Here’s a sneak peek at the process:
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Christmas shopping for me last year was beyond stressful. My loved ones had supported me emotionally, mentally, and more all year. But what could I give them that would say, “Hey, I love you”? What could I possibly get that either, a) they didn’t already have or b) that would not be just another thing for them to put in their closet or house and be forgotten?
I was tired of giving away “things” to other people, things that did not matter and had little significance to them other than another addition to their pile of “stuff.” As I was pondering gift ideas, I remembered a date night idea I had a few months earlier: a cooking class. I began to look at different events taking place in my city and realized that the perfect gift was:
My husband and I decided to buy a cooking class for his parents who were experimenting with being vegan. They loved it! In fact, everyone we gave a gift to last year were beyond happy. In order to spread the Christmas joy, I would like to share with you ten unique gift ideas that would make your family and friends think of you as their Santa Claus.
What experience have you enjoyed or have given as a gift?
BIO: Laureen is a freelance writer with a background in medicine. Although writing has always been her passion it was not until she was having a “how we want to raise our children” discussion with her husband that she came to an interesting realization; how could she teach her children to follow their dreams ambitiously when she was not living her own? At that point she started her writing career. She recently started a website to help others gain clarity for their lives and business at 2clarify.com.
At the end of the summer, Joseph and Felicia had a rustic back yard wedding reception in Vancouver, Canada and I had the pleasure of being the event stylist and calligrapher. It was such a perfect day for a back yard wedding! The low light was so lovely and romantic.
They had a vintage, shabby chic vision with burlap, hay bales, twine covered Mason jars, ferns, and chalkboard sign accents.
Here’s to the happy hipster couple!
Recently someone on Facebook asked me for tips about how to pose for pictures. Though I’m no Gisele Bundchen, I have modeled, can boast a billboard under my belt, and as an image consultant / wardrobe stylist, I know a thing or two about helping people feel comfortable in front of the camera. So if you’re looking for suggestions for an upcoming photo shoot, here’s 6 quick tips for posing for pictures.
What is your best tip for posing for photographs?
I’ve never been much of a scone person, but this week I went to Grand Central Bakery in town, went out on a limb and tried their cranberry nut scone. I was stopped in my tracks. Who knew scones could be so decadent?
Once I had one, I had to have more. So I googled “Grand Central Bakery scone recipe” and lo and behold, I found their recipe on Serious Eats. So I made a batch. And was tempted to make another. They were unbelievable. (So good we didn’t share) But karma being what it is, I’m sharing the recipe with you so you can have mouth-watering scones for breakfast, too. It’s up to you whether you share.
Orange is the new black. As you likely know, Pantone declared Tangerine Tango the color of 2012. If you aren’t an orange ambassador, here are 7 ways you can integrate orange into your life in 2012.
Orange isn’t just for wearing! Make orange a part of your home decor this year.
Eyeballing that tangerine chevron wall art? Here’s a guided tutorial on creating your own chevron stripe wall art.
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Cristina Hall is a flamenco dancer and pioneer in her field. Here is a video of her dancing an original contemporary flamenco choreography to Nina Simone’s Blackbird. Prepare to be astounded. I have watched this flamenco performance several times and it leaves me enraptured with goosebumps every single time.
As an amateur flamenco dancer, I am deeply inspired by the exquisite control that Cirstina has over her body, allowing her to produce such a mesmerizing live performance. Honestly, I can’t stop watching.
This isn’t the product of procrastination. You can tell she has devoted countless hours to honing her art. May we be inspired to do the same.
Since January is national craft month and 2012’s color of the year is Tangerine Tango, here is a DIY chevron wall art tutorial that honors them both.
Our new house still has a lot of bare walls, so I decided some chevron wall art would be perfect. After consulting a chevron tutorial by Apartment Therapy and Room by Room, I felt ready to roll up my sleeves and get going.
I started by doing a preliminary sketch on a smaller piece of paper to get the measurements scaled out and right.
Gesso your 2 x 4. This will prime your board and prevent the paint from staining into the wood. Gesso is available at Joann’s or your local art supply store.
Once your board is primed, paint the board your neutral color. For my project, I used an Antique White acrylic paint that was on sale for 89 cents. After this paint dries, you can start your measurements. As a right brained creative gal, this was the hardest part for me as it required a more analytical approach than I’m used to.
After you have measured to the best of your ability, lay down the tape. Since your base color is already laid down, you will be taping in order to alternate the color for each stripe. It should look like you’re painting a long stripe, followed by a short stripe that you won’t paint.
Once the board is taped, it should look like this. Note: It’s smart to try to erase as many of the pencil marks as you can, especially if you are painting with lighter colors.
When trying to decide what color I was going to use, I painted some chevron stripes on some blank paper to see what it would look like. Out of the colors I liked including a blush-like mauve, a coral, and tangerine, I went with tangerine. Looking at the tangerine color completely lifted my spirits!
Now the fun part — paint! If you paint outside the lines (as I did), don’t worry. You should have a little leftover paint of your first color that you can touch up afterwards.
Then let the paint dry. Go out for dinner. It will be dry by the time you get back. Once we returned home, the art was rather reminiscent of a Nemo clown fish with its vibrant, tropical colors.
Carefully peel the tape off.
Then hang it somewhere you need a statement.
Have you done a chevron stripe project before? Let me know how it turned out.
The Navajo fashion trend is one of my recent favorites, one that is coming out in my closet as well as my home decor. Something about the bright vivid colors and the geometric shapes has totally won me over… not to mention my latest Native American obsession.Here are some phenomenal Navajo themed pins I happened upon this week on Pinterest. (Psst! Are we connected on Pinterest yet?)
Have you gotten into the Navajo fashion trend?