Thursday, August 30, 2012

Simply Link Party


Thanks for joining me for this week's Simply LINK PARTY!  I can't wait to see what you've created!


It's time to PARTY!  Please link up your latest creations.

  • You can link up pretty much anything as long as you "created" it (Food, craft, home decor item, a beautiful garden, a photograph, etc.  I am really flexible!)  
  • Please keep it family friendly.  
  • Please no links to shops or giveaways.  
  • I reserve the right to delete any links that aren't appropriate. 
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project (I will link back to you of course.)
  • Also, I would love it if you linked back to my site and mentioned on your blog, facebook or twitter about my link party!  Help me spread the word please!
And please visit 2-3 other links and leave them a nice, meaningful comment!  Thanks! 





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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Designer vs Decorator {Life as an Interior Designer: Part 1}


Back in the day (and by that I mean about 6 years ago) I spent my days as a commercial interior designer.  I thought, dreamed and breathed commercial interior design!  I loved it!  (and I still do)

I get many questions because of my blog about Interior Design and Decorating and have been so inspired by many questions I have gotten that I wanted to write a multi-part series about the Life as an Interior Designer!


I am not sure how long this series will be or how long it will take me to write, but because I have a design  blog and an interior design business, I thought it would be a fun on-going series!

I hope you'll follow along as my story unfolds :)  I think it's pretty interesting, but I am biased...

So first up...
Designer vs Decorator

The big debate!  This is an industry hot button for sure!  (I almost cringe just writing about this...)

And while I don't want to offend anyone...I would like to give you a general definition of designers and decorators (as typically accepted by the industry) so that you understand the difference a bit more.

Both designers and decorators typically have an "eye" for good design.  They both love design, decorating and creating amazing spaces!  Both decorators and designers are important and each play a vital roll in the design community.


Whew!  What a list!

So the moral of the story is that both designers and decorators play an important part in our industry and while they play similar roles, they are not quite the same.  So if you are looking to hire a designer or decorator, be sure you hire the person that fits your needs best!

Now...are you wondering...which am I?  A designer or a decorator...

(to be continued...)


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Rain boots...on the beach!?


We just got back from a great weekend of camping with our little family!  And had the best time!  We got a few funny looks, had a few funny things said on the camping trip and most of all, created some wonderful memories!!

My husband and I used to go camping, faithfully every summer.  We lived in Cali then and always headed down towards Santa Cruz for some beach camping and to "freeze" in the 70 degree weather down there!  After our daughter was born we did pretty well but with a second pregnancy, a cross country move and life, we have slacked a little bit!

While I won't bore you with all the details of our latest adventure, I will give you a few highlights:

We have officially fallen in LOVE with the great lakes!!!!!  Amazing beach, beautiful clear water and just an amazing place!

Our amazing daughter enjoyed camping, but I won't forget how she told us "I wish we could stay in a hotel!"  hahaha!

And our son...our super cute son, HATES to get his feet dirty.  So we wore rain boots all over our camp site and rain boots at the beach as well.  We got a few funny looks, but at least he didn't remain perched on a camping chair the whole time we were at the beach (because that did also recently happen :)

So I am running a bit behind this week with mounds of camp-fire-smelling laundry to do, an appearance on Fox59 morning show tomorrow to prep for, a guest post for SheKnows to craft for and write :):):):) and I am video taping a few videos for my OWN website this week as well (which, sad to admit, I still need to decide what I am taping!!)

Anyone want a particular video tutorial?!?!

Whew!  I am exhausted just thinking about this week!

So here's to wonderful family memories and surviving this week!

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Simply Link Party


Thanks for joining me for this week's Simply LINK PARTY!  I can't wait to see what you've created!


In case you missed it, here are a few highlights from my week!  Click on the photo to read more:

                  

            

It's been a busy week!!

Now it's time to PARTY!  Please link up your latest creations.

  • You can link up pretty much anything as long as you "created" it (Food, craft, home decor item, a beautiful garden, a photograph, etc.  I am really flexible!)  
  • Please keep it family friendly.  
  • Please no links to shops or giveaways.  
  • I reserve the right to delete any links that aren't appropriate. 
  • By linking up you are giving me permission to feature or show off your project (I will link back to you of course.)
  • Also, I would love it if you linked back to my site and mentioned on your blog, facebook or twitter about my link party!  Help me spread the word please!
And please visit 2-3 other links and leave them a nice, meaningful comment!  Thanks! 





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Thursday, August 23, 2012

No-Sew Super Hero Cape {VIDEO}


Hurray!!  I had a long-lost video that I created as part of a unique online content program through Fox59.  I had the link, but it wasn't working for me.

I now have a link, and it is working, AND....you can view it from my SUPER COOL FOX59 Page all about  yours truly: ME!!!!


I don't mean to sound like I am bragging (although I am just a little bit :).  I have worked very very hard and have been lucky and owe a lot of this all to a little company called Nickelodeon who discovered my blog, and then 30 seconds of PURE INSANITY on my part, and an amazing segment producer that took a chance on me!  A lot went into this.

But I am completely blown away and very very humbled that Fox59 would take a portion of their website and devote it to me.  So so humbled.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you!

Ok...now I promised you a video!  Check out my No-Sew Super Hero Cape Tutorial!


You can also see my tutorial on how to make this No-Sew Super Hero Cape here.


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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Lemon Head Topiary


Is it really any secret that I love Topiaries!?  I have made a lot of topiaries over the last couple of years...and a even have a couple more up my sleeves to share with you!  But today I wanted to share a bright, fun and SIMPLE Topiary that you can make with Lemon Heads!!


Being inspired by my Jelly Bean Topiaries, I went on a hunt for fun, bright candies that I could turn into another fun Topiary and when I found Lemon Heads, I knew we were meant to be!

Topiary + Candy = Meant to Be

Just sayin'

In my typical Topiary Fashion...You Will Need:

  • Styrofoam ball (I used 4")
  • Lemon Heads (I used 4-5 packs)
  • Yellow craft paint, foam brush
  • Hot glue and lots of glue sticks
  • Wooden Dowel
  • Extra Styrofoam to container
  • Pail or some sort of container (I usually find my pails from the $1 section at Target)
  • Shredded paper (or other filling for bottom) (I usually get mine from the $1 Store)


Here's the How To:

  1. Paint foam ball with yellow craft paint (it doesn't need to be perfect, just get some color on there)
  2. Using plenty of hot glue, attach lemon heads, one at a time, close together, all over the foam ball.
  3. Leave an open spot at the bottom big enough for your wooden dowel.
  4. Using lots of hot glue, insert your wooden dowel into the bottom of the Styrofoam ball.
  5. Firmly press extra Styrofoam into pail or container, use hot glue to secure it in place.
  6. Insert other end of wooded dowel into Styrofoam in container and secure with hot glue.
  7. Cover foam with shredded paper or other filling.



Happy Topiary Making!

You might also like some of my other Topiaries:
    

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tell All Tuesday: Off to my closet to cry...


Perhaps I was a little over dramatic in my title...but welcome to this week's edition of Tell All Tuesday! It's only 8:40am, however and I am ready to find a closet to cry in.  


Today, I sent my oldest daughter off to kindergarten...on a school bus. (you can read about some of my anxiety over this here if you missed it)

I will be perfectly honest, I've been filled with mixed emotions the last two weeks.  My daughter and son have been especially contentious these last couple of weeks but I also realize this is the beginning of a whole new stage of life for us and for my daughter!  And this is exciting, and a bit scary too.


I was planning to hold on to ever last little bit of this stage of her life as I could...I was fully planning to drive her to school and pick her up every day.  But then I realized that they work to get the kids used to the bus the first couple of days so if I ever wanted her to have the possibility of riding the school bus, I should really send her the first couple of days.



So we decided that it would be best to let our daughter ride the school bus.  Two huge steps in one day (school bus and kindergarten).

The night before we readied her backpack, set out her clothes and packed her lunch.  We also had a lot of fun painting nails!


I love that I will get to surprise her little lunch love notes :)


My daughter was thrilled as can be, no worries, no fears all excitement and giggles! And I am overly aware of what it means to ride a school bus with children several years older than my daughter.  So we have tried to prep her as best as we knew how.  We have talked a lot about how to choose good friends etc.

So this morning, I woke up bright and early to my alarm clock, got ready, helped my daughter get ready and my son too, ate a healthy breakfast and brushed our teeth.  And walked out the front door to the bus.


Thankfully there were other moms I could talk to while we waited which stopped the flood gates from opening.  And when my daughter actually got on the school bus...as I fought back tears to take a final picture of my little girl loading the bus I knew I could hold out a few more minutes until I got home at least.  I was grateful for other parents at the school bus stop so that I wasn't the mom in full tears at the bus stop.

So I walked home and realized how quiet the house would be with only one child (no fighting is a huge plus side, but I will miss my sweet daughter's giggles!), and I realized that I had no plans for the day.  Which, I originally thought would be a GREAT idea.


Turns out, it wasn't a good idea.  I should have had a plan for today...without a plan, I have nothing to distract me from missing my daughter!  Any one want to meet me for hot cocoa!?!?!

So, I think I might just go and relegate myself to a closet to cry...

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Feature Monday


I really LOVE Feature Monday!  (Even if I am super late in getting it up this week!)  I love having the chance to go through all the links at my Link Parties and check out some amazing things that you guys have created!


There is still time to link up at this week's LINK PARTY here.

Here are a few favorite links from last week:

monster bibs - how adorable are these!?!?

make ahead mixes - I definitely need to make a few of these!

jewelry organizer - such a creative and simple way to organize jewelry   

simple tub and shower cleaner - this is high on my to-do list!!  

Sumer Mantel
summer mantel - so cute!!


Thanks for all who linked up!!

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Back to School Photo Op Board


I love being able to guest post at Expressions Vinyl Blog once a month!  Today I am showing off a really simple (no expensive vinyl cutter needed) Chalk Board and Dry Erase Board that is perfect for showing off your student's "stats" as they go back to school!

 


Check our my blog post here!

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Sunday, August 19, 2012

Picture Hanging System fit for the Home


Back in the day I spent 4 years as a commercial interior designer.  That means I lived, breathed and dreamed about commercial buildings and spaces for over four years of my life!  I LOVED it!  (but more on that in an upcoming Tell All Tuesday post :)

There are a lot of codes and standards you are required to know as an interior designer, however after you get through the process of designing the space, you get the opportunity to fill the space with wonderful, beautiful things!  You get the opportunity to choose fixtures, furniture, equipment and accessories!  Lots and lots of fun!

One of my favorite parts of the process was choosing art for the space!  I worked with an amazing woman who specialized in art and framing and between her expertise, the client and myself we could always find the best pieces of artwork to pull the entire space together and make it perfect!


One thing I didn't think very much about however was the actual hanging system for the artwork.  Unless the client asked specifically for something different or unless we felt a different solution was pertinent to the client, we just did the traditional nail-in-wall hanging solution (ok, it was a bit more complicated then that, but you get the point.)

Recently, I discovered a different wall hanging solution.  One that makes interchanging art, photos or displays easier and less complicated (and less holes in your wall).  AS Hanging Systems has many solutions that are perfect for a commercial office space OR a residential space.

AS Hanging Systems has many solutions that are perfect for commercial applications or museum hangings, however, I am really excited to show you a few solutions that are perfect for your HOME!!

Private and Personal


Their basic track systems starts with a single track installation.  And from there you install the art by cables that are attached to the track and hooks that are attached to the cable.  This makes changing art a breeze and results in less holes to patch!

Click Rail System

(of course AS Hanging Systems has many other installation applications and types,
but this is one of their more traditional installation types) 

If you want to hang rugs or tapestries, they have a Fabric Clasp that does the job without needing to puncture holes in your precious fabrics!


They also have a Click Rail system that can be installed right below your crown molding and since it is available in many finishes, you could potentially hardly notice the track. 

Click Rail System

And one of the coolest applications is the Cable Based Wall system used on a Brick (or other) wall!  Many of us have brick fireplaces and installing art on it leaves a permanent, really hard to fix, hole!  If you use a cable system for your art, you won't have holes in your brick and not only is your art interchangeable, but your brick wall stays good as new!

Cable System

And one of my absolute FAVORITE applications is a bit different, but it is a system that I would absolutely LOVE to have in my home!

With two children, I constantly receive an influx of artwork as presents and gifts!  It is so precious and I love it!  But I don't have room to store, save or display all of it!

When I saw AS Hanging Systems Pocket Display tensioned cable system, I thought it would be PERFECT to add to our playroom to display and rotate my children's latest and greatest artwork!


Seriously how cool would that be!  As the pockets fill up, my children would have to choose what art to take out and what to leave in!  It would be so fun in the playroom and a perfect solution for where and how to display precious children's art!


In the past, art hanging systems have been designed and catered towards retail, office, hospitality and museum applications, but I find it very refreshing that AS Hanging Systems is offering systems that also accommodate the needs of residential users!

This system makes changing out art so simple and you have fewer holes in your walls!  I can't tell you how many times I have had to patch walls when I want to change my wall displays and having a system like this in place would eliminate the need to patch holes and keep my walls in better condition!

If you are interested in learning more about AS Hanging Systems, please visit their website here.

Thanks to AS Hanging Systems for supporting this post.  All opinions are 100% mine.  
Photos are courtesy of AS Hanging Systems' website.  

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