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Simple Wall Decor/Jewelry Organizer

I have always liked doing art projects and diy decor projects with sticks. They are free, abundant, and come in all different shapes and sizes. I tend to do a lot with branches in the winter because there are dead branches all over the neighborhood.

This super simple hanging branch diy project is my take on a similar project i found on pinterest.

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DIY Holiday Idea: Glitter Reindeers!

13 days until Christmas! YAY! Anywhooo…I made these three reindeers for under $15.00 total and so can you! All you need is: 

* tacky glue
* 3 wooden reindeers or other Christmasy wooden pieces ($3.00 a piece at Michael’s)
* 1 canister of glitter
* ribbon/string to hang

First, simply cover your reindeer with tacky glue ( I did mine in sections so that the glue wouldn’t dry before I covered it with the glitter) and then sprinkle generous amounts of glitter onto the glue. Of course, remember to place paper under your reindeer so glitter doesn’t cover your floors (Being as I am a messy person, even with paper, my floors are still sparkling).
After, applying the glitter, let the reindeer dry overnight or at least for a few hours. When you pick them up to finish them after they have dried, give them a good shake, to let the extra glitter off onto the paper and not your floors (I learned this the hard way).
Then, I used wire and a glue gun to make little loops to thread the ribbon through, but you can glue the ribbon directly to the back of the reindeer…it will save you time.

Finally, hang out reindeer in a viewable place and when people comment on how great they are…you can brag about how you made them for $15.00. 

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Holiday DIY Decor: Yarn Christmas Tree Cones

I got inspired to do these super simple and cheap Christmas trees after seeing a pin on pinterest that came from Thriftyandchic.com: 

soo cute and rustic! But I didn’t have any hemp yarn so I used some thick wool yarn (and instead of styrofoam cones like the ones thriftyandchic.com uses, I used paper cones). All you need is a few yards of thick yarn of your favorite color, a glue gun and a paper or styrofoam cone and you are in business baby!

A simple, easy, chic and unique DIY Holiday Decoration!

Anyone out there done any of their own DIY Holiday decorations lately?  I am always looking for inspiration!

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things i love lately (the French addition).

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                                                     (the Japanese poster for the movie Paris je t’aime)

Yes, I guess it is true…I’m obsessed with everything French (I am even willing to forget about the restaurant tonight that refused to serve us because we were American). Aside from a few haughty shopkeepers and a near fatal collision whilst I was biking near the Seine River, everyone and everything has been so lovely.

me, professing my love to the Eiffel Tower. 
I shouldn’t be allowed on bikes in busy areas. 









To help me cope with the sadness of leaving Paris today, I spent a few hours finding French “things” to hang on our walls, or to wear and remind me of this trip that  i wish didn’t have to end. 

“Sucrees” Fine Art Photography 8 x 10 by honeytree $30.00
http://www.etsy.com/listing/54822193/paris-photography-sucrees-sweets-shop

I love this photo because these bakeries are everywhere! Full of tempting and delicious treats. I honestly have no idea how French people stay are so thin! If I lived in Paris I would weigh 300 lbs!

Champagne Beaded Eiffel Tower Headband by bethanylorelle $23.00
http://www.etsy.com/listing/71653257/eiffel-tower-champagne-beaded-headband?ref=tre-622649955-6
What better way to stay close to Paris then to wear it on my head!? Sold. done deal. I’m getting one.

Pin-back button badge pack of 4 by poosac: 4 pounds or roughly $8.00
http://www.etsy.com/listing/79053007/say-bonjour-ooh-la-la-vive-la-france-or?ref=tre-622649955-7

These buttons are so cute especially the one on the bottom right which I think translates to “I love cheese.” 

Maro Kits: The French Twist by Maro Designs $5.95
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66638034/maro-kits-the-french-twist?ref=tre-622649955-14

When i am really desperate for a bit of Parisian culture, I will make my husband wear these, give him a french loaf, a striped shirt and a bicycle. 
French Tuxedo by ZephyrGraham $199.00
http://www.etsy.com/listing/66625845/french-tuxedo

Handmade to fit, oooh la la la! 
Handmade Eiffel Tower Rubber Stamp by Dramaofgiftedchild $7.50
http://www.etsy.com/listing/75906150/travel-serie-french-eiffel-tower?ref=tre-622649955-4

I love a good stamp! There are so many things you can do with them, the possibilities are endless! 
Bonjour Mismatched Wooden Letters by APKHandmade $22.00
http://www.etsy.com/listing/78494084/bonjour-mismatched-wood-letters-with?ref=tre-622649955-2

I LOVE these mismatched letters that spell “bonjour”, the best part about them is that they are decoupaged with vintage French Archie comic strips! 
 


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yellow-icious.


















“The only people for me are the MAD ones, the ones












who are mad to live,
         
                                                                                 
 
mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of 

everything at the same time,       
                                                                                               
the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing

        



but burnburnburn,

like fabulous yellow roman candles 


exploding like spiders across the stars.” 
                                                                                                                                                     jack kerouac

 “Very Yellow Handmade Spiral Paper Flowers” $3.00 by crazy2becrazy  
http://www.etsy.com/listing/72273293/very-yellow-handmade-spiral-paper?ref=tre-4dae8fab90276d9120d1d2ab-1
 “Lemon Heart Yellow Stems” $24.00 by SewnNatural 
http://www.etsy.com/people/SewnNatural?ref=ls_profile
 “Winged” Fine Art Print $67.00 by bbrunophotography
http://www.etsy.com/listing/72530618/winged-fractal-fine-art-print-16×24?ref=tre-4dae8fab90276d9120d1d2ab-3
 “Sunny Yellow Bird on Branch” $16.00 by laurellane 
http://www.etsy.com/listing/71327975/sunny-yellow-bird-on-branch?ref=tre-4dae8fab90276d9120d1d2ab-4
 “Eco Friendly Ceramic Yellow Coffee Travel Mug” $25.00 by sewZenski
http://www.etsy.com/listing/69057633/eco-friendly-travel-mug-with-lid-yellow?ref=tre-4dae8fab90276d9120d1d2ab-6
 “Paris Photo Collection” 5 x 5 $45.00 by littlebrownpen
http://www.etsy.com/listing/59384172/paris-photo-collection-5×5-yellow?ref=tre-4dae8fab90276d9120d1d2ab-11
 “The Canary Dress” $425.00 by Holly Stalder
http://www.etsy.com/listing/25447558/the-canary-dress-made-to-order-in?ref=tre-4dae8fab90276d9120d1d2ab-8
 “Dahlia Wall Mural” $99.00 by LeoLittleLion
http://www.etsy.com/listing/59277497/dahlia-wall-mural-wall-decal?ref=tre-4dae8fab90276d9120d1d2ab-14
“reversible grey scarf with a lime stripe” $35.00 by karlita

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watercolor raindrops.

 Just a new little art project i’ve been getting obsessed with! 


 They are just watercolor raindrops or funny shapes that I then design with a black pigment ink pen.





                               Don’t know what to do with them really..

.I’ve been putting them on greeting cards..but not sure what else to do with them!
any ideas??? 
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Orange-tastic.



” He hangs in shades the orange bright / 
Like golden lamps in a green night.”


– Andrew Marvell


felted scarf/ jewel orange with red accents $35.00 by Karlita

Guardian Angel” 11 x 14 Print $24.00 by CollectArtWork

 Recycled T-Shirt Sphere Pillow in Bright Orange MINI $50.00 by talkingsquid

SHANGRI LA Silk Cushion Cover, Throw Pillow, 50 x 30 cm, 20 x 12 inch $40.00 by bestillshop

Bold Original Recycled Art Assemblage Songbird Collection Mix (2011) $350.00 by dolangeiman

The World Traveler – recycled paper butterfly shadow box $100.00 by krystlerose

24k gold Turquoise and Carnelian necklace $350.00 by omiya


I’ll have one of each in orange please. k. 


thanks.


you can also view the entire list which includes MORE orange-tastic items here: 
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changing things up.

Lately I’ve been feeling restless and claustrophobic in our small Chicago apartment…I think we have officially outgrown the 900 sq ft space. We’ve been looking at houses to rent and that has only made me more antsy and unhappy with our place.

Maybe it’s the changing seasons or the feeling that I have no control over several areas in my life right now…whatever the psychoanalysis might be…I’ve changed a few tiny things up in our apartment and it has seemed to make a huge difference.

It all started with these two vintage looking shabby chic gardening trays (at least thats what I think they are supposed to be) I found at Marshall’s.

And then took off with some left over antique blue Ball jars from our wedding, antique dishes, moss stones, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a peacock feather, seashells, and bird ornaments.


I think I basically took all of my favorite things and put them in these boxes. And now being able to look at them all the time makes me happy!