Wednesday, September 17, 2014

DIY Marble Dipped Glasses

I've been dying to experiment with nail polish marbleizing for a while now. I've seen tons of of marbled DIY projects all over Pinterest (i.e. this amazing tray and these pretty votives) and the process seemed so simple that I just had to give it a try. Plus, we all have those old nail polish colors that we never wear any more, so it's the perfect opportunity to put those to good use.

Here's all you need! 
- A couple bottles of nail polish (we used 4 different shades of blue)
- A container of room temperature water
- A toothpick
- Glass containers of your choice (we used some glass Dairy bottles we had lying around but you could also use a vase, votives, wine glasses, drinking glasses, etc.)
And here's how to make them: 
I found this tutorial from Poppytalk (pictured above) the most helpful! To start, fill your bowl or container with room temperature water. The temperature of the water is super important for this because if it's too hot or too cold, the nail polish will sink instead of float. One you have your bowl of water, take your nail polish and start adding drops to the water, keeping your hand as close to the surface as possible so that the drops don't fall too hard and sink to the bottom. This step works best when done quickly, so josh and I held two bottles of nail polish each, pouring about 4-5 drops from each bottle.

You'll notice the drops immediately start to spread on their own. Once your are done pouring, you'll want to take your tooth pick and drag it across the surface of the water to create your desired marbled pattern. And then your bucket of water will start looking something like this.
After the nail polish is in the water for a minute or so, you'll notice it beginning to form a thin film-like layer on the surface of the water. That's when you'll want to dip your first glass. To do this, dip the glass into the water on one side of the bucket and then rotate it to the other, picking up the layer of nail polish along the way. It can be tricky to get the timing just right, but after doing it a couple of times we got the hang of it and it was smooth sailing from there.
You'll notice that in the photo above our marble patterns get better from right to left as we had more practice. So if you are doing this for the first time, make sure you have plenty of glasses to experiment on! It definitely took a couple of tries before we started getting results that we liked. It's also helpful to have a bottle of nail polish remover handy to touch up any imperfections.

Happy marbling!

Friday, September 12, 2014

This week on Marlborough 9.12

^ birthday boating (photo cred: @banderin)

Happy Friday! This week was a fun one because we got to celebrate Josh's birthday out in Boston Harbor and play our last softball game of the season together. We sadly lost our game, but it was a gorgeous night to be beside the Charles River. I'm having a lot of trouble letting go of summer nights like these.

I was also planning some upcoming blog posts this week and want you to know that I am fully aware that I kind of abandoned the "DIY" aspect of this blog over the summer. I think I officially may be a seasonal DIYer! Once we got our patio decorated, planted and ready for summer, I was too busy spending sunny weekends seeking out the nearest beach or pool to stay home and work on projects. But I think now that we will be spending more weekends at home instead of traveling, the weather will be getting cooler, and football season is starting :/, I will have much more time to dedicate to creating. And don't worry, we have some fun ideas brewing! Especially some wedding-related ones. So expect to see a lot more DIY back on this blog very soon.
And here are some fun links from around the web this week!

  • I think Mac definitely needs one of these.
  • The first family robot is here. These might be the next big thing.
  • Someone strapped a GoPro to the happiest dog ever and the result is very happy.
  • I love this girl's voice!
  • I can't wait to see this movie.
  • Has anyone heard of InstaThis? A printed one our Instagram photos on wood for Josh for his birthday and he loved it. Such a great gift idea!
  • Are you an "Orange is the new Black" fan? Then you'll love these wedding photos. 
  • This is the song I've been jamming out to this week (thanks Jca!)
  • This kid is an old man trapped in a little boy's body. Made me laugh so hard!
  • A 13 year old designer & prodigy hits Fashion Week. 
  • Erin's wedding photos are up and they are beautiful.
  • If you live in New England, you could see the Aurora Borealis tonight!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Happy Birthday Josh!

I can't believe it's already been a year since josh's last birthday, when we were just moving into our apartment, learning the lay of the land, and navigating living together for the first time. Fast forward to this year and we are engaged and can safely say that we are some pretty solid Boston locals. It's funny how much can happen in a year's time!

Josh grew up fishing on Lake Champlain and absolutely loves it, but has never been fishing in salt water. So this year as a birthday gift, I rented a fishing boat via Boston Harbor Boat rentals that we took out for a couple hours last night on a quest to catch some big guys. We didn't catch anything, but we did get some amazing sunset views of Boston and has a lot of fun cruising around the Harbor. If you having boating experience and are looking to take a boat out in Boston for a few hours (or even the whole day!) I would highly recommend renting from these guys.
So in celebration of josh's birthday this year, I thought I'd share pictures from his birthday over the past 6 years. I feel so lucky to have been with him for so many birthdays, and am so excited to share many more birthdays (and fun experiences like these!) to come. Happy happy 26th, Josh.
 ^ 2014, boating around Boston Harbor
^ 2013, our first party on Marlborough 
^ 2012, a night out in Burlington, VT
 ^ 2011, at an outdoor concert in Vermont
 ^ 2010, at a pig roast in Grand Isle
^ 2009 at my old college apartment. Glad our fashion sense has changed! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

This week on Marlborough 9.05

^ my grandparent's backyard in Westport

Happy Friday! This week has been a scorcher here in the city, but I'm not complaining. I'm so glad summer has decided to stick around past Labor Day and I'm excited for a couple more nice weekends before Fall gets here.

This weekend we are going down to my grandmother's house in Westport, MA (aka "the venue") with my parents and josh's parents (aka "the team") to do some planning as well as some scouting for ceremony & rehearsal dinner locations. It is such a beautiful spot and I can't wait to look at in through the lens of our wedding for the first time - I can't think of anywhere I'd rather get married. I'll will be taking tons of photos and probably posting a few to Instagram if you want to follow along (I'm @lindseybach).
And here's some fun links from around the web this week...

  • I love Anthropologie, but this piece making fun of their furniture is hilarious. 
  • The Ikea catalog is the newest tech gadget. 
  • Love these DIY countertops!
  • If we didn't already have great towel rings in our apartment, I would totally make this
  • Adorable. period. 
  • Cara & Kate join forces. Can you say dream team? 
  • A town covered in blue paint. These photos make me really want to go back to Morocco! 
  • Kelly of Studio DIY finally finished her studio and it's amazing. Can you spot the items from Wayfair? 
  • Planning vacations makes me so happy (josh and I have already been talking about our honeymoon!) 
  • Need a Friday laugh? Go no further

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Boston's Yappier Hour

Josh and I officially have a new favorite happy hour that's so awesome, it deserved it's own post here on the blog! If you live in the Boston area and have a dog, you need to check out "Yappier Hour", every Wednesday night at the Liberty Hotel. It's hosted outside in the Liberty's beautiful enclosed "Yard" area, complete with a bar, snacks, & lounge seating. It's also completely free, and once you are there you can grab a beer, let your dog off their leash, and just enjoy the outdoors while playing with other cute dogs of every size, age and breed. As you've seen on this blog, josh and I are always looking for new and fun things to do around Boston, but oftentimes we can't include mac in those activities. So this happy hour combined with a giant doggy playdate is the perfect mix - we are just sad we didn't learn about it earlier in the season. You'll know where to find us on Wednesday nights for the rest of the summer!
 ^ a pretty girl puggle! Mac got her number
^ Mac & his new posse
Pretty adorable, right? We met so many cute pups, got lots of licks & snuggles, and mac made a bunch of new friends (including a few girls!). Even if you don't have a dog but are a dog lover, I'd highly recommend checking out "yappier hour" sometime very soon. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

This week on Marlborough 8.29

^ Second Iron Bridge, Bartlett, NH. Photo credit: @andreamcinnes @young_lentil, @marzard, @mamugg

Happy Friday! It's been a really exciting first week of being engaged. I can't thank everyone enough for all of the love you've sent our way. Luckily, a few days after josh proposed we were able to escape for a 3 day weekend with our friends to New Hampshire, where it was great to just unplug, relax, and enjoy ourselves together and with our best friends. This weekend we'll be spending it in a similar way, unwinding with friends and enjoying some of that last summer sun - but also getting the wedding planning process underway. So many (exciting) decisions to be made! I'll be sure to post an update on how that is going here soon.

Here's some fun things from around the web this week...

  • Well this looks awesome. 
  • Ice bucket fails. So funny. 
  • Honest slogans. I agree with every single one! 
  • Loved Emily's tour through blogland. Thanks for including me, Em! 
  • This is a frozen yogurt game changer. 
  • I wish I was on this roadtrip. 
  • Has anyone tried Postmates bike delivery? Josh and I got the app and ordered food all the way from Allston last week and it was quick (and still hot!). 
  • Write a bike
  • I've never had a chance to go to the infamous Burning Man, but I'm glad I can live it through photos
  • In love with these French ring boxes. So pretty.
  • There's some amazing sales going on this weekend if you are looking for new fall clothes. I just scooped up this cozy shirt. 

Have an amazing Labor Day - savor these last summer weekends!