Who’s planning to spend some time at the beach this summer? Would you believe it if I told you that we moved to Key West in January and I haven’t been to the beach once? True story. That could have something to do with the fact that we moved here from a Caribbean island with the most beautiful water on earth.
I promise. There really was a plan. It was well thought out. And it was going to work. Just to recap, we have just relocated from Curacao to Key West and closed on our new-to-us-house. And when we moved to Curacao over three years ago we didn’t take much of our stuff with us. We just didn’t really know what we were in for and didn’t want to get down there with a ton of things we not only wouldn’t need but couldn’t use, or wouldn’t have room for or whatever. And it really was a great plan. We left 90% of our things in storage in our previous location in Maryland. So, when we arrived here in Key West and found a house (that seriously is perfect for us in so many ways) we thought it made sense to get all of our things in one place again. So, I trekked up to Maryland and sifted through our things and lo and behold we had another whole truck shipment arrive at our new-to-us little home last week. The well laid out, strategized and over analyzed plan was this: 1. Close on the house – check 2. Things from Curacao arrive – check 3. Settle into one bedroom, one bathroom and the kitchen with those things that we’ve been living with for the last three years – check (We will be remodeling/renovating the entire house, starting with the living/dining area and just wanted to create a few comfortable spots to be in during the whole process) 4. Things from Maryland arrive – check 5. Store all furniture pieces in the carport, tools in the shed and boxes in the guest bedroom and leave the furniture and boxes as is until we finish the living/dining area redo and have a need … continue reading
Do you remember the last time you moved? When you unpacked your things in your new house and all these old memories flooded back of those same things on your old space? I’ve been relishing the nostalgia of it all for about a week. With every new box I opened I would uncover some of my favorite upcycling ideas or pallet projects. The palm frond pumpkin made it pretty much unscathed! And all of the pallet art projects need to find a new home here. And then when I found the diy door trough, one of the easiest pallet projects ever, I thought the tutorial was worth resharing. This little gem might just happens to be one of the first bits of pretty around here. After I shared this tutorial I also shared how to reverse image and text in Word and make an easy little Welcome sign for your pallet projects.
*an explanation for this awesome graphic can be found at the bottom of this post Just because we’re living out of a hotel seemingly just waiting for the perfect house to come and find us so we can buy it already doesn’t mean I can’t get a little Valentine’s Day inspiration at the thrift store, right?!?! And because I’m always looking for upcycling ideas for thrift store finds, when I came across this heart mini muffin tin for $0.49 when I was big thriftin’ my first thought was “ice cubes!”. More specifically I thought red, heart shaped ice cubes would be the perfect accompaniment to any Valentine’s Day beverage. I started with a pint of fresh raspberries, added a touch of cranberry juice and puree them in a blender. (Actually, I called in the big guns and Chef Peter helped me since I don’t actually have a kitchen these days. Thanks Chef!) We opted to not bother straining out any seeds, the advantage of using a really good quality blender that pretty much purees all the seeds, too. :) This goes without saying, but the very first step was giving that mini muffin tin a solid scrubbing or two. I’m all about upcycling ideas using thrift store finds, but I am not all about upcycling germs. But, I do eat in restaurants and trust someone else to wash the dishes that make my food. A few scrub downs of this mini muffin tin and she was good to go for my own use. Then just pour your puree in the tin and freeze. Man, it’s nice to have someone to pour the puree so I can take a picture. :) And a bartender to make up a tasty martini for me to try my new creation. Audrey’s Martini 2 oz Effen … continue reading
Is everyone all linked up to our crafty Christmas party already? Don’t forget to link up your favorite Christmas craft from this year here … the party is open until Friday right here! Now, as you read this I am up in the stone cold north, working on projects that have absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, but I wanted to give you the rundown of this little sea glass and driftwood Christmas craft that you saw on my mantel. A great project for the kids big enough to use the glue gun, too.
This time of year really is the best, isn’t it?!?! The holiday spirit is in the air, holiday decor is strewn about and holiday cheer is abundant. :) I practically hear carolers singing “Joy to the World” right now. I love that first delve into the Christmas decor and crafting. I like to see what we’ve got from year’s past that still inspires me and try to come up with a few new ideas at the same time. All while I watch my husband roll his eyes at me as I pace to and fro between him and his football, or futball, or whatever sport he’s watching at the time. Hey, this decor thing takes time. You gotta step back, look at it from all angles, scootch it around a bit and then step back for another look … am I right!?! On my decor day we even had the island equivalent of what could be considered a winter storm. Brrrrr! Just kidding I think it did get down to 79 degrees though … which is close to a record low. And the perfect day for dilly dallying around with some Christmas decor I say. So I made a few new driftwood Christmas trees and gave our fall leaf wreath a winter makeover.
‘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.
Hey, hey! Happy Monday! How are you? I am great! I am gearing up for company to come visit. FUN!! That’s one thing about living on an island. We get our fair share of visitors. :) Luckily, we mostly like them all. ;) We had about a year there where we had at least one week of company every month. I became quite the tour guide. Hence my knowledge of the top 10 free things to do in Curacao. I’m ready to get to doing a few of those again soon. You know how it goes, don’t you?!? You have these really cool things to do in your town, but you don’t usually do them unless you’re showing them to visitors. Or you have this really cool room in your house … or on the roof as it may be … and you don’t spend as much time up there as you could. Because it’s always there. I’ll just go up tomorrow. Or next week. Or sometime soon, for sure! :)
Ummmm, have you ever totally meant to do something for months and just never did? That’s what happened to me here. I wrote a tutorial of the very first pallet project I made for a guest post and never came back and gave you guys the how-tos. And the guest post was in January. :/ Ack! Anyhow … here’s the story of my very first pallet project. Well, for the blog anyway … me and pallets go way back. ;)
Hey, hey! We are ticking along in the ol’ blog room.
Holy cow, how is it September all ready? It boggles my mind how fast time goes by. Just boggles it I tell you. ;) (What does that even mean?) Here’s a look back on all that we accomplished in August, a little review of the month in minutes. And I’m going to mix it up a bit and add categories … then you can easily find the types of posts you’re looking for. You’re welcome. Let’s start with Projects!
Do you ever wear a temporary tattoo? No, I’m not talking to your kids. I mean you. :) I do. And it turns out that habit came in handy when trying to figure out how to do an image transfer on the cheap. I still don’t have a vinyl cutting machine, or even any idea of what those things are and how they would work. But I have a home printer, and Picmonkey. And, I need Picmonkey for this because I don’t know how to reverse text in Word. Do you? Do tell. Update: I shared how to reverse text in Word here. Update #2: I made another, more extensive project using this technique here.
Do you ever have those ideas that just spring you into action? I was trying to organize my week. My eyes landed on my little spring wreath and I thought “I need to update the door decor”. Then I thought “I need a great outdoors idea”. And it just came to me. I thought it was going to be so easy I took a photo of my watch so I could track the time.
Ok, so the husband is not going to give this project the credit it is due, but this little contraption is going to save me YEARS of my life. See, is your husband a good looker? I don’t mean “is he a looker”. Because, believe you me, my husband is a looker. He’s just not a GOOD looker. :) I’ve literally had to drive home to find his keys for him so he could meet me out with friends. Kind of defeats the purpose of meeting out don’t you think? ;)