gift guide / mother's day

mother’s day gift guide / under $50

04.30.15

we never go too big with mother’s day gifts, i usually make my mom something or give her a little something, so today i’m sharing a bunch of gifts under $50 for ya!

mother's day gift guide | almost makes perfect

01. this malin & goetz perfume is the best smelling EVER.
02. i feel like you can never have enough pretty makeup bags.
03. anything to make your mom find her phone a little easier is a good idea.
04. these earrings look fancier than they are. don’t tell.
05. give her a gift she’ll love that she might never use.
06. or give her one she will most definitely use.
07. for all the tea drinking moms, the perfect little present.
08. for the moms that try to stay organized.
09. for all the coffee drinking moms that like it on ice.
10. you can never go wrong with a pretty cookbook.
11. fill it with flowers and you’ll be the best kid ever.

cats / diy

diy cat scratcher

04.28.15

diy cat scratcher | almost makes perfect diy cat scratcher | almost makes perfect

if you follow me on instagram — you know i like my cats. i like them like they’re my babies. fyi their names are bodhi and lucy, and they’re brother and sister. i even assisted in their birth (from a pregnant street cat that my friend had taken in). i was there the day they were born and they just celebrated their third birthdays on saturday! i’ve never actually had cats before — i grew up in a dog family, and always believed all the stigmas about cats being weird. but when i met these kittens, things changed. i love that i don’t have to go out to walk them and we take full responsibility for having raised them to be total cuddlers.

so when fancy feast approached me to partner with them to promote their #WaysToWOW campaign to feature their new chicken broths, i thought it was the perfect timing to celebrate their birthdays — because we pretty much only feed them wet food on their birthdays. and bodhi doesn’t even like wet food normally, but they went CRAZY for this stuff.

along with giving them some celebratory grub, i also decided to make them a birthday present. we usually use the cardboard scratchers from the grocery store, but the cardboard gets EVERYWHERE when they go to town on it — so i wanted to see if they’d like sisal as much and i wouldn’t have to clean up after them as much. lucy loves it. bodhi is not so sure yet. Read More

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happy weekend

04.24.15

happy weekend

phew! it’s friday. this week has been a little overwhelming, as it always is coming home from a week away. last week was my brothers wedding and i survived my fear of public speaking and making the best man toast — plus the wedding was a total blast. i’ll recap my trip asap! i’m still totally not caught up on emails and deadlines — but i’m getting there. my dad is in town for his birthday this weekend, so we’re making him dinner and a banana cream pie. hope you guys have a good one!

⋅ love everything this girl does. her kitchen makes me swoon so hard
⋅ such a perfectly simple mothers day gift
⋅ random, but i bought this for last weeks wedding and i’ve never recommended a strapless bra before. it never fell down!
⋅ i totally want to do this to blogzilla business cards
this shop
⋅ guarantee not one guest wouldn’t worship you for serving this
for all the cat ladies
want this so baaaad. i don’t care how trendy it is.

elsewhere

almost makes perfect x darby smart

04.23.15

diy geo cufflinks

i’m excited to announce that i’ve partnered up with darby smart to create a diy kit for fathers day! if you don’t know them, they curate some of the best and easiest DIYs and create kits with everything you need to make them. you can just order the kit and make it yourself without having to roam around the craft and hardware stores like i do always. waaaay easier.

in case you forgot, last year i made these DIY geo cufflinks for all the dapper men in your life — and you can purchase the kit right here to make your own!

diy geo cufflinks

maker spotlight

maker spotlight : owlkill studio

04.22.15

maker spotlight | owlkill studio beadedkeychain

today i want to introduce you to the lovely adelia of owlkill studio! they make lovely handmade jewelry + leather accessories in their studio in upstate NY. i’ve been following adelia on instagram for a while now, and i’ve been obsessed with her serene studio scenes that she shares and obviously her perfectly simple products.


FIRST OFF, TELL US ABOUT YOU + YOUR SHOP!

i’m adelia sugarman, the owner / designer / maker behind owlkill studio. i make minimal jewelry and accessories in my small renovated studio in upstate ny using carefully sourced materials like dead stock vintage beads and scrap leather. the name comes from the owlkill river, which runs through the woods behind my parents’ house where i grew up.

WHEN DID YOU FIRST START CREATING?

i’ve always been a creative person, and i’ve had a pretty unconventional upbringing that allowed me to indulge my creativity from a very young age. my mom is an amazing artist and actually worked as a designer of hand hooked wool rugs for almost 3 decades, starting before i was born. i have so many early memories of going to work with her and watching her sketch out designs on giant light tables and listening to npr all day. so from a very young age i thought that being an artist was a totally normal job to have, and i think it really shaped my expectations of what i could do with myself later in life.

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