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Create Your Own Party Cups with Balloons

A fantastic look that is easily and inexpensively done: buy a bag of balloons from your local Dollar Store (chances are you already have them somewhere deep in that closet of everything). Next,  cut off one quarter inch under the dangley part of the balloon. Take the leftover part, stretch it open, and insert the bottom of the glass cup in (this is best done with the help of a friend). If you can spare a couple of extra bucks, go out and purchase rounded bottom glass cups because the balloon with lie down perfectly without any creases or air pockets.

As features in Chatelaine:

Perfect for outdoor parties. Friends can claim their own cups.

Perfect for outdoor parties. Friends can claim their own cups.


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Why yes, these blooms DO grow in the basement.

As a nature lover, I wanted to add some greens to the decor in my basement (for the LONGEST time) – but I was having trouble finding plants that would (A) do well with minimal lighting, and (B) be plants that I would also adore  …  this was a problem until I went to the Canada Blooms 2014 garden show. I bought a Medinilla, whose elegance will transform even the simplest of rooms; a Crispy Wave Fern, that is a natural air purifier; and a Echeverua, also referred to as “the Pearl of Nurengerg”.

All three of these plants are going to live in my basement, and that is, on the opposite side of the wall that has the three windows. You cannot actually see light “on” the plants since they are a fair distance away from the windows, but they are doing just fine where they are. So what I am trying to say is that these plants are super easy to take care of, low maintenance, and do not need to be exposed in direct light: they will do just fine in mostly anyone’s basement (if your basement looks kind of like a freakishly dark cave = these plants will not grow, and.. you should really consider some renovations).

Under each is a description of how to care for the plant. Although what I do is I about every 7 to 11 days, I fill the sink with water and allow each plant to drink as much water as they like. That way I will never over water the plant, and cause harm to it. NEVER water from the top.

Hope you love these as much as I do!!!

PS: whoever said you could only have a cat OR a plant lied!!! (my up-to-no-good 2 year old Siamese cat impressively behaves around these plants)

Medinilla

Medinilla

Origin: Luzon, Philippines. Flowering period: two months. Care: let soil dry out between waterings. When the pot is light when lifted, water thoroughly (NEVER pour overhead, ALWAYS allow plant to DRINK from the bottom). Place plant in a bright location without direct sunlight between March and November. Other months as bright as possible. No plant food required while flowering.

 

Crispy Wave Fern

Crispy Wave Fern

This plant is scientifically proven to effectively convert C02 into oxygen and remove harmful particles from the air. Will grow endlessly if put in a bigger pot! Care: low to medium sunlight (I have three windows on the opposite side of the room where my plant stands, and it seems to be doing just wonderfully). Water weekly. Fertilize monthly. That’s it!

Echeverua

Echeverua


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What Better Way to Watch a Movie This Summer?

I want to JUMP right into this picture

I want to JUMP right into this picture

 

I was browsing the internet today and found this image. Instantly I decided that i WANT this, and i will MAKE THIS HAPPEN. My birthday is coming up on May 10th, but knowing that there is a very small chance of the weather being as warm as it needs to be for this night setting, i am going to post-pone this DIY low cost project to a predictably warmer date.

If you want to throw a party this summer, why not do it with a twist? Everything you see here can be found/ made at a low cost. The most cost expensive item will be the projector (if its not windy, you could even use a bed sheet instead of a screen).

I will take you step-by-step through MY VERSION of this picture perfect idea when it is time for it to take place this summer. All the items will be easy to find, cheap to buy, or even cheaper to make. So, if you want the DUMMIES version on where-to-buy-everything-necessary-to-make-this-happen-in-my-backyard-this-summer-without-spending-more-than-a-dollar, make sure to tune into my blog once the weather is nice and hot.

#thisisbliss


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BEDOL: that tap water does what?!

Bedol water clock

Unlike most clocks that are run by batteries or are plugged into an electric outlet in your home, these BEDOL line of clocks are run by simple tap water. This environmentally sustainable wall clock is the perfect addition to the home of those who would like to help in the reduction of the worlds eco-footprint. Found on the companies website, the clocks come in 4 different colors (blue, gold, gray, teal) and are priced at $89.00. By the way, i forgot to mention that they run a minimum of 6 months (yet up to 1 year) on a single filling of tap water! #WHOA (Sooo….. will cars be next?)

“This unique clock saves money and reduces the user’s carbon footprint by using a renewable resource that makes the need for normal lithium-ion batteries a thing of the past. Powered by ions found in regular tap water, The Bedol Wall Water Clock easily keeps time thanks to two proprietary metal plates specifically designed for Bedol clocks. Once the plates encounter water, naturally occurring positive (+) and negative (–) ions generate enough electricity to keep the clock ticking. It’s that simple. It’s that clean.” – Bedol


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Daisy Days

March 2014 introduces Daisy’s to the world of Interior Design. From tiny daisy wall mirrors, to daisy printed fabric, to colourful vintage daisy wallpaper, the DAISY is everywhere. Compliment your home with the whimsical charm of the daisy, and watch your home lighten up with fun and color.

Elle Decor featured these in their April 2014 issue:

Daisy Mirror by Soane

Daisy Mirror by Soane

Daisy placement mat by Debora Rhodes

Daisy placement mat by Debora Rhodes

Designer Ken Scotts "Eats & Drinks" Restaurant in Milan is decorated with cheerful and exciting wallpaper

Designer Ken Scotts “Eats & Drinks” Restaurant in Milan is decorated with cheerful and exciting wallpaper

Pillow of Flora By Neisha Crosland for Chelsea Editions

Pillow of Flora By Neisha Crosland for Chelsea Editions

 


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So many corks, so little time

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I have asked my friends and relatives to save the corks from their wine bottles over the holidays and then hand them over to me so i can take over some DIY projects at home. I was feeling creative today and took out the collected corks to create a heart shaped bulletin board when i decided that i want a BIGGER heart and MORE CORKS! Either way, i went online and started researching what other fun things you can create with the top of the bottle stuffer and came upon this AMAZING cork artist, Scott Gundersen, who creates portraits using hundreds and thousands of corks. He is unbelievably talented and i want to share his talent with you (his work above). You can follow him on twitter: @scottgundersen, or visit his tumblr website: http://scottgundersen.tumblr.com/

Let me tell you a little bit about this raw, eco-friendly, and environmentally sustainable material that has the potential to help our world from being destroyed by non-recyclable materials, such as plastic. By creating DIY cork projects, you can visually spread the word that great products can be made with ecological materials, like cork.

Help break the MYTH that says “cork is not environmentally friendly”, cork IS environmentally friendly: every nine years, cork is taken from the skin that surrounds the core of the tree, leaving the tree unharmed and in good health following the extraction of the cork; therefore, cork is undoubtedly an environmentally sustainable material because its renewal is easily accomplished by Nature.

Portugal, France, Spain, and Italy are home to this indigenous tree. Cork is impermeable, buoyant material.That means that it does not allow liquid to pass through it, nor will the cork absorb liquid. For this reason, you can make cute bathroom mats like this one below, and more ….

This is what a DIY i am working on right now, just waiting for more corks to come in :)

This is what a DIY i am working on right now, just waiting for more corks to come in 🙂

invite them over to sing in your backyard

invite them over to sing in your backyard

a statement piece for a hallway or large room - the print on the corks add an artistic touch!

a statement piece for a hallway or large room – the print on the corks add an artistic touch!

kids bored? husband out with the car?

kids bored? husband out with the car?

save your money and DIY!!

save your money and DIY!!

i can never have enough magnets..

i can never have enough magnets..

forgetful?

forgetful?

Fridge Magnets - cactus' dont need much water!

Fridge Magnets – cactus’ dont need much water!

we even got something for Christmas!

we even got something for Christmas!

candles for every occasion

candles for every occasion

why not?

why not?

this would look wonderful in a bathroom painted soothing shades of oyster and cream

this would look wonderful in a bathroom painted soothing shades of oyster and cream

for a childs bedroom, seating planners, or a great loot bag present!

for a childs bedroom, seating planners, or a great loot bag present!

for every parent with teenage kids in the basement

for every parent with teenage kids in the basement

how SMART, & it could be a bulletin board at the same time!

how SMART, & it could be a bulletin board at the same time!