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DIY Hanging Jewelry Organizer

It probably comes as a surprise to NO ONE that I have lots of jewelry, especially necklaces! I don't think I buy jewelry often, but I keep pieces for a long time and probably make several pieces of jewelry every year. It always drove me nuts to keep my necklaces in a regular jewelry box, because they always got tangled and I'd spend 10 minutes every few weeks trying to separate a necklace I wanted to wear that day, tracing where each chain or string was going. One day, I thought of a solution - a closet, but for necklaces, where each necklace had its own "hanger"! 

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Rustic Modern DIY Pipe Towel Bar

I moved into a new apartment about a month or so ago, and I've had a lot of fun decorating and furnishing my home. It's a little bit difficult and slow, since I've prioritized a few goals in the process: minimize consumption (i.e., buy used), try to make things, and be frugal. This means that many of the projects on my DIY to-do list are home-related, and I'm very excited to share my first - a towel rack made from pipes! Inspired by several Pinterest posts and Etsy shops, this towel rack is perfect for a modern, industrial, and/or rustic look, and has much more character than your standard chrome bar from Bed Bath & Beyond.

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DIY Gold Quartz Earring Hoops

These earrings are the part deux of my raw quartz piece jewelry tutorials! Last week, I posted a tutorial for a wire wrapped gold quartz cuff bracelet, and now you'll have the earrings to match! These, as you can probably tell, are even EASIER to make - only two steps involved!

As with the cuff bracelet, these earrings are definitely a statement, but I definitely think they're the perfect amount of glam. With thin gold hoops and colorless quartz, the actual raw stone shapes are the only attention-grabbing parts of the earrings, which I love. Plus, they only cost me ~$8 to make!

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DIY Wire Wrapped Gold Quartz Cuff

I have two fun jewelry DIYs for you, made from raw quartz pieces! Inspired by a few pieces of jewelry I had seen on Instagram (particularly from Anarchy Street), I decided to make a quartz cuff and quartz earrings! Both projects are pretty easy, and leave you with some pretty awesome, unique, and bold jewelry, for a pretty low cost - only ~$6 to make! I love love love how the bracelet turned out, and can't wait to wear it - it's a edgy, but feminine, and really different from any other jewelry I've seen people wearing. I think this bracelet is a pretty good day-to-evening piece; it spruces up a more casual work outfit, while still glam enough for more fancy attire. I think bracelets like these could be the start of a new trend - the statement bracelet! :) 

This project does have a bit more required supplies than most, but it's still an easy project! I was a little worried that it would be hard to locate the quartz pieces I wanted, but was successful during recent visits my local bead store and Treasure Island Flea Market - about $1 per stone. I did have to search a bit for the cuff I wanted - I got mine at Forever 21, which I think will probably have a good selection of cuffs at any time. I would also check your local bead store or online to find a plain cuff to use. You also don't need to necessarily match your wire and cuff -I saw a picture of a similar bracelet that used mixed metal tones - gold wire and a silver cuff - which actually worked really well! 

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DIY Utensil Holder Jewelry Organizer (from Brit + Co)

A few weeks ago, my friend Meghan and I went to a free event hosted by Brit + Co and Close5. Brit + Co has awesome DIY tutorials, but I especially love that they sell DIY kits and host a lot of events. I've gone to their RE:Make fair, which hosts really cool local artisans and sets up tables with easy-to-follow DIY projects. This event that Meghan and I attended was equally well-organized, with food catered from Bi-Rite and prototypes for us to draw inspiration from!

This tutorial is super easy, and cheap, and might I say creative? Talk about taking on a new perspective - you can barely recognize that this jewelry organizer was once meant for utensils!

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DIY Woodburned, Painted, or Stamped Wood Slices

I've started following a few fellow Etsy-ers on Instagram, and it's SO fun. I get lots of inspiration for new projects, and it's honestly really cool to see how AWESOME some people are at such unique things. Three of my favorite discoveries are: The Dapper Jackalope, who makes the cutest and quirkiest illustrations; Be Good Natured, who makes incredibly realistic wool felt portraits of animals (you HAVE to see this!); and Forage Workshop, who creates really cool wood slice ornaments! 

So, when brainstorming Mother's Day gifts a couple weeks ago, I was inspired by the Forage Workshop and decided to try making wood slice coasters for my mom. I didn't have any fancy supplies, so I originally just painted them. But then, they were so cute, I decided to experiment with some other methods of decorating the wood, including stamps and woodburning. Stamping is definitely the easiest in terms of effort and dexterity required, while painting and woodburning are a little bit more advanced. Read on below to see how they turned out!

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DIY Iron On Letter (Bae Area) Sweatshirt

Lately, I've really grown fond of sweatshirts (like this DIY) and graphic tees (I've got a project in the works!) as an actual wardrobe staple - partly because they're oh-so cozy, and partly because I'm all about the casual, laidback (yet deliberate) California style. This sweatshirt might be on the too casual side of the spectrum, but I've been dying to do this project for awhile now, ever since I came across a version of sweatshirt on an Instagram post a couple months ago.

Am I the only one who finds "Bae Area" so funny?!? I feel very lucky that this (now overused) slang term can so easily be punny for us Bay Area residents. With everyone referring to East Bay and South Bay and the Bay and Bays everywhere, the word play opportunities are endless!

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