Bleached Tees

Bleaching day = favorite day. Also, we’re super excited to direct you to the new menu item up top ^

We opened our Etsy shop! Here’s where you can get your hands on a radĀ bleached tee of your own! They were all bleached one-by-one by me and Bren!

They’re all Men’s Medium (since that’s what we both wear!) But if you’d like to see another size/style/color just let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to stock up what you like šŸ™‚

As for the rest of this post, feel free to indulge on some cute pics of me and this girl>>
(and a really unladylike picture of my cat…)BleachedTeespost-4 BleachedTeespost-5BleachedTeespost-16BleachedTeespost-6BleachedTeespost-19PS: most of these photos are links to their Etsy listings. So if you see one you like, you can easily see if its still available! <3BleachedTeespost-8 BleachedTeespost-9Ā (this one’s my favorite!)BleachedTeespost-10BleachedTeespost-3BleachedTeespost-14BleachedTeespost-17BleachedTeespost-18BleachedTeespost-11 BleachedTeespost-12BleachedTeespost-20BleachedTeespost-13Ā Ā Ā  Ā BleachedTeespost-21x. tab

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[models: tab&bren&kairi]

 

‘Merica Bracelets

I thought it’d be super patriotic and fun to make a pair of bracelets inspired by the US flag to wear for the 4th this year. I opted for two separate bracelets instead of one so I could wear them independently as well.mericabracelets-1mericabracelets-5The red candy-stripe one is begging to go with a bright green for Christmas.mericabracelets-7mericabracelets-3The blue lattice braid looks like stars in this set, but also works as a simple polka dot bracelet in a nautical set or snowflakes for winter <3mericabracelets-8mericabracelets-4Ā I guess the nice thing about patriotism is that it never really goes out of season!mericabracelets-6mericabracelets-9Happy 4th, friends! <3 HopingĀ you get to enjoy lots of juicy watermelon, tasty grilled meats, fireworks, and family.

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ps: We’ve been playing with the idea of selling bracelets and bracelet sets on etsy. Leave us a line in the comments if this is something you’d wanna see <3

[model: bren]
[photography: tab]

Marbled Plaster Pots

These deeply adorable plaster plant pots were kind of a happy accident. After making a few plain white ones in various shapes and sizes, we thought it might be interesting to see what would happen if we threw some acrylic paint in our molds before we started pouring the plaster. Here’s what we got!Succulentpropogation-9Succulentpropogation-10PlasterPots-8PlasterPots-10PlasterPots-11(we got a little excited about this one and removed the mold before it was fully dry and it cracked! Super glue for the win.)PlasterPots-7Here’s some progress shots of our found materials and process. You can see here that for round pots we used cups from various places like Dickeys, ProStop, and your everyday plastic kid holiday cups.PlasterPots-4To keep the inner cup from “floating” up out of the plaster, you’ll need to either hold it still with your hands or put something heavy inside like a few rocks! At this stage in the process our plaster had already hardened enough that the inner cup wasn’t going anywhere.PlasterPots-3We recommend a shallow tin or box to place your cups in before you start pouring plaster. It can be unwieldy while you pour or overflow if you accidentally get too much! The tin we used is pictured here:Ā PlasterPots-6 If you want a square pot, milk cartons are a great solution!! Go diving through your recyclables and see what you can come up with. You’d be surprised what cool shapes you may have lying around. Just make sure you have a sturdy cup for the inside because the heat and pressure from the drying plaster can make your mold buckle. We tried using a toilet paper tube for the center of one of our first ones and it totally disintegrated and made a big mess. The pot survived but… like I said, not recommended. And definitely go for materials made of plastic or paper that you don’t mind throwing away after their first use. Even after spraying the inside and outsides with cooking spray, sometimes you still have to rip your molds to get your plaster pots out.PlasterPots-5For a marbled look we poured a bit of paint in a small disposable cup and mixed with a little water so it was runny. We poured this into our mold and rolled the paint around til we were satisfied with the application. The paint will do whatever it wants, so keep in mind your results will vary. We mixed up our Plaster of ParisĀ in a big gallon sized ziplock bag and cut the corner to pour. The smaller of a hole you cut the more control you’ll have, but if your plaster starts drying it could clog! So just know you gotta go fast and cross your fingers you end up with something cool! Just remember: if you hate it, you can always spray paint it silver like Brenna did! (see photos at the top)PlasterPots-25PlasterPots-26Here’s a shot of the plaster oozing over the edge. You’ll notice in the photos at the top that the green marbled pot has a jagged broken edge- this is why! Cause we had to break the overflowing edge to get it out!PlasterPots-24PlasterPots-23

PlasterPots-28Embrace messiness! It happens šŸ™‚ And don’t forget a spill tray!PlasterPots-27 PlasterPots-29Ta-da! Here’s our 3 finished pots. Make sure to read the directions for your plaster carefully! And give it the full 20-30 (or as noted on box) minutes to harden! If you start peeling it out early you risk cracking and breaking your pots! And rememberĀ not to use your body/hands as a mold since plaster gets really hot when it hardens!PlasterPots-30Later on we’ll be sharing a tutorial for how we made our own geometric molds out of cardboard and tape! So keep an eye out for that šŸ˜€

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Bib Scarf

For my niece’s first birthday I sewed up a nifty little bib scarf. I’ve seen these online for especially drooly (and deeply fashionable) babies and I loved the idea.

I dug through my fabric stash and found a cute little speckly stone grey fabric. I roughly measured a square maybe 2 ft diagonal from corner to corner. I folded it in half along the bias with right sides together and sewed the two raw edges together leaving an inch for flipping it inside out.After it was all sewn I added a 1×4″ strip along one of the acute triangle points and then sewed velcro to it to make it adjustable.

Then I added a simple little blanket stitch around the edges in a sassy peachy coral color and… voila!
(I used blanket stitch instructions via You Go Girl!)She’s such a doll! This auntie is obsessed <3

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[model: sweetie niece]
[photos: her mama and me]

Propogating Succulents

Summer eveningsĀ are made of this.

On my mom’s front steps lie our outdoor succulent collection. Hens&Chicks on Hens&Chicks on Hens&Chicks. Most of the little metal Ikea pots theyĀ liveĀ in are bursting with vibrant, overgrown plants. In order to give them the adequate space they need to flourish, we had to divide and repot.

Here’s a shot of the little babies shooting off the mama plant. (Its totally a mama plant even though we only refer to our succulents as ‘him’ and ‘that guy’ haha)Succulentpropogation-3The nice thing about having to separate the babies from the mother plant is that the mother shoots off these long little “umbilical cords” with the new plant on the end. You can grab the little cord stem and pull them straight out and its basically ready to be planted on its own!Ā Succulentpropogation-4Its nice to leave room in your pots for the plants to expand. If you give them room to grow- they’ll take it!Succulentpropogation-6Ā Sometimes you can split plants by grasping the rootball of one offshoot and gently separating it from the group. This is how Bren graciously shared some of her new indoor succulent plant with me.Succulentpropogation-7He’s so cute I could dieeee šŸ˜€Succulentpropogation-10Ā Make sure to give everything a nice quenching drink after all the dividing and repotting. It may take a few days for your plants to get used to being off on their own eating top ramen and finding their place in the world, but they will thrive and grow just as handsomely as their ancestors before them!Succulentpropogation-11Also don’t forget to have LOTS of soil and empty pots ready! Give your little guys space! divideandrepot-1 FullSizeRender-3
and if you don’t have traditional planters lying around- get creative! We found this long wooden box in the garage and it works great for holding the big guys! Keep in mind though, that if you use a wooden box like this, it’s likely to warp and fall apart over time. Its a great temporary solution for now though!divideandrepot-2We staggered theĀ large succulents and plantedĀ tiny babies surrounding them to break up the monotony. They’ll be MUCH happier now! šŸ™‚divideandrepot-4
If you’re in the market for some new succulents don’t forget to check the tags! Most of the plants shown here are outdoor plants (the indoor one is the ice blue fuzzy one in the marbled orange pot!) Indoor plants get scorched outside (or in a window that is too sunny) and outdoor plants pale and droop when they spend too much time inside. And we recommend cactus and citrus soil for succulents, but this time we used regular Miracle Gro Potting Mix. We’re all about using what you have lying around šŸ˜‰

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[photos: tab and bren]
[lovely hand model: bren]