Stephanie Albares

Stephanie Albares

DIY Contributor
Stephanie Albares is a graphic designer who blogs about bringing a mod aesthetic into her weatherboard house over at Saltbush Avenue. She is enthusiastic about modernist design, collecting too many plants, sewing her own textiles and weird secondhand goodies.
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Posted in Outdoor | by Stephanie Albares, on May 23, 2016

Houseplants 101: All About Succulents

You can’t just collect one succulent. You need two, or five, or two dozen. Many succulents are well-suited as potted plants, and the dazzling variety of forms and colors will make you want to keep adding more into the mix. Here is a simple guide for planting an arrangement of succulents, propagation and care… as...

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Posted in Kids | by Stephanie Albares, on May 18, 2016

Paper Floral Mobile Tutorial

What’s not to like about paper flowers? They have a sculptural quality that silk flowers lack, and you can make them yourself with the pretty paper of your choosing. Using the paper flowers from my kusudama origami ball tutorial, you can make a mobile that’s ready to hang in a nursery, a child’s room, or anywhere else for a splash...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on May 12, 2016

Make A Scented Candle For Someone You Love

Mother’s Day was this weekend, but once you learn how to make your own scented candles, you’ll want to keep making them for yourself and for everyone else! Scented candles are simple to make, and with some thoughtfully chosen scents and a one-of-a-kind vessel, a custom scented candle would make a wonderfully homey gift for someone you care about. Materials...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on May 6, 2016

Simple Folded Felt Bowls

The coziness of soft fabric + a geometric edge makes this felt bowl a unique vessel to hold your keys, coins, sewing bits, or even potpourri. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to make a template and the bowl itself – it’s fun! Stiffened felt gives a bowl a sturdy shape, and the template...

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Posted in How To, Tips, and Advice | by Stephanie Albares, on May 3, 2016

Houseplants 101: Growing Your Own Chilies Indoors

Even if you’re living in the pokiest of apartments, you can grow your own chili peppers year-round. Houseplants have made a huge comeback lately, and for good reason – clean air, the calming sense of a space well cared for. Why not bring some stylish greenery into your home and get a little extra spice? This big guy is...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on April 25, 2016

DIY Coat Rack – Tutorial and Inspiration

One size doesn’t always fit all. You might have a tiny foyer, or crumbly plaster walls that can barely hold a push pin. You might even just prefer the cute hooks and knobs that you’ve collected from various places. Whatever the reason, here’s some ideas and tips for making your own coat rack.   Wood,...

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Posted in DIY Projects | by Stephanie Albares, on March 16, 2016

Step-By-Step Kusudama Flower Ball Tutorial

These charming origami flower balls have a history of being used for potpourri and incense in ancient Japan. Learn how to build your own kusudama with this easy-to-follow tutorial! You will need: 60 squares of origami paper, cut square (mine are 3″ x 3″) Craft glue Paper clips or mini clothespins I used a roll of shoji-gami...

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