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July 31, 2015

Looking for a fun weekend DIY project or new recipe to try? Click through for each tutorial to these adorable projects.

After a jam packed couple of days in LA, I’m playing catch up this weekend. Though I’m pretty sure I much rather be stuffing my face with those sprinkle marshmallows!

If you’re looking for something fun to make this weekend, try one of these colorful DIYs or recipes!

1. A washi tape holder for my ever growing collection.

2. Citrus stamped and embroidered tea towels to add some color to your kitchen.

3. Homemade sprinkle marshmallows that would make the world’s cutest s’mores.

4. Gemstone shoe clips. Such a cute way to give old flats a new look!

I’m also loving:

This apron.

This interview about the Hello Sessions.

This berry cucumber mojito recipe.

August 2015 Calendar Wallpaper

July 30, 2015

Add some color to your tech and stay organized with this pretty palm wallpaper. Features an August 2015 calendar for quick reference!

Happy August! Here’s a wallpaper that will help you savor the last bits of summer—or at least make you pretend you’re on a warm tropical island!Loving this pretty palm wallpaper with an inspirational quote from Steve Jobs. Click through to download it for your computer, phone or tablet.

Download this month’s wallpaper for all your devices:

Computer | Computer with calendar | Computer with quote
Retina display | Retina display with calendar | Retina display with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen wallpaper
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen wallpaper

Please note that both the iPhone and iPad wallpapers are created to fit the screen without perspective zoom. When you set your wallpaper turn perspective zoom off by pinching the screen to view the entire design.

Add a touch of the tropics to your phone and tablet with this pretty free wallpaper. Loving this pretty palm wallpaper! It's free to download for all your devices.

Concept and design by Sarah Khandjian

Love free wallpapers? Check out all my past summery wallpaper designs here.

Reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

July 29, 2015

Chance are you've probably heard someone talk about this book. See what all the hype is about and why it's worth a read!

A while back my friend Carrie mentioned reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and it totally caught my attention. I had heard about the book or remembered seeing it pop up as a suggested item on Amazon. Shortly after Carrie posted about how she’d been folding her socks incorrectly pretty much her entire life I decided to give it a read.

I’ve always considered myself a type-A creative person. Which is somewhat an odd combination of traits. I need structure to thrive. And when my house (which also happens to be my office) is out of order I just can’t work or get anything done. So I decided to pick up this book, or rather download it to my iPad, and give it a read.

The basic principle to Marie Kondo’s method is only keep the things that bring you joy.

This hit me like a ton of bricks and though so simple, is really pretty life changing. I completed the book last weekend, and began to follow her suggested order of sorting through your belongings (hello Instagram sale!). I’m not done sorting through our home, but it already feels like a huge transformation!

Have you read this book? I’ve love to hear what you thought about it!

Easy DIY Citrus Stamped and Embroidered Tea Towels

July 28, 2015

How cute is this dish towel? Learn how easy it is to make in this step by step tutorial.

My fridge is always stocked with Natalie’s and I’m slowly convincing all my friends to keep their fridge stocked with it too! If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you know that I’m a self labeled orange juice snob (if there is such a think) and I just adore Natalie’s fresh squeezed juices. So I thought it was fitting that our kitchen had a citrus tea towel that was just as colorful as my favorite juices!

You don’t need fancy embroidery skills to create this adorable dish towel. Just a simple straight stitch is all you need to know to make these colorful towels!

Natalie's fresh squeezed juices are as delicious as this DIY tea towel! Click through to learn how to make it.

You only need a few craft supplies to create your own citrus printed dish towels. Click through for the tutorial.

Time: 1 hour + drying time
Supplies
: cotton tea towels / fabric paint or craft paint + fabric medium / kitchen sponge / scissors / embroidery floss / needle

Cut a kitchen sponge into a circle to create a citrus stamp.

Step 1: Cut a large kitchen sponge in half and then cut each half into a circle. Cut the circles in half to create semi-circles.

A plain dish sponge becomes a citrus stamp when it's cut into a moon shape.

Step 2: Pour paint onto a palette or paper tray and dip one side of the sponge into the paint. Press down on the towel to create a stamped shape. If it didn’t fill in as much as you wanted, add more paint and re-stamp it. Repeat this, alternating colors along the bottom edge of the towel.

Allow the paint to dry completely. If you’re as impatient as I am, grab your hair dryer and dry the paint in a couple minutes.

A simple straight stitch is all you need to know to create these adorable citrus towels.

Step 3: Use embroidery floss that’s slightly darker than the paint colors. Cut about a 30″ piece of floss and thread your needle. Tie a knot at the end and use a straight stitch to create the “peel” along the round edge of the shape.

A simple straight stitch is all you need to know to create these adorable citrus towels.

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Step 4: Once you’ve completed the edge, bring the needle up through the bottom of the fabric in the center of the straight edge. Stitch diagonal lines from the center out towards the round edge to create the citrus segments. When you’re done, end on the back side of the fabric and tie a knot. Repeat this with the other shapes until you’re done!

Most fabric paints and craft paints mixed with fabric medium must be heat set before being washable. Follow the directions on the paint bottle to ensure your design won’t wash away in the washer!

If you love fresh citrus juice then you have to try Natalie's rainbow of freshly squeezed juices.

Want to see what other delicious recipes and DIY’s I’ve made with Natalie’s fresh juices? Check them out here.

This post is sponsored by Natalie’s Juice. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep Sarah Hearts going!

Nail color: Marilyn Monroe gel in Flirty | Flatware: West Elm