Friday, April 4, 2014

DIY Flower Crown

Ready to rock a flower crown? The perfect Spring accessory is so easy to make and SO fun to wear. It just adds an extra little pep in a girl's step. :) Grab some thin floral wire and wire clippers (bought both of mine at the Dollar Store), pick your flowers, and get to wrapping! You'll have a beautiful flower crown in under 5 minutes for under 5 dollars!

Cut a piece of wire about 1.5 times the circumference of your head (or of how small you want the crown). Don't worry if you run out, it's wire- you can wrap more on! Save time by cutting off lots of flower pieces now. If you want it big and poofy, cut farther from the bud so that it can stick out more. If you want it neat and tight to the circle, cut very small stems, closer to the bud but still with enough (maybe 2") to wrap the wire onto.

You can use any flower, but if you are using thin floral wire, try to stick with lightweight flowers such as baby's breath. Now go rock that flower crown!

+ Hold fast to what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. +

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

DIY Moroccan Backsplash

I am in love with Moroccan tile and I know I'm not alone! Unfortunately, it's some of the most expensive tile out there. So with a small budget and big dreams I came up with this about a year ago and I'm just as in love with it now as I was then. :) It's pretty simple. To make your own DIY Moroccan backsplash you need a stencil, at least 2 Sharpie paint pens (lots of colors available), and maybe some wine to keep you motivated.

First, paint your wall whatever color you want the background to be. Ours is Sherwin Williams White Duck (gloss). The whole kitchen is painted in that color. I used silver Sharpie paint pens and a craft stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils on Etsy.

Then get to tracing and tracing and tracing! It took about 4 hours with a couple breaks just to rest my back and hand. It's kind of awkward getting in there. :) Don't worry about little mistakes, no one will ever notice them.

Corners are the hardest part, but you can do it! When you get to an outlet, remove the cover and trace in as far as possible so that it looks fluid.

The last part is optional but I would highly recommend it. We painted this clear finish over it and it makes cleaning so easy, otherwise you can risk wiping or smearing the marker. In fact I used my Shaklee Basic H organic cleaner to quickly remove some spaghetti sauce off of it before I took the following pictures. haha. Of course the finish also makes it very shiny, which you will see in the next pictures!

Ah I love it so much! We've had so many compliments on it and most don't realize I just drew it on till I tell them. No, it won't look like tile but it still looks very nice. I'd love to see it in a fun color so please let me know if you try it!!! (Sidenotes: Crockpot on the counter brought to my kitchen by hubby's chili. lol And if you like the painting above, keep on the lookout for when I finally get my Etsy shop open- yes, I painted it to blend the colors I wanted in the room.) :) Happy tracing!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Charles Towne Landing- Charleston Family Fun

One of our favorite places to explore in Charleston is Charles Towne Landing. As a teenager I volunteered there for many weekends, dressed up in the period clothing and all! Today I prefer to take a nice long walk around and teach our 3yo all about the true origin of bed bugs and where the old Settlers Village used to be. Of course, the 3yo leads the way, always going straight to the boat and then finally back down to the Animal Forest. I just enjoy every moment of beautiful bliss walking under the old oak trees.

There are also great picnic areas in and outside of the park. We grabbed lunch to go from Sesames (ooh yum) and had a nice shaded lunch before exploring.

Oh and all of the oak trees...

This one ^ is pretty cool because it has a stump marker to let you know that it was here at the time the Constitution was signed. Hello living history.

Admission is $10/adult; $6/age 6-15; Free for children 5 and younger. Open 9am-5pm, daily.
OR you can purchase a SC State Parks Passport for $75 for the whole family for the year!

If you are looking for a mommy night out, you should definitely join me for one of the Yoga Under the Oaks nights. One hour of yoga followed by happy hour. Oh yeah! I don't even do yoga, but the idea of just laying under these beauties for an hour of peace sounds pretty awesome to me!