Make It

make it: diy hanging basket

by lizzie & isaiah on June 21, 2011 · 7 comments

I have a black thumb. It’s time to change that. Diane of Home Sweet Homemade put together an awesome DIY mesh hanging plant basket tutorial that you and I have to try. Let’s compare notes after, shall we? Spoiler alert: Yours will turn out better.

Check out her fantastic tutorial and make sure you try it at home.

Before you run off to grab all the stuff to make it, be sure to enter the giveaway (you have until Friday!) for a homemade bridal fascinator.

Photo: Diane of Home Sweet Homemade

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make it: storage

by lizzie & isaiah on May 31, 2011 · 8 comments

We spent all weekend furniture shopping, storage-solution hunting and cleaning (when I wasn’t dealing with three tickets for the exact same thing given to me within 12 hours). We had an extra apartment, you see, one we moved 80% of our stuff out of…and left it to be The Land of Things We’re Not in Love with but Don’t Want to Throw Away. It was rough. We’re on the hunt for affordable storage solutions and, more specifically, a house for our shameful DVD collection that won’t make us look like clutter-loving hoarders.

I like this floating box storage solution from ReadyMade…although I’m not quite sure our crafting skills are sharp enough to attempt it just yet.  Any other ideas? Also, while you’re at it, do you want to build me a weekend and help with some organizing in our new place? YOU DO?! Gee. Thanks.

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make it: for the home on a dime

by lizzie & isaiah on May 17, 2011 · 12 comments

We’ve been thrifting. We’ve always been thrifters. I finished my entire last apartment with a car full of clothes, a few pieces of wall art and a $400 budget for furniture and furnishings on Craigslist. It was really cluttered. The furniture we bought lasted two years before we had to call time of death.

Now we’re starting to want grown-up furnishings. We still bought 80% of our furniture on Craigslist, but we bought nicer, newer (read: more expensive). We’ve spent more than we intended and now we have bare walls and some empty spaces and we don’t want to spend much more on things like organization, lighting, wall stuff…the stuff that makes a place home.

I’m lucky that Isaiah is a fantastically rad artist and we have two pieces so far to hang on the walls. For the rest of the wall space, I’ve been hunting for thrift store finds and DIT projects for us to make at home on the weekends. I think I found a few winners. It’s pretty awesome when you show a dude a craft project and they go, “OH MY GOD THAT’S AWESOME, let’s make that.”

Images & Tutorials: Left – honeycomb storage shelves from Design*Sponge. Top Right – letter lighting from Do It Yourself. Bottom Right – woven wooden lamp from Dollar Store Crafts.

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make it: balms and salves

by lizzie & isaiah on May 10, 2011 · 12 comments

I’ve been watching a lot of this show, “The Lazy Environmentalist” on Netflix. Have you seen it? I also watched my very first episode of “Mad Men” last night. Season 1, Episode 1. It was pretty great, looking forward to getting addicted and watching a marathon this weekend. No, but really, I have lots to do. We’re still moving out of our old place. It’s been 2 months in the new place….but we’re still moving. I can’t believe how slow progress has been, but between buying new furniture and having two cats and a puppy who want to be in the middle of exactly what you’re doing at all times, I’m just glad we have the couches and bed set up. (Although, Tupac rode the mattress into the bedroom while we were trying to move it).

Anyway, since I didn’t learn anything from that first episode of “Mad Men” other than men can be reeeeal assholes, we’ll move on right to ”The Lazy Environmentalist.”

Until a year and a half ago when I took Environmental Science, I didn’t care one lick about my environmental impact. I regularly threw shopping bags filled with the trash from my car onto the highway. I left cans of soda sitting at the park because I couldn’t see a garbage can. While you might think it’s common sense to take care of the world we live in, I didn’t. I wasn’t raised to think it was important. Even now, most of my family is of “The Lazy Environmentalist” Josh Dorfman’s, perspective that they will try to take care of the environment if it doesn’t affect them.

When I heard the numbers in class almost two years ago, I was shocked to think we might already be at Earth’s carrying capacity in terms of the amount of resources available to last us. Oil, food, even water could become scarce if we’re not careful with our resources. Initially, Isaiah and I vowed to have as few children as possible. We want kids, but the rate of growth for Earth’s population is just insane. So that was first.

We changed the lightbulbs in the house to energy-efficient bulbs as they ran out and were conscious of how long our showers were taking. We started with recycling obvious things, paper, aluminum, glass. Then we started turning off the water while we brushed our teeth and buying anything we could in bulk (although I haven’t made the leap to only buying food (especially produce) within 100 miles from home yet). We try to save what we can from being wasted. I think in June we’ll try to eliminate 10-20% of our waste…then in July again…I just don’t want the worm farm. I’m fine with everything but the worm farm.

Anyways, I tell you all that to tell you this: We do what we can, but it’s still not enough. We don’t reuse enough. We don’t repurpose. Partly because most of our clothes and furniture and stuff up to this point was hardly worth giving to a thrift store new…and all of it was used when we bought it.

I want to get better about reusing and repurposing and eliminating the 40 lbs of garbage per week we’re supposedly racking up (I believe it).

3191 Miles Apart did this great tutorial on making balms and salves at home from what you already have. Give it a shot, let me know how it goes.

Image: 3191 Miles Apart to illustrate a tutorial on homemade balms and salves.

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make it: rotating photo inspiration

April 19, 2011

I got home from work at 2:30 in the afternoon on Friday. I was freaking out like a little kid and wanted to spend the rest of the day goofing off with Isaiah, checking out the Main St. Arts Festival downtown and eating a giant piece of cake with my leftover weekly points. When I [...]

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make it: baked earrings

March 29, 2011

I adore A Merry Mishap. I check out a lot of diy and furniture/home decor blogs…mainly because we’re semi-broke and moving…but Jennifer’s style wows me every time. She did this fantastic picture tutorial on how to bake these earrings and I will be doing this this week. You can count on it. A lot of [...]

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make it: jewelry hangy-thingamabob

March 22, 2011

So I took a wee break from the web for a little while, partly because of For Japan with Love on Friday (which you can read in an update on Ever-Ours kicked ass so far) and partly because we spent the weekend picking up just…a ton of adult furniture. It might not be very adult [...]

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make it: favorite favors

March 15, 2011

I hate wedding favors. I mean really hate them. I mean to say there has never been a wedding favor I have enjoyed getting, kept for more than 24 hours or even wanted to take with me from the wedding. They’re expensive for the couple to even buy a halfway cute favor and it’s almost never [...]

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make it: cardigan clips

March 1, 2011

These cardigan clips were inspired from someone from “Glee,” but don’t hold that against them. They’re adorable and easy to make in minutes. I wanna find some wicked black and white patterned clip ons to try it myself, but the orange and sea-foam green is pretty cute together as well. I have to tell you [...]

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make it: get in my belly

February 22, 2011

You know that table cloth, right? This freaking delicious-looking Roasted + Stuffed Pear Salad recipe is from Eat Make Read. We’ve been on a health kick lately and you can only spruce up greens so many ways until you go all “I need BREAD now” on everyone. I’ve been on the hunt for some good [...]

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