We’re excited to celebrate the release of co-founder Jessica Alba’s book The Honest Life. It’s a colorful how-to guide for people who want to make a healthy and non-toxic home without giving up the fun, fashionable things. In that spirit, Jessica shares tips and tricks for natural living, including giving new life to old things (she has a passion for refurbishing vintage finds).
So, we wanted to share one of her favorite DIY projects from the book with you. As a big fan of crafting, she loves making statement pieces from unexpected sources. During a trip to France a few years ago, Jessica found these happy looking vintage sheets and had no idea what to do with them until she started creating Haven’s nursery. Then, she realized it was wall art!
Here’s how you can make eco-friendly art that is both unique and true to you:
1. Pop out the frame glass (so it doesn’t get paint-y). Sand the frames if they have glossy surfaces; this will help the paint adhere. Using a small foam brush, paint the frames in colors that coordinate with your fabric, applying thin and even coats (you’ll probably need two coats, especially if the frames are at all ornate).
2. While your frames are drying, measure the space inside your frames (you can usually use the glass you popped out as a template), then spread out your fabric and decide which section you’d like to frame. Use the glass template to trace that area, then cut it out with fabric scissors.
3. When the frames are completely dry, reassemble them, framing your fabric just as you would a regular photo or print. (It may help to stick the fabric to the piece of cardboard that comes in the back of the frame with a little double-sided tape so the fabric doesn’t slide around.)
Enjoy the inspiration!
Reprinted from “The Honest Life” by Jessica Alba. Copyright (c) 2013 by Jessica Alba. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.
When Jessica Alba and her co-founders started The Honest Company, they envisioned creating a company that was not only a business but also a community. In doing so, they made giving back their mission. So, Jessica was humbled and doubly honored when selected as one of Fortune’s 10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and asked to speak to and mentor the high school seniors from Camp Pendleton at this year’s Most Powerful Women Summit.
At the Notebook Mentoring Session, about 30 women from business, government, academia, philanthropy, the arts, and sports—including Soledad O’Brien, Christy Turlington Burns, and Billie Jean King—gathered to provide career advice to our next generation of women leaders. The event kicked off with a “surprise” interview, where Fortune Editor-at-Large Pattie Sellers sat down to chat with Jessica about what she learned along the way from being a daughter in a military family (much like the girls in attendance) to becoming an actress to transforming a personal experience as a mother into a company.
In her talk with Pattie, Jessica shared advice about not letting labels or insecurities limit you, empowerment, following your passion, finding a great support system in your family, and surrounding yourself with people who are inspirational. When asked about the best business advice, Jessica said: “Partner with people that are smarter than you, understand your strengths and weaknesses, and surround yourself with people that complement your strengths, but could support your weaknesses.”
Following the interview, the high school girls got to sit down one-on-one with their mentors for the next hour. They were nothing but smiles and avid note takers, as they sought personal and career advice.
At the end of the mentoring session, the positive excitement in the room was palpable and awe inspiring—and not just for the students. High School senior Madyson told us, “All the information shared by the mentors has its own flavor, it helps you realize what you need to do, and it’s really inspirational.” While Mentor Billie Jean King said, “One of the three basic things I talk to young people about is being a problem solver. And that is what Jessica Alba is, that is what makes a difference and changes the world. It’s great that she shared her story.” Full disclosure: We were beyond excited to meet Billie Jean King and be in the presence of other groundbreaking women who are making profound impacts and driving change. Talk about starstruck!
We think everyone went home with new ideas to transform the world for the better and new friends (we did!).
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