Neutral Bohemian Bedroom

Well hello friends. Let me show you around my cozy bedroom. I finally got it set up how I like it. I really love the bohemian vibe, but just not the crazy colors and it’s pretty hard to find neutral bohemian things but with an obsessive desire for a space that reflects me, I have curated a neural bohemian bedroom that eases me into a lovely zen space that none of the crap life has to throw can touch. Namaste, bunnies, namaste.
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Where Things are from:

Canopy: Amazon

Tapestry: Amazon

Copper Ball String Lights: Urban Outfitters

Hanging Lantern: World Market (link for a similar one, I got mine a few years ago)

Bedside Lamp: Mix and Match from World Market + White & Grey Tassels  I got at Michael’s Crafts for $2

Bedspread & Accent Pillows: Talula Comforter Set from Bed Bath and Beyond

White Faux Fur Throw: Bed Bath and Beyond

Most of the other pillows I sewed pillowcases for myself. On my bedside stand I have an abolone shell with some fake pearls and a gold painted elephant from a past DIY project, a frame from World Market that was a gift, a copper candle holder and a nice deep green plant (which I don’t know the genus or species of) I also have my air purifier for clean air and background noise. The box underneath labeled ‘things’ is also from Michaels crafts.
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Whew, time for a nap!

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DIY: Beautiful Blues, Denim Inspired Kitchen Towels

Here we are with my latest project. Sometimes when I walk into a craft store (for completely opposite reasons usually) I am suddenly struck with an idea and must create. Unbeknownst to me, denim is actually on trend right now or at least shades of indigo. I’m quite on board with the indigo and white combo so I was pleasantly overwhelmed in Micheal’s with all the denim stuff. Overkill in store, certainly but having ideas of what my grown up kitchen will look like is ever fed with beautifully organized spice racks, shiny hard ware and rustic country touches thanks to Pinterest. Among those Pinterest fueled eye candy ideas has been incorporating shades of indigo into my sad, tiny apartment kitchen/living room.

Whilst  getting fabric, for yet another project, I was perusing the yarn (like one does) and was drawn instantaneously to the sugar spun skeins in these three shades of indigo. I knew I had to make kitchen towels out of them and give my hands something to do while I binge watched season 5 of Pretty Little Liars. So glamorous is my life, let me tell you. I’m so happy with how they turned out! I used a size 5 crochet hook and a double stitch to make these. Simple but beautiful.01dd72a9ccb29ed31fd42006649d0888eaf7494fa0Now for the embroidered towels. A similar thing happened (as it usually does) where I found myself in the embroidery isle for no apparent reason and was drawn to the colors of thread and went from there. Really I just wanted an excuse to dabble in embroidery and a few Pinterest stitch searches later I was able to free hand this design on a fat quarter that was like $1 a piece. Suddenly, I am reminded of my sorority days and the term ‘violently domestic.’ Ripe at the age of 24 and here I am embroidering kitchen towels instead of getting shitty drunk every weekend at the bars. My busy creative hands know no rest. Ever. At least my liver thanks me.
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DIY: Shibori Dyed Tapestry

Recently I have become obsessed with royal blue and white porcelain, which has turned into an obsession with indigo. Having an ever present need for art projects I thought I’d make some tapestries and play around with Shibori dying after a long and luxurious Pinterest search. If you have no idea what Shibori is, essentially it’s a resistance type of dying from Japan characterized by binding the fabric tightly with string, wooden blocks, balls ….etc to create intricate patterns. Much like tie dye but with more artistic intent.
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I picked up some white fabric and folding them different ways used yarn to bind them.

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In simmering water I dissolved the whole royal blue pack and half the black pack and the salt. Then added my bundles to soak for probably 2 hours. I rinsed them off, squeezed out the excess and threw them in the wash.DSCN1729 DSCN1730After pulling threads out to make a nice fringe, I hung this one up over my bed. Cool, no?

 

DIY: Natural Coffee Scrub

Here’s a quick, easy and all natural scrub to help you slough off dead cells to leave skin healthy and radiant. I love the idea of making your own body/face scrubs since they seem so simple yet so overpriced. This way you control what’s in it and can tailor it to your skin type or skin needs. The basis of any homemade scrub is pretty simple, you need an exfoliant (something gritty) and a moisturizer (Oils are perfect.) I’ve seen recipes for salt based ones, sugar based ones, coffee, apricot seed…etc. This one is a combination sugar and coffee.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Raw sugar
  • Fine to medium ground coffee (we only have beans + a grinder, but pre-ground would be just as good)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Apricot Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Rose Oil
  • A container to store (I’m reusing a pot that had a sugar scrub in it anyway, convenient.)

 

The ratio is up to you and how you prefer the consistency. I used about 1/2 cup ground coffee and 1/2 cup sugar mixed with mostly coconut oil and a teaspoon each of the apricot and almond oil. Roughly. Like most things that happen out of my brain, I don’t measure. I just do. Follow that up with a few drops of rose oil, purely for aroma, stir it up and plop in into the jar.

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After using this (on my face and body) I instantly noticed smoother, softer, healthier skin. The coffee and sugar help slough off the dead skin, and the oil helps cleanse and immediately lock in moisture. The smell is pretty nice too (If you like the smell of coffee) cut with a little floral edge. It’s been lovely using in the morning to have the coffee aromatherapy help with wakefulness.  DSCN1027

The only downside to the coffee scrub is, unlike salt or sugar, it does not dissolve into the water. The finer you grind the coffee the easier it will go down the drain but if you’re concerned about weak plumbing, best stick to sugar or salt scrubs. I definitely had little black bits to wash off the shower walls, which was a little disconcerting to be honest.

Cheers to soft skin!

DIY: Boho Bracelets

As I’ve spent some time at home, I’ve rediscovered my latent love of beading. Thus I got the beading bug and whipped these out. I got the beads from JoAnn Fabrics and simply used some stretchy beading string secured with a few overlapping knots. Not much to it actually but I have been loving layering bracelets to compliment my boho summer style.
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DIY: Natural All Purpose Cleaner

Hello friends!

Recently I asked my Mom what she wanted for her birthday, to which she replied ‘please clean the house.’ As any of you clean freaks know, it’s hard not to do some serious deep cleaning and that’s exactly what I was determined to do. None of this light surface stuff, picking up and vacuuming, no I went to the dusty, crusty, pet fur coated heart. Let me tell you it’s a good thing this cleaner is cheap and easy to make because I went through 4 whole spray bottles cleaning the entire house. So many days and antihistamines later…I have one beautifully clean house including a newly clean, unearthed from the cat fur/dander, purple Mom’s chair. Thank goodness it’s Sunday, because I am pooped.

Not having very much spray type of cleaner beforehand, I created my own concoction based on my love of vinegar and internet tips.

For your Natural All Purpose Cleaner you will need:

  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Lemon Oil
  • *Tea Tree Oil
  • Water
  • Spray bottle

The ratio I used was .5: .5: 1 (so like a fourth of hydrogen peroxide, a fourth of vinegar and the rest water) plus a few drops of lemon oil and tea tree. Shake up and spray on any surface (except glass) and wipe down with a microfiber cloth or new sponge. *For glass use use vinegar if you’re not into Windex.

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I love the versatility of vinegar, and don’t even mind the smell. It’s better on the sinuses than harsh bleach. This is gentle enough to be used everywhere but effective in killing germs and getting rid of stains, sticky spots, mold…etc.

The hydrogen peroxide is great for lifting the grime and breaking down any organic compounds (like mineral buildup.)

Lemon oil is a crazy cool substance for cleaning. I’m sure we’ve all seen the Pins telling us to rub half a lemon on our bathroom fixtures and the uses and befits of citrus in cleaning. Most of which are true but I’ve tried rubbing a lemon on my fixtures, and guess what? It doesn’t really work. The citrus oil is what will break down the mineral spots and give a nice water repelling shine. You can also use it to rub off stubborn labels, which is entirely magic if, like me, you love reusing glass jars and spend a good amount of elbow grease getting all the sticky label off. Lemon oil is amazing for that and makes is quick and easy.

Tea tree oil is optional of course, but has an added antiseptic benefit and a nice smell. I would recommend for bathroom use.

You could also try other citrus oils in your cleaner like orange or grapefruit.

 

Happy Cleaning little Bunnies!

 

DIY: Tarot Card Bag

I recently acquired some Tarot cards from this awesome spiritual store called Crone’s Cupboard. I’m a bit into that sort of thing. Mystical and magical types of spiritual connections. Whatever you want to call it “New Age,” or just being a friend of the earth (as my sister says.) I get into that sort of thing and totally I wish I could be Professor Trewlany all the time draped in layers of beads, velvet and kimono’s wandering around with one foot stuck in the future. I dig it, that Gypsy Bohemian vibe. Anyway, I wanted to make a bag for my tarot cards, so it’s specialized to me and has all my energy infused in it, and such.DSCN0959 The outside is a simple black velvet and the inside (pictured below) is a cobalt blue satin brocade. A little something special, since it’s touching the cards. I hand sewed everything, including the beads. Unfortunately my sewing machine is up in my apartment not here, in my home town.DSCN0960 I was feeling, as I have been feeling all summer, deep purples, iridescent blues, velvet, and moons. DSCN0961 DSCN0962Even if you’re not into Tarot or new age types of things you could still use this for purse makeup, jewelry or coins.

Now I just need to practice reading my cards: )