Summer staples

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IMG_1729-sweatshirt c/o Hello Apparel // shorts: Forever 21 (similar here) // sandals: Target (similar here) // purse c/o Red Envelope // necklace c/o Cool Water Gems // watch: Michael Kors 

I bought these shorts along with a few similar counterparts at the end of spring and I have worn them a zillion different ways. They have become a summer staple because they are comfortable, chic, and effortless. You can throw them on with a graphic tee or sweatshirt and gladiators or dress them up with a blazer jacket and wedges and some accessories.

What are some of your summer staples this year?

I hope you loving our new blog design as much as I do. Hooray for wider pictures.

Lindsay

DIY: Dip Dyed Hand Towels With Tassels

It’s FRIDAY which means my talented friend Laura G. is back with a fun DIY project you will swoon over. Tassel lovers unite.

Take it away Laura…

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My cousin, her husband, and their kids are coming to stay with us for the next five sleeps (yes, when you have three kids under 5 that’s how you count the days!).  I started to think about what I could do to make my house guest-ready.  For the guest room a basket with magazines for the parents, books for the kids, fresh fruit, bottles of water, some yummy goodies.  For the guest bath, fresh flowers and the most darling hand towels!  And what better way to spoil family and friends than by treating them with something home-made?!

These dip-dyed, tassel-adorned guest towels don’t take long to make, they look fantastic and, frankly, they would make a great gift!  Let’s get to it!

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What you Need:

Rit fabric dye, hand towels (I used these amazing soft cotton ones from Sur La Table but any light weight towels will do!), embroidery thread (I used 2 per towel), a needle and thread and a bowl!

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Tassel How-To:

Ever make a tassel?  I’ll warn you, once you start you wont stop and there will be tassels everywhere.  I mean everywhere.  Your daughters hair, on door knobs, on necklaces, on tree branches …. oh!  just got an idea….focus!

Ok, to start, cut approximately one arms length of your embroidery thread, then cut that in half and set aside (we’ll call these scrap pieces!).  Next, take the looped embroidery thread and cut it in half (we’ll call this the chunk).   Take one of your scrap pieces and tie it around the middle of your chunk (set the other 1/2 aside to make your second tassel).  Fold the embroidery thread in half.  Take the second scrap piece and wrap it around the doubled thread a few times.  Tie off a knot in the back.  Finally, trim the bottom of the tassel to make it uniform and blunt!  There you have it!  A tassel!  Repeat until you have all the tassels you want for your towels!

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Dip Dye How-To: 

Super easy.  Fill your bowl or bucket with warm water, add in desired amount of Rit Dye and stir (note, this stuff is meant to stain and it will!).   {Want a lighter color?  Add less dye.  Darker color?  Add more dye.}  So, now that you’ve added your color, slowly dip your towel into the dish being careful to hold up the back side of the towel (unless of course you want both ends dipped!).   I went about 1/3 of the way up with the dye on my towels!  Once you’ve dipped hang to dry!

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The final step!  Sew on them tassels!  I got out the trusty measuring tape to space mine out along the front of the fold.  Add a few stitches to each tassel to ensure that they are sung.  (Note:  Probably a good idea to hand wash these babies – because of the color and because of the delicate nature of the hand sewn tassels!)

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photo 5I mean, how great are these?  Spoiler alert: Family and friends you may be getting these as gifts at some point!  Thanks for letting me craft with you again!

Until next time,
Laura G.

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Lindsay

Mint & Crop Tops

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 skater skirt c/o Ali & Kris (similar here) // top: H&M (similar here) // shoes: Steve Madden, (similar here) // bracelets c/o HorseFeathers // watch: Michael Kors // necklace c/o Stella & Dot // sunglasses: Free People

So I’m the girl that swore off crop tops back in the 90s, and when I saw them show their evil heads again last season, I immediately shunned them. But as fashion always does, it grew on me and today’s post is my attempt at the whole “crop top” trend. I love this outfits ability to still look modest and feminine. Both things I’m all about. I’d totally rock this look for a weekend shopping in LA or brunch with my family. Are you a crop topper?

Landyn left last night to spend a week at her dad’s. To say I was a soppy mess would be an understatement. This is the longest she’s been gone for and it’s going to be a tough one on me. I couldn’t sleep last night knowing she wasn’t in the room next to me, I woke up feeling empty, and I still have 6 days to go. I told Josh I was going to redo our entire house to keep my mind busy. I’ll be sure to share the projects I tackle this week.

Have a great week!!!!

Lindsay

DIY: Pom Pom Flip Flops

Happy Friday!

My DIY contributor Laura is back today with the cutest summer project. And if your anything like me and live in flip flops in the summer, you will love the flair she adds to plain ol’ flip flops.

Take is away Laura…

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Yep, pretty much putting pom pom’s on anything and everything I can get my hands on!  So when I looked down at my sad black flip flops, I knew they would be the perfect place to pom bomb! An amazing thing about this DIY is that you don’t need much!

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What You Need:
1. A pair (or two) of flip flops {I had to make some for my daughter too!}
2. Scissors
3. Pompom makers {Yep, that’s right, the circular little gadgets will turn your world upside down!  You can buy them in a variety of sizes at almost any craft store!}
4. Any yarn!  {I’m loving this stripped cotton baby I got at Michaels.  I spilt coffee on it and it came right out with a little water!  Another bonus is that it’s super soft and not at all itchy!}

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Let’s get started!

Well make the poms first because you are going to be too excited once you get the knotting on the flip flops done!  {I made 6 poms, 4 four for our flops and two for my daughter’s hair – just sayin…}

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Open both sides of your pom pom maker.  Start wrapping yarn around one side.  {Tip: Don’t worry about it being too tiddy + I usually do three layers on the smaller makers, 6-7 on the larger makers.}

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When your done wrapping the first side, cut off your excess yarn.  Repeat on the other side!  Then cut off your excess yarn again.  Take your wrapped maker and trim up the center!

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Cut off a 6″ piece of your yarn.  Wrap it around the center portion of the maker, pull snug, and tie a knot.  {Tip: If you are using a wool yarn be careful not to pull too tightly, you will tear the yarn!}  Then, wait for it, the best part: pull your maker apart! {Tip: You might have to give your pom baby a trim!}

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Now for the flip flops! Cut a piece of yarn about 1.5 yards (or arms lengths) for kids shoes and 3 yards (or arms length) for adult sized flops.  Tie a simple knot onto the end of one flop.  Then, make a bunny ear with your yarn and pull the end of your yarn though.  {Tip: this is also called a slip knot!}  Repeat the process all the way around your flops!  Once you are done, you tie a knot at the other end and trim the excess.  {Tip: You can add a dab of hot glue to the inner part of the shoe to hold the yarn on but it’s not totally necessary!}unnamed-6.jpgunnamed-7.jpg

Once you have your flop wrapped tie your pom onto the center with a simple knot!  Custom, inexpensive, done YOURSELF, flip flops!

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I promise you and yours will love this project!  And what a great craft for a summer party or bridal shower!  Can’t wait to craft with you again!

Until next time…
Laura G.

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Lindsay