Mindfulness and Mandalas: Drawing for Relaxation

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I am always looking for ways to relax at the end of the day. Sometimes it is a Netflix show, sometimes I diffuse a calming essential oil, but other times I’m looking to create something with my hands while I’m spending a few moments on myself. I already knew that knitting can be used to promote mindfulness and calming brain waves because of its repetitive nature and steady rhythm, but I was wondering if there was another craft I could complete that would have the same effect. A quick Google search and I was pointed in the right direction: mandalas.  Continue reading

DIY Broken China Mosaic Tea Tray

DIY Broken China Tea TrayWhile browsing on ShopGoodwill.com, I found the perfect set of china. It had a 22k border and a robin’s egg blue center with pink roses. I splurged on myself and bought the entire set. However, three dishes didn’t make the trip to my house in one piece, so I had a few pieces that needed to be transformed. Continue reading

Suzy Lou Llama: A Tutorial

Suzy Lou Llama: A TutorialI was looking for a project that was whimsical and fun when I stumbled upon a llama on a planner at Michaels. With that image in mind, I created a fun llama painting with three-dimensional details and named this character “Suzy Lou Llama.” I think it would be perfect for a girl’s nursery, or just for brightening up a wall. Here’s the tutorial for making your own! Continue reading

Shabby Chic Mood Board

Shabby Chic Mood Board

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I am obsessed with shabby chic. The pastel blues and pinks and florals just fill me with joy. I have a small collection of flowery hand towels and ruffled décor. Teapots, vintage clocks, chippy white paint — what could be better. Here is some visual inspiration to help you jump aboard the shabby chic bandwagon. Continue reading

Girl with Book: A Mixed-Media Tutorial

Girl with Book Mixed-Media Canvas

This mixed-media canvas sat unfinished for about a month until I was sketching one day and created this girl. Instantly, I knew that she would complete this collage. The Prima Marketing Water-Soluble Oil Pastels created a wonderful effect for the details. Continue reading

DIY Woodburned Ukulele: A Review

DIY Woodburned Ukulele Kit

I bought this kit on a whim a few months ago and it’s finally finished! I wanted to take the road less traveled and instead of just assembling this ukulele kit, I decided to add some texture and pattern to the body of the instrument. Here’s how I added a little pizzazz to this kit with just a stencil and a woodburning tool. Continue reading

Picking Your Dapper Day Outfit

Picking a Dapper Day OutfitDapper Day at the Disneyland Resort is just a few days away! For those of you who don’t know about Dapper Day, it is the day that you can get really dressed up (usually in vintage style clothing) and go to Disneyland in style! It is amazingly fun to watch what everyone else comes up with for their outfit, and to dress up for a day of fun.

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For this post, I’ll be breaking down some of my favorite outfits from past Dapper Days, and giving some recommendations on where to start for creating a Dapper Day outfit of your very own! Continue reading

DIY Upcycled Cello Lamp

DIY Cello LampThis cello was destined for the dumpster before I saved it. My aunt is a music teacher and had this instrument returned to her with the neck broken off. Instead of wasting such a beautifully made instrument, I decided to transform it into something else. It would never play music again, but it provides light for our music room, so it now has a new life and new purpose. Continue reading

DIY Mermaid Crown

DIY Mermaid Crown

Here is the long awaited tutorial to make your own mermaid crown. This was the perfect accessory to my Ursula costume from Halloween. Everyone asked me where I had purchased it, but I just smiled and said “I made it myself!” This is a super easy tutorial that anyone can do with a little glue and spray paint. Continue reading

Free Crochet Fox Pattern: What Does the Fox Say? Amigurumi!

Free Crochet Fox Pattern: Fox AmigurumiThis darling crochet fox was a birthday present for my friend’s one-year-old. His nursery is woodland-themed and I thought this cute little fox would be the perfect addition. This free crochet fox pattern is a Beginner+ level pattern and uses entirely single crochet in the round with increases and decreases to create shaping. Continue reading