There are two things I need to make my studio function like a well-oiled machine: a clean and organized area to work, and everything I could possibly ever need at an arm’s reach. My arms can only realistically reach so far, so convenience is usually the first to suffer. And by convenience suffering, I mean that some things just don’t get done. As of late I find myself in the throes of some exciting upcoming projects (more on that to come), and having sketch paper readily available jumped up the priority list.
Anyway, to make a long story short, I tried to find a cute document holder to hang on my wall (I know I’d seen some at Marshalls before…), but alas all of my efforts were in vain. Luckily, I found a way with some materials I had just lying around. Even if you have to nab some of the goods, I think the total price on my basket came out to around 7-8 dollars. So let’s go!
An under-shelf basket (I went on an under-shelf basket spree a while ago at Big Lots, so happened to have an extra in the basement)
A black permanent market or black spray paint
Let’s Do It:
1- The first thing I did was to bend the arm wires so that they would form a sort of upside down V (*See photo)
(Note: I forgot to take a photo of this step before coloring the basket).
2- Color the basket! In retrospect spray paint would have been much quicker and probably better in every way. However, without any spray paint on hand and a market within feet…
Your basket should now look like this:
3- Now for the time-consuming part. You will wrap all of the white in your jute. (The local dollar store always has rolls for, well, a dollar). On the “V” section of your basket, wrap the jute around the whole interior of the “V” so that it is covered in jute.
Start wrapping around just the one wire at the top so you will have a place your basket can hang from.
Bear in mind that following the jute process comes what I like to call The Juting when little bits of the fiber cover everything…
Note: Inevitably you will have to cut multiple lengths of jute. What I found to be easiest is when you get near the end of one strand, lie your next length against the wire and wrap it along with the wire. When you are at the end of the length, use the other length (whose beginning is now wrapped) and wrap the end. I hope that makes sense.
That’s it! Hang your basket on your wall with pride.
More and more lately, I have been falling into a slight jewelry obsession. Fawning over it. Wearing it. Making it. And like a any true DIYaphile, the more I see, the more I want to make. Although I’m still a good jaunt away from making the 14K cast rings that I dream of, I’ve been playing with wire and have come up with a super fast and simple ring that can adorn any finger or toe in celebration of summer!
An easily bendable wire- I’m using a gold toned 24 gauge
4 seed beads- mine are glass and ‘mint julep’ toned
Let’s Do This:
1: First you will cut a section of wire that can ultimately wrap twice around whichever finger or toe you desire. I normally just cut a length around 4.5 or 5 inches and cut off the excess.
2: Next, you will gentle bend the wire at the middle so the shape is like a “U” and place your beads onto the wire.
3: Continue bending the wire until you have a loop that is the size you want your ring to ultimately be.
4: Now it’s time to strengthen your ring! Begin with one side and twist the wire end around the side of your ring until you get to the beads. Make sure to not wrap the wire all the way, but leave some space because we’re going to do a tighter wrap to finish on either side of the beads. Twist the wire on the other side.
5: To finish, start with one side and begin to tightly wrap your wire so that it looks like a coil. Continue to do this until you get to the beads. Cut your wire, and use the wire benders to bend the end of the wire flush to your coil.
6: Repeat on the other side, and…
…you’re done! Enjoy your new ring! This would also be great with some different colored beads to make a set of stacking rings or matching rings for each finger. Go wild!
Greek Yogurt, Fruit, and Chocolate Almond Milk Breakfast Smoothie
Sometimes in the mornings I’m just not in the mood for a lot of grains, refined sugars, or even eggs. Enter: Greek Yogurt, Fruit, and Chocolate Almond Milk Smoothie. Yes, it’s a mouthful, and how. With the only processed sugar being the bit of cane sugar from the chocolate almond milk, the smoothie is overall fairly light, tasty, sweet (but not saccharine), and containing a good amount of protein without the use of a protein powder.
Another nice thing about this recipe is that all of the ingredient amounts are really just to taste. My version does not have a huge chocolate flavor and is a little thicker than you might like. Solution: add more chocolate almond milk! With that said, on we go!
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
1/2 cup of frozen strawberries (frozen works like ice without adding ice)
1/4 cup of plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup of chocolate almond milk
2-3 tbs of wheat germ
Let’s Do It!:
First, slice your banana into your blender.
Add your blueberries.
Slice your frozen strawberries into smallish pieces and add.
Add the yogurt and wheat germ.
Lastly, add the chocolate almond milk and blend. (Adding the milk last allows the fruit to start closer to the blades of the blender and makes the process easier, in my opinion).
I’ll admit it. I was a latecomer into the TOMs phenomenon. It wasn’t until one fateful day at my usual thrift haunt that I spotted them: a pair of grays for 5 dollars. Those turned out to be a couple of the most comfortable shoes to ever hang around my feet. Sadly, like many things, they got to the point where they were just too worn. Holes in the toes. Dirt from unadulterated romping. They were in pretty bad shape. I did get a new pair, but I couldn’t find it in my heart to just throw them out. Once they form to you’re feet they’re just so comfortable! So, I decided to crochet a new top and salvage that ridiculously comfy sole.
This is my first written pattern, so bear with me. I did make the second shoe from the first pattern to test it, but if anyone has any trouble or needs clarification on anything, shoot me a message and I will do what I can!
This is a super short and simple recipe. I generally try to eat healthy whenever possible. Fruits and veggies, cutting back on processed sugar, bean burgers, but one thing I find myself really getting a hankering for is the classic. Macaroni and cheese. The boxed kind. So, I nabbed a couple boxes of organic macaroni and let the magic begin.
1 box organic macaroni and cheese (oh, they’re out there)
switch out butter and in olive oil same amount
switch out moo milk and in almond milk, a hair less but mostly the same amount
.5 tablespoon of Turmeric (more or less based on taste)
A shake of red pepper flakes
A shake of black pepper
Now You Must:
Make the macaroni like the box says. Boil your water and cook the noodles (I like mine to be a bit on the al dente side).
Drain water and add your oil, milk, and crazy orange cheese pouch.