Leather Hide Store provided me leather remnants for DIY projects, but the opinions are 100 percent my own.
I’ve been taken in by leather recently. Whether it’s used to accentuate a pocket or elbow patch or as a purse or home piece, I find it stunning.
Leather — or faux leather, if you prefer — has a buttery soft texture and looks high-end while also comfy. Who wouldn’t want to sink into a vintage leather arm chair, blanket on lap and book in hand, a hot chocolate on a nearby table?
I can’t wait for the end of winter, but that scene right there makes me hanker for just one more snow storm to keep me bundled up indoors.
So when Leather Hide Store offered to give me some leather for projects, I leapt at the chance. There are so many leather projects I’ve dreamed of that I had not yet had the pleasure of completing, and Leather Hide Store has so many wonderful pieces to choose from.
So consider this the first of several leather projects I’m planning to do in the coming weeks. They will range from easy to advanced, fashion to home DIY.
The leather tassel necklace mixes the shine of leather with the matte of felt, and here are the supplies needed:
One piece of leather, 2-inches-by-5.5-inches (for the main, fringe section)
One piece of leather, 1/8-inch-by-2-inches (for the loop at the top)
One piece of felt, 2.5-inches-by-1/2-inch
Chain for necklace (I used one that is 18 inches long.)
Other supplies: scissors, pen and clipboard or some type of clamp.
1. Select the leather. I was given two types of leather remnants by Leather Hide Store: Derby Brown and Outlaw. For this project, I thought the Derby Brown would be best for the leather tassel necklace, but check back soon for a project using the Outlaw leather!
When you have photo booths at almost every event you host, you want to shake things up a bit.
Or at least I did.
So for my third event with Yelp, which was last week at a local salon, I decided to go BIG.
Instead of paper mustaches and hats on sticks, I decided to make oversize hearts and lips, considering the event was only a couple of days before Valentine’s Day.
But really you could make similar large photo booth props for any occasion: shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day, stars for Independence Day, other shapes for any ol’ occasion.
So let’s dispense with the DIY shall we?
Tucked inside one of the many warehouses in the Smoketown neighborhood of Louisville is a treasure trove of home design gloriousness.
I’ve gone the past two months, and while I’ve only come home with a few items, what I’ve lacked in winning bids, the auction has made up for in sumptuous eye candy — as well as lots of photo opportunities.
The Floyd Street Stock Exchange is put on by Blue Ocean Traders, a wholesale furniture and antiques company that is based in Louisville. Along with selling to the trade, they’ve also sold to Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn and HomeGoods, among others.
The auction has become a way for them to sell some of their scratch-and-dent goods and overstock.
And from what I was told, the winning bids are usually below the wholesale prices.
But let’s get to the photos, shall we?
The Floyd Street Stock Exchange had a mishmash of mid-century modern, industrial, other antiques and reproductions on my two visits.
Birthdays mean presents, and in this case — in celebration of her first birthday since being rebooted — The Em Dash just opened up a brand new look.
Do you like it? She’ll still trying it on, strutting around in front of the mirror a bit.
(And yes, of course, she’s a she.)
So I’ve been a bit absent from this blog.
I know some bloggers say that you’re not supposed to recognize when this happens for a variety of reasons — many of which I do agree with normally — but in this case I don’t care.
Because the reason I’ve been away is that I have a new job, which also goes with the reason for this post.
So starting at the end of October, I’ve been working as the Louisville community manager for Yelp.com, which is a fancy title that means that, among many other things, I’m doing PR, marketing and event planning for the uber popular website in town.
It also means that you can look forward to some fun party DIYs on this blog in the future. One of my fave parts of my new job is that I get to put on soirees at local businesses for people on the site about once a month.
And at the beginning of November, I got to fly out to San Francisco to visit Yelp’s new swanky headquarters and undergo training.
I and the other newbies stayed at the Hotel Triton, a boutique hotel in downtown San Francisco.
Love or hate the decor, it’s something to talk about. I thought it would be fun to share some pics.
The focal point is definitely the large, bright yellow lacquered headboard. It pulls you in immediately when you enter the room.
Hotel Triton’s hotel rooms also have some other fun finds mixed in.
Like the chalkboard in every room and hanging piece of chalk. I left a cheerful note for housekeeping when I checked out.
When I was growing up in Northern Kentucky, there was one area of Cincinnati that was strictly off-limits: Over-the-Rhine.
The riots broke out in Over-the-Rhine when I was a senior in high school, and for a girl growing up in the ‘burbs, OTR was the epitome of inner-city danger.
But several years ago I heard rumblings that OTR was turning around and that some independent shops were opening up in the neighborhood.
It had been on my travel to-do list for a while, and on Black Friday, I finally got a chance to check it out. My sister, Jessi, and I went Over-the-Rhine shopping.
And while I fully admit my previous opinions of OTR might have been exaggerations and misconceptions, I was surprised to find on my recent trip several unique and original establishments and a desire to make Over-the-Rhine a regular shopping stop for me when I’m in the area.
My sister and I stopped in several shops along Main and Vine streets, but a few truly stood out, which I’ll highlight here.
Guys are particularly hard to buy for — or at least my guy is.
He and other male friends don’t really do items found on typical “Top Gifts for Your Man” gift round-ups. The items are typically too form over function and not up to snuff in quality.
But I was pleased to find some gift ideas at Article.
Easy Canvas Prints gave me a free canvas, but the opinions in this post are 100% my own.
Ever since I moved into my apartment, the large wall in the dining room mocked me.
I had big plans for putting something there, but I kept putting it off. And it felt like every time I sat down at the dining room table or looked into the dining room from the living room, the wall was just a big glaring reminder of my proclivity for procrastination.
But thankfully, Easy Canvas Prints snapped me out of my malaise, and I now have at least one item on that big off-white wall.
I chose to have a 16-inch-by-20-inch canvas made of one of the photos I took earlier this year when I was on vacation at my boyfriend’s family’s summer home in Wisconsin.
A reminder of warm, lazy days by the lake is particularly helpful in the midst of winter, when all I want to do is enjoy the sunshine without shivering.
So using Easy Canvas Prints’ site I was able to upload the photo and make it the size that I wanted. I was also able to pick from a few border options: mirror image (the image mirrors around the edge of the print), image wrap (the image wraps around the edge of the canvas) and a border color, in lieu of an image.
I chose a bright blue border color, and when the canvas arrived on my doorstep, I was happy to find that the print’s color and image resolution were bright and crisp, like I had hoped they would be.
But I wanted the photo to have some added prominence on the wall, so I decided to mount it on the wall on a painted piece of plywood — like a mat around a photo.
This DIY is so easy and a fraction of the cost of a professional frame.
Now through Cyber Monday, Dec. 2, you can get 10 percent off items in my shop by using the coupon code “blackfriday10.”
Isn’t your neck a little chilly? Better get a fun scarf to wrap around it.
To get items by Christmas, please order by Dec. 18. And to get custom orders by Christmas, they must be finalized by Dec. 11.
And I am doing custom orders, such as my pillows. I’m hoping to add some ready-made pillows to the shop in the next couple of weeks. But keep in mind that I can put any design on a pillow.
Words of wisdom. Family crest. Caricatures of your goldfish. What have you.
You can see some of my recent custom orders in the previous post, and here are some others.
Thanksgiving it right around the corner, which means that Black Friday is just behind it.
So I’m trying to be as productive as possible and fully stock my Etsy shop in anticipation of the big shopping day.
I admit it’s a little bare at the moment, but that will change (I hope).
And I thought I would take this opportunity to share photos of some of the custom orders I’ve worked on over the last several months.
Some were slight variations on pillows that I already sell. For the pillows below my customer chose the fabric to go with these Kentucky prints.
I was asked to make lined pillowcases.
Another customer found similar pillows on Etsy and asked if I could add a fabric border.
It’s only November, and I am already over the cold.
I am over being chilled to the bone. I am over rushing from the car to the front door of my home.
I am over wearing scarves because I need to and not just because they complement my outfit.
And one thing that has soothed my shivers is hot chocolate.
So to help fuel my warm thoughts, I’ve culled this collection of hot cocoa recipes and options and additions, with the help of Pinterest.
Not all of these treats are in drink form — or even hot. But all will bring upon memories of cozy cable knit sweaters, chestnuts roasting, open fires and all of that.
Put a pin in it
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