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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!

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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 🙂

Easy Summer Hair Option #2

2 May

This one is even easier than the last.  The photos are of the lovely Chelsea and she often does this simple twist that looks so cute.  This you could even do while walking to work 🙂

Before

Grab a section of hair (however big or little you’d like)

Twist it up.

Secure with a bobby pin.

Voila!  Hair out of your face and you could easily turn this into a small up-do as well by pulling the hair back and clipping like I did in yesterday’s post.

Bring on the summer hair

1 May

Since I’m on the go constantly, I like to spend the most time sleeping and the least getting ready in the morning.  Throughout time, with the long locks that I like to keep, I’ve found many easy and fast ways to make your hair look like you put more time into than you really did.  This is one of my favorite go-to styles and takes less than five minutes.  All you need are some bobby pins and a hair tie to make it happen.  It also helps if you can braid your own hair but you could live without the braids.  I do this style to my own hair all the time and sometimes I feel the messier it is, the better.

I put a few small braids on each side.

Then I messily pull back my hair into a pony tail tucking the braids in as well.

I tie up the loose strands into a low messy bun.

Then I take my bobby pins and pull pieces from all over and pin them around my lower crown.

Voila!  A low Grecian-style bun.

This is an easy way to tame your summer hair in just minutes.  It’s also nice to keep it out of your face when the temperatures are peaking.  I have a few more easy summer hair styles I will share over the next couple weeks.

Lemon Bar Goodness

11 Apr

For Easter, I wanted to make a dessert that was Easter colors and delicious.  One of my all time favorite treats would happen to be lemon bars.  I never thought they’d be an easy thing to make though so I never tried.  However, this year I decided to take a stab at them with this recipe and found they aren’t hard to make at all!  Not to mention, they are sooo good.  I doubled the recipe to make a huge cookie sheet of them so that everyone could have a taste but you can also make a much smaller batch.  I thought about adding ginger again since I just love the combo of the two but decided to keep it simple since I was sharing with everyone.  This recipe is definitely one I recommend for the lemon lover!


Happy Baking!

Lemon Ginger Heaven!

26 Mar

I’ve been looking for some good Easter Sweets to share with my family over the holidays and since I have such a huge love for Ginger, I decided to bake Lemon Ginger muffins from this recipe.  I also found the adorable cups at this art store that I used to work at which is locally owned, called Richard’s.  I try to support them whenever I can because they always took such great care of me and all my art supplies throughout high school and college 🙂  They have an awesome assortment of home decor and DIY products.  My mom and I spent yesterday baking some fun treats and she’s a great helper!  She helped me get my lemon zest and cubes of ginger from the root.  Neither of us have ever cubed our own ginger but it was actually pretty easy!  Note to self: don’t eat raw ginger, it’s SO spicy and not anything like pickled ginger.  However, it left a great after taste.  Happy Monday!

They had many different colors and designs but these were the perfect Spring cups for the muffins we made.

Peeling the ginger!

The lemons came from the tree in my parents backyard and were sooo delicious!  I squeezed the juices into the glaze on the final muffins and it was so good.

I filled the cups about 3/4 full.

After they cooled and had been glazed.

I love baking with my mom.  She always is baking pies or breads so she was the perfect person to help me perfect these Spring time treats!  I highly recommend this recipe and picking someone to bake with, especially on a rainy day!

How To- On the Go Fast Easy Hairstyle

20 Jun

I seem to always be on the go and am always throwing my hair back in the same pony tail or messy bun.  I finally found a new on the go solution that is also great for the summer weather that has finally hit!  This take about 3 minutes to do and it really wrangles my wild hair.  It’s basically half of a french braid so it keeps your hair out of your face but still let’s some hair down.

Here is what my hair started like…

Step 1.  Section off a small portion of hair from the top front pieces.

Step 2. Start a braid with weaving just 2 or 3 pieces to begin with.

Step 3.  Pull pieces from the sides of your face to inter-mingle with your loose braid.  This helps the braid look consistant.

Step 4.  Braid down as many layers as you’d like.  I went about 3 or 4 layers down making sure to not pull it tight but leave it a little bit messy to match the pieces I left down.

Step 5.  Once your done braiding, you can put a rubber band in and be on the go.  I do this to my own hair in about 3 minutes or less.  It’s perfect for being out in the sun because it pulls your hair back but allows you to still put a hat on if needed for sun protection.  It also keeps you much cooler on a hot day.

The final product!