Wednesday, July 30, 2014

WIWW- bright shorts

Shirt- Target
shorts- Gap
shoes- Payless
tote- Banana Republic
jewelry- gifted and thrifted
Last weekend I had some errands to run and we were also contemplating a trip to the zoo. The zoo trip never happened but just in case, I had on my comfy sandals. I also wanted to dress up a bit beyond a white tee and shorts so I added the contrasting bright accessories.
Speaking of accessories, I've added some earrings, bracelet and brooches back to my etsy shop. Please stop by and check them out.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Coastal Summer Mantel

Hope everyone has been having a great summer. I finally got around to updating my mantel for summer. I always bring out the coastal decor for summer.
Bowls and hurricanes filled with shells and some coastal potpourri/filler that I picked up at Michael's a few years ago help act as fillers. This year I added a few new touches with the old. The salt dough starfish is back.

Imaging my delight at finding a blue Ball (mason) jar at the thrift store for 50 cents. I knew it was going on my mantel so it had to come home with me. I filled it with some blue deco sand and a few pieces of driftwood.

It's about the seahorses this year. The ceramic seahorse I found a few years ago is on the other side of the mantel with the burlap sea shell art and my jute wrapped discover bottle.

On one side of the hearth I placed a lantern and some more shells.

 On the other side of the hearth, I placed a large hurricane filled with shells.

This completes my coastal mantel this year. I'll post details on the sea horse canvas art in a couple of days.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chevron ladybug frame

I've got a stack of unfinished wooden frames that need to be turned into fun usable frames, so I dug in and created this chevron ladybug frame with the help of chevron shaped Frog tape. I don't know why I didn't try it sooner for chevrons. It's great! I got a nice clean finish with it.

Monday, July 21, 2014

10 Fun Ideas for DIY Photo frames

Since I'm having so much fun with photos lately, I'm going to need some frames to display them. There's nothing better than decorating a frame to suit your own needs. You can pick up plain frames at Michael's or Joann's and decorate them yourself for $1 to $5. Here are ten ideas for decorating frames:

Thursday, July 17, 2014

DIY PVC photo background stand

Did you catch my round up of DIY Photo backgrounds? Today I'm sharing how I've been taking some of my photos for a couple of years. My sweet hubby put this PVC backdrop stand together for me. We loosely based it on this tutorial, but adapted it for a tabletop stand, since most of my blog projects are smaller and will fit in front of a smaller backdrop.

This is the assembled stand. I put a piece of foam board in the back to hide my junk, but then I decided I'd let you see it so below is just the stand. (and my unorganized junk in the background.)

To make your own you will need:

1/2 inch PVC schedule 40
a cutting tool
2 tees
4 end caps
2 90 degree elbows

Cut your PVC as follows:3- 25 inch pieces, 4- 6 inch pieces, and 2- 14 inches pieces.

The four 6-in pieces make the base by connecting to the tees and are capped off with end caps. One of the 25 inch pieces makes the top and the two 14-in pieces make the sides. The elbows connect them.
This is the set up with the 14 inch sides. If I want it taller, I remove them and replace them with the other two 25-in pieces.

Clamp posterboard or fabric to the frame and you're ready to go. I purchased a cheap pack of colored poster board from the Dollar Tree and can throw it away when it gets bent.

Just for fun, here's my 50mm lens shot on a poster board background.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WIWW- sleeveless blazer

Vest/blazer- Forever 21 (sold out) option
blouse- JCPenney similar
skirt- JCPenney similar
shoes- Payless option
worn July 13, 2014
I had been crushing on a sleeveless vest/blazer for a while so I gave in and ordered one from Forever 21. Now I've got to come up with some work appropriate ways to wear it, because my favorite looks are with jeans and sleeveless tops. That won't be allowed on my job. What do you think of the sleeveless blazer/vest trend?

Linking up with WIWW.

Monday, July 14, 2014

7 Sandal Refashions

Summer is definitely time for sandals! Do you have some old ones that need some new life? Don't toss them- refashion them. Here are seven great ideas for doing so.

1. Make some fabric pom pom shoe clips.

2. Paint your wedge heels.
3. Wrap sandals in floss.
4. Add some glitter.
5. Add crystal embellishments.
6. Make fabric flower embellishments.
7. Add some felt flowers to your flip flops.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mini towel basket

Today I'm sharing a quick little update I made to a mini laundry basket. It's so easy I'd hardly call it a craft, but for me the results are big and I love the visual interest it creates.

I ran across this post from Creative Green Living a while back and was inspired to make my own version. I already a Dollar Tree basket in place in the laundry room on top of the washer for dish towels. It's easier to toss them there than to take them out to where the other dirty laundry is stored. (Nope - the other dirty laundry is not in the laundry room because I don't really have a laundry ROOM. It's a pass through to the kitchen just big enough for the washer and dryer). I love typography, fonts and labels so this was perfect for me. It might seem weird to you but I love having the label on the basket.

Here's the before:

And the after:

I cut my letters from black vinyl using my Silhouette SD and Franklin Gothic Demi font. I measured the area that I wanted to place the letters and made a text box just a little larger. You can usually get away with going just a bit larger on the text box because the letters won't completely fill it.

Cut and stick! Easy.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WIWW- Blue, white and touch of red

Shirt- Gap option
shorts- Levis via Ross option
belt- thrifted
shoes- Payless option
tote- Payless option option
I wore this to see fireworks on the Fourth of July. I have been wearing a lot of red lately, so I minimized the red and went with blue and white.
If you like fashion posts, check out my regular fashion posts at Savvy Southern Chic.
Linking up with WIWW.

Monday, July 7, 2014

One Dozen DIY Photo backdrops

The hubby and I have been spending the last several weekends out hiking, enjoying nature and developing our photography skills. So of course, I have all things "photo" on my mind.

Here are  one dozen diy backdrop ideas for when you can't count on nature and need your own backdrop for parties or blog shots.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

10 Sensational Summer Wreaths

I don't know where time goes anymore. I don't even have my summer flip flop wreath hung on the front door. It needs a repair. After a few years in the southern heat and humidity, I need to glue a flip flop back on. Or maybe I could make a new summer wreath.... when I find the time. For now, here are 10 summer wreaths I adore for inspiration.