Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Make Your Patio Pop with Bold Accessories

patio with neutral basics and colorful accessories
Make your patio pop with colorful accessories!

This post was inspired and sponsored by Wayfair.  The ideas and opinions are mine, but I loved every minute perusing their amazing outdoor collection!

Outdoor parties are one of my favorite parts of spring and summer.  Getting back outside is so refreshing, and I want my patio guests to feel refreshed too.  In preparation for my big patio debut, I decided to add pops of color to bring more energy and vibrance to my outdoor haven.

colorful pillow, colorful table setting, and fun frog accessories
Colorful  and fun accessories are the best way to make your patio POP!

My patio started out basic and somewhat drab, but a neutral base is a great way to start.  Adding colorful accessories brought so much life!  The blue and white outdoor rug with fabulous design grounds the colors that are repeated in the pillows and tray.

Rugs, pillows and tray add colors of blue, yellow and pink to a neutral patio sitting area
Patio seating with colorful pillows, tray and rug.

The patio's winding path really adds to the quaint charm of our long courtyard -- makes me feel like I have stepped into the pages of a good book.

path that winds with stone and plants
Winding patio/courtyard paths always make me feel like I'm in a book.

As I looked through Wayfair for inspiration, I saw this awesome neutral set with pops of color and knew that was the look I was hoping to achieve.


To see more of my Wayfair patio inspiration and lots of vibrant outdoor accessories, visit my Patio Dreams Idea Board on Wayfair.  Here are a few of my favorites:

Happy Summer!!

Niki

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

DIY Canvas Bag with Iron-On Transfer


Canvas tote bags with transferred images using iron on transfer paper.
DIY Canvas Tote - Image Transfer

Hello, all you busy people!

Today, I am going to show you how to make a DIY canvas bag in a flash; it's a gift that can be personalized for that special touch that shows just how much you care.  And since teacher appreciation is just around the corner, you just might want to consider this quick, easy, and affordable bag as a sign of your appreciation.  Bonus: this teacher appreciation gift can be made for less than $10!!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Nature Inspired Ladies Brunch Decor: Silver and Teal

Silver and Teal Brunch Table Decor

Recently, I hosted a ladies brunch.  It's not something I do often, but I always feel like when I do, I want to make it look festive.  As ladies, we often march along running errands and doing every day things, so I love making a little get together seems festive by decorating the table.  Thankfully, PartyPail had offered to sponsor a post by sending me some products for an upcoming event.

Silver and Teal Party Supplies with Twig Plastic Utensils

I had such a hard time choosing the party supplies because they had so many great options, but once I saw their teal twig utensils, I knew what I wanted to do.  I found these awesome metallic botanical plates and napkins which were a perfect match.

Silver Spray Painted Leaf

To play off of the twig utensils, I decided to take some of the leaves and branches that I had trimmed in my courtyard and spray paint them a metallic silver, which was a perfect tie in to the metallic in the botanical plates.

Botanical Leaf Plates with Teal Twig/Stick Utensils

All of the ladies just LOVED the decorations!!  For brunch, I served quiche, an antipasto tray, orange & cranberry scones, and so much more!  I made it really easy to prepare ahead of time and get it ready -- unfortunately, I was so excited I forgot to take pictures of the food and my special guests. :(

Table set in a silver and teal nature theme

In the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you that I couldn't stand the thought of throwing away the twig utensils.  So, I handwashed each one, so that I can use them again -- they were a total hit!!

Silver & Teal Nature Inspired Brunch

So, before your next party, inventory your home and consider spray painting some twigs and leaves in a metallic silver or gold, to add a festive touch to your party decor.

Party On!

Niki

Friday, December 19, 2014

Kid Crafts: Creative Gifts for Kids and Tweens


If you have a kid or tween that loves being creative, then I have the perfect gift idea for them.

Amanda from Crafts by Amanda has two amazing books that make ideal gifts to inspire kids to create: Duct Tape Mania and Rubber Band Mania.  She so kindly gave me one of each in exchange for telling you about them -- What a deal!!  I love sharing fun finds and opinions. :)  These books have SO many easy and fun ideas, so I thought I would share one of her fabulous tutorials with you today, so you could see just how cool these projects really are.

So, without further delay...

Bracelet made with tape roll and duct tape
Kids Craft: Duct Tape Bracelet

Duct Tape Roll Bangle and Cuff Bracelet

When you finish off a roll of tape, don’t toss out that cardboard roll. Instead, make fun bangles and cuff bracelets to wear to school or hanging out with your friends! 

What you need:
Empty tape roll
Duct tape your favorite colors and patterns
Craft knife


What you do for cuff bracelets:

Use craft knife to cut out a 3-inch section of the empty cardboard roll.

Cover the cardboard cuff with duct tape. 

Use other colors of duct tape to decorate the cuff.


For a fun decoration, create a braid from three colors of duct tape. Cut a strip of tape the same length as the cuff and roll it up, sticky side out. Stick it to the cuff then stick the braid to the sticky tape. 

Trim ends of braid and secure down to the ends of the cuff, using the same color tape as the base of the cuff bracelet. 


This is a gift that is sure to please, and it will give the kids something to do besides watch tv and play video games.  If you are interessted in purchasing one or both, they are available on Amazon.

Happy Crafting!!

Niki