Wednesday, April 26
I had the chance to make it to Rachel's indigo dyeing workshop a couple weekends ago and, boy, was it fun! I've been so curious about the process since she's gotten interested in this technique, so getting to experience it firsthand was perfection. Oh, and we had absolutely perfect weather, so that doesn't hurt either. 😉
Firstly, let's just talk about how cool this pallet house is. Rachel built it, of course, and I was smitten the moment I laid eyes on it. My kids are getting a pallet play house this summer! I'm totally inspired.
Rachel showed us how to use different objects and clamps to create a variety of patterns on our fabric. We began by folding then fabric and then we positioned acrylic cutouts, chopsticks, clothespins, etc. to make unique designs once the fabric was dipped in the indigo. My first attempt was pretty meh, but once I got the hang of it I dyed a large piece of fabric (not sure what to sew it into yet), a dress, and a caftan.
More than anything, it was great hanging out with these lovely ladies and learning a new craft. Several of the gals at the workshop had come to the weaving workshop at my house last fall, so it was great to reconnect and learn together again. If you have the chance to take any of Rachel's workshops this year, I highly recommend them. I know she's going to several states this summer, so check out her schedule!
Monday, April 17
Welp, it has been a week of radio silence here on the blog. Why? It's not because I've been too busy to keep up with posting, but because my darling dear Poesy accidentally kicked my laptop off of my bed. Thankfully she just killed the screen. I was afraid I had lost a bunch of files once again. I'm here now on a loaner computer and playing a big round of catchup!
As I mentioned a few weeks back, I'm regularly contributing on ABM again! I'm excited to get back to a more consistent schedule. If I don't make time for that creative brainstorming, I often find myself in a creative funk. Setting that time aside to plan and make is so important to me!
Anyway, here are a couple of the posts you can find over on ABM this month!
My theme for this month has been simpler, more practical crafts. I am often guilty of being overly-ambitious when it comes to DIYs, so this first project was perfect for simplifying. This bunny is "half-way homemade" meaning the doll was bought at a craft store and I went about customizing it. She was a hit for Easter, but really you could make this doll any time of the year. You could even switch out what type of animal you're making!
Again, with the overcomplicating: when I first started this wall hanging, my plans for it were so unnecessarily involved. Stepping back and allowing myself to use good old fashioned wood, yarn, and hot glue turned out to be something lovely to display in our home! Actually, my craft group is getting together next week to make their own! I'm so excited to do this with friends!
You can find the full tutorial for the Bunny DIY here and the Statement Wall Hanging here. Happy Monday, friends! xo.
Wednesday, April 5
I got this dress for Christmas and I've been waiting for it to finally get warm enough to wear it! I can tell it's going to be one of my Spring favorites, but for now I still feel most comfortable dressing it with tights. I'm the kind of gal that needs to ease into the new season. Like, I envy people who can throw on open toe shoes or shorts at the first breath of warm air. I'm telling you, the first time I walk outside without tights or knee socks is going to feel so weird! Oh yeah... and I seriously don't own a pair of tights without snags these days. I'm too clumsy or something.
Dress: Dolls Kill // Purse: Kate Gabrielle's closet sale // Tights: Party City // Shoes: Nasty Gal // Pin: Kill Em With Cuteness // Choker: Free People
Totally off subject but way more interesting to me-- I'M SEEING RADIOHEAD TODAY! This is going to be one of those special life experiences, I just know it. We've been waiting years to see them and I can't believe it's finally going to be here!! Thank goodness the terrible storm coming our way hit on Tuesday instead of Wednesday. Driving 3 hours in that weather would have been so stressful.
Anyway, happy Wednesday/Katie goes to Radiohead day! xo.
Wednesday, March 29
I hosted a plant swap recently (you know I love gatherings) and it was such a fun night. All of the ladies that came seemed to have knowledge of different plants and I feel like we all got to learn something. I've struggled with succulents in the past (I know, I know... they're easy) and I'm having my first bit of success with propagation. It's a small success, but exciting just the same!
Can you see the baby roots sprouting out? I've become a little obsessive and probably check them everyday, but like I said-- this is the first time I haven't killed the babies immediately! Yay! Basically, I just needed to stop "taking care of" the leaves and just let them be. When they would start to shrivel, I was certain they needed water. Nope! They were forming roots and new babies. Dry soil is your best friend here. Thanks to all my IG friends who have answered a million of my questions!
I also learned that you can propagate Pothos cuttings in water. It's recommended to plant them in soil after they start sprouting roots so they can adapt to soil a little more easily. I have a ton of this plant around my house, so I'm excited to start sharing babies with friends!
I'm testing out some other propagation methods on various plants, so I'll let you know how they go in the coming months. Do you have favorite plants to grow indoors? I feel like I'm finally getting the hang of the trickier (for me) plants. It's all a learning process, right? xo.
Tuesday, March 21
I'm finally getting out of that winter-time clothing funk. It happens to me every year. Once it's been cold for a while, I find myself wearing the same round of my warmest tights and Johnny's warmest sweaters. Spring has popped by and said "hello" a few times recently and I'm finding myself WANTING to get dressed again. This getup wasn't really intended for an outfit post, but I figured-- hey, why not post a day-to-day outfit? I honestly wear the same necklaces and glasses most days, carry the same purse regularly, and wear my hair down until the weather warms because I'm a baby when it comes to being cold. But, you know... that's real and I'm sure lots of you ladies are in the same boat with me!
Shirt: vintage // Jeans: J. Brand // Purse: Bali Elf // Shoes: Lotta From Stockholm // Scarf: vintage // Glasses: BonLook-- Skunkboy "Twinkle Tort" // Hand necklace: Datter
I've been working on a few new DIYs to share over on ABM in April and I'm excited for you guys to see them! Thanks to all of you who left sweet words on my home tour. I shared those rooms over here one-by-one, but it's fun to see them all together. I hope your week is off to a great start! xo.
Tuesday, March 14
I seriously can't believe we're already well into March! I feel like these early months of the year are just flying by. We've been keeping busy with various home projects (like always) and mapping out what things are important for us to accomplish this year. I'm currently in the process of getting myself back to regular posts on ABM, focusing more energy over here on my blog, and planning out local plant and flower workshops I'll be hosting in the next few months. I'm liking these goals so far!
I had the opportunity recently to go in and style (and help model in) a commercial shoot for SnackCrate. I'll be interested to see what they do with the photos. We were aiming for really fun and over-the-top images, and the photographers we were working with were great!
Hope has finally finished up her competitive season of gymnastics. She really killed it this season. How can someone make an aerial look so effortless? Sheesh. Oh, and if you asked me to do ANY of the stuff she does on beam I might literally just run away.
Other than that, I'm working on getting better at propagating plants, spending quality time with my people, and enjoying this new small kitty we've adopted. You know, the usual.
I hope you are all having a great March so far! It's snowing here today, but my fingers are crossed for warmer weather on Saturday. Our band is supposed to be playing an outdoor concert. Yikes!