Friday Links

Miami Airport taken by @thecraftedlife(via Instagram)

Happy Friday friends! I’m back from Miami and it looks like I brought the heat with me. Anyone else not 100% ready for summer weather to be here yet? Popsicles, yes, always ready for them. Humidity and sweat, no thanks. I know we’re all ready for the 3 day weekend to begin, so I’ll wrap this up before it takes a turn. Here are some links you won’t want to miss!

– Looks like I need to book another flight to LA.

– Much better as a planter than bird bath!

– The perfect gold to add to my flair collection.

– A plant you won’t forget to water!

– Can’t get enough of the styling on this photoshoot.

– Chocolate and whiskey? Yes please!

– Such a clever and simple mirror makeover.

xo
Rachel

5 Tips for Photographing Interiors

5 Tips for Photographing InteriorsWhen I first started blogging, I had never held a DSLR camera. It’s amazing how much of this job is just jumping in and figuring it out as you go. One thing that I’ve learned recently is how to photograph interior spaces, even when the lighting sucks. If you’re new to photography of this nature, here are five absolute must follow tips for shooting:

1. Use natural light. This is just lifestyle photography 101. Even if your space is low lighting use natural light. If your shoot day is flexible, I recommend that you keep track of the lighting in your space for a day. Note the times its the brightest and take some test shots to compare the results.

5 Tips for Photographing Interiors2. Use a tripod + wireless remote. So you know all those photos you’ve pinned and drooled over? The ones that made you hate your own apartment and made you want to move because they’re so bright and perfect? Turns out that more often than not a tripod is to thank (maybe blame?) for that magic. Trust me here, a tripod will change everything because it allows your camera to have a slower shutter speed which lets more light in (making spaces appear brighter than they are). The photoshoot will take a lot longer since you have to set up and frame every single shot, verses being able to move freely holding the camera, but you’ll be able to get a brightness to your photos that you wouldn’t otherwise. Continue reading…

DIY Pink Shibori Pillow

DIY Pink Shibori PillowNow that the weather is warmer, it’s time to get back outside and make a mess! While I was all about the indigo shibori trend, I gotta say that it looks better in pink. But then again, what doesn’t? If you’re looking to bring a pop of color to your home, then it’s time to break out the dye and give a plain pillow case a simple makeover. Here’s how:

Time: 25 minutes
Materials: liquid dye, cotton pillow case, bucket, rubber bands, method hand soap

DIY Pink Shibori PillowI recommend working outside for this project so you don’t get dye everywhere in your home. As far as your hands, you could wear gloves or just pick up some method hand soap for after. It’s animal and people friendly (biodegradable, made from recycled materials and 100% recyclable) and comes in the loveliest shades of colors. Either way, don’t be afraid to get a little messy with this project!

DIY Pink Shibori PillowIf you’re looking to preplan your pattern, then here’s a great resource for shibori. If you’re more into just winging it for a tie-dye feel, then just band your pillow as you please. For either technique, just keep in mind that where you put the bands will remain white while the color will adhere to the other sections of your pillow.

DIY Pink Shibori PillowFill your bucket with warm water and add your dye.

DIY Pink Shibori PillowAdd your rubber banded pillow case to the dye. The longer you let sit, the darker the color. You can pull the pillow up from time to time to check on the color and remove when it’s the color you want. Remember that the color will be a bit darker when wet. I let mine sit for about 10 minutes.

DIY Pink Shibori PillowCut the rubber bands and rinse the pillow in cold water until the water runs clear. Let dry, iron, and you’re all done!

DIY Pink Shibori PillowThe pink is so fun, dont you think? I think it would look great next to an indigo shibori pillow too.

DIY Pink Shibori Pillow

DIY Pink Shibori Pillow

DIY Pink Shibori Pillow

This post was sponsored by method. All opinions expressed are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep The Crafted Life making!

 

10 Ways to Makeover a Mirror

10 Ways to Makeover a MirrorSo we all use a mirror on a daily basis. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve probably just hung a store bought one on your wall and went about your day. But we can do better. Not that your mirror needs to be pretty than it is when reflecting our face, but if you’re looking for a way to make it pop off your wall, then you’ll want to check out these ten DIYS!

10 Ways to Makeover a Mirror1. Gem Mirror DIY by A Beautiful Mess

10 Ways to Makeover a Mirror2. DIY Triangle Mirror by Almost Makes Perfect

10 Ways to Makeover a Mirror3. Copper Round Mirror by A Bubbly Life

10 Ways to Makeover a Mirror4. Triangle Pattern Mirror by I Spy DIY

10 Ways to Makeover a Mirror5. Fresh Flower Mirror by Paper & Stitch Continue reading…