Hammock Dreams

Me napping in a hammock at the Red Sea in Egypt

All my life I’ve loved hammocks. My all-time dream is to travel to a beachy destination that stays nice and warm through the night, sleep in a hammock right on the beach and then wake up in the morning, grab my surfboard and hit the waves! I’ve had some experiences pretty close to this in Egypt and Colombia, but so far, I’m still waiting for my full dream scenario to come true. In the meantime, I’ve decided that I need to quell my hammock obsession by taking a nap in one at some point this summer (thus Summer Bucket List item No. 18). But even that poses a bit of a challenge as my apartment, while nestled in a nice little courtyard, isn’t quite set up for a permanent hammock. And my other option – sneaking into a hammock display at the local World Market store – doesn’t sound too appealing or relaxing.

So I was very excited to see this DIY hammock idea from Design Sponge, which not only gives me an excuse to buy some of those fancy towel/blanket/things I’ve been seeing around lately but also a fun way to check No. 18 off my Summer Bucket List.

Summer Lighting

© Tulipanka Photography (Glowing Jar Project - From Panka With Love}

As silly as it sounds, there’s very little that makes me more excited for summer than the thought of sitting outside under a canopy of Christmas lights with a glass of wine and good company.

I’m beginning to think that these amazing little DIY jar lights from From Panka With Love might be even better. I stumbled across them on Pinterest this weekend, and I immediately had a flashback to the summers I used to spend chasing fireflies around my grandma’s neighborhood in Indiana.

The jars sound relatively easy to make, although like one commenter said, five hours for the larger jar seems like a bit much. Even if you just stick to the small variety, these would be such a beautiful addition to any evening summer hangout, don’t you think?

{Photo © Tulipanka Photography}

Books As Craft Projects?

The Repurposed Library by Lisa Occhipinti

While the idea of destroying a good book for the sake of style makes me sad, I’m a little more lenient about the practice when it comes to books that aren’t so “good.” I find plenty of these: old books that have a beautiful patina or cover, but a subject matter like “Carrot Farmers of the North Atlantic.” In these cases, I think it’s totally justified to make one of the fun and crafty items found in Lisa Occhipinti’s “The Repurposed Library: 33 Craft Projects That Give Old Books New Life.”

In fact, some of these projects just might serve to put these so-so books in the spotlight more than if they were just taking up room on a bookshelf. What do you guys think? Is it OK to turn a book into a craft project?

Valentine’s Day Gifts

I love the Valentine’s Day gift collection that Terrain has put together. It’s full of chic, fun little gifts that you would probably never get for yourself but would love to have if someone else gave them to you. Shakespeare’s sonnets with an adorable cover or chocolate sprinkled with pink salt? Yes and yes! These would make beautiful gifts just to give to your girlfriends on Feb. 14th, too. :)

{photos via Terrain}

Graffiti Nouveau

It seems that graffiti has really branched out since my youth. Take “yarnbombing” for instance. It’s a new graffiti trend that swaps out spray paint for a knitting needle and yarn. I have to say, the results are pretty amazing.

I wonder how long it takes to complete one of these projects. It seems as though yarnbombs must be created by magical elves rather than real people. Either way, I’m in love.

Check out more yarnbomb creations at yarnbombing.com

Homeless Gift #6: Worth the Splurge?

Topanga Candle Company

Topanga Candle Company

Ok, so I debated whether to include these in my Homeless Gift list, because the price goes way beyond what most people — including myself — would want to pay for a candle. But I just love this idea so much, I couldn’t go without at least mentioning it.

It’s simple, really. Topanga Candle Company takes beautiful old tins, flasks and copper goods, fills them with wax and a few wicks, and turns them into lovely candles. It’s a great way to give function to these great little pieces of history that might otherwise get buried on a dusty shelf. Topanga will even refill your candle for free.

But you’ll pay a pretty penny for these pretty tins, which range from $30 for a tiny copper salt shaker candle all the way up to $300 for a copper fireplace pot. Most candles are about $80 and you can find a variety of colorful tins that just might be worth the splurge.

Ship & Shape

This is such a great new shop: Ship & Shape offers a carefully edited selection of fine goods, from clothing and home decor to stationery and jewelry, all by hand-picked artists and designers. The site is also perfect for gift-giving since most of the items are unique, affordable, and just downright adorable.

Some favorites: specimen card pack, cosmic wrap, and a lemon thyme bundle necklace.

{via Wit + Delight}