I love getting things in the mail, especially when I forget I've ordered them. I've been working hard to gut my apartment and get a new workspace and office set up. The graphic design program I'm in requires a lot of work at home with pencils, ink pens, t-squares, etc. Having an organized art closet and clean work space has become necessary…otherwise I notice my stress level rise and my grades drop. It's a work in progress, as our house is currently completely torn apart.
That being said, I ordered some pretty pencils from Maoilisa in hopes of inspiring my goal of starting (and keeping) a weekly sketch book of ideas that pop up in my head. It's a simple thing I could do in the midst of the chaos of moving furniture and such.
I finally had a little time to decorate our Christmas tree (we picked out a really small one for simplicity). I decided that I wanted to keep the colors very basic…but also go more "all out" than just putting the few mis-matched ornaments on the tree like I have every year before. I settled on crafting together some affordable white and gold ornament as a DIY project.
What you'll need (if you'd like to make some too):
1. Plastic Clear Ball Ornaments that come apart at the center…and pop back together. Any craft store should carry these.
2. Gloss Opaque or Pearl Finish Acrylic Paint (I like Martha Stewart's glass paints as well)
3. Spray Paint (glossy finish is best)
4. Pine Cones
5. Wooden or Plastic Ornaments in various flat shapes for painting on
6. Florist or Crafters Wire
8. Scrap fabric to tear in strips (to tie to a wire to use as a garland)
I shopped at: Michael's Craft Store, Dollar Tree, & Joanns Fabrics…all of which are having many holiday sales!
Here's how I did it!
Happy Holidays everyone! How did you decorate your tree this year? I'd love to hear a description in the comment section below!
I've always wanted to make my own dried cranberry snacks. I thought about doing that today…but lost the gumption. All I really wanted to do was photograph them.
Which then turned into gift tag practice. My printer is currently a mess and I don't have any good paper on hand…but it was fun to print out test tags on our simple printer just to see how they'd look.
You are most likely busy at work or simply settling into the long list of things at home. No matter how you spend your week, I know it's probably a busy one. That in mind, I just want to re-state how much I appreciate you stopping by my neck of the woods for a bit. It means a lot.
Photo: JARFLY Dinnerware
I just wanted to pop in and quickly share some of our new arrivals over at JARFLY Vintage Rentals. Wedding season just recently wrapped up…which leaves me missing it already but also a bit relieved to have some time to re-group. This is generally also about the time that brides start contacting me to see if I'd be interested in buying some of their wedding decor and treasures they used on their big day. I purchased a pretty amazing plate collection from a lovely person named Veva just over this last weekend. I adore her taste and it was a very welcome addition.
In addition to collecting vintage, a focus of mine during this upcoming off-season is to collect vases and other table top pieces at wholesale from talented artisans (like Chive above). People will often want to buy from me….obviously that's not really what I do….however it's great to be able to refer them to the artist for purchase. The vases above are a part of the simplistic modern style that I'm collecting in addition to antiques. I have to do it slowly and carefully, but it's been fun.
It's hard to say for sure, but I think the milkglass may be my favorite item we offer for rent. Milkglass rentals were down a bit this summer…which I think is sad because they are so easily used in both outdoor and indoor weddings with their brilliant white tone and ability to pop floral so effortlessly. If you have an event on the horizon I'd highly recommend it for rustic, classic elegance, modern or bohemian styling.
Thanks for letting me gush a little bit about JARFLY Rentals! It's a small business but big in heart and I have a very specific vision for it's future. Until then I'm simply honored to work with the lovely people of Portland, OR. I hope the week sets out well for you all….more from me later this week, I have some halloween-ish DIYfun in store! Don't worry, it will be free of glitter and pipe cleaners.
PS: Some very sweet brides left me the most amazing reviews on wedding wire. If you rented from us this summer and would like to review our services, please click HERE.
The Autumn season has me in the mood to bake. I attribute this to my desire to find peace with food in my life, as I've fallen prey the the cycle that many women do…which is dieting and worrying about my weight. I'm no expert, but what better way to gain a sense of gratitude and appreciation for food than spending time in the kitchen creating.
While my blog has not often been a hot spot for recipes, that may just be changing as it's becoming a real joy and fun hobby in my life over the last month…though I had better luck with this recipe than I did baking a cake last week. If you didn't get a chance to read about that mis-adventure…see here.
I'm rather excited about today's post because I actually made up this recipe. I was inspired by the Asian Pears I picked with my Mom the other day in her backyard. So, I became a bit of an inventor teasing and toying with other recipes I've used before….I hope you enjoy it!