Color Story: Peacock Blue

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Peacock blue is quite an entrancing shade, it’s a little bit blue and a little bit green. Mysterious and alluring, this shade is popular everywhere from bridal parties to home decor. If you’re drawn to this mysterious shade, here are some ways to add it to YOUR life!

tumblr_mgkkznFKc01r4lknso1_500The peacock is a beautiful bird, whose iridescent feathers have always had a place in the heart of daring DIYers.

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51bc511bd9127e258b000a52._w.540_s.fit_These peacock blue living rooms looks great with contrasting yellow accents that pick up the green in this dynamic shade.

ce420adabeeffdea53f6e109cf6f20ccThese reptilian heels have adopted the scaly skin of a snake while harnessing the color of a peacock feather.

tom+katie-HR149Peacock blue is a  common color in weddings since it looks so beautiful against the stark white dress. It also easily fulfills the “something blue” category.

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268687e2471fb319acdd6116f7e2d0e9Peacock blue is one of our favorite hues to experiment with because it’s such a unique mix of colors, and brings a jeweled elegance to any piece

 

Earth Day DIY Roundup

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Earth Day is just a few days away, celebrate the DIY way with these awesome earth-friendly ideas!

Anna-Garforth-typeseries-1Make your own beautiful, living wall art with this moss graffiti DIY!

Miss Kris does it again with these recycled plastic and crystal earrings!

Earth-Day-Recycled-Tin-Can-CraftRecycle, reuse, and make music. That’s how the saying goes, right? Make some mini drums for your little folks with a couple of tin cans!

b7These totes from Dana Made It are created from old grocery bags. This is recycling and reusing at its finest!

upcycledplantersYou’ll never guess what these modern planters are made of, and we don’t want to ruin the surprise! Head over to Somewhere Splendid to find out!

c870ec1e84abcca7c2744efab5c79c09These incredible seed balls are simple to make, and can help anyone’s guerilla gardening efforts! Just throw one wherever you want to see more flowers, and watch it grow! Super easy and beautiful.

 

St. Patrick’s Day DIY Roundup

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St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week away, which means that you’re probably going to be scouring your attic for all of the green decor items you can find, or trekking to the store to buy anything leprechaun or clover-themed! If you want to get into the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day with some new green without spending a lot of green, you’re in luck! (Pun totally intended.) We’ve compiled some of the best DIYs to celebrate this special day with.

St. Patrick's Day Gift Tags from A Little Claireification

Obviously any crafts that involve buttons are great in our book! Make your gift recipients even luckier with these fun gift tags from A Little Claireification!

Clover Wreath from Blue Sky Confections

This simple clover-shaped wreath from Blue Sky Confections adds a subtle celebratory vibe to your home, and we’re obviously in love with that thick satin ribbon.

Velvet Candle Wrap from BHG

Hosting a dinner party? This great candle wrap makes the perfect centerpiece. This DIY would also look fantastic with a cranberry red velvet ribbon around the holidays. You may want to make a few for future festivities!

Foiled Clover from Kiki and Company

The gold at the end of the rainbow is actually gold foil! Create this gorgeous print from Kiki and Company to add a classy touch to any St.Patrick’s Day party.

St. Patrick's Day Mantel

Designers rejoice! This cute paint chip board is perfect for those who like their decor a little witty and colorful. Celtic Chartreuse? Any jokes involving colors are obviously a win. Craftaholics Anonymous, you nailed it.

Which crafts will YOU be making for St. Patrick’s Day?

Earth Friendly Jute Belt

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By Milton

Fashion has gone green and so should you.  This week I designed an easy-to-make belt made from all natural materials.  The strap of the belt is made from Jute, the buckle from wood and the braid end from cotton twill tape.  This belt is the perfect accessory to a pair of light linen pants, jeans or a classic navy blue or tan A-line dress.

 

Originally from India, jute is an all-natural vegetable fiber that can be spun into coarse, strong threads.  It is second in production to cotton and has a variety of uses.   It is one of the strongest natural fibers and in today’s world, it doesn’t hurt that it also happens to be 100% biodegradable.  This environmentally sound product requires little to no fertilizer or pesticides and is mainly exported from India and Bangladesh.

 

Supplies:

 

Directions:

  1. Wrap the jute braid around your waist, add about 4 inches and cut to size.  If you want this belt to fit around your hips you will need to make it longer.
  2. Take your piece of twill tape and apply a medium layer of fabric glue to one side, fold it in half and wrap it along one of the cut ends of your jute braid.  It should cover up any raw ends of the braid, which will prevent it from fraying. Cut any excess twill tape from the sides.
  3. On the other end of the jute braid, guide it up through the bottom of the buckle and then back down so it comes out on the flatter bottom side.  Fold it over about 1 ½” and apply fabric glue to secure it.  Fabric glue generally requires a few minutes of pressure until it begins to dry. Most fabric glues dry within 15 minutes. 
  4. And now you have your new eco-friendly belt!