DIY graphic tees

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even though almost every t-shirt i own is a plain white or black one, lately i’ve been liking retro inspired graphic tees with cute little sayings on them. but the ones i’ve wanted aren’t cheap, and so i decided to make some for real cheap. i haven’t used iron on letters since i was a kid, but they’re just as easy as i remembered.  i came up with three different phrases : okey dokey, lo siento (“sorry” in spanish), and laisse tomber (“forget it” in french), and got three different iron on letters to try out different styles.

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DIY graphic tees | almost makes perfect

directions

01. wash your shirts before ironing on them.

02. play around with different layouts, try spacing out the letters, try them on one line and on two, figure out what design looks best.

03. follow the directions on your letters packaging (all three had different instructions), preheat your iron and iron on your letters. i have to say that the okey dokey 70s font was my favorite to work with, the letters simply peeled off and were really easy to apply.

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i have to say i reaaaally love all three shirts, i’m super excited about them. you gonna try it out?

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almost makes mixtape ⋅ vol 22

almost makes mixtape | vol 22

a new mixtape! yay! as i’ve mentioned, we’re finally throwing a housewarming party now that the backyard is done for the most part — and even though it’s been 10 months since we moved in, i still feel like we could have postponed the party a couple more weeks haha. i made a super super long mix for the party, but decided to do a little mini version for you guys. if you like it, and you’re hosting your own party, let me know if you want me to share the full party mix. (it’s 9 hours long lol)

if you want me to stay / sly & the family stone

thinking about your love / turner + skipworth

heart of the country / paul + linda mccartney

give me the night / george benson

sunday / dj day

second hand news / fleetwood mac

reach out richard / mayer hawthorne

for those who like to groove / ray parker jr + raydio

i’m not moving / phil collins

disciples / tame impala

1612 / vulfpeck

the groove line / heatwave

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DIY patterned vase

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for some reason, among all of the serving trays and candles and ceramic pitchers i own — i don’t own almost any simple glass vases. so when i recently realized that i bought one on amazon, and it was so cheap that i decided to buy a second one to make one cool.

so i came up with a super simple technique to make it patterned, by just using tape and frosted glass spray — which i was surprised to like so much. i also considered using white spray paint, but i thought this way would be a little more understated.

DIY patterned vase | almost makes perfect
DIY patterned vase | almost makes perfect

materials

directions

01. cut pieces of washi tape to the length you want — mine were each about an inch. stick ’em all over your vase, making sure you put them on really tight. you can also use any tape you want, but i found the washi was the perfect height for the look i wanted and was easy to switch spots when creating the pattern.

02. take the vase outside and spray — then let dry for an hour and then spray again.

03. after the vase has dried for a few hours, carefully and slowly remove each piece of tape with tweezers.

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simple and cool right? i really think the frosted glass makes it look like a legit product (that i would probably buy). careful when filling your vase with water, seems like the finish is a little sensitive.

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how to make your own city guide

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you guys know i love to create travel guides, i find it super satisfying to explore new places and try to hunt down the cutest shops and restaurants while on vacation. gid’s not as into that challenge as i am, but he’s very patient.

you may also know i’m equally passionate about my own city, so i came up with a super fun idea to make a print version of my LA guide for out of town visitors. it’s a perfect little gift for special visitors, or perfect nightstand reading material for your own guest room (or even your airbnb).

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i used blurb to create the book, and it was so easy. i decided the easiest way to setup the book would be to separate each section of the city into separate pages, and then categorize by category. i created the whole thing within the blurb website, but they also have tools to do it in lightroom or indesign.

i really liked the simple template i used, the design of the guide feels modern and hip and kind of like a fancy $19 zine i’d buy at a bookstore. which is what i was going for, of course.

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it’s pretty fun to be a tourist in your own city, so in order to get some photos i just had to have for the guide, i took a few weekends to go eat my favorite foods just to get a good photo. any chance i get to eat lobster rolls… (those ones above are from knuckle & claw… they’re my faveeee)

i used all iphone photos and i’m super happy with the quality! basically it was easy and affordable and i love it so i now think that everyone should just make one to have around their house. it’s also easier than having to come up with suggestions every time someone comes to visit.

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THIS POST WAS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BLURB.

ALL OPINIONS ARE 100% MY OWN.

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