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iced chai at home



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Tazo is the same brand that Starbucks has used forever. You can DIY those iced chai latte’s for pennies on the dollar at home. Except you can make it organic! Organic chai mix is the same price as the regular chai latte mix. Combine one to one organic milk and the boxed chai concentrate, pour it over ice and ENJOY!
xoxo,
Adora

No wall is safe!



I am getting bored with the look of my bathrooms and I have some extra paint. Therefore, NO WALL IS SAFE! I also happened upon this brilliant post on Pinterest (nicely) instructed Josh to do “This exact same thing” to our bathroom short separation wall. Our walls were already a tan(ish) color so we only had to add the stripes, and even though the contrast isn’t as drastic as my inspiration blog, I seriously love it so much, it’s subtle but commanding.

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Now, to decorate everything else in this bathroom and the guest! Also, to change the burnt out light bulbs… These pictures are so dark!
xoxo,
Adora

Giving new life to an old pendant



photo 1I’m fairly certain this is made out of whale bone, very sure that it was my Grandmothers, and 100% positive it has been in my jewelry box for a decade and I’ve never worn it. It’s never even been on a chain. But, I’m trying to really use what I have since we’re down to one income these days.
photo 2So, I used a 40% off coupon for Joannes, and got 100 inches of beautiful brassy colored necklace chain. I really only wear long necklaces with pendants these days, and 100″ will enable me to make 3 to 4 long necklaces for the $2 this set me back.
photo 3So grab your needle nose pliers and get to work, open up the little ring at the top and slip on the two ends of the chain. I just wrapped it around me, found a length I liked, and cut it with the pliers.
photo 4Then use the needle nose to gently close it back up.
photo 5It’s a little small to be a single long pendant, but I don’t mind. It’s cool to be wearing something of my Grandmas because word on the street is, that lady had a style like no other.

Now, next time I find a big pendant I like, I’ll be ready!
xoxo,
Adora

fixing up a thrift store find



Why hello, green sweater vest. I took this gem home with me from Goodwill for around $1. At the time, all the buttons were attached, but that quickly changed. So, now it’s time to spruce it up… I never liked the green buttons on the green sweater anyway. Now to give it a new look, in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.
photo 2 Stitch rip the rest of the buttons out… if this left holes too big, then sew those closed.
photo 3Sew on fabulous tortoise shell buttons with a contrasting thread color like orange. Also, try only doing straight horizontal stitches instead of an X pattern into all four holes for a little more interesting look.
photo 4You’re done and it looks fabulous…reward yourself with another cup of coffee.

I hope this opens your eyes a little bit so next time you’re thrifting, you can see that just because things aren’t perfect on the hanger, doesn’t mean they shouldn’t come home with you. Let me know what you find, and how you fix it up.
xoxo,
Adora

Spotlight on a champion



In my sisters house they have a big loft area that has become the kids play area. It’s perfect for them…except for the fact that that it’s…a loft. It has a half wall that drops straight down to the tile floor below. This wasn’t a big deal until my sister and her husband had a boy. My nephew Weston is as boy as they come and climbing things is just one of his ways. So, like the awesome Dad he is, my bother in law decided to finish that wall up to the ceiling. I just want to show you all his efforts and what a good dad he is.

gathering supplies

he had to spend a few hours in the attic on a hot summer (in florida) day

in the home stretch

now on to the door

door frame ready to have a door put in (already safe for the kid-o’s)

 

Oh, also, they’re on a budget that makes Josh and Me look like we’re rolling in it, so he’s doing this all himself. Like I said, Champion. Way to go, Chris!
xoxo,
Adora

DIY Mason Jar Candle



I know some people prefer candles set in glass jars, but not melted into them. I am not that person. I love when the glass jar and the candle it contains are one. If you’re like me, then this project is for you. If not…I don’t know, check out this video of a cat standing up I guess.
1Go to dollar tree and get yourself a candle and a mason jar. Come back home and set a small pot of water to boil.
2Get that candle in there. Mine wouldn’t fit in one piece, because I was trying to get a large candle in the jar…so I chopped off the sides and kept hacking until I could fit the center of the candle in the jar. Then, I added back the pieces on all the sides inside the jar to try and recreate an even candle.
3Sit the jar inside the boiling pot of water
4If the center part of the candle with the wick starts to pull to one side, use wooden skewers to keep it centered
5When it’s mostly melted (mine was 15 minutes) take it out CAREFULLY with oven mitts.
6Try and get the wick mostly centered using the handy dandy skewers and let it harden back up.
7Mine kind of came out with layers of colors, I don’t mind.
8Let it burn.
9Extra credit for painting the jar, especially if you do a better paint job than I did here.

Side note: if you have wick on hand, this is also a good way to add all your extra bits of almost finished candles together, to make a whole brand new candle.

xoxo,
Adora

the worlds dumbest craft



old stickers and ugly box

old stickers and ugly box

I have no idea why, but I hate the look of match boxes. But I only use matches, I never use lighters. So near every candle in my house is an ugly matchbox. I think they probably sell pretty ones now-a-days, but those don’t come in a 10 pack at publix, so they’re not on my radar. Anyway, I was glaring at the match box the other day, and had stumbled across some J and A stickers I bought from the Target dollar spot years ago.

careful!

careful!

So I put the stickers on the matchbox.

ahhh

ahhh

There you have it, worlds dumbest and easiest and quickest craft. Say what you will, but I don’t mind this guy sitting on my coffee table.

You may now mock me.
xoxo,
Adora

Fun with Self Portraits



I have a slight obsession with art that combines hand drawn and digital formats. Pretty much anything by Nan Lawson makes me sigh and stare longingly. Artists impress me more than anyone, but sad to say, a true artist I am not. I’ve been meaning to save up for a portrait in this style, maybe a picture of Josh and I on our wedding day. Anyway, I was bored the other day and decided to try and draw a [very interpretive] self portrait. Here is what that turned out to look like:

doodle doodle doodley

doodle doodle doodley

So anyway, I realized that I could technically take that into photoshop and mess around with it, because we have a scanner and photoshop on Josh’s computer. So, I scanned in the photo.

scanned

scanned

Next  and deleted out all the white space with the magic wand tool. (make sure contiguous is not selected). Now I was down to just the pen marks. I selected all, and added a stoke to thicken the lines. Then it was time to color! Now, you do not need to have Photoshop to do this. I think it may have been more fun to use colored pencils, but I couldn’t find any at the time.

layers

layers

I added a layer for each aspect of the picture, keeping the pen marks as the top layer so I could technically just color right over them.

colored in

colored in

This was such a fun and easy craft, I think it would be perfect for a date night; draw each other.

it's me...sort of

it’s me…sort of

photo 4

the note

Anyway, it printed rather small, because it scanned in at 72 dpi, but I don’t mind. I printed it out, added a note and left it for Josh on his computer in the office.

What’s your favorite style of art? Have you tried a DIY?
xoxo,
Adora

Home Made Butter Fingers



melt candy corn in a microwave

melt candy corn in a microwave

scoop in a bunch of peanut butter

scoop in a bunch of peanut butter

stir

stir

push into a mold with parchment to harden [use the fridge for this if you like]

push into a mold with parchment to harden [use the fridge for this if you like]

after it's cooled a bit, cut into squares and let cool all the way though

after it’s cooled a bit, cut into squares and let cool all the way though

melt some milk chocolate

melt some milk chocolate

roll

roll

set out on parchment to cool and harden... then stuff your face

set out on parchment to cool and harden… then stuff your face

It turns out they taste a little bit more like a butter finger and a peanut butter cup had a delicious, delicious baby; I’m not complaining!

Try it out!
xoxo,
Adora