POP-UP POND

I was a little pre-occupied today completing a tutorial for another blog (not my own), that I neglected to work on the lettering post I had planned.  In a perfect world I would be incredibly organized and have posts written weeks in advance, but the world is not perfect, nor am I.  I am sure it will come as no surprise to you that I write my posts on the fly each day.  I like to think that I am being spontaneous but really I am being lazy. The whole not having a particular subject on a particular day has kept me in ‘fly’ mode, but I think that this year, maybe even this month I plan to get a little more organized here.  I thought I would start with Thursday being my Lettering post day, but obviously today I failed you and myself.  Not to fret, Friday is upon us and I shall write a nice big one tomorrow with loads of links!  These photos are of a rogue pond off the side of the road; a road that my husband and I take to get to the grocery store. It’s so odd that it pops up out of nowhere. The pond is sandwiched between two houses and nearly abutts the road. I always worry that someone (hopefully not me) will accidentally drive right into it. I have been wanting to get a shot of it for awhile, but asking my husband when he’s on a mission to get somewhere to pull over on the side of the road so I can take photos is usually futile. On Monday he was feeling generous with his time and acquiesced but kept screaming, ‘be careful’, which only made me feel jumpy and ill at ease. Standing in front of that pond is scary, it’s as large as a lake and I don’t know the difference except I don’t think lakes are covered in lily pads. I saw a movement in the water and my husband said it was probably ‘crocs’. I know he was just teasing but being that close to the pond/lake with the potential for a giant fanged dinosaur- like creature to pop its head out of the water and eat me for breakfast didn’t sound like a good time. So, I turned on my heels and ran back to the car, until next time when I am feeling a little more brave.

DROP CLOTH BEDSKIRT

My husband and I recently moved cross country, we arrived safe + sound our bed frame didn’t– it was in dire straits (it cracked in half). Instead of replacing the frame the mattress and box spring have sat on the floor looking like they belonged in a frat house instead of my abode. To remedy this situation on a budget I tried a few traditional bed skirts but they were ill fitting and useless; I even tried a fitted sheet on the box spring which looked equally as unkempt then came my light bulb moment.  I initially was going to just upholster the box spring (which I still may do), but I am a decor commitment-phobe so I started with this super easy, no-sew bed skirt project. Let’s start with the supplies you will need to get started:
I chose the drop cloth because I wanted a linen fabric, but since I didn’t know if this was going to be a d.i.y. gone wrong I figured I would use it as my ‘dry run’ material.  It’s great to get the linen look without the linen price. I also chose it because all the ends are finished (they are hemmed) and that would mean I wouldn’t have to sew anything.  Sharp fabric scissors are your friend, especially when working with thicker cloth. Upholstery pins look a lot like tacks but have twisted bottoms, if you don’t know about them, they will change your d.i.y. decor life, you will be ‘re-upholstering’ everything you can get your hands on. The iron you can use or not, I did as I wanted my drop cloth to look crisp.
I wanted this project to be quick + easy, I didn’t even bother to measure! I held the drop cloth where I wanted it to hit on the floor (the finished edges on the floor side) and cut it straight across just to where you wouldn’t see it when the mattress was on top. I repeated this step on three sides. I had my ‘skirt’ just touching the floor, because I wanted to give it a really polished look. The upholstery pins twist easily into the wood frame of the box spring and you can remove them just as easily without any visible damage. I just twisted them along the edge of the inner box spring (but far enough back that when the mattress was on top you wouldn’t see them). The corners were a little bulkier, but I folded the edge over and added a couple more pins to keep it in place and keep it looking finished.
This is a super easy fix to an ugly box spring and just think of the possibilities! You could do faux pleats, add a sleek ribbon trim border, do stripes or florals or…?  You will never buy an ill-fitting bed skirt ever again. You could take this one step further and use furniture staples to wrap the cloth all the way around the front of your box spring for a faux upholstered bed look. I like the idea that I can change this out at my whim.  Enjoy!
photo by tristan b.
Author / Miss Tristan B

Miss Tristan B. is the proprietress of Besotted Brand and the writer of this delightful blog. She recently re-located to sunny Seattle with her handsome husband and two pups. Her lofty goal here is to make this a creative resource repository and to inspire you to fall truly, madly, deeply in love with your life.

HANK + HUNT

This is Jenny Batt the mastermind behind the blog Hank + Hunt.  You may have already pinned a zillion of her D.I.Y.’s she’s pretty clever + crafty (and busy).  I have wanted to recommend her blog previously, not that I am in the habit of recommending blogs, but Jenny’s got a great voice and is just so darn creative.  When I went to do this last time it looked like Jenny was going to stop blogging and then I thought, what horrible timing I have.  She since has continued her blogging journey and I am so glad she has! Look at that photo, why wouldn’t you want to read a blog by such a pretty, happy lady?  One of my favorite things about her blog is how honest she is; she shares her sources, her secrets and frustrations and it makes her so much more real and accessible. It reminds me of the bloggers of yore who let you in on their lives so you didn’t feel like they had everything perfectly ‘together’.  I have no idea why this industry has become about the ‘Jones’ who can do bigger, better more whatever, but Jenny brings it back, makes the D.I.Y.’s easy enough that even the novice crafter can partake and have success. I read an interview recently from a big blogger that said blogging is dying, that it’s a chore for her and the blogging world is over saturated, she wouldn’t recommend anyone start a blog now.  When I read a blog like Jenny’s I am glad she doesn’t subscribe to this ‘big bloggers’ philosophy, because I think everyone has a unique perspective and I am grateful that people like Jenny are taking the time to create interesting and exciting content.  It’s fun to discover a new favorite blog and want to Pin or (bookmark for the old school) every.single. post.  I hope you go visit Hank + Hunt and add it to your weekly reads, it sure would be nice to have her stick around a wee bit longer.
P.S. Jenny just added a visual search to her blog for her amazing DIY’s!

BEST MADE CO.

It started out with an axe, that is the very humble beginnings of this amazing New York company.  I love everything about this shop from the brand name to the mission of re-inventing + re-branding everyday functional items into more beautiful sleek versions of themselves.  I don’t need anything from this shop but I sure as heck have a laundry list of ‘wants’. You should visit, it’s a visual feast for your inner graphic designer. Visit Best Made Co. here.

SUMMER STORM::CLOUD STUDY

I love to get lost in the clouds, just staring and watching the rolling waves of fluff move and create familiar shapes. I thought it would be interesting to get the storm clouds in different phases for you. The first one I can totally see a heart, is that just me? The sky is just starting to darken but it’s a pretty deep indigo, the clouds are still bright white, there’s hope that the storm will pass. Alas, the second image the clouds start to congregate, darken and push out the last of the blue in the sky, the sun rays peek through but it’s all in vain as the clouds are on a mission; when they put their mind to it nothing can stop them. The final photo my world is cloaked in shades of gray, the sound of thunder makes the house shake–it’s storm time.  
Last night may not have been the worse storm since we have been here but it certainly was the loudest!  I had B. wrapped up in her Thunder coat, a magical invention if there ever was one. I laid there in the dark just listening to the roar of the thunder, the lightening bright even behind my closed lids.  I love the sound of the rain, the cool breeze that wafts into the bedroom through the open window; the smell of wet earth, wood and pine is not too shabby either.  It’s supposed to rain all week, so I will have lots of time to take in more clouds, smells and sounds. I think I might even take some time this week to paint. I am certainly feeling inspired and the cloud study is definitely a beautiful reference point, but I won’t try to recreate it as I think that Mother Nature already perfected those images and I could do nothing to add to their beauty but I have some ideas that I want to play with and besides it’s always a good time when you break out the paints and just lose yourself for a few hours, I highly recommend it.  I am finding that studying painting helps me to become a better photographer, you notice light in new ways and you know I love me some good light.  You?  Will you be doing anything for yourself this week? Something creative or trying something new? It’s a short week it should fly by, it might be nice to take a little time for just you.