Here in Los Angeles, we don’t have many weather-related indications that summer is turning to fall, so we have to embrace the signs wherever we can find them — so basically, in Starbucks.
For me, the special sense that fall is creeping in comes with the annual flood of lifestyle writing assignments that turn my attention to the season’s decor, food, crafts, and all the other good stuff. These stories are like pumpkin spice lattes for my laptop. They make me kind of giddy. My job doesn’t suck.
Allow me to share the joy! Following is a little roundup of some of the stories I’ve written in the last couple of weeks, in which I rounded up some of the best ideas from around the Web for Thanksgiving decorations, food, crafts, flowers, tabletop, and plenty more to buy or DIY: Read more…
Lately, I’ve been more “motion” and less “homebody,” for various reasons: trying to get all possible traveling in before babies (and we’re running out of time, she says from a lanai in Hawaii, but more on that later) — and of course, being generally booted out of our house while we remodel (just FOUR DAYS to go, but who’s counting?). But it’s my very talented sister who is the more gifted “homebody” anyway, when it comes to mind-blowing Pinterest-worthy stuff in the kitchen. So she’s behind today’s guest post in honor of Easter! (Sure, it was yesterday, but don’t you have a bunch of eggs leftover? And this project would rule for a baby shower or other springtime event anyway.) Without further ado, check out the wizardry that is Elisabeth’s tutorial for how to dye eggs naturally:
“Last year when my son was in kindergarten, his teacher requested that parents send in some kitchen scraps for coloring boiled eggs using only nature’s bounty. Naturally, I thought, “Oh, this’ll be swell. I’ll send in my cabbage scraps for the kids to make their nature craft, and then run over to CVS to buy some Paas coloring kits for when we dye the pretty eggs at home…” Little did I realize that modern kindergarten teachers are nobody’s fools; one would never propose a craft project that wouldn’t produce a dramatic show to hold the interest of discerning five-year-olds. In this case, the spectacle lay in the power of simple foods to create effective egg dyes that not only cost very little but come out way, way better than Paas. This year, I decided to try my own hand at naturally-dyed eggs. (Enough friends asked me how I did it, so I was inspired to ask my sister to allow me to use this forum to share the joy…)
Squee! I just think these mason jar snow globes are the most darling things. Shout out to Michaela Noelle Designs for the fabu project idea.
Here’s what you’ll need: mason jars, masking tape, flocking or glittery spray paint, fake snow, fake trees, hot glue, and glitter if you like (I like) Read more…
I’m not a crafty person, generally. I’m not trying to make a statement about being too busy to D.I.M. or anything. It’s more just that I’m selectively lazy, and also until now I lived in a very hodgepodge home. Our rented condo in Westwood was beautiful, but its inherent mid-century vibe combined with our hand-me-down-furniture from various eras, combined with our just-merged-two-households miscellany was just too random to motivate me to add any clever home-made holiday decor to the mix.
But! We’re homeowners as of this year — a fact we appreciate with an extremely dorky level of enthusiasm daily. And that enthusiasm (coupled with some inspiring story assignments about D.I.Y. holiday decor lately) has lit a crafty little fire under me.
And I do mean a little fire. While I loved the five jack-o-lanterns and minimal pre-fab Target decor we have out front, I felt we need a little extra je ne sais quoi — at 3 p.m. on Halloween. And I had about five minutes of attention span for it. Read more…