Let me paint you a drank. How about some ice cold cherry limeade or a glass of milk with a mini donut (stripey straws included)? Spent some of my weekend practicing my amateur painting skills.
1.) I spent most of my Friday stressed out in an important interview. My day was made better only by my beautiful new Vince Camuto blazer, which I bought specially for the occasion. There’s nothing better than looking sharp and feeling sharp in an interview! People who say fashion is foolish have never felt the power of a well put-together outfit.
2.) I got to celebrate finishing this crazy interview process with a delicious lunch with my brother at Craft and Commerce. Get the fried pickles. Trust me. Even if you hate pickles (I do), you’ll love ’em. And don’t act like you’re too cool to enjoy a shamelessly fried menu item.
3.) Decompressing after a long week, I spent my Friday night at home with the family enjoying our signature Trader Joes pizza/arugula salad creation (TJ’s 4 cheese thin crust pizza, topped with arugula and tomatoes mixed in a quick balsamic vinagrette, sprinkled with some parmesan and a little bacon- so freaking good) and Perks of Being a Wallflower.
4.) Helped my Mama put her finishing touches on our newly updated laundry room! Ain’t it purdy? My contribution was our new hand painted striped key rack. See my prior DIY for my “Hola, Guapa” sign for how to make one of your own, just at some hooks to the bottom and you’ve got yourself a key rack!
5.) Saturday afternoon we all went on a run around Miramar lake. It was a gorgeous day to be outside. Watched the sunset just as we were finishing our run!
6.) After burning some calories on our run, we rewarded ourselves with a yummy dinner at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in San Diego, Hernandez Hideway. This place is off the beaten path, and a little sketchy looking but that’s part of its charm. The food is delicious and the margaritas are strong.
7.) DVR’d UCLA basketaball vs. Arizona. Great game and a Bruin victory at home, what more could ya ask for?
9.) Just about to finish out the weekend with the much anticipated History Channel premiere of Vikings. I’ll let ya know if it’s worth watching!
I love having a few journals lying around to jot down notes, to do lists, bits of inspiration, quotes to remember, and the like. I have a mini journal in my purse/backpack every where I go, and a larger one on my nightstand in my apartment. My last journal was all filled up, so I decided to get crafty and hand paint some cheap solid colored journals I picked up at Target (they come in a three pack). It’s really simple, just pick a design you want to add to your journal- I did a floral motif on one and a locust on another. I find it easier to try and replicate an image than create something entirely new, for those of you who are not master artists. I was inspired by a floral calendar and one of my favorite statement necklaces in my jewelry box. All you need is some acrylic paint and some good (thin!) brushes and you can take a boring old notebook and make it look like an expensive journal that you could buy at Papyrus for an arm and a leg.
I think this would be a great handmade Valentine’s Day gift for your friend, sister, or mom. Write one of your favorite quotes on the inside cover! One of my favorites is from St. Therese of Lisieux- “You ask me a method of attaining perfection. I know of love, and only love. Love can do all things” Perfect for a sweet little Valentine’s Day message to a loved one and a great daily reminder to live your life with love!
Technically these aren’t snow globes, since they aren’t in water. So you don’t get that magical flutter of snow/glitter when you shake them all up. They’re actually more like faux terrariums. But they still make festive and fun decorations or a cute gift for a friend during the holiday season! Plus, they’re a cinch to make.
All you need is a few mason jars of various shapes/sizes, some epsom salt (for the snow) and various small animal figures, mini trees, and pretty much anything your heart desires that will fit into a mason jar. I was on the hunt for some old cars to put in a snow globe, but couldn’t find any in our old toy stash from when we were kids buried deep in our garage. I used some plastic deer, a mini birch bird house with a glittery roof, a toy wheel barrow, fake birds, pine cones, berries and some mini evergreen trees.
So this is how you make ’em. First figure out what you want in your snow globe and position it inside the jar, you can position it on its side, right side up, upside down, really however you please. Don’t be afraid to mess with the stuff you have. I cut trees that were too big down to size with wire clippers and added some glitter to the roof of a wood house to make it work. Heat up your hot glue gun, and place a few droplets on your figures/trees. You’ll want it to stay in place when you store it or move it around. Once the pieces are in place and glued down, add the epsom salt, just enough to make it look nice and frosty inside. Screw on the lid and you’ve got yourself your very own snow globe! Easy as pie!
These make a fun and festive addition to our usual mix of Christmas decorations! I had so much fun making them, I went a little over board, making more than enough to share. Who wouldn’t love to get a hand made snow globe from a friend around the holiday season?
After my trip to Spain this summer I was inspired to make this wall hanging to decorate my new apartment. It now hangs above my ugly air conditioning unit, and makes the space seem more fun and inviting!
Everywhere I went in Spain I heard people using the greeting “hola,guapa,” which translated to English means hello pretty, or hey cutie. Its not always used in a cat-call kind of way, but in an endearing way. The receptionist at the hotel and the middle age woman down the street that took in my laundry always greeted me with a smile and “hola guapa!” I think its such a perfect saying, a greeting combined with a compliment. A perfect way to liven up a drab apartment and a fun little message to brighten your day!
This DIY can be adjusted with any message you want, something positive, funny, inspiring, or meaningful.
Clockwise from top left: 1. Pretty tile-work in Marrakesh 2. Ras el Hanout Chicken with Couscous and Veggies http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Chicken-with-Figs-in-Ras-el-Hanout-and-Couscous-354852 3. Koutoubia Mosque 4. DIY Moroccan motif stenciled drawers