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I have to admit, a lot of my inspiration comes from the same place…my place of work. Im a part-time employee at Anthropologie, and being in such am artistic environment keeps the creative wheels turning. So, when some antique painted pots arrived in our store I thought, “I can do that at home.” Granted, these are a far cry from the teal and magenta drip-painted pots that ring up at over $700 a piece, they’re my own twist on decorative pottery. Try this super simple DIY, which only requires three materials. Do it out in the front the yard, and you may even make some curious new friends.

Materials:

Terra Cotta Pots (one for each of your plant babies)
Rustoleum “Forged Hammered” Spray Paint
Gorilla Tape

Directions:
Make sure your pots are clean and free of any surface debris. Tape right below the lip of the pot, guiding the tape along and slightly twisting as you go. Turn pot upside down and spray paint according to directions on the can. Make sure you get the top of the lip and slightly inside so no orange shows. Let dry for 2 hours, and plant!

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Saguaro Pt. 2

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A Colorful Place to Stay

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What Room Service Should Taste Like: Kale Caesar with Polenta Croutons and Pomegranate

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Calaveras on the Way to the Bar

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Monarch Bar

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Heading Out to Explore Phoenix

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This was our first time staying at the Saguaro Scottsdale, the second time staying at a Saguaro property (see our Palm Springs post-Coachella adventure here). It’s always super fun and colorful, so when we needed a place to stay after the Motet show and noticed there was a room available on Hotel Tonight, we had to book it. Not only does this hotel have superb restaurants (run by Iron Chef Jose Garces), cool bars, and hip decor, they’re also pet friendly (dogs under 30 lbs), and offer yoga, and beach cruiser rentals…free of charge. Although we pulled the teardrop, its always nice to have a shower and king size bed for a night and usually book something, especially if were going to be dancing all night at dusty festival grounds. I can now safely say that my days of booking hotels ahead of time are over. Hotel Tonight has really hooked it up on this trip… Use promo code “HBEBOUT” for $25 off your first stay, refer a friend and receive another $25, and thats off heavily discounted prices on the coolest places to rest your head.

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Giveaway: Native Bear Hand-Stamped Notebooks

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Okay, how cool is Native Bear’s stuff??? Native Bear is a design company based out of Atlanta, GA created and operated by Leela Robinson (also lovingly nicknamed, ‘Bear’). All NB designs are inspired by natural elements and the desire to instill harmony and elegance throughout the home and everyday life. All stationery is made using recyclable card stock and kraft paper envelopes, and block printed using water based inks. I was initially attracted to her amazing hand carved return address stamps (like the teepee one listed above), but found out she uses her original designs to stamp cards, stationary, and notebooks as well. Most are Southwestern in influence, and all are beautiful. We are giving away two of her hand stamped Moleskine notebooks today. Please comment to enter, and make sure you check out her Facebook, and follow her on Instagram: nativebearatl Thanks Leela!!!

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Baja, MX

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Vamanos a la playa, in Baja that is. For the next week, we will be posted up in this palapa house with one mission in mind…surf. We elected to rent a house on airbnb (I cant get within a mile of any resort at this point), and a van to drive to the beaches with the best swells. Hoping to stand up, maybe catch a few waves on this trip, and soak up the sun before winter is officially here.

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DIY: Indoor Succulent Hanger and Terrarium

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An older project that is just too good not to share on Go for the Gusto. I love the idea of indoor plants contributing fresh air and creating a relaxing environment in the home. Now that we are getting into the colder weather (first snow last night in Taos Ski Valley!) and the greenery around us is fading fast, why not create your own foliage filled room. I love my hanging succulents, they add a bit of whimsy to any room, and are completely low maintenance…like water once a week. (p.s. this entire project costs only 30 dollars!)

Materials:

Assorted Succulents (about 8)
Soil (4 cups)
Smooth Gravel (2 cups)
Mason Jars (4)
Shallow Glass Terrarium Bowl
Bailing Wire
Dowel (3/4 inch)
Needle Nose Pliers
Tea Cup Hanging Hooks (3)

Directions:

For the hanger, fashion four loops of bailing wire around the bottom of the lip of a mason jar, using the needle nose pliers to create a secure closure. Measure eight wires to attach to the mason jar loops, attach using the pliers in the same way as the loop closure. Twist and loop each of the eight wires around dowel, so the jars are suspended evenly from the dowel.

Fill both mason jars and bowl with about 1 inch of gravel, then layer 1 inch of soil on top of that. Remove succulents from cups and gently loosen roots. Add one succulent to each jar, and four spaced out in the terrarium. Cover with 1-2 more inches of soil, until succulents are secure. Twist screw part of hook hangers into the ceiling where you would like your hanger to be (make sure they are evenly spaced, one hook to support the middle) facing hook side toward you. Place dowel with succulents onto the hooks and enjoy your new indoor plants!

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Travel: Roadtrip 2013 Highlights

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A few shots from our roadtrip including: Pizzeria Locale, Dazzle Jazz Club (both Colorado), Mineral and Matter awesome mobile boutique and Empire of the Sun (both Salt Lake City), the little teardrop that could, a few of the more famous rock formations at Arches national Park, Ute petroglyphs, butterfly and heart shaped cacti found on the Negro Bill hiking trail.

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The last four nights of our trip were spent in beautiful Moab. Arches National Park especially, has an esoteric beauty that can move you to tears. Prickly pear cactus pepper the landscape, and puffs of white clouds dot the intensely blue sky, teasing the barren landscape with the hope of afternoon showers. Ancient energy, and rock formations surround and shock you into the realization that we are only here for a fleeting second in time, and the Earths beauty remains for eons. A prehistoric land that one can only comprehend when there. I feel blessed to have been able to experience this place, and hope to be back in the fall to explore my new found love of rock climbing.
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Goodbye Moab

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We’ve had such a great stay in Moab, climbing, hiking, camping, swimming in the river…we dont want to leave! I found this little guy in the desert and decided he’s coming home with me, a souvenir of sorts from our awesome stay here. This place holds a certain kind of ancient beauty, Im so happy we got to experience for the first time…and I know it wont be our last.

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