All posts tagged: diy

Masquerade, Masquerade!

  Who doesn’t love a Masquerade Ball?  A night filled with mystery, intrigue and enchantment.  On October 11th, The Cayman Islands Humane Society held their first “Tops & Tails Masquerade Ball.”  It was an honor to be a part of the CIHS Fundraising Committee, together we created a spectacular event to benefit the cats and dogs at the shelter.   I met some of the most amazing people, and everyone was so lovely to work with.  A great team effort! As part of the CIHS Fundraising Committee, my best friend Michelle, and I volunteered to help with decorations.  We make an amazing creative team and had a blast working all hours of the night making these decorations. Our Masquerade Inspirations & Decorations The Teasers As a means of promoting the event, I came up with a series of promotional teasers to add to the element of intrigue about the event. Teasers Gallery   Setting The Stage Michelle came up with the fantastic idea to put together a montage of masquerade scenes and make our very own …

Eco Chic Baking Jars

  I have been on a bit of a baking kick lately.  I am hoping to have some recipes to share with you soon.  These jars are a bit of a lifesaver.  I am not a fan of having boxes and packets that can’t be properly closed after opening, so I started storing my baking ingredients in recycled & repurposed glass jars. Simple and fun DIY project.  I saved some spaghetti sauce jars and made some fun labels. Voila, Eco Chic Baking Jars. What You Will Need: recycled glass jars, and clear adhesive transfer paper.   What To Do: Design your labels in Word or Pages and print the labels onto the adhesive transfer paper.  Follow the steps on the packet.  I still had a few “whoops moments.”  It helps to print out extras incase of any mishaps.  Here is a video that I found most helpful. Transfer the image/design successfully and you are all done. My Designs I chose not to go the traditional labeling route. The Sugar Jar- “Pout Some Sugar On Me” The Flour Jar- …

A Pot of Gold

  I hope everyone had a lovely time over the holidays.  Christmas may be over but New Year’s Eve is on the way.  In the spirit of getting ready for New Year’s Eve, I have been testing out some DIY projects and making them as eco friendly as possible.  Mason jars are trending right now, and often reused to house candles.  I created a pot of gold so to speak, by repurposing a glass jar with glitter accents.  It turned out to be a sparkling new candle holder.  I admit, glitter is not the most eco friendly choice, but the jar can be reused over and over again as a sparkling candle holder.  It’s fun for parties and of course New Year’s Eve. A  Pot of Gold: DIY Candle Holder You will need: a glass jar, glitter, mod podge and ribbon. Step 1. I chose not to completely cover the jar in gold glitter, so I reused some ribbon from Christmas presents and wrapped it around the jar, taping the ends together so it would …

DIY: Eco Chic Photo Canvas

This Christmas, I am attempting to make more homemade gifts.  For your friends and family who love photos, a fun and easy project is transferring a photo onto a canvas.  After researching this on Pinterest (which has a wealth of information for DIY projects) I tried out a few different methods.  After some trial and error I finally found a method which worked for me.  For my photo transfer onto canvas, I choose one of my favorite photos of my mother and I which was taken on one of her birthdays.  Yep, the camera got me when my eyes were closed.  Nonetheless, I love this photo. What You Will Need  Canvas, photo, mod podge, paintbrush, and ribbon -which is optional- Easy Steps To Follow Step 1. Paint the canvas with mod podge Step 2. Paint the back of the photo and then carefully place the photo onto the canvas. Step 3. Add a couple of layers of mod podge over the photo.  This creates a protective seal. It will look like this.       …

Keepsakes: Letters, Postcards, Photos + Cards

The art of writing letters seems almost to be a lost art.  I may be one of the few who still loves to write letters and send postcards.  I have to admit I have quite a little treasure trove of keepsakes such as letters, postcards, tickets from concerts, shows on Broadway to Ballets, metro cards from traveling around New York etc I keep all that stuff, I’m pretty sentimental that way.  It may seem silly, but I look at it as preserving memories and holding onto a moment.  With all the traveling I do, I can’t help but send postcards to my best of friends, and sister. I have found that one of the best ways to house all my keepsakes and the beautiful memories they are linked to, is by repurposing boxes, such as shoe boxes or even perfume gift set boxes (as in the case of my keepsake box). If you love to hold on to cards, letters, postcards, concert tickets and photos or whatever items you hold dear as a keepsake treasure …

I’ll Drink To That… DIY Chic Chalkboard Paint Repurposed Bottles

Over the weekend I found some time to work on some eco art projects.  I had a fantastic time!    Here is another eco chic way you can repurpose your wine bottles and glass jars.  Confession, this may have been one of those catch 22 art projects.  On one hand, I tried to be eco friendly by repurposing the glass bottles into chic decorative pieces for dinner or birthday parties by painting them in chalkboard paint.  Yet, the chalkboard spray paint may not have been so eco friendly. What you will need: chalkboard paint, chalk, wine bottles or glass jars. Easy Steps:  1. I bought some chalkboard paint in a spray can.  It was easy to use and pretty cheap.  (I purchased it at AL Thompson) Confession, it may have not been the most eco friendly choice, but I could not find one that was made with eco friendly products.  I felt it better to buy the spray can version as opposed to a can of chalkboard paint.  The spray can had the amount I …