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Fun and creative ways to display art and photos …


I’m always looking for new ways to display my family’s art and photographs. We normally just stick Kai’s masterpieces on the refrigerator, but that’s so clique. I’m looking for some fun ways to brighten our house and showcase our work and our photos. Here are some ideas that I have found.

I do have two art pieces in my house that show off my family’s photos, I think beautifully and monochromatically, click here to check it out. I think you’ll love it to. It’s edgy and different.

I love this one!

5 inspiring art pieces found at MOMA …


I was browsing the Museum of Modern Art’s website and I came across these five modern pieces of art that inspire me. I hope they inspire you too!

Shay Alkalay (Israeli, born 1976)

Nuages (Cloud) Bookcase
Ronan Bouroullec (French, born 1971) and Erwan Bouroullec (French, born 1976)

Billy B. Old English Padlock, from the Sweet Dreams Security series
Matthias Megyeri (German, born 1973)

De Theatercompagnie De Vrouw van Vroeger
Experimental Jetset (Dutch, est. 1997)

Anthropometry: Princess Helena
Yves Klein (French, 1928-1962)

Check out some of my art:
Art project: colorful recycled magazine shadowbox art …

Bird paintings

Photo collage

Dripping with circles painting

Garden signs

Chakra art

Kevin’s wedding present painting

Chic seashell art

Happy thoughts

Art project: colorful recycled magazine shadowbox art …


A few months ago, I saw a similar art piece on Etsy.com 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

Colors in my garden: nature’s art …


Last night after work, Kai and I planted cucumber seeds in the same spot where we grew our broccoli and cauliflower this winter. As we placed them into the Earth and covered them with rich soil, I looked around our yard. It’s bursting with vibrant colors, and I just had to share it all with you. Enjoy!

ps. I think next year, I’m going to dedicate a section of my yard just to flowers!

See more posts about our garden:
Edible garden
Tree art
Planting our garden
Garden signs

Wedding present art + an Etch A Sketch drawing …


I finally gave my brother Kevin and new sister-in-law Marti their wedding present yesterday. (They were married in November!) It’s not like I was a slacker. I painted something a few months ago, but it was terrible. So, I hid the hideous art piece under my guest bed until inspiration struck me. And a few weeks ago, it finally did.

What I like about this piece, which I call “Connections,” is the big background squares/rectangles are separated monochromatically. The overlay colors are one step clockwise from the background colors implying an unifying connection. To me, this represents Kevin, Marti and their two kids (and my new niece and nephew) Maggie and John.

Here is a pic of Kevin and Marti during the big reveal.

Also, Alex was inspired on Kai’s Etch A Sketch. Check out this awesome piece. (I’m totally impressed because all I create on this thing is stairs.)







10 Random things about me …


1. I’m a space cadet. Saturn’s rings excite me. I’m intrigued with the Great Red Spot on Jupiter. I drool over the images taken by the Hubble Telescope. Butterflies flitter in my stomach and my mind wanders with all of the endless possibilities each time I see the shuttle launch. (I love that I can see it from my house.) Growing up, my favorite book growing up was an outdated National Geographic tome about the planets. In college, I was the VP of the University of Central Florida Astronomical Society and I even took an advanced astronomy course at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. I wanted to be an astronomer, but I don’t understand upper level calculus. Bummer.

2. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. I didn’t even have to google this to see how it’s spelled. In the late-90’s, I played Mary Poppins at Disney World for a few years. I loved it. It was such a great outlet for me because I learned to be outgoing, do my make up, speak in a British accent (unfortunately, I’m not nearly as good as I used to be) and even a few dance moves. I also dressed up as Pluto, Buzz Lightyear (only once, I was too small for the costume and it hurt), Eeyore, Briar Fox, Mr. Smee, Prince John, Friar Tuck, an Ostrich in the Spectro-Magic parade and lots more. I even met my husband, Alex, (he skateboarded in the parades) there too!

3. Ashtanga Yoga. It makes me feel alive. I wish I could practice five days a week. But I’m grateful for the one hour I practice now.

4. Earth Sister. I recently read an old diary of mine from the seventh grade that said, “I think I want to become an environmentalist.” I remember being inspired from a pamphlet about global warming. Twenty years later: Here I am, hybrid and all! (Although, Alex drives it. But I do bring canvas bags to the grocery store.)

5. Mad about mid century modern. The lines, the curves, the colors, the architecture, the shapes, the furniture, and the idealistic views of the future – it’s all fantastic and inspiring.

6. Writing. It’s my first love. I remember sitting on some steps outside of my house when I was in kindergarten pretending to be a journalist. Fast forward to today: I’m an editor by trade and have worked for Florida Travel + Life and Garden Design magazines. Fingers crossed that I’ll be writing for another magazine soon. (Come on advertisers; start buying ads again, please!) It’s my passion.

7. Back to the Future. It’s one of my all-time fave movies. My brothers and I still quote the movie all the time. The sequels are pretty good too.

8. Here comes the sun. I love the Beatles – I can listen to them on Pandora all day, every day and be happy. I’ve seen Paul in concert a few years ago and he was amazing, but I would love to have been alive during Beatle-mania. I mean, I loved New Kids on the Block growing up, but … it’s not even comparable – so why am I?

9. Popcorn. I love it. Buttered, caramel, kettle – it’s all good.

10. My many wishes: Kai would brush his teeth without having me to wrestle him to open his mouth; I had more time to create art; I could have a massage every night before I went to sleep; with just a blink of my eyes – I could travel from one place to another – without having to be in a car or airplane; there were no such things as ticks; I could go on more vacations; I had a Florida spring in my backyard; everyone would care about the environment; I had a stylist who knew exactly what I liked to shop and pick out my outfits for me (for free!); I could work in my garden more, I could kayak every day …

For even more about me, check out my daily routine.

The art of reusing + recycling furniture ideas …


Earth Day is on Thursday, so this week it’s all eco, all the time. I was searching the web and discovered this inspiring site – recycleart.org. I pulled a few of my favorites recyclable ideas from it. I’m totally smitten!

Row, row, row your garden

The carpet itself uses the paper of the cigarettes unrolled and layered on top of each other. The design utilizes the yellow and white pieces from the paper to create a pattern similar to a woven textile rug.

Glass tumblers transformed into a chandelier.

A table created out of legos.

A curtain made out of the bottoms of plastic bottles.

Sonic Fabric Neckties are made from 50% colored thread and 50% recorded audio cassette tape.

Yo ho, yo ho (and a rum and Diet Coke for Mommy) …


It’s a pirate’s life for Kai – from his birthday cake to his weekly sword fights with his grandpa. To help feed his buccaneer mania, we made little pirate puppets recently to mimic the little pirate gingerbread men in Kai’s favorite book, The Gingerbread Pirates, by Kristen Kladstrup (ps. When you have a three-year-old a book’s seasonality doesn’t matter.)

We used toothpicks for peg legs, popsicle sticks as the swords, pipe cleaners for the hooks and googley eyes for, well, the eyes. Kai had a blast making these, except when he realized he couldn’t eat them.

How to make gingerbread pirate puppets:

You’ll need:
construction paper
popsicle sticks
pipe cleaners
googley eyes
gingerbread man cookie cutter
hole puncher
pirate flag (optional)

1. Trace your gingerbread man cookie cutter.
2. Cut him out.
3. Decorate: tape toothpicks on the back for peg legs, paste hole-punched circles, cut out little shorts and belts and paste them on.

Voila! Your very own gingerbread pirate! Argh!

Monochromatic memories …

Before Kai was born, Alex and I traveled across the country taking really amazing photographs along the way. For years, the beautiful shots were tucked hidden in our computer for no one to see. For the most part, we would have never displayed these photos in our home because taken out of context they seem so random and sometimes insignificant, yet they’re stunning, inspiring and remind us of our adventures.

And then it happened, I figured out how to showcase our photography in a fun and artsy way.

First, I sifted through our backup hard drives for all the blue and green toned shots. Then I had the photos printed with a thin white border. I thought this helped make the individual snapshots pop more, plus giving them all a unifying thread.

When the photos arrived, I sorted them by color (the blue photos for one collage and the green for another) and laid them out making sure the photos didn’t clash beside to each other. Then I painstakingly measured, punched eight holes in most of the blue photos (except for ones on the edges) and with the help of needle nosed pliers laced little wire circles through the holes to give it an interesting industrial and textured look. This was tough and took forever because the circles kept falling off.

For the green collage, I decided to go easy on myself. Instead of fastening them with the metal circles, I just taped them all together on the back.

I love these collages and can stare at them for hours. I hope you like them too.

Check out more of my art:
Wedding present art
Chakra art
Anthropologie-esque art
Tree art
Dripping with circles
Modern seashell art

Check out more of my art:
Wedding present art
Chakra art
Anthropologie-esque art
Tree art
Dripping with circles
Modern seashell art