Distance

It’s such a small world until you’re looking for someone specific.

               Making Time Square with all her crowds
                    seem like an emptiness
                             as vast as the universe itself.
           An arm’s length away feels like the farthest distance
              when you’re wanting them to reach out to you
                            to even brush your hand.
           Talking can be so easy, until it comes down to three words
                         How they stick in your throat
                            And hang in your mind.
            And how much they can weigh down a simple
                                            “Hello.”
      It seems like such a small world until I’m reaching for you.
    -s.g

But Life Went On

I sat down to write you a line,

But life went on.

 

Now you seem so unreal to me

a ghost flitting through my past,

in my heart,

in my mind.

 

You have this strange way of returning to me

It’s odd to think I don’t know you anymore

My dearest friend.

I’d hoped to see you again,

Go through life together,

But life went on.

 

Time turned the pages so fast our stories couldn’t stay in line,

But now and again I think of you

and it’s like you never left.

 

I remember those days sitting beside you

how no one understood me like you

our inside jokes, unbridled laughter.

What a friendship to miss.

But life went on.

 

We parted ways

Said out silent goodbyes

And I still can’t completely let you go.

 

But life will go on, it can’t sit still.

It hasn’t been the same without you

and it never will.

 

I’m sure you’ve gone on,

There’s much to do.

 

And some days, I’m sure you’ve forgotten me until,

I remember those days we used to fight….for fun!

 

The agreements we made,

How I understood you more than anyone,

Maybe that’s what scared you.

 

That trick you played to get my number,

How I pretended to fall for it.

 

And I realize I may be as much a part of you as you are of me

even as life goes on.

*also on WritersCafe.com http://www.writerscafe.org/manage/edit/1940296/*

-s.g.

DIY Jewelry Organization Part I

Today I wanted to bring you a really easy diy jewelry organizer. All you will need is a shadow box, some cork or soft Styrofoam, burlap fabric, lace or border of your choosing, and hot glue.

First and foremost, take out the front glass piece of your shadow box. Mine also had a divider in it, which I also took out and am saving for a later project.

Next you will take your cork board or Styrofoam (either you can get at Michael’s) wrapping it in your burlap fabric and gluing it with hot glue. You need this step if the backing of your shadow box is to rigid…no one wants bent earring posts!!!

**The burlap may not be necessary if you like the cork look, however what I bought was probably not the best and it crumbled, the fabric helps with this!**

Next I hot glued this piece onto the back of my shadow box and it should look like so.

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hot glue all along the perimeter of the square, don’t worry if it looks crazy, that’s what our lace/border is for!

Also make sure that you hot glue the back piece of your shadow box in place to keep the organizer sturdy.20171224_154517508609755.jpg

If you feel you have used too much hot glue…you haven’t….you are following these instructions perfectly 🙂

Next, I cut my lace to fit the inside of the shadow box and glued it. Here I have lied to you. You can use hot glue for this part, but I actually used E600 because it’s clear. It also has a strong smell, so be ready for that if you use it. Be in a well-ventilated area and maybe leave the piece in the garage over night so that it doesn’t make your room smell.

In the end, you’ll get something like this:20171224_1544171128097321.jpg

Make sure all glue is dry before you put your jewelry in here. You can also use this for necklaces if you use push pins to hang them on. I also wouldn’t limit yourself to just shadow boxes, I think a baroque picture frame would work even better with this!

Hope you like this idea and thanks for checking it out!

 

Cheers!

Dog Friendly Planting in a Small Space

I don’t think that it’s any secret that incorporating plants in to your decor is relaxing. In my new design scheme I was inspired by the minimalist style ( and probably because I am a millennial) I was like, “I need some succulents!”

However, my first roundabout with succulents did not go well at all….I killed all of them even though I.TRIED.SO. HARD. That was really the problem though. I decided to try one more time before giving up and trying fakes

. I haven’t watered the ones I have since I got them and it’s been about 2 months. I keep checking them to see if they look withered or otherwise in distress, but they look great. So, for everyone venturing into this new territory. Just DON’T TOUCH THEM.

Now on to the design idea. I love window decorations, window seats for reading, and flower boxes. Unfortunately, we rent so flower boxes or any built ins are a no go, so I decided to incorporate plants onto my windowsill. I loved the way it looked, but I got really nervous about my Chihuahua getting into them, thus my solution: hanging plants.

 I have to say, I love the way this looks and it’s super easy.

All you need to do is head to Lowe’s or some other plant store to pick up your succulents, I chose to not even take them out of their original potting and instead just poked holes in the plastic. 20171224_1543211381265799.jpg

You can see some of my trials and errors in this (I had a mini hole punch, get a regular one!!). I poked about 4 holes into each pot and threaded four separate pieces of cord through them and knotting them together at the top. I left enough slack so that I could tie another loop at the top, but I don’t think it’s really necessary.

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I used Christmas hooks to hang them onto my curtain rod. Just be careful to not put too much weight!  Add a few more accent pieces, and you are done, my friend!

*I also chose to add an orchid that I previously had outside, again, just make sure it’s not adding to much weight. I found that orchids and succulents are perfect for this design, but some other more “leafy” if I can describe them that way were not too happy. Maybe ferns could be an exception?