Dancing with Myself

Big-ass Book of CraftsThe thing I'm most looking forward to as it starts to get warmer is outdoor concerts. The epitome of summer to me is lounging on a grassy lawn as the sun sets, enjoying live music and the company of friends. I'm also a big fan of learning new dance moves from the drunken older gentlemen who wander in, lured by the sound of laughter and the scent of beer. Through immersing myself in ethnographic studies, I've perfected the fake-gun-shooting boogie and the excessive-shoulder-shrugging sway, both done off-beat and facing backwards.


But this post isn't about how I excel at dancing. Outdoor concerts have a definite vibe and a defined style. Look around at any point in time and you're guaranteed to see fringe bags, vintage-inspired jewelry, and breezy layers. Personally, I'm kind of obsessed with this aesthetic and have tried to incorporate it into my living space year-round. Luckily, decking your home in bohemian wares is pretty cheap. Unique treasures can usually be found at thrift stores or through a Fair-Trade shop.


I also rely on cheap do-it-yourself projects a lot. One thing I've found seriously inspiring lately is this crafty book. Designer Mark Montano manages to make magazine inserts cool works of art (spoiler alert: it involves acrylic paint and embossing powder), and many, many projects in here are inexpensive without looking tacky.


The project that has moved to the top of my list is recreating these pillows. Thrift stores are stocked to the brim with awesome crochet blankets that I'm always drawn to, but I have nowhere left to drape them. Repurposing those blankets into pillows means I get to have one-of-a-kind accent pieces that are easy to toss on a bed or couch. Paired with some intricately printed neutral curtains and some bird statues, they help create a perfect laid-back vibe for super cheap.


So does anyone else have any projects lined up -- crafty or otherwise? What's at the top of your list currently?



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Amanda Mears



Feb. 23, 2011 at 11:27 AM

I've got a couple of window-box frames that I want to arrange into a large compilation photo to make it look like a fake window. I just need to find them ...

Feb. 23, 2011 at 11:29 AM

I'm looking into re-furbishing an old dresser I found at my grandparent's house. It was once a beautiful robin-egg blue but now I'm not sure what color it is. I'm thinking about stripping it, painting it a deep espresso brown and then covering it with a thick coat of white paint and antiquing it myself. Luckily I still have the crystal knobs. Maybe they will help distract people from, what I'm sure will be, the interesting paint job I'm attempting myself.

Feb. 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM

I love those pillows, and I have nearly bought that book many times -- until I realize that I have no intention of making any of the crafts in it. I just like to imagine myself making things. I am planning to tailor some slipcovers to go over my kitchen chairs, however. The ones I bought are way too big.

Feb. 23, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Bird statues can be charming and wicked at the same time -- a useful trait in home decor.

Feb. 23, 2011 at 11:34 AM

I'm trying to think of cheap window treatments for my wide living room and bedroom windows. My unit is in the basement but the windows are huge -- approx 55 inches wide and 35 inches long. In the living room, I just want simple treatments to make the room look finished, while in the bedroom I'd like treatments I can close to block outside light at night. I have no ideas whatsoever. Any ideas?

Feb. 23, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Having spent my fair amount of time at outdoor festival concerts, I know the gentlemen you speak of. In fact, I treasure the memories of having been propositioned by and offered drugs from the hippies. I am very much looking forward to wearing my fringed leather jacket at a summer concert and then rushing to get a hand-stamp tattoo in the cut-up concert T-shirt the next day. I never thought about bringing that look indoors, though. I should like to experiment with the style. I LOVE FRINGE.

Feb. 23, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Outdoor concerts definitely speak to my inner hippie. I make extra sure not to brush my hair the day of a concert, and I never show up without my floral romper. I also love spending ridiculous amounts of time at thrift shops, looking for something I can make over, usually with a Halloween theme.

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