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May 1, 2015

Add some simple glamour to your home with one of these DIY projects! Click through for links to each project and more.

Hello weekend! This weekend I’m going to be working like crazy trying to get all my ducks in a row before we leave town the following weekend. I’m definitely going to squeeze in some Derby watching and barn time between all my projects.

What will you create this weekend?

1. These plant pockets would also be cute for storing supplies.

2. This mid-century chair makeover makes me want to start searching for a new chair to remake (even if I don’t have room for one).

3. I love mixing materials and this brass and suede banner has be swooning.

4. I adore pink leather and this hexagon leather tray just needs to be on my bedside table.

I’m also loving:

This Derby party garland. Are you hosting a party tomorrow?

My favorite peony sweatshirt is on sale.

This adorable kid’s butterfly brunch.

In case you missed it:

The May wallpaper is up!

Succulents are even cuter in a pretty planter.

Mango and Strawberry Frozen Margaritas

April 30, 2015

Love strawberry margaritas? Try this icy frozen version that uses Natalie's freshly squeezed citrus margarita mix.

Now that May is just around the corner that means other May holidays are too! Cinco de Mayo is next week so I created an icy, frozen version of everyone’s favorite Cindo de Mayo cocktail—the margarita! I’m usually an on the rocks kinda girl but I know so many of you prefer them frozen so I’ve got you covered.

I started with Natalie’s freshly squeezed margarita mix and added frozen strawberries and mangos, two of my favorite fruit flavors. The mix is a great base because unlike most mixes, it’s only made of pure cane sugar and freshly squeezed lime juice. No artificial sweeteners or colors here! These margaritas are just so easy to make that everyone will be wanting you to serve them all summer long.

Even if you're not a big fan of margaritas you're sure to love this delicious mango frozen version. It's made with Natalie's fresh margarita mix and blended with frozen mangos.

Frozen Mango Margaritas
makes 4 drinks

Ingredients:
8 ounces Natalie’s Margarita Mix
1-2 ounces tequila
2 ounces simple syrup
2 cups frozen diced mango
4 cups of ice
salt (optional)
lime slices (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until the ice is crushed and the mixture is blended. Sprinkle salt on a plate and dip the top part of a glass in water and then in the salt to coat the rim. Pour the frozen mixture in the salt rimmed glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

Simple syrup can be made by combing equal parts sugar and water. Heat the mixture in a microwave safe bowl until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Allow the mixture to cool before using it in this recipe.

Everyone's favorite frozen margaritas gets an update with Natalie's freshly squeezed citrus margarita mix. No artificial sweeteners or things you can't pronounce in this delicious strawberry margarita recipe.

Frozen Strawberry Margaritas
makes 4 drinks

Ingredients:
8 ounces Natalie’s Margarita Mix
1-2 ounces tequila
2 ounces simple syrup
2 cups frozen strawberries
4 cups of ice
salt (optional)
lime slices (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse until the ice is crushed and the mixture is blended. Sprinkle salt on a plate and dip the top part of a glass in water and then in the salt to coat the rim. Pour the frozen mixture in the salt rimmed glass and garnish with a slice of lime.

Simple syrup can be made by combing equal parts sugar and water. Heat the mixture in a microwave safe bowl until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute. Allow the mixture to cool before using it in this recipe.

Get ready for Cindo de Mayo and try one of these simple, delicious frozen margaritas. They can be made with tequila for a simple, frozen treat.

Love fresh squeezed juice as much as I do? Check out what else I’ve made with Natalie’s juices.

This recipe was created in partnership with Natalie’s Juice. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!

May 2015 Calendar Wallpaper

April 29, 2015

Dress up your wallpaper with this adorable modern sunflower design by sarahhearts.com (click through to get it for your computer, phone and tablet)

Spring flowers continue on the newest monthly wallpaper!

This month is my mom’s birthday (and Mother’s Day) so in honor of her I’ve created a fun, bright wallpaper with sunflowers on it! Sunflowers have long been my mom’s favorite flower so I created some in my bright, modern aesthetic. As always, it’s available both with and without a calendar and also with one of my mom’s favorite quotes. I hope you adore this month’s wallpaper as much as I do!

Add some inspiration to your desktop with this free Maya Angelou wallpaper from sarahhearts.com (click through to get it for all your devices)

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 some bright sunflowers to your iPhone and iPad with this free wallpaper from sarahhearts.com

These bright modern sunflowers are the perfect way to add a pop of color to your desktop (click through to get it for your phone and tablet too).

Concept and design by Sarah Khandjian

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

DIY Geometric Planter

April 28, 2015

Create this colorful geometric planter with this free printable and some Mod Podge! Click through to see how it was created with the Sprout by HP.

After creating the fun paint brush printables with my Sprout I decided to use it in a completely different way to create a spring inspired DIY project. This time, rather than scanning my paint brushes, I decided to scan some of my favorite fabrics and use them to create a pretty planter.

I love to buy fabric (and pretty much all textiles) the way most women love to to buy shoes. The bright pink floral sweatshirt I’m wearing is proof! When I see a beautiful print I just have to have it, even before I know exactly how I’m going to use it. But rather than actually cut up and use some of my favorite fabrics I found a better way to use them—and share them with you.

The Sprout by HP can be used for all sorts of creative projects including creating cute printable shapes that are perfect for decoupaging onto planters and more.

I placed the fabric down, one at a time, on the Touch Mat and scanned it. Just the tap of one button and it was imported into my gallery and ready to be used.

Scan 3D and 2D objects, like fabric, with the Sprout and then you can manipulate the image with your fingers. It's like finger painting!

After scanning each fabric with the 3D camera I then punched a hexagon out of each print to create the tiled printable you see below. It really feels like finger painting when creating on the projected surface. There’s something so comfortable about working with your hands, even if it’s a digital surface.

After punching out the hexagon shapes, I pinched and zoomed to resize them and arranged them on my workspace. I printed them out on some matte photo paper and then used them to decorate a plain white planter. Now I have a unique planter I just adore—and I can keep the fabric for another DIY!

Time: 15 minutes + drying
Supplies: geometric template / planter / outdoor mod podge / scissors / foam brush

Print out these cute hexagons and use them to create your own geometric planter.

Step 1: Download and print the template on matte photo paper or card stock. Cut out each hexagon shape.

Outdoor Mod Podge is perfect for creating custom modern planters.

Step 2: Working on one side at a time, use a foam brush to apply outdoor Mod Podge to the entire side of the planter. Place the geometric shapes directly on the wet surface and apply another coat on top of the paper making sure to cover all the edges. It will look slightly milky but don’t worry—it will dry clear. Repeat on the other sides of the planter. Allow it to dry for 20 minutes then add a second coat over the entire outside of the planter. Allow it to dry overnight before placing plants inside.

The Sprout does it all! You can use it to scan objects like fabric to create awesome DIY projects like this colorful modern planter.

Loving this simple modern planter with colorful geometric shapes on it!

What would you create with a Sprout? Leave a comment and let me know how you would use it on your next DIY project!

This post was created in partnership with Sprout by HP

This post was created in partnership with Sprout by HP. Thanks for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!

Layered Lemonade Ice Cubes

April 27, 2015

Not only do layered ice cubes make for a pretty presentation, they also make lemonade delicious! Click through to see what each flavor is.

Now that is starting to feel a lot like summer here in Florida, a glass of ice cold lemonade is starting to sound like a really good idea. After going on a long walk in the middle of the day, I walked in the kitchen and grabbed a bottle of my favorite lemonade. There’s nothing quite like freshly squeezed lemonade after being outside on a very humid ninety degree day! But I know some people are lemonade fans no matter the weather so I’ve created a way to make it even more delicious by serving it with layered ice cubes!

If lemonade is one of your favorite summertime drinks, then you have to try serving it with layered ice cubes!

These layered ice cubes make for a pretty presentation and would be great at your next party! Here’s how to make them:

Supplies: silicone ice cube trays / Natalie’s lemonade

Serve fresh squeezed lemonade over layered ice cubes for a refreshing treat! Click through for details about each flavor.

Mango Lemonade
Puree diced mango in a blender until smooth. Pour into ice cube tray filling each cube half way. Freeze for 30 minutes then top with lemonade. Freeze until solid or overnight.  Fill glass with ice cubes and top with lemonade.

Raspberry Lemonade
Puree raspberries in a blender until smooth. Pour into ice cube tray filling each cube half way. Freeze for 30 minutes then top with lemonade. Freeze until solid or overnight. Fill glass with ice cubes and top with lemonade. If you don’t like the seeds, strain the blended raspberries over a fine mesh sieve before filling the ice cube tray.

Black Currant Arnold Palmer
Brew black currant tea and lightly sweeten. Pour into ice cube tray filling each cube half way. Freeze for 30 minutes then top with lemonade. Freeze until solid or overnight. Fill glass with ice cubes and top with half lemonade and half black currant tea.

Natalie's fresh squeezed lemonade gets a makeover with these delicious layered ice cubes. A perfect treat on a hot summer day they melt into delicious flavored lemonade.

These layered ice cubes look so pretty and sound so tasty! Perfect for serving at a shower or summertime party.

This post was created in partnership with Natalie’s Orchid Island Juice Company. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that keep this blog going!