perler beads + friends: a crafting party!

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by that title, i either sound like a mom or a 7 year old, haha. that’s ok, i like doing kid stuff. those who are kids at heart are the funnest people, am i right? ;p kidding. but yes, as you can see from my photos, my a-little-over-20-yr-old good friends, boyfriend, and i gathered last weekend to have a crafting party! more specifically, a perler bead crafting party.

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DIY: How to hang pictures with thread and clothespins

I take a lot of pictures. There is nothing I love more than looking at them printed. Old ones, new ones, ones I took, ones I didn’t take, 4x6s, instax minis, square, anything! I hate it when they are locked inside a drawer; I just want to display all of them cuz I feel they’re all so pretty and special.

However, with the very little space I have in my room it can be tricky mounting things on my wall. Frames are too chunky and sometimes expensive; I really don’t want to puncture my photos with a thumbtack; and even when I put fun-tak or tape, they fold or fall. Thanks to several ideas on the internet, I finally found a great solution to that problem!

There are many ways to make this, but since this is what I had at hand, this is how I did mine. You should do yours with what you have in hand, too! If you don’t have clothespins, improvise! Use paperclips! Etc.

You can also purchase these already made online. Here are some I found in Urban Outfitters. I don’t know about you, but I find it a little ridiculous to waste almost $15 on something I can make for less than $5!

These have not failed me. I just keep adding more to my room. They are a great focal point and a way to brighten up your bedroom and display awesome memories. My walls always remain interesting since I keep moving and replacing photos. Also, this method doesn’t damage your walls, in case you’re renting an apartment where they, for some reason, don’t let you drill holes on the walls, or if you just don’t want to. Or if you know you get bored with things rapidly, you can always transfer these to another wall (or take them off altogether) very easily.

Enjoy!!

how to hang pictures with thread and clothespins:

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ideas: outdoor dinner and a movie

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I love hosting little dinners here and there with my friends. (this is one we had back in november, if you’re interested.) but since we’re all away in different cities for college, it becomes a little hard to get together. soo, a girl can dream and plan an affair as such in none other than good ol’ pinterest!

here are some pictures i found. if i found the blog owner i tagged them because it ain’t cool to just steal pics, and if i didn’t tag anyone it was because i saw the same picture 20 times around pinterest and didn’t know who it belonged to. so yeah, enjoy!

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by fresh exchange

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by harper’s bazaar

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Do it yourself: Water bottle pots!

The first thing I saw when I started getting into gardening was the cost of good-looking pots: pricy! The more I got into it, the more I realized how creative gardeners were. They use anything – and I mean anything – at hand to plant seeds. Recycling is their forte. And, if you like gardening or want to get into it, I believe it should be yours too. You gotta get creative to save money!

I’ve seen people use cans, soda bottles, egg cartons, egg shells, ice cream tubs, bath tubs, old toilets, tires, shoes, wine bottles, and the list goes on and on, as planters!

If you read my previous blog post you saw that I used bottles of water to make pots for my seeds. So today I bring you this tutorial on how to make them. I would take planters looking like this any day – especially since they are recycled! – instead of those plain o’ black pots! Plus, the retain moisture which is perfect!

Enjoy!

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spring veggie planting + a new member of the family!

My friend sent me a message the second day of February saying, “Happy Candlelight Day and Happy Start of the Spring Planting Season!” Quite honestly I was like, “Oh really? That’s today?!” – me being oblivious of time and all. Throughout the day I couldn’t wait to get home and plant. But, I didn’t cuz of school. However, a week ago I finally did! I planted onions, cilantro, tomatoes, chiles, melon, and a beet.

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Today, I woke up and saw this:

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I was worried they wouldn’t grow, but ah, I’m so happy they did! I used to keep them inside, but since the afternoons have gotten warmer, they are now outdoors. I think they enjoy it.

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Beauties!

Back in November/December I had planted two bell pepper plants, a tomato, an onion, cilantro, and even tulips! This is how they look today:

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Two tulips!

My cilantro looks a little bit like a hot mess in the previous photo, but in person it is so beautiful and smells delicious! My guinea pigs LOVE it!

Speaking of guinea pigs.. meet the newest member of our family:

tomás!

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Isn’t he an adorable guinea pig?! He’s very active and loves attention. I can’t wait to make memories with him and his sister, Linda, for the years to come. I’m sure Napoleón, my first guinea pig who left my side this past October, would have liked his company as well.

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One last thing before I go: did you notice my recycled water bottle pots? If you liked them and want to make some for yourself, here is my tutorial on how to do them!

Thanks for stopping by friends!

Happy Saturday!!

–diana

artisan bazaar

in our little town, there have been many events this year so far. friday was the first

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and of course, david, my handy camera, and i were present! we got there a little late, so we couldn’t see many of the artists, just a few. we promised that next time we’ll get there earlier. (and take more cash to buy everything!)

our local artists are amazingly good! i didn’t know we had so many hidden gems out here. it was really good to see that. it made me happy that our town gave them the chance to show their art to the community.

again, we only caught a few artists, (and to others i was too shy to ask for a picture), but i couldn’t resist to share with all of you what we saw! here are some pictures with the people that created those awesome art pieces:

to get more information about the artist, you can click on his or her name to go to their page :)

Rebeca Guevara

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this woman had the most original idea: she made embellished post cards!

here’s what i mean:

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you can write behind them and send them without any  problems :) the art of handwriting letters is dead, but vintage things are always cool. just imagine getting this  beauty on the mail? <3

i wanted to buy everything! not to send ’em, but to have them in frames. these are too pretty to not see daily.


Amanda michelle

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if you’re mexican, don’t her paintings just bring back childhood memories of playing loteria at your grandma’s house? cuz that was exactly our reaction! loteria is a mexican game similar to bingo. just that instead of numbers and letter being called out, cards with images like the ones she has painted appear. the carta, playing card, she had there was my favorite!


José Luis aun

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this guy’s art was amazing! it was like mythical creatures and forests. he had a little bio on the table that said that his work has been features in many countries.

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we know that there are still more local artists out there who are really good at what they do. if you’re one, i really encourage you to showcase your work like this. even if you don’t sell it, you give it exposure :) the art scene in our town is growing, and for you to be a part of it would be awesome!

extra pictures from the bazaar and downtown:

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