A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

Summer Fruit Beverages to Keep You Coooool

From Watermelon Basil Margaritas to Bing Cherry Mohitos, Martha Stewart has whipped up a delicious list of fruit-inspired summer recipes for a party, family dinner on the patio or to pack up and take for a picnic. Here are a few of my favorites:

Clockwise above: Watermelon Blaster, Tropical Ginger Punch, Strawberry Hibiscus Tea Lemonade, Cucumber Lemonade, Mint, Cucumber & Vodka Cocktail, Strawberry Lemonade

A little inspiration to help us all beat the heat…

Quick & Easy DIY Wall Art

There’s a narrow wall in our hallway right outside of the bathroom that has been looking a bit plain. I’ve always loved the look of vintage plant and wildlife illustrations and thought I might be able to create a wall collage with a few garage sale finds (in the form of old botany textbooks and encyclopedias).

A few months and no cool books later… and I came across a beautiful vintage-y poster of a blooming white rose with botany textbook-type text at Aaron Brothers, it was perfect. And one picture cut into three images? That saves a bit of dinero as well. I purchased three custom mahogany frames and white mats off of ebay (a great resource for cheap but well made picture frames) to complete my project.

Using the mat as my template, I cut out three squares of the illustration for my frames.

The end result is easy-to-create handmade wall art that helps to brighten up the hallway.

Sorry for that awful glare – I couldn’t get rid of it!

Whirl It, Twirl It Custom Lampshade

This is such a clever project! Pickles made this diy lampshade for her dining room with a single bulb pendant – and it turned out great! I would love to create one of these for my office, or a series of smaller versions for an outdoor party.

Who knew that a giant balloon, wallpaper glue, yarn and vaseline could create this?

I’m back from my beautiful week in Canada and it feels like the projects are taking over… but it’s good to be home and back to work with so much to do! We break ground on the kitchen renovation soon – very excited to get moving on this one.

Diy instructions for the Whirl-It Lampshade found here.

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