Monday, March 31, 2014

Make // Egg Carton Flower Frame

A couple of weeks ago I transformed some egg cartons into roses. Sound strange? They actually turned out pretty cool-- Go check it out here.

After tossing around a few ideas, I decided to display them on a framed mirror that I picked up a few years ago. I wasn't enamored with the frame's original color (black) or odd shape, but I knew it had potential.

The mirror can easily be removed, which makes this project extra versatile. Here are a few ideas that come to mind… 1) hang as a decorative mirror;  2) or a wreath; 3) or perhaps a flowered tray.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

This Week // 3.28.2014

My newest accessory. I'm either seriously cool… or dating myself by a few decades-- 25 years to be exact. Gah!

Do you use dry shampoo? I finally found one that doesn't make me look like I'm powdering my hair à la Marie Antoinette. This one smells good and doesn't leave a white residue. Especially key if you have dark hair and don't care for the dandruff-look.

If you have a blog or are thinking of starting a blog, here's a round-up of what you should be doing to do it right. Gosh, I'm not doing any of that stuff Which may explain a few things. ;b

I decided last night that I need to finish decorating the master bedroom. To know me is to know that I procrastinate. This is an on-going project, five years running. By the time I finish, half the room will be outdated. Anyhow, for some reason, I'm obsessed with having mirrors behind the nightstands. Like this one. Or this one. With maybe something like this? Or more likely, like this?

Another great idea about what to do with your photos. I'm going to turn mine into a dress. Okay maybe a skirt. I kid but I may be onto something.

Have a nice weekend!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Upcycle // Egg Carton Succulent

Like many before me, I love succulents. They are pretty, unique and, if you forget to water them… no big deal!

It's usually the silvery, flower-like echeveria imbricata (aka hens and chicks) that most people get     excited about… especially brides and bloggers. We have these guys and their cousin, agaves, planted throughout our backyard and they do really well in our mild, drought-like, Mediterranean climate.

HOWEVER, they like to be outdoors and once you bring them inside they turn into a spindly, sad looking mess. I've tried putting them in our sunny west-facing window with the rest of my succulents and they just don't do well. They won't die overnight, but eventually… It.Will.Happen.

Since I have an abundance of egg cartons and, with Earth Day coming up in April, I thought I'd try my hand at making a flower-like succulent out of a plain ol' egg carton. It's not easy copying Mother Nature, but I figure a handmade version is better than killing off another one of her offspring. ;)

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

This Week // 3.20.2014

Happy Spring! Have you noticed the change of season in the last week or so? Or is ol' man winter still holding strong? We've had an unusually mild winter and the confused plants started blooming in January, however, I always know that it is Spring when the song birds migrate back to our area. It's always nice to be gradually woken up each morning by their cheerful chatter. We also have a ton of baby bunnies that seem to have cropped-up overnight. They are everywhere! And they are destroying our front yard… but they look darn cute while doing it. Yes, Spring is finally here. I hope that those of you who have experienced a long, hard winter will see and feel the effects soon.

So with the bunnies, flowers and birds abound, here are a few faves from this week--

Want to do something crafty this weekend? Change up a decorative mirror or frame with a little sheet moss. Something easy, different and temporary. If I ever get around to it, I may incorporate this into a Spring mantel.

tip: If you need to glue down your sheet moss to make it sturdy, glue it to heavy cardstock. That way it can be easily removed when the moss-love goes away and you want your old frame or mirror back.

If you're like me and like to keep your oh-so-sexy toe cleavage under wraps, check out these flattering flats.  I bought them in black ikat but maybe I should've gone bold with hot pink and orange?

Camera shy? I love these tips for getting in the shot. Especially helpful if you're the primary photographer of the family.

I need to go here to get these for my craft room.

I smelled this in Thai Lily and had to have it. I need my whole world to smell this good so I'm buying this next. The sales person was raving about the hand cream in coconut milk mango too… And that's what happens when I go to the store to return stuff. Sucked back in!

If craft stores looked like anthropologie… I would be in BIG trouble. BIG! But since they mostly look like a hot mess-- akin to Wal-mart the day after Christmas, my bank account is safe. Phew!  :)

Have a groovy weekend!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Upcycle // Papier Mache Roses from an Egg Carton

I'm craving flowers. Which can only mean one thing… Spring is almost here. Next week, March 20th!! With the kids' schedules and my own responsibilities, I haven't had much down time lately. I'm definitely someone who needs some quiet time in order to function properly and it just hasn't been happening lately. So, after several weeks of feeling uninspired and burnt-out, when a little free time presented itself, I knew it was time to remedy the situation. For me, the remedy usually means "creative therapy" --  Forget all the other stuff for a bit and create something.

On Monday morning at 8:00 sharp, right as the kids were being carted off to school by my hubby, I pulled out some supplies and got to work. I didn't feel like waiting for the stores to open, so I dug into a bag of recyclables that I've been saving for a future project. Since Earth Day is next month, what better time to start an upcycle project.

At first,  I didn't have a clear plan, but I did know that I wanted a hands-on project that is easy to make, uses recyclable materials, and breathes a little Spring into our home. I think these egg carton roses hit all the marks.

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Sunday, March 9, 2014

This Week // 3.9.2014

Happy Day Light Savings Time! Otherwise known as… WHY do we do this to ourselves every year? Especially since the energy saved is a wash and I believe the farmers get up whenever they need to, not when the clock tells them too. Rhetorical question kids… I just get a little spiky when my favorite activity (sleep) is cut short. :)

So here's what's been going on this week...

80th Birthday--
Yesterday we celebrated my dad's 80th birthday. Wow… 80 is a big one. We gathered our extended family and enjoyed his favorite foods-- sushi and desserts. These are the party favors that I found at Michaels… on sale! Easy, economical and pretty darn cute. I only wish I were a hand-lettering chalk artist. My junior high "lettering" skills had to do.

Missing Photos--

I spent the better part of the week correcting a problem with the photo links to my projects. It was actually a problem with one of my service providers but, after initially stressing out, I found a work-around. It's a slow process but one neat thing I discovered is that in the last 12 months I posted over 75 project ideas. That's a lot! I had no idea… Anyhow, if you see any missing photos, just know that I'm slowly but surely getting around to fixing it.

Rain. It was a big deal here, but would be a mere blip anywhere else. But perhaps you may have heard that… Southern California got rain!!! For three solid days!!! And we survived!!! It was wonderful. There was minimal damage from what I've read, but we still need more if we're going to be out of this water/drought crisis. The last few days it's been 80-degrees… I don't think rain will be blessing us again in the near future.  :(

School Book Fair--
Last week I helped set-up and work our school's book fair. What a good workout because… boxes of books are heavy! It was great to see the kids so excited about reading. Both of my boys are now into chapter books and, since we just finished the Flat Stanley series, I went ahead and bought the Flat Stanley Worldwide Adventures, The A to Z Mysteries series as well as the rest of the Captain Underpants series (My hubby was cackling away with the boys for the first part of the series so I think I'll have him read the 2nd half as well).

A Pirate and an Oriole (aka Oreo)--
Yesterday was filled with overlapping, two different places at one time, baseball games. It was a divide and conquer kind of day. Today it's more of the same… I will be at the baseball fields for approximately 6 hours today. Fun and games, people, fun and games.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Make // St. Patrick's Day Conversation Bottles

Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? While we're 100% not-Irish, we're still a family that loves corned beef & cabbage, leprechaun & rainbows, and pretty much anything green & gold.

Here's a festive way to serve up beverages for St. Paddy's. The bottles can hold a special tonic or, in our case, chilled water. And if flat water is not your thing, just remove the labels on some new Pellegrino or sparkling cider bottles and start decorating. Or, if you want smaller bottles, there always green beer bottles as well. Any way you serve it up, these conversation bottles will add a bit of flair to your tabletop on March 17th.

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