DIY: Glittery Business Card Holder

Ideally, my entire desk would be covered in gold glitter, but this glittery business card holder will have to do for now.

This DIY was super easy (and cheap!). Just apply the Mod Podge to the business card holder (I got mine at Staple’s for $0.99) with a sponge brush, cover in glitter, let dry & repeat until you’re satisfied with the glittery-ness. Apply another layer of Mod Podge and let dry overnight. Enjoy!

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weekend update: stay forever, please.

I finally had the chance to sit down and comb through the photos from my mom and sister’s SF visit two weekends ago, and it made me miss them even more! I hadn’t seen them since Christmas, and although time has been flying lately, it seems like way too long since I’ve seen them.

One of the best parts of having people visit is that I get the opportunity to do touristy things and try things that I normally wouldn’t do on a “typical” weekend (whatever that means). We went to Off the Grid at Fort Mason on Friday, had high tea at Nieman Marcus on Saturday and saw Mental at Kabuki Theater. Easter Sunday consisted of brunch at Radish in the Mission, stumbling upon the Hunky Jesus contest in Dolores Park and wandering over to Haight Ashbury for some people watching. I took the day off on Monday and we ventured to Sausalito to have lunch at one of my faves (Salito’s!) with my Grandpa – he just got back from a trip to Africa, and he told us all about his safari adventures. We ended the day at the Full House house before grabbing dinner at Tacolicious (the best).

Whew – that seems like a lot when I write it out. I’m so happy that we got to spend time together, and I’m counting down the days until I head up home to Portland again (or until they come back for round two!).

Now for a photo dump.

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Spotlight on: Artist Chloe Fleury

Last week, Refinery29 S.F. posted about paper illustrator Chloe Fleury, and I just had to share the love!

First of all, her studio is amazing — particulary her use of a wooden dowel to keep her washi tape and ribbon in an easy-to-access place, and how saturated with color and textures it is. Not to mention, Chloe is adorable, and her work is so detailed and unique. Head over to Refinery29 to see the full tour!

Make sure to check out Chloe’s studio, hopscotch design — her commissioned pieces are seriously jaw-dropping.

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My favorite pieces are her S.F. neighborhood posters (I’m so curious about what North Beach would look like…)

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I think I may need to treat myself to the DIY Paper Rabbit Bust kit…

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SO amazing.

[All images via hopscotch design & Refinery29.]

Golden Lady

This week, I finally got to see Golden Gate bridge from the Marin Headlands, and let me tell you — it is AMAZING. Every viewpoint was packed with people, and you couldn’t blame ’em. The sun was shining, the Bay was a deep turquoise and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. We eventually made our way over to Point Bonita to see the lighthouse (G’s grandpa’s panoramic photographs hang inside!), and it was a perfect day for a little hike.

I was thinking about how many times I’ve seen the the bridge since I’ve been in San Francisco and how different it looks every time. I looked back through the photos I’ve taken and decided to make a little collage of my favorite lady in the city.

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Currently Coveting: Three Jane NY

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Yep. Those are bangles that look like hair ties.

Fashion publicist Katie Schloss founded Three Jane NY about a year ago, and is most recognized for The Map Necklace — a 14K gold plate that can have any location engraved on it. Your childhood home, where you had your first kiss, your favorite place in the world, etc., etc.

I love her line, and as I follow her on Instagram (obsessed, much?), I’ve really enjoyed the behind-the-scenes peaks at the recent pieces she’s been working on. Especially this bubble wand necklace. GIMME.

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[Photos are from Three Jane NY’s Instagram feed.]

Wild Instinct: The Hedgehog

Today I came across one of the world’s cutest Instagram accounts — Darcy the Flying Hedgehog (thanks, Buzzfeed!). Needless to say, I thought about cute hedgehogs all day, and my friend (who is actually named Darcy…but isn’t a flying hedgehog) and I discussed them in depth — would they be soft?  Cuddly? Can they make themselves less prickly if they like you?

This is Darcy the Flying Hedgehog:

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So adorable, right?

There are a lot of communities on the Internet for hedgehog lovers, and I learned some interesting facts that I thought were worth sharing:

— Baby hedgehogs are called hoglets

— Hedgehogs prefer to live separately from other members of their species, but can form tight bonds with humans

— They have a strong sense of smell but weak eyesight (hey, me too!)

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[Measuring Hedgies, $36; Little Hedgehog Print, $8; Cherry Patent Coin Purse, $85; Canvas Tote Bag, $18; Hedgehog Clock, $54; Hedgehog Ring, $240; Creature Comfort Mug, $8; Hedgehog Watercolor Painting, $35]

DIY: Dish Towel turned Pillow Case

One of my weaknesses is throw pillows — I am obsessed with them (seriously, I have about 10 on my bed right now). Anthropologie, Pier 1 Imports, Pottery Barn, West Elm, Target and Etsy are some of my favorite places to find beautiful pillows. But no matter how much I love pillows in all textures, sizes and colors, I just can’t justify paying $50+ for one.

I picked up this dish towel at Anthro a few months ago and have just been holding onto it because I don’t want it to get dirty in kitchen (I can’t imagine ever actually using it on dishes). Sooo I decided to turn it into a cute pillowcase!

It was pretty easy — just a little time consuming because I sewed it by hand.

All you need is:

— A dish towel, tea towel or any fabric of your choice
— A sewing kit (needle, thread, pins)
— Pillow stuffing (You can buy polyfill at any fabric store or rip open an old pillow that you’re not in love with anymore and borrow that stuffing)

This is the dish towel — so cute, right?

First, fold the pillow over and place a few pins at the corners and around the edges, then start stitching. I chose to use colored thread because I thought it would look good with the multicolored pillows.

Once you have securely sewed the pillow case on three edges (the two longer sides and one of the shorter sides if your pillow isn’t a square), you’re ready to start stuffing. Put as much in as you want, depending on how fluffy you want the pillow to be. Sew the remaining side shut.

Ta da! Your brand-new “Anthropologie” pillow.

I had a lot of fun making the pillowcase and I’m looking forward to making more. Let me know if you try this DIY — I’d love to see how you put your own spin on it!