.

Do I need a skull vase? Probably not, but I definitely want one!


I can’t believe how quickly this summer is flying by! It’s almost September, and I haven’t made nearly enough popsicles this year. So I went back through my archives and found twelve recipes for frozen treats in stick form. I’d totally forgotten about some of them, but now I’ve got plenty of ideas for popsicles to make before the weather cools down. Just in time for Labor Day picnics and barbecues, too.
Blackberry Coconut Lime Pops
blackberry coconut lime pops

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It’s been forever since I’ve done an outfit post, partly because I haven’t found a good spot in my yard to take photos, but mostly because I’ve been really lazy lately about wearing anything worth photographing. Home improvement projects, yardwork, and blogging don’t really lend themselves to dressing well. So I have to make my own occasions, like buying a cute new dress. Which I paired with a very messy updo. Because sometimes, no matter how good your hair looks, it’s way too hot to have it anywhere near your neck.
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Dress: Anthropologie | Shoes: Old | Purse: Made it (tutorial here) | Watch: Nixon


stenciled change jar
You guys, I have a confession to make: For this project I stooped to petty larceny. I needed a large glass jar and didn’t happen to have any big enough, so on garbage day, I trolled the neighbors’ recycling bins for the perfect specimen. I found it just a few houses down, and now people on my street probably think I’m a weirdo who steals from recycling bins. And they’re right. The sacrifices I make for this blog.

When deciding what to stencil on this jar, I went through several options in my head. I considered “Cash Money,” “Big Money,” “Ice Cream Fund,” or simply, “Change,” before deciding on the classic, “Mo Money Mo Problems.” It cracks me up to think of the small amount of money in a (stolen) change jar generating problems for anyone–it definitely wasn’t what the song was about. But it’s a lot more fun than a plain glass jar, and the effect of the coins peeking through the stencil is pretty cool.

Alphabet stickers
Glass jar – Completely clean and dry
Spray paint – I used Krylon semi gloss in white
Spray primer
X-acto knife
Measuring tape
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1. Cut out the letters from the sticker sheet, and lay them out flat to get an idea of placement and alignment. Then stick them to your jar. A measuring tape/ruler and pen may be helpful for lining up the letters. Press the letters firmly onto the glass to create crisp edges.
2. & 3. Spray the glass with a few light coats of white primer, followed by light coats of white spraypaint. To prevent drips, make sure to keep the paint can 6-8 inches from the jar, and keep it moving at all times while you’re spraying. Light coats are key!
4. After the paint has dried, carefully peel off the letters. Use an x-acto knife to lift the edges of the stickers or score any areas of paint that start to peel off with the stickers.

Fill that jar up!
stenciled change jar

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8-23-14 links
1 This woven wooden lampshade is gorgeous.
2. Make honeycomb soap with an unexpected supply.
3. Sew and dye your own easy kimono.
4. Preserve your summer memories with these photo transfer notebooks.

Dang, this Bohem bedding and rug collection at Urban Outfitters is too good.

West Elm has some great new Halloween stuff (like this skull vase), that I’d use year-round.

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