DIY: Giant Clam Shell

IMG_3230This is one of those projects where I just got really lucky! My Mom has been wanting one of these giant clam shells for a while but every time we find one they’re so expensive- like hundreds of dollars for the really big ones! So of course I went to Pinterest to search for a homemade version.  One of the pins was for a DIY by a girl who found a giant plastic shell serving dish at a thrift store and painted it.  Honestly, I thought it was a dumb tutorial because what are the chances you are going to find one of these plastic bowls?!  I dismissed the idea and went on to thinking about how I could paper-mache one.  But then luck struck and at the Ventura Flea Market, what do you know, I found a giant blue plastic shell bowl- exactly like the one from Pinterest!!

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Fig Tree Wooden Plant Stand

After we got rid of our Christmas tree and created our simple and clean house, we had some space left for a new addition.  Fiddle leaf fig trees are very popular and when I went to the farmers market a few weeks ago, I saw that a man was selling them. I knew once Christmas was over, this would be the next addition to our house. So J and I picked one out on Saturday.

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Simple and Clean in 2015

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“Simple and Clean in 2015” I took that motto from Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s “Fixer Upper”. The new year is a great opportunity to begin with a fresh start. For me, this means making resolutions, setting goals, and cleaning out the clutter! I live in a small apartment and over the past 6 months I’ve learned the importance of keeping it simple. There isn’t the space to have a ton of stuff here, so I must be more critical of the things I make and keep. Plus, while I’m a collector, my boyfriend is quite the minimalist so we’ve worked to create a balance. While he may not believe it, I really have put more care into what I bring into the house- you can’t collect every piece of driftwood (but maybe every other…).  Continue reading

Weekend Warriors- Fixing up the Cabin

As a Christmas gift to my Grandma and Grandpa, my parents wanted to build a bench and finish the walls of the dining room in my Grandparents’ cabin.  My uncle recently put new windows in and re-framed the wall.  It needed some finishing up and so my family offered to do it in their time off between Christmas and New Years.

My Dad built the frame of the window seat at home to save time.  Our plan was to insulate the walls, put up wainscoting, paint, and install the window seat.  It was a lot of work! Things didn’t always go as we had planned, but in the end it turned out beautiful.  We all had a lot of fun (most of the time…) and I’m glad I got to spend my birthday fixing up my favorite place.

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DIY: An Easy Indoor Garden

I already have quite a few plants in my kitchen for being a pretty small space, but I was really disappointed that the flower seeds I planted in my community garden box a few weeks ago never sprouted. This might sound weird, but I think ants carried the seeds away…I have a huge ant problem in my garden, every time I water swarms of ants come out- like seriously hundreds! I think the box is on an ant nest! I can’t really do anything about them because its an organic garden (I’ve tried diamataceous earth, but it didn’t help much). So yes, I read online that ants will sometimes carry the seeds away.IMG_2379In comes the egg carton! On some gardening blogs and sites I’ve seen recommendations to start your seeds indoors in an old egg carton.  Then, when the sprout is ready, you can put the egg straight into the ground and the egg shell will provide nutrients to the soil. I thought this would be a good way to grow some flowers in my kitchen. Continue reading

DIY: A Marigold Garland

Processed with VSCOcam with p5 presetThe idea for this came to me after seeing pictures of marigold garlands from India’s Diwali festivals on Pinterest.  Diwali is a Hindu festival celebrated in fall and it signifies the victory of light over dark, good over evil.  There were thousands of marigolds strung and hanging all over people’s houses for the celebration.  I also saw a lot of these strands in Thailand when I went a few years ago to study-abroad.  Which makes sense because Hinduism is a popular religion in Thailand.

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