My current obsession is Katie Kutthroat's Etsy shop. Her hilarious and sarcastic cross stitch creations have recently been featured on HBO's Girls scattered around Hannah's apartment. They range from television and movie quotes to quirky sayings and she'll even do custom orders!
These are some of my favorites...
Amazing, right? They range from about $35-55 but she also sells smaller magnet versions for $15 and patterns for those who like to DIY for around $3-4.
If you need a houseplant murdered, I'm your girl! You can trust me with your pets, your kids, and your house, but please don't leave your greenery under my supervision. The downside to this huge character flaw is that I adore flowers and plants indoors! There is something about a fresh (live) plant brightens my day. My inability to garden aside, I also only have a small amount of space that I can dedicate to long-living plants. I did however manage to find a spot for these daffodils I picked up at Trader Joe's for a buck twenty-nine a bunch!
My good friend Summer suggested I try my hand at succulents. They are nearly impossible to kill, conserve water, can be potted in almost any medium (reuse & recycle) and have become increasingly trendy which means DIY tutorials are easy to find!
Here's a roundup of some of my favorite succulents. Add them to my DIY to-do list!
I used to pride myself on really having my shit together (for a lack of a better phrase)...I had my college degree and teaching credentials at 21, was in a long term relationship that I thought was going somewhere by 23, and although I was struggling to find a permanent, full time teaching job, I was still making ends meet with two part-time positions. Very abruptly though, my fantasies of a perfect and easy life were curb-stomped and I was faced with the reality that I was not Charlotte York from Sex and the City.
At the beginning of the year I moved into a rented room in a cute 3 bedroom house and have slowly been decorating it. This will be my third rented place in three years, but the first I've actually taken the time (and energy) to really paint and decorate and make mine. It's a work in progress, but I am very happy with it so far!
Here are a few "before" shots, taken with my (not so fancy) iPhone.
Don't you dig that creamy beige?!!? I wasn't much of a fan so I was dumb brave and chose a paint color without even painting a swatch of it first! Thank goodness I loved it.
The lighting isn't so great, and I'm an awful photographer, but you get the idea. I am obsessed with my striped accent wall and must give a special shout out to Frog Tape for helping me with those crisp lines! These pictures were taken a few weeks ago. You'll notice those chicken wire frames have since been DIY'ed into a jewelry display and Vegas is now only TWO days away!! Woot Woot!!
I don't even recall how I came across willcraftforfood, but I'm so happy I did because I immediately fell in love! I mean, her tagline is "If Bob Villa & Martha Stewart had a lovechild"...obsessed. I am having serious DIY envy over what she did with her sister's tiny New York City studio apartment with a budget of $500 and only 5 days.
I've tried to find hidden treasures at places like Goodwill, but I don't have much patience for messy stores. And I want to be one of those people who discovers a roughed up piece of furniture on the curb and transforms it into something amazing, but I'm a germaphobe. Well, willcraftforfood is good at both of those things and I am jealous! Here is a little before and after, but this is just a little taste of the whole makeover.
My very lovely friend, Summer, has been kind enough to feature me on her site More Design Please as a semi-regular guest writer and I could not be more excited! I will be covering whatever happens to inspire me that week. Friday's entry was about my very first adventures in online dating. Have a read!