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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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:

Darcy!

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!

10 Things to Love

I am so excited to have a week and a half off of work that I get to spend in Portland with my family. All I plan on doing is shopping around, watching movies, baking Christmas cookies, maybe doing a little shopping and spending a lot of time with my kitties. Okay, I guess that’s still a lot of stuff…but I guess the point is that it will be relaxing.

I hope that everyone gets to enjoy a cozy “winter break” with friends and family wherever home may be!

Gettin' Cozy

[Archipelago Botanicals Charleston Candle, $12; Frends White Leather/Rose Gold Layla Headphones, $190; Rocky Zip Hoodie Eco True Military, $50; Shoe Dazzle Holiday Shop; Pom Beanie, $38; Jack Wills Lulu Sock, $29.50; “Wild: From Last to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, $25; UGG Australia ‘Cozy’ Knit Slipper, $120; The Punchline, $199; Optic Arrowhead Throw, $40.]

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

Escape to: Morocco

I have always been fascinated with Morocco. I imagine stretching out on a jewel-toned rug under the warm desert sun after a long day shopping in the souks (and probably scoring some amazing silver rings). Also, they have elephants there. Done and done.

I love artists that incorporate the North African sparkle into their interiors and designs, and I try to incorporate that into my own aesthetic. The bright colors, traditional rugs and wedding blankets and the way that Moroccan design incorporates bold geometric shpaes and decorative adorments are so beautiful to me. Morocco is definitely high on my list of dream destinations and I can’t wait to visit and bring back some goodies for myself…but until then, maybe I’ll DIY this pouf! 

via Design*Sponge via. Elle Decor via. Elle Decor via. Elle Decor via. Elle Decor via. Eva Designs via. HGTV via. HGTV via. Marrakesh by Desigh

Sidenote — today, at I was shopping around at Anthropologie and found these beautiful placements and matching table runner. They kind of remind me of the Moroccan wedding blanket with the cream color scheme and silver metallic woven in. I love ’em!

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via. Anthropolgie

 

[Images found at ELLE Decor, Design*Sponge, HGTV, Marrakesh by Design, Anthropologie]