11-15-14 links
1.These gold leaf planters look great with plants in them, but you could also use them for general storage.
2. Sew linen potholders for your kitchen.
3. Don’t sew? You can still make a no sew plaid flannel scarf.
4. Turn any photo into a photo night light.
5. Toasted marshmallow shot glasses look like the ultimate indulgence.
6. If you’re gearing up for holiday decorating, learn how to transfer photos to wood to make rustic ornaments.

Despite my total lack of physical activity, I’ve been extra hungry lately, which I’m going to blame on building new bones. I read that it takes extra calories to heal. So I’ve been pinning a lot of recipes. Here are a few that I want to try: Mini Vegan Chickpea Spinach and Tomato Faux Quiche, Apple Cinnamon Streusel Pull-Apart Bread, Brussels Sprouts Sliders, Browned-Butter Pasta with Roasted Squash and Gorgonzola, Potato, Leek, and Feta Tart, Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ahhh, if only this cat throw pillow wasn’t so expensive, it would be mine!

The same goes for this cozy cardigan.

Never thought I’d be interested in an article about driving cabs, but this one about what it takes to become a licensed cabbie in London is fascinating.

 

11-12-14 outfit 1
Any day now Vogue is going to declare what I already know: This season’s hottest accessory is a pair of crutches. No outfit is complete without them.
11-12-14 outfit 2
I’ve been in a wheelchair since I got out of the hospital at the end of September, and I was actually really looking forward to graduating to crutches. But that’s because I was using Steven as an example, and since the day after doctors put a metal rod in his femur, he’s been able to bear weight on his broken leg. So he’s had quite a bit of mobility from the beginning. On Friday when I finally got the okay to crutch around, it was with the instruction that I still can’t put any weight on my left leg. Despite the fact that the bones are held together with three 5-inch long stainless steel screws, the fractures in my pelvis still need more time to heal. So my hopes of finally being able to go up and down stairs (so I can reach my clothes and craft supplies), were dashed for now. In a few weeks I’ll be able to start doing weight-bearing exercises, but until then the wheelchair is still my primary mode of movement. I know I shouldn’t complain because I could’ve been injured even more seriously, and been confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life, but I’m really looking forward to being able to walk again. Don’t take it for granted.
11-12-14 outfit 3Believe it or not, I’m actually trying to look cheerful here.

Top: Anthropologie
Skirt: J.Crew (thrifted)
Leggings: Shop Adorn
Boots: Madewell (with DIY boot straps)
Bag: DIY (tutorial)
Hat: Thrifted (and madeover)
Crutches: Hospital

 

11-8-14 links
1. This cool bag (made with Pendleton wool) can be used as a laptop sleeve or a zippered clutch.
2. Get on top of holiday decorating with this handmade autumnal wreath.
3. Lacking closet space? Build a garment rack to display your clothes.
4. Make a layered chain necklace to update your accessories game.
5. Loving these copper candles. Tempted to make some with the recipe from my beeswax beaker candles.
6. Store your rings in style with these constellation jewelry bowls.

Seamwork looks like a potentially really great new sewing resource.

Adding this moon phases plate and this matching cup to my Christmas list.

This shelter dog helps kittens get used to be around dogs, and it’s the cutest thing ever.

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While they have lowly utilitarian origins and first made a big impact on the punk scene, in the last decade safety pins have made huge inroads in the high fashion world. Safety pins were popular with punks because they’re versatile, widely available in many sizes, and easily manipulated, which also makes them perfect for many DIY fashion creations. Here are a few inspiring examples I found for how to use safety pins in your wardrobe.
DIY inspiration safety pins
sweater | chandelier earrings | bracelet |skirt | hematite earrings | clutch | pumps |  necklace

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11-1-14 links
1. This hoop shelf looks super cool, and not too hard to make.
2. Tired of your notebook not staying closed? Add an elastic band to keep it shut.
3. Love these stylish striped candles.
4. Did you know you can make your own cocktail bitters? Here’s a recipe for grapefruit lavender bitters.
5. Make your own geometric bracelet (in Spanish, but the pictures are clear).
6. This activated charcoal soap sounds so nice and soothing.

A pretty knotted updo I want to try.

As an animal lover, I’m helping spread the word about how creating elephant art can help save actual elephants.

 
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