Here in Chicago we now have a bag tax. This means every time I go to the store and I need a bag, the store has to charge me $0.07 for each bag I need. Insane, right???? I pretty much ALWAYS forget to grab a bag when I go out shopping. When the cashier asks if I need a bag, and I have to tell him/her “yes”, it pains me every.single.time.
I usually attempt to avoid the bag tax by juggling all of my purchased items in my arms, which is a huge pain in the butt. I act like Wonder Women, because you know, I’m a mom of 18 month old twins so I can handle at least 40 pounds of weight. No problem, right?
Since the grocery juggling act is getting a bit old, I figured it was time for me to have a bag I can keep in my car so I always have one handy. I wanted this to be cute; It couldn’t be just any old tote. I, of course, went with a pineapple theme. (more…)
When I am at the fabric store, I tend to walk out with extra fabric that was not on my “list” of items to buy. It’s so hard to stay focused on the task at hand when you are surrounded by so many pretty fabric patterns. I, of course, find myself touching all of the brightly colored bolts of fabric I walk past!
Probably two years ago (maybe even longer!), I picked up this really cool swirly dot linen style fabric. My initial plan when I saw it was to turn it into a light-weight scarf. I thought the colors and pattern would make it a statement piece. Well, my fabric has stayed in a drawer completely untouched for the last two years! I was rummaging through my fabric bin a couple of months ago (more…)
When I first heard of air plants I thought they were fake. How could a plant survive off of just air?!?! I mean, a plant that you don’t put in dirt and doesn’t need water – surely this is a dream plant for those of us whose green thumbs are a bit challenged. Am I right? Well, as it turns out, air plants are real and dorequire water. (more…)
Now that Labor Day has come and gone, it means Summer has started to slowly move out of our lives. This means major markdowns on anything and everything Summer related. I recently popped into Crate and Barrel to see what kind of deals they had. Most of their markdowns had been picked through already, except for one lonely placemat that caught my eye.
The placemat was round with a natural colored centered and a blue ring around the edge. I assume most people that saw this single placemat passed it up because who in the world can use a single placemat??? Not many. (more…)
I recently purchased a new coffee table for my living room. I figured it was time for me to be an adult and do my best to try and avoid water marks. To help in my fight against water rings and extending the life of my table, I figured it was time for some coasters, but not just any old coasters-brightly colored DIY Parachute Cord Coasters!
For my coasters, I chose light wooden beads to use along with my parachute cord, which were the perfect size to give my coasters the lift they needed. (more…)
I have a slight obsession with pineapples. I’m not really sure why I love them so much. My love of pineapples started a few years ago and has not gone away. I photographed a pineapple and framed it for my kitchen. I then made a pineapple apron out of an obnoxious pair of pineapple pants I bought. I JUST HEART PINEAPPLES!
Buckfeet has a pair of pineapple shoes I’ve been eyeing for quite some time now. These shoes are just a basic white slide on shoe with gold pineapples. I really like these, except for the price and the pineapples are made to look like grenades – not really my jam. (more…)
When I purchased a new front door I ended up going with a neutral color. I had painted my original door red, so this time around I wanted to be able to add bold pops of color throughout the different seasons without them clashing with my door. I wanted my Spring/Summer wreath to be simplistic, yet impactful, so I ended up going with a modern wreath.
Traditional wreaths can be made out of willow or other materials but I wanted to do something a little different, which is why I used a thin gold metal ring. This craft supply can be used for a lot of different projects, but I thought it would be the perfect accent piece for my front door. (more…)
I knowI have been super silent around here the last few years posting sporadically. I really have missed sharing all of my DIY projects and inspirations. Trust me, I’ve legitimate reasons for why I’ve been so silent.
Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve been up to the past couple of years…
I was recently at a street fest, wandering past the vendors that were set-up in the streets and checking out all of their goods. Now, I don’t usually shop at street fests since I am typically there to enjoy the live music and a cocktail or two. ;) However, at this street fest, I spied a fun Aztec style clutch that was super cute. I walked over to get a closer look at it and saw it was only $8. I honestly couldn’t pass up the price for this fun little clutch, so I bought it. When items are this cheap, it’s hard for me to say “NO!”.
My initial plan was to use my street fest clutch as my go-to clutch this Summer. After looking at the design for a bit, I felt it could use a little bit of color. I saw a really cool clutch (very similar to mine) that had pretty bead work on it. Since I have zero patience to actually sit down and add tiny seed beads to anything, I wanted to come up with an easy workaround that would not test my patience.
Do you remember Puffy Paint? I used to use this stuff on t-shirts and sweatshirts to create my own New Kids on the Block fashion statement (yes, people this was before the other boy bands emerged). Since Puffy Paint is dimensional, I thought it would be the perfect solution to create little “beads”. Puffy Paint wins again! This time around it’s a little more fashionable than my NYKOTB outfits. :)
Patterned Clutch (Check out this clutch for sale on Etsy)
It has been WAAAY too long since my last post. What most of you probably don’t know, is I was actually pregnant (with twins!) hence my lack of posts. I delivered my little bundles of joy back at the end of March. Let’s just say my DIY/blog time has seriously taken a hit given my mommy duties times two! One day I will be back on here posting more consistently. I recently had a super cool experience that I wanted to share with all of you.
Long story short, back in January I was fortunate enough to have been at the right place at the right time when my co-worker in crime, Katy, and I met Jo Packham at CHA. Come to find out, Jo is the brain (i.e Creator and Edit-in-Chief) behind the GORGEOUS magazine Where Women Create. At that time, I had the current issue of the magazine on my coffee table, so needless to say I was pretty pumped when we met her in person. After chatting for a few minutes, Katy and I had ended our convo with Jo about our features (yes, FEATURES!) in her magazines Where Women Create (for me) and Where Women Create – Business (for Katy). We were both super excited to have a feature in such a beautiful magazine.
My issue was first. I am featured in the August issue, which is on stands now. In my feature, I share my story of how I was able to turn my passion into my career along with the creative space I get to work in everyday at Blitsy!
If you want to read my full story, you can purchase my issue at Barnes and Noble.
If you want to see some of the cool projects I have done for Blitsy, go here.
If you are dying to shop all of the amazing products Blitsy sells (trust me, you will want to check these out!), go here!