10 Things to Love

10 Things to Love

Summer is here in San Francisco, meaning – while there are pockets of sunshine – most of our days are pretty  much blanketed in fog. I’m finding myself dreaming of summer somewhere a little sunnier – Charleston, perhaps? Every summer for the past lord-knows-how-many years, we’ve spent summertime in South Carolina with my cousins, and we always take a day trip (or two!) to Charleston. I’m missing the Southern sunshine a little today, so this week’s 10 Things to Love is a little inspired by that special place.

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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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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!

DIY: Mason Jar Glitter Globes

I went to a White Elephant gift exchange last week and could not decide what I wanted to bring as a gift. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money, didn’t want it to seem cheap and wanted it to feel special.

I ended up deciding to make two snow globes out of mason jars to give as my gift. You can buy these at Anthropologie for $12-28, or make them yourself for around $7! I have made a couple of these before, and they’re really easy. It only takes about 15 minutes (including the glue drying time) so these would also be a great last-minute holiday gift.

All you need is:

– A mason jar (or two!)
– Some hot glue or super glue – whichever you prefer
– Glitter — I think it’s best to use a mixture of chunky and finer glitter
– I picked up some pinecone ornaments at Walgreens, but you can use anything you want
– Glycerin

glitter globe essentials

First, attach the pinecone (or mini tree, disco ball, candy cane…whatever) to the lid of the mason jar. I used hot glue just because that’s my glue of choice — I seriously use it for everything — but you could also use super glue if you have that lying around.

Attach the Pinecone

Pour the glitter into jar. I put a healthy mixture of colors and sizes (big gold flakes, white, bright fuchsia, teal, etc., etc., etc.,) My favorite glitter is the Martha Stewart collection that you can get at Michaels, and Spectra gold glitter that you can get at any craft store.

Glitter!

Fill the jar with water up to about half an inch from the top, and then pour in a DROP of glycerine. Literally — just a drop. If you put in more, your glitter will be too float-y (is that a word? I don’t know…) and clump together. The glycerine is what makes the glitter gently float down to the bottom and swirl around.

Sidenote — I have yet to find a tutorial for these globes that tells you where to find glycerin/what it is used for. So, I’ll tell you. Glycerine has a wide variety of uses, but the main one (and the section of the drugstore that you’ll probably find it in) is as a laxative. Be sure to buy the pure liquid glycerine, not the pills, so you can just put a drop of it into the water. It was just slightly awkward standing in line at the crowded Walgreens on my way home from work buying laxatives, but whatever — there are weirder things in San Francisco I guess!

Fill 'er up

Glitter!!

just love the glitter

Place the top on (given that the glue has dried) and then screw the lid on. Make sure it’s tight, and shake it up!

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Ta da! Beautiful mason jar glitter globes!

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I spray painted the lids of a few of the other ones I made gold but decided to leave these ones silver. I think it’s nice to see something pretty when you turn it upside down to shake it.

Let me know if you decide to give these a try. I’d love to see how yours turn out!

glitter globe process