Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DIY: Ripped Jeans


Ripped Jeans are so the trend...again.  I'm kind of a closet clothing hoarder and recently found a couple of 10-year-old ripped jeans that I've held onto.  But they aren't the cute skinny ones so I've been needing to update my wardrobe.  If you're like me though, I can't splurge on a pair of ripped, torn jeans that will only last a season or two.  This DIY will cost you around $20 and takes about 10 mins.

Here's what you need:

Cheap jeans from Target, H&M or Forever 21.  I got mine from Target for $20
Some kind of cardboard or wooden board that is small enough to slide in the leg of jean
Sandpaper or pumice
Exacto Knife
Chalk

1.  First thing you will do it is put on your jeans and and mark with the chalk where you want to make your cuts.

2. Pull out your sandpaper or pumice and rub on the seams and where you plan to cut.  This will distress the jeans and take off some of the jean color.  I also rubbed the sandpaper around the zipper area and the waist seams.

6. Next take your board and put in between one of the jean legs.  Take your exacto knife and start to cut.  Make it as big or as small as your like.  The thicker the jean fabric, the more cutting you will need to make but you can also achieve a frayed look if you don't want an open hole.  



That's it!  They are ready to wear.  After some washes you will get a more frayed look with your jeans. This was such an easy cheap project.  I'm going to do this with a pair of boyfriend jeans, which are going to be big trend this summer.



Black skinny jeans: Target
Floral peplume tank: Target
Mossimo Shoes: Target



Monday, January 12, 2015

Favorite FREE 2015 Calendar Printables


I know I am late in the game, but I finally took down my 2014 desk calendar and printed up a new 2015 calendar.  There are so many great free calendar printables out there, that I thought I would do a post of some of my favorites.

If you don't mind a Swedish calendar, this mini watercolor drawing calendar from Sara Woodrow would liven up any desk.


A girlie punk-rock style from The Creativity Exchange.


Minimalist pattern calendar by Oh the Lovely Things


And the one I printed off is this black and white script font calendar by Cautiously obsessed.




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Crystal-Top Jewelry Box


Remember doing crystal-growing science projects as a kid?  Well, this DIY uses the same technique but is better!  For Christmas this year, I took my handmade gifting serious and grew crystals using Borax.  The results are these darling faux-geode jewelry boxes that I gave away as gifts along with one of my jewelry pieces.  Everyone who received one loved it, and I am eager to make more!


This crafting project is really easy, but it did take me about 2 days to grow the crystals so it does take some time.  You could probably get away with 24 hours if you want the crystals to be a little smaller.  The crystals are sturdy, and I glued them on with my E6000 glue and they are solid.



For a complete tutorial on this project, head over and check out Amanda Kingloff's step-by-step tutorial and supply list.




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Family Joy

Oh the rush to get family pictures taken in time for Christmas cards!  Seriously I always plan to take ours way before the holidays starts, but it never happens.  So, of course, our family pictures were taken on the coldest day in Atlanta.  It was so so windy and cold, and earlier in the day it was raining.  I was definitely attempted to cancel at the last minute.  But I knew Wendy from Blue Lily Photography had the skills to get my children out of their winter coats and smiling and laughing.  She had total success.  I couldn't believe how much they were laughing.  Something about her high pitch, cute voice. We love and cherish the pictures she took of us in Central Park during our last summer living in the northeast.  And these ones are our new favorites.  










Guiltless Hot Chocolate

Want something sweet and chocolate-y but without the guilt?  I recently shared one of my favorite evening snacks over at How Does She that I like to indulge in when I need something sweet but don't don't want to kill a day's worth of clean eating.  Sipping on hot chocolate during the winter months is my favorite but my recipe uses Cacao Powder and natural sweeteners.  Head over to get the recipe!




Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Winter White Christmas


I'm dreaming of a white Christmas.  No seriously...I am.  I am missing all that white fluffy stuff...snow! And I take back all the times I cursed under my breath about how I hated the cold and snow while leaving in the northeast.  Well...okay I'm taking it a little too far.  But when I think of the holidays, a white Christmas always seemed to happened or was not far behind.  I have so many fond memories of ski, boarding, sledding, ice skating, making angels.  All the wonderful things that snow brings.  So this year, after some Christmas tree failures, we decided to get a flocked tree to bring a little winter white Christmas into our home.  And I think this is the most beautiful tree we've had so far.




You can see some of our other Christmas decorations previously posted.




Merry Christmas!




Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving Barn Dinner: Children's Table


We are well into December, and I have been needing to put these pictures up of our children's table at our Thanksgiving Barn Dinner.  We placed a short-legged table in one of the horse's stall with fresh hay bales adorn with gorgeous vintage quilts.  We had a lot of children to squeeze around that table so we packed them in and kept them very busy.  I printed up the cutest tee-pee name cards and Thanksgiving bingo cards designed by Rae Ann Kelly.  The kids loved these activities.  Definitely a printable to bookmark for your next Thanksgiving.  I also used my Cricut explorer to cut paper feathers for the children to make feather headbands.



Holidays are the best for spending time with family.  My kids had so much fun with their cousins!  We are lucky to live close to family to drive.  



How cute is my little nephew??  I got to nibble on him alot that weekend.  


I love my family.


Monday, December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Barn Dinner: Adult Table


This Thanksgiving was truly perfect in so many ways.  This was the first thanksgiving, in about 10 years, that we have shared with my side of the family and a plethora of cousins.  I really didn't have to slave in the kitchen baking and cooking for the feast, but instead got to enjoy my sister-in-law Stephanie's perfectly cooked, homemade Thanksgiving dinner.  Every dish she prepares is so mouth watering, you eat until you can't handle it.  Actually for the past 10 years, I've been cooking and using her recipes for Thanksgiving, but they never come out as perfect as hers.  My brother Aaron smoked the turkey this year and it came out so tender, moist and juicy.  Then to top off all this perfectness, I got to decorate my brother and sister-in-law Carolyn's barn for the Thanksgiving feast.  It just felt so ideal to have it out in their adorable barn.  It was an organic, rustic setting that we decorated elegantly with Christmas lights and gorgeous gold-rimmed china plate settings and wine goblets.  I couldn't have done it without my man helpers--my hubby and brothers.

The barn was decorated with items that were used and owned by someone.  Stephanie provided the gorgeous gold-rimmed china and silverware.  I marveled over its beauty.  She had every piece to the set.  It was flawless and so elegant.  We had the older kids shine and polish the silverware and press the linens.  It reminded me of a true old-fashioned Thanksgiving.  The vintage blue glass jars were Carolyn's.  The linens were mine.  All the furniture was Carolyn's that we just pulled in from the house.  The chandelier was the family's friend.  My niece Sabrina helped me arrange the farmer's market flowers of sunflowers, daisy, roses, berries and blue thistles.


There was a built-in worker table in the barn that we used to serve the food.  It was right height and width, and we covered it with all the yummy food.  My adorable niece Sabrina was the best helper, and she wrote up the large chalkboard menu.






I will post the children's table, that we squeezed in the horse's stall, tomorrow.  I will say that our barn dinner was mostly perfect.  We did have a slightly problem with the weather.  It was little cold, and we could of used a few more space heaters.  BUT with some coats on, it was well worth all the 50-degree weather!



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