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
change jar 1
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.


It’s Friday, so it’s time for a drink. And this one’s especially easy–you don’t even need to go to the liquor store. (At least everywhere I’ve lived, sake is sold at the grocery store, near the wine.) For this drink, all you need is some sake, a couple of grapefruits, and margarita salt, if you roll that way.

salty sake greyhound cocktail recipe

Salty Sake Greyhound

2 oz sake
6 oz fresh grapefruit juice (1-2 grapefruit)
margarita salt
mint leaves

Cut the grapefruit in half and slice off a small piece or two for garnishes. Juice the grapefruit. If you want a salted rim, run a grapefruit slice around the rim of the glass and then dip the rim in margarita salt. Add grapefruit juice, sake, and ice to the glass, stir, garnish with mint and a grapefruit slice, and serve.

salty sake greyhound cocktail recipe

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DIY leather desk organizer tutorial
Even though I haven’t been in school in years, when I hear the words “back to school,” sometimes I still get that feeling of dread/excitement that accompanied the start of every school year. Everybody knows that the best part of the new school year is shopping for new clothes and supplies, but here’s how you can make your own fancy (faux) leather-covered desk organizers to hold those shiny new pens and paintbrushes.

Tin can
Faux leather – I found this white textured faux leather sample at SCRAP. You can also use real leather.
Can opener – One that doesn’t leave a sharp edge. I used this one.
Measuring tape
Thin cork – I used cork placemats from Ikea.
Glue – I used E6000.
Painter’s tape
Thick decorative paper
Spreader for glue
DIY leather desk organizer tutorial
1. Start with a clean, dry tin can, label removed. When you remove the lid, you definitely want to use a can-opener that doesn’t leave a sharp edge, otherwise you run the risk of cutting yourself.

2. Measure the height and circumference (distance around) your can. Add half an inch to the height.

3. Measure and mark the measurements on the back of the faux leather, then cut out the piece.

4. Wrap the faux leather around your can to make sure it fits properly, and trim if necessary. You want the side seam to line up precisely, with no overlap.

5. Spread glue on your faux leather piece, paying particular attention to the bottom edge and side seams.

6. Wrap the faux leather around the can, aligning the bottom edge with the bottom of the can. Secure the seam with painter’s tape. Press securely around the exterior of the can.

7. Add glue to the inside top edge of the faux leather, and fold it into the can. Allow the glue to dry.

8. Trace around the can, then cut out a circle of cork for the outside bottom and glue it in place. Allow glue to dry.

9. To give your pencil holder a finished look, line the inside. Measure the interior of the can and add about 1/4 inch to the height and circumference. Cut out a piece of thick paper these dimensions. Cut out a piece of cork that fits the interior bottom of the can.

10. Coat the insides of the can in glue. Roll up the paper and carefully slide it into the can, then unfurl it so it lines the interior of the can. Press against the sides and allow to dry. Coat the interior bottom with glue, then press the cork circle down onto it.

DIY leather desk organizer tutorial

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It’s been blazingly hot lately, and with no air-conditioning, my main coping mechanisms are fans, ice water, and popsicles. With a mix of lime, strawberries, and yogurt, these are particularly refreshing.  While they’re not quite as effective as central air, they’re a nice summer treat that I’m glad to enjoy while I can. After all, fall is just around the corner.
strawberry lime popsicles recipe

Strawberry Lime Yogurt Popsicles

1/2 cup lime juice
zest from 1 lime
2 cups strawberries, washed and hulled
1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt (I used 2%)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar

Place the strawberries in a bowl and mash thoroughly. Add the remainder of the ingredients, and stir until mixed. Pour into molds and freeze until solid.
strawberry lime popsicles recipe

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