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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Insiders Tip: Moving 101

 "There are no big deals in life except for Death, Divorce and Moving".

Moving can be really stressful and time consuming. I wanted to share a few tips with you to help make the process easier.

Think about hiring a moving company. This will save you from the headache of doing it all yourself.
The right size boxes- Heavy items like books, in small boxes. Light items, like blankets and pillows in bigger boxes.
Leave empty space in the boxes. Fill gaps with clothing, towels, or packing paper.
Mixing items from different rooms in the same box-
Each box with the room it’s destined for and a description of its contents.
Art Work
Never wrap oil paintings in regular paper; it will stick.
Picture frames with glass- make an X with masking tape across the glass to strengthen it and to hold it together if it shatters. Then wrap in paper or bubble wrap, store in a box with cardboard between each frame.
Put paper around each dish, wrap bundles of five or six together with more paper. Pack dishes on their sides, never flat. Cups and bowls can be place inside one another, with paper in between.
Moving truck
Large items like couches, and tables should be the last to go in and first to come out.
It makes it easier on you when you get to the new place.
Open first
Pack a box that includes all the essential items you’ll need when you get to the new place.
-Towels & shower items,
-Plates, cups & utensil

-Matches- you might need to light the cooktop
-Chargers- phone and laptop, alarm clock
-Cleaning supplies, rags, small broom and dustpan
-Blanket and sheet set
This will save you from running around your new place wondering where everything went.
I hope these tips help you- I will soon be using them myself.
I am heading back to sunny San Diego in just a couple weeks.
I am looking forward to what life has planned for me next.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thrifty Thursday: DIY Coasters

I wanted to share a cute DIY gift idea with you.
You will need:
Four 4x4 porcelain tiles (From Home Depot or Lowes)
Scrapbook paper
16 Rubber bumpers
Mod Podge
Hot glue & gun
Step one:
Cut paper to size of coasters


Brush one coat of Mod Podge onto tile.
Place paper on top of tile.
Brush one coat of Mod Podge over paper.
Let Mod Podge completely dry.


Place rubber bumpers on backside of tile (I used hot glue to help stick them to the tile).
And VOLIA you have four fabulous coasters!
What is so great about these coasters, is that you can customize them to any décor you have! – How great is that?!

I'm sending mine to my Aunt in Tennessee-
Check out her blog.

((And if you're ever in TN they have a lovely place to stay also.))

Send over your photos of your next DIY- I would love to see what you are guys are up to!
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

DIY: Melted Crayon Art

While I was in Michigan last weekend, I made this for my nephew
It took me about 90 minutes
and cost about $10 total

I came across this 
BLOG to find out how to make it.
It is a simple and fun project- great to do as a family, or class art project.

Ps. As you can see my blog is undergoing some new changes. My friend from JustByDesign is recreating my blog’s image as we speak (or maybe I should say type). I am looking forward to see what more she comes up with!
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Enjoy your weekend- Make something fun!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

DIY: Cowl

Items needed:
2 Balls of  Yarn (I used the brand Wool-Ease for this project)
A pair of Knitting Needles (or a circular needle) (13 gauge)
2-4 Buttons

I simply knitted this cowl using each ball of yarn in its entirety.
(If you don’t know how to knit, check out some videos in Youtube- there are some really helpful ones posted.)
When I was finished, I sewed two buttons onto one side of the cowl.
And viola! It was complete!
Such an easy and fast project.

this weekend, for my nephews first birthday. I’m sure it will be freezing while I am there, so I will for sure be wearing this to keep warm!


Monday, February 6, 2012

Trending Now: Gold

Gold décor has been around for many, many years now. Normally you will find it in accents, picture frames and other small decorative objects. But this rich metallic color is making a comeback- not only in accents, but in furniture and other large-scale items.
Gold isn’t typically my style, but I am finding myself more and more drawn to it recently.
On the Fashion Scene
Gold Wallpaper
Gold Chairs
These chairs create such an impact in this space.

In The Accents

The Power of Black & Gold
So bold!

West Elm- Is all over the GOLD

Gilded Pillow

Gold Flatware

Even Paint
Spice Gold 1040- Benjamin Moore

See how many ways there are to incorporate this bold color into your home.
I am loving it right now.

“Gold is glamorous, just a little bit goes a long way.”- Kelly Wearstler

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Happy February!

I am really looking forward for the days to come.
I am going to see Wicked this weekend (ahhhh!!!- Saturday can't come soon enough!)
Next weekend I am heading to Michigan to celebrate my nephews first birthday and to spend time with some great friends and family.
&& I can't wait to see what else this month brings me.

I hope this month brings you many great things also.
Try to enjoy every minute of it.

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