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April 15th, 2014 Daniel and I just got back from Washington, DC. We drove up for our friends’ wedding celebration, but stayed to explore a little since neither of us had been since high school. We hit some museums downtown and visited the zoo. (By the way the Smithsonian National Zoo has nothing on the North Carolina Zoo!) The famous cherry blossoms happened to be in full bloom, so I wanted to walk down to the waterfront “real quick” to see them in all their glory. April 10th, 2014 For the next 3 weeks I’m going to do this 15 Day Drawing Challenge I wrote up. THE CHALLENGE! 1. a pattern 2. an animal 3. your favorite thing to wear 4. something you found on the ground outside 5. recipe instructions 6. a word 7. an insect 8. a cross section 9. an animal doing something only humans can do 10. something in a jar 11. a diagram 12. something you’re afraid of 13. a plant 14. your favorite food 15. something microscopic April 8th, 2014 By the way, these glass straws are the best. April 3rd, 2014

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11 idées DIY pour créer des patères originales et recyclées Pas toujours facile de trouver des patères originales… Pas toujours facile de trouver des patères ou porte-manteaux qui sortent de l’ordinaire pour personnaliser une entrée ou une chambre. Voici donc quelques idées plus ou moins farfelues originales pour en faire un objet décoratif à part entière tout en recyclant culot de bouteille, couverts de mamie, poupée échevelée, devant de tiroirs ou vieux joysticks… A en croire ces idées tout pourrait presque se recycler…

diy A few of my lovely readers asked me how I made my photo collages on white background, and I thought it may be interesting to post about that. I'm doing it the dummy way, with a free online photo editor called Pixlr. There are a lot better options to make photo collages than the way I do it, and if you're familiar with Adobe Photoshop or similar softwares, you know my way is really not the best one. But it's an easy and quick one, perfect for beginners (and photo editing dummies like me!), and it usually works for the simple things I want to do. So if, after this warning, you still want to do it my way, I'll show you how I made the collage below!

A Beautiful Mess I love using cloth napkins to dress up our dinner table, and through the years I've grown even more fond of their sustainability and cost effectiveness. Though, I'm not sure how cost effective it is if you keep buying more and more cloth napkins each year! This holiday season I thought it would be fun to look at how I could dress up the napkins I already own to give them an extra festive vibe. Check out three simple ways you can give new life to your table linens. diy When I was in China last summer, I remember noticing that most girls had ponytails tied with a scrunchie with bunny ears. I could never pull this off, but thought it was adorable, and kept it in mind for an Easter DIY. It's a great way to use fabric scraps, a simple accessory to wear at an Easter party, and a sweet Easter gift for a little girl. When I was done with the DIY, I saw that there was a similar one on YouTube.

Chevron Pattern Recycled Wood Planter Box » The 91204 Blog After we built the planter box in the previous post for Stephanie, Dez was jealous and she wanted something cool like that for her own garden. So this is what she got and it’s by far one of our favorite DIY projects that we’ve done. It was actually kinda tedious, but totally worth it. After constructing the main box frame from cedar and redwood, the wood for the chevron patterns was mostly leftover pallet stock from various projects. Our Home Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? I have a special delivery for you today. A WHITE CHRISTMAS Yup. I put my elf hat on, and made a little snow for you. Somewhat Quirky: Love One Another Subway Art - Fall Fix-Up #8 Part 1 It's still fall and one of the things that I've been needing to make is "due" this Saturday so I get to add one more thing to my Fall Fix-Ups 2012.A friend I made when we lived in Kansas City got married last week in Cancun. Her reception is this weekend in KC and we will be making a flying trip down (and back) to celebrate and wish her and her husband the best.This wedding means a lot to me.

East Coast Creative: Modern Typography Meets Reclaimed Barnwood Back in May, I posted about this frame that I made from reclaimed barnwood: This piece is one of my absolute favorites. It’s the first frame I made from barnwood, and is what began my love affair with all reclaimed materials. MAGIC Decal Tutorial with Free Printables! Some of you may remember, a little while back I posted a tutorial for DIY waterslide decals. Among other things, I mentioned how awesome they are for creating custom embellishments without the need for any fancy-pants equipment. Yep, waterslide decal paper is a truly fab product, though as great as it is, there is one drawback – although it’s somewhat tough it’s not especially durable.

Window Salvage Do you ever make something and just can't help smiling when you are done? That is how it was with this project. It ranks as one of my top 5 favorite projects of all time, and it was simple and came together (almost) effortlessly. I painted random pieces of scrap wood, trim pieces, pallet wood and Bri Waxed the window frame with light brown. I wasn't sure how much I needed, just painted what I thought might work. None of the scrap pieces I had were long enough to go across the whole window so I knew I would have to cut them into sections.

jamaica byles: Painted Rocks I've lately become quite enamored with, of all things, painted rocks.Who knew such innocuous objects could be transformed, with a little paint and imagination, into pieces of eye popping beauty. Makes me want to go out and gather some rocks and paints.....what a fun way to pass some time.