Tag Archives: DIY

Life Lately According to My iPhone

16 Jul

Life Lately:

(1) On Friday night the BF surprised me by taking me to a wine tasting at The Urban Grape in the South End (2) I tried my first Vouvray, and absolutely loved it! We also did some gin tasting from a local distillery (3) I spent some quality time on the couch this weekend, reading through some old Do It Yourself magazines my mom had sent me. We’ve been having the hottest summer ever–and to stay hydrated I have been adding mint and blueberries to my water. Totally does the trick (4) Finally tried Coconut Creamsicle Margaritas from  How Sweet It Is, and LOVED them (5) Went to the Jason Aldean, Jake Owen & Miranda Lambert concert in Fenway on Saturday. Basically was the best night of my life. (6) The most amazing flag installation at the MFA in honor of the Boston Marathon survivors.

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DIY: Infused Vodka

30 Jun

Like I mentioned in last week’s summer check list post, I’ve been dying to make some infused vodka. It just seemed like a perfect way to make an extra-special cocktail by using some of your favorite ingredients. I saw this blog post while searching through pinterest a couple weeks ago, and knew that I just had to make a batch of pear-spiced vodka myself. Boulder Locavore has their own page in the blog dedicated to DIY vodka infusions–so many of which I cannot wait to try. Per her recipe, I made my own batch of pear-spiced vodka and am just itching for it to finish “infusing” so I can pop that sucker open and make a perfectly crisp cocktail.

DIY: Coasters

2 Jul

Last year for Hanukkah my mom bought my brother and his girlfriend map coasters. She chose special places: each of their hometowns, where they met, their homes and where they live now (Murray Hill, Manhattan). I loved the idea so much–and didn’t want to have to wait for the holidays that I decided to venture out into craft world and make them myself. I found this tutorial while searching pinterest one day and just had to make them.

All you need is: mod podge, felt, any road atlas, water-resistant clear acrylic spray (I had a can left over from this project) and ceramic tiles

Just a warning: let the coasters sit for a long time after you mod-podge them down. That stuff does NOT dry quickly!

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And for those of you out there who LOVE the idea but don’t want to take the time to make them (I promise it’s a quick project) here are some similar coasters I found on Etsy

(1) Chicago Coasters (2) Maine Coaster (3) Portland, Oregon Coasters (4) Virginia/Maryland/DC (5) The World

DormStyler does DIY Paint Chip Art

8 Apr

This week has been a complete whirlwind

Now that papers have been signed and secured (and I have no chance of jinxing anything…I think) I am excited to say that the BF and I finally found ourselves the perfect apartment in Boston! And since you are all such loyal readers, you know what this means…thousands of posts about Boston to come… but more so, this means that the reality of graduation has become ever more evident. Totally bittersweet. But instead of crying my senior year of college away, I’ve decided to spend an absurd amount of time on arts & crafts… AND since I posted about paint-chip art last week, it was only natural for me to actually MAKE the art.

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I hit a couple of bumps throughout the project. For starters, after meticulously cutting out each triangle and placing them in a perfect pattern (PICTURE 1)–I decided to glue them down to poster board with good ole Elmer’s Glue. Let me tell you, those bad boys wouldn’t stay stuck for a single second and ended up popping up like it was their job (PICTURES 2&3). I cannot even TELL you how frustrating that was. I thought Elmer’s glue was the best–and it’s not like I had an abundance of paint chips lying around… so I had to go BACK to home depot for the paint chips and then the kind sales people introduced me to Gorilla Glue— After re-cutting and reorganizing the paint chips I finally took a chance with this primate glue stuff and boy did it work (PICTURE 4). this stuff is made from heaven. I will never go back to Elmer’s, sorry childhood.

PICTURE 5 is a sample of what’s to come. Martha Stewart Paints have really good looking brochures so I snagged a bunch to try and create some sort of new art. Still have yet to glue this one.

MORAL OF THE STORY

1. Elmer’s glue is no longer my go-to glue

2. Paint Chip art can be frustrating without the right tools

3. I hope the BF is okay with me filling the new apartment with weird free art that I make on creative whims

4. It’s only free art until you realize you will have to get custom framing for this 18×18 work’o’art

DIY: Paint Chip Art–Who Knew?

1 Apr

Sorry I’ve neglected you, blog.

This past week has been absolutely insane. I’ve been spending all my time looking for a job and an apartment. It’s crazy to think that this DormStyler will soon become a non-dorm resident. How in the world will I make that transition from dormstyling to apartmentstyling… and WHAT will I call my blog? It seems insincere to keep at as dormstyler, don’t you think?

Anyway, in addition to everything else going on, I’ve been spending an obscene amount of time on Pinterest. Gosh, it is so incredibly addicting. While searching the do-it-yourself section I found this tutorial using those stacks of paint chips found at any home improvement store. How brilliant, right? It made me wonder how many amazing DIY art projects are out there with paint chips. I cannot wait to do ALL of these… especially the skyline one. I love that infinite inspiration can always be at my fingertips!

You can click on any of the pictures to get directed to the original sites to get the full tutorials. Gosh, how will I ever contain myself from making all of these? I have a feeling I will need a really strong vacuum to get the thousands of paint chip pieces that fall on my dorm room floor. WHOOPS.

DIY Find: A Beautiful Mess

15 Mar

I absolutely love do-it-yourself projects and am constantly on the lookout for DIY blogs.

I recently came across this blog while looking at the Homies’ nominations for best Blogs of the year. A Beautiful Mess was created by a group of women all seeking to create a beautiful life for themselves. I absolutely love the DIY contributors, they have such great posts. What I probably love MOST about the DIY section is the number of posts that are dedicated to shoes. It’s like this blog knows how obsessed I am with shoes…

Here are some of my favorite DIY projects. I cannot wait to try some!

New Found Blog: Honestly… WTF

1 Feb

As much as I love blogging myself, I love reading other peoples blogs even more. I’m constantly in awe of how creative an innovative people can be. I recently stumbled upon this blog “Honesty…WTF” that has an entire DIY section. I mean, does life get any better? Here are some of my favorites that I’m just dying to make. If only there were more hours in each day I could get everything I ever imagined done…

I can’t decide what I’m most anxious to make, the Miu Miu Jeweled Heels or the Elbow Patch Sweater… Or the Gold-Dipped Glassware