April 14, 2014
Over a year ago I shared my journey with chronic foot pain. Today I wanted to share an update of the past year and the things I’ve found to be helpful. Head over here to read the post.
I’ve always been a fan big of shoes but once my foot pain started my doctor told me to throw away all my cute shoes. I thought he was crazy but I quickly learned that I needed supportive shoes. The good news is that more and more brands that making stylish shoes for my always aching feet. The most important thing I’ve found is that I need shoes with really good arch support. This is especially hard to find in sandals since most don’t provide any support at all.
Here are a few of my favorite sandals that I’ve been wearing lately. They all offer great support without the old lady velcro shoe look.
1. Serenity by Orthaheel. Available in white, black, bright coral, and navy these retro inspired sandals look cute with dresses and instantly make shorts a bit dressier.
2. Havana by Vionic. These took some breaking in but are now my favorite spring sandals.
3. Sam by Dansko. I have these in the sand color and I’m loving the bright red ones. They have the look of a traditional clog without the weight.
4. & 5. Cancun by Vionic. I haven’t ordered these yet because I can’t decide which color combo I like best!
If you need to wear comfort shoes, what are your favorite brands/styles of supportive shoes for sensitive feet?
April 11, 2014
Today we’re flying to Maryland because my sister-in-law is getting married on Sunday! So I won’t be DIYing this weekend but if I were home I’d love to try out one of these recipes or projects.
1. This gold leaf wall clock by Dream Green DIY for eHow had me at gold leaf.
2. These espresso, almond, and dark chocolate pudding cups by Joy the Baker look so decadent and delicious.
3. This simple painted wall art by WhipperBerry is a clever way to create custom art.
I’m also loving:
These very Florida-esqe flamingo Easter eggs by Studio DIY.
These flour less strawberry and chocolate petit fours by Frock Files.
This adorable carrot patch cake by Oleander & Palm.
Though I already own tow Kelly Moore bags, the new bag collaboration with A Beautiful Mess is just so great!
What will you be creating this weekend?
April 10, 2014
I’m excited to finally share this tutorial today because it’s one that’s been on my mind calendar (and google calendar) for quite some time but I never found the time to make. So today I’m sharing just how easy it is to make some cute fabric wrapped bangles that are just perfect for spring. It’s a great way to use up fabric scraps and create custom accessories.
Watch the video below for the full tutorial!
- unfinished wood bangle bracelets (I found my on Etsy)
- strip of cotton fabric, about 1.5″ x 24″
- mod podge
- foam brush
- plastic cup
Once your bracelets are dry, you may notice that they are rough and somewhat sharp in a few areas. This can easily be fixed by using fine sand paper to smooth out the surface.
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April 9, 2014
After setting up my raised bed garden last week, I’ve been anxious to do more gardening. I used some left over paint to transform some cheap garden hand tools into ones a bit more stylish. After using the mint green paint left over from our hall closet makeover, I realized that the color is similar to these much more expensive mint ash wood garden tools from Anthropologie. A happy accident I guess!
- garden tools with wooden handles (I purchased mine for $4 each at Lowes)
- painter’s tape
- paint (I used Valspar’s Pantone paint in Bay, which was leftover from painting the inside of our open hall closet)
- cardboard box
- quick grips, one for each tool
- polyurethane sealing spray
- paper towels
- optional: flat leather cord for hanging the tools, 18″ piece per handle (similar)
1. Start by masking off the top portion of the wood handles with the painter’s tape. Since the handles are curved, just make sure the bottom edge of the tape is straight and smooth. The top edge of the tape will be slightly wrinkled.
2. Dip the paint handles in the can of paint. Allow them to drip for several seconds before carefully hanging them on the edge of a large cardboard box with the quick grips. Make sure the wood handles are not touching the box. After about 15-20 minutes carefully remove the tape. If you wait to remove the tape once the paint is completely dry (like I did) it’s more likely to peel off and not leave a clean edge (as you can see in the photo below). Then allow the paint to dry completely over night.
3. To prevent the paint from chipping, I recommend spraying the wood handles with polyurethane or acrylic spray. Before you do this, cover the metal parts with paper towels and painter’s tape to prevent that part from being sprayed. Then spray one light coat all over the wooden handles. Let that dry for 2 hours then apply a second coat and allow them to dry completely over night in a well ventilated area. Then they’re ready to be used!
Optional: If you like you can finish them with some leather cord like I did. Cut the leather cord into 18″ piece, thread through the hole in the handle, and tie in a knot. Trim the ends so they are even.
Pair these with your favorite herb plant and some clay stamped garden markers for a unique spring gift!
April 8, 2014
When I cleaned up and organized my office last week I came across some extra cotton tote bags that I had left over from a craft party I hosted awhile ago. Since my sister in law is getting married this weekend I thought it would be cute to make some tote bags for each of the bridesmaids. So I gathered some supplies I hand on hand and created 10 of these cute gold glitter heart totes.
I used freezer paper to create the stencils. Just like my gold stenciled pillows, I also used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the freezer paper. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you could also cut the stencil by hand using an x-acto knife. If you do this, be sure to cut on a cutting mat or scrap of thick paper, like chipboard.
- Natural cotton tote bags
- Fine glitter in any color you like
- Mod Podge (I used the gloss finish but the matte finish would also work as well)
- Freezer paper
- Heart stencil (download the SVG file to use with your Silhouette or Cricut or the PDF file to cut by hand)
- Paint brush
- Plastic cup
- Iron and ironing board
1. Cut the heart shape out of a piece of freezer paper (if you’re using a Silhouette Cameo, here are a few tips on creating a freezer paper stencil). Adhere the shinny side of the freezer paper to the tote bag using a hot iron without steam.
2. Mix equal parts Mod Podge and glitter in a plastic cup. Paint the inside of the stencil with a thin even coat. It will look slightly milky but the Mod Podge will dry clear.
3. Once dry, paint a second coat. Allow that to dry completely then add a third coat of the glitter and Mod Podge mixture.
4. Once the third coat is completely dry, very carefully peel off the freezer paper stencil. Then you’re done!
Check out the other projects I’ve created using my Silhouette Cameo.
Floral gift wrap by Rifle Paper.