i first heard about these adorable custom-made stools on decor8, and i fell in love! the contrast of the recycled distressed wood and brightly colored crochet definitely reminds me of something i’d see in my grandparent’s house. the best part is, you get to pick your colors and creator ingrid jansen will custom make your stool – so it is unique, personal and special. in going through her flickr stream i found myself saving photo after photo as the inspiration was endless…
i’ve seen a lot of different DIY bookmark projects but this one really stuck out – i love the “X marks the spot” and although it appears to just be fabric it’s actually a pretty sturdy little bookmark so you’d be able to use it for a long time. kootoyoo has a full tutorial for how to make one – don’t be scared by the math in step 1, it’s not too bad!
what you need:
embroidery floss, scrap cardboard, calico, scissors, craft knife, needle, fadeout marker, adhesive backed magnetic tape.
step 1: cut a 13 cm (about 5 inches) square from scrap cardboard. cut a right angle triangle measuring 7.5cm x 7.5cm with a hypotenuse of 10.5cm.
step 2: cut your magnetic tape to fit and stick it to the triangles so that they come together neatly. set aside for later.
step 3: use the square template as a guide and cut out your calico. leave a seam allowance outside the template of approximately 1.5 cm (3/4 inch).
step 4: press your calico square around your cardboard template:
iron the corners as pictured above.
iron each of the sides as pictured – this removes the bulk in the corners and will keep the folds nice and neat.
step 5: remove the cardboard template and fold the square in half to form a triangle:
iron, fold in half again and iron.
step 6: print this template and trace it or draw your own X – you can be creative and make your own symbol or even a quote!
unfold the pressed triangle and position it right side up. with your fade out marker, check your folds carefully and mark the “X” where you’d like it positioned on the face of the bookmark. make sure you mark your X in the left hand triangle of your square. keep in mind that the center seam will run parallel to the spine of the book.
step 7: stitch your X or whatever you’ve chosen!
step 8: once you’re finished stitching, place your work face down on the ironing board as shown above and repress the folds.
step 9: position your triangle shapes (magnet side down) inside the seams and fold in half.
step 10: pin to secure.
step 11: stitch along each of the short sides of your triangle.
step 12: make the final fold and remove your pin. now stitch the short side closed to form your “cuff.”
voila! you’re done – now you can use this as you read the perks of being a wallflower for our book club :)
“i walked over to the hill where we used to go and sled. there were a lot of little kids there. i watched them flying. doing jumps and having races. and i thought that all those little kids are going to grow up someday. and all of those little kids are going to do the things that we do. and they will all kiss someone someday. but for now, sledding is enough. i think it would be great if sledding were always enough, but it isn’t.”
if i had to put mgmt’s music into words it would be… summer 2008, days spent in the parks of san francisco listening to music, hoola hooping and hanging out with friends, dancing barefoot all night till you’re drenched in sweat, and watching the sun come up. few albums capture a moment in time so clearly as oracular spectacular did for me. this leads to high expectations for their new album – and i am still undecided whether congratulations lives up to my expectations or not, but i’m giving it time because it took me a few listens to warm up to their first album. their music is the type you hear in the background at parties, or see live at a music festival, and once it is experienced – rather than just listened to – the moment sticks with you. they’re a little out there but i love them, i think they’d be so fun to hang with. they’re playing coachella this year and i’m sure they’ll be one of the festival highlights!
listen to some songs from the new album below and let me know what you think!
we love being used as inspiration and hope to encourage it … photographer javiera estrada used free people clothing to style part of a look book for a jewelry designer! thanks so much javiera, we’re very flattered and your photos are beautiful! check out a couple more of her photos below that we love and think exude free people spirit…
We are obsessed here @ home office with the body con,and also a little obbsessed with Alexa Chung. I’ve got all excited about styling tips for this very versatile little number.
I’m the type of girl who doesn’t like the look too ‘Ginger’ (Fp’s term for the Sexy girl) So I play down any item I have that might scream Wowzer! With quirky accessories and layering.
Rock Vintage T’s, playful jewelry and messy / dreaded hair are details that will tag along with my body con. However if I had a body like our models below… Sure I’d Rock out in one all day everyday!
so i have finished reading the perks of being a wallflower and i must say that i am so glad we chose this book. i had never read it before and i found it very moving and full of wisdom that is relevant not just to someone around the age of the narrator (a freshman in highschool) but to anyone of any age. everyone can relate to the feelings of loneliness, sadness and longing that charlie experiences, and those emotions can occur at any age. deep down, i think we are all searching for that moment of ultimate freedom and happiness- when you truly feel infinite. throughout the week i’ll be posting inspirational quotes from the book along with images that it conjured up in my brain…please feel free to share your thoughts on the book in the comments section!
“it’s much easier not to know things sometimes.”
“…it’s just that sometimes people use thought to not participate in life.”
“we accept the love we think we deserve.”
photos taken by our producer in marrakech… let them take you on a journey through a world of lights, color, activity and inspiration as far as the eye can see.