Thursday, February 27, 2014

Steppin' Up Style

How cute did these stairs turn out? After what seemed like an eternity turning the dungeon we used to work in into a creator’s dream, came the fun part of putting our personal touches on the d├ęcor.

 

I knew the stairs needed something but the big question was what? I came across this black and white pattern that I just fell in love with and it just so happened that this was on wrapping paper…could it work?



 

I cut the size I needed for a couple of the spaces and used scotch tape to put them in place so that I could see how it looked without the commitment. Was it too much is what I worried about at first, this seemed a little out of my element. After a few days and a few opinions I decided this was it!

 

I continued to cut the rest of the pieces to cover each stair and this time instead of tape I used spray adhesive and once applied smoothed out all of the wrinkles. To give it a final seal so the paper did not tear I used a matte mod podge and covered the full area of the paper.

 


After this completely dried it was instant love! What do you think…would you try this? Stay tuned to see what other fantastic ideas we came up with!



 
 
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A Bonaire Affair


      I just returned from a great week in Bonaire.  What a wonderful island to soak up the sun, feel the island breeze and get re-energized.


 
      Always when I travel, I look for unique handmade crafts and DIY ideas.  Shopping in the heart of Bonaire was so fun, palm trees gently blowing and the many colors of the buildings looked so tropical.  Browsing the shops I found a unique, whimsical store, The Bonaire Affair.  A mother and daughter own this store and they travel the world looking for handmade gifts to offer in their store.  I found painting and word art on driftwood, whimsical clocks made out of driftwood, hand-beaded belts, washers made into geckos, handmade Christmas ornaments reflecting the beach and all personalized with Bonaire and wonderful handmade jewelry.  This is truly a place to visit if you are ever in Bonaire.




 
     The cruise ships were in port the day we were shopping so the outdoor vendors were set-up too.  These were not typical tourist traps, they were quality craftsmen with handmade jewelry, canvas, driftwood and clay art.  A couple of wonderful finds for me were the Flaming Flamingo hot sauces and seasonings handmade in Bonaire.  After tasting I chose the BBQ Dry Rub-Tropical Chipotle and the Caribbean Flame Hot Sauce.  Yum!  I look forward to serving these.
 

   My last find I purchased 2 bracelets that were handmade out of recycled bicycle tires with beads added.  I knew my daughters would love these.

 
      As I return to the remaining months of winter, I’m inspired to create some tropical ornaments from clay and possibly try some word art on barn wood.  What are your DIY projects you are working on these winter months?  I would love to hear about them!
 
 
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