A little sneak peek of a really easy beauty DIY I’m doing on BLDG 25 next week. Check over there on Monday morning to see!!
As you guys most likely know, I’m obsessed with crochet. I tried to make a crochet laptop cover in April of last year, but I didn’t have the proper ingredients. It was the day before I was leaving for Paris (my first trip abroad), and I was bringing my laptop with me. I knew I couldn’t be in such a fashionable city without a gorgeous cover for my laptop, so on a whim, I covered my clear laptop cover in hot glue and desperately tried adhering a crochet doily to it. I waited and waited for the glue to dry, but it just wouldn’t. I brought it to Paris with me anyway. The glue dried, but would only adhere to the doily. I ended up peeling the entire thing off and throwing it in the garbage.
Welp, over a year later I realized I was still longing for that crochet cover. So today I made exactly that. This time I used spray adhesive instead of hot glue, and guess what — it worked!
What you need:
Are there different types? I have no idea. I just used a multi-purpose adhesive made by Scotch — just make sure it’ll bond to both fabric and plastic (or whatever it is your case is made of).
I used a crochet top that I got at a thrift store for $3. I’ve worn it a couple of times, but somehow the armpits turned red, so I figured I’d give it a new use! You can use any crochet item, even just crochet scraps — just make sure you have enough to cover the surface of your laptop cover.
Make sure they’re sharp — this will speed up the last step, and by this point you’ll be itchin’ to be finished!
You could really use any kind. I used the Hardshell Case by Incase, which I was lucky enough to find at TJMaxx for less than $20. I liked that mine was clear so it didn’t take away from the look of the crochet on top, but it could be cute for your crochet cover to have a little color peeking through from underneath!
**You will also need something to use as a barrier between your cover and the surface of your workspace as you’ll see below.
What you do:
1. Lay cover on paper
Spray adhesive has a tendency to adhere to anything in sight, so it’s a good idea to place a protective barrier between your laptop cover and the surface of your workspace.
2. Spray glue adhesive
Hold the can 6-8 inches away from your laptop cover and completely cover the surface with glue. I did mine in an up-and-down motion, working from left to right — but you can probably get pretty creative with your design.. just make sure to do it quickly — you want to get to the next step while the glue is in its prime.
3. Lay crochet in place
This part can get a little tricky. You have to work fast to assure maximum adhesiveness, and you have to get the placement of the crochet right on the first try — so you either must be really good at perfecting your placement on the first try, or (like me) you must not mind the uniquely imperfect look. Luckily I like my things to look handmade — I would never be able to make this look perfect. To save yourself a little work, line one side of your crochet piece exactly along one side of your computer cover — this saves you from having to cut an additional side of crochet in the next step.
4. Cut off excess
Use a pair of really sharp scissors for this step. Cut along each edge to remove excess crochet. Keep in mind that because crochet is done by looping thread together, you won’t likely get a perfectly clean edge, and you’ll probably be left with a ton of tiny remnants all over your workspace when you’re finished.
And there you go! I’m so excited with how mine turned out. As I said, it’s nowhere near perfect, but I love it! I want to bring this with me everywhere as an accessory to go with all of my crochet-infested outfits!
Ladies and gentlemen, this is an iPhone stand. Yes, an iPHONE STAND. As if my boy wasn’t already the sweetest in existence, he had to go and outdo himself. Since I just moved to Philly and he’s in New York, we spend a LOT of time FaceTiming. Like, a lot. I spent my first two weeks propping my phone up on whatever was within arm’s reach, but it just wasn’t cutting it. Jon MADE this stand — I’ve been calling it an iPhone terrarium — out of a small plastic stock phone stand, a tin candle lid, and all the little plants and twine you see above. He wanted to make something that would be visually appealing even when it didn’t have a phone in it. Do you think he succeeded? I can’t believe it. My little crafty boy needs his own Etsy shop I’d say.
Happy Cinco de Mayo, y’all! I laced up some cacti just for the occasion! Well, I probably would have laced up some cacti anyway. You guys know about my thing with lace. But if you want to see some more Cinco de Mayo party decor ideas, hop over to my post on the BLDG 25 blog!
Have fun holiday and drink lots of (good) beer!
Terrariums are so in right now, and with good reason — they’re awesome! I had so much fun making this one a while back, but keeping it alive wasn’t too fun — I just couldn’t figure out how to get it to thrive. Jon recently made the terrarium above for me and I absolutely adore it. Not only is it the most simply stunning little world, it totally solves the plant-killing issue! All you need is a glass ornament, some twine, a couple feathers, some faux plant-life, a glue gun, and a pair of tweezers. And a really steady hand.
Happy Easter! I got to spend yesterday decorating eggs with mah boy (got the idea here, of course) and today I’ll be spending the day with my family! Easter means spring is REALLY here. It’s such a sunny, fresh-feeling holiday. I hope you all have a lovely, lovely day! I’m off to go make some pasta salad. Check ya later!
I did it. That candle I wanted from Anthropologie. The one I talked and talked and talked about here. That gorgeous-smelling, gorgeous-looking candle. I did it. Well, not fully. I found its little brother. A smaller version of the same candle — in a much less attractive jar. Don’t get me wrong, the tin that it comes in has a beautiful blue pattern on it, it just doesn’t fit in with the rest of my decor. I had to buy it, though. It was half the price of the other beauty — though probably even less than half the size.
Anyway. I didn’t like the outer design. So I changed it. It was simple. I used random materials that I have lying around here. (There are always random strings, ribbons, and pieces of fabric within arms reach of wherever I am.) I used a glue gun to adhere a layer of paper streamer to the tin and then just wrapped some standard white string around and around until I could wrap it no more. And there you have it! A candle that fits in much better with my decor — my decor that you guys have still not yet seen, because I’m the worst. I have more to say about this off-topic topic, though. So I shall write another post. Like, right now.
One more thing, though. This candle smells so delicious that it’ll probably burn out a lot sooner than intended. I can’t stop burning it. I think next time, though, I’ll go for the real thing. That glass jar of the more expensive variety is just too good to pass up.
I told you guys that I’m a little bit obsessed with doilies. I’m also slightly in love with dreamcatchers. Now, I know this isn’t exactly a dreamcatcher, but it’s dreamcatcher-inspired. This project was really easy to do and I had so much fun making it. I bought the wreath at a dollar store with no idea as to what I’d do with it — same goes for the string. I’m so happy I finally put the two to use. If you want to make your own, just a word of advice: be cautious. Paper doilies are extremely delicate and I had a frustrating mishap or two while working with mine. I think it’d be best to use a cloth or crocheted doily, but I was working with whatever I had available. I’m really excited about how my little dreamcatcher came out, but it’s actually still a work in progress. I envision some lace, beads, and feathers in the not-so-distant future.
I saw the idea for painted rocks like these on Free People’s BLDG 25 blog and decided that I wouldn’t be able to go about my day until I made some of my own. I strolled down to the beach, where I scoured the sand for some gems. Searching for rocks is the best. The feeling that comes from scoring a good one is pretty awesome. I found a bunch for this project and even grabbed a few more — just in case I feel like trying to make a necklace later. I also walked back with a 9-foot beautiful piece of driftwood — you’ll soon see what I’m going to do with that.
These painted rocks are super easy and fun to make. All you need is some paint markers! It was a little tough for me to avoid replicating the rock designs from the blog post — they’re so simple and perfect — but I think I was able to add my own spin on it. If you guys make your own, let me know and I’ll link to your site!