February 28, 2015
Image via Jesussauvage
Image via Jesussauvage
What will you be creating/making/baking this weekend? I’m really excited to hang up new wallpaper in our dining room—wallpaper I designed! It’s completely removable so it’s perfect for rentals, apartments and dorm rooms and it’s adhesive you you don’t need to mess with paste and water. I’ll be sharing more details about it soon! In the meantime you can shop the entire collection.
Here are a few of my favorite projects and finds from this week.
Ashley is killing it with the mid-century inspired projects. This side tables are pure genius.
The oak trees in the front yard are covered in air plants. I gotta make these magnets.
Can you believe this arrangement is all faux flowers?
I’m also loving:
I’m adding this leather skirt to my must sew list.
Love these printable popcorn boxes.
These treat bags are perfect for St. Patrick’s Day (but don’t look too St. Patrick’s Day-ish)
I know many of you still are shoving snow off your driveway so I thought spring could come a little bit early—at least on your desktop! Here’s the newest wallpaper that I hope will brighten your day and make you remember spring is around the corner.
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
You’ll notice I no longer have separate downloads for the iPhone 6/6 Plus and previous iPhones. Don’t worry—the iPhone wallpapers available for download will fit all generations of the iPhone. Just 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.
Love free wallpapers? Check out all my past wallpaper designs here.
Many of you that completed my reader survey last month wanted to see more lunch recipes so I’m excited to share one of my go-to lunch recipe with you today! It’s a simple chickpea, tomato and feta salad that can be thrown together in just a couple minutes and can be altered depending on your taste and what’s in your fridge.
Chickpea, Tomato and Feta Salad
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- coarse salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 cup heirloom or grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 cup of canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled
Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar and oregano in a small bowl. Add the chickpeas, tomatoes, and feta and stir. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy!
This salad keeps really well and can be made the night before. If you don’t have white balsamic vinegar, it’s also great with red wine vinegar.
For a caprese version, substitute the feta for fresh mozzarella pearls, the dried oregano for basil and the white balsamic for a high quality dark balsamic vinegar or a balsamic glaze. So delish!
Looking for more delicious recipes? Check out my other recipes.
Last week we had our last bit of winter here in Florida. It got all the way down to the 30s and today it’s feeling much more like summer again (or what Floridians simply call winter). So for those of you who are longing for spring time and warmer temperatures, here’s a fun, bright tutorial that will add a bit of spring color to your wardrobe. Because even if it’s chilly out you can still stack these fun painted wood bangles on your wrist!
Time: 30 minutes + drying time
Supplies: wood bangle bracelets / wood stain / foam brush for applying stain / craft paint / small paint brush / washi tape / gloss finish / soft paint brush for applying gloss finish
Step 1: Use a foam brush to apply wood stain to all sides of an unfinished bangle bracelet. Brush in the direction of the wood grain. This is a little messy. If you get any on your hands you can use nail polish remover to get it off.
Step 2: Use a paper towel to remove the excess stain. Let it dry 1 hour (or according to the direction on the stain label if you’re using a different one).
Step 3: Use washi tape to make your stencils making sure the edges of the tape are smooth and firmly adhered to the bracelet.
To make the color blocked bracelets shown in the first image I placed the tape on the bracelets vertically. If you do this, make sure you paint away from the edges of the tape to prevent the paint from bleeding. If it still does, use your nail to carefully scrape away the excess paint.
Step 4: Paint the bracelet. You will most likely need to apply2-3 coats to achieve a solid color. If you’re as impatient as I am you can use a hair dryer to quickly dry the paint between coats. Carefully remove the tape before the final coat of paint is dry then allow it to dry completely.
Step 5: The final step is to apply the gloss finish with a soft brush. This will give it a nice sheen and help prevent the paint from chipping.
To make the polka dots on the polka dot and color blocked bangle, I made tiny stencils by punching holes into stencil material using my 1/8″ hole punch and placing them on the bracelet in a polka dot pattern.
Love bangles? Learn how to make your own fabric wrapped version in my previous video tutorial.