Category Archives: DIY

Parenting magazine is looking for craft ideas

Hey crafters!

Parenting magazine is looking for fun, modern kid crafts to feature in our Halloween and Christmas issues. Got a never-been-published, original holiday craft? We want to see it! Send a snapshot of it to If your craft is selected, we’ll print it in the magazine and give you and your blog (if you have one) credit. Be sure to include your name, hometown and phone number in your e-mail to us so we can contact you about the instructions. The deadline is May 2nd.


Polaroid art collage …


There is something edgy about polaroids. I’m not sure if it’s because of its retro quality or because it’s so raw – there are no retakes – what you get is what you get. Whatever it is, I love it. Don’t you?

DIY: Necklace Knockoff #2 …


Okay, so I think I got my necklace making-kick out of my system. This is my second necklace knock off this week and I think it turned out pretty awesome.

Check out the first necklace knockoff here.

At lunch yesterday, I went to the same specialty fabric store where I got the thread for the other necklace and picked up some yellow and gray buttons. (I love the store because there are hundreds – maybe thousands of different styles of buttons that you could choose from.) Each of these cost between $.20 and $.55 each.

All I did was thread them together with some silver wire. I rethread some of the buttons two or three times so they were sturdy and I connected them to a random silver chain that I found in my couch years ago that nobody claimed.

It’s not as neat as the one that I knocked off, but I think it turned out pretty awesome, especially since I’m not used to working with wire. Plus, it only took me about 15 minutes to complete.

HERE IS THE ORIGINAL NECKLACE (I found the pic online.)

HERE IS MY REPLICA (ps. I’m wearing it today.)


DIY: Necklace knock-off …


(ps. since this picture, I trimmed some of the fringe. It is a bit much here.)

A week and a half ago, while in the Dominican Republic (check out part uno of our trip here and part dos of our trip here), my sister-in-law, Nathalie, let me wear one of her necklaces around town. I fell in love and become obsessed. No, literally – I couldn’t stop thinking about making one of my own. So, last night, after collecting the beads and string on my lunch break, I made it. It only took me three hours to do it all – paint (and dry) the beads, braid the string and thread everything together.

I’m going to make more necklaces and bracelets in the upcoming days, so I’ll show you how I paint the beads in upcoming posts. (Hint: it includes bamboo skewers and empty cracker and granola bar boxes.)

Here are pictures of Nathalie’s necklace.

Here are pictures of my necklace.

Pretty good replica, huh?

Here is what I used:
1. Two pieces of fringed trim (I bought at a speciality fabric store. For a $1 a yard)
2. Three colors of cross-stitch thread (I already owned these from a previous art project – check my bird cage art here.)
3. Wooden beads (I bought a tub full for $5.00 with a 40% coupon at Michael’s. So it came out to be $3.00)
4. Acrylic paint (Already owned.)
5. Random beads (Already owned.)

So the total for this necklace is $5.00! Sweet deal!

My dream outdoor rooms …


It’s officially summer and it’s hot as blazes. It’s so hot and humid in Florida that at times you don’t even want to step outside, which is unfortunate because I love to be outside. When the temperature does finally cool off in the evening then the mosquitoes come out. I just have to wait a few more months to fully enjoy my garden and backyard again.

In the meantime, I collected a few pics of some outdoor rooms that I’d love to lounge in. Check them out. The photos remind me of the days when I was an editor with Garden Design magazine. Which one is your fave?

Check out some more of my inspiration rooms and decor:
Funky kid room murals
Funky nature-inspired home decor
White rooms with a splash of color

5 Feng Shui mirror placement tips …


According to Feng Shui, mirrors help us be aware of our thoughts and actions because they are reflected back to us.

Mirrors should be:
1. Placed at eye level.
2. Hung behind kitchen stove to magnify wealth.
3. Not be in your bedroom.
4. Not be hung directly across from each other.
5. Most effective when placed in a position to capture the reflection of a beautiful scene or object.

Click here for 10 tips to Feng Shui your bedroom …

Art project: colorful recycled magazine shadowbox art …


A few months ago, I saw a similar art piece on and fell in love with it. Since creating art is a passion of mine, I decided recreated some myself this weekend. Check it out.

I used:
3 white shadow boxes (I bought them from Ikea for $10 each)
old magazines
straight edge paper cutter
9 pieces of heavy card stock paper

Here is how I did it …
1. I browsed through my old magazines and ripped pages (mostly ads) that had pages with larger color-blocked sections.
2. With my paper cutter, which I just bought at Michaels for $6 (I love their 40% coupons), I cut the pages into even strips.
3. Cut the card stock to fit the dimensions of the shadowbox.
4. Glued the magazine strips onto the card stock.
5. I drew designs onto the card stock and cut them out.
6. I placed front card stock piece and then stacked the other piece behind it and then arranged the colored piece in the back.


(Next step: hanging them up!)

See more of my art:
Bird paintings

Photo collage

Dripping with circles painting

Garden signs

Chakra art

Kevin’s wedding present painting

Chic seashell art

Happy thoughts

Colorful seven chakra art project …


chak·ra (chŭk’rə)
n. One of the seven centers of spiritual energy in the human body according to yoga philosophy.

In honor of my yoga practice, I painted the ancient seven Sanskrit chakra symbols – each on a separate 5” x 5” canvas. They hang outside of Kai’s room to always remind Alex and me to treat him with respect.

According to ancient Indian tradition (over 2,000 years), each chakra has a unique meaning and purpose. Click on the photo below for a larger and readable view of the graph that explains the chakras and their meanings. (I “borrowed” it from another web site that I can’t find right now. Oops!)

ps. I’ve painted the walls behind the paintings white since taking this pic.





Hole punch love: kid art project …


While on our Seattle trip (SEE PART 1 and PART 2), Alex and I missed Kai. He spent the week at my parents’ house, but didn’t care to talk to us much. He was having so much fun playing pirates and going to the beach. Out of sight, out of mind, I guess.

But when we saw each other yesterday, he was a chatterbox – telling us about crabs at the beach and showing us the treasure box he and Grandpa made together.

So, we spent all day yesterday catching up – snuggling, reading books, playing Memory, and arts and crafts. Here is what he made. (Stay tuned, I’m currently making a grown-up version of something similar.)

What we used:

1. A heart hole puncher
2. Construction paper
3. Glue

Rock on, baby …


In honor of Earth day on Thursday, Kai, Alex and I painted a rock yesterday for our garden. I thought we could paint the planet or some other type of nature scene on it. Nope. Kai, being the silly little boy that he is, wanted to paint hairy feet on it. (I told you he was silly.) But, art is all about expressing yourself and I’m not about to stifle his creativity or imagination … check it our latest (albeit weird) art project.

Check out more of Kai’s art:

Gingerbread pirates

Kai’s photos

Shell streamers