Archive | June, 2011

o.p.p. – velvet jewelled bookmarks

love gift giving, but hate the decision making?  when all else fails i a) give a gift card to let the person get what they really want + b) throw in a little something handmade and designed specifically for the celebrated party.

and… if you have a friend that is a book lover – this gift is the perfect “little something”.

the tools of the trade:

*velvet ribbon
*ribbon clamps
*jump rings
*charms, jewels, what-have-you…

total cost: approx $2-5 per bookmark depending on your bling of choice

check out the below for the full rundown!

found @ country living
what: charming bookmark

chalkboard label jars










in my recent post ‘good finds – a top 10 list’, i talked about chalkboard labels and the lot that was being sent via etsy. a couple weeks & 2 hemispheres later, i now have those labels. soooooo, i thought i’d share with you my new little creation + just how easy it is for you to whip up something similar. whether it’s an organization project or something fun for your kids (or you), slapping one of these little stickers on to a jar, glass, container, book, etc… can add a new spin to something old, cheap or bland.

i ordered these chalkboard labels in all shapes and sizes from bradens grace on etsy. while i’ve got a lot of plans for these guys, i wanted to take one for a test drive. enter project #1: a jar of tea leaves. there’s really no explanation needed, as it’s as simple as 1-2-3.

-get a jar (old/new, cheap/expensive — whatever you fancy)
-affix the label
-write on it w/ chalk (which also came with the labels)
*and well… that’s it.  not much more to this story other than a quick & easy makeover project.

to make your own custom chalkboard project, check out bradens grace on etsy (there are other sellers around – but I recommend them.. fast delivery, inexpensive & great products.


o.p.p. – drawer knob winestoppers

i’ve recently found a new love for martha stewart.  in years past i was always a little “uhhhggg (with my hand palm down & shaking back and forth)” about the craft & kitchen queen – but admittedly i’ve turned up the dial and i now have a little martha madness going on.

key signs:

  • a digital subscription to martha stewart living via zinio
  • a DVR library of the martha stewart show which airs every day in Australia at 7:30am on 7Two
  • a staple recipe in the kitchen of cayenne rubbed chicken w/ avacado salsa via my daily recipe emails
  • and an array of posts here on howd.i.y. featuring a few of her winning concepts

now my latest obsession is quite possibly the best thing i’ve discovered to date on  this project is for all the wine-os in the house!

these handmade wine stoppers are absolutely precious.  all i can think about is my next trip home to the u.s.  + hitting up hobby lobby for some cork & anthropolgie for some of their amazing vintage-esque knobs + and having a craft night in with some of my best buds.

found @ martha stewart
what: decorative stoppers

o.p.p. – waterfall braid

i love a good braid and always have. I remember being 10 years old and absolutely rocking a tight french braid in the 5th grade.

The times may be a changin’, but braids withstand the years and as we see – transform from tight to loose, back to side and neat to messy.

I recently stumbled upon this lovely look that transforms a loose look into a boho greek goddess do.

While I still need a little practice in my braid execution, I hope to get there and eventually obsess and rock it just as I did 20 years ago (though the low side one is already a fast hair day go-to). The key: a little patience and some guidance from my awesome hairstylist of a sister who is a braiding wiz (if you are near SoCal – visit Abby @ Madison Salon in Newport Beach).

For the full how-to on this look, get the deets below.

found @ headkandy
what: waterfall braid

o.p.p. – corkboard travel map

this one is for the travelers + crafters in the bunch. i for one fit that bill and love decking my place out with some worldy goods.  i think this little project will fit in nicely with my vintage globe + national geographic collection… and in fact, i ordered some rolls of cork today from ebay.  i’m planning to take a similar route, but who knows – I might just take a detour with the project.  (did you enjoy my lame travel puns?!)

found @ life blessons
what: corkboard travel map

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