DIY Color Block Art

Today I want to share my solution to a common decorating problem.  I call it, "large wall, small budget" syndrome.  

You see, here in San Diego (and in many other places too, I imagine) builders have a penchant for building homes with vaulted ceilings.  Along with those vaulted ceilings come some pretty impressive walls and up until today the one in my dining room was looking mighty empty.  

I took this problem to my decorating guru (the sister-in-law whose house was highlighted in this post) and she recommended a series of color block prints.  She even gave me this inspiration picture:

Given that the inspiration shot originally came from Elle Decor, I suspected that those color blocks cost a pretty penny.  In fact, that was the case with most of the ideas I had for this space:  big walls require big art (which tends to cost big money).  

So what's a girl to do?

Make an inexpensive knock-off, of course!  (Those are my specialty, you know)

All it took was one trip to Michael's and I had everything necessary to cover my wall.  And the best part? It only cost about $130. 

I started by getting eight of the frames pictured below.  They were only $13.00 a pop (and of course I used my 50% off coupon for one of them).

Then I picked up a bunch of card stock in colors that I thought complemented my room.  

After that it was just a matter of arranging the card stock in the frames and hanging them on the formerly empty wall.  

What a difference!

I love the fact that I can switch them around, change out the paper, add or subtract more, etc.  I especially love the price tag and the fact that I don't need to feel guilty if I want to upgrade to some of that pricey art sometime down the road.  

If you have any creative ideas for filling a large blank wall I would love to hear about them in the comments.  Please feel free to link to any relevant blog posts as well.  

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Tattoo Your Easter Eggs

So I know that this is a post about decorating Easter eggs...

(And I'm writing it at 8:30 (PM) on Easter Sunday.)

But it's such a cute idea that I just have to publish it anyway.

Did you know that you can tattoo your Easter eggs?

Well you can! 

Just follow the directions on the package of tattoos. (Buy some HERE.)

And you can even dye them afterwards!

So go ahead and pin this for next year.  (Because there are only 365 days until Easter 2016.)

(And in the event that you don't want to wait until next year, you can always tattoo your bananas!)



Pi Day Mini Pies

So guess what today is?

Yup.  It's Pi Day.

You know: Pi Day!  3/14 (and in this case 3/14/15).  It's the day we eat pie to celebrate the number Pi (3.1415 etc., etc.)

Oh you forgot too?

I'm so glad I'm not alone.

Too bad everyone else in this house remembered.

(Because now they all want pie.)

Good thing I can think outside the box in a crisis.  

(Yes, a lack of pie on Pi Day does in fact constitute a crisis. )

But a boxed pie crust, a jar of jam, and a round cookie cutter saved the day.

Because now everyone is feasting on mini-jam pies.
And I'm off the hook until 3/14/16.

(Hopefully then I will be more prepared.)


Lightening the Background on Your Craft Photos

Today I'm trying something a little bit different.  Typically when I do tutorials I do them in a written, step-by-step format.  This time, since my tutorial is computer-related, I thought I would do a video. If you happen to watch it, I would love to get your feedback. 




Gifts Fit For a Micro Pig

In a recent post entitled, "Happy Mail," I shared the cute postcards that my friend Hammy the Pig sent to me and my girls.

Naturally I wanted to return the favor so I whipped her up some ring dishes using (what else) plastic animals, craft stamps, and paint.

Okay, so the ring dishes are actually for Hammy's human, Melanie.  

(Because Hammy doesn't have fingers.)

Without fingers she probably doesn't have her own keys, but that didn't stop me from sending her a keychain either.  

What about you?  Have you DIY'ed any cute presents lately?  


Ballerina Topped Jars

Almost two-and-a-half years after debuting these alligator topped jars, I am here with a follow up.  

In a few weeks the little boy who received those jars is going to be a big brother.  

To a little sister.  

Naturally I wanted to make something for the nursery and her mom, my former nanny Lauren, suggested ballerinas.  This was great because—as you may or may not know—I happen to have a stash of ballerinas here at the house:

(Don't tell me I'm the only person with a jar full of ballerinas on a shelf in the garage.  If you need your own you can buy them HERE.)

In the past I used them to make these ring dishes.  Learn more about those HERE.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to pull them out for another project.  All it took was plastic jars + extra strong adhesive + gold spray paint and, voila: a sweet accessory for baby's nursery.  

I can't wait to see what she has me do for number three!

Too soon, Lauren?  ;)



Happy Mail

After spending a week in the frozen tundra otherwise known as Milwaukee, I came home to some really fun mail that I just have to share.

The first came from my friend, Melanie, also know as Hamlet the Piggy's Human.  Not familiar with Hamlet?  He's a mini micro pig with one of the hottest instagram accounts out there.  (Click HERE to marvel at the cuteness.)

Knowing that my entire family enjoys Hamlet—and that I love anything with beautiful lettering—Melanie was thoughtful enough to send us these beautiful postcards featuring Hamlet herself.

Mel and Hammy have also started a new blog which you can check out HERE.

The second piece of happy mail that arrived during my absence was actually addressed to my daughters.  Each one received a Sugarwish from their Aunt.  Not familiar with Sugarwish?  I wrote about them back in December 2012 when they were just getting started.  (See that post HERE.)  They've grown quite a bit since then and have really upped their game with the introduction of these adorable dolls.

Each doll comes with an instruction card.  Inside the doll's purse there is a special code which you enter at udeservecandy.com.  From there the recipient chooses her (or his) favorite candy, which is delivered by mail.  It is an adorable idea, just perfect for that hard-to-shop-for person in your life.

(And you don't have to send a doll; you can also send someone their Sugarwish via email.  That way it's instantaneous—for those pesky last minute gifts—which might just come in handy next Saturday, hint, hint...)

As was the case last time I wrote about Sugarwish, neither they nor Hammy sponsored this post.  I just wanted to share a little bit of awesome with the world.


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