DIY: Decorative Coral Sculpture

/ Monday, December 12, 2011 /

Eduardo Garza + coral decorative art sculptures DIY
This is from the Maegan blog. Using coral, candlesticks, gold spray paint, hot glue, and a hammer, Maegan created this gorgeous piece of art! I love how subtle and pretty this is. These would be very pretty as a center piece in place of flowers.

DIY: Vinyl Necklace

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As I've said before, I love DIY jewerly that doesn't look like I could ever possibly make it myself. This is one of those. I love this necklace from Honestly.. WTF. So amazing!

DIY: Hardware Store Jewelry

/ Saturday, December 10, 2011 /
When stocking up on supplies to make jewelry, you probably wouldn't think to head to Home Depot. I've been seeing some really incredible jewelry made from supplies from hardware stores. What's really cool is that a lot of these supplies come in bulk and are much cheaper than fancy beads from a jewelry supply store. I love the edgy and geo-chic look to these. See my hex nut bracelet post here.

I adore this necklace made from hex nuts and sequins from Mrs. Priss.

Thread and bolts are all it takes to make this simple ring! They're so fun and different. I love the color of bolt that A Pair & Spare used.

A hair tie, a jigsaw, scissors and piping will get you this gorgeous bracelt. (The long shiny brass and silver ones). This is from Glitter and Glue.

I can't get over how fun this bolt necklace is. This is from La Ragazza Dai Capelli Rossi

Using washers, a chain, ribbon, some wire, you can easily 
make this necklace. This creation from Made By Lex is so easy and cheap. 

Sweet Potato Scones

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I love this sweet potato scone recipe from Easy Peasy Organic. I tweaked the recipe slightly:

2 c whole wheat flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp all spice
1/3 c cold, cubed butter
1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
1 c  mashed sweet potatoes (canned worked great for me)
2 Tbs milk (if necessary)

1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet or pizza stone with baking paper.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the butter cubes and crumble it together with your fingers till it looks like breadcrumbs. Add the oil and mix. Then add the potatoes (I included some of the juice) and mix.
3. Add milk if it's not sticky.
4. Roll little balls of dough about 2 in (5 cm) in circumference, put them on the tray and flatten them slightly. 
5. Put them in the oven for 15-20 min. (Aim for 15 minutes: scones can get dry pretty quickly) Let them cool slightly then remove. 
6. Serve with butter or honey. I stored mine in ziploc bags to keep it moist. They were actually more moist the second day. 

I just have to say that I really love and appreciate the Easy Peasy Organic blog. Amanda is very inspiring. I can't wait to try more of her recipes. 

DIY: Ribbon Crafts

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Here are 5 really cool ideas for crafts using ribbon.

1. Knock-Off Anthropologie Ribbon Necklace: 

This is from Yellow Blackbird. I love this unique and a fun way to add color to an outfit. I would wear this with a black scoop neck tee, leggings and flats.

2. Ribbon Chandelier:

I love this simple and pretty chandelier from Andrea Dozer. It's simple and inexpensive to make and would be easy to match the colors with any room's decor. I also like this one from Hart's Desire

3. Ribbon Gift Tags:
I love personalizing gifts. There's something about knowing someone put in a little extra effort for you instead of just buying a gift bag that is really pleasant. This tutorial from Curbly shows how to personalize your ribbon for gifts!

4. Frame hanging with Ribbon:

This is a really easy way to spruce up a regular frame. I love Simply Modern Mom's use of little knobs to hang the ribbon from. 

5. Ribbon Roses:
DIY: How to make ribbon roses - Click to enlarge
All you need is ribbon with wire in it, and a pencil! What an adorable way to top a gift. This would be pretty in white as house decor. It's so simple that I feel ridiculous for ever purchasing fake flowers (which I have). This is from Save On Crafts

Reasonable Ribbon has a great selection on ribbon. 

DIY: Succulent Holiday Wreath

/ Friday, December 9, 2011 /
This is an amazingly gorgeous and natural holiday wreath made with a wire wreath frame, moss, succulents, and wire. Loeffler Randall highlighted Denise Porcaro's amazing floral arrangement abilities. Find the instructions here. I love that you could have this hanging year round.

DIY:Junk Mail Snowflake

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I love these festive snowflakes from Michele Mademe. This is a unique and paper-saving way to make use of your pesty junk mail!

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