whimsey box and craftgawker challenge

We have entered into the Whimseybox and Craftgawker Challenge because we would L-O-V-E for one of our projects to be sold in the Whimseybox shop! The way that the contest works is you upload a project onto Craftgawker and the ten posts with the most "favorites" will become semi-finalists. From there, Whimseybox will choose the winner. So... if you could all be dolls and go "favorite" our posts on Craftgawker, that would be amazing and we will love you forever! Below are the four posts we've entered and the links where you can "favorite" them.

the diy: beaded macrame bracelet

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This bracelet turned out way nicer than I had hoped for. The gold beads make it seem like more than just a "friendship" bracelet. But, it really is just a fancier version of a friendship bracelet. All you need is braiding cord and some small geometric beads. I'm sure regular beads would work too.
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Fold a piece of string in half and tie a knot by the fold, leaving a small opening for later. The string should be about 2 feet long.
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Secure your string with some tape or a clipboard.
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String some beads onto the left string. I used 17 beads but, the number of beads you use should depend on the size of your wrist. More beads = bigger wrist. Less beads... you get the point right?
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Tighten the two strings and tape them down. I taped mine to the back of the clipboard.
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Cut another piece of string about 4 feet long. Tie it in the middle onto your two taped-down strings, above the beads.
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You will tie a square knot between each bead. So start off by tie a square knot. You basically are tying a knot forward (or to the right), and then tying the same knot backward (or to the left).
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After you've tied one knot right and one knot left, slide a bead up the string, right up against what you've just tied.
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Tie a square knot under the bead. Remember, a square knot is really two knots- one to the right...
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and then one to the left.
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Alternate back and forth, one square knot, one bead, until you have made the bracelet as long as you need it to be to wrap around your wrist.
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Tie a regular knot with all of the string.
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Cut off the excess string!
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And now you have a bracelet that will easily go on and off your wrist.
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tunes-day tuesday: SUMMERTIME MIX

1) Trembling Hands- The Temper Trap

2) Break the Silence- The Dig

3) Don't Swallow The Cap- The National

4) Sunset- The xx

5) Myth- Beach House

6) Amazing Eyes- Good Old War

7) Sometime Around Midnight- The Airborne Toxic Event

8) Give It All We Got Tonight- George Strait

9) Promises- Nero-

10) Trojans- Atlas Genius

11) The Chain- Fleetwood Mac

the diy: beaded friendship bracelets

I was inspired yesterday to make a bunch of bracelets but I only successfully made these guys. But, I really like how they turned out! They are super simple and quick and they could be customized in many ways. And you can give them away to your friends without feeling like your giving your soul and hours of hard work away with it. You know, those regular friendship bracelets are so cute but geez, can I get my day back? Anyway, here's what you do...
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All you will need is braiding cord and a few smaller beads. You basically need a bead that is big enough to easily slide on the cord but, still small. Cut a piece of thread about a foot long. Tie a knot close to the middle of the strand.
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Slide the beads on in whatever order you would like. I used 8 beads. Tie a knot on the other end of the beads. Overlap the ends of the strands around each other.
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Cut another strand of cord and wrap it around the overlapped strands. Tie a forward knot to start.
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Then tie a backward knot.
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Alternate back and forth about 8 times. Snip the ends off and burn them with a lighter.
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Slide a bead onto both of the ends and tie a knot. Then snip off the excess. And you are done!


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Savannah's wearing:
Top- Forever21
Purse- Goodwill
Shorts- Old Navy
Shoes- Forever 21
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Casey's wearing:
Top- Bar III (sold at Macy's)
Jeans- Levi's (from Urban Outfitters)
Shoes- Nine West
Earrings- Forever 21


Well, I've been seeing DIY videos forever and there are some really cool looking videos out there. I always thought it'd be soooo much work to make one so we never even tried to do one. Turns out, it's actually pretty stinkin' easy. The problem with this video is that when I recorded it, it recorded in time lapse form the WHOLE time. So, the video isn't exactly what I wanted it to be but at least we've done one now and we'll be able to do more in the future, now that we know how easy it is!
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We've teamed up with Printic to bring you this tutorial. Printic is an app that let's you easily print out your instagram pictures right from your phone. They also look like polaroids- bonus! Anyways, check out their app and order you some photos ASAP. And then you can make this awesome photo mobile!


Well, we've been talking about doing more videos for a while now and we finally did a couple. The one we are sharing with you today is a "What's in my Purse?" video. Let me tell you what, our purses are a mess! Actually, doing this video practically forced us to clean our purses out so NOW, they are clean. Since this video involves our purses, I figured I'd put together a post with some of my favorite summer bags. Summer is all about ease, and that's exactly what I want from my bags in the summer. I want something with easy access that is easy to carry. This summer I've been into cross-body bags and large tote bags. And, since it is summer, you can get away with bright colors and bold patterns. Anyways, check out our video below! And if you have any suggestions about types of videos we should do, let us know by leaving a comment!


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Casey's wearing:
Dress- Urban Outfitters
Mis-matched earrings- Target
Shoes- Target
Jewelry- Forever 21

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Savannah's wearing:
Top- TJ Maxx
Shorts- J. Crew
Shoes- Ross
Necklace- PacSun
All other jewelry- Forever 21