DIY Homemade Puffy Paint

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Recipe:

1/4 c white flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 c water

Eclectic China

 

I wanted to register for china for our wedding, but we ended up going the Crate and Barrel route instead. And then of course a year, and a couple broken dishes later, the stores stopped carrying our set. You can get them through special order, but what a fuss. So when we moved and needed more dishes, I changed up our set. Between thrift stores and hand-me-downs, we now have a mix of fun china and great basics. Do they match? Well, no… not in the traditional sense. But they do all work together. And the best part? If something breaks, its easily replaceable. Continue reading

DIY Creative Jewelry Storage

 

When it came time to decorate our bathroom, I got stuck deciding what to do for artwork. I was also in the middle of figuring out where to store all my jewelry so it was easily accessible. Then it dawned on me. Why not make my jewelry the artwork? Continue reading

DIY Horse Roundup

Our daughters room is still a work in progress, but this weekend we made some headway. We found 7 molded plastic horses at a local flea market and couldn’t pass them up! After getting them home and having a long debate on where they should go, we decided they would be most fun in a child’s room. They have been sitting around for awhile, and this weekend we finally cleaned them up, painted them, and installed them in their new home. Continue reading

Promoting Creativity

 

It can be hard for a two year old to remain patient while plastic and newspapers are taped to the dining room table in preparation for a painting session. Or while supplies are gathered for the afternoon craft. So I decided my daughter needed a creative space of her own. A place where she can sit down and have craft options ready to go. No preparation required. So now she has her own desk set up in our living room / dining room. And if I need to get a little work done at my desk during the day, she can do the same. Continue reading

diy bulletin board

 

This project is easy to do, and the end product is a beautiful and stylish bulletin board. Enjoy!
You will need: Perforated Metal Screen, Homasote Board, Paint, Screws, Drywall Anchors, Straight Edge, Utility Knife, and a Drill. Continue reading

The Best Valentine Ever

 

So. I just had one of the most romantic, sweet, thoughtful and awkward nights of my life. Since finding a sitter for date night can be tough if we don’t plan well in advance, my husband decided for valentines day he would bring a night of live music to us. He found and hired a musician from craigslist to come and play some of our favorite songs for a couple hours. I have to admit I couldn’t stop laughing at first, but after a few songs, and a few glasses of wine, the awkwardness melted away. It was a night I will never forget. Cheers to my wonderful husband for thinking outside the heart-shaped box!

 

Making our Apartment a Home.

 

My husband and I have always been big city people, and we actually used to enjoy moving. We first met in Chicago, where we only spent a year at each apartment we rented. When we moved to California we did the same. But once Sydney came along, we finally renewed a lease. So when we moved back to Chicago last year, we decided it was time to find a place where we could get comfortable and stay awhile. Once we found apartment we loved, the next step was to make it feel like a home. Continue reading

Travel to Iceland : how to make the most of 4 days

 

This year we set off to Iceland for a long weekend. With such limited time we needed to squeeze as much into four days as we possibly could. I spent a lot of time researching and piecing together the best possible itinerary. In the end it was a well rounded trip, and we felt like we really got a good dose of the best the country has to offer. If you are planning or considering a quick trip to the land of fire and ice, it is totally doable. Here is what we did:

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Easy DIY Solution for an Unsightly Fuse Box

We have a fuse box right in the middle of one of the walls in our office alcove. It drives me crazy, so I thought about hanging something over it to completely hide it. Then I decided, why hide it if I can make it into something useful and fun to look at instead. So I gathered some pictures and magnets, and this is what I came up with…. Continue reading

Making Potty Time Fun!

update sat 2.11.12, its been a successful week:

Our house has turned into a potty training battleground lately. I have finally found something that seems to work, especially since our daughter learned to control her bladder and make wee wee more frequently (which meant more M&Ms for her). We started out with a basic potty training chart and the expected gold starts. Then I came across some cute little goldfish stickers, and decided to make it a bit more fun… And the result is a routine of putting the wee and poo in the toilet, and a fishy in its bowl. You can print the fish bowls or the fish bags. Happy potty training! Continue reading

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