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Late Summer Brights

I typically gravitate toward muted cool tones and deep jewel hues, but I’ve found that as summer begins to wind down, I’m suddenly drawn to bright, saturated colors mixed in with black and white geometric prints. Whether it’s friendship bracelets stacked high on your wrist or a quirky pillow tossed irreverently onto a couch, there is just something about that crisp, cheery contrast that’s hard to resist!latesummercollage

1. DIY Harlequin Crocheted Cushion (Sarita Creative)

2. Wrap Bracelet (Felt Like Paper, $21)

3. Ian Archive Prism Tunic (Equipment, $258)

4. Geometric Art Print (Andy Gilmore)

5. DIY Cactus Pillow (Everything Emily)

I need to make that cactus pillow. How fun would it be to experiment with different shapes and subtly patterned fabric?

 

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If you’re in the mood for late summer brights, too, check out DEARBORN & ELM’s Elastic Hair Ties on Etsy. We’ve got beautiful colors that are perfect for transitioning from steamy August afternoons to breezy September evenings. Our SANGRIA set is available for $7.25!

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A Star-Studded Post

Every August, the Perseid meteor shower puts on a dazzling display. In fact, the celestial event will hit its peak this week, so it’s not too late to wrap yourself up in a cozy blanket and catch a glimpse of shooting stars as they race across the Summer sky.

Like so many of us, I’ve always had a deep fascination with space. Nebulas, galaxies, constellations – the universe is a stunningly beautiful and truly curious place. While taking stock of my craft supplies this week, I realized that stars have not only worked their way in to my collection of beads and ribbons, but they have begun to influence my overall design aesthetic.

Behold!

Stars Display

I found these delightful Cära pavé star earrings at Target and I wear them constantly. Since I much prefer studs over dangling earrings or hoops, I’m thrilled when I discover a quirky post earring.

The sheer ribbon with the gold stars was an impulse buy. I’ll admit that I have no idea what I’m going to make out of it, so in the meantime I’ll just enjoy the ribbon’s delicate beauty. If you have a suggestion for a craft idea send it my way!

The beaded bracelets are a product of recent late-night downtime. DJ has just returned from his six-week Berlin adventure (see Sarahrulu’s blog post for more details ), and we’ve been enjoying quiet evenings at home. In about an hour, I created two bracelets adorned with handmade tassels, gold stars, and shimmery seed beads. The thread tassels remind me of comets! Worn alone or as a celestial pair, they’ll be perfect to toss on with a pile of bangles.

StarsCollageMaybe there will be some time for star gazing tonight… after Breaking Bad, of course.

Foulard Tassel Bracelet

I must admit that I cannot wait for Fall. Every single year upon the arrival of August, I give myself full license to obsess about all things Autumn. It’s the layers of jackets and scarves, moody grey skies and crisp wind. I realize that Summer is not over, but one can dream, no? Or you could just go to the craft store.

Foulard TasselLast week, I stumbled upon some beads that appealed to my Fall state of mind. They were so perfect that I had no choice but to buy them and whip up a bracelet. Really, I didn’t.

Those glossy, crimson discs have a geometric pattern reminiscent of foulard silk ties – the right amount of luxe menswear with a dash of folk (a fashion trend for Fall/Winter, by the way). I paired those beauties with gold-lined seed beads, medium black matte beads, and a small embroidery floss tassel. The saturated colors work for late summer, but I think this bracelet will achieve its full glory once September rolls around.

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