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Yarn Art DIY

DIY, Lifestyle March 1, 2017

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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.

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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.

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I collected all of my tools.  Basically, yarn, a stick from outside, and scissors.

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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.

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Fold the loop around the stick and pull the free hanging part of the yarn through the hole in the loop.

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Now just keep going until you’ve added as much as you want.

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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?

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Next, cut your yarn however you want.  I did a gentle chevron.

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The final product.  Hope you enjoy your beautiful art.

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Bento Box DIY

DIY, Lifestyle December 12, 2016

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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.

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I found these uber cute boxes at the Container Store.  That place is my idea of heaven…so organized, so beautiful.

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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.

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I did some rudimentary measurements.

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Then hand stiched.

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Yay!

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Easiest DIY of the year.  2016 was exciting can’t wait to see what 2017 will bring!

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End Table DIY

DIY, Home November 28, 2016

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Love these little end tables.  I’ve had them for about 7 years and they’ve seen a recent transformation from cherry wood to white and gold.  Of course, that’s never enough in my constantly shifting world of home decor.  Sooo, I added a little embellishment.

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Cue every crafter’s bet friend, washi tape.

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After a little measuring and artful tape handling, this beautiful square emerged…oh la la!

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Then things got a little more complicated as I added shape number two.  If you’re doing this at home, make sure you give yourself enough room to add the second shape because the boundaries of the second shape will need to go beyond  the initial square.

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Then you’re done!  Simple!!!

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Figueroa the Fiddle Fig

DIY, Lifestyle November 14, 2016

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For those of you that don’t follow me on IG, this is Figueroa.  She’s a fiddle leaf fig tree and I’m kind of obsessing over her.

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Just so cute!

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It took me forever but I triumphantly found the right 10in pot.  Anything for Figueroa.

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Here is a little close-up of the terracotta planter Home Depot so lovingly provided.

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They also provided me with this chalked…matte white spray paint.  I wanted to keep it looking rustic.  A glossy paint would have made everything look too polished.

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I lined the inside with tape and sprayed away. I let it try for about 2 hours.

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Here we go.  Moving day!

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This was a super simple DIY!

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Make a Healthy Watermelon Cake

DIY, Family, Food, Lifestyle September 7, 2016

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I love a good blogger collab.  So, Blue Lilly Pad and Me (Cupcakes) teamed up to make a delish and healthy cake made from…drum roll please…watermelon!
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We started off with a real life watermelon. OOOHHH AHHHH!

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Washed some berries.

We cut the top and bottom of the watermelon then cut the rind away.  Blue Lilly Pad was a master fruit maven.  Try to get the watermelon as “cake shaped” as you can.

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Next, we made the whipped cream.

2 cups heavy cream

2/3 cup powdered sugar

1Tbs vanilla extract

lime zest

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Add the ingredients into your mixer and whip for 6 minutes at a speed of 4.  Toward the end, we sped it up to 8 for a few seconds.  Mind you, we ruined our first batch by mixing it too long.  It literally looked like congealed milk.  Ewwww!

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Dry the watermelon with a paper towel and spread your fresh whipped cream just like frosting.  Blue Lilly Pad’s little, Chef Zam, helped with this stage.

We added some blueberries around the base, clearly, they were drowned in whipped cream, covered the walls of the cake with fresh coconut, added our berries to the top and of course chocolate chips.  Yay, we’re done!

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Blue Lilly Pad and I then had a little photo shoot.  Look forward to that soon.

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Stickhouse Gelatos 

Food, Lifestyle August 30, 2016


Yesterday I went to the yummiest place on earth, Stickhouse in Santa Monica. I walked past it twice and could no longer abide their sweet confections not in my belly. So I went for a fine “sticked” Italian gelato. 


You walk in to the bright and trendy shop to a fine array of gelato on a stick. The almond cherry was by far the prettiest, but of course I went with chocolate. 


Next, the gelato maven behind the counter dips your pop in one of three different chocolates (quite masterfully) and then your choice of hazelnut, coconut, or pistachio. 


Then you get this delicious treat!!! 


Success! 

Repurposed 

DIY, Lifestyle June 7, 2015

Most of us ladies have to wear many, many, many hats. We work hard, support our loved ones, cook (sometimes), and dum dum dum clean!  So, today as I’m loading a very wet batch of towels into my dryer I realized the worst possible thing happened-I’m dramatic-I ran out of dryer sheets. Oh no!!! Then I remembered a little trick.

A balled up sheet of aluminum foil will keep you beloved clothes static free. This is a super affordable option and also helps you avoid all those nasty chemicals in dryer sheets. Try it next time you’re in need. It’s always better than that , I don’t have what I need, melt down.

It’s a wrap

DIY, Lifestyle December 15, 2014

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Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday.  The twinkling lights, the vibrant colors, the smell of fireplaces and pine needles, oh it’s just magical.  So, this year I decided to make Christmas my b*&#h.  I started by purchasing all of my gifts way in advance, so I could save, and adding a signature wrap.  Believe me everyone will know I gave them a gift.  I guess that saves me money on gift tags…come on you know this is from me.

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I used three different wrapping papers, an old world map, a dark wood grain inspired print, and, of course, glitter.  Glitter paper is a beast to work with, it’s everywhere and won’t stay stuck.  The tape just ends up covered in amazing amazing sparkles.

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Instead of using ribbon I used jute twine, it just feels more rugged.  I’ve always liked pairing delicate elements with harsh accents, it creates an interesting juxtaposition that piques people’s interest.  Anyway, the sprigs of evergreen were a final touch.

 

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There you go.  I hope everyone has an amazing Christmahanakwanzika.

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Art Day!

DIY, Lifestyle October 27, 2014

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Once a month a group of my most creative friends get together for purely artistic expression. This, our second art day featured the mighty pumpkin. Halloween only comes around once a year and we wanted everyone to have something to take home.

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My cousin Stevie has an amazing studio he uses it for relaxation and I use it for art. Isn’t family great.

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Some people carved their pumpkins.

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Some people painted them.

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Then one did both. If there was a carving contest, my ex roomie, Ashley, definitely won.

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Of course mine was gilded.

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Tech and Coffee!

Food September 17, 2014

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Every once and a while I need some time to myself to think about the universe and human existence know sometimes I’m unnecessarily deep.  I also wanted to take my new Fuji Film camera on a little test run. So, I make an escape from my comfy couch to a restaurant of choice.

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Today I chose Tart.  Gotta love their LA style Southern food.  Hmmm fried green tomatoes and grits.

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Yummm!

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Great start to an amazing day!

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