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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!

Summer Peach

23 Jul

I’m the type of person that mainly drinks water.  Lots and lots of water.  My main exception to this rule is coffee and the occasional glass of wine or beer.  I don’t love soda or juice very much but with these recent scorching days, I’ve been craving something a little more refreshing than just water.  Yesterday, I hit the store to try to concoct something refreshing to drink outside in the warm evening and highly enjoyed what I came up with so I thought I’d share 🙂

Ingredients: Peach concentrate (or juice of your choice), bubbly water, and a splash of coconut water (only if you enjoy it on it’s own).  I also added some fresh slices of peach because they are in season and I love summer fruit.

I did about 3/4 glass of peach concentrate and 1/4 of bubbly water with a splash of coconut water.

It’s a great summer refreshment that I thoroughly enjoyed on the porch last night.  I hope everyone had a great weekend 🙂

Makeshift make up

25 May

Whenever I’m on the go, I’m usually dolled down.  For the rare occasion that I’m going to need to jazz it up a bit and don’t have time to go home, I’ve often had to create eyeliner and lipstick out of random other make up and people have often asked me how.  I thought I’d share this helpful tip and may it help you at some point in time 🙂

I’ve determined you can make anything out of chapstick. Any kind really, unless it’s a plumper or something that tingles.  I’d stay away from those and even better yet I usually use ones with SPF in them.

For eyeliner, I shave off some chapstick and mix with whatever color eye shadow I have.  For the above photo, I used carbon (black) from Mac make up but I’ve used greens, dark blues, and browns.  You can also use lighter colors if you like that look.

I’ve also done this with lip stick.  I’ll take a pretty colored eyeshadow and swirl some in a sliver of chapstick and voila!  You can also put a gloss on top of the make shift lipstick to give the glossy/polished look.

I hope this chapstick tip finds you handy at some point.  Now here’s a preview of next week’s fashion post with Chelsea.  Lots of great details.

Happy Friday everybody!  Have a wonderful holiday weekend and remember what Memorial Day is for ❤

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.

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!