Urban Hippie : The Evolution

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As most of you know, Urban Hippie, was a name/brand that I came up with back in May of 2009, holy smokes! That was 10 YEARS ago! In Providence in the tiny state of Rhode Island. I was a college senior that was looking for an easy A in one of my business classes and as the tale has been told over the past decade, I was sitting in a class room thinking of something that is “unique and describes you” and that’s when and where Urban Hippie was born, however, Urban Hippie was originally just a tee shirt line.

As my passion for design started to spin off its axes that is when Urban Hippie evolved from unique tee shirt designs to, bath essentials. This girl loves a relaxing bath so of course creating bath bombs and aromatherapy candles came into play.

Then in 2014, I purchased my first home with my soon to be husband and that is when home decor came into the picture. I was being gifted every antique/vintage and straight up pieces of “junk” that didn’t go in other people’s homes so of course since I just purchased a house I certainty needed it more than anyone else, even though none of the pieces complemented each other.

So what does a person that has a passion for design and refurbishment do?… we research and then we paint! We paint all the things. I started to work on my first piece of home decor for myself and my empty home but then soon after I would be getting messages and phone calls from other people that have a piece that they love and can not part with or they want to keep but it just does not go with their design motive or theme of the room. I started evolving Urban Hippie from a tee shirt brand to a lifestyle brand.

I absolutely love being able to assist people with updating pieces that were given to them by family members/friends or being able to breathe new life into a dresser that looked like it was on its last leg or even more, I love creating custom pieces that are never before seen and was just a thought in my clients head.  My joy really comes from people’s inquiries and their excitement on their new retiqued pieces.

Urban Hippie has the capability to really do it all, tee shirts, aromatherapy candles, bath bombs, refurbished furniture, and stationary. Hey, I may even be able to remodel your kitchen if you are interested in having me. I have a hard time saying “no”, especially to projects.

Come follow along with the many things Urban Hippie does, follow us on Instagram @UrbanHippieCT  

Hello, 104 weeks later…

Hey loves!

So it’s been awhile… 1 year 10 months 7 days ago to be precise. A lot has happened in between the last post and today. Let’s do a run down and than we’ll reintroduce.

So since the last post, this lady got pregnant and had a baby boy named, Luca. You would think that would be the only change funny how life works that way… I decided to do a complete career change because when you have a life change everything else changes along with it.

After I had my beautiful baby boy, almost 4 weeks early and after a short NICU stay, I took my allotted 12 weeks of FMLA maternity leave and when I went back to my full time job life as I knew it before I had a child was completely different, that one hour drive to work each day became so painful and dreading, leaving that tiny little face each morning was unbearable when I just had the scariest birth experience.

The truth is as a modern day woman, you’re sometimes not allowed to say “I need time” we’re all suppose to adapt and move on quickly because that’s what society has taught us over the years.

My water broke at 36 weeks and I was working up until the day of even though I knew I should have taken time for myself to prepare my body for this crazy but beautiful body transformation. It’s just crazy to me how the workforce in America has no support for woman especially after bringing life into this world.

Things needed to change for me in order for my happiness and the happiness of my family. We took a big leap and had faith and I left “corporate America” job and decided to put my heart and energy into my family and my small business. We are 1 week away from a year of this big change and I can honestly say it has been one of the best decisions in my adult life.

I may have to hustle a little bit more but it’s so worth it, I absolutely love being able to be present in my family life.

You can follow me and my small business on Instagram, @UrbanHippieCT #UrbanHippieCT

Mirror Mirror…

One of my favorite DIY is turning a typical ordinary mirror into a work of art!

I love the idea of a mirror as an accent above my dry bar so I added some chalk paint “Cheers” and made it look not so odd to have a mirror so high up.

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Really all I did was grab a chalk marker that I found at my local craft store for $5.00 and practiced how I wanted the word “Cheers” to look and then took a leap of faith and wrote it on the mirror.

DON’T worry if you mess up, just take a little Windex and water and the chalk will come off as easy as 1 2 3. Let dry, and try again!

I am such a fan of dolling up mirrors and even old windows with chalk paint, I even created one for my sister’s waxing business so she can add her services on it! It’s really the perfect and easiest DIY.

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To do a window or glass it’s probably the easiest DIY to do because you can type of whatever you want to write on the mirror/glass tape it on the back and take your chalk pen/marker and just trace the letters from the printed page taped on the back and than Voila! You are now ready to hang a unique piece of art that you created yourself!

December, seriously?

Hey guys,

I know its been a little while since I have written, I apologize for that, its crazy to me that its already December 2nd! How did this happen? I’m not ready for the holidays!

With that being said, I recently have decided to start thinking about DIY Christmas presents because truthfully, with all these wedding expenses, there isn’t enough money coming in as fast as its going out. I am sure all the married readers would understand this.

2 years back, I made an adorable painted mug and put coffee and hot chocolate ingredients in a plastic baggie to accompany the mugs, they were so cute and such a big hit.

With the painted mugs, I made a few different kinds, some had cute little sayings, and some had peoples initials and depending on the recipient I gave either coffee grounds or hot coco ingredients.

The supplies for the painted mugs:

  • Sharpie Pens – thick, thin, all different colors. I chose Green, Red, and Gold Metalic
  • White Mug – white works best, or even a solid color. – I got mine at the dollar store! 
  • Oven 
  • Stickers – for designs

1. To do a monogram design you will need a scrapbook stickers. Pick the monogram/design you want and stick it on your mug. You will want to make sure it’s in the right place/angle etc.

2. Next you will want to make dots ALL around the scrapbook sticker. Do some practice dots on some cardboard before hand. Once ready, start filling in the area around the sticker with dots. Really fill in the area. Add a second color if you like. If you mess up, wipe away with some rubbing alcohol on a q-tip.

3. Once you have the design you want and it’s dry – carefully peel off the scrapbook sticker to reveal your design. Do touchups if you need to.

4. Making sure your area is well ventilated – turn on your oven to 350, set your mugs inside and let them bake for 30 minutes. Once 30 minutes is up, turn off the oven and let the mugs cool down inside. I left it in the oven for a few hours.

5. Then of course, fill and enjoy with your favorite beverage.

 

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Once I have decided on what DIY Christmas present I am going to do this year, I will be sure to post it and with pictures so you can all enjoy.

All from an Idea…

Have you ever gotten an idea and thought to yourself, I can totally do this and actually went through with it!.. Well that’s exactly what happened to me!

One day, I was downstairs in my basement and I was thinking to myself, what can I do with all these old vintage windows?! We made a greenhouse out of some and also made an awesome window wall decor out of another but truthfully how many windows am I going to display in my house? So this idea came out of nowhere and I thought, Shadow Box! I loved the idea of having a shadow box coffee table, one because its a unique idea and two because I babysit my two year old niece occasionally and she LOVES when there is anything on my coffee table so she can play with it. As much as I am the “cool” aunt and let her get away with murder, I don’t necessarily want anything to get broken. So I thought to myself, if I can display everything that I normally would ON the coffee table why don’t I do it IN the coffee table so the knick knacks and pictures don’t somehow end up broken and truthfully it adds a little something something to it if you ask me.

I started this project like I do with a lot of them, ran the idea over with my fiance, not because he rules what I do, but because, I have some wacky ideas and sometimes I need someone to pull the reigns on me. Well after I explained and drew up my idea, he thought it was an amazing idea, Whew! Luckily for me, his uncle owns a carpentry shop and that left over wood needs to go somewhere! I told my fiance the dimensions of the wood I needed and he picked up some amazing mahogany wood pieces cut to the size I needed (they had to be custom since the windows are vintage and the dimensions aren’t necessarily common)

I began this project by putting together the frame of the table itself with the mahogany wood, I went to my local Home Depot and picked up “L” brackets to secure it all together. Once the frame was created, I than began to screw wood to the bottom of the table onto the frame itself.

As you can imagine this is now sorta looking like a wooden stage (when flipped around). I bought these awesome wooden legs from Home Depot that gave the coffee table the perfect height, drilled the hole and screwed them onto the wooden bottom. Now that the wood frame and leg part is completed its time for the staining!

While the staining was drying, I started my work on the window. The window was so weathered and the existing paint that was previously on it was all chipped, I started to sand it down by hand (I didn’t want to use a sander for the fear that it would be too much power on a window) Once it was all sanded I wiped it down and began to paint it antique white, I added some gold embellishments on the window frame for a vintage feel and added a turquoise distressed handle to complete the overall look I was going for.

I secured the vintage window on top of the wooden freshly stained framed, added finishing gloss all over and then buffed it complete.

Now this gorgeous, one of a kind Shadow Box Coffee Table has be completed, its ready for its new home, because as I mentioned earlier, how many windows am I going to display in my house?

If you are interested in this piece or any other piece you can purchase them directly on the website!

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Upcycling is the same as new, right?

I have been interested in all things design since I was a youngster. I think when you are able to create something with just an idea and use your imagination and others fall captivate within it that’s true success. So many times I would create or redesign something and not think much of it and then I would get a complement and then I would think to myself why don’t I show off more things. I had the passion to design tee shirts back in 2009 and almost 9 years later I found the same sort of passion within upcycling furniture. I love taking things that people don’t have a need for and toss it out like last nights meatloaf. So many times I have been approached with, “I’m getting rid of this dresser, would you want it” Heck Yes! free furniture, why not!
My first piece I upcycled was my mothers hutch, this hutch was in my family home for about 20 something years, my mother painted it every color under the sun. My mother would always make things “work with what she had” and I believe that’s where I get my eye for redesign, yes its red today but tomorrow I can make it blue and then next Thursday I can change it back to red, oh the possibilities are endless when you just use a little imagination.
I decided to paint this hutch an off white to fit perfectly in my dining room. I have different colors in my living room so I knew I wanted to have a balance with some pieces I put in there. I love golds, reds, and greens but I did not want to make this hutch or my living room for that matter a scene from Mr and Mrs Clauses North pole home.
Because I am 29 years old and I don’t have the use of a hutch as most do, I decided to convert my hutch into a dry bar, perfect space for my glasses and the storage underneath is perfect to house the bottles.
I have to admit, even though I have had this hutch in my family since I was a tyke, every now and again I will get visitors asking me “where did you get this hutch?!” and I simply have to say, I upcycled it and made it brand new again!

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