Christmas is unquestionably my favorite holiday. I love the colors, the smells, the family, the friends, the gifts, and the generally palpable goodwill. Since I was a small child my family has rallied around Christmas decor and general holiday coziness. But this year is a little different. The hubs and I are living our “year of less” so our Holiday will obviously reflect our minimal lifestyle.
This year is all about a simple pallet: black, white, and natural green. So I headed down to my handy local 99 Cent Only Store and bought some white lights and garlands…literally you can buy yards and yards of garland for pennies. Then in order to add a little touch of fancy, I headed to the LA Flower Market and scooped up a few bushels of silver dollar eucalyptus…voila!
Our cute little apartment doesn’t have a ton of storage space so rather than buying a stand for our tree [where would we store that?] I flipped our end table, it was hollow and just the perfect size to hold up our cute little tree.
I added tons of garland and recycled the candlesticks from my Friendsgiving tablescape.
The bedroom wasn’t neglected and obviously, I kept it simple.
Things can get stressful so if you need a little holiday support don’t hesitate to sign up for some coaching from me, Dr. Ally. I am making myself available for the holiday season. I hope you all have an equally beautiful and love-filled Holiday!
If you’re anything like me you love when the weather changes but the pallet may not be your favorite. I mean there isn’t a lot of pink in a pile of leaves. Well you too can participate in the Holloweenie festivities will some pretty pumpkinny goodness.
I just grabbed a few pretty pumpkins from Vons. Then I sprayed and glittered away.
I love cake. Well, I guess there aren’t many people that hate cake…but I really really love it. My mother was a big baker and we baked a cake every Friday. It was our Sabbath tradition. So, I want to integrate it into my new life with my hubby.
Today isn’t a baking lesson, just a little cuteness for your day. But this is the very helpful baking pan set I used from Target. I bought a simple white boxed cake and used some of the massive amounts of pink food coloring I have lying around the house…yes I have so so much pink food coloring. I gathered 5 bowls and added 1 cup of batter to each bowl. Then I added no food coloring to the first bowl, .5 drops to the second, 1 drop to the third, 2 drops to the fourth bowl, and 3 drops of food coloring to the fifth bowl. I mixed them well and added them to the pan and baked them as directed. They baked very fast. Keep an eye on them.
And it was yummy too!
Fairy toast is possibly the cutest insta trend ever!!! I did my own version with some fancy cream cheese flavors.
I just added strawberry, blueberry, and plain cream cheese to a bowl and then…
So number one, today is my birthday!!! Yay, throw some glitter in the air!!!! Every bday I attempt to do some adorable DIY and this year is kinda my favorite. I mean look at this pink and floral goodness!
I started with an inordinate amount of balloons (light pink, pearl pink, white, and clear), glitter, confetti, a handmade paper cone (for putting glitter and confetti in the balloons), string, and a manual balloon pump.
I blew up all the balloons in different sizes and added glitter and confetti to the clear ones. Then I tied a string to something static, I choose my drawer knob and began tying balloons to the string. I spaced each balloon about four inches apart with a total length of 7 feet of string. I made a total of 5 strings. Then I taped them to the wall, by the string, adding tape to any area of string that I felt needed to be secured.
I flattened the balloons against the wall and occasionally taped one of them down too. Well, there were a few bald spots so I added a few free-floating balloons with a tiny roll of tape-sometimes more than one.
The wall didn’t feel complete so I added some silver dollar eucalyptus, lemon leaves, ranunculus, and silk peonies. At first, I tied strings around the ends of branches and tied them to other strings in the greater structure. This became exhausting so I literally started taping them directly to the wall or to balloons themselves.
This is what I ended up with, stinking cute. I placed a pink backdrop below my creation in preparation for my shoot.
Then just get cute and shoot!
If anyone makes a balloon wall I simply MUST see!!! Happy crafting my lovelies.
I love bringing nature into my home. From my slight obsession with succulents to the abandoned bird’s nest; compassionately transitioning the outside inside is a passion of mine. So, as I was aimlessly walking around my parents’ property I found this delightfully abandoned feather and thought it must go on my cafe wall. This is possibly he easiest DIY ever.
Firstly, don’t judge my gloves. I’m a tiny bit paranoid about tics and little creepy crawlies. My first task was to make sure the feather fit the frame and yay it did!
Next, grab your trusty E6000 glue because nothing can withstand its power.
Hold it down and you’re almost done.
Place it in the frame, put the back on and voila! Beautiful!!!
The only space left on my wall was horizontal so here it will live. Happy crafting!
I love crafting a little more than the average person so I have developed a special set of skills. This results in me occasionally taking on projects that are a little big and complicated. This DIY is NOT one of them. This DIY was way easier than I thought. So, here you go.
If you’re a renter…and who in LA isn’t? Then you are quite familiar with this absolute eyesore. The dreaded in unit fuse box…dum, dum, dum. Well, I knew it had to be covered but its slight protrusion makes hanging a picture there awkward and it’s directly behind a door, making a picture risky. The only answer was channeling my inner 1970’s moonchild and making some yarn art.
I collected all of my tools. Basically, yarn, a stick from outside, and scissors.
Cut your yarn long enough to double and have it hang long enough to fit your very unique needs. Then double the yarn and create a loop. Place the loop over the top of your stick or dowl.
Fold the loop around the stick and pull the free hanging part of the yarn through the hole in the loop.
Now just keep going until you’ve added as much as you want.
Add one piece of yarn so you can hang it up and voila. See where that door is. Hmmm such a problem. Who designed this wall?
Next, cut your yarn however you want. I did a gentle chevron.
The final product. Hope you enjoy your beautiful art.
Yay!!! Valentines Day is coming!!! I’m never truly ready but I’m trying to get a little festive.
Flowers and gifts are getting me in the spirit.
Then I decorated a little…let’s be honest this isn’t really my husband’s thing.
But he loved the note I left on his pillow. Check out my other blog post with 20 creative Valentines Day idea for creative people.
With the world becoming seemingly more and more chaotic, I needed something to slow me down. As many of you know, I practice mindfulness and meditation regularly and wanted my DIY this week to reflect something that will help my mindfulness journey, a Mala. A Mala is a necklace of beads that you can use to count mantras or breaths during meditation. They come in four different lengths 18, 27, 54, or 108. I figure I need all the mantras possible so I went with a 108 bead Mala.
So, I headed down to The Bead Shop in Laguna to find the perfect beads for my meditation needs. Ha that rhymed! Also, I totally recommend that you go to an actual bead shop, don’t just order online. There’s something so mindful about touching everything and getting a feel for what you’re buying. Anyway, I bought 108 counting beads made of Earth Jasper also known as the “Supreme Nurturer” it reminds us to help one another and brings tranquility into our lives. Then I grabbed 3 marker beads made from Agate which is a protective stone. Your marker beads should be a different size so you will know when you’ve passed a particular number of beads. Then I bought one large Agate guru bead. The guru bead is the large bead at the apex of the Mala where the tassel hangs. I also added a pretty little tassel and Ohm symbol.
The spacing can get a little confusing, to keep everything simple I placed a large marker bead every 27 counting beads and the guru at the bottom. It all came together to form 4 sections of 27 beads.
Happy meditating my friends!
Compartmentalization is an important task for any business owner. I fight daily to keep the events in my life in cute tiny little boxes. This may sound a little neurotic but managing multiple brand identities, challenges of a 9-5, family, and the HOLIDAYS, things can get hectic. So, I’m seeking some order by making some pretty bento inspired boxes for my lunch. Gotta start somewhere.
I found these uber cute boxes at the Container Store. That place is my idea of heaven…so organized, so beautiful.
Then on to my second favorite place in the world, Michaels, to get some waistband elastic. I just happened to find this stunning silver elastic.
I did some rudimentary measurements.
Then hand stiched.
Easiest DIY of the year. 2016 was exciting can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring!