Hey guys! I’m excited to share my first DIY post in this space! This one is SO easy you’ll kick yourself for not doing it sooner. Lately I’ve seen the old macrame style plant hangers pop up everywhere, and while they range from the basic one I’m about to show you, to extremely detailed and intricate ones, I thought it would be nice to start with a simpler design. Once you master this one, challenge yourself and go big!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Potted plants (for this project I chose lightweight plants in plastic pots; although twine is relatively strong, make sure your plant isn’t too heavy.)
The first thing you do is cut eight pieces of twine and knot them together, leaving a bit of fringe at the end. I wanted my hanger extra long so I made my twine 48in in length, but you can adjust accordingly. Next, divide your strands into sets of two, and knot together. Ok this next step is the trickiest part of the whole project: take one piece of twine, and tie it to its neighbor (not the guy it’s tied to, does that make sense?). Make a tight knot. You will begin making a net pattern this way. Repeat until you have two rows. Believe it or not: that is IT. You’re done! Place your plant in the center of your net, bring the twine together and tie in a knot about 3/4 of the way up, then again near the top, leaving a loop for hanging.
Like I said, this is SIMPLE. The finished hanger looks so great, and DIY is always best I can’t wait to try this same method using thicker rope. The possibilities are endless!
Today marks six years since I said ‘I do’ and made a life-long commitment to my very best friend. Today is for antique shopping, lounging on a patio somewhere, probably a nice dinner, and just some quality time.
Here’s to our last anniversary as a family of two and the new adventure ahead.
Have you heard of Thrifty Hunter Magazine?
If not, get on it!
Thrifty Hunter is a brand new online magazine that is all about vintage and thrifting style. Since I love both of those things, I couldn’t say yes fast enough when asked to contribute the wardrobe for a Fall submission.
I got the pleasure of witnessing Alex of Ave Styles and Michelle of Michelle Herrick Photography do their thing. I helped with a few skirt buttons and lent my glasses, but I was certainly there to learn. I asked a ton of questions and made the occasional input, but these ladies rocked it. When the issue is published, I’ll be sure to share the final photos.
*All images are courtesy of Thrifty Hunter Magazine, Spring 2013 issue.
You know what is the best? New friends are the best! Especially when it feels like they’re old friends. I’ve been following Laura online for a while and we seemed to run in the same crowd of people. A few blog and instagram comments later we recognized each other at a local event and before you knew it we were having the most amazing conversations and quickly realized we’re cut from the same fabric. It’s amazing when it just clicks! I feel like I’ve known Laura for years. We both have a love for community and were instantly trying to figure out how we could support one another. Having Laura on this space feels like the perfect fit and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
She is going to be sharing some amazing DIYs for you here, so be sure to make this a regular stop. You’re not going to want to miss anything from this lovely lady.
Read more about Laura on her bio page.
Time can pass by so quickly.
My instagram feed is usually a good indication of what I’ve been up to. Ever since announcing that we’re expecting I’ve been dealing with the changes that my body has forced upon me. I’ve never experienced fatigue quite like this. I really have no idea how I can sleep this much, but it never seems to be enough. Thank goodness for a quiet house when I get home from work and kitty snuggles during my late afternoon naps. Also the appetite roller coaster is another post entirely.
Summer is upon us and there is no denying it especially when you walk outside to be welcomed by the 100 plus degree weather of Phoenix. I have yet to burn myself on my seatbelt, knock on wood, and I’m doing really well at remembering to put my sunshade up in my car every single time. Go me.
I’ve also been pretty excited about getting the vintage section of my shop up and running. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long now and I’m proud that I finally just did it. You can see all my goodies by clicking my shop tab.
Feel free to follow my instagram too if you like. I’m chicksgiveahoot.
Also… is anyone else using the new Beautiful Mess Photo App on EVERYTHING? I can’t get enough!
I’ve been wanting to get into reselling for quite some time now. Somehow, I’ve let a ton of noise clutter my head and tell me all the reasons that I shouldn’t do it. Things like, the market is really saturated, I have several friends who resell and what will they think of me? It’s simple; I’m over it. I know I have an eye for vintage and I have the know how to market it. I just needed to give myself permission to move on it. I’ve been presented with a great opportunity to sell a wonderful stock of stunning pieces and there is no way I was going to pass it up. So, here I am jumping on this bandwagon and giving myself the shot I know I deserve. I have some really big dreams and this is the first step to making them a reality. Thanks for joining me on this journey.
I’ve been working really hard and now The Chicks Who Give a Hoot Etsy Shop has been updated with some beautiful items and I couldn’t be more excited to share them with you.
The GROWop Boutique is certainly on the list of my favorite places in downtown Phoenix. It is such a cute space full of inspiring finds, but I love that it’s also a gathering place for community. I’ve been down there for so many First Friday Art Walks and they even hosted the recent Phoenix Clothing Swap.
Pretty recently the GROWop painted their exterior walls in a plaid pattern. I loved the bold choice and it’s certainly an attention grabber. The Phoenix New Times caught up with Kenny Barrett who helped the local boutique conquer their creative idea. He shared how you can accomplish the same pattern for your space.
Head over to The Phoenix New Times Blog for the full how to.
*All photos are courtesy of The Phoenix New Times and Valerie Hoke
I just happened across these beautiful illustrated envelopes this week and I thought today would be the perfect day to share them.
While stationed in the Pacific Theater in the 1940s, Jack Fogarty wrote letters to his best friend’s wife in Queens, NY, and illustrated the envelopes.
The Smithsonian spoke with Fogarty recently about his time in the War, his art and his enduring friendship. Read the entire interview here.
Meg MacDonald, one of the couple’s four daughters, recently donated 33 illustrated envelopes, eight letters and a watercolor made by Fogarty to the National Postal Museum, You can see the rest of the collection here.
Happy Memorial Day everyone and thank you to all the service men and women past and present.
Last weekend I had the amazing pleasure of participating in a letterpress workshop with Hazel and Violet in Downtown Phoenix. I’ve always been fascinated with letterpress. I love the way it looks and feels. There is just something extremely special about those pieces over a flat printed piece. I’m so happy to report that I now know why they’re so special. There is so much work and thought that has to go into a letterpress piece and there’s so much room for mistakes.
There’s no instant gratification and things take time. One cannot simply highlight text and see which typeface you like best from a list of easy trials. I learned this the hard way friends. Also sizing and spacing is another thing we all take for granted. Getting any creative spacing took time and thought. Not to mention making sure all the blocks were facing the correct way as well as spelled correctly backwards. That’s more challenging than it seems.
One of the things I loved was just looking at all the blocks that were used long before we could mass print, back when letterpress was it. Hazel and Violet has a beautiful collection of type and photo blocks. Some of the ones that stood out to me was the bowling score card, the old corporate logos, and the photos of people. There is such a history in that place and the part of me that loves nostalgia was so excited to be among such things.
I was really proud to have made something with my hands as that always gives me a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Also, taking home my creation was a great bonus. The process was inspiring and I can’t wait to spend more time with a press.
If you’re in the Phoenix area, I would highly recommend that you take one of Hazel and Violet’s workshops for yourself. It was easy to learn and you can have creative license to make something that you love to take home. If you’re just in the market for some custom invitations, cards, or other letterpress specialties, their shop is lovely and filled with great paper products. You can find more information on the shop and the workshops HERE.