Inspiration can come from anywhere! Literally. During one of our family walks, I spotted a branch lying on the road. At first I thought it looked an awful lot like antlers. It was my original intended DIY, but sadly my husband tried to throw it out a few times and one of the branches snapped off. Sad. Still, I knew it would be great for some fun and odd project around here!
I decided to wrap yarn around the branch in a few areas, while leaving some of it’s natural elements to show through. Instead of converting this branch into faux antlers, I went with another idea instead: a yarn wrapped branch shelf! I had some prints hanging around. They are smaller in size and rather rare shapes, so it’s difficult to find frames to fit perfectly. I thought this would be perfect for something shelf-like and display them on the wall in a playful way!
I simply chose three colors of yarn and started to wrap areas of the branch. Using wire, I created some hooks and hot glued them to the back of my branch. The branch is rather light, as well as the pictures, so it wasn’t necessary to use any heavy duty hooks to hank on the wall. I played around with how to hang the branch, I wanted it to be as flat as possible so my pictures would sit against the wall nicely. Once I figured out what worked best, I placed the nails in the wall and hung my new branch shelf!
I love these prints sitting there so contently on the branch. The black and white print as well as the fun paper flower are a couple fabulous pieces I brought home from Alt Summit SF! It’s the perfect way to show them off! This is one of those DIYs that you can have a lot of fun with. Finding natural elements and bringing them to life is a great challenge! I love to keep my home whimsical – it fits perfectly with our vintage and modern mixed decor!
If this is something you might try at home, play with different widths of branches! It all depends what you want to display or if you want to have it as it’s own artful piece on the wall! What do you think?
On our way home from Canada, we stopped at a cute little shop in Utah: The Little Brick House! It’s a coffee house/luncheon/antique shop, it’s heavenly! While we waited for our lunch to make it’s way to our hungry bellies, we walked around and looked at all the pretties displayed throughout the shop. I came across these fabulous geometric brass candlesticks and had to have them!
I love the design and I love the brass look, so I knew these would look great as part of our home decor. I am in the process of repurposing them, so I will have to update you on that down the road! For now, I might just enjoy them just as they are.
I am so inspired by Emily Henderson‘s lovely blog. She always has fantastic ideas and great taste! I kind of got hooked on brass because of her. So now, when I see something I think will go with the look of our vintage/modern abode I make sure to get them! Not too much though, it has to be a subtle touch.
It was the perfect day with my family and the perfect place to stop, stretch our legs, grab some lunch and do some thrifting! If you are ever in Cedar City, Utah you should definitely stop in for a bite and do a little shopping too!
I’m back from a lovely holiday with my little family! Thank you for your patience as I have been absent a few days. It was so nice to take our kids to Canada and have them spend time with loving family and a great group of friends (new and old)! Hopefully you follow my Instagram, because you would have seen A LOT of pictures from our travels!
Today I am sharing a fun and easy DIY: triangle painted art! I have been slowly adding pieces to our white and bright walls in the living room. So far, I have a wide variety of unique and meaningful prints. From my adoption tipi print and “D” monogram print (from my Esty shop), to a vintage butterfly piece from an old book page. It’s all a nice even mixture of new and old.
To go with the touches of geometric shapes in my home, I decided to convert one of my photographs into a unique piece of art. Not too long ago I made triangular pillowsand a triangle stamped pillow. I thought I would play off of these two pieces in the living room and try to bring some unity between them all. Plus, my DIY art piece balances the wall by coordinating with my other triangle-like prints.
I simply printed out an old picture I took of the Golden Gate Bridge from years ago. I cut it to fit my frame and laid it out flat. I taped off a triangle in the center of the print. I then took basic white paint and painted over the remainder of the print. This took several layers. Once the paint was completely dry, I removed the tape. I had a lovely triangle in the center revealing my photograph underneath. I love that you can’t see the entire image, but it’s still pretty obvious what it is!
The triangle isn’t perfect, but that’s ok. Some of the paint kind of leaked through the tape and the corners don’t all line up perfectly. I am totally fine with that! In fact, you can tell it’s a handmade. The imperfections make it authentic! It goes perfectly with all the other elements just as I hoped!
What do you think about this DIY? You could do all sorts of shapes to any sort of print you have kicking around!
Summer is flying by and I am trying to enjoy as much of it as possible! I’m thinking of hosting a little party with close friends before my hubby goes back to work (he’s a fourth grade teacher) and we all start getting busy again. I love having friends over for a tasty BBQ, games and chit chat around a nice bonfire. I put together a few of my party must haves for a successful summer party!
I decided to have a theme surrounded by serving lemonade! Is that weird? I thought of serving traditional lemonade, as well as some delicious flavored lemonades as well! I picked light, bright and geometric patterns for a fresh and fun touch! Plus, some fancy pieces to serve my yummy lemonades in as well! Wouldn’t a DIY lemonade stand be so fun? It would be fabulous for the kids as well! I decided to share one of the flavors from Sunday Suppersthat I might serve – it sounds so refreshing and delicious!
* 2 cups sugar * 5 sprigs lavender (stems and buds), plus additional for garnish * 2 cups fresh lemon juice (from about 10 lemons) * 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (from about 4 limes)
In a large saucepan, bring one gallon of water and the sugar to a boil. Remove from heat; add 7 lavender sprigs and lemon and lime juices. Cool to room temperature, strain, and chill. Serve on ice, with additional lavender for garnish.
Can’t wait to get this party started and celebrate the summer holidays with great friends! What do you think – sound fun?!
I can’t explain how excited I am! Months ago, my husband and I requested that we take our three foster babies (soon to be ours) to Canada. I have to be honest, I thought the judge would say “NO”, but I was pleasantly surprised when my social worker said that he granted our request! What?!?!!?! After much figuring out, we finally got everything organized and started our long journey from California to Alberta, Canada.
Let’s just say, it started out HORRIBLY. I might have wrecked our car in a minor accident a few days before we had to leave. We got it all fixed up – so we thought. Turned out, there was more damage than originally told. We had to stop in Nevada for a three hour layover while our car tire and rim were replaced. It was a bit annoying, but we eventually got back on the road again!
We finally got out of Nevada and made our way to Arizona when our tire pressure light flicked on. We pulled over, filled it with air and knew there was some sort of problem. Sure enough, 30 miles later it popped back on. Sadly, we pulled over again and made our way to a tire repair shop where we discovered there was a nail in our tire and had slowly been leaking. We got it patched up and we were FINALLY good to go! Not. Fun.
From that moment on it was smooth sailing! Our kids did AMAZING that entire time! We are SO blessed to have such great little travelers. We enjoyed the scenery as I announced on Instagram every state we crossed (feel free to follow along)! It was so fun!
When we finally got over the border, sheer excitement came over me! I have dreamt of bringing my babies to my home and native land for so long! It’s truly surreal. We have only been here for two days, but I am enjoying every second of it.
I can’t wait to take our kids to all our favorite places! Places I use to go when I was young and now we can make new memories together! So far, the kids are loving every second of it! Are you going on any travels this summer?
If you were a child of the 80s, you might remember sporting some pretty fantastic footwear! Do Jelly Beans ring a bell? If you weren’t the lucky kid that got to sport these fantastic guys around, you might be happy to know that they are back!!! I should also mention they aren’t just for the kids, they have some pretty fantastic ones for the ladies as well!
I recently ordered some cute Jellys for my little girl! I couldn’t wait to get them in the mail so we could try them on! They arrived in no time, which I was thrilled about! What can I say? I was really excited! Jelly Beans have just relaunched their cute shoes and are now being sold all over the US with FREE SHIPPING (the shoes will be shipped from the US, not Australia) Seriously, amazing!
I ordered my daughters Jellys in Clear because I figured they would go with literally everything! She’s already worn them with countless summer dresses, shorts, jeans and tights! They are super comfy on her chubby little feet and breath nicely like sandals! We can dress them down or dress them up – seriously, my new go-to shoe for sure!
This shoe is perfect for summer! They are easy to clean (which is important to me and my messy girl!) and are so versatile with the many activities we have going on! We can wear them to the beach on those hot summer afternoons, or grab some cute socks to throw on underneath if we want to warm up beside a nice bonfire in the evening! They are truly amazing, just like I remember when I was little!
You can follow Jelly Beans on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Facebook for some great styling tips and information on their adorable shoes! They have so many cute ideas on how to wear Jellys and while looking fabulously trendy. I’m thinking I might need to order myself some matching ones!
Did you own a pair of Jelly Beans when you were younger? What do you think about owning them now as an adult or for your little one?!
Do you have a lot of glassware hanging around your house, like old vases or jars? I know I do! I gave a bunch away and kept a few, thinking I could use them for something! And so, I did just that! A fun little art project in one of my old glass vases!
What you will need:
Paint ( I used two colors – Martha Stewart’s Old Gold and a very generic white)
Take your vase and clean it out. Take it from me, make sure to wipe it completely dry so that you don’t have water stains later! My bad – but not all my DIYs are seamless. Actually, none are usually! Take your white and squirt a good amount at the bottom of the vase and then add your secondary color if you so choose. Swirl the vase to cover the base completely and allowing the two colors to mix a bit. Slowly begin to tip your vase upside down while twirling it simultaneously. You will start to see the streaks form and create a unique design! Be sure to have something underneath to catch the dripping paint! Place upside down and allow to dry – this may take a few hours.
I love how my vase turned out! The color and pattern are very mid century, which fits nicely with the rest of my home decor. This project is so easy and cheap. It literally took me a few minutes, so you could make a bunch in no time to create a fun look!
What kind of crafts have you been up to lately? I’m really hoping to attack our dining room table next, but that might just have to wait for now!
So, I found these intriguing mini silhouettes at the craft store a while ago. I have this habit of getting things for no particular reason, which can be a little impulsive – do I have a problem? I mostly stare at my ongoing collection of craft supplies, until one day I can finally use them for something fun! It’s a bad habit, but it always results in quirky art for my home!
I put together a modern piece for my bedside table. I simply collected a few silhouettes and used a sharpie to create a fun abstract design. It has a very geometric feel! Once I was done my designs, I placed some scotch tape on the back of each one and placed them on a clean, white backdrop. I placed it in a frame I had kicking around and just like that, done!
I’m playing around with the placement of my new art. I thought having the art leaning on the wall with layers of other elements might be fun. I’ve mixed different textures, colors and layers. I like the idea of something neutral, to keep a clean and crisp look. The different metals from my “D” and the cast iron camel lock play off each other nicely.
I also like it paired with some pops of color. The red dala horse really stands out and goes nicely with my geometric art. Black and white is always a fantastic contrast and can go with practically any surrounding colors, which I like to work with!
I don’t even know where to start! I’ve always dreamed of going to Alt, but I never thought it would actually happen. When I got a ticket for Alt SF, I knew I could NOT let this opportunity pass me by. And seeing as it was only a few short hours away from where I live, I had to go! I am so thankful I went, my experience was nothing but pleasant and wonderful!
I’ve heard from some blogging friends, who have attended Alt SLC, that it can be extremely overwhelming and information overload. Still, it was an amazing experience for them. I was very curious to see how they felt attending this event, seeing as it was only one day. It seems the experience was much more enjoyable! Even though there was still a lot of information and a lot of different activities going on, we had this breathing space. A time to take it all in, to mingle, to talk about it and let things soak up while we refreshed ourselves with drinks and treats. For a first time Alt attendee, I highly recommend Alt SF!
The location at the Fairmont Hotel was gorgeous, elegant and magical. The speakers were knowledgeable, transparent and very honest. They opened with a bang as we were introduced to Mariam Naficy, the CEO of Minted (where I happened to purchase my business cards). We ended with the inspiring Mike McCue, the CEO of Flipboard, whom I ran into on the elevator on my way out. We struck up a great conversation! He and members of his team were so down to earth, I truly enjoyed our short encounter. Not to mention, the food was amazing, the snacks were incredible and the flare was over the top wonderful! The sponsors were so fun, sweet and very approachable. I did my best to enjoy every second of it and take in all that Alt had to offer. I paid a little visit to my Bing buddies, where two of my DIYs were being feautured: my Glittered Faux Taxidermy and my Modern Glass Globe. Thanks Bing…for everything!!!
I had the pleasure of attending a sponsored dinner Wednesday night with Creativebug, an AMAZING group of talented individuals right up my alley with their obsession for crafting and inspiring others! I was blown away by the location, party decor and the amazing company! Oh, and dinner was fantastic! We were all treated like royalty. Right away, I connected with a handful of lovely ladies who later became my posse as we hung out the entire rest of Alt. I just love them so! Is it weird that I miss them terribly?!
Thursday morning I woke up at the crack of dawn and caught a cab to the Fairmont hotel. I had my fix of coffee and participated in the morning activities. I had the pleasure of meeting Liz Stanley of Say Yes To Hoboken. She is the most lovely lady, both in and out. She was so informative and inspiring, as we chatted about selling our own ads and what that looks like. I learned A LOT from her! After that, things just took off! It was wonderful (sigh).
Here are TEN things I learned from Alt:
1. Don’t worry about what other’s think of you and your work.
2. Success comes through failures.
3. All that matters is that you keep yourself happy and inspired.
4. It’s imperative to have a supportive network who can celebrate what’s important to you.
5. Nothing is original, it’s been done before. Accept it and get over it. Make it your own by building from it.
6. Keep yourself inspired by exploring various avenues: read, write, watch, talk, listen, taste, compare, evaluate, experience.
7. Embrace detours and get out of your comfort zone.
8. Commit to facing your fears and only good things will come from it.
9. Success comes from our awareness of the importance of authentic relationships.
10. Pay close attention to the details and you will provoke emotion. People want to see the real and authentic you in your work.
There you have it! My first Alt Summit! I am still giddy from it all! P.S., here are a few fantastic individuals you should check out! And be sure to come back again soon!
I’m slowly getting ready for Alt this week. I have my outfit(s) picked out, swag ready to go and now I’m just waiting to get my business cards in the mail! I ordered some beautiful cards from Minted, but I’m worried that I waited too long to order them and they might not get here on time!! Ah!!!
Just in case that might happen, I decided to make my own as well. Besides, if they do get here before I have to leave I’m thinking I didn’t order enough! I really don’t want to run our of business cards, so I decided to create a clean design and keep it nice and simple. I created a watercolor effect in an ombre green. I wanted it to look as close as possible to the real thing. As though I sat down and hand painted 50 of these cards, which I could never do! I kept the font similar to my other business cards, so they felt somewhat cohesive. I am happy with how they turned out. Now to get them printed! Only TWO more days!!!!
I am beyond excited!!! This Thursday, I’m headed off to Alt San Francisco! I’m sure to some of you, this may not mean a thing. But for my blog, this is an amazing opportunity! This is my chance to get out from behind my computer screen and connect with all my online blogging and Instagram buddies, make new friends, chat with some of my favorite brands and perhaps establish future collaborations! It’s a chance to get my blog up and running on a larger scale. Well, that’s the hope anyway!
I’ve been pretty grateful to be where I’m at blogging wise. I’ve worked really hard to get it to this point and now I’m at a plateaux. I need a little something extra to get this thing up and running! Some fuel for the fire! I can’t wait to find that inspiration I’m looking for from the various individuals I may meet along the way. I am going with an open heart and mind, I’m ready!
Just like any hobby, it takes time and effort. Things don’t happen overnight and I’m sure they don’t happen with one conference. I am just looking forward to being surrounded by like-minded people who all have a passion for creativity! I am dying to hear all the speakers, some of which I have been a long time fan!!!! I can’t contain myself, I just wish it was more than a day, it’s going to go by so fast!!!!
So, I may be missing in action for a few days this week. I’m going to be busy getting prepared, informed and slowly digesting it all. I will be sure to share with you all that I learned, so stay tuned! If you are attending Alt SF, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can meet up! I’d love to connect!
It’s almost been a year since we first were introduced to the two most amazing babies. I will never forget the fear we felt when we first brought them into our home. There were a lot of tears. A lot of questions. A lot of uncertainties. A lot of doubt. But we knew our faith was being stretched. Up to this point, we had experienced a lot of battles. In our marriage, family relationships, individually. But this was nothing in comparison. We were taking a huge step in a direction we never imagined possible.
Since that day, there have been many challenges and many rewards. It’s been a roller coaster of events in and out of court, things I don’t want to even try to explain. Your head would probably explode! I know this, because mine almost did. Things don’t make sense. Still don’t make sense, actually. Then all of a sudden, something shifts and you are in awe. We always just trusted that we were doing what we felt was right. Following a call greater than our own. So we took it day at a time, letting things happen as they should. Trying our best not to let unbelief win over our hearts and minds. And then it happened. Clear as day, I heard the words “Parental Rights Terminated”. Terminated. The end.
No one told me how emotional it was going to be. And not just because this meant our two oldest babies were months away from being ours FOREVER, but that a mother had forever lost her own. A part of her. No matter her mistakes or mishaps, you can never know how painful it might feel to lose a part of you. A beautiful, breathing, little image of yourself. My heart broker for her. Their mother.
In the end, I know this is best for the kids and for her. But I hope that good things come of it. That she finds her way and can start fresh. Can find healing and redemption. Can rise above a stronger woman and have a future she never imagined possible. It would be a tragedy to forget the mother our babies came from. After all, if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t have these perfect little babies in my life.
The journey has been bitter sweet. I am elated that we are now heading towards finalizing our adoption and it’s been a long time coming. But it is also the beginning to a new battle as we now try to fight for the youngest of our three, who happens to be the full sibling to our first two. But we know that we’ve been down this road before and it’s nothing we can’t handle. Whatever comes, we know it will be right in the end.
My heart is full. My life is blessed. I am grateful for every event that has brought us here. Every tear. Every cry. Every prayer.