Tuesday, July 10, 2018

A Visit to DIY Studio - San Antonio's New Crafting Spot!

DIY Studio - a place to gather, sip and create in San Antonio!

I love when a new creative business opens up in my area, and DIY Studio in San Antonio is right up my alley! I recently was invited by its owners, mother-daughter duo Cindy and Christy Campbell, to spend an afternoon creating in the studio along with my daughters. We had a blast each working on our own craft project while spending some special time together.

If you love to craft but can't seem to find the time or don't have all the supplies you need on hand, a night at DIY Studio is a great way to get your crafting fix and come home with a beautiful finished project. Their Grand Opening this coming Saturday is a fun opportunity to check them out!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

My Top 8 Favorite Plants to Grow in South Texas

The easiest plants to keep alive if you live in Texas! #gardentips #texasgarden #texasflowers

In my last post, I'm mentioned I'm a wanna-be gardener! While I am not convinced I have a green thumb, I absolutely love the challenge of growing beautiful plants. When we lived in Chicago, I had a roof top container garden that made me proud. I was able to get beautiful, lush pots of flowers with little effort. You can see some photos of my rooftop garden here and here. However, since we moved to San Antonio five years ago I have really questioned my gardening capabilities. The long hot summers and random pests make it seriously challenging!

I've managed to kill a lot of plants over the last several years, but through all my trial and error I have discovered a handful of plants I can reliably grow. In case you live in a similar climate, I thought it would be fun to give you a peek into my container garden, and share my top 10 favorite plants to grow in South Texas!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Summer Hostess Gift Idea: Garden Gift Basket

This post has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GotItFree #MrsMeyersBodyWash #CollectiveBias

How to create a garden gift basket - the perfect hostess gift for a gardener! #gardengiftbasket #gardenergift #hostessgift #giftbasket

Here’s something you may not know about me - I love to garden. By gardening I mean spending way too much money on flowers every spring, planting them in pots around my yard, and then spending the next several months desperately trying to keep them alive in the Texas heat! Nonetheless, I love spending time outdoors with my plants, so I’m excited to be partnering with Mrs. Meyer's® brand to share a simple garden-inspired gift basket idea featuring Mrs. Meyer's® Lavender Body Wash. Lavender is my all-time favorite scent, and it is easy to grow too!

I love gifting a basket of different items within the same theme. Just the act of displaying them in a basket makes them feel extra special. This simple garden-inspired gift basket is the perfect hostess gift if you have plans to visit friends or family this summer. I know it is a gift I would love to receive and I bet any other gardener (or wanna-be gardener) would too!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Hello Summer! DIY Tropical Decor Ideas

Simple tropical decor crafts and summer decorating ideas! #summerdecor #summercrafts #pineapplecrafts

Summer officially starts tomorrow, but in our house it started nearly two weeks ago with my daughters' last day of school! You may notice it is a little quieter on the blog over the next couple months - the reality of having a six and eight year old home with me during the day. We have lots of fun summer plans in store - swimming, trips to the museum, playing with friends. Of course, my plans also include lots of crafting behind-the-scenes, working on projects such as this summer decorated foyer for Oriental Trading's Fun365.com

Read on to see how I got our foyer summer ready with some tropical pineapple and flamingo decor from Oriental Trading and few simple craft projects.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Book Giveaway: Hello Color!

Check out this color-packed new DIY home decor book - Hello Color by Rachel Mae Smith!
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I'm excited to share a great new book with you today! My friend Rachel of The Crafted Life blog just published her first book - Hello Color - which is now available on Amazon and at your local bookstore. This book is for all you fellow color-lovers out there and is written by one of the most creative people I know. I have been a fan of Rachel's clever crafts and color-packed Instagram feed for many years, and this book is full of Rachel's tips for incorporating color into your own home. I should mention that she also styled and shot the entire book herself - amazing!

Read on to see more sneak-peeks of Hello Color and leave a comment on this Instagram post for a chance to win your own copy!

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