Mini Succulent Garden

I was going through a cupboard recently and came across this margarita glass. I love margaritas but they have approximately a gazillion calories so I never make them.

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But I thought it would make a perfect succulent garden. I added potting soil, succulents, and sea glass to finish it off. Adorable!

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Succulent Christmas Tree

I was considering not having a tree this year but then the idea for a succulent Christmas tree popped into my head! My roommate and I tackled this project and in about 8 hours we had a beautiful succulent Christmas tree!

We started by rolling a cardboard box into a cone shape.

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We wrapped the cone in bubble wrap, placed it in a pot, and filled it with dirt.

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Then added succulents! The process is similar to the succulent ball I made. It took about 6 hours to get it done and in the end we had this beauty:

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So pretty!
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Moroccan Lantern Makeover

I haven’t been blogging much lately. Sometimes when I have a lot going on blogging takes a backseat. Here is a project that I did recently. I took this old Moroccan lantern that was sitting outside:

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And gave it a makeover! I mixed up equal parts of acrylic paint and Mod Podge in shades of pink and red.

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Brushed the mixture on the inside of the lantern. It turned out great!

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Custom Dog Portrait

Another home made birthday gift. Last weekend was my roommate’s birthday and he wanted me to make him something. I decided to make him a custom portrait of his two dogs Chelsea and Sonia. I took this photo:

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And rendered it out in Adobe Illustrator. I printed it out, popped it in a frame, and ended up with this:

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He loved it!

Last Minute Birthday Gift

I went to a birthday party yesterday and needed to bring a gift. I bought a plant and a cute little planter. But it fell out of the car and broke! I didn’t have time to paint anything so I used a plain little planter I had on hand:

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I updated it with some stickers:

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I love the way it turned out and since the party was a girls night, I thought the friends theme was just perfect!

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Paneling Upgrade

So I went a bit further with my chalk paint paneling. I upgraded by adding lotus stencils all around the room. I used the file folder stencil that I made (yes, it’s still holding up, quite well) and stenciled lotuses (?) around the room at 23 inch intervals.

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I switched off colors, using aqua and teal, and finished each lotus off with glitter!

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So pretty!

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Linking Up Here:
DIY Project Parade – DIY Showoff
Make It Pretty Monday – The Dedicated Blogspot
Made By You – Skip To My Lou
Show Me What Ya Got – Not Just A Housewife
Trash 2 Treasure – Kammy’s Korner
Welcome Home Wednesday – Vintage on A Dime
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above – Adorned From Above
Rock and Share Wednesday – The Shady Porch
Talkin’ About Thursday – Designed Decor
Inspiration In Progress – Clippie Dips
Doggone Dirty Crafting – Rhinestone Beagle
Pinspirational Thursday – Confessions of an ADD Housewife
Weekend Wrap-Up Party – Tatertots & Jello
Frugal Friday – The Shabby Nest

Chalk Paint Paneling

I am redoing my spare room and the first stop on the tour was scrubbing the walls. Next stop Рupdate the godawful paneling. I used some beige paint I had left over from my ombr̩ wall that I did last year when I redid my living room. I mixed in some Plaster of Paris and water to make chalk paint. Here is my recipe. Who wants to sand all that? It turned out great! Here is the before:

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And the after:

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So much better but not done yet ;)

Linking Up Here:
DIY Project Parade – DIY Showoff
Make It Pretty Monday – The Dedicated Blogspot
Made By You – Skip To My Lou
Show Me What Ya Got – Not Just A Housewife
Trash 2 Treasure – Kammy’s Korner
Welcome Home Wednesday – Vintage on A Dime
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above – Adorned From Above
Rock and Share Wednesday – The Shady Porch
Talkin’ About Thursday – Designed Decor
Inspiration In Progress – Clippie Dips
Doggone Dirty Crafting – Rhinestone Beagle
Pinspirational Thursday – Confessions of an ADD Housewife
Weekend Wrap-Up Party – Tatertots & Jello
Frugal Friday – The Shabby Nest

Succulent Arrangement

I was invited to a friend’s new house last weekend and needed a housewarming present. What to bring? Hmmmm… Then I remembered that I saw some adorable bowls at the 99 Cent Store. Perfect! I could do a succulent arrangement!

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When I bought the bowl, the cashier said, “That’s it?” I laughed. It was the cheapest purchase I have ever made there! Anyway, I filled that cute bowl with Miracle Grow potting soil and topped it with some pebbles I had on hand. I got the succulents from my garden and came up with this…

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Cute, right? And in the budget.

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Happy Housewarming!

Linking Up Here:
DIY Project Parade – DIY Showoff
Make It Pretty Monday – The Dedicated Blogspot
Made By You – Skip To My Lou
Show Me What Ya Got – Not Just A Housewife
Trash 2 Treasure – Kammy’s Korner
Welcome Home Wednesday – Vintage on A Dime
Wednesday’s Adorned From Above – Adorned From Above
Rock and Share Wednesday – The Shady Porch
Talkin’ About Thursday – Designed Decor
Inspiration In Progress – Clippie Dips
Doggone Dirty Crafting – Rhinestone Beagle
Pinspirational Thursday – Confessions of an ADD Housewife
Weekend Wrap-Up Party – Tatertots & Jello
Frugal Friday – The Shabby Nest

DIY Ant Repellent – Baby Powder

Summer is here and so are the ants! I hate to kill the little fellas but can’t have them marching across the kitchen either. So I Googled natural remedies for ant repellent and one of them was baby powder. I sprinkled some on the corner of the counter and it worked. But soon they re-routed and crawled along the side of the counter. Then I heard that sidewalk chalk works so I got the idea to smear a line of baby powder down the side of the counter.

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Long Skirt To Short Skirt Refash

I realized this weekend that I don’t have a plain white short skirt. What? How is that possible?
But I did have this fella:

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It was a long shirt that I loved from White House Black Market (translation: paid a fortune for it years ago). But it had some stains in the middle section. So I cut it off a few inches above the knee and took the embroidered part from the bottom and glued it with Liquid Thread just under the waistband.

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I took my time and glued it little by little. I created seams on the sides and was careful around the zipper. Here is the finished product:

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Isn’t it adorable?