DIY Craft Pumpkins

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Chalk Painted Pumpkins

If you know One Strange Bird, you know we LOVE fall around here.  I personally love the cooler weather and the shifting of the season.  As we wave goodbye to the fun energy of the summer, we turn slightly inward during the cooler months at the end of the year.  My family and I just recently moved into our first single family home in Chicago's Portage Park and I have just loved all the extra space to decorate.  We are on a tight budget with baby now, so I oftentimes try to think of budget friendly DIY projects.  My favorite place to hunt for ideas is the Dollar Tree and there are no shortage of Dollar Stores in our neighborhood!  

My little baby, Emerson and I found some fun foam pumpkins and gold thumbtacks and got this cute idea.  I just painted the foam pumpkins with two coats of chalk paint and let them dry overnight.  The next day, I pushed the little thumbtacks in a fun pattern.  It was super easy and only three dollars!  You can't beat that. 

Gold Foil Pumpkins

We can't get enough of the gold trend!  To make these complementary white and gold pumpkins, I used gold leaf paper and Mod Podge.  It is super easy!  Just brush on the Mod Podge and apply the gold leaf.  I like to break the gold leaf off so it has a more rustic ascetic.  I used real white mini pumpkins we picked up at the pumpkin farm during my birthday celebration! 

To finish out our display, I used some of my highly coveted mild glass collection as containers for the pumpkins. The contrasting colors and heights add a fun variety to the display. Stay tuned for more halloween DIY ideas!

Happy Crafting,

Nicole 

Fall Fashion Trends

If you know anything about us here at One Strange Bird, you'll know we're OBSESSED with fall. Pumpkins, sweaters, the colors, everything about this season makes us squeal. Even more so are this year's fall fashion trends! Let's get down to our favorites!

Mustard

Jewel-toned colors have always been popular for fall, but this season mustard especially is everywhere. Try a gorgeous mustard yellow skirt or blouse for some pep in your step, or a clutch or handbag for a subtle pop of color. "Spicy mustard" seen above is one of Pantone's top fall colors. (Small zippered clutches $28 at One Strange Bird.)

Fall Florals

Photo via A Lily Love Affair

Florals? For fall? YES! Instead of the springy, pastel-type florals you see earlier in the year, try a deeper-toned print or a smaller pattern. Think colors like classic black, dusty blue, wine, or a sienna clay.  We L.O.V.E. Anna's look seen here from A Lily Love Affair. The subtle floral print and belted waist are spot on with her burgundy cross-body bag.

Chokers

Ahhh, the days of chokers are here again! We remember making our own as teens with a bit ribbon or lace from Joann fabrics. While we're always up for a good DIY project, we love these statement chokers with a bit more sass.

Try going for different and unique textures in the leather or lace, and remember - a pop of bling goes a long way. Chokers are great to wear with boat-necked or higher-neck blouses. Stick to lighter colors for a more subtle approach, or vamp it up with thick lace for a night out. Throw on a red lip, and you'll be queen of the dance floor. (Statement chokers $10-20 at One Strange Bird.)

Midi Skirt

Midi skirts will be everywhere this season. From the full and fun A-line skirt to a fitted pencil skirt, you can't go wrong with this classic look. This one I found at a vintage store! I paired it with a deep purple top for a fun pop of color and shorter boots to accent the bottom hem.

Fringe

Speaking of things we're obsessed with, fringe is back in a big way! Go full-on fringe with a crossbody bag, or try a tassel accent for a simple approach. Extra bonus points if you're able to add in metallic accents, like a studded bag. We love these funky earrings with metallic chain fringe, seen below. (Earrings, $15, woven clutches $32 at One Strange Bird.)

Tag us in your best fall outfit on Instagram @onestrangebird! We love seeing your inspiration. Happy shopping!

It's You Time: Tips to Relax and Reset

We love summer, but too often we find ourselves biting off more than we can chew. Take some time to re-focus on yourself this week: meditate, go for a walk in the gorgeous sunshine, or just spend some time doing something important to you. We've put together our favorite tips and ideas below to make it easy.

Just remind yourself: you have to take care of yourself before you can take care of anything else!

Journal your inspirations, aspirations, and dreams.

Writing down your thoughts or feelings at the time can be extremely cathartic. It's important to write down aspirations and goals as well so you can develop a clear vision of what you want to do. 

Wear daily reminders of the things you're working on.

Give yourself physical reminders of your intentions. Perhaps you're pledging to yourself to work on not stressing about the little things, or remaining calm in trying situations. Wearing a physical object on your wrist or finger can not only help remind you throughout the day to practice your new habit, they're darn pretty as well :). 

Make your yoga practice easy and stress-free: create a calming environment when you practice.

When you're doing yoga or meditating, it's important to feel safe and comfortable in your space. Create a calming environment with burning sage, candles, green plants, and stones. It will only enhance the experience!

Place positive reminders around your home or workspace.

Remind yourself of what an awesome job you're doing! Life can be tough - nobody said it was easy - and we need all the encouragement we can get. Find a favorite quote or illustration to hang in your home or workspace to remind yourself of what is important.

Crystals

Certain crystals and stones carry special meanings and are used for specific purposes. Wear them as one-of-a-kind helpers or reminders on your journey.

Our Favorite Crystals & Their Uses

Quartz: Balance, Clarity, Power
Rose Quartz: Unconditional love, Heart-Opening, Self-Love
Druzy: Light, Joy, Harmony
Turquoise: Healing, Stress-Relief, Abundance
Moonstone: Intuition, Calmness, Protection
Amethyst: Peace, Intuition, Sobriety
Amazonite: Communication, Creativity, Trust
Citrine: Success, Abundance, Mental Clarity
Agate: Strength, Courage, Protection

 

Schedule You Time

Spend some time and focus inward. Some of our favorite activities include taking an art class, coloring, picking up a new hobby, taking a bath, reading, and more. Keep your appointment with yourself like you would another person. 

We find mandala painting, drawing, or coloring books to be particularly helpful. A mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol used in Buddhism and Hinduism. It represents the cosmos, a microcosm of the universe. In spiritual philosophy, mandalas are used as an aid in meditation.

Good vibes only!

-Amanda