Photo of the day: Volume IV

By |February 17th, 2016|DIY, How To, Photography, Uncategorized|

Because roman numerals make everything fancy.

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In 2011 I made a resolution to take a photo every day of the year on my iphone, and I’ve been doing it ever since! I take my favorite photo each day, use PicLab to add a date on it and then post it to Instagram. At the end of each year I use Blurb to put together a mini album with each photo from the year to make m own little personal yearbook.

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Now that I have a little collection, I keep them stacked up in my living room. I love flipping through and reliving moments both big and small. One of the things I love about the photo a day process is that it places equal importance on each day. Days where I’m on an awesome adventure are right there next to days where I worked late and the most interesting thing in my day was my coffee. On days like that it can be hard to remember or to find something to take a photo of, but that’s what it’s all about. It forces me to be aware and thankful for each day and what it has to offer. Some days are super exciting and it’s easy to take tons of photos, other days it’s almost bed time and I panic and thank God that I have a cute dog for a last minute snap. But no matter what, I’m there looking for meaning in each day, thankful for beauty in the obvious and the seemingly mundane.

So without anymore sap, here are some excerpts from 2015 photo a day!

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Let’s talk about toilets..

By |January 24th, 2016|decorating, DIY, Uncategorized|

Toilet Tank Top

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.. okay maybe not toilets, but toilet toppers!  Toilet topper trays are a great way to spruce up your toilet with pretty things like candles or diffusers. They create a sturdy base for your decor so things don’t slide off and well, err take a swim. After some hunting I found a tray that was the perfect fit, but it was all white and well, a little boring for my taste.  Plus it had some yellow glue from the label that despite all the Goo be gone and elbow grease in the world would just not come off.

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So I did a little searching and found some marble contact paper  to spice things up. If you haven’t used contact paper before, you’re welcome! It is seriously AWESOME you guys. So easy- just measure, cut, peel, stick, and transform. The stuff sticks to just about any surface and instantly changes the look completely. Did I mention the whole roll cost me seven bucks?

The contact paper I purchased came with an easy cutting guide on the back which made measuring a snap.

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Then I just did a little peel and stick action and voila!

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My little tray now has a marble finish that matches my bathroom counter. Now I just need to figure out what to do with the rest of my contact paper.. ideas welcomed!

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DIY gift ideas

By |December 3rd, 2015|DIY, Uncategorized|

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1/ Wine Stopper

2/ Homemade Lip Balm

3/DIY Candle

This year I’m on a mission to get my holiday shopping done early. And early does not mean Christmas Eve. So for once I’ve given myself the luxury of planning ahead. One of the benefits of planning ahead is that you have time to not only order things but to make things! Here are a few fun and fabulous DIY gift ideas that your girlfriends are sure to love, and actually use! Anyone can buy something, but taking the time and energy to make something adds a new layer of love to any gift. Happy crafting!