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Last night I participated in an event for Leap Year Project.  Their mission is simple. “Everyone has had ideas, dreams, and thoughts about creating change in their lives or around the world (yep…even you). Though it seems like there is too much going wrong and too little time, 2012 is a Leap Year and we are inviting you to take a risk to change your life, your community or your world for the better.” They had this amazing space to use in a coop downtown, right off the Chicago stop. The room had this creative energy to it that led everyone in conversation about what inspires you and what are you passionate about and how are you going to get to where you want to be. Great conversation, people, and atmosphere. Overall, I would say the event was a success!

A few weeks back I met with my friend Andrea who asked if I would help with some of the decorations for the #lyproject event. I love projects and I love to decorate, so that was an easy answer.  We partnered with Green Light New Orleans, who installs free energy efficient light bulbs in households to create a sustainable community. They sent us over 100 lightbulbs to use for an installation I was to create. Our theme was ‘It all startes with an idea’, hence the lightbulbs:) I have never built an installation in any fashion, so this was going to be a first.  And did I mention that the light bulbs were not getting delivered til Monday and the event was Wednesday!  I was so excited when the bulbs came because they were all different shapes and sizes and the majority were Edison bulbs, so cool!  Here are some pics of the final product! I plan to hang them over a dining room table, once I actually or make one:)

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DIY Headboard


I have been looking for inspiration for creating my own headboard. They are SO expensive and I am convinced I could make one for 1/3 of the cost. Here are some ideas that I have been looking at:

Old Feed Bags!

A little color splash!

Use of french windows as a headboard.

Reclaimed wood! I love this one:)

cover wood panels in fabric. A handyman would be needed for this one.

Antique doors

Just put your bed up against exposed brick!

reclaimed wood with text!

Palette. I even have one of these.






My mother is a lot like Mabel in that she loves flowers, gardening, creating–using nature as a way to express herself. As a result, my childhood was filled with long hours at flower shops, spending time in the yard, and watching my dad carefully follow my mom’s instructions as she expanded her garden empire in the backyard. Growing up I resented having to participate in these weekend yard work rituals. Putting sticks in a bag and raking leaves is not fun when you’re 10. But now I appreciate her talent and the hard work she put into these wonderful creations and I’ve enjoyed having her teach me how to create my own secret garden. She’s teaching me to turn this:

The Backyard

…Into This!

The Terrarium!

Here are some more shots from the garden and the resulting terrariums.

My Dads back patio

The backyard in a jar!

That chair is calling my name. Better than my desk chair!

Just a few for summer inspiration.

The inside:)

More patio because it is oh so beautiful!

More terrariums. Soon to be for sale!

Remember Ted&Mabel will always be cat friends.

Sneak peak of our fall line!

To get the ball rolling on Theodore and Mabel, mom and I are collaborating. In the next month or so, we’ll be coming out with OUR VERY FIRST LINE OF TERRARIUMS…our FALL line.  So keep watching this space for some sneak peaks. In the meantime, if you have any requests, suggestions, tips, comments, or compliments (these are my favorite), then send them my way:  I’d love to hear from you. 

DIY – Refurbishing a Desk


My roommate had an old desk that he was going to give away. After staring at it for quite some time as it sat in our hallway, I decided it would be my mission of the day to refurbish it. Now, if you had to describe me in 5 words ‘handy’ would definitely not be one them. I wanted to take on this challenge though because I fet like this would be a practical skill to learn. If I want to make Ted&Mabel happen I am going to need to know how to refurbish and restore (well at least until I can hire my own handy man!).  So I turned my kitchen into a work zone, made a quick trip to good ol’ Home Depot, called me dad for a few ‘helping tips’ and got down to business.

Taking the desk apart to wash, sand, and paint.

Sanding is a pain. Period. My friend and I had this brilliant idea to craft together sandpaper and an electric saw (minus the blade) to make our own sander. Lets just say it did not work out well.

Check out the original hardware! Isn't it amazing!

Two coats later....

The worst part was waiting for the paint to dry because these nats kept committing suicide by landing in the paint and I could not save them all. It was horrible to watch.

Final Product!

 For my first project, I think it turned out well!

What to do with an empty wall?


I moved into my apartment about a year ago and I still have a few empty walls to fill. I am in my 20’s and I won’t stay in this place forever, so I am always looking for inexpensive ways to jazz up some of my blank canvases. Here are some ideas I like:)

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