DIY: Painted Jars … they make great holiday center pieces!

foggydress_jars This tutorial comes via request from one my readers, Kate. I decided to paint a few old pickle jars, and she wanted a tutorial so…here you go! Do-It-Yourself spray painted old bottle & jars.

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  • Spray paint: You can choose any color (obviously) but  I chose gold…mostly because that’s the only color I have!
  • Painter’s tape, any size
  • A glass bottle/jar

foggydress_jars1. Clean off any stickers or jars. I did this by soaking this old olive jar in water. MAKE SURE to place sticker face down in water. Soak for 20-30 mins or longer, depending on sticker size. Rub off excess stickiness under running water, and use Goo-gone if necessary.
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2. Decorate your Jar! I used painter’s tape, and cut up little un-even strips. Get creative… I loved lines and uneven spacing when decorating these jars. foggydress_jars 3. Spray paint away!foggydress_jars 4. Carefully peel off tape

foggydress_jars I also decided to jazz up a few of my old coke bottles…they make great center pieces for the holiday! Just follow steps 1-5 above.foggydress_jarsfoggydress_jarsfoggydress_jarsfoggydress_jarsfoggydress_jars Hope you enjoy these, and decide to NEVER throw away another glass jar again!

hugs, hanalei

working on some type…what do you think?

foggydress_quotesI love making my own greeting cards (aka foggy prints), but this isn’t one those! I have a small gold frame that I wanted to fill with the phrase from Norah Jones’ “Come Away With Me“, also known as my wedding song… 

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I absolutely melt when I hear this song. Norah has this soulful voice that I first fell in love with on a rainy California afternoon. I was a young high school girl then, and when I first heard it I knew I’d be swaying to it on my wedding day.

ANYway, I love it a ton, yada yada.

I just kept making it over…

foggydress_quotes…and over again (just can’t decide on that foliage!).foggydress_quotes

So I’m going back and forth between whether I like it or whether it’s too girly for my taste. I have a few other quotes in mind, and I’m hoping to add some paint (water color?) to my type. foggydress_quotesDoesn’t it look awesome in inverted colors???

hugs, hanalei.

DIY: How to Reupholster Your Chair + Tutorial

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My friend is not afraid of dumpster diving (well she says technically it was next to the dumpster). She somehow got her husband to help haul away these 4 pretty, distressed chairs from the trash the hands of some other DIY savvy gal. We found the reupholster job to be quite simple, with the help of an Aunt, a dad, and Joann’s.

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My friend Anna found her fabric at Joann’s (always use a coupon), but you could use any pretty fabric that you like, as long as it’s a sturdy cloth. We chose to cover over the old fabric, rather than ripping it off.foggydress_chair

Staple one side, and then it’s opposite. Grab another set of hands to help you pull the fabric really tight.
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foggydress_chairA vast improvement in only a few simple steps!

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Thanks Anna, for the steps and vintage chairs!

DIY: easy last minute banner made from paper bags + tutorial

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This is something I made for our friend Eric, who’s leaving on a medical mission to Africa in just a few weeks. He’s not one for decor and spending money on cutesy things, so I figured he’d appreciate us throwing him a beach bonfire party with this low-key, very cheap banner as the main decor. That and 50 glow sticks! Note: always bring glow sticks to night time beach parties. See pictures below.
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We went out to Newport Beach where there were bonfire pits to roast our vegan & non-vegan dinners (we have such a diverse group of friends), and went night bouldering around some caves on the water’s edge. It was a dreamy night filled with good food, good friends, and way too much laughter (can there be such a thing?).

foggydress_bannerfoggy dress foggydress_banner foggydress_banner foggydress_banner foggydress_banner foggydress_bannerI know…the sign looks very un-amazing in the picture above, but at twilight the shiny paint gave off a soft  sparkle, and after all it was supposed to honor this low-maintenance, no-fuss friend.

See the simple tutorial, made with left over brown paper bags from the grocery store, some blue painters tape, and spray paint… Continue reading