Sunday, November 24, 2013

matching flasks: birthday gifts for him & her

There's a couple that Eric and I absolutely adore.  We consider them our very close friends.  We can all hang out together and have a blast, or I can hang out the Danny by myself and laugh my butt off, so can Eric and Jen.  How often can you find those type of friends who you can go on double dates too?!  

If you haven't heard of the Hydro Flask, well, well....  If you like your drinks ALWAYS cold, or like your hot drinks to stay hot, then this is the perfect answer!!  Put some ice in this baby and you'll find the ice still there in 24 hours!!  No joke!  Comes in all kinds of sizes and colors, which makes it a really great gift!!

Danny and Jen's birthday happen to be very close, so they always have a joint birthday.  I decided to get them semi-matching Flasks.  Jen is into Bikram Yoga nowadays.  If you know Bikram (hot yoga), your water canister doesn't stand a chance after an hour and a half.  And Danny always mentions how he wishes he had a flask.  Found great reviews on a flask on amazon that didn't have a metallic taste and it had a small spot for engraved initials.   (did it at an engraving shop locally)

I also found some really cute shot glasses made out of the travel-size alcohol bottles that was a perfect gift for Danny, who loves to host parties at his house.

Just thought it was a really cute gift for a couple and I know they loved it just as much.  Happy birthday Danny and Jen!

cheap and easy [temporary] privacy window covering

Who would have knew how many uses there were for GLAD Press'n Seal??  I've never actually purchased or used this before, but decided to copy a neighbor and use it as a temporary privacy window covering.  We ordered shutters and lucky for us, our order lands over two major holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) which gets our installation date in early January.  We've got windows EVERYWHERE in our new house and our next door neighbor can see into our living room window, as can the neighbors from the street...

Our shutter company, unfortunately, didn't give us those temporary accordion shades, but some plastic that purely acts as a privacy covering- it prevents people from seeing through however doesn't do much with regards to blocking the sun from shining in.  They only provided them for the bathrooms and master bedrooms [boo].  So much for the other 16 windows in the house...

In comes Press'n Seal!  It's sticky on one side and it easily sticks to the window, making it 'look' etched.  It still lets some light come through and peels off without any sticky residue.  Here's the before and after of the window in our entryway.

And here's the before and after of our door leading to the balcony in the front of the house.  Because the door was so long, I did use painters tape to secure the top and bottom of each, along with the center, just in case it peels off over a month duration.  (I should have cleaned the windows BEFORE I covered them, but I was lazy...)

I'd say that this was the perfect temporary solution to give us the privacy we need.  It covered 3 windows of varying size (the one in the photo being the smallest) and the door- all for under $4!!!!  I feel pretty darn accomplished.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

bridal shower gift: wine glasses and a wine basket

Soooo, I'm in that age range that falls in the wedding, new baby, new house, new life category...  In comes the bachelorette parties, bridal showers and baby showers.  Seeing that I'm a massive commit-a-phobe, the thought of weddings and babies give me anxiety...  so it's just the perfect place to make me uncomfortable and antsy- happy happy happy [insert sarcasm]...

BUT that doesn't mean that I'm not a good gift-giver and an even better gift presenter!  I happen to love all things paper and given enough time to plan and prepare, love to make things pretty!

I've known about Judy's bachelorette weekend for some time now.  She has a great wedding registry selection and of course my eyes went straight to the Riedel Pinot Nior Wine Glasses.  Ohhh so many fun things I could do with this as a gift!   I recruited two other girls to pitch in for this gift because I wanted to make it super special.  Judy is the most wonderful person; someone I've grown up with, went through elementary, high school and our first year of college together.  Her friendship is priceless.

So I put together a gift basket that will pair perfectly with her wine glasses: a bottle of Pinot Nior, Vinturi Red Wine Aerator, Trader Joe's Organic Chocolate Bars, and a fun and funky wine marker set that looks like chewed up gum!  Placed it in a basket I found at Home Goods and wrapped it in cellophane and tied it with a butcher string that I braided.  I made an easy love bird quilled card (photo above).

The thing about Judy is that she is very green, earthly and eco-friendly.  So I knew that she would appreciate gift wrap that had a green-feel to it; hence the brown color theme.  (which will look out of place in the sea of wedding gift wrap-but whatevs!)

I think she'll appreciate the thought put into her gift and how pretty it looks.  I couldn't be happier for her and can't wait for her to tie the knot!  Congratulations Judy & Sam!

Judy and I (and Sam that I'm holding) at the Happiest Place on Earth, celebrating her big day! LOVE YOU!

***UPDATE*** I have a follow up to wrapping with lace!!  Click here  xoxo

Friday, March 29, 2013

solar lights -re-purposed-

Last summer we gave our tiny back yard a makeover and I went on a mad hunt looking for solar lights.  The big box retailers had some mediocre looking ones with a price that made me cringe and the 'cheap' $5 ones looked, well, cheap...  One day I wondered into the Target clearance area and low and behold, I find end of summer clearance solar lights that had a super contemporary look, $2.50 each!  I bought a bunch and ran home with excitement! 

The extra solar lights sat on the side of the house until today when I was looking at my last DIY project with dismay...  It was supposed to be a wine bottle lamp, with a little glass votive hanging inside the wine bottle...  It took 30 minutes to drill a hole into the votive and I still had to do the other side, not to mention make 6 of them... I got bored and that project went to the unfinished cemetery (aka the garage under a pile of other unfinished projects).

I realized that the long stainless steel body, under the solar light/glass was hollow so I knew I could drill a hole into it.  I drilled on the side that had remenints of the price sticker (because that would be the back side) and I was too lazy to walk 15 feet to get the goo-gone and wipe it off. 

 Then I used a washer and bolt on the inside and outside of the body to secure my threaded (3/8") rod.  I also found a plastic tubing that fit perfectly over my threaded rod; aesthetically I thought it would look prettier not seeing the threading.


The bottom of the solar lights had a cap with a hole in it to accommodate the steak.  I'm paranoid about black widows and bugs in general so I thought I'd plug that entry point.  In my mind, I picture a bug motel in each light tower.


So I got a plastic cover that was sitting in my recycle bin, traced the cap and made a little seal to close up the hole.


I was worried about the solar light being top-heavy so I gathered some rocks from the front yard and filled it up!


And VIOLA! I now have some cool accents to my bamboo fence, it lights up the yard, it looks pretty and I absolutely LOVE that it's solar!

And just because I'm fascinated with hummingbirds, here's our little friend who comes to visit us throughout the day. 

And here's an evening shot of my solar lights re-purposed and fully functional!

I'd call it a successful day today!