RECENTLY, I'VE REALLY BEEN WANTING TO CHANGE OUR APARTMENT A BIT. AS CHRISTMAS CAME AND WENT, SO DID THE DECORATIONS THAT GO ALONG WITH THE SEASON. I'M LEARNING THAT I'M THE TYPE OF PERSON WHO LOVES CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS, BUT WHEN THE HOLIDAY IS OVER, IT'S TIME TO DE-CLUTTER.
WE USED TO HAVE THREE SHELVES ON OUR WALLS, WHICH HELD A LIMITED AMOUNT OF FRAMES, SIGNS AND ARTWORK. I WANTED TO EXPAND AND MAKE IT MORE CREATIVE. HERE'S WHAT I CAME UP WITH!
FROM TOP LEFT - ACROSS:
-"KEEP COZY" WOODEN SIGN RYAN'S PARENTS FOUND AT A CRAFT FAIR FOR ME
- "DO SMALL THINGS WITH GREAT LOVE" SIGN...PROBABLY FROM MARSHALL'S!
- ORIGINAL ARTWORK BY ME: NEW JERSEY OUTLINE WITH NOTEWORTHY TOWNS
- "WRITE YOUR OWN LIFE STORY" GIFTED TO ME BY MY STEP-GRANDMOTHER
- CANVAS PHOTO OF RYAN AND I FROM UPSTATE NEW YORK
- "BLESS OUR HOME" SIGN FROM MARSHALL'S (AGAIN...)
- "A TRUE LOVE STORY NEVER ENDS" GIFTED FROM MY GRANDMOTHER
- LARGE PRINT OF ONE OF OUR ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS FROM OUR PHOTOGRAPHER, ALEX KAPLAN
- "EVERYBODY'S FREE TO WEAR SUNSCREEN" BY BAZ LUHRMANN (SPECIFIC LYRICS BELOW)
- "BELIEVE THERE IS GOOD IN THE WORLD" SIGN FROM MARSHALL'S
- PICTURE OF THE CLOCK AT ROWAN UNIVERSITY THAT I TOOK A FEW YEARS AGO!
- "&" - MICHAEL'S
- "WELCOME" WOODEN SIGN FROM RYAN'S PARENTS
LYRICS TO "EVERYBODY'S FREE TO WEAR SUNSCREEN":
"Do one thing every day that scares you, sing
Don't be reckless with other peoples' hearts
Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours, floss
Don't waste your time on jealousy
Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind
The race is long and in the end, it's only with yourself
Remember compliments you receive, forget the insults
If you succeed in doing this, tell me how
Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements, stretch."
RYAN AND I JUST SPENT THE LONG WEEKEND IN VERMONT VISITING FRIENDS FOR NEW YEARS. WITH ALL OF THE GOOD FOOD AND GOOD COMPANY ALSO CAME VERY COLD TEMPERATURES. I QUICKLY NOTICED MY HAIR FEELING DRIED OUT AND FRIZZY, WHICH IS TYPICALLY THE OPPOSITE OF MY PROBLEMS IN NEW JERSEY. GENERALLY, I FEEL LIKE MY HAIR GETS GREASY QUICKLY HERE. SO, WHEN WE GOT BACK, I DECIDED TO TRY OUT AN AT-HOME REMEDY TO BRING MOISTURE AND NOURISHMENT BACK INTO MY HAIR.
AFTER BROWSING THE INTERNET, HERE'S WHAT I CAME UP WITH:
1 CUP OF COCONUT OIL (FOR DRYNESS)
1 TEASPOON OF OLIVE OIL (TO ADD EXTRA SOFTNESS)
1 TEASPOON OF HONEY (FOR SHINE AND STRENGTH)
1 EGG (FOR VOLUME AND SHINE)
I HAVE TO ADMIT, I WAS SKEPTICAL AT FIRST (NOT TO MENTION, GROSSED OUT PUTTING THIS IN MY HAIR). I LET IT SIT FOR ABOUT A HALF HOUR AND WASHED IT OUT IN THE SHOWER.
THE RESULTS WERE SUCCESSFUL! AFTER DRYING MY HAIR AND BRUSHING THROUGH IT, I COULDN'T HELP BUT NOTICE HOW SOFT IT FELT! IT EVEN SEEMED A LITTLE THICKER THAN NORMAL. THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A SHINE THAN NORMAL AND IT DEFINITELY FELT ALIVE AGAIN.
needless to say, i will be doing this again and again!
Ryan's been hard at work drilling holes in wine bottles and now he/we have an inventory! Each wine bottle with lights inside is only $25 (plus shipping) and would make the most amazing holiday gift. They are totally customizable, too! Want a red wine bottle with white lights inside? Sure! Maybe a Grey Goose bottle with sparkly colored light? You got it. One of the best things about these is that you don't have to plug them in; they come with a little battery pack that can easily be hidden behind the bottle. (AKA - no annoying long cords to deal with.)
Here's some people who you should probably most definitely buy one for TODAY:
- Your mom who loves wine
- Your brother who's in college and loves Grey Goose but can't actually afford a bottle of his own
- Your sister who lives in a little apartment
- Your grandparents, duh.
- Anyone you know who likes things illuminated
- Anyone who has eyes
Let us know ASAP so we can get these out before the holidays roll around!
Ryan's been working away to create a [small] inventory of bottles with a small hole in the bottom of the backs, where a strand of white or colored Christmas lights will be placed . These will make a great gift or beautiful way to light up a room! We will have a variety of wine glasses as well as some super fancy Grey Goose bottles :)
This afternoon, in Long Beach Island, Ryan and I spent some time DIY-ing in his garage. After drawing my owl on his branch with a Sharpie, I etched him using Ryan's Dremel. Can't wait to have a nice glass of wine tonight :)
Let me know if you would like your own - I've done initials, but if you would like a specific image, let me know :)
Hope everyone is enjoying their October weekend!
Check out my very new Etsy site, "Made By Lisa Marie" to view some of my DIY projects. There's some up there that you can customize and order for yourself! Happy browsing!
Last year, I made this for Ryan. Now, it's displayed in our apartment. Each town is a place of value to each of us.
I've made some for a few of my friends - let me know if you want one of your own!
With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we are either:
a) Preparing ourselves to gag at the disgusting couples being all "lovey"
b) Anticipating the holiday because we are in one of those disgusting lovey couples
c) Trying to ignore it because it's a stupid holiday anyway
Whichever of the three options, this quick DIY if guaranteed to make ANYONE happy.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you: BACON ROSES
1. Run to a craft store or dollar store. Grab a bouquet of fake roses. When you get home, pop off the petals. (You might need to cut them depending how well they're secured!)
2. Fry up some bacon on the stove! It's important to NOT make it too crispy because you won't be able to mold it into the rose shape. Take it off the pan once they're nice and done, but still soft.
3. Let them cool for a couple minutes on a paper towel so you don't burn your hands when you mold!
4. Once they're cooled down, start rolling! Roll one end of a piece of bacon all the way to the other side. Put it on top of your stem where the petals USED to be!
5. Continue rolling and attaching to the stems until you have a full bouquet!
SERVE AND ENJOY!!
A quick note: I wouldn't suggest making this and then transporting it anywhere. Unless you can think of a way to securely fasten the bacon to the stems, they're pretty much just resting on it, which makes for a lousy car ride.
And there you go! Perfect for anyone - your girlfriend, boyfriend, best friend, mom, dad, or even YOURSELF!!
Happy Valentine's Day! (Almost!)
Hi Friends! Thanks for stopping by again. It always means a lot to see that people are checking out my posts! Keep stopping back for more good stuff to come :)
For this DIY, I'm talking all about Festive Wine Glasses! I made these a little while ago at my girlfriend's house and we paid practically nothing!!
What You'll Need:
Wine Glasses - I bought mine from the dollar store.
Here we go! Pick the colors you want to work with. Get creative - I did a general color scheme (cool/warm) on each glass, but think about what you want!) Some ideas could be rainbow colors on all, same themes, holiday themes, black and white, etc.
All you need to do is dab the end of your Q-tip with paint and apply it like a "mini stamp" to the glass. I like the effect of keeping the dots larger and closer together towards the bottom of the glass and making them smaller and further away as you go up. (See my picture for clarification!) I think it adds another cool dimension to it!
Let it dry overnight. Pour wine. Enjoy!
(Note: I would stay safe an hand wash these - you don't want a dishwasher to erase all of your hard work!)
Check out my Pinterest!
I have an "accidental" theme this year in my classroom - I used sunflowers everywhere. Literally, everywhere. When my sister was helping me set up my classroom in the summer she was making fun of me for the amount of sunflowers taking over the room. Oh well, it brightens it up, and the students realize!