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I'm Diana.

I like to create pretty things and sweet treats, collect vintage finds, & build a beautiful life.

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Everything on this page is original content that was written and photographed by me. Anything that I use as inspiration or ideas will be linked in the posts, &I hope that you will do the same.

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Monday
Sep092013

August Finds

Sometimes you walk to breakfast, eat some French toast and turkey bacon, stop at a local odds and ends shop, and end up finding two Indiana Jones framed photos on the way home. And these are the mornings I live for.

All kidding aside, I have some kind of deep-seeded crush on Indiana Jones. And now I have a framed photo of him hanging in our downstairs bathroom (where I just did a washi tape wall treatment) and another that hasn't quite found a home yet. Just needed some new frames...

Tim also picked up some records from the dollar bin! Good day all in all.

Thursday
Sep052013

Confetti Votive Candle Holders

Sometimes while aimlessly wandering the aisles of Target, I stumble across something boring and a little light bulb appears over my head. When I bought these plain glass votive candle holders, I didn't know what I was going to do with them. For some odd reason I had a package of confetti laying around and knew that putting them together would make confetti votive candle holders! This is a super easy DIY that's great for a party, but still fun for everyday. Here we go...

For this project you'll need glass votive candle holders, confetti (or glitter!), Mod Podge, and a paint brush. You'll also need something to lay your glitter out on.

Spread out your confetti on a flat surface.

Cover about a third of the glass votive with a thin layer of Mod Podge. Start from the bottom of the glass, and work your way up. I wanted a kind-of ombre effect, so I didn't paint all the way up the glass, but you do as you wish. Roll that section in the confetti and lightly press the confetti down with your fingers. Add another layer of Mod Podge and reroll if you want more coverage, or continue on to the next section. Let sit for 15-20 to start the drying processs.

After a bit of drying, add another coat of Podge over the entire glass, pressing down the confetti with your brush. This is also a good time to move any loose pieces around. Let dry completely.

And that's it! You could light these little guys up for your next gathering, or they would make darling housewarming gifts!

Tuesday
Sep032013

September Goals

It's pretty hard to believe that soon I'll be pulling out my boots and coats from under my bed. August is over, but man it was a great summer. Last month I worked on a bunch of recipes in the kitchen (and that also means a lot of failures,) and got outside a ton! Walked to breakfast, Farmer's Markets, canoeing, and even went to Tyler State Park last weekend. Our bedroom is still a disaster, but it will get done in due time. New month, new season, new goals!

  • Get through this first month of Insanity. Yes, we are really doing it. My first goal is to really get through the first month, then I'll worry about the second. Wish me luck (I might seriously need it.)
  • Get my craft on. I took a bit of a craft break during the summer because of having way too much to do these past few months. Trying to spend so much time outdoors means that I didn't spend a lot of time indoors making things. Need to find a happy medium for fall.
  • Make time for more walks. Because they are a nice thing to do.

Hope everyone had a great and relaxing Labor Day weekend.

Saturday
Aug312013

A Caturday in August

Just popped in to say Happy Caturday! Hope you are having a relaxing and lovely Labor Day Weekend! :)

Wednesday
Aug282013

A Weekend in August

August was lovely to us. We had some cooler weather, which made me feel ready for fall and was a great little surprise. I don't know if you've caught on to this, but the weekends mean a lot to me. I think when you work a full-time job, you need to enjoy every bit of your weekends. We ate ice cream, spent time outside, went canoeing, went out for breakfast, put together a new bookcase for our DVD collection, discovered Tyler State Park, hit up the small farmer's market and thrift/antique stores in our little town, and laughed. Laughing might be my favorite part (but breakfast is a close second.) How have you been enjoying your weekends?

Photos: Sidewalk record shopping. / Inside a local collectables/junk shop. / Tim staining wood for our new bookcase. / Foam brush. / More staining. / Me watching Tim stain. / Donut peaches from the Farmer's Market. / Tyler State Park. / Relaxing after our long walk. / Rock sitting in my new Stay Home Club T-Shirt.

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