Hey friends! Wow. Can you believe it? In a few weeks from now we’ll all be going tra-la-la-la-la. Ok, some of us already are. To gear up for the Holiday Season I created a playlist for West Elm! As you know, West Elm is my jam (well, everyone’s jam, really), so I was pretty stoked when they invited me to collaborate.
This playlist is perfect as an all-in-one option for your holiday musical needs. You can listen to it while cooking, eating, or relaxing with your friends, all cozied up with blankies. Listen to the full playlist on West Elm’s blog Front & Main.
Thanks for inviting me to collaborate, señores of West Elm :)
PS. to all of my non-american friends, you can’t listen to the playlist outside of the states because it’s hosted on Spotify, but you can take note of the up-and-coming artists. I’ll make a playlist on SoundCloud so we can all listen to them, woop!
Ok sorry I just had to do it. Dudes, I’m back! I cannot believe it. I’m pretty sure there’s some weird time vortex Down Under, ’cause seriously, time went flying! I guess that’s what happens when you’re having a blast.
Aside from being jet lagged like a zombie, my head is spinning around with ideas, photos, memories, and everything in between. I have tons of things to share, but not just the usual “oh look I went here, and here and there”, I also have some cool tips and a few lessons learned along the way that will hopefully help you too (creative lessons, nonetheless).
Australia is insanely cool. I had this preconceived idea that it would be like going to space (super long, painful flight) and nope. The flight felt the same as me going to New York (even though it’s obviously not the same distance) and it’s oh so worth it. I am hooked and already plotting future plans to go back! (oh hell to the yes). So, hang on tight ’cause there’s lots of content coming your way! (australian, artful, DIY, food, the works!).
PS. The photo above was taken while I was trying to figure out how to work my iPhone underwater in a reef, ha! A bit of a pretty accident, no?
Hey! So As you can see I haven’t posted anything this week. And I have a very VERY good excuse. You see, last week I was part of this awesome project created by Lowe’s in New York. Basically we got to design and style a room from start to finish. One of the coolest things I’ve done lately!
Now, I am leaving Down Under in a day! AAH! Yes, I mentioned earlier this month, I am going as part of #GoAustralia. So between designing a room, flying to the other side of the country, trying to catch up with the blog, plus my full-time job, plus, plus…well, you get the picture – I literally have an overflow of to-do tasks and very little time to get them done. So posts will not happen for the next two weeks.
So yes, I am still here, but will be on a – very much needed – blog break. Yes. A MOTHER FUCKIN’ BREAK!!! I never thought I’d say it, but yes, I’m gonna try really really hard to avoid peeking my head in here. Maybe one last post before I go, but that’s it. I really want to disconnect and stay away from the interwebs as much as I can so I can soak up the culture and the cool aussie vibes without any disruptions. Pinterest will still be there when I’m back so whatevs. (It better be!). Oh, and I’ll also write a MAJOR catch up post with all the latest happenings I haven’t been able to share with you.
I will however, continue to instagram whenever possible. That’s like, totally ok because I’d be documenting the trip. Right? So hey, while I’m away why don’t you pop by on Instagram and say hello! Yes?
Art by Daniele De Batte
Say hello to Molly from the amazeballs blog Almost Makes Perfect. Today Molly’s gonna show us how to make an insanely cool and easy Modern Colour Block iPad Stand. Make one for yourself and why not, one as a gift for your friends!. Take it away Molls!
hi! this is molly from almost makes perfect. so happy to be a guest on gabriel’s blog – we’ve been blog pals for a few months now and i’m obsessed with everything he does… well you get it. he’s cool. NOW ME:
today i’m going to show you how to make a modern iPad stand for the kitchen — i use my iPad for recipes while cooking and never have a place to put it so it ends up covered in food. now i have a cute place to put it!
this project is really cheap and simple, if you don’t own a saw at home, just have the hardware store guys cut it for you.
let’s make it!
modern colour block iPad stand
- a piece of pine wood cut at 9″ tall x 10.5″ wide
- 2 pieces of trim cut at 9″ x 1/4″
- wood glue
- painters tape
- wood stain (i used english chestnut)
- white paint
- a brush
- a clamp (not pictured)
- once you have your wood cut, sand it all until you have a smooth finish.
- glue one piece of trim onto the bottom of your base and carefully clamp it to get it flushed. make sure you try not to get any glue on the surfaces that will show as they won’t stain properly. wait 20-30 minutes and then do your second piece. let dry for an hour or so.
- tape off 1/3 of your base and using your fingernails or a credit card, smooth it down as tightly as you can
- stain the bottom half and let dry for 12 hours or so. once dry, peel off the tape and tape off the opposite area, starting at the very top of the stained line.
- paint the other half white. if your stain leaked through the tape at all, just make sure to really saturate those areas and they won’t show through. wait until its dry, SLOWLY remove the tape and you’re done!
Fellas! Is this cray or is this cray? So easy! I’m so not a DIYer but this is something I can definitely make. Please make sure to visit Almost Makes Perfect for more amazing modern DIYs like this one. Thanks a bunch Molly!
DIY Project, styling, and photos by Molly from Almost Makes Perfect
This series has become a total favourite of mine! Scouting the web for inspiring interiors and doing research to match the recipe feels like heaven to me (I know, geek central). But not everything is just fun and “oh I’m gonna pin this and pin that” – each posts is actually quite challenging! Trying to find the perfect recipe that will bring together all the colours and textures in a room is no easy task, plus there’s also the props, mood, styling, editing, etc, etc. Quite the list eh?
That being said, this new series has been an AMAZING learning opportunity.
So why I am saying all this to you? ‘Cause you gotta try it! By that I don’t mean the recipes (well, yes, you should try those too) – what I mean is YOU HAVE TO GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE NOW. Seriously, the amount of stuff you learn from stepping away from your normal routine is incredible. Yes, it is frightening as fuck, and yes, you will feel like a loser when things don’t turn out the way you expected but hey, you’re one step closer to “perfection” (whatever that looks like to you).
Take a challenge, any challenge, and go with it. It may be for your own blog, instagram account, or just for fun – whatever your reason, just do it.
And here’s an extra tip: keep a journal of your new challenges. I know, journals can be lame, but mine has very little words in it! Mine is just full of clippings and photos of original posts I have created – and my friends – the rewards of seeing your work come to life are SO fulfilling. Plus, by having a creative journal you can keep track of your style and how it evolves. You can also take note of the things you need to improve and the things you enjoy the most (and the least).
So friend, I’m here to tell ya: CHALLENGE YOURSELF! Time is ticking and opportunities don’t just show up at the door. You gotta hunt them down! And to be a good hunter you gotta practice. GO!
To see all the recipes from the photos above check out Edible Rooms on SF Girl By Bay