Category Archives: DIY Decor

Spring Wreath


I woke up this morning to a glorious sunny day. Don’t get me wrong, the weather in Southern California is wonderful, but I’m still waiting for the big storms we were supposed to see this winter….It’s a fashion thing. I happen to adore coats, sweaters and gloves.

So in celebration of this early spring, I decided to make a wreath for my bathroom. There was a spot on the wall that seemed like it needed cheering up. I’ve had an idea for a yellow and white wreath for a while now. I just needed to sit down and make it. Honestly, I’ve been collecting the silk flowers since last fall when all the summer stuff goes on sale, so I already had everything that I needed. I used an 18 inch grapevine wreath. I purchased a white hydrangea bush with at least 5 cluster flowers, a yellow hydrangea bush with at least 5 cluster flowers, small yellow orchids, small daisies, and small assorted items for texture. I had some cute yellow butterflies, so I used them, as well. It took about 2 hours to complete, but I think it turned out great! 20150719_201842

I think the key to a pretty wreath is making it full. Do not be stingy with your flower placement. Let the flowers be a bit free form….not “placed” in position. I always cut my flowers with wire cutters and position them in the grapevine before I secure with hot glue (I REALLY like my glue gun). I place the big flowers first then I add around them for interest. I used rick rack for a bit of fun, then best of all, I made a beautiful bow to top it all off.

I think it turned out great!

The wall seems a bit happier now….






Leap Year Party Idea

This past weekend I helped my friend, Michele, with a Leap Year Party she was planning for her boyfriend. He is a “Leaper” or as we know them, a Leap Year Baby. While I was doing research for Leap Year décor, all I could find was frog related stuff. That simply would not do. This gentleman had very specific ideas of what he wanted and I was put “on the case” to make sure his ideas came alive!

He wanted the colors to be black, blue, white and silver….not froggy green! We decided to do candles in glass vases layered with colored sand. We also decided to  frame idioms with the word “Leap” in them….Leap for Joy, Leap on the Bandwagon, Leap of Faith….you get the idea. Well, it turned out great! Each table was adorned with a black table cloth, a framed “Leap” idiom and gorgeous pillar candles in vases layered with colored “sand”.

We had so many tables to decorate, the sand idea was getting a bit pricey, so I used a technique that I will definitely be using again! Instead of using colored sand I used table salt and colored it with food dye.

Leap Year CandlesI went to Smart and Final and purchased 25 pounds of table salt for under $5. I had the blue food color, so I put the big bag of table salt  in the car and drove to Michele’s house and got to work making our fabulous colored “sand”…NOTE: Make sure you buy table salt. Any other kind of salt will be too coarse….You will need bowls to mix your salt, food color, plastic spoons and a funnel to pour the salt into your container for the layering. Mix your salt 1 to 2 cups at a time. It’s just easier that way…trust me. Each color gets a different bowl. Pour your salt into your bowl and add your food color and start mixing. Add the color until you get the hue you want. Then layer your colors…. Use the funnel. We started with blue, added some regular salt for the white, we had some glitter so we added that. They all were different and really beautiful! Be careful when you move your layered pieces. The salt/sand will move, so just be careful.

This was so easy and inexpensive, I will definitely do this again…..

The birthday boy was very happy with the décor…phew!

I must add that the caterer Michele used was the BEST! The Spot Gourmet in Glendale, CA.

The presentation and the food was divine!The Spot Gourmet