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I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of this before today! While cleaning out some cabinets, I came across a few bottles of scented oil. Remember those votive candle oil burners that were really popular awhile back? Well, we haven’t used one in years, but apparently held onto the oils. It was a perfect find since our hallway plugin was empty!
I just had to remove the empty oil cartridge, pull off the caps, and dump in the oil.
Good morning! This weekend went by way too fast! I spent some time working on new handmade items for my Etsy store. They’re almost done, and I can’t wait to share them with you! While I was working, I had the urge to break out the gold spray paint and give some of my tools a new look. Now my tape measure, seam ripper, scissors, tweezers, and xacto feel more like a pretty set. A few coats of clear enamel will keep them protected from scratching and flaking.
While I was working on my tools, Sydney wanted to transform something of hers as well. So, we gave a few of her hair clips a shiny new look.
Sometimes I wish companies would make household products simple with standard black, white, silver, and gold finishes. Like, why can’t tissue boxes just come in a solid black box? Oh, well… I guess that’s why I go through so much spray paint!
I’ve had this DIY on my mind for quite awhile now, and finally got around to it last week. It all started when I saw, and fell in love with, these necklaces from Anthropologie. I immediately thought “I can make that!” I have had my shell collection stored away ever since we moved, and this was the perfect reason to sort through it. My collection is entirely made up of shells and coral my dad and I found over the years. So in the end all the necklaces I made have a special memory behind them!
I used nail polish to give the coral the paint dipped look of the inspiration necklace.
I was also inspired to transform the shells with a shiny coat of gold spray paint.
Then I used gold and other colored string to create necklaces.
Sydney even joined in on the fun! I assemble her necklace first, then let her paint away.
To finish off the necklaces you can either add a clasp to your string, or attach the coral or shell to a finished chain.
Good morning! If you’re having a raining day like we are, then I have just the craft for you. I saw the idea on pinterest and had to give it a try. It’s perfect for those lonely socks that just hangout in the laundry basket without a match!
Good morning! Many of you probably already know that I’m always trying to come up with creative ways to get Syd to eat and enjoy her veggies. Well this weekend I came up with a way to get her excited about eating raw veggies, including salad. We had tons of fun making spring rolls!
I filled the table with fun plates and bowls of carrots, rice, salad, chicken, and boiled eggs.
Then, I let Syd go to town building and rolling her own spring rolls. (with just a little help) Continue reading →
I am so glad it’s Friday, and I wish everyone a wonderful weekend! Here are a few things I came across and loved this week that I wanted to share with you. Enjoy!
This crafty suitcase TUTORIAL FROM MOUSEHOUSE is not only cute for kids, but I want one too! Previously I made a dog bed out of a vintage suitcase, but now I’m on the hunt for a new one so I can get my sewing supplies organized.
This past weekend my sister brought Syd some TEMP TATTOOS FROM TATTLY, LOVE them. I appreciate anything and everything well designed, and that’s exactly what these are. Plus, they’re fun for both kids and adults!
These gold and white painted mason jars via THE BEAUTY DEPARTMENT are simply beautiful. I could see these used in several rooms around the house. It’s time to get organized!
This afternoon we are breaking out our paints and other goodies from the craft cabinet, and decorating birdhouses! This is a fun activity for kids of all ages, and can help with dexterity, learning colors, and promoting creativity. Plus, these cute little wooden houses can be found for just a buck each at either the dollar store or local craft store. Continue reading →
Our house needed some greenery, so yesterday Sydney and I spent the afternoon planting. Syd loves flowers and gardens, but unfortunately all we can fit on our balcony is a small herb garden in a flower box. So she was so excited when I broke out the dirt and an assortment of containers from our china cabinet! Planting indoors is still lots of fun, actually more fun than outdoors when temps are inching close to 100! I also took her to the store and let her pick out the plants. Of course she was immediately drawn to all the cute little succulents!
I think she liked planting in the tea cup the best, especially since she decided her favorite plant would go in there.
The succulents in assorted containers are perfect grouped together as a centerpiece on a table….
Or separated and placed in different rooms around the house. And the best part is, they are easy to keep alive!
Today I wanted to share some tips on what to do when your room desperately needs a chandelier, but hanging one just isn’t an option. This is exactly what we faced when we moved into our current apartment. We have high ceilings with track lighting, and our dining room is part of a large main living space. Even after we had all our furniture in place, painting done, and accessories and art hung, the dining area still felt a little bare. We already knew that we couldn’t hang a light over the table, so we were on the hunt for an alternative. All it took was a random shopping trip to West Elm and we found our solution! We spotted various sized stick orbs, and immediately knew what to do.
Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Today I am planning out some fun projects for Syd and I to work on this week. While I get going on that, I wanted to share some great new finds that I’ve just added to my Etsy shop! Be sure to stop by and check them out!
I am super in love with this lacquered brass bowl with pretty claw feet… this one will be extra hard to part with!
Good morning! Today’s post is all thanks to my laziness yesterday and my sweet Sydney’s cup of water. After dinner last night, I waited far too long to pick up the placemats and wipe the table, and I had failed to notice Syd’s water spill while we ate. Long story short…. I ended up with a giant water mark on my favorite wood table! YIKES! I guess I’ve always wanted to try the iron method for removing water stains from wood…
So first thing this morning, I laid out a cotton pillow case, held my breath, and ironed away. And it worked!!!!
For the past week we’ve kept quite busy with family in town. It’s been a really fun week playing tourist, but today I took a much needed lazy day. I wanted to make something that didn’t require much thinking, so I spent the afternoon making origami bookmarks. They are super cute, easy to make, and a good way to use up some leftover scrap paper! Now, if I could just find some time to get a little reading done…
All you need is a ruler, something to cut with, and paper.
There’s no doubt that when it comes to recent design trends, blue is in. I first fell in love with the color and brought it home when we moved to our current apartment last spring. We coated our 12 foot bedroom walls in the perfect shade of navy blue. The color has actually become one of my all time favorite paint colors, and I can’t wait to use it in another room!
The blue hue is the perfect color scheme if you’re looking to achieve a unique and globally inspired design. Earlier this summer Ikea launched their limited edition True Blue Collection. It’s an Indian-inspired collection, and, in my opinion, it’s to die for. I want to own it all, and have been eagerly awaiting a release of the collection in our local stores. Sadly, I have finally come to the realization that it probably won’t happen. Sigh.
I would like to announce a winner for the BabbaBox giveaway! Congratulations to Kathleen Jones! I will be sending you an email shortly!
And if you didn’t win, BabbaCo is still offering a discount on your first box to my readers. You will receive 20% off your first box when you go to the site and enter code GJB20OFF before checking out!
Sticking with the BabbaBox theme from earlier this week (Sun, Moon, & Stars), we decided to explore and play with moon sand. I found several recipes for cloud dough online which include mixing flour with baby oil. Our moon sand is actually just a slight modification to cloud dough. Instead of baby oil we used Continue reading →
As promised this morning, here are our ribbon dancers along with a tutorial! They are quick and easy to make, and a fun, safe alternative to sparklers. I’m hoping the ribbon dancers and dollar store glow sticks I picked up will keep Syd busy Continue reading →
Today we are working on some Fourth of July crafts as we get excited for fireworks tomorrow night! This morning Sydney was hard at work making firework paintings. I saw the idea over at Rust & Sunshine and loved it. So cute and easy for little ones! Continue reading →