Florals: Deconstructing your flowers

I had so much fun the other night crafting this post. Last week marked my birthday where I spent the weekend exploring Big Sur and celebrating my actual birthday (Tuesday) in my office and got confetti bomb!

My company has amazing taste in florals so I got to bring this gorgeous thing home. After a couple of days, some of the flowers were wilting so I decided to deconstruct the bouquet and get more out of each beautiful flower and leaf. So this is what I came up with!

  • smaller floral bouquets
  • simple wreath
  • shower aromatherapy
  • natural confetti
  • rose water

Deconstruct: It helps if you group your flowers so you know what you have to work with and how much.

Group and recut the stems of the flowers to make a smaller, simple arrangement. You can use a mug or cup if you don’t have a smaller vase.


Petal Power: I found this post on how to make rose water.

Upgrade your shower to a mini spa by hanging a bundle of eucalyptus near the shower head.

Gather the remaining leaves and tied them together to make a simple wreath.

Or….use your hole punch and punch out some natural confetti to toss at someone special!

Home-y: Displaying Art in Your Kitchen

Have some prints or new thrift store finds? Looking for some simple ideas to spruce up the place?

Well look not further than this little studio I call home. While I’m still saving up and hunting down key pieces, I do enjoy adding little elements of surprises in unconventional areas, like my kitchen.

Hippo

Dishes protector

I found this little golden hippo from this event a couple of years back. He felt much at home as the keeper of dishes. It’s nice to see him whenever I reach for my cereal bowl.

Jake Loves Burrito

Adventure Time Loving

I adopted this idea from work where we hid caricatures and artwork of creative coworkers in the cabinets of the lunchroom. This was mainly to keep the place as a professional environment, but it was always fun to see who will pop up when you reach up for your coffee mug. I added this funny print of Jake of Adventure Time hugging his beloved burrito on behalf of Valentine’s day.

Walter Mitty

Little Reminders

Little quotes and pep talks are also great little reminders to keep around the place. I have my favorite quotes printed and posted in almost every room, even the bathroom! But more on that later… this one is from the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty about travel.  

Paper Flower

Pom Pom Pop!

This was an unexpected easy display. I made this paper flower corsage from the unforgettable Fake Prom hosted by Unique Space. She now brightens up my cupboards with her dainty petals.

Hope these simple little ideas have you thinking of new ways to display your artwork!

O.

Olive’s Review: Tieks Ballet Flats

Foldable flats are convenient for any occasion. You can throw them in your bag after a night of intense stiletto walking, pack them in your suitcase for traveling, or slip them on for everyday errands.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Tieks ballet flats, they are foldable leather shoes known for their thick signature teal soles. Though they can be a little pricey (starting at $175), I’ll take you through a full review of what to expect from these shoes.

Tieks Shoes

First off, if you sign up for their mailing list you can expect to receive special promotional codes every now and then that include 25% to 30% off discounts on all Tieks shoes. I purchased my first pair this past holiday season on a promotional code and was excited when the little blue package arrived.

Everything that comes with your pair of Tieks

My chestnut colored flats came in a bright teal box with a flower head band, a Tieks shoe bag to toss in your purse, a hand written card from a Tieks member and a reusable shoulder sack to carry your heels.

By the way, their customer service is great! Initially, they were sold out of this color when I purchased them but a Tieks rep notified me with a choice to choose another color or wait for the next shipment. I decided to wait and was surprised that the shipment of chestnut colored flats came in sooner than expected!

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Alright, back to the shoes! The sizes on the site are accurate though no half sizes exist so I recommend going up a size if your feet tend to swell. So if you are a 6 and a 1/2, I would purchase a 7.

Now, I have to admit when first wearing them around office they did make that funny duck noise from the new rubber soles rubbing against the tiles but that went away after breaking them in. Also every now and then I do catch myself tripping from the front of the soles snagging the carpet but that could just be me!

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Its been over a little over a month since I had my Tieks and I just notice a small part of leather wearing off on the back of shoes. I recommend caring for your Tieks by cleaning them with leather wipes every couple of months depending on how often you wear them. The ones I use are from Weiman because they have UVX- 15 that protects from the sun and they are also gentle enough to use on your handbags, belts and other leather goods.

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Overall, I love my Tieks. They are so comfortable that they tend to be my go-to shoes and they look great with almost every outfit. Every now and then I do get compliments from the eye catching teal soles and people ask me where they can purchase a pair! So check out Tieks if you haven’t already and try a pair!

Quick recap:

Pros:

  • Pretty packaging
  • Light and comfy
  • Foldable for easy packing
  • Thick soles with a eye catching color

Cons:

  • Pricey
  • Leather slightly wears off from excessive wear
  • Does not provide center support at all for people with high arches

UPDATE: Tieks is hosting a giveaway! 14 pairs for 2014. You could be one of the lucky winners! Good luck!

DIY: Jewelry Organization

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Does your jewelry box ever end up looking like this? This was one of my first diy life hacks that took less than 20 minutes and has saved me a ton of time sifting and untangling chains!

Items:

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Empty drawer (you can also use a nice tray or shelf)

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Small empty jewelry boxes, teacups, rice bowls, or plastic trays

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Okay, so this part is simple enough, arrange the empty boxes and lids however you like!

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And volia! Everything in its own place!

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O.