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33 Ways to Stay Creative

17 Aug

My amazing friend Sheena had shared this post of Amazing Facts on Facebook and I couldn’t help but share it with you.  The Amazing Facts page on Facebook has great posts and I find it to be a very encouraging and interesting site.  I found this specific post inspiring and a good reminder on a Friday 🙂

Have a great weekend!

DIY Outdoor Wire Chandelier

24 Jul

Chels and I were perusing some stores the other day and free people had these amazingly, unexpected chandeliers hanging all over the store.  We started really looking at them and realized they could be easily made.  Since I’ve been working on my outdoor space little by little, I thought this would be a fantastic addition to that area.  I found this chandelier to be the perfect mixture of delicate and interesting.  This DIY is made of things that are subject to change depending on your taste but the staple things I needed were:

Wire (I used jewelry wire because I liked how thin it was)
Hot glue
String or fishing wire to hang
Floral arrangements and/or Beads, Feathers, etc.

I picked these two pieces out of the floral section of the local art store.

I cut the flower heads off of the bundle with about an inch of stem.  I then twisted the wire around the remaining stem and placed hot glue along the stem and wire.  I spread the flowers out evenly.

I then went through and twisted the jewels (which I cut with about 2-3 inches of string so they could dangle at different lengths) in between the flower sections.

The wire started out coiled so I pulled it apart so it was this sort of whimsical twist.

I twisted the two ends of the wire together and hung it from the post of my overhang.

This took maybe 10-15 minutes at most after collecting the pieces to create this outdoor chandelier.  I love it and when the weather starts to turn, I’ll just bring it inside and hang it somewhere inside 🙂

Comment with any questions and I’d be glad to help!

I do love glitter (DIY)

10 May

After this lovely post was Freshly Pressed, I knew I wanted to put this DIY to work in my apartment.  I chose a different color scheme but the idea was all from the FP’ed blog.  Of course my craft guru/partner, Chelsea, was right by my side.  We stocked up on supplies and hit my patio for some evening basking and crafting.  I love these nice evenings where the sun is out and hanging out on the patio is the go to place.  This idea the original blogger had was so great and I love how these glitter clips helped me put my photography in my own home.  So many good memories to share.

This was the extent of what you need.  Paint and glitter of choice, a paint brush, clothes pins, some twine and tacks (not shown here and I picked white so it somewhat blended with my wall).

We painted each clothes pin followed my an immediate dip in glitter.  No glue needed.

Chelsea chose pink glitter and I chose white but we ended up liking both results so much that we just shared the different colors.

Here’s the white ones.  A more subtle glitter and they look like candy!

I made one string for above my mini-office.

And one of travel and adventure above my couch.

Such a great and easy project to do.  I was able to add lots of memories and color to my place in just one short afternoon.  I always find that putting more personalized items in my space makes me smile more.  There are always good things to look back on and motivates me to keep creating the good times.

Flashback Friday – Past Halloween Costumes!

28 Oct

Halloween is always so much fun to dress up for.   In college my two best friends (Kimmie and Amanda) and I lived and did everything together.  Naturally, when it came time to dress up we always wanted to do something together so we could create our costumes together.  Here’s a few ideas if you are still looking for something to dress up as this year!

Alvin and the Chipmonks.  Haha I love this silly picture.  We bought tall T’s and wore shorts underneath.  Most comfortable and fun Halloween costume ever!

Kat Von D/Greaser girls.  People at the bars thought A and K really had sleeve tattoos haha it was so much fun!

We went to a school in the middle of farm country which was perfect for me with my love of horseback riding but it also allowed there to be horse cops that patrolled the streets at night.  We bought stuffed animal horses on a stick and wore leggings, tall boots and cop t-shirts/hats one night and were horse cops.  I loved it and it’s a simple affordable outfit to dress as, too!

Happy Halloween weekend to everyone 🙂  I hope you have a safe and fun weekend.  I can’t wait to see everyone’s Halloween costumes!

Pumpkin Candles

17 Oct

This past weekend my parents had a big family dinner for Ian’s birthday and how lucky we are to have his family as the most special guests in from Michigan and Montana!  This entire weekend has been so incredible and I can’t wait to post about all of the fun things we’ve been up to but the fun hasn’t stopped yet!  My dad and Vicki were also able to come to the dinner which was so great to all be together.   I wish my brother and Liz could have joined, too.  Thankfully we will get to see them when my brother flies back to accept his Distinguished Flying Award through the air force next month.  Anyway, the dinner was great and I give all the credit of this post to my mom and Darrin for making these cute pumpkin candles I am posting about.

They were a fun way to bring Fall to the table!

New Apartment Reveal #1

18 Aug

 

As some of you may know, I’ve recently moved into my very own place!  It’s has been SO much fun to re-arrange, organize, and decorate the way that I want.  This is my very first place of my own so it’s all a new and exciting experience.  I’ll slowly unveil the new apartment because it’s still a work in progress but the first piece that I’m finally done organizing and satisfied with is my wonderful closet…  it’s made perfectly for all my clothing and hobby accessories!

I made a previous post about the outdoor lights on the sides of my closet because  I really do love this accent.

This is how my closet normally looks when I’m not hiding any disorganization with my folded doors closed 🙂

I frequently change around the middle shelves of my closet depending on what sort of week(s) I’m having.  Although, shoes are the only thing that will always fit no matter what mood you are in 🙂

My closet go esdeep back into both sides so it’s actually as big as the exterior wall you see in both of the first photos.  I like to pick out outfits and hang them on my doors for the next day.  It saves me a good 20 minutes in the morning, I kid you not…

To the backs of each side I keep my hobby things such as all of my horse clothing/boots and snowboarding/winter clothing.  These are also part of the seasonal rotation.

I love the interior lights in my closet.  I think it’s safe to say I’m tad crazy about organizing but I will say it’s a lot more fun when you have such a great closet to do so with!  It’s given me many ideas for when the time comes to build my own house someday.

 

 

 

Different Eye for Art

15 Aug

Our fellow blogger, Joseph, has an incredible photo editing ability.  I really LOVED this photo of his and he was keen on my SF over-head shots so I said take the reins and make what you’d like of my photos from this previous post of mine.  What he came up with was absolutely brilliant.  Goes to show that different people are talented in so many different ways.  Below was his end result and make sure to check out his blog if you like these photos because he has many of his own creations there!