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    Monday, June 27, 2011

    Mosaic table in outdoor garden setting


    If only I would move this outdoor living
    space into our back yard!  Love it!


    I'm featuring the table and chairs.  Notice how the word LOVE is
     worked into the design of the chair?  Very cool!

    For the longest time I've wanted to put a mosaic top on a wood table.
    We have several wood tables that would make awesome projects.

    In this post, I wanted to capture the beauty of the mosaic table in a
    beautiful outdoor setting.  This is a look that I would love for a section
    of our property.

    Sunday, June 19, 2011

    The ultimate desk organizer!


    My extremely small computer desk has been screaming for a reorganization and I've been trying to come up with an effective way to manage all those little things in a small area . . . then I visited an awesome crafty/DIY blog . . . The Diary of Dave's Wife . . . my desk reorganization problem is solved!

    She has a way of organizing and decorating that is simple and beautiful!

    Back to the desk organizer . . . another cool way to use glass jars that I hate to throw away . . . and I love the  splash of red against the black and white, it is my favorite color combination.

    Click here to go to her post on "where she blogs" . . . I love her sense of style!



    Friday, June 17, 2011

    Lacy Votive Holders



    Martha Stewart always comes up with the most ingenious
    DIY projects!  These lacy votive holders are perfect for
    any type of glass container that is suitable for burning a
    candle.  This is an awesome project to use up those 
    lacy remnants you have in your fabric stash.

    Yet another great idea for those glass jars
    that I hate to throw away!

    Click here for the tutorial.








    Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Beach Sarong and Flip Flop Set


    Get ready to hit the beach, pool or just lounge around with this
     awesome beach sarong and flip flop set that is so easy to make.  

    This set is so cute . . . I love the flip flops!!

    How awesome would it be to make a beach tote to match?

    Click here for the tutorial.






    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    Outdoor living inside




    This room in fashion designer Carlos Miele's home in Brazil is liking being in the tropical outdoors without the heat.  The floor-to-ceiling windows awesomely display the lush tropical landscaping, making the outdoors an integral part of the room.  My guess is that is it beautifully lit at night . . . just gorgeous!

    The photo comes from Elle Magazine's website . . . click here for a slideshow and article entitled "One With Nature" featuring other homes with that outdoor feel.



    Saturday, June 11, 2011

    Pleated Tote


    Can a woman have too many purses or totes?

    I don't think so!

    Create your own tote wardrobe to match your
    outfits . . . I also love the possibilities for using
    the tote for home organizing, like storing socks.
    How about an awesome beach bag?

    Click here for the tutorial.





    Tuesday, June 7, 2011

    Stylish pony tails


    The pony tail is timeless!  

    Fast, easy and so very stylish when adorned with hair accessories,
    it is one of those hair styles that never goes away.

    Hair accessories are one of those items that I will be featuring
    when I reopen my online store, LaBelladiva.  Can't wait to 
    dust
     off my sewing machine and craft area to get started creating.




    Sunday, June 5, 2011

    Vibrantly bold home decor


    Designer Jonathan Fong's home
     is definitely quirky . . . and I love it!

    Jonathan says in an excerpt from a post
    on the LA Times blog . . .

    While I know it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, my home always puts a smile on my face. A big reason for that is it totally reflects who I am, quirks and all. In designing spaces for my clients, I know that a home has to be as individual as each person, almost like a fingerprint. After all, you can’t spell “home” without a “me.”

    The kitchen cabinets were embellished with Andy Warhol posters using Mod Podge.  Ingenious is all I have to say . . . and with my kitchen cabinets halfway painted with primer and no definite decisions for the final look, Jonathan's project has got my mind racing with all kinds of quirky ideas.

    Both the Captain and I have bold and vibrant taste and as we plan a revamping of the entire house to reflect our personalities, Jonathan's design style will be a major inspiration in the design process.

    Check out the blog post from the LA Times featuring Jonathan's unique design style . . . click here to go there.

    I love Mod Podge and all the possibilities!





    Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    More Flip Flop Fun


    Last month I posted a creative flip flop tutorial and since then I have seen many more.  Refashioned flip flops are a big thing these days!  Everyone loves flip flops :)




    Heather at A Couple of Craft Addicts has been hosting an awesome two-week series of flip flop tutorials with all kinds of creative ideas for refashioning your flip flops.  Click on the graphic to go there!







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