Month: April 2016

Giving Old Crayons New Life

Lady M loves to color (what 3 year old doesn’t?) But with all that coloring comes the inevitable – broken crayons. I actually like to keep a fresh box of 96 crayons on hand to switch out the broken ones once I see a bunch of them – I know, perhaps it’s a bit OCD of me.  
I was cleaning out her crayon bin yesterday when I thought, there has to be something more creative I can do with these than just throw them away. Pinterest to the rescue! I saw a bunch of tutorials to make large, multi-colored crayons by melting down the broken bits. 
 
All I did was unwrap each one, break them into smaller pieces and place them into lined muffin tins. I saw many projects that used silicon trays in cute shapes like hearts or stars but I just had a standard tin. 
  
 You can choose to group different shades of a single color together or go for a multi-colored look. I did both. I baked them for 10 minutes at 250 degrees then let cool completely before removing from the tin. 

   

  

 Instant one-of-a-kind crayons for little hands to create new masterpieces!

DIY Art Display

I’m not much of a DIY-er but I’d really like to be. So when I saw the blank wall in my kitchen screaming for something, I decided to give an incredibly easy project a whirl.

  
Now, this wall will one day (soon) be knocked down, so I didn’t mind experimenting with a small, fun project on it. I was flipping through a magazine this weekend as I waited for my massage (ahhhh) when I stumbled upon a cute display for kids crafts and other small paper items.

  
I thought, I can do that. So it was off to Michael’s to get some supplies. All I needed was some twine, push pins, decorative ribbon and colorful clothespins.

  
I just cut the twine and hung it on the wall and attached the two strands with gold ribbon. 

   
 Then I gathered up some pretty cards and Lady M’s latest masterpieces and voila! Instant art wall. And it’s so easy to change up whenever you want! 

  
What has inspired you lately?

It’s Alright Cause I’m Saved by the 90’s 

In fashion, they say that trends seem to cycle back every 20 years or so. If that’s the case, then this early 90’s revival I’m seeing seems to be right on track.

As a tween and teen in the 90’s, I can safely say my fashion sense left much to be desired. But let’s face it, the looks I rocked were “in” (hello Cavaricci’s, Cross Colors, chokers and flannel) and my style icons were the likes of Blossom, Kelly Kapowski and the older, “more sophisticated” girls of 90210 😉

  
But as we all know, everything old is new again – as evidenced by the looks we’re seeing now like baby doll floral dresses, all-over denim and black satin choker necklaces. 

   
 

  
Now excuse me while I head out to buy a tube of Revlon’s Rum Raisin matte lipstick! 

  

What do you think of the 90’s revival – yay or nay?

Images via Pinterest

I’m Dreaming of a White Kitchen

Our house was built in 1957 yet it has surprisingly spacious rooms throughout – except for the kitchen. The kitchen is the bane of my existence. It’s sorely lacking in counter space and features one, ONE lonely drawer. 

I have grand plans for this kitchen which include knocking down a wall, creating more counter and cabinet space, a marble-topped island and French doors leading out to the patio. Ideally, I’d like to start work next summer after coming up with a scheme (and final budget!) But for now, I’ll daydream like Bing Crosby and take some inspiration from these lovely photos. 

   
    
   

Images via Pinterest

A Pineapple for Me

One of the biggest trends in fashion and home I’m seeing right now is the use of pineapples. Everything from t-shirts and dresses, tabletop decor, art prints and more have colorful pineapples all over them. And this is one trend I can get behind because I’ve loved pineapples for quite a while.

Don’t get me wrong, obviously they’re delicious to eat (I think I ate one per week during my last pregnancy!), but they’re also a really fun and summery way to liven up an outfit or home space.  I remember my grandparents had a small brass pineapple on a side table in their living room, which is where I guess my love first started. When The Husband and I visited Charleston, SC two summers ago, I learned that the pineapple is a symbol of welcoming which is why the motif can be seen at so many home entrances all over the city.

I liked this idea so much that I added a cute pineapple print into my living room’s gallery wall and I really like how it turned out. So, if you want to feel fun and festive, might I suggest adding some pineapples into your life! Here are a few items that I’m currently loving.

pineapple

Dress, Gold & white figurine, Swimsuit, Candle

 

*Bonus points if you get the title’s reference 🙂