the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

Category: DIY

trolling and finding: diy macrame


my love for macrame includes one day learning how to do it.

+ Waxed cord—you can also use hemp, yarn, suede cording, or any type of string, really.
+ Scissors
+ A flat surface—a board, piece of cardboard, or a wall all work.
+ 4 push pins or nails

Instructions for a macrame friendship bracelet:

Step 1: Cut one piece of cord at 1 ½ yards long and another 2 ½ yards long. Fold the two strands in half and pin them into the wood, cardboard, or wall at their middle. The two longer strands will be doing the knotting, so make sure they are on the outside and the short strands are on the inside. Pin the inside strands in place.

Step 2: To make a square knot, first create a loop with the left outside strand, tucking it under the two middle strands and over the right outside strand. Create a loop with the right outside strand, this time crossing over the two middle strands and tucking under the left outside strand.

Step 3: Reverse the process, crossing the left strand over the middle and under the right one and the right strand under the middle and over the left. Pull both outside strands up and out until you create a knot on the two strands in the middle.

Step 4: Repeat step 2 and 3 until you have created a series on knots—under and over, over and under, then pull. You can continue with this knot to make a full bracelet  (jump to step 9 to finish), or you can move on to step 5 to learn a half knot, which looks like a twist.

Step 5: For the half knot, the string in your left hand will always go under then over, and the strand in your right hand will always go over then under.

Step 6: Pull and repeat 5 until you have about 2 inches of loose string at the bottom of the bracelet, and tie the ends into a knot.

Step 7: Take the bracelet off the board and pull the end knot through the loop at the top. Ta-da! You have a macramé friendship bracelet.

image: cold picnic macrame necklaces (drool)

instructions: cold picnics 7-step macrame guide (with pictures) via of a kind.


what you get is to be changed.

“… this is freedom. This is the force of faith. Nobody gets what they want. Never again are you the same. The longing is to be pure. What you get is to be changed. More and more by each glistening minute, through which infinity threads itself, also oblivion, of course, the aftershocks of something at sea. Here, hands full of sand, letting it sift through in the wind, I look in and say take this, this is what I have saved, take this, hurry. And if I listen now? Listen, I was not saying anything. It was only something I did. I could not choose words. I am free to go. I cannot of course come back. Not to this. Never. It is a ghost posed on my lips. Here: never.”

— Jorie Graham, from “Prayer” via proustitute

thank you beautiful v.

image: species by the thousand via the shiny squirrel

god’s eye: a great DIY

and this from the wiki page:
Hung in a child’s hair or on the walls of homes, or tied to the ends of arrows, the sikuli’s main purpose is to ensure children a long and healthy life.When a child is born, the central eye is woven by the father. Then one eye is added for every year of the child’s life until the youngster reaches the age of five. The resulting design in the shape of a cross symbolizes the four elements of earth, air, fire and water. The Ojo de Dios is the most well known symbol. The Indians believe the design of the eye has the power to heal and to protect. The Ojo de Dios is hung on the wall and used in ceremonies and prayer.

The colours used have different meanings: red – life itself; yellow – sun moon and stars; blue – sky and water; brown – soil; green – vegetation; black – death.

the randoms

image of rei shito by all the pretty birds
a nice DIY – braided hex nut bracelet/necklace
a saturday walk in the park and a scarf turban

how to make egyptian musk

Things You’ll Need:

  • Eyedropper
  • Patchouli essential oil
  • Rose essential oil
  • Cedar essential oil
  • Amber essential oil
  • Frankincense essential oil
  • Myrrh essential oil
  • Vanilla essential oil
  • Almond oil
  • Instructions:

    Use an eyedropper to place nine drops (each) of patchouli, rose, and amber essential oils into an amber-colored glass bottle with a cap (1 cup capacity). Add seven drops of frankincense, myrrh and cedarwood essential oils to the bottle. Place five drops of vanilla essential oil into the bottle. Fill the bottle half full of pure almond oil and replace the cap. Shake the bottle and place it in a dark place for up to 21 days. Apply the oil blend directly to your skin as fragrance.

    (photo: from here)
    (perfume recipes: here and here and this too)
    (inspired by a favorite scent,
    which reminds me of 1995, working at buffalo exchange
    and selling tons of this stuff)


    awesome DIY rope necklace tutorial

    next on the list

    (images: here)

    a roasting pan for louisa

    “Believing it almost a sin to buy something he could make himself, Sandy would drop anything he was involved in, no matter how important, and beat out a roasting pan for Louisa or fashion a large-capacity serving ladle or a sieve. This do-it-yourself dictum was undoubtedly a carryover from their earlier, leaner days, but it had become an obsession with Sandy.”

    A creative artist of any kind—writer, painter, musician—needs two conditions met in his outer life to be productive for the long haul: a physical space in which to work that he doesn’t have to think about, that is as natural for him to get to and be in as a kitchen table, and, just as important, people around him who are dedicated to smoothing his way, who will see to it that the washing is done, that visitors are handled deftly.

    Calder had both of these, for nearly his entire career. His homes, in Roxbury, Connecticut and in Saché, France, had multiple workshops and each shop had multiple stations where dozens (and ultimately thousands) of works—mobiles, stabiles, gouaches, jewelry, kitchen goods—lay scattered about, with their attendant tools, waiting for their creator’s hand to turn to them again. To the outsider it looked like a sparkling chaos, but to Sandy it was like working in his own projected brain, with nearly finished thoughts readily at hand.

    And for smoothing his way, Calder had Louisa.

    (my father wanted to name me Louise.)

    (text from here)

    (photos of the calder home from here by way of a lovely desert)

    (and something for the cold)

    one year commitment

    Fill a jar with fresh lavender flowers. When it is full knock the jar against your hand to get the blossoms to pack in tighter and fill the jar the rest of the way.

    When the jar is full add your oil mixture. You can use any high quality oil. I like to use a mixture of olive oil, grapeseed oil, and almond oil. Another good oil is avocado oil. You don’t have to use a mixture, but I like to.

    Fill with oil until all the blossoms are covered. Put a lid on and leave in sunny place for 1- 1.5 YEARS. You could leave it for 6 months it just won’t be as potent.

    When a year has passes strain the blossoms out of the oil and put the oil in glass jars or bottles. You can use it as a body oil, make lotions with it, add it to bath crystals or whatever else you can think of.

    (via mociun + stone healing)

    dream catching

    and when i write the book about my love
    it’ll be a pop publication, tougher than tough
    when i get down on the pages all i missed
    it will shoot to the top of the best-sellers list
    when i write the book about my love

    when i write the book – nick lowe

    because it played  on the radio on the way to work.

    (photo and new past time: here)

    what to do with old love: here