Category: Diy

GeneralWindow Farms for the Urban Dweller

Want to embrace your green thumb, but don’t exactly have the room for a vegetable garden? Well Window Farms are just the solution for you! 
“Window farming” allows urban dwellers to year-round farming in almost any window. It uses recycled 1.5 liter water bottles, clay pellets, plastic tubing and inexpensive fish tank air pumps to create a decked out indoor garden.
The plants capture natural light and vertically disperses the organic liquid soil throughout the levels of plans. Not only do they look cool, but it can also freshen up your place! It’s also a great way to save money on fresh veggies!
The farms can be used to grow fresh peppers, strawberries, cherry tomatoes, and bok choy, to name a few! However, root vegetables are not suitable for the window farm.
WindowFarms.org was founded by Britta Riley, who raised $27,000 in donations as seed money. The project hopes to teach others that they can put recycled consumer goods to use and get the most out of things that are readily available to them. The site already has 4,000 registered users who all manage their own window farms.
The website tells you what you need and the materials will cost you about $30. You can download the PDF from their website or you can buy an at-home kit so you can get to growing your veggies even quicker!
To learn more about the Window Farms project and how to make your own urban garden, visit WindowFarms.org.
(Photos courtesy of MrKate.com)

GeneralDIY: Saltwater Beach Spray!


Summer is fast approaching and as the weather warms up, the last thing we want to do is plug in a flat iron or any other hot tool to do our hair. This simple DIY will help you achieve saltwater kissed waves even if you don’t live anywhere near the beach. The best part is, this style takes less than 10 minutes to achieve and costs less than $10 for the materials. Here’s what you’ll need:
  • 3 tbsp. finely ground sea salt 
  • 3 squirts of water-based hair gel 
  • 1/4 tsp. coconut conditioner 
  • Tap water
  • 8-10 oz. spray bottle
 
 
1. Add all of your ingredients to your spray bottle and add enough water to fill it up. Shake vigorously until all ingredients are combined. 
2. Spray onto wet/damp hair and scrunch upward until a wave begins to form. Spray a small amount and scrunch as you go. Remember, less is more!
3. Either let it dry naturally or use a diffuser for a more tousled look 
And voila! Enjoy that fresh-out-the-ocean look anywhere and keep the spray bottle in your purse for touch ups throughout the day!

FashionBlogger Spotlight: Syl and Sam!

 

Syl and Sam, is where fashion DIY mavens Sylvia and Samantha deliver up amazing DIY’s, nail art and outfit of the day’s. I am a huge fan of their blog and I know you will be too! Here is a few shots from their blog, I love their style! Its edgy and tough, my favorite!

Here is a sampling of some of their fabulous DIY’s!

Make sure to check out their blog! They are so cute and have the most complete and on-trend tutorials. If you are anything like me, you need all the help you can get ;)
xo

BeautyHow-To: Hair Chalking

Talk about non-committal, if you’ve ever wanted to add non-permanent color to your hair, then you might consider hair chalking. After seeing tons of fashion editorials that included casually-colored wisps, I decided to try out hair chalking with our daring studio assistant, Sarah. I used soft pastels from the art store, and because Sarah’s hair is light, it took color very well. The entire look took maybe ten minutes to complete.
Notes: Do not mix the soft pastels with any water (unless you have dark hair).
The chalk will naturally release throughout the day, so your look will eventually fade out.
hair chalking
hair chalking
What colors would YOU do?

ArtDIY: Wine Bottle Art

If any of you winos out there are anything like me, you’ve probably got a few, er, *cough* many empty wine bottles clogging up the recycling bin. Well, no more! Dig those puppies out and wash ‘em off, because it’s time for a little DIY! (If you’re not 21, just borrow a few empties from your ‘rents.) With just a little TLC, these beautiful bottles can add ambient charm to any room and any occasion.
Here’s What You Do:
Step 1:  Cut your bottle. Using a glass cutter is the most effective and precise way to get a clean cut, and you can get those at any hardware or craft store. However, if you don’t want to spend the dough, you can do it for free like this:

Step 2: Gather tea lights, holiday lights, candles, wicks, flowers, spray paint – whatever you want to accessorize your bottles. Decorate accordingly. The options are endless!
Here are some ideas:
Tumblers
Centerpieces
Tiki Torches
Chandeliers
Garden Decorations
Vases
Candle Holders
Step 3: Show off your handiwork! Let us see any of your DIY with wine bottles on our Facebook or Pinterest!