Happy July 4th!

Here’s to a fun and festive Independence Day!

  
   

*Photos taken of me with and for Jillson & Roberts. Visit their site for more from the shoot!

 

Categories: Style
Favorite Yoga Pants

In cleaning out my closet – which is still FAR from a capsule wardrobe, but getting closer to actually fitting in my closet – I discovered that I own far too many jeans and not enough cute yoga pants. I read that jean sales are on the decrease and yoga wear sales are going up. This fits my current mentality, and new weekend style plans perfectly. So to remedy my blaring wardrobe deficiency I found the best (as defined by how much I want them) yoga pants. The criteria was equal parts quality and fun pattern.

Best Yoga Pants1: Teeki, Wild and Free Goddess Capri

1: Teeki, Desert Rose Gold Hot Pants

3: Eagle Rock Werkshop, Foliage

4: Om Shanti, Arizona Rock Legging

5: Maaji Moss Envelope Capri

6: Without Walls Cropped Legging

Categories: Loving, Style
DIY Agate Watercolor Art

DIY Agate Watercolor by :::Laura Elysha:::
Perhaps it was my recent trip to the Tucson Gem Show (post of about that coming soon!), but I’ve been dreaming up lots of projects related to rocks and crystals. First up, agate. It has such fun and interesting patterns that are great inspiration for a painting. This is an easy project that goes really fast. I took some tubed watercolors in different shades of blue, some water, watercolor paper, and brushes and basically started painting concentric circles. I always laid down a brush stroke of water first in the shape of a ring then added more saturated watercolor to the edges and let it bleed into the water. I liked the areas where the colors got most saturated best. I also liked the areas where I painted onto both sides of the water ring so the colors bled in on both sides. I finished up by painting the edges and gaps between some of the rings with Martha’s gold gilding paint (seriously amazing stuff!). When I framed the finished art (in two of these) I added some gold to the mat board also. Here are some picts of the process, click on any of them to view larger.

For further inspiration and tips here is a similar tutorial by First Home Love. Some from Delineate Your Dwelling and Birch & Lily for a more abstract agate. And I love this idea for decorating a table or wall!

Categories: DIY
DIY Valentine’s Day Card

This year I participated in a Valentine’s card swap arranged by Aunt Peaches. I signed up, then totally missed the email with the addresses for the three people I was supposed to send a card to – by Feb 5th. I found it on Feb 12th, yikes! So I scrambled and put together some simple cards that I themed with “love” vs “valentine’s” and left the inside blank so even if they get there a day or two late hopefully the recipients can still use them.

DIY_Valentines-Day-Card-1 To make the cards I took a pre-made 5.5 x 5.5 white card and painted the front with strokes of Martha Stewart acrylic paint in red, pink, orange and metallic gold. I then cut the letters for love out from glitter paper on my Sizzix Big Shot and adhered them on top of the paint with 3D foam adhesive dots. For the envelope I embossed it with hearts on the Sizzix, painted a heart on the back and added a chipboard heart in the middle (from last months Studio Calico PL Kit). I was happy with how they turned out, hopefully it makes up for mailing them a few (ok 7) days late!

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Categories: DIY