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Sunday, 03 March 2013 17:46

Weekly Roundup!

Happy Sunday!

Hopefully everyone had a great weekend. I spent most of my time studying, but was able to get out of the house last night for some much needed time with my friends! This past week was all about “Our Favorite Things.” Here’s what we posted & some other goodies from the world wide web that you might enjoy, too!



This Week We Posted:


Jana’s Interview with April of Smithy Jewelry

Jana introduced us to a jewelry maker who has the most adorable stuff! If you missed it, there’s a fantastic earring giveaway at the end that you should definitely enter!


Our Favorite Things: Louisville

Lauryn shared her favorite spots in Louisville and posted a recipe for potato bread rolls that look to-die-for!!


Winter Shortcake Stuffed with Jam and Whipped Cream

Steph posted a sweet treat that I’m currently craving just looking at the picture!


TND: Favorite Things

Colleen shared her favorite Quiche dish & some beautiful jewelry she made!


This Week They Posted:

Martha Stewart: DIY Beaded Bags

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Martha Stewart does it again! This would be a good DIY to try over Spring Break perhaps?

Junior High Foodie: Girl Scout Cookies


Oh man this is dangerous… make your own Girl Scout cookies! Samoas are my weakness.

Zara: Wooden Block Wedges

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Spring is calling my name when I look at these beautiful wedges!

A Cup of Jo: Half-Up Braided Crown


I love a good hair tutorial, and this is a beautiful look that also looks incredibly do-able!

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Tuesday, 15 January 2013 10:39

Winter Craft: Hypertufa Pots

If you like the look of handmade garden pots, but don’t have access to pottery wheels or kilns, this is the project for you. Hypertufa pots are a great DIY project to try during winter since it takes a few weeks for the pots to fully cure; just in time for Spring planting!

The word hypertufa comes from “hyper” (excessive) and “tufa” (volcanic rock); these pots look like “very rocky” cast stone vessels.  The pots are lightweight and porous, a perfect home for many different types of plants. Succulents especially love hypertufa pots.  Read ahead for a full how-to. Happy winter crafting!



Hypertufa Pots


example of finished pots. image via 33shadesofgreen.blogspot.com



The main ingredients are very simple and can be found at your local hardware store or large gardening store:

  • peat moss
  • perlite
  • Portland cement

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Hunt in your recycling bin for clean food packaging or look for reusable plastic tubs/ buckets to use for molds. I found a few cardboard food containers that worked perfectly. For each pot, try to find two containers that nest inside each other, leaving ¾” to 1 ½” wall thickness between them. For one pot, I used a ½ gallon square cardboard milk container and a small half and half container. For the other two pots, I used a few standard ice cream cardboard containers in round ½ gallon and quart sizes.

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You’ll want to have some basic tools on-hand:

  • protective gloves
  • dust mask
  • a mixing tub or bucket (plastic works well)
  • a trowel, cultivator or gardening fork (to stir the mix)
  • cooking spray
  • wire brush, microplane, rasp or similar hand tool (after the pots cure for a couple of days—to clean up the surfaces and edges)


What you do:

Spray a thick coat of cooking spray onto the inner/ outer surfaces of your molds.

Put on your dust mask and gloves.  In a large tub or bucket, mix your dry ingredients: 1 part peat moss, 1 part perlite, 1 part Portland cement.  I used two quarts of each.

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Add water slowly and stir until the mixture becomes the consistency of cottage cheese. You may want to use your gloved-hands to mix it up thoroughly.

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Put a base layer of mix about ½” to 1” deep in the bottom of your mold.

Place your smaller (nesting) container on top of this base layer, and begin filling in the wall thickness. Be sure to pack it in tightly to reduce air pockets. Tap on the sides of the container to help get rid of bubbles.

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Repeat with all of your molds

Cover your pots with plastic bags and set aside for 24 hours.

After curing for 24 hours, carefully remove the inner molds.

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Re-cover with plastic bags and set aside for another 24 hours.

After curing for a second 24 hour period, carefully remove or peel away the outer molds.

Re-cover with plastic and let sit for another 24 hours.

After curing for a third 24 hour period, the surfaces of your pots should be hard enough and ready to be finished.

Using a wire brush, microplane or rasp, smooth the top edges of your pots and any other imperfections that may have transferred from your molds.

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Using a drill or a similar tool, create holes in the bottom of your pots for drainage.

Re-cover with plastic and let cure for a few weeks. Check on them in 3-6 weeks. At that point, the cement should have cured, and the pots will be a much lighter gray color.

Now your pots are ready for plants!  (Bonus tip: moss or lichen will grow directly on your pot, if desired! Mix some moss, sugar and buttermilk in a blender, paint it onto the pot's surface, and watch it grow. More info on that technique here.)


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example of finished pots. image via 33shadesofgreen.blogspot.com


Some thoughts:

There are a few things I’ll do differently next time I try this project.

First, I would change the ratio of ingredients: instead of equal parts, I’d reduce the amount of Portland cement (try 2 parts cement, 3 parts peat moss, 3 parts perlite). This would keep the pots strong and sturdy but lighter in weight.

Second, I would try using just one mold on the outside, with no nested container inside; I would pack the mixture along the bottom and up along the sides, since it’s fairly sticky and stays put if you pack it tightly. This would give me more freedom in the size/ shape of the vessel I choose to use as a mold, since I wouldn’t have to find a smaller one to nest perfectly inside. I would still try to use plastic or cardboard molds, if possible.

Finally, I would want to experiment with color. There are masonry stains that you can mix in, but I've read that it works best with white cement mix rather than the standard gray.


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Monday, 12 November 2012 19:46

Cobalt: Feeling (Yves Klein) Blue

Cobalt blue is one of my favorite colors, which is nice for me since Cobalt is the theme here on THURSDAYS this week.  Specifically, I love Yves Klein Blue (International Klein Blue), a blue pigment reminiscent of lapis lazuli which was created by French artist Yves Klein.  This color has had a recent surge in popularity, especially in fashion and home decor, but I believe it's timeless.  It is striking, pure and cheerful, and works well both as a statement color or alongside complimentary hues.  I've found some great inspiration for you below showing  how to incorporate this awesome color into your DIY projects, home decor, events and fashion.



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French artist, Yves Klein (via)

Cobalt Events/ Tablescapes


cobalt & kraft paper, and a DIY centerpiee (via The Sweetest Occasion)


cobalt glass plates and bottles (via 100layercake)

Cobalt Décor

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cobalt as an accent wall at home (via); cobalt blue in the kitchen (via)


DIY Cobalt

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give tired shoes a striking update with a little touch of cobalt (DIY via Style & Pepper)


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sruce up your garden or patio with a fresh coat of cobalt (DIY cobalt planter via Gardenista)

Cobalt Finds

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beautiful vintage cobalt objects, discovered in the classifieds! Vintage Cathrine Holm Cobalt Teapot (via); Set of 2 Mid-Century Cobalt Blue Decanters (via)

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Thursday, 27 September 2012 09:25

Teen Angst and Finally Finished Projects

Teen Angst and Finally Finished Projects


As you've maybe heard us mention, this year we're celebrating a few of us Thursday girls turning 30 (!!!) and thinking back on our Thursday night dinner tradition over the last ten years.  As of two years ago, I returned to my roots and moved back to Louisville, KY after ten years of bouncing around from Bloomington, IN to New Brunswick, NJ to Brooklyn, NY


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Wednesday, 26 September 2012 15:45

Teen Angst and Finally Finished Projects

emily_and_colleenAs you've maybe heard us mention, this year we're celebrating a few of us Thursday girls turning 30 (!!!) and thinking back on our Thursday night dinner tradition over the last ten years.  As of two years ago, I returned to my roots and moved back to Louisville, KY after ten years of bouncing around from Bloomington, IN to New Brunswick, NJ to Brooklyn, NY.  It's so lovely to be back in this charming southernly midwestern town, and to do Thursday night dinners with Emily and Kate again, two girls whom I've known for a very long time and who were a couple of the original Thursday girls in college. A couple of weeks ago I introduced you to Kate, my oldest friend. And so, here's Emily.

Look at that photo of us from our sophomore year in high school! When Emily and I saw this photo again recently we were both like, "aww, we were so round!" But just look how happy those angtsy teens are.

When I moved from NYC back home I found a bunch of letters and mementos I've been hanging onto for years that I keep and look at every once in a while when I want to make myself smile. Some of the most adorable little notes in that box are from Emily. I found a letter that she sent me upon our graduation from high school and its innocence and total clulessness of what's really ahead of us is so charming.

These days Emily and I only get to see each other every couple of weeks, not every day like when we were in high school. We've both gone through so much over the last 15 years and obviously we've both changed (in good ways, I like to think), but when we get together it still somehow always feels just like it did in those days in high school when we'd sit around in oversized hoodies writing brooding poetry while listening to Tori Amos. It's so nice to have people around you who have been making you smile since you were kids. Emily is one of the most creative and free-spirited people that I know.













Whenever I embark on a new creative project, I always ask Emily for her input. She's the best at helping you think of alternate ways to accomplish something. And she's the best to show your project to because she always acts really excited about it and like it's the most beautiful thing she's seen. I'm sure she'll be happy to know I finally got this one finished.

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I started this project in the middle of the summer, and it's finally finished and hung!  And I only missed my goal of having it done by the fall by one day. I found this project here. It's really not very difficult, it just took me a long time because I bought the canvases at Hobby Lobby and I could only buy one at a time because I was using my 40% off coupon. (And I may or may not have messed two of them up a couple of times.) But now I want to make some more.

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Monday, 24 September 2012 21:26


Hello, world! Today I'm sharing a few finds that are either green (the color) or "green" (eco-friendly), and in some cases, both.



Green/ Green

1. Minimalist Reclaimed Wood Pallet Clock; $30 (or DIY); via Etsy

2. Terrarium Bottle, handmade from repurposed restaurant wine bottles; $38 (or DIY); via Potting Shed Creations, Ltd.

3. Eco-friendly bracelets made by various artisans in Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda; price varies (or DIY); via Mikuti

4. Hanging moss ball plant; $38 (or DIY); via Mister Moss


5. Pallet coffee table (easy DIY!) via Mango & Tomato

6. Modern grassy centerpieces (easy DIY!) via Design*Sponge

7. Army Coat, a chic splurge for Fall, via Emerson Fry

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Friday, 03 August 2012 09:56

Weekly Roundup!


This week was all about DIY Home projects. I had a rather busy week, but now that I'm looking at some free time I need to try some of these! I'm moving into a new house with four friends later this month, so DIY Home Week could not have come at a better time.

Happy cooking & crafting this weekend



This Week We Posted

Our Favorite Things: Household Vintage Finds

I swear Steph finds the cutest stuff on Etsy! I'm obsessed with the gold fan.

Getting Settled Into a New Place

Moving is scary! Lauryn showed us how her friend broke down her new space. This is my favorite kind of interior decor

DIY Fireplace Makeover by Sara Lowman

The very talented Sara Lowman does it again, I can't get over the transformation! 

Unique Patio Ideas by Lauren Lowman

Give your patio some personality! Lauren shares some inspiration from her friend's backyard.

What Grows Together Goes Together

Steph definitely has the right idea with this tomato and watermelon salad, always pair what's in season! This is a must-try.

DIY Home: Aromatherapy

I posted a quick DIY project that makes your entire house smell glorious. The only downside was that I had to disapppoint everyone in my house by explaining that I wasn't making Creme Brulee...

TND: DIY Home and Last Minute Meals

I wish my last minute meals sounded this good! Colleen shared a great recipe and dotted-vase craft fit for the ultimate Thursday Night Dinner

DIY Entryway Key Holder

Jana posted an awesome DIY project that could improve anyone's home organization system (or, lack thereof, in my case)

This Week They Posted:

Taste Food Blog: Apricot Brulee


Can't. Stop. Staring. This is happening this weekend.

Vintage Travel Bar by RustBeltThreads


I've always wanted to hollow out a book, but I never had a good idea for its content after said craft is complete... until now

Creme de la Craft: DIY Moroccan Candle Holders


I'm really into Moroccan decor right now, but that stuff isn't cheap! This is a great idea.

Anthropologie: Sundry Retro Brooch


I don't know what occasion warrants a brooch, but I need to think of one pretty soon

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Friday, 03 August 2012 09:28

DIY Entryway Key Holder


Jana is rounding off DIY Home Week with a fantastic project! Who doesn't need this extra measure of organization in their lives? And how adorable! I'm so glad it's Friday, the State Fair begins today, and I for one can't wait to go eat gross fair food and people watch this weekend. I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!




I haven't had much time to spend on DIY home projects lately, but this is one that I absolutely must try.  You see, my husband is sort of particular about which key hook my keys are "supposed" to hang from.  I know, but it's really not as creepy as it sounds...a bit OCD perhaps, but I swear he's a great guy!  I guess since I'm apt to stumble into the house with a baby in one arm and groceries in the other, where I hang my keys is of no consequence to me.  My husband says, "just pick one hook and stay there."  My keys tend to migrate, but like I said, I have bigger fish to fry.  Anyhow, at a recent Yoga Night, I noticed that our hosts had an amazing key holder in their entryway.  Labeled beautifully with each household member's name,  It was even nicer than the one pictured below, although that was the same one they based theirs on.  I'm kicking myself for not taking a photo.  Anyhow, when I asked about the key holder, I was directed to the Martha Stewart website (of course!).  So here is the craft "recipe"



DIY Entryway Key Holder
by Jana Bonderman


What You Need:

  • Homasote fiberboard
  • Picture Frame
  • Cover board
  • Linen or fabric
  • Labels (w/nails)

What You Do:

- Screw hooks To make the board, have a piece of Homasote fiberboard cut to fit into a picture frame. Cover board with a piece of linen, and staple it at back. Tuck the board into the frame, then nail on labels and attach one screw hook for each set of keys.

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