Just The Tip: The Simple (but Important) Lesson I Learned from a Ceramics Class

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Behind the scenes with Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

Just the Tip is a new(ish) series that will feature just one tip on a new subject each month (or so) that I’ve found useful – topics will range from blogging to business to life in general. 

When I was in my final semester of college, I remember feeling excited to get out into the real world and not have to worry about juggling a job, homework, studying for quizzes, etc anymore. I could focus on just one thing: my new job. Whatever that might be. Of course, that’s not exactly how it worked out, but that’s a story for another time.

Another part of me though, was sad (and a tiny bit scared) to leave…without those weekly critiques and mandatory attendance for classes, I was worried that I would stop pushing myself or veer off into a direction that I didn’t intend to. Those critiques in class, though sometimes a bit hard to swallow, ultimately helped me gain confidence in what I was doing, and it was nice to get that constant feedback.

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How to Dye (Almost) Anything You Can Get Your Hands On – The Natural Materials Guide

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How to Dye (Almost) Anything You Can Get Your Hands On - The Natural Materials Guide

A long while back, I shared the how-to for dyeing synthetic materials with my faux fur rug project and it’s been on my list ever since to share how to dye non-synthetic / natural materials as well – like cotton, silk, even wood and paper. So, today’s the day.

After dyeing everything from napkins and cardstock to hankies and woven baskets, I’ve learned a whole lot of tricks (with a few mistakes along the way that I’ll never repeat again). So, today I’m sharing the basics, which I’ve strangely never actually shared. Click through to find out how to dye pretty much any natural fiber imaginable with this simple tutorial.

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8 DIYs to Try This Weekend

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8 DIYs to Try This Weekend

Happy Friday! I’m getting ready for the weekend with a handful of weekend DIYs to try. And celebrating the fact that I don’t have any set plans for the next few days! Unless you count making cocktails as a set plan. Am I the only one that gets excited about doing ‘nothing’ over the weekend? You can be honest. I can take it. Probably.

Anyway, if you’re in the mood for a weekend DIY (or two), there’s a little bit of everything – flowers, fashion (accessories), food, and home decor. I’m all about #6 and #8 rn. What about you?

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In It for the Photos: The Non-Outdoorsy Travel Guide to Chattanooga, Tennessee

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The Dwell Hotel, Chattanooga

Last week, I drove up to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a girls trip, and spent a few days at the famed Dwell Hotel (that photo above is the lobby photo that everyone just HAS to take – including me). It was my April trip for the 12 trips in 12 months series.

Chattanooga is only a two hour drive from Atlanta, so it was super easy to get to and all the more enticing to explore the city for the better part of the week. I’m not totally sure when I’ll be back there again and we definitely didn’t do anything in the ‘I’m an outdoorsy person‘ vein – which I think Chattanooga is known for. Ha! BUT I am so glad that I went and wanted to share a handful of places we visited along the way.

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How to Make Concrete Planters with Recycled Materials for Earth Day

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DIY Concrete Planters

With Earth Day right around the corner (April 22nd), I thought it would be especially appropriate to share a recycling DIY for the occasion. It involves using empty Aveeno lotion bottles to make really cool concrete planters. DIY planters are kind of my favorite thing at the moment, if you couldn’t tell. 

So, with some help from the folks at Aveeno and their Daily Moisturizing collection, I’m sharing a concrete DIY planter post that utilizes my empty Aveeno containers as molds for planters. AND sharing a couple of helpful recycling tips for anyone looking to up their game in the recycling department.

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Couch Potato: The Coolest Couches Under $1,000

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I’ve been getting a few coach / sofa questions lately (mainly people asking if I like my studio couch and I do, I really do). So, I was thinking it would be fun to put together a roundup of my favorites couches rn, in case you’re on the hunt for a new one. But there’s a catch – I not only wanted these couches to be the best of the best, I also wanted every couch on this list to be affordable too. So, all 14 couches in this roundup are under $1,000.

Number 2, 4, and 9 are at the top of my list. But I’m curious to know which ones are your fave. Let me know!

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6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

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6 DIYs to Try This Weekend

Happy Friday! I’m back from a quick trip to Chattanooga with friends and playing catch up over the weekend a little bit to make up the time. But no complaints – it was so much fun. More about the trip on IG of you’re interested. 

And being as though it’s the end of the week, I figured I better round up some DIY goodies for the weekend before everyone signs off to soak in the best days of the week and/or celebrate Easter. Click through for all the links. What are your plans for the weekend? Anything exciting?

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