diy / valentines day

DIY wood heart garland

02.03.16

DIY wood heart garland | almost makes perfect valentines wood heart garland diy

for those of you who want to get a little festive, but aren’t willing to spend a bunch of money, time or energy on decorating when you’re just going to take it down and maybe even throw it away the next day — i wanted to create a super simple little decoration for valentines day!

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travel

cabo san lucas, mexico

02.01.16

guide to cabo san lucas | almost makes perfect

i actually wasn’t planning on doing a post on our trip to cabo because it was a family trip and we didn’t explore a ton, but then the other day i was like so what. i’ll share my tips anyway.

cabo wouldn’t be my #1 mexico destination of choice ( tulum is. duh. ) because it’s pretty touristy, but it was a really fun family trip because we were staying right on the beach and could do as many water activities as we wanted.

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happy weekend

01.29.16

sundays

happy friday! the studio is just about done and i am spending this weekend moving in!!! so so pumped. in order to get gid to help with the moving, i’ve promised him many hours of video games in return – so that’ll probably be most of the weekend. have a good one!

i wanna make these every night
gradient macarons 
which bob haircut is right for you
the last photos of famous people
i’m in love with this sweatshirt
23 movies to watch on netflix
the cutest baby diy

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diy / valentines day

DIY gods eyes

01.28.16

DIY gods eyes | almost makes perfect DIY gods eyes | almost makes perfect

i’ve alwaaaays wanted to learn how to make gods eyes ( or mystical eyes? ), i went to summer camp for years and i somehow never learned! so i watched a tutorial video and i learned and it’s so easy and fun and kind of soothing too. then i thought — these would make a super fun galentines day activity (or gift for them). have your girlfriends over for wine and you just have to buy a few different colors of yarn and you’ve got yourself a real rager.

DIY gods eyes | almost makes perfect

materials

  • yarn in various colors
  • wood dowels (you could also use bamboo skewers)
  • scissors

DIY gods eyes | almost makes perfect

01. take two dowels and tie them into a cross with your first color of yarn.

02. keep them in place by wrapping your yarn around each side until they’re secured in position.

03. wrap over one dowel, and then around it — and repeat that. if you have a brain like mine, you might have to actually verbalize “over, around. over, around.” the whole time so you keep track.

04. when you’re ready to change colors, snip off the piece you’re working with, keeping a little length. tie it to your next color with a tight knot, and trim the excess off. do that anytime you want to change colors. if you feel like you can see where the colors meet, you can tuck the knots in at the end.

05. when you’re finished, knot the end really tight and trim the excess.

DIY gods eyes | almost makes perfect DIY gods eyes | almost makes perfect

it’s totally a little kids craft, but i love it. it’s also super fun to see all the variations you can make with the same colors, so making them for galentine’s is like the best idea ever.

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happy weekend

01.22.16

happy friday!

first off, i wanted to thank you all for your amazing feedback, support, stories, everything on my post last week. hearing from you guys made me so incredibly glad i posted it, and i really appreciate all of you. i didn’t think of myself as brave for posting, i just wanted to help anyone not feel the same isolation i did. i hope we can all feel a little more at peace going through these kinds of things by just talking about them. i’m feeling way better — and i actually find out today if i’m “100%” better.

we luckily don’t have a ton to do this weekend, we’re having some friends over which we’ve now done three weekends in a row and i think gid is sick of hosting (but i am loving it). another studio update… it’s like almost done!!!! i’m hopefully a few days away from starting to move my things in, which will instantly declutter our guest room and make everyone very happy. have a good weekend!

also, i’m nominated for a shorty! i also didn’t know what that was, but it’s the social media award. would love if you could please vote for me!

seth rogen is clearly the best actor
a lesson in internet sharing etiquette 
check out this huge boulder
if you can’t decide what to watch on netflix
super freaking cute mini diy cake stands
i wanna print one of these for my studio

recipes

how to make homemade croutons

01.21.16

how to make homemade hand torn croutons

another resolution is to eat more salads, but for me — sadly i’m not eating a salad unless there is bread with it. i’ve been wanting to share my simple little method for making croutons, because i do it almost every other day and it’s totally life changing.

i don’t just make them for salads, they’re perfect for soups, caprese, charcuterie plates and i’ve even tried them with eggs. they just make the perfect simple little crunch for anything really, and they take me 2 minutes to make. suzanne goin has a recipe for some salad with hand torn croutons and ever since i tried it i’ve been obsessed.

how to make homemade hand torn croutons

ingredients

  • bread 
  • olive oil or butter

rip up your bread into little pieces. i used to use baguettes exclusively, but when i was out once – i used regular sandwich bread and now i’m way more into it. not only do you probably always have some in your house, but they make for a softer, more pillowy type of crunch which i love.

in a bowl, mix with a liberal amount of olive oil. sautee on a pan over medium heat for about 2-3 minutes, stirring almost constantly, until golden brown. if they seem a little soft but look done, remove them from heat and they’ll get crunchier.

if you want a more buttery finish, cook with melted butter instead. if you want garlic croutons, cook minced garlic over olive oil before dropping in the croutons!

how to make homemade hand torn croutons | almost makes perfect how to make homemade hand torn croutons | almost makes perfect

diy

DIY 2016 planner

01.20.16

diy 2016 planner | almost makes perfect diy 2016 planner | almost makes perfect

i’ve got such an easy DIY for you guys today! another january resolution is to obviously be organized and get all your shit done. so what better than to write all those tasks down in a cute little notebook?!

i actually made this a notebook versus a day planner, because i have a big planner to keep track of my schedule, so i used these cute little lined notebooks that you can rip the pages out of, which makes it perfect for my daily to-do lists. maybe my resolution should be to check everything off to the point of actually ripping out the page…

diy 2016 planner | almost makes perfect

diy 2016 planner | almost makes perfect

01. if you don’t have a t-square ruler, you can also use my tape method, or just a regular ruler even — but the t-square makes it super easy to know you’re accurate. start by placing your outside letters first (T + Y, S + N). this will ensure all your letters fit better than trying to eyeball. place your letters with a tweezer, and don’t rub them down yet!

02. carefully place the rest of your letters, you can play around with kerning depending on what fits and what you’re spelling out.

03. once you’ve arranged all your letters, peel them up a little to apply a dab of glue on the corners, especially your outside letters. if you’re not planning on lugging this around in your purse and you’re gonna be super careful, you can skip this step. rub ’em down real tight now.

04. turn your notebook over, and slice off the excess of the edge letters over your cutting mat.

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