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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Silhouette Bedroom

A while ago I saw this picture on the blog Inside the Black Apple. Isn't this wall of silhouettes awesome (Most of them were purchased on Ebay). Her whole house is amazing, and makes me totally jealous. Besides having a totally fantastic house, she is a talented artist. I would love to own anything from her etsy shop. Take my advice, check it out.

Friday, February 26, 2010

One of My Favorite Gifts

Today, I thought that I would show you one of my favorite possessions. I received it as a gift from a friend when I lived in Korea.

It might look like a simple book (except for the letters you don't recognize), but don't judge a book by it's cover (couldn't resist the cliche).
Inside this simple Korean book of poems are pictures that my friend drew.

The pictures aren't difficult, but so sweet. I have to admit that I have copied many of these simple drawings on the inside of cards that I have given out.
Don't you love it?
Doesn't get much easier then this.
Wouldn't this be sweet on a little love note.
Hopefully, these picture inspire you as much as they inspire me.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Crepe Paper Garland

Check out how to make this cute crepe paper garland on Life in the Fun Lane. While you're there, you can also be inspired by the furniture she buys cheap and fixes up. Looking at the amazing transformation really makes me want a yard, and get painting.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Things I like

So cute. I know for sure that I will be making these for my girls. You can find the tutorial on the blog Calico. P.S. They are pretty easy to make.

I have two oval mirrors, and they bore me. I have been trying to figure out how to spice them up. This mirror is definitely inspiring me. It reminds my of Anthropology decor, which I love! Go to Bee Wise Bags and get the how to.
I love this wreath! It is made from simple objects, and it totally reminds of Spring, which makes me happy. To learn how to make it then just head over to Mary Janes and Galoshes.

Are you expecting a baby, then make this Mei Tai. It is a traditional Asian baby carrier. I already have a baby carrier, but if I was going to have another baby, then I would be tempted to make me one of these (a girl has to have options, right?). Click here for the tutorial.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Five Years with My Man

Happy five year anniversary! I can't believe it...I married this man five years ago! We have lived in seven homes, have had two kids, and because of all that I think I have aged tremendously. He is not the best husband because he is totally awesome at surfing, snow boarding, long boarding, yoga, has a six pack, and is totally hot (all true), but he is the best husband because he truly loves me, loves to be around me, encourages me to develop talents, thinks I am the cutest thing ever (even though I am sure I am not), pushes the girls all over town in their stroller while he long boards (I think he is the only husband in the world to do that), and he really tries to be the best man that he can be for our family. I love him, and couldn't be happier that we have been married for five years. Happy anniversary to my yobo.

F&A, your Louie

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Remember that Speacial Beach with Framed Sand Paper

How many of us have a special memory that involves a beautiful beach. Maybe you took your honeymoon, a special anniversary, birthday, or family reunion at an amazing location. When you packed your bags and got ready to come home did you grab a little bag of sand? Well, I know I have, so if your anything like me then go grab that bag of sand out of the drawer and display it on the wall by making your own framed sand paper.

This project is easy and you only need a couple of basically it is the perfect project.

All you need is sand, a piece of card stock (size to be framed), cardboard, and a spray adhesive (I used 3M super 77).

Place the card stock on top of the cardboard, then lightly, and evenly spray on the adhesive. Now sprinkle the sand (before you use the sand make sure that there is no bits a want pure sand.) on top of the sprayed card stock.

Gently pick up the card stock and remove extra sand, and let dry, and then you will have your very own custom made sand paper to frame.

Here is a close up of the paper just, because I think it looks cool.

When the paper is all dry then it is ready to be framed. I framed my sand paper in a thick frame from Crate and Barrel. It was just thick enough to put the star fish inside. I think a shell would be equally stylish. Have fun and enjoy!
P.S. If any one can come up with a better title then let me know. I don't know how to describe this project with out using sand paper, but I feel it could be confusing. So, sorry for the confusing title, but I love this project, and wanted to share.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

I am Going Flower Crazy!

I think that I am going flower crazy! I am loving it! I am getting ready to stick flowers on everything. I love these T.J. Max purses that Laura Gunn decorated. I also saw a cute lampshade decorated similar to these purses (Check out the lamp shade on One pretty Thing).

Undercover Crates

A long time ago, before I got into blogging, I stumbled upon this tutorial. Do you love it as much as I do? They are covered plastic bins. Now you can stylishly organize your craft supplies, or kids toys. This is perfect for me, because I live in tight quarters and I like the idea of being able to build up.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Valentine's Chair Bag

Learn to make one of these Pottery Barn inspired Valentine's chair bag here. I think I'll be making one next year...I'm running out of time.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Make a Faux Buck

This faux buck is so fun. Wouldn't you love to have one in your home? Well, with just a few supplies you can. Just go to Chronicle Books and get the template and instructions.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Black Bean Brownies

Can you believe that these brownies have black beans in them? My Aunt told me about them (I have a great Aunt who is crafty and is amazing at cooking yummy healthy things. I am hoping that she will start a blog soon). She whipped some up and said they were delicious. She substituted carob for chocolate. This recipe that I found has some sugar, but I was thinking that you could substitute that for my favorite natural sweetener Agave. I am going to have to try this, especially since I can't get enough chocolate lately.

By the way I also found some recipes for cake and cookies with chickpeas. It has never been more delicious to be healthy!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Market Skirt from MADE

Don't you love this skirt that I made for Isabella? The pattern/tutorial is from the blog MADE. It is one of the first things that I have made that the girls can wear, and I love it! All the tutorials on MADE are easy to understand, and there are a ton of pictures (Great for a beginner like me).
P.S. You really can't beat the weather here in Southern California. We took these picture as we walked to church today. You can almost feel the sun shining through the picture. If I didn't have a calendar I wouldn't believe that we are still in Winter.

Friday, February 5, 2010

DIY Statement Sign

I want this room! First of all check out the yo-yos on the dresser...brilliant. Then do you see that amazing sign? I have wanted something like this forever. Apartment Therapy shares the tutorial for making this sign and I couldn't believe how easy and surprisingly inexpensive it was to make. I will for sure be making one of these in the future, but first I have to figure out what I would want my sign to say...

Flower Roundup #2

I know that I just did a flower roundup, but then I saw these two amazing examples of fabric flowers, and I knew that I had to add them.
I love these flowers. I love them because they are easy, and because they are used from old t-shirts. With two little girls in my house I happen to have a ton of cute colored t-shirts that can no longer be used (finally I can celebrate stains). So go to one of my favorite blogs Matsutake, and see how she makes these perfect flowers.
There are a lot of great wedding blogs out there, and they have some amazing tutorials that can be used for any celebration. If you love this miniature flower garland as much as I do then go to Once Wed and check out their tutorial.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Flower Tutorial Roundup

It seems like there are as many fabric flower tutorials as there are blogs. As cute as some were they just didn't seem like my style, so here are the flower tutorials that I know I will be using in future projects. I love this jersey knit fabric applique. It is made from used shirts (which I seem to have a ton that either have a hole or stain. Thanks kids!) I think this could look cute on new t-shirts, zip ups, or on a quilt. If you love this applique as much as I do then go to the blog Sew Take a Hike, and make your own.
These flowers were used to decorate a table for a wedding and the tutorial was shared on 100 Layer Cake. Although this tutorial was shared on a wedding blog I think the possibilities are endless. They would look sweet in someones hair, as a pin, part of a necklace or bracelet, and I even think it would look sweet in a simple wreath. They are a little more time consuming then the other flowers, but I don't mind time consuming as long as its easy (these are). Just rent the movie North and South (I just watch the BBC version and I loved it), and start sewing.

I also love these frayed rosettes. It actually took me a long time to find a tutorial like this one.
I knew that I wanted to learn how to make these, but couldn't find any examples that I liked. Finally I stumbled unto the blog Sis Boom, and I couldn't be happier. I love them, and think they would be adorable as a brooch with multiple flowers, or on a little girls headband.

Last but not least are these amazing over sized poppies. Hooray for these! I am constantly dressing in solid colors, and I need to start accessorising. I used to accessorize all the time and then I had babies who couldn't leave my stylish extras alone. Now that my girls are older I think I need to bring back the accessories, and I can't think of anything better than these poppies. If you need to start accessorising as much as I do then go to Grossgrain, and check out there easy tutorial.