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MAKE IT / 57


i’m into indigo anytime of the year but it’s especially appropriate given that the 4th of july is this weekend! i came home one day and my new roommate, skye, was wearing the coolest indigo shirt that she made. so i had her come down to the studio so she could show us all how it’s done!


 what we used: 

Indigo Tie Dye Kit
• 8 gallon bucket or tub
• long spoon or stick for stirring
• drop cloth
• an armful of white or cream 100% cotton stuff to dye (we did sheets, socks, shirts and a bag!)


how to dye:

• first you’ll need to make your dye bath. this is as simple as pouring all of the pre-filled packets from the kit in water. stir it all together VERY slowly as to not let too much oxygen in. it will appear neon green and may have foam on top- that’s okay!

• cover the bucket or tub and let it sit for 30 min to an hour. in order to achieve that dark, magical ocean-like tint, let the dye bath sit for as long as you can. the longer it sits, the darker the indigo!


• while it’s sitting, you can start tying string or rubber bands (all included in the kit) around your clothes in different cool ways! my personal favorite technique is creating mini ponytails all over your fabric to achieve full moons or polka dots! basically wherever your rubber band is, that’s where white will remain. rinse them all in cold water.

• next, immerse the separate pieces in your bucket or tub, make sure and squeeze out the excess dye VERY slowly into your bath. Once you have everything in, you should dunk them all under to make sure everything is equally covered in dye.

• leave the clothes in the dye and cover the tub  for about an hour. when you can’t wait any longer and you’re DYEING to see your indigo creations, take them all out one by one and rinse them in cold water again. At this point you can cut all of the string or rubber bands off and spread your pieces out on your drop cloth. at first the fabric will look green, don’t worry! as the oxygen hits it, the green will turn into blue. indigo magic! make sure and wash and dry your pieces all together (the indigo won’t fade) before you wear them!


p.s. the leftover dye bath can last up to two weeks if covered and can be used again and again!


photos by sheila gim for designlovefest



i’m obsessed with mists, especially anything with rose water. i leave them by my bed, at my desk, keep a small one on my sink, etc. they instantly make me feel a bit more relaxed and fresh and relaxed. we thought it would be fun to experiment with different combos of scents and oils and make some for ourselves (since they can be pretty pricey when you have as many as i do!) we’re going to share a few of our favorite combinations below and we’re also going to share the label i designed so you can print them and make some on your own.

 what we used: 

••• PRINT THESE LABELS that I designed for the bottles (click to download HERE (971))

• Glass mist bottle

• Aloe vera oil

• Rose water

• Witch hazel

• Cucumber seed oil

• Essential oils set

2″ square printable labels


you definitely don’t need to purchase all of those items. we wanted to try different combinations so we went overboard with options. but if you do purchase several things, a little goes a long way. you only use a little of each product when you’re making the sprays so you could keep the extras around for refills or gifts. here are some of our favorite combinations…

calm down: rose water + witch hazel - to make this, fill your bottle 1/3 of the way up with distilled water, slowly add three tablespoons of rose water and witch hazel. you can adjust this amount depending on preference. we added a little more rose water because i love the smell.

cool down: cucumber + aloe - this combo is perfect for a in the sun. 1/3 cup distilled water, 30 drops cucumber seed oil and 4 tablespoons aloe vera oil. this one will separate so shake before using.

sleep tight: lavender + orange - the verdict was mixed on if orange was relaxing or energizing but we liked the combo so much we decided to leave it. we used distilled water and then 30 drops of lavender oil and only 10 drops of orange.

don’t forget to download the labels above and you can make your own as gifts!

photos by sheila gim for designlovefest



a couple of months ago I decided to start having “creative wednesdays” in the office with my team. every week we come up with a fun project and shoot it in the studio. the idea is to not over think the process and to just have fun creating beautiful (and sometimes delicious) things together. (we’ve made fruit ice cubes, painted moons, made cakes, and had a fiesta)  it’s been great to just get our attention off of the computer screen and focused elsewhere. it’s something that i hope to continue throughout the year.

last week, in honor of summer weather, we made waffle cones. they were surprisingly simple to make and made the whole studio smell amazing. we purchased the chef’s choice waffle cone maker, used the recipe they provided and then dipped them in chocolate and coconut. this would be a fun family activity to do together.

what you’ll need:

• 1 egg
• 1 egg white
• 1/4 tsp salt
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 2/3 cup flour
• 2 TBS melted butter
• 16 oz white chocolate
• 2 cups shredded coconut

how to make them:

combine the egg, egg white and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk until combined. Add the sugar and beat by hand for at least a minute, until the mixture lightens in color.

add the flour and stir until moistened and no clumps remain. Add the 2 TBS of melted (and slightly cooled) butter. Stir until smooth.

for the topping:

melt the white chocolate in a double boiler over low heat, stirring frequently. Once completely melted. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly. Spread  a layer of coconut on a plate. With a spoon, gently paint the chocolate on the tops of the cones. It doesn’t need to be perfect, the coconut will cover it. Take the cone and gently roll it across the coconut.


Stand cones upright to dry. You can do this by either placing them in the top of a narrow glass or, making small holes in a cardboard box and placing the base of the cone in it.

Top with your favorite ice cream and enjoy!

photos by sheila gim for designlovefest




i remember a friend made me a laundry bag once when i moved away…she wrote all of our inside jokes all over it, and i still treasure it. i thought it would be fun to make a laundry bag that you would be proud to showcase in your room. you could customize the colors with your decor and have it sitting pretty in the corner. i wish i had one of these during my college dorm days!


what you’ ll need:

• 2/3 yard of 72” heavy weight (14 oz) cotton canvas (we used artist’s canvas from Blick)
• Fabric paint (we used Jaquard in Ruby Red and White, which we mixed with the red to create a shade of pink)
• Foam core cut into two irregular circles of different sizes
• Scissors
• Masking tape
• Foam brush
• Ruler
• Pins
• Sewing machine
• Iron


how to make it:

• Cut fabric into four pieces; 36”x23” rectangle, 13” square, and two 4 1/2”x13” strips

• On the large rectangle use a piece of masking tape to mark 5” from the top of the long edge (this space will be left un-stamped)


• Using sponge brush, coat the foam core circle with a generous amount of fabric paint.
Set stamp gently on canvas and press firmly. Paint coverage won’t be entirely even, but that’s part of the beauty of hand-stamping. If there’s an accidental drip of paint, just stamp over it!


• Cover the canvas with dots, reapplying the paint to the stamp each time. Leave room between dots for the second color and don’t stamp above the masking tape line (because this section of the canvas will later be folded over)

• Repeat with second color and allow to dry.


• Fold in half so that right (stamped) sides are facing, pin, and sew down the long edge.


• Cut a circle out of the 13” square of canvas. A good way to do this is to fold the canvas in half and then in half again. Holding the ruler so that the “0” lines up with the folded corner (the center of the circle), mark at 6” and continue moving the ruler to create an arched dotted line.

• Cut along this dotted line and unfold.



• For the handles, fold each of the 4 1/2”x13” strips of canvas in half length wise and pin together.

• Sew and then flip inside out, creating a tube.

• Iron tube flat, hem each end (folding once), and set aside.

• Sew the circle of canvas to the stamped fabric tube by pinning around the edge with right sides facing. Sew together with a 3/8” seam. It’s a little tricky to get the circle bottom to line up exactly with the tube of fabric and slight adjustments may need to be made.

• Flip right side out and fold top edge twice, creating a 2” folded edge at the top of the basket.

• Attach straps by pinning to the inside of the basket and sewing. Ends of straps should be about 2” apart and they should be sewn slightly under the folded edge so that stitching isn’t visible from the front.


so… this DIY is a little more complicated but you’ll get so much use out of it that it’s more than worth the effort! make one for yourself and let me know how it turns out. go laundry!


project by: bramble workshop for designlovefest
photos by: brittany wood
this post is in partnership with Caldrea. all opions are my own. more DIY projects here



MAKE IT / 54

our white studio is such a great blank canvas. we were having an office party and wanted something super simple but impactful for the decorations. so why not fill the entire ceiling with colorful balloons? to add to the beauty, jesi added some pretty metallic brush strokes to random balloons, some gold and some copper. the studio felt like a dream and it was the perfect touch for the party.

all you need is some metallic paint & a brush, balloons, and a helium tank. loosely add paint strokes to the bottom of the balloon after they are blown up. we got our balloons here, they have such beautiful colors.

then we just tied them to a chair and let them dry before releasing them up with the rest.

a funny fact: you may notice i am wearing headphones below. ha. while i truly love balloons, i am SO afraid of them popping. so for this shoot we blasted loud music and i wore headphones for any casualties.

facing balloon fears…

this project came out so pretty! such a great way to add impact for not a lot of money.

project by: jesi haack design for designlovefest
photos by: brittany wood
more DIY projects here

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