Last month we traveled to France, but this month we’re staying stateside with the Golden Gate Bridge in sight. Liz Stanley, another one of our fave traveling moms, is the brilliant mind behind the crafty blog Say Yes to Hoboken. This New Yorker enjoyed a few blissful years in Hoboken, N.J., before taking a brave leap to the West Coast with her husband and son by her side. Living in the “fairytale city” of San Francisco, Liz is constantly surrounded by an abundance of inspiration and creativity. My favorite aspect of Say Yes to Hoboken? The marriage of fashion with interior design. Cool DIY and entertaining ideas. Plus her insights into life as a mom. (She makes it look way too easy!) Liz’s blog is the ultimate guide to a budget-friendly stylish life.
Mighty Closet :: Liz Stanley
Now more than ever, being thrifty while still keeping our wardrobe fresh, our home up to date and our kids happy is important. Smart and easy tutorials from Liz on how to create a gathered, high-waisted skirt, striped tote bag and whimsical mobile will unleash your inner craft skills, while simultaneously saving money. That sounds like a win-win situation to me. And it doesn’t stop at clever craft projects; Liz posts favorite recipes, trendy finds and her daily Babble posts that you’re guaranteed to love.
I just can’t get enough of Say Yes to Hoboken. It’s the perfect mesh of everything I love, without having an overwhelming amount on a certain topic. And for those of us with limited free time, Liz’s weekly roundups offer the best web finds of the week conveniently compiled in a clickable list. (That’s how I came across this AMAZING chevron-patterned picnic blanket project.)
Of course I can’t forget the kiddies. April showers are long gone, but when rainy days do stop by for a visit, keeping the children entertained while cooped up indoors can be tricky. Here comes Liz to the rescue. Her rainy day crafts for kids feature items often found around the house used in easy projects kids can make on their own. They’ll love practicing the alphabet in the form of letter cookies and building sky-high (edible) structures with toothpicks and marshmallows. Can I please be a kid again?
Check out Say Yes to Hoboken on Facebook and Twitter if you just can’t get enough of Liz. We can’t!
June is prime wedding season. The long days, luxurious garden blooms and glorious weather lend themselves celebrating a marriage outdoors.
Whether you’re getting married or attending a wedding this month or not, you can borrow from some of the lovely decor of outdoor fêtes for your home. These handmade string chandeliers make ideal ethereal decorations hung from trees, on your porch, or around your yard. You’ll be surprised just how easy the DIY instruction from Ruffled are.
The tradition of giving ‘May baskets’ to unsuspecting neighbors and crushes is all but gone. This sweet and chaste way to celebrate spring — I won’t get into the debauchery that is the origin of the maypole dance — peaked in the U.S. during the Victorian era and started to disappear after first half of the 20th century. If you’d like to help revive this custom, here’s what you do: assemble baskets of sweets and fresh flowers, leave them on your neighbor’s door, ring the doorbell and run away before they catch you. If you are caught, you’re supposed to exchange a kiss. (To avoid kissing possible strangers — run fast.)
A Field Journal
I can’t help thinking what delightful treat this would be for a grandparent or elderly friend, relative or neighbor. A surprise gift of a cheerful ‘May basket’ just might take them on a trip down memory lane. Or throw caution to the wind and leave one on the front door or car of a love interest. Maybe some Beltane fires will spark, if you catch my drift. Here are six of my favorite basket designs (click on the links for DIYs) sure to put a smile on a lucky person’s face.
More May Basket Inspiration After the Jump
Easter Sunday brings back so many … itchy memories for me. I never threw a tantrum while getting dressed. I kept it together because I knew if I cooperated and wore the fluffy floral dress, uncomfortable patent leather shoes, white gloves, straw hat and smiled through the family photo shoot that I’d be rewarded with all the Marshmallow Peeps and Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs I could eat. While I still love eating Easter Sunday brunch at my grandmother’s, I’m so happy that I get to pick out a soft sundress of my choosing. And decorate my home to my heart’s delight. I’m getting an early start on Easter decorating this year (a good 3 weeks early!) How about you? Here are my four favorite handmade projects you can complete in a snap and enjoy the entire month.
This delicate egg garland is the perfect Easter decor piece in all its glittery, pastel goodness. It’s ideal for hanging above a spring-style vignette or wrapping around the stair banister. Yes, glitter can be messy, but that makes it all the more fun, right?
Hippity Hop, 3 More DIYs After the Jump
I love St. Patrick’s Day not only because everyone is proudly wearing my all-time favorite color, but also because it gives me an excuse to eat traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage and drink green beer. How do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Are you throwing a last-minute party for the leprechauns in your life? Here are some easy and fun decorating ideas packed with free downloads and plenty of shamrocks for good luck!
Dress up simple white- or green-frosted cupcakes with festive toppers for an easy-to-make dessert everyone will love (and quickly devour).
Surround Yourself in Green
What room in a home do we spend the majority of our waking hours in? I think we can agree it’s the living room. And because it’s the first room you see when you enter my humble abode, I’ve spent the majority of my spare time decorating it, from the bookshelf display to the cat-friendly sage slipcover that hides hideous floral upholstery. (The sofa was free, thanks to Mom, so I can’t really complain.) But my living room still lacks that “wow” factor.
My official decorating savior is the simple step-by-step instructions and DIY projects that make up HGTV.com’s Fast Fix Living Rooms. The first project on my to-do list? Get rid of the beige walls and give them some ultra-chic revamping. This sophisticated stenciling is the “wow” I want:
Or maybe this chic contemporary fabric wallcovering, below? (Your suggestions, please!)
Here’s a peak at just a few of the other stylish projects that make up HGTV.com’s Fast Fix Living Rooms. Be sure to check them out, and give your living room the va-va-voom you’ve always wanted.
I’ve got spring fever – bad. Ever since Groundhog Day. Now that the sun is making a comeback and it’s not dark when I leave work, I’m ready to live on my patio. Unfortunately, my outdoor space currently consists of … well, nothing. And a naked patio is a boring patio. Do you have the same problem? Fortunately, with HGTV.com’s Fast Fix: Outdoors, I can give my patio some love, and so should you. This DIY outdoors design guide is packed with projects to match your skill level, schedule and style.
Lacking a green thumb? Well, in just a few hours you can turn into a natural-born gardener by creating your own mobile container garden out of galvanized metal trash cans and casters. Design Happens featured blogger Brian Patrick Flynn provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions that will give your outdoor space some green bling in no time.
Simple yet sustainable furniture projects are designer Dan Faires’ specialty, and in case you missed any of projects, we’ve pulled them all together for you.
Watch Dan show you how to build each project and get detailed step-by-steps at DanMade.
My childhood bedroom was straight out of a movie, complete with pink bedding, a frilly canopy and curio cabinets full of not-to-be touched dolls and figurines. It was lovely but not the playful, whimsical space I longed for. Oh, to be a kid now. You wouldn’t be able to extract me from that uber-cute play area with drum set. And Brian Patrick Flynn’s photo wall mural project is awesome!
Fast Fix Kids’ Rooms features 12 fabulous, fun projects perfect for toddler to teen spaces that you can knock out in a weekend…easy. (I’m going to do a twist on the dresser for my bedroom.)
Here are my favorites:
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