It’s no secret that I’ve been a long-time fan of the Baggu nylon shopper bags (I literally use the ones we own every week). And just recently these Recycled Cotton Duck Tote Bags ($26 each) caught my eye with their vivid colors and classic shape. They’d be perfect for the beach, the market, or to fill with goodies for an impromptu picnic! See all of Baggu’s goods here.
If ever my wardrobe could use an overhaul, the time is now. Since we are finally living in California again (where one can actually dare to venture outside during the summer months), I am ready to stock my closet with a fresh supply of shorts and other warm weather pieces. However, while I’m all for the Summer sun (protected with a healthy layer of sunscreen of course), my hermit-like alabaster legs are decidedly not. So I’m asking you dear ones, do you have any recommendations for a great sunless tanner that will take my stems from pasty to pretty in no time flat (preferably one that won’t leave me looking like an oompa loompa)? I can’t wait to hear your suggestions! Here’s to summer! xo Ez
I’m such a fan of all of the handcrafted work that artisans John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj create for their line Bookhou. Their new collection of screen printed pouches are tempting me to no end. Just think of all the ways that they would come in handy! Bookhou goods also make excellent gifts (I speak from experience). Find all the available pouches ($20-28 each), and see the rest of their wonderful wares here.
Hi everyone! I’m so happy and honored to be a guest poster on Creature Comforts today. I’ve been following along with excitement as Ez has shared her big move with us. Having just moved across the country myself, I am empathetic to the anxiety and discombobulation that comes along with the thrill of a moving adventure. To pack up all your stuff and leave your known environment, only to arrive in a place that needs a lot of settling can overwhelm anyone! Ez has handled this transition seamlessly and gracefully on the blog. She makes it all look so easy. Nonetheless, I am hoping this post eases her blog burden ever so slightly in the transition. I adore this fun jewelry tutorial. I hope you do, too!
I originally made a neon green version of these hoops for an 80′s Halloween party–perfect under the black lights. When I went to pick colors for this tutorial, however, I pulled this more gentle color palette with a punch of black. I think it’s so lovely. These hoops are simple to make, yet such a fun splash of hand made in your wardrobe. Add the ability to customize every pair and you might just not be able to stop making them. I adore these little black and white ones.
- Embroidery thread (I suggest DMC 6-strand floss for a smooth finish)
- Inexpensive hoop earrings (I found these at Target)
- Craft glue
Cut 40” of chosen embroidery thread colors for a large hoop, less for smaller hoops. If you place the hoops in your ear before you start, it will help you decide where to change colors and place the majority of your design color work (remove hoop from ear before next step).
Start by placing a small bit of craft glue at the end of the hoop.
Take desired embroidery thread colors and line them up parallel to the hoop, placing the end of the thread in the bit of glue. Choose the thread color you want to start with and begin wrapping it around the hoop…the other colors you aren’t using they go along for the ride (make sure they are being hidden by the thread color that you want to have showing). Keep wrapped thread snugly side-by-side so you can’t see the hoop or other colors underneath.
When you want to change colors, drop the first color parallel to the hoop and start wrapping with the next color you’d like. Repeat to change colors again. Change as many times as you’d like.
When you get to the end, place another small bit of glue. Wrap thread directly over that glue, using your finger to wipe away any excess. Trim the embroidery thread colors that you are not using first as close to the hoop as possible. Then place a little extra glue to secure the remaining thread over the ends of the other colors, and trim excess. Repeat the finishing process on the other side of the wrapped hoop. Repeat full process for your other earring. Voila!
So fast, easy and fun! Happy Hooping!
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