1. Cabin Photo Booth // My Mother Turns 50!

    Tuesday, August 30, 2011

    I spent the weekend in South Dakota for my mother's birthday!  She turned 50 years old!! (P.S. how did that happen?!)  Her party was at our cabin in the Black Hills and we set up a photo booth to remember the occasion.  Everyone had so much fun with it!  What a great way to remember your birthday and all the goofy guests!  More on our cabin weekend coming next!

    Ninth and Bird
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  2. D.I.Y J.Crew Ribbon Pearl Necklace //

    I inherited an amazing collection of vintage jewelry from my Grandma Robbie.  One of the pieces she left me was an old pearl necklace with a broken clasp.  I love it so much and I hated that I couldn't wear it!  I've never been much of a pearl necklace girl - so I decided to fix the necklace and add a little Katelyn-flare to it, or rather, add a little J.Crew to it.   Here's what I did:

    1}  Lay pearl necklace out and decide the shape you want it it have.  I chose to leave the  necklace as is, instead of re-stringing it, and have the bigger pearls on one side.

    2}  Attach the loop connectors to each end (I got them at a bead store).  Use waxed linen if you can.  The wax makes a true 'slip proof' knot!

    3}  Tie the ribbon through the loops and adjust to your desired length.  I made mine big enough to slip over my head, but you could also leave it open at the back and tie the ribbon on when you wear it.  I wrapped mine almost like a tie to make it look cleaner.

    4}  Add a bow on one side to make it extra special!  And have fun!




    Ninth and Bird
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  3. 29 Ways To Stay Creative

    Thursday, August 18, 2011


    29 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE from TO-FU on Vimeo.

    This video is really well made!  It makes me think how I can start being more creative and/or STAYING creative!  The video is by Japanese motion graphics agency Tofu Design and although nothing said here is epic or out of the ordinary - when it's all put together it's definitely helpful and gets the ideas flowing.  I might have to keep this on hand when I'm struggling!

    Ninth and Bird
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  4. D.I.Y:  Recycled T-Shirt Scarf

    1} Gather a few old t-shirts you don't wear anymore; thrift them or buy new -- but choose thin, soft (preferably worn out) t-shirts.  Find two t-shirts of different colors that go well together. 

    2} Lay the shirt flat on the table or floor.  

    3} Cut 1 1/2 inch strips, remove the hemmed edges.  Cut them as long as possible; I went from the bottom of the front of the shirt all the way to the end of the back on some pieces.  Obviously you won’t be able to do that for all of them, but the varied lengths are okay.  Use fabric scissors if you have them!

    4} Cut off the sleeves of the shirt and save them for the end.  I used them for the final wrapping!

    5} Organize the strips by length and gently pull on them.  When you do this they naturally curl in on themselves.

    6} NOW GET CREATIVE!  Start piecing the strips together the way you want your scarf to look.  Twist them, Braid them and mix the colors.  You could even add beads or old jewelry to dress it up even more.  Lay your design on the table and secure it with small ribbons of t-shirt scraps (don’t worry that showing; you’ll cover it up with the final wrapping).

    7} Tie together, trim ends, and wrap with the excess sleeve fabric you saved.  Use a needle and thread to secure the end wrap on; covering all of the tying and knotting to keep the scarf together.  This also creates a smooth back for your neck.  And Ta-Dah!  You’re done!




    Ninth and Bird
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  5. Beet Cake // A Beautiful Recipe

    Tuesday, August 9, 2011


    Beet Cake from Tiger In A Jar.

    I'm in love with the way Tiger In a Jar creates recipe videos.  Together, they basically make food porn and I can't get enough of it!  I recommend their blog as well - such an adorable couple!

    Ninth and Bird
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  6. On Saturday afternoon it was blistering hot and I went to check out the Horseshoe Market.  There was over a hundred vendors of handmade and vintage goods!  I didn't realize it at the time, but they actually put on a Spring, Summer, and Fall market in Denver!  My friend Kayla had an amazing booth set up and it inspired me to have one at the next market! (We'll see!!)

    Out of all the cute little shops I browsed, I found three I wanted to mention + I think you should check out!


    Ninth and Bird
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