Today’s DIY: make a simple chalk board frame!
I’ll admit, I’m a bit obsessed with chalkboards. I don’t care if they’re trendy or not in the home decor world, I love them. (are they still trendy? I’m so behind!) I love the idea of painting an entire wall or the inside of a door with chalk, with a little cup of chalk nearby for random doodling. How fun is that?
About 5 years ago I painted the inside of my pantry door with chalk, and have loved it every minute. I use the chalkboard door as both a place to jot down a grocery list and to post a weekly menu, and my kids use the bottom half to chalk funny quotes only they understand, or the occasional drawing of a farm animal. Just the usual stuff around here, I tell you.
But I’m also super enthused about the idea of a portable chalk board wall. And the most inexpensive way for me to do that was to paint a framed piece of glass with chalk board paint and hang the frame anywhere I want. Whenever I want. (we’re big on making our own choices at my house) So I went … >> find out more...
Are you close to your grandmothers? I always think of my Grandma Bee at this time of year. Her birthday is in April, she loved flowers, her fluffy white hair looked like a puff of cloud on her dainty noggin. Just like her mother’s before her. She was a sweet little thing. She’s been gone for over a decade, but lately I find myself missing her more than ever. Missing all my grandmothers and great aunties and the ladies that came before me. I have an aching sort of need to know them better and learn from them. To share the stories of my own little children with them, seek their advice and wisdom.
It’s not possible now, of course, they’ve all gone back to Heaven, right where they belong. So I’m finding connections, comfort in the tangible things they left behind.
My great grandmother I never really knew; I met her once or twice when I was very small and she was very old and infirm, During my last visit to my mom’s house, I found this quilt in her linen closet and quickly begged it off of her. It has a story, but I only know a small … >> find out more...
Alright, here is some art for the artistic and non-artistic alike. Now, I was a student who elected to take art classes (Art 2, Art 3, AP Art – you name it), but in my mandatory high school “Art 1” class, we used to have “blind contour days.” Blind contours are fun and simple; so, with my love of watercolor in one hand and my love of poppies in the other – I am going to tell you how to make an easy, springtime work-of-art.
You are going to need:
- Watercolor paints
- Waterproof pen
- Watercolor paper
- A printed black & white flower picture (with clear lines)
- Paint brushes
Don’t get discouraged if things aren’t looking the way you planned at first! Thinking about the end result can sometimes be daunting, so just focus on each step, one at a time:
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- Search online a bit for an outline or sketch of your favorite flowers. I chose poppies this time because their shape and structure is fun to draw. Sunflowers are also a great choice. Pick a flower with moxie.
- Print out that picture and set it near your sketchpad, now keep your eyes on that printout. Blind contour is about is
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Don’t you just love coloring Easter eggs? I do, though I prefer to stay away from food dye (I only like liquid art supplies that wash out easily). My affinity for Easter is thus hampered, because of my inevitable clumsiness – I have spilled more than one bowl of Easter egg dye. So, this year I decided to look for some alternatives to decorating the Easter eggs. I found all manner of alternatives, most involving glitter, which looked like plenty of fun; but the technique for me was clear and simple – Sharpies. The answer so often is “a Sharpie.”
You will need:
- Tape (preferably double-sided)
- Animal template
Now the process quick and easy:
1. Look online for an outline that you like, any Easter animal will do. I went for the classic bunny, but a duckling or a pig would be just as gratifying. Make sure to pick an image that is clear and has a single-line shape.
2. Print out the image, make sure it is small enough for an egg (unless you’re working with an Ostrich egg – then go ahead and print the outline out on a whole page).
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Easter is just a couple weeks away! It’s time to get crafty with eggs, bunnies, and pretty pastel colors! I know you’ll LOVE these projects I’ve found from some great DIY blogs. Decorate your home with these crafts or gift them to friends and family in their baskets!
1. Metal-Leaf and Washi Tape Eggs from Miss Renaissance: You guys. These Easter eggs are just TOO GORGEOUS! I think these would be so fun to make!
2. Envelope Bunnies from Martha Stewart: This is the perfect craft to make with your little ones! Stuff yummy treats inside these cute envelope bunnies!
3. Funny Bunny Easter Favors from Oh Happy Day!: Having guests over for Easter dinner? Make these adorable bunny favors to hand out at the end of the night!
4. Dip Dyed No Sew Placemats from Eighteen25: Serve a delicious meal on these DIY dip dyed placemats! I am in love with these beautiful pastel colors.
5. DIY Easter Tote from Small Fry: Your kiddos will have a ball collecting all of their eggs into this fun bunny tote! It’s a cinch to make!
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To a lot of people, spring means “Spring Cleaning,” so then we start to see images of watering lawns and dusting shelves – but I think a more important kind of cleaning is sometimes over looked: yourself. The most vital thing for us to take care of is our own skin and bone house. I confess that for me, winter always involves a kind of winter coat (unfortunately, I don’t mean a pea-coat, or cute neon Northface – I mean a warming fatty layer – the kind a bear develops for hibernation). So whether you are trying to get rid of your sweater-body and move towards the swimsuit body, or you simply want to feel refreshed like the blooming trees; this homemade detox ought to do the trick.
You will need:
- 6 slices of cucumber
- A lemon or a lime (or both)
- 1 tbsp. grated Ginger
- 5-8 Mint leaves
- 1 tbsp. honey
- water (duh)
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- Squeeze the lemon/lime juice into your bottle. (I like to add a few extra slices of lemon for flavor and for color.)
- Slice and add the cucumber slices. Tip: the thinner the cucumber slices, the stronger their flavor.
- Grate or finely slice
Guys, it’s house cleaning central over here these days. I’m a cleaning / organizing / tidying fool, and I’ll tell you what: my house has never looked better.
If you’re new to this challenge, let me catch you up to speed. This year I’m tackling one organizing project at a time in my house, in an effort to help my life become more tidy and simplified.
In the end simplification + tidiness = happier everyone.
Read the beginning of the project Organizing Your House One Week At A Time here, and Organizing Your House Week Two here. Then come back, and we’re about to get all tackle-y in here in Organizing Your House Week Three.
Are you ready to jump on the bandwagon? Please say yes. There’s strength in numbers, I really believe that to be true, and I’d really love you on my team. It keeps us all accountable to know there’s someone, somewhere out there, doing the same fun cleaning + organizing extravaganza.
And it is FUN, I can assure you of that! Even if my idea of fun has shifted a bit in my more *cough* mature years. A Friday night sorting and organizing old makeup? Sign … >> find out more...
Nostalgia is something that waxes strong in me, so I have a great affinity for actual, physical photographs. However, most of the pictures for my generation exist on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, etc.; in other words, they exist on screens and in “clouds”.
For the most part, I think the cyber-plane that all of these images exist on is amazing. I think it is amazing that I can see my friends hiking in Hawaii if I look at Facebook for 3 seconds, and I think it is amazing that I can see the dressing room magic of the eyebrows of Cara Delevingne just by looking at Instagram. I think that the way people stay connected in real life and in real time is a remarkable and uplifting thing.
But for all this, I still want something to hold on to. I want to feel connected to what happened yesterday, or last summer, or when I was six. An actual, physical photo. So, I’m still using one of my favorite Christmas gifts: the Canon “SELPHY” Wireless Printer. There are quite a few printers that do what this one does (Fujifilm Instax Printer, Smartphone Photo Cube, Polaroid Zip, etc.) but I … >> find out more...