22.4.14

Urban Outfitters Inspired DIY Feather Suede Headwrap


When I saw this boho feather headwrap over at Urban Outfitters, I knew I could create something similar! I'm a big fan of festival inspired accessories (especially ones with feathers) and this would be perfect for any summer event!  If you want to make one too, here is what you will need:


I bought the suede cord and crimps at this Etsy shop, and had the other supplies from previous projects. (I got the feathers here).

Start by cutting your cord into three pieces of equal length. You can measure the length around your head, leaving a bunch of tail end, and then double it for each piece since we will be braiding it.


Then grab a bead and thread it onto one end of your cords, leaving a few inches free. Your bead holes should be large enough to fit the cord through, but not too large that the bead will fall off. My beads were a bit smaller so it took a bit of time to get all of the cords through! Where this bead starts is where you will start braiding.


Braid the cord all the way down until you get a few inches from the end. Add another bead to the end to secure the braid.



Thread two beads onto the fringe, then add a crimp, a jump ring, then another crimp. The crimps are easy to use. You just pop your cord into it and use some pliers to press the ends down on top of it.


On the other open crimp, insert your feather and crimp down once again. Slide your beads down to the end.


Do this for each cord. Try making them different lengths so they all hang nicely!


To wear it, just tie it in a knot around your head and you're good to go! Wouldn't this look great with a dip dyed ombre tank?

By Dana Fox Updated at: 8:00 AM

21.4.14

Goodbye Winter

tank: human | pants: volcom from lulu*s | cardigan: romwe

I feel like it's been forever since I just sat down and give you guys a life type post. Probably because the winter months had me seriously depressed and living a rather uneventful life. Yesterday, finally, I was actually able to walk around outside without a jacket and it felt fabulous. I think this is the end of about seven months of winter so I am definitely feeling happy.

Dustin and I have been thinking about our long term goals, and one thing we would love to be able to do is purchase a vacation home or a second property to use as an income property. We are going to start planning to reach this goal, because I think it would be amazing. The thought of skipping winter and living in a vacation home whenever we feel like it is like a dream. Obviously I'm not talking about anytime soon, but I've always wanted to invest in additional property so I'm excited to start looking into this world to figure out what we will need to do to eventually accomplish this... and of course research where we can get cheap homes in other parts of the world. Where would you live if you could... anywhere in the world??
By Dana Fox Updated at: 8:00 AM

18.4.14

MAKE: DIY Pennant Flags


Hi there! It's Melyssa from The Nectar Collective. Today, I have a super easy and inexpensive DIY project that is perfect for fun home decor, parties, and even kids craft projects. Growing up, my family's home had lots of pennant flags adorned on our walls -- mostly for athletic teams. As cute as the flags were, I was never that into sports. Instead, this take on pennant flags offers up a cute alternative that you can totally make your own!

The supplies are very cheap. All you need is some felt, glue (I used fabric glue, but craft glue would work just fine!), scissors, and a marker (not pictured). You can also buy long wooden dowels if you'd like to turn your pennants into real flags, too.


To create your triangular shapes, fold your felt in half, into a rectangle. Then, cut from one corner to the opposite corner. Ta-da!


Once you're done with that, use your marker to write out your words on your other felt pieces. Cut them out and glue them on your triangular shapes. You're done! Since they're so lightweight, I just added some duct tape to the back of my flags and stuck them on the wall.


I chose some happy exclamations, since I seem to say them more than actual words these days. The beauty of this project is that it's super versatile -- you could spell out someone's name for cute birthday party decor, write the names of your favorite foods to spice up your kitchen, or be like me and use whatever silly words pop into your head. Have fun with it! :)


What would you write on your pennant flags?!


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Melyssa is a graphic designer and blogger hailing from the mean streets of Orange County, California. You can usually find her on her blog, The Nectar Collective, where she uncovers positive vibes, spreads creativity, and talks about her corgi more than most people talk about their children. She also spends entirely too much time on Twitter, so you might as well say hello! @nectarcollect.
By Dana Fox Updated at: 8:00 AM
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