***Have you entered the giveaway yet? Lynch Creek Farm is offering a $100 gift certificate to one lucky winner to shop on their site full of beautiful wreaths, garland and holiday accessories. Enter to win here.*** So, I’ve shown you a few pictures of our kitchen. You know, the heart of the home. Or in our case, the place where everything lands that doesn’t otherwise have a home. She’s probably going to be last on the list of room renovations, poor girl. And in the mean time she had become quite the labyrinth. Navigate the extension cords and tools we can’t seem to bring all the way back to the shed. Watch your shins around the new ceiling fan still to be installed, large box of things that need to be sorted to go to charity … take a second to have a seat in the random chair at the end of the path. Ohhhh, no, you can’t do that because my shoes have found a seat instead. :)
I told you a few days ago about my DIY swiffer cloths and those actually came to be when I had leftover shammy cloths that I had bought for a different reason entirely. You can’t see them in the pictures, but I bought them after I made the DIY wood bed frame in our guest bedroom.
Who wishes sometimes they’d just pop in here and there wouldn’t be a hardcore-need-a-bunch-o’-tools-and-a-ton-o’-time project going on? Yeah, I’m feeling that way right about now too. :/ And a lot of you mentioned that you love quick tips and easy decorating ideas so I thought it’d be fun to take a closer look at what is going on in my pea brain as we get close to actually decorating a room. Hallelujah!!
How is everyone today? Happy Last Day of the Year! Can you believe it? I can hardly believe it is the last day of 2012. Where did it all go? I remember last New Year’s Eve like it was yesterday … well, at the least everything before, let’s say, 10pm. ;) Kidding. What better way to wrap up the year in a fancy little bow than to recap a few of our favorite projects and posts from 2012.
‘Tis the season. The season to get ready for the holiday season. The one where we start to think about how we decorated for the holidays last year … and how we’ll do it this year. I actually started this blog on November 1st last year and pretty quickly joined a crafting competition at Mega Crafty. The challenge was to decorate a tree for under $20. I came up with some pretty fun homemade Christmas ornament ideas that hardly cost me anything. Since there were about 3 of you reading last holiday season, I’ve rounded up what we made to show off our 11 DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas.
I have to admit, it seems kind of out of left field to get so geared up for fall. I mean, we live on a Caribbean island and all. It’s the land of perma-summer. But a tree … yes, a tree … totally caught me off guard yesterday and it had me coming up with fall centerpiece ideas … and then creating a little front door decor. It’s like my personal welcome to fall. With love, summer. :)
So, it’s Wednesday afternoon, the middle of September, and about 90 degrees outside. :) But, it’s Fall Y’all!!
Check this out … the monthly review in the first week of the following month. #surprisedmyselfwithmyefficiency July has always been a favorite month of mine … and it proved to be the same on the blog. I started the month begging asking for help as I started to undertake a living room redo. So far, as part of the Blogging without Borders series we have made a floating shelf and started work on DIYing a coffee table. I am reeeally hoping to have that for you at the next update. If this review is old news to you, head over to see what the other gals are up to. We had a bunch of fun with decor on this new floating shelf. Well, I know I did, I hope you did, too. :) From the initial attempt, an early fall mantel and the most recent where we finally brought ‘the girls‘ back and added a pop of color with a spray painted leaf wreath. How to Build a Floating Shelf Tutorial is here! I enjoyed putting together a round-up of 105 ideas for your 4th of July celebration. What a great resource! I was a day late so feel free to pin it for next year. :) And I also made another piece of pallet word art that I adore. It has been the perfect, sun shiny addition to our rooftop pallet bed area. July was also great fun for me as part of the Hometalk Ambassador team. I shared my tips for posting your projects on Hometalk here. And also had a blast with my girlfriends at our DIY pool party with Hometalk ‘swag’ here. Thank you so much Hometalk, and Miriam, for the wonderful opportunity. :) It gave me chance to help my friend Carol learn how to use … continue reading
I’m here today following my dreams. :) Remember the dream? The one for this blog to be in print. I talk all about it here. And, since I’m one to follow my dreams, and I just happen to have a new shelf ready for some new decorations, and I wasn’t blogging last fall … I present to you now a little fall decor. :) Fall in July … it’s sure to be the new Christmas in July. I’m sure of it. ;) But, really, what’s a girl to do?!?! The call to action came …
As it turns out, this fun little project was a success to the detriment of our donation pile. Sorry Asiento! When I was getting our donation box organized, around the same time I was getting our rooftop bedroom set up, I was drawn to a couple of blue shirts my husband had in there. Apparently I didn’t see a need to take a pic of the shirts other than just in a pile with the pillow forms. The blue one was a regular polo shirt and the light blue one with the sail fish images was a Tommy Bahama style shirt. Here is the tale of how a novice sewer lady took two old shirts and made a few pillow covers.
Good morning! This morning we are on a jet plane, heading for a little vacation and to help our friends celebrate what is sure to be a fun wedding weekend. Congrats Adam and Marisella!! Maybe, while I am not doing anything that can even be somewhat construed as productivity in any way, you will enjoy these inspiring ideas to somehow re-use, re-purpose and re-invent items in your outdoor living spaces. And you can be productive for the both of us, thanks. :)
What do you get when you combine daily hot temps with tall candles that aren’t ever burned? A hot wonky candle mess. haha I’ll be here all day. ;) I bought these candles about a year ago on clearance for pennies … and have just never burned them. I love the colors and other than their new and not improved shape, there isn’t anything wrong with them so I figured I’d try my hand at making them into functional candles.
… yippie yo, yippie yay … Snoop Dog in the motha … That’s probably enough of those lyrics. ;) Any Snoop Dog fans out there? I love ALL things music. I don’t know music, like people in the know know music. I just love it in all shapes and sizes. Fo shizzle. And who doesn’t love a puppy? Or a silhouette art of a big dog?
Now, I think I’ve mentioned before that we live in a rental house that is slightly bigger than a bread box. No?!? Which really is awesome when it comes time for cleaning … or searching for something my husband I can’t find. (I mean there are only so many spots he can put the clothes he had on yesterday. Which is ALWAYS where said lost item is.) It’s also awesome when it comes to accessorizing, especially with some holiday decor. I’ve seen a lot of bloggers talking about how they’re going simple this year. Understated and inexpensive. I would say this is my decorating strategy all day everyday. And that is even more exaggerated with such a small space. Where exactly am I going to store bunches of holiday decorations in the off season? I’ll have to share some of our creative storage solutions with you sometime. Can you say construction doors turned walk in closet shelving? :) So, in addition to our driftwood Christmas tree, I made just a few upgrades. Just ignore all the cords, but hopefully the Charlie Brown Christmas on tv makes you smile. :) Those tall lit things on the right are 3 bamboo poles that we keep out all year. We picked them up at a beach here in Curacao, I cleaned ‘em up and coated them with clear varnish. For Christmas, I just strung them with lights and using really small gold clothes pins (that I also used to make photo/place card holders here) I displayed Christmas cards and photo cards from years past. For the record we have one friend on it enough to get a card here in time. Love the card Sue! An easy and festive card display. I like to think it overpowers the blank piece of plywood hanging above … continue reading
I made some of the easiest coastal Christmas ornaments yet. A few weekends ago when I went on my little shore excursion, I came home with a random collection of sea-ness. I posted about the adventure here. I even found a fully intact light bulb that I turned into an ornament here. And used some sea urchins to make super cute snow(wo)men ornaments here. For all of the little shells I was left with I went with a super simple upgrade. Drill a hole, glue on some glitter, add a red ribbon hanger and voila. Cuteness! Now, the drilling was not fool proof. There were quite a few shell (and even one drill bit) casualties in the process. I ended up using a drill bit intended for use drilling concrete. It worked to get through the shells, but sometimes the little suckers still just fell apart. After drilling I brushed glue around the edge of the shells and just coated it with glitter. Super simple. And just the right amount of bling to turn basic natural items into ornaments for our rustic little coastal Christmas tree. I also took a few shells that weren’t the pretty white color and painted them red and beglittered them for a few more coastal Christmas touches. While doing this process I also figured I could use the glue and glitter to cover up some bauble blemishes. Have you guys all seen the beautiful ornaments that Miss Mustard Seed has made? Including this one… I ended up with a similar result on my green baubles, and the glitter covered up all the scratches that had been there. Score! I also glittered the top piece that holds the hook in because it was gold and my glitter was silver. I just coated it with glue and … continue reading
As part of the Mega Crafty Christmas Tree challenge I have been gettin’ down right crafty up in here. Well, that is a matter of opinion, I know, but check out this cutie. I know, right!?! Adorable I think. Remember my little shopping trip a couple of weekends ago full of five finger discounts? I had found a few of these, and combined with a few I already had, I made these cute little sea urchin snow women (I admitted to viewing the entire non-gendered world as feminine here). They fit right in with what seems to be becoming my handmade coastal Christmas tree. The process took just a few minutes over the course of a few days. I first painted each urchin white just for a more uniform color, glued 3 together and let them sit overnight. Then I glued on a little rope ribbon for scarf. I actually like how it frays to really look like a real scarf. Then I used the handle end of a small paint brush and black paint to add eyes, a mouth and buttons. I wanted to use a black marker but couldn’t find one, I’m sure that would work too. I thought of adding a hat, or other features like an orange nose, but I worried it would get too crafted looking, which for me means I’d screw it up. So I decided they’re wicked cute as is. :) And, the holes in each urchin is perfect to feed ribbon through for a hanger. Just cut the ribbon longer than you think you’ll need and tie a knot in the end, then use a slim paint brush handle or something similar to coax it up through the 3 sea urchins. A close up of me actually putting the ribbon up the bottom … continue reading