Dec 30, 2011

Happy New Year 2012. And thanks for all your support!

Bipolar toss pillow

Dec 29, 2011


Have you notice how lately almost everything around us comes with the slogan “reduce, reuse and recycle”? It is interesting to see how this frase is so catchy that even some fabrics we used in our homes are x% made from reclycle material.

The art of hanging food

Dec 15, 2011


Recently there has been an increase on food prices. And I’m not talking about only the food we eat at restaurants; but also the edibles we buy at the supermarket are sky rocking. Because of these I prefer to prepare my own and if I can plant most of them, better!
Today I’m going to present to you some examples of hanging plant vases. You can use them to plant your own vegetables or even to decorate the walls around the house. All of these examples are very modern and is always nice to have some greenery around because it makes a room happier!
Made from recycled materials, Maruja Fuentes’ green pockets give new meaning to the term “houseplant.
These plant vases are part of the new Spring 2012 collection of West Elm.  Don’t miss their next catalog coming to stores on January 2012.
These glazed ceramic flower boxes (available in different colors) are also a great idea for a receiving area or even a kids room.
Hope you enjoyed these examples. As always is great to hear from you, so drop me a comment. If you have an idea for these hanging vases, let me know. See you next time!

Easy Christmas tree version

Dec 12, 2011

Besides natural and artificial trees, what other options are out there that can be low-cost? Well, today I might have a good answer to that! I’m going to try to do an ecological Christmas tree with some natural pine cones! After my previous post, on using pine cones for a shelf display, I decided to use the remaining ones to make a different kind of Christmas tree. All you will need for this project are the pine cones, a beautiful vase, a cone shaped Styrofoam, and a hot glue gun.
To start I placed my foam inside the base to get a better idea of  where to pasting the cones. I organized the pine cones (biggest to smallest) to help me out when gluing. I started with the biggest on the bottom and make my way up where I used the smallest.
Don’t worry about the small white spaces were the foam can be seen. For this you can either used the little seeds that fall from the cones to fill these spaces (Figure 4), or also used smaller cones that fit these areas. Another great option would be to glue pieces of cinnamon to add to the decoration of the tree.

At the end you will end up with a beautiful work of art and the added bonus of a delicious fragrant. As always, I advise you to try different options. I would have loved to use some old Christmas balls instead of pine cones and in exchange of cinnamon, some anise seeds. Everything is possible!

Merry little spaces

Dec 7, 2011

Finding inspiration for decorating your home during Christmas season, shouldn't be that difficult. Just look around and everywhere you will see magazines, ads even shop windows with picture perfect ideas that might make your eyes tear a little bit.
Sure one thing is finding inspiration, and another putting hands on task but in a budget. Today I’m presenting to you some fun and easy ideas that can be done with things you find around your house even from past Christmases.
On one of my first posts I presented you with some of my favorite nooks in my apartment. Today I just transformed one of them with things I had around and some pine cones I found outside my cousin’s house.
I started this special merry little space by using an old garland as the base for my other ornaments. This garland came with small Christmas balls but you can glue some to yours. To add some clarity and glitz to the area, I placed a mirror. Since my space is near a large window at my living room, it reflects the incoming light giving the whole area a special brightness.
To complement the whole look, I added the rest of my old ornaments: a "cookie-like" star, a giant red jingle bell, some branch stars and the fabulous pine cones. I only bought the big silver cardboard star (around $13 at IKEA) and the mercury glass vase (50% off at Michael’s).
This mercury glass vase can be easily made with some Home Depot products and an old glass vase that might be around your home. I have a similar project you can view here.

The ginger men who knocked at my door

While trying to figure out what to put on my door that was beautiful and on my budget; I came across one of Martha Stewart’s brilliant ideas of a ginger man cookie Christmas wreath.
My version of the ginger men wreath came with buttons and a not so perfect little figures but, it really looks nice. For this you will need a basic gingerbread cookies recipe and a ribbon.
After making the cookie dough, put all your little men in a circle making sure their hands touch and pressing a little bit this part to make sure that when they are bake they'll stick together. After taking this out of the oven, wait for it to cool down. Now you can be as creative as you want by decorating each little guy.
Insert the ribbon up and down each ginger men and make a bow at the end leaving some space for it to hang. Most of these ingredients I already had in my pantry, so it was a great low-cost project. This is a nice thing to do with your partner or even with the kids. I’m sure you’ll have a blast!
Let me know if you try this and if you can come up with some inexpensive great ideas for decorating any space during Christmas!
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