Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Owl Ornament Round Up

Owls are one of my favorite animals, and I have started a little collection of owl ornaments for my Christmas tree, special thanks to my roommate, Lisa, who got me three adorable owl ornaments for my tree. Lucky for me, owls are all the rage right now, so I am seeing them everywhere. I plan on posting pictures of all of our Christmas decorations soon, but until then, here's a owl ornament round up of some cute owl ornaments I'd love to add to my tree.

Third row: Etsy & Etsy

Want more owls? Check out My Owl Barn's owl calendar that you can print for free. You can also customize it by choosing your 12 favorite owl images and what month they go with.
Owl Lover 2013 Calendar

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Happy Birthday

Happy 30th Birthday to my man! I'm looking forward to celebrating with Chinese food & Skyfall tonight. I am so glad you were born! 

Monday, December 3, 2012

Miso Monday: Flashback Edition

This is the very first picture we took of Miso when she was only a day old. We were calling her Twinkie, because that's exactly what she looked like.

Friday, November 30, 2012

{this moment}

A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Magnetic Make Up Board

I hate spending a lot of time getting ready before I have to go somewhere, and have always been annoyed by how unorganized my make up is. I used to spend so much time rummaging through a bag trying to find the right color and the right brush, and I don't even have that much make up! So since I moved to a new house, I decided to try to be more organized and try to do a couple of those organizational things I've been seeing on Pinterest that make me happy, and decided to start by making a magnetic make up board.
I found a magnetic board at Craft Warehouse and chose the size that was closest to the size of scrapbook paper, so I didn't have to do any cutting. I used matte mod podge on the metal and then went over the front with mod podge. Glue magnets to the back of my make up, and voila! It was so easy, it really cheers up our bathroom, and makes me feel less stressed when I'm getting ready. I think at some point I want to add a frame to finish up the look, but for now I'm happy with the result. The best part is, it cost me less than 12 bucks to make.

To organize my brushes, I had a little flower pot that came with an orchid that I killed shortly after receiving it as a gift from a former student. I filled it up with rice and stuck them in, brush side up. Now they are super easy to see and get to. My make up has never been as organized, and it takes up almost no counter space.

P.S. If you make your way to Bath & Body Works or my bathroom, try the Candy Cane Bliss hand soap. I'm obsessed.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DIY Ornament Inspiration

After making those ornaments from yesterday's post, I'm itching to make more ornaments. I have been collecting some DIY ornaments on my Christmas Pinterest board, and here are some that are inspiring me lately.


I will also be heading to World Market, because they have so many adorable ornaments:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DIY Custom Ornaments Tutorial

On Sunday, we went and got my Christmas tree! I am a little obsessed with Christmas and love decorating for it. Yesterday we went and got another tree, so we have one upstairs and one downstairs, and I am in heaven! It smells amazing in here.

This is the first year I've had a full grown Christmas tree as an adult, which means I don't have a very large ornament collection. I bought a couple boxes the other day, but they're nothing exciting, and I really enjoy an eclectic array of random ornaments. I love matching, stylish trees too, but random is more my style.

So I thought this would be a good opportunity to make some of my own ornaments and here's a little tutorial of some that I made the other day.

They're super easy, and the best part is you can customize them however you want. I got the ornaments at Craft Warehouse. They are skinny, almost flat ornaments. Only cost less 6 bucks for a set of 4. You only see 3 here because I dropped one, so my narwhal never made it to the tree *sad face*.

Choose an image you want. I used this website for these ones. I copied the image, re-sized them in a word document and printed them out. Then I went in search for something round and the perfect size to trace a circle with. A jar lid worked perfectly.

Trace and cut along the line. I used mod podge and put glue on the back side of the ornament. Carefully place the picture where you want it. I noticed that if you moved the paper around too much, the ink would start to smear, so try to be deliberate in where you put it. Though after the glue dries, it isn't very noticeable. Once the paper is in place, apply more glue to the back of the paper. I had to go around the edges with my fingers to make sure that all the paper was sticking to the glass.

Take a wet rag and clean up any excess glue while it is still wet. I wasn't able to get it all, but once it dried I was able to scrape the little glue spots that still remained.

I love this technique because there are so many ways you can customize them. You can make any kind of ornament if you can find a picture of it. I'm happy with how they turned out.