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Monday, October 20

MAKE // Faux Weaving


So you know how we're just a tad obsessed with weaving and wall hangings (also here), yeah? It's such an incredibly relaxing hobby. But learning the ins and outs of loom weaving is an acquired skill; one that takes time to learn and hone, one that we're still working on. So we're here to show you how to make a lovely and easy wall hanging for your home, the "cheaters" way. It's one part kiddie craft and one part stunning piece of art.


You need // 

Yarn

Remember these plastic mesh thingys of our youth? I recall making more than one fairly hideous scene depicting a turtle or a soccer ball or something like that. Bad stuff. But weaving on these plastic canvases was just so easy. So while I perfect my skills on my lap loom, this was project took me just a couple afternoons to complete. 
I borrowed a few basic weaving methods, threaded my needle, and went to town. The beauty about this project is there is no right or wrong way to weave. Here are a few examples of stitches to get you started. But experiment! Get creative. Play with colors and textures. Then share your faux weaving with us on Instagram. We'd love to see what you make! #foxtailandmoss

{Lauren}

Wednesday, October 15

What We Love // Astrology Wall Calendar

Astrology Wall Calendar by Chelsey Dyer
We're crushing hard on all things astrology, so when we came across this wall calendar by Chelsey Dyer, our eyes lit up. By now, everyone has a smart phone and can access their electronic calendar anywhere. Mix it up at home by having your wall calendar double as a piece of art. This calendar includes all twelve astrological months, corresponding constellations and moon phases. The simple design, beautiful artwork, and adorable features make this calendar a must have on our list. You'll definitely find this on our wall in the coming year. Do you still use wall calendars? If so, what will you be rocking in 2015?

Monday, October 13

PLANT / GROW: Bringing Outdoor Plants Inside for the Winter

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When Spring hits, I anxiously wait till the weather hits 50 degrees so I can start bringing my indoor plants outside. My back porch becomes a beautiful plant haven, a perfect second home for them to receive copious amounts of light and and fresh air. During the Summer, they grow and thrive greatly outdoors. Come Autumn, when the weather starts to become cooler again, I start the process of bringing them all back inside. The first year I did this, I made a few huge rookie mistakes. I brought a couple moths and insects into my apartment, a plant or two died, and I overwatered a bunch of them! Still wanting to transfer my plants outside for the warm seasons, I did some research and below are some tips I've learned over the years that help your plants with the transition.

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1. Wash your plants before you bring them inside. Spray them with a blast of water from the hose, or apply a simple soap spray (1 tablespoon of dishwasher detergent to a gallon of water) and let dry. This not only cleans your plants, but helps prevent bugs from traveling indoors with your plants.

2. To reduce shock, bring your plants inside before you turn on the heat for the season.  Warm fall days are great for opening your windows one last time, bringing in your plants, and getting them settled. Don't be surprised if your plants drops a few leaves. They will be adjusting to less light and consequently their growth slows or even sometimes stops over the Winter.

3. Inspect outdoor plants before you bring them inside and keep them away from other indoor plants for a week or two. Insects and diseases can spread rapidly indoors, so monitor your plants to make sure they are healthy.

4. Your plants are no longer out in the Summer heat all day soaking up sun, so keep in mind their soil will not dry out as quickly. Reduce watering accordingly. Water them only when the top two inches have dried out and make sure not to don't over soak them.

After bringing all my plants in for the season, I decided to do a quick tally. I have 35 indoor plants. 35 you guys! Does this officially make me a crazy plant lady?

{Claire}

Wednesday, October 8

DIY Blog Tour and a Few Things About Us

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When Erin of Color Me Styled nominated us to participant in the DIY Blog Tour, we were thrilled! This tour is a chance for DIY bloggers to answer a few quick questions and give readers a little insight on why we feel being creative and DIY is such an important part of our everyday lives. Check out our  answers to the four questions below and then see who we decided to nominate.

1. What are you working on?
Lauren // The husband and I just signed a lease on a new studio/workspace and are in the process of moving in and getting settled. It's pretty exciting! I'm overwhelmed just thinking about all the room I have for photo shoots and DIY-ing till my little heart is content! Up until now, we were using the spare bedroom in our apartment as an office/studio/workspace and it was getting pretty cramped in there. It's nice to reclaim that room as a living space and I can't wait to get started on a few redecorating ideas I have floating around in my head. I'll have lots of DIY decor projects to share in the coming months!

Claire // Currently my husband and I are working on redecorating and organizing a lot of our apartment. We have lived in our home for over 4 years and probably won't be moving any time soon, so we really want to take advantage of the space we have and use it to the best of our abilities. Painting, buying some new furniture, creating new art for our walls, and problem solving some long overdue storage issues have been taking up a lot of our time, but have been making our place feel much more like a home. Can't wait to share some Before/After projects on F+M!

2. How do your DIYs differ from others in the genre?
L // I like for pretty things to happen easily so I strive for simplicity and practicality when it comes to DIY-ing. There are a lot of really beautiful and interesting DIYs out there but so many require about a million steps to complete and involve hard to find or expensive supplies. We're not big on step-by-step instructions. And we don't want our readers to feel like they have to copy exactly what we make word for word. We aim to inspire. We love when our DIYs spark an idea and a reader makes something uniquely personal and truly their own! That inspires us like crazy!

C // I couldn't agree more with Lauren..Maybe that's what we work so well together :). Simple and practical are characteristic I always looks for in DIY's. Also, I look for affordable DIY's that I can complete fairly fast and that are timeless: something that I can create and look back at in five years and be just as happy with now as I was the day I created it.

3. Why do you write/create?
L // Boy, is this going to sound cheesy, but I really don't know anything else! Creating is second nature to me and I have my parents to thank for that. They always encouraged me to chase after my artistic inclinations. My Mom is super creative and a talented artist so we were always up to something crafty growing up in my house. I explored photography and creative writing in high school and college. Now I spend my days as a hair stylist, a whole different creative platform itself! Every aspect of my life is infused with making and creating.

C // Why DON'T I create? There are so many different things any one person can create. We are all so different and have so much to offer creatively in this world. I love seeing my friends express their creativity in any form and that motivates me to try new things and explore new ventures. Making something yourself or with friends is such a rewarding and personal experience.

4. What's your creative process?
L // Hmm, does taking a half-baked harebrained idea and executing it by making a gigantic crafty mess count as "process"? I'm pretty fly by the seat of my pants when it comes to creating. When inspiration hits I seize the moment and go with it. Sometimes I make something really lovely. Other times I produce some comically bad junk. But that's the fun part of creating!

C // On any day (mornings being my new favorite time) if I sit in my living room, throw on a record, grab my pencil and notepad and make a cup of coffee my mind will wonder and start to fill up with a bunch of different projects I've always wanted to try. Pinterest has helped me out a lot lately to organize my thoughts and give me inspiration to see what is possible. I'll start to write down my ideas in a jumbled mess and then slowly put them together, creating something that I usually am extremely excited about making.


One of our favorite local DIY blogs House of Hipsters is who we are nominating for the DIY Blog Tour. Kyla shares adorable DIY's, personal adventures, and some super cure free printables that are simply lovely.

Monday, October 6

MADEWELL and FOXTAIL + MOSS

FOXTAIL + MOSSFOXTAIL + MOSSFOXTAIL + MOSSFOXTAIL + MOSSFOXTAIL + MOSSWe're super excited to announce that we're hosting an event at Madewell this Thursday evening! We're huge fans of the brand and their simple and clean aesthetic. Madewell style is about a well constructed classic look with just a touch of edge, exactly what we strive for in our everyday style. Join us for sips of champagne and sweet treats while we shop Madewell's recently released Fall line. Ps. enjoy a special discount of 25% off of $125+ during the event!

Thursday October 9th, 6-8pm, 932 N Rush Street, Chicago, IL (link to RSVP here)