DIY Clear Makeup Bag 

DIY Clear Makeup Bag- click through for the full tutorial!We’re serious makeup addicts—the secret is out! There’s something about playing around with makeup that we find relaxing and it gets our creative juices flowing. Because of our obsession, we often look for new makeup storage ideas that are both cute and functional. While we own a few makeup bags, we realized that we didn’t have any clear bags. Clear bags come in handy when you’re traveling or even when you’re searching for a certain product. A transparent bag can be a lifesaver when you’re trying to find that ONE nude lipstick.

Now we couldn’t just let our clear makeup bag go untouched, could we? Of course we had to jazz it up! One of our favorite phrases is, “All I need is coffee & mascara,” because for us it’s entirely true! But feel free to use your favorite phrase or quote.

DIY Clear Makeup Bag- click through for the full tutorial!Supplies:
clear makeup bag
adhesive vinyl letters
pom pom keychain

Now let’s talk about how it all came together:

DIY Clear Makeup Bag- click through for the full tutorial!Step One: Decide where you want your phrase to be on the bag. We decided to put ours in the center, but you could easily have it run along the bottom or even the side!

DIY Clear Makeup Bag- click through for the full tutorial!Step Two: Now you’re ready to start placing your letters on the bag. We found that is was easier to line each letter up if we looked at the words from the side. Also, don’t be worried that these stickers will fall off because they actually adhere really nicely to plastic!

DIY Clear Makeup Bag- click through for the full tutorial!Step Three: Once all of your words are in place, it’s time to add your keychain! We love soft touches of pink. So for our bag we opted for a pink pom keychain. You should definitely choose something that fits your personality!

DIY Clear Makeup Bag- click through for the full tutorial!DIY Clear Makeup Bag- click through for the full tutorial!DIY Clear Makeup Bag- click through for the full tutorial!Now you’re ready to transport your makeup in style! We love this project because it’s so easy to personalize and make uniquely yours. For that reason, this DIY clear makeup bag would also make a lovely gift. – Britta & Carli Garsow

Credits // Author and Photography: Britta & Carli Garsow. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom.
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Laura’s Nursery Tour!

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) Hooray!! I finally get to show you guys my finished nursery!! I’ve basically been creating this space in my head for the last 8 months, so it’s pretty fun to see how it all eventually came together into a real life room. I knew I wanted to keep the nursery color scheme one that would fit in with the rest of the house, so I chose to use pastel lavenders, pinks, and greens as the main choices with some rainbow elements thrown in for fun. White, gold, and lucite are also pretty prevalent choices throughout our overall space, so I wanted to make sure they had some good representation in the nursery as well. Once all that was established, the challenge became how to create all of that in a sweet space for Baby while making it one that she wouldn’t immediately outgrow like she will with all the cute tiny outfits and shoes we have waiting for her (oh brother!).

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) I was SO excited to work with Land of Nod on this room. They are one of my favorite kid’s stores for sure, and I love how they have a wide collection of items that are designed for kids but look sleek and sophisticated so they also blend in with the rest of your house. Some items are made to be just plain adorable and fun so you can get a good balance of whimsical and silly as well (which is important too!).

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) We have a bit of a lion/cat theme in the nursery, and this little lion rocker is just too cute to put away until she’s big enough to ride it! Such a sweet face to have around her room, and it goes with the lion felt bust I made for her as well.

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) The nursery isn’t a very large room, so I knew there wouldn’t be a lot of counter or dresser space to spare by the time we got all the essentials in. I added this beautiful marble shelf to hold a few special things like the unicorn photo holder I made and that adorable wooden pastel rainbow.

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) I’ve heard from several Mamas that they really prefer a glider to a rocking chair, so I was so happy to find that this sleek Milo glider is craaazy comfortable. We’ve already been sitting in it a ton while getting the nursery prepped, and I keep having to kick Todd out of it so I can sit there instead of him. So it looks like we both approve! That sunglasses pillow is just the perfect fun touch for that corner of the room (FYI, I made the gold pillow with this gold foil method). I found a stool the right height for the glider and just recovered it with some faux white fur and chose this golden/camel faux cowhide to compliment the gold accents in the room (like that hanging gold planter behind the glider and the gold side table, similar here).

And yes, that IS a hand-painted wallpaper pattern that I created for the nursery. I’ll share more about that DIY soon, but I’m over the moon with how it turned out! Totally worth all the work!

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!)
Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!)
Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) I wanted a smaller dresser to fit the space without feeling overcrowded, and this classic-yet-modern dresser was perfect for the room. Since we attached a changing pan to the top of the dresser, we can use the changing pad and cover right on top, and then Baby can use the dresser without the topper later when she outgrows the diaper phase. The changing pad is GREENGUARD certified and the cover is organic, which is a big plus for me as well.

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) I have so many of Lucent Lightshop’s fixtures in my house, and I was SO excited when they came out with this Perla Chandelier recently. How beautiful is that??

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) A lot of people at my shower were amused by how many books I had on my registry, but we love books, and I had so many that seemed essential must-reads for our kids that I just couldn’t narrow it down. I still have a lot of books left on the registry, but I figure I can always pace myself and buy a few for each birthday, Christmas, etc. Since we have a good collection started, of course we needed a place to put them, and this acrylic house-shaped bookcase was exactly what the room needed! Cute and functional.

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) I’ve been really into wooden and rainbow toys so far so these rainbow beads, rainbow stackerwooden pizza teether (eeekkk!!), and pink bunny go really well with the rainbow plush ball and animal bath toys I’ve found. And yes, that is a mini unicorn in there too!

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) This crib!! I literally feel like this is my dream crib come to life. It’s got lucite slats on the front and back and the mattress “floats” in the middle of the space—it is SO COOL. Oh! Another great thing about the setup is that you can get a toddler rail to convert the crib later into a bed so you can keep that bed with your kid as they grow. I chose this mattress, waterproof pad, and sheet set for the crib (all organic!) to complete the set, and I added in this cactus pillow and DIY kitty face pillow for a pop of fun and color. Who’s that very handsome Teddy Bear in the crib? His name is Pooky, and I’ve had him since I was 4. So he’s probably the most special thing in the room for me personally. And in case you were wondering, yes, he’s named after Garfield’s bear—I was a big Garfield fan! I’m also obsessed with that milk blanket hanging on the crib! Obsessed!! Since washing things will basically be my full time job soon (right?), I also chose a simple white hamper for baby laundry and sheets.

I was having SUCH a hard time finding art that fit the space and felt right with the wallpaper pattern, but I finally ran across this neon sign digital print that I cropped down and edited a bit to match the space, and I think it’s so fun. Before that I was actually trying to find a photo of Barbra Streisand from Funny Girl (one of my favorite all time movies that Baby has heard a LOT of me singing in the shower) to put above the crib, but I just didn’t think anything looked right. So when I saw the “Hello Gorgeous” print, well, if you know the movie, then you know why the homage was still fulfilled…

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!)
Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) This wooden baby gym just kills me with both how sweet and how pretty it is too! Totally something that I already love seeing around the house, and it makes me smile every time…

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) I shared my custom closet door DIY for the nursery a few weeks back, and now that the room is done, I’m still SO happy I decided to make them. They really add such a special feel to the overall room and the star cutouts are a fun touch without competing with the wallpaper nearby. 

Laura's Nursery Tour! (click through for more photos and links!) Oh, and just as a side note, don’t be worried on my behalf that the nursery isn’t baby-proofed yet as far as some of the items and plants go. We are totally aware of all that stuff and planning on adapting our space as Baby grows developmentally. So I promise we have that thought out! And that hanging planter is anchored into the ceiling and actually behind the chair FYI in case that was going to cause you to lose any sleep 🙂

I kind of can’t believe the nursery is done and it feels rather surreal to say the least. Whenever Baby decides to show up now, at least her room is ready for her, and we really hope she likes it as much as we do. Is an adorable Baby the only thing that could make this room cuter? I think so too!! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess actions.

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Make Your Own Shibori Kitchen Towels 

I’m usually drawn to neutrals and blush tones when it comes to textiles, but I’m also an avid cook and generally sort of messy person. When I make messes, it’s my poor light colored towels that bear the brunt of my spilled spaghetti sauce and red wine. So in the interest of ruining fewer pretty towels, I decided it was time for some darker ones. Enter shibori! These kitchen towels were so much easier to dye than I thought they’d be, and, come on, those deep indigo tones are too dreamy! I just might have a new favorite color.

a shibori dye kit
-a dye vat or 5-gallon bucket
cotton towels, washed to remove any chemicals
-a spoon or stick for stirring (It won’t be food safe once it’s been in the dye!)
-a variety of rubber bands, wood squares, clothespins, plastic tubing for binding
synthapol detergent
a tarp or plastic sheeting (optional, if you don’t have a lawn to work on)

Start by filling the vat with warm water and wetting the towels—this helps them absorb the dye. Wring them out and set aside. Prepare the dye according to the directions that come with your shibori kit (I recommend using the dye kit linked above—everything was clearly labeled and very easy to mix). Take care not to stir the vat too much, and always keep it covered when you’re not mixing or dyeing!The dye needs to sit for 20-30 minutes before it’s ready to use, giving you time to bind your towels. Binding is how patterns are created—any space left exposed will be dyed, while anything you cover up stays white. I created the pattern above by randomly attaching clothespins to a towel, which created cute little pairs of squares. Learn from my mistake and only use new or completely dry clothespins! When I tried to recreate this pattern with still-wet pins, I ended up with squares that were less defined.Here I used thick rubber bands to create irregular circles. Making the rubber bands as tight as possible prevents bleeding into the white areas.

I folded this one like an accordion and added grouped clothespins. If I were to do this one again, I’d fold a skinnier accordion for more pattern on the towel! The inside of the towel didn’t get as much dye as the outside, so I’m recommending that if you make a lot of folds, leave the towel in the vat a few extra minutes.Here, I wrapped a towel diagonally around a plastic tube, then wrapped string tightly around the whole thing. It didn’t turn out the way I thought it would, but still created a cool pattern!I love how this one turned out! I used some plastic packaging that was laying around to create a big circle design. I tightly rubber banded over the plastic and the inside stayed completely white. And now onto the actual dyeing part…When the dye is ready to use, begin dipping the towels—this vat was large enough to fit a couple towels at once. If the towels float, use a gloved hand to keep them submerged for 2-4 minutes. When you remove the towels from the vat, squeeze out excess dye and lay on the tarp or grass. They look green at first, but will start to turn a deep indigo shade within a couple minutes. That’s oxidization at work! Let the towels oxidize for at least 20 minutes before unbinding or dyeing again.

When wet, the towels are a very deep indigo color that lightens significantly when dry. You can dye the towels a second or third time if you want a darker blue. I just dipped my towels once and was happy with their medium-dark shade. Once you’re done dyeing and oxidizing, remove your binding materials and hang the towels on a line or lay them out flat to dry completely. Rinse the towels in cold water, and then launder with synthapol following the directions on the bottle to keep the indigo from bleeding when the towels get wet.I absolutely love how my towels turned out! They add a lovely pop of color to my kitchen, and, most importantly, stains don’t show on the indigo! So they’ll look brand new for a long time no matter how much stuff I spill while cooking. I only wish I hadn’t waited so long to try shibori dyeing. Using a kit made the whole process super easy! If you give this tutorial a try, show me your shibori with #AMBcrafty. xo, Kayleigh

Credits // Author and Photography: Kayleigh Kosmas. Photos edited with the NEW A Beautiful Mess presets for Lightroom.
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At Home with Amber Freidel in Geneva, Illinois

Pendant Light and Fiddle Leaf/Target, Sofa, Pillow, and Frames/IKEA, Rug/HomeGoods, Plant Stand/DIY.

Today we are sharing Amber Freidel’s cute home tour with you guys! We are totally on board with her peach and blue color palette and cozy vibes. “My husband, Jesse, and I along with our three children, live in a quintessential little place called Geneva, in Illinois, right at the end of the Chicago train line. We moved into our home four years ago this month! We had been living in the sweetest little apartment, but with our second child on the way, we knew it was time to find a house… and so the hunt began. We knew how amazing it would be to live in Geneva, but never thought we’d find something in our price range! But one day we found THE house, in the perfect spot and the perfect neighborhood. It was a short sale (which is the most misleading name because it’s the longest ordeal), and three months later we found ourselves the happy owners of our very own fixer upper!! It had renters for months before, so practically everything needed love!!

Bowls/Anthropologie, Copper Mugs/Amazon.

“One thing that has helped me the most with being cohesive in my decorating was Elsie’s post on a whole house plan/color scheme. That gave me such a vision to plan the colors we love and work within that palette. It’s amazing how much freedom that gives you! My and Jesse’s favorite color is… you guessed it! Blue! Keaton’s (the eldest) favorite color is mint, and Shaun’s (our middle child) is peach. Rosie, our youngest, is still deciding. So that fairly quickly became our whole house color scheme with a dose of yellow and lots of copper & gold!

“I’d say our house style is a colorful take on classic modern. I love me some good thrifting and pieces with history, but also love mixing in the new to create a homey-peaceful vibe.

One of my favorite DIYs (that inspired the name of my style account) was taking a World Market couch that was stained and dyeing it a deep blue! It went so well I took the matching couch and dyed it a blush for our bedroom!
Clothing Racks/DIY.

“After we moved our bedroom to the first floor which had no closets (hello, old house), I created some copper racks to hold our clothes and just started an Etsy shop to sell them.ChairDesk (painted), and Lamp/Target.

“My happy space is my studio. I love to create, and it’s such a haven for me! Currently I’m finishing a second dollhouse, always have a weaving on the loom and sewing, painting or dyeing project I’m working on. It’s an ever-changing happy place, and I love showing my children that life is too short not to create beauty with the gifts you’ve been given. I learned to hand sew when I was eight, and my mother gave me my great-grandmother’s thimble and tape measure, which I use to this day! When I turned 16, she taught me to sew on her 1957 Singer and gave me a 1955 Singer when I graduated high school. I went to fashion school after that and used it to make all of my assignments!
“My best thrifted find has to be my Bernard Duggan painting! I saw it at a garage sale for $10 and loved the colors but wasn’t sure what my husband would think, so I bargained the lady down to $10 for the painting, a copper pot, and a few vintage collars. Then I got the painting home and realized it was an original oil on canvas, in the original frame, was signed by the artist and probably worth several thousand! Needless to say, my husband loved it and it stayed. 😉
Chair/Vintage, Bunk Bed/IKEA, Rug/RugsUSA.
“I saw Rachel Denbow had a book coming out on weaving, so I preordered it and bought a loom while I not so patiently waited for it to come out! I absolutely loved it and am so excited to be hosting a weaving class taught by her at my house in May!!
Tent/DIY, Rug/Land of Nod.
“A few fun facts: My husband isn’t a fan of wallpaper (insert sad face), but has totally supported me drawing on and painting our walls in place of it… which has caused me to get super creative with what I want on the walls! I freehanded the birds in my daughter’s room and the florals in our dining room and my studio in lieu of wallpaper. It’s definitely made me stretch and do something I wouldn’t have otherwise!

“Thanks so much for letting me share!”

You can find more of Amber via her Etsy shop and on Instagram. xo!
Credits://Author: Amber Freidel. Photography: Renee Higgins.
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