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June 2017 Pool Float Calendar Wallpaper

Add a splash of summer to your phone, computer and tablet with this free pool float wallpaper!

Hello Summer!

It’s crazy to think that summer is just around the corner and the we’re almost half way through 2017. Time sure does fly! If you’re longing for warm summer days or just want to add some cheer to your desktop, you’re going to love this month’s wallpaper. It’s inspired by everyone’s favorite pool floats. All you need to do is make a piña colada and it’s almost like you’re at the pool right now!
Add a splash of summer to your phone, computer and tablet with this free June 2017 pool float calendar wallpaper!

DOWNLOAD THE June WALLPAPER

Desktop | Desktop with calendar | Desktop with quote
Laptop | Laptop with calendar | Laptop with quote
iPhone | iPhone with calendar | iPhone with quote | iPhone home screen
iPad | iPad with calendar | iPad with quote | iPad home screen
Apple Watch

Add a splash of summer to your phone, computer and tablet with this free pool float wallpaper! Add a splash of summer to your phone, computer and tablet with this free pool float wallpaper!

Add a splash of summer to your phone, computer and tablet with this free pool float wallpaper!

Design and illustration by Sarah Khandjian | downloads for personal consumer use only

MORE FREE WALLPAPERS

Find more summery wallpapers I’ve created over the years on my wallpaper page. And if you’re loving these fun pool floaties, the vector graphics are available for purchase on my Creative Market shop. Perfect for all your summer designs!

Shop the Floaties that Inspired this wallpaper!

Links to Love

100 perfect of the profits of this flower gun hard enamel pin are donated to charity!

photo by The Crafted Life

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

The 3 day long weekend is almost here and it’s un-offically the start of summer! When you’re out bbq-ing and soaking up the sun this weekend take a minute to give back to our veterans by picking up one of the flower gun enamel pins I designed for The Crafted Life. They are on-sale this week and the best part is that 100% off the proceeds go to DAV, an organization that supports homeless and disable veterans.

This week I’m loving…

Adding Copenhagen to my travel wishlist.
Not your grandma’s pool chairs.
Scratch off cards
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This might change my taste for cherries.
Eat this salad so you can eat this.
Modern monograms are the next thing.

P.S.

Add a pineapple to your cocktail.
A stylish way to support my chips & salsa habit.

DIY House Number Planter and Rental Friendly Front Porch Decor

 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.

Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

Last week you might remember I shared how I was working on a rental-friendly refresh of our front porch. Today I’m excited to show you the results plus a tutorial for an easy-to-make house number wall planter!

Since we rent our little Venice home I couldn’t make any huge changes to the porch, nor did I want to make the financial investment to do so. I opted to do a few simple things that really gave the porch a face lift. It wasn’t in bad shape before, it just was a bit bland for my taste. The first thing I did was create the house number planter, then I added a pair of rail planters, and finished the refresh by painting the front step a dark gray.

Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

I love how there’s now a little pop of color and texture on the porch. The house number planter makes such a great impact from the street and adds just the right amount of modern decor to the space. The best part is that I was able to fill up all three planters using just one bag of Expand ‘n Gro planting mix. Check out the full tutorial below to learn how you can make your own house number planter.

Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

DIY House Number Planter

Supplies

Extra large galvanized circle wall planter
Modern house numbers
White spray paint + primer
E600 glue
Ruler
Drill + drill bit, for making drainage holes
Miracle-Gro Expand ‘n Gro planting mix
Succulents
Screws, for mounting the planter
Gardening gloves

Directions

  1. Start by spray painting the house numbers white, or whatever color you like. Apply one thin, even coat and allow it dry for 1 hour. Repeat another coat and let them dry for 24 hours. This step is optional. I chose to paint the numbers to give them more contrast and make them easier to read. Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!
  2. Use a drill with a drill bit fitted for drilling into metal to create 3 drainage holes along the bottom edge of the planter.Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!
  3. Use a ruler to align the house numbers on the front of the planter. Apply glue to the back of each number and position into place. It’s easiest to arrange and glue the first and last numbers first, than adjust the middle numbers accordingly. Allow the glue to dry for at least 24 hours (and 48+ if you’re in a humid environment).house-number-planter-4
  4. Hang the planter onto the front of our home using wood screws (or anchors and screws if drilling into plaster/concrete).
  5. Fill 1/3 of the planter with Expand ‘n Gro. Slowly add water and use a spade to mix the soil. Once expanded plant your succulents. Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

After planting the succulents in the wall planter, the rain planters were next. First I removed the rubber drainage plugs so there would be proper drainage in the containers. Next I filled each rail planters 1/3 of the way full with Expand ‘n Gro, added water, mixed the soil to allow it to expand up to 3x and planted the flowers. Easy peezy!

Grab a bag of potting soil on Amazon Prime and add some greenery to your home!

I found it easiest to wet the potting mix using a watering can so I could control the amount of water. You could also use a hose, just start with a little bit of water, get mixing, and add more water as needed. Expand ‘n Grow holds up to 50% more water than regular potting mix and can grow plants up to 3x bigger than native soil so it’s the perfect thing to give your new plants a boost. I used my handy paint-dipped garden spade, an old DIY project from over three years ago, to mix the soil.

Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

Grab a bag of potting soil on Amazon Prime and add some greenery to your home!

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The icing on the cake—or rather the new doormat on my freshly painted step is this playful fruit doormat. Just the thing to get the home ready for summer!

Learn how to make your own modern house number wall planter! It's a great way to spruce up a rental home!

Before you place your next Prime order, add a bag of Expand ‘n Gro to your cart and you’re on your way to an easy home makeover. What would you do to refresh your front porch?

This post was created in partnership with Miracle-Gro and IZEA.

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How to Make Vanilla Extract

You can make your own vanilla extract in just 5 minutes! Make a batch to keep on hand for holiday, teacher and hostess gifts.

As soon as I learned that I could make my own vanilla extract I did. I had all the ingredients, vanilla beans and vodka, on hand so I made a batch in less than 5 minutes flat. That was a couple years ago and I’m happy to report that I haven’t bought any ready-made vanilla extract since then. And I can go through it pretty darn quick!

Watch the video below to see just how easy it is to make and then go make some! If you package it up in little amber bottles with cute labels they make the perfect gifts to keep on hand. Perfect when you’re in a crunch for a hostess gift or an end-of-the-year teacher gift. And if you’re one of those people who is done with Christmas shopping by Thanksgiving, you can make a batch to keep as Christmas gifts too.

 

DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract

Supplies & Ingredients

4 oz amber glass bottles
knife
cutting board

vodka
whole vanilla beans2-3 per bottle

Directions

  1. Use a pairing knife to cut vanilla bean pods in half. Then score each half lengthwise to open each pod.
  2. Place 2-3 whole pods (4-6 halves) in each bottle. Top with vodka and shake. Keep in a dry, cool place (like your pantry) for 8 weeks. After 8 weeks it will be ready to use. You can keep vanilla beans in the bottle to maintain a strong flavor.

You can make your own vanilla extract in just 5 minutes! Make a batch to keep on hand for holiday, teacher and hostess gifts.

I made my labels using my Silhouette Cameo and some mint green adhesive vinyl I had on had. If you have an electronic cutting machine, you can download my label design here.

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Links to Love

Loving this coral and teal Electra Townie bike!

Hellooooo Weekend!

Wow this was a hard week. Ok, make that 2 weeks. Most of my deadlines for the month got piled into a span of 10 days so things have been crazy to say the least. Although I have to do a little work this weekend (like hang wallpaper—which side note: is basically the same thing as going into IKEA with your significant other) I’m really looking forward to the weekend. We’re supposed to have some summer-like weather so I’m planning on hoping on my bike and getting some sun!

This week I’m loving

This mural—it’s inspired by Native plants!
These mirrors.
Instant grad gifts.
The coolest set of dominos. Ever.
Printable free wall art.
Handmade birthday candles?!?

P.S.

Have you seen this week’s video?
Just got these shorts—they have scallops and they are only $20!