Valentine’s Day Gift – 5 Senses

So Valentine’s Day is this Sunday and I typically am not a fan of this made up holiday, but I have new man in my life and I thought I would do a little something for him. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money since we will be going on vacation together in March.

I decided to give him 5 small gifts that coordinated with your 5 senses (Touch, Taste, Smell, Sight, and Sound).

Touch:

I went and bought lavender massage oil. I wrote on a piece of white paper “To initiate weekly massages” with red and pink sharpie markers and then cut with fancy scissors.

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Taste:

I went and bought a big bag of his favorite candy, Kit Kat bars. On a piece paper using same markers and scissors it said “You’re the Kit to my Kat”

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Smell:

Every movie night we light a candle and turn off the lights. I have loved that ever since the first time he did it. We burned through that candle quickly. What can I say we love movies. I went and bought a new candle to replace the old and wrote on the tag “For our movie nights”.

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Sight:

For sight I decided to have a picture printed off of us from New Years Eve. I found a frame at Marshall’s that said “you’re my favorite”. It was the perfect find.

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Sound:

For sound, I bought him an Itunes gift card and wrote “So you can download legally”. Inside joke. 🙂

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Put it all together

I bought 3 polka bags and 2 stripped bags from Target and found deep pinkish red tissue paper. I placed 1 gift in each bag and added the tissue paper. I also found tags at Target in the $1 bin. On each tag I wrote the sense and tied it to its appropriate bag.

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Can’t wait to see what he thinks on Sunday!

Happy Valentines Day!

 

Apartment Bathroom Upgrades

As many of you know I live in a small studio apartment but decorate and design like I live in a house. I absolutely love my apartment. It is the perfect size for me and the upgrades I have made in the last 5 years have really made it comfy and cozy.

I never really did anything with the bathroom when I moved in 5 years ago, so I guess it was time. My off white walls in the bathroom were starting to look dingy and were starting to chip. I absolutely love all grey hues. My living area is also a soft gray. The color I chose for the walls was a slate gray with a blue hint and I did the chair rail a bright white. Just with painting it felt brand new, fresh and clean.

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I was at the Ronald McDonald Household sale during the week and found this wood shelf for $6.00. It was the perfect size for the wall above the toilet. I sanded it down and  gave it several coats of the same white paint I used on the walls.

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Now I hate to measure when hanging things. And I am actually pretty awful at it. LOL. I took a piece of painters tape and placed it on the back of the shelf where the screw holes were. I then took a sharpie and marked on the tape where the holes were located.

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I then took the tape off the shelf and brought it over to the wall and got out my drill. I drilled through the tape marked holes and into the wall.

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I then removed the painters tape and hung the shelf.

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Now the fun part, STAGING!!!  The top shelf I used a silver candle holder and soft blue washcloths that I already had on hand.

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The second shelf I bought a gray soap dish at the $1 store, used a soap that my aunt gave me and placed a terracotta pot with a fake succulent in it. I actually found the pots at the same Ronald McDonald House sale and got 4 for $.50. I painted the pots the same white as shelf and walls.

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The third shelf I used glass jars that I found in Target’s $1.00 bins and filled them with cotton balls, Epsom salts, and q-tips (which I already had on hand).

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The bottom shelf was another pot with a succulent and the remainder of the soft blue washcloths.

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The finished product was way more than I imagined. I am in love with it. It totally fit my spa-like vision.

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I added some cream hand towels to the bar.

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I then bought a new white shower curtain from Bed Bath and Beyond. It actually didn’t cost me anything, as I had a gift card.

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On the opposite wall of the shelf I had a piece of artwork that was hanging prior to upgrades. I also have 2 small throw rugs that are the same color as the washcloths on the shelf.

I just need to do a window covering but it is such a small window that it may be complicated. I am going to brainstorm on it, so be on the look out for a new how-to.

It was a very easy and frugal upgrade to my bathroom. I can’t stop going in and just staring at it from the doorway. I can’t wait to take a bath with my bath salts.

Paint:    $20.00

Shelf:    $6.00

Pots:   $.50

Succulents:    $6.00

Soap dish:   $1.00

Jars:   $3.00

Total: $36.50

Monday Creativity: Wreath Ideas

There is just something about walking by someones front door and seeing a beautiful. My living situation is a little different. I live in a building that has 5 apartments total. Their apartment doors are so blah. They have no character. I like to have a splash of color and creativity to liven up my floor. I have actually decorated the railings at Christmas too. Maybe I should make a wreath for each of the other tenants in building.

Here are some of the wreaths I have created:

Drink Umbrella Wreath

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Very easy to make. All you need is a Styrofoam wreath ring and a package of drink umbrellas. Be careful when opening and sticking the umbrellas into the ring. Add a piece of ribbon and hang. Great for summer, pool parties, and luaus.

Bare Feet Welcome

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This wreath I gave a friend of mine because she is an avid take your shoes of girl. I thought doing it pretty and girly would be a nice way to ask people to take their shoes off prior to coming in the house. This was also an easy wreath. Styrofoam wreath and fuzzy green yarn. Wrap and cover the entire form. Grab some fake flower buds and stick the stem into the Styrofoam. Make a cute little flag with colored paper and a toothpick, add some pretty ribbon, and you are done.

Forsythia Branch Wreath

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This wreath was also a gift but I loved it so much that I made one for myself. These are so expensive that it is much cheaper to make it yourself. It also was incredibly easy. All you need is a brown vine wreath and 3 forsythia branches. I always wait until they are 50% off at Michaels or make sure you have a coupon. Just cut the branches with wire cutters and weave in in the vine wreath.

Tissue Paper Pom Wreath

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I made this for a tiki party I threw at work. Use this link for the how-to.

Coffee Filter Wreath

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I made this wreath for my Friends Theme Party. This was a little more difficult. I bought a white Styrofoam wreath and coffee filters at the $1 store. Taking 1 at a time bunch the filter in the middle (almost like you are putting a napkin in a napkin ring), using a pencil or scissors (be careful) press the pointed end of the filter into the form. Fluff out the filter. Continue till the form is covered. I added a little twine to hang.

Autumn Floral

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This is my latest creation. I grabbed small bouquets of autumn color at Michaels for $1 each. Simply cut the branch and stick into a vine wreath. Alternate the colors for a vibrant display.

Monday Creativity: Tissue Paper Flowers

Two weeks ago I was put in charge to plan our annual summer picnic at work. I love planning a party so I needless to say I was so excited. Each employee was bringing something to pass so I didn’t need to worry about food or drink. I still wanted the decor to be bright and vibrant, almost luau-ish with still trying to say very cheap. Lol.

I decided to make small tissue paper flower for each table as a “runner”. However my OCD “ness”  would not all me to have the same color flower as table cloth. It got very interesting in  my studio apartment. I actually made a chart for each table and the order the flowers should be in.  My co-workers had a field day with that! 🙂 All in good fun.

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Here are your steps:

  1. Head over to your favorite $1 store and pick up some tissue paper. I ended up making close to 60 flowers so I used 3 packs of tissue paper.

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2) Separate each color into their own piles.

3) Take one color and fold it in half ( you can do multiple sheets here)

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4) Fold in half again until you  form a square

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5) Unfold and cut on the creases you just made

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6) Take 6 cut sheets and stack them on top of each other. I cut all of my tissue paper first before I started to assemble. You can do whatever you desire.

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7) Fold like an accordion.

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8) Place a staple in the middle

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9) Now to cute the ends. You can either cut the ends into a V, Upside down U, or you can fray the edges

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10) Work from the inside out and poof out each piece of tissue paper. Be very careful though. Tissue paper will rip if you are too rough.

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I had some poms left over so I decided to make a very last minute wreath out of cardboard.

I took a plate and traced around it.

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Then took a ramekin and placed that in the middle and traced that.

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Take a pair sharp scissors and cut on the lines.

Take your poms and either staple tape or glue to the cardboard.

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It was definitely a lot of work doing 60 flowers but I managed to get them all done in one day and everyone loved them at our summer picnic. They paired really nicely with the lei’s on the tables as well. (another $1 store find)

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Seeds of Friendship – Party Favor

Last week I celebrated my 33rd birthday and was very blessed to be able to celebrate it all week with the people who mean so much to me. My friend Janice threw a delicious little birthday dinner party for our gal clan. When we celebrate our birthday’s, a little favor is always given. I wanted to team up with Janice in the favor department. She gave a little wooden bird and I made seed packets for each person. They went together perfectly

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What You’ll Need:

Wooden Popsicle sticks (any size will do)

Washi Tape  (I found in the $1 bin at Target)

Seed Packets (Home Depot, Target, Walmart, any garden store)

Small treat bags (I found in the clearance section at JoAnn’s)

Gift Tags, or make your own (I found in the $1 bin at Target)

Sharpie

Ribbon (if needed)

Hole Punch

What To Do:

First wrap washi tape at one end of the Popsicle stick. It adds a little color and style to your flower pot or box.

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Write the name of your flowers at the other end of the stick

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For the tag, I found mine at Target. I cut off the to/from part and wrote on the design “Seeds of Friendship”. I love these tags as they came with a little twine to attach to the bag. If your tags do not, punch a hole and add a little ribbon or rope.

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Now it is time to put everything together.

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Place the seeds and stick inside of your treat bag. Fold over the flap and punch a hole. Take your tag and tie through the hole.

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Voila! A cheap and easy favor your guests will enjoy. They will think of you and the party every time they look at your flowers.