Packing up the Season

foggydress_lights The Christmas tree is down, and lights are put away. When I was helping someone put up their lights in early December, I pulled them out of a big box full of lights and they were all wrapped in balls! It was so easy to get them out! Not tangles, no endless strands… So if any of you out there are like me and just taking your decorations down, try wrapping your lights in balls like this, if you haven’t tried it already. You’ll be thanking me come next December.

That’s all for now… have a great one!

hugs, hanalei.

10 Cool Plants I Want in my Home

foggydress_plants Happy 2014 Ya’ll! I’m in Texas right now, can you tell…? We’ll be here for a few more days, visiting family and sight seeing and lounging around watching all the Harry Potter movies. Oh and eating tons of yummy food. One of the highlights of our trip so far, besides seeing my adorable little nephew, was visiting the Dallas World Aquarium. There were SO MANY PLANTS and I wanted them all in my home!foggydress_plants Here is my top 10 favorite plants that might potentially end up in my house some day. If I lived in a tropical rainforest. Or in a green house.
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foggydress_plants The roots were hanging everywhere and I loved it. See the other 9, and a sweet picture of a manatee, after the page break! Continue reading

DIY: Painted Jars … they make great holiday center pieces!

foggydress_jars This tutorial comes via request from one my readers, Kate. I decided to paint a few old pickle jars, and she wanted a tutorial so…here you go! Do-It-Yourself spray painted old bottle & jars.

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  • Spray paint: You can choose any color (obviously) but  I chose gold…mostly because that’s the only color I have!
  • Painter’s tape, any size
  • A glass bottle/jar

foggydress_jars1. Clean off any stickers or jars. I did this by soaking this old olive jar in water. MAKE SURE to place sticker face down in water. Soak for 20-30 mins or longer, depending on sticker size. Rub off excess stickiness under running water, and use Goo-gone if necessary.
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2. Decorate your Jar! I used painter’s tape, and cut up little un-even strips. Get creative… I loved lines and uneven spacing when decorating these jars. foggydress_jars 3. Spray paint away!foggydress_jars 4. Carefully peel off tape

foggydress_jars I also decided to jazz up a few of my old coke bottles…they make great center pieces for the holiday! Just follow steps 1-5 above.foggydress_jarsfoggydress_jarsfoggydress_jarsfoggydress_jarsfoggydress_jars Hope you enjoy these, and decide to NEVER throw away another glass jar again!

hugs, hanalei

projects lately…

foggydress_homefoggydress_homefoggydress_homefoggydress_homefoggydress_home It’s best if I keep myself busy (distracted more like), so I decided to jump back into blogging. I hadn’t realized it’s been 3 weeks since I last blogged. Here goes….

From top to bottom:

  • Plants. My sister-in-law works at a nursery in Utah, so I thought I would take advantage of her discount… I got a Maiden Hair Fern which I LOVE. I’ve had this plant before, when I was in college, but the Utah cold just about killed it. It didn’t thrive there, but I’m hoping this warmer, more humid climate will be perfect for it. Don’t you love hanging plants? I’m also obsessed with the crazy Juncus Dart plant (second photo), which reminds of Princess Merida’s crazy hair in Brave.
  • Watercolor. I have been obsessing over learning how to water color this past month. I don’t know why but I’m literally in love with it, even though I’m really not that good. I’ve been wanting to paint something for the saying “grow old with me” to compliment the big picture of us in front of the temple on our wedding day, so I attempted to paint some simple water color flowers for it. I think it turned out ok.
  • Painting Pickle Jars. I just hate throwing away glass jars. If you look carefully around my house, I make all sorts of uses out of little leftover jars from the grocery store. Lately, I’ve been saving our pickle jars (I didn’t realize we eat so many pickles until I noticed how many pickle jars I’d saved!). I decided to paint a few of them, since I wanted to use them in the front room and frankly pickle jars aren’t as “in” as mason jars…. I had to get a little creative.

So there are some of my projects lately…feels good to be blogging.

hugs, hanalei

DIY: How to Reupholster Your Chair + Tutorial

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My friend is not afraid of dumpster diving (well she says technically it was next to the dumpster). She somehow got her husband to help haul away these 4 pretty, distressed chairs from the trash the hands of some other DIY savvy gal. We found the reupholster job to be quite simple, with the help of an Aunt, a dad, and Joann’s.

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My friend Anna found her fabric at Joann’s (always use a coupon), but you could use any pretty fabric that you like, as long as it’s a sturdy cloth. We chose to cover over the old fabric, rather than ripping it off.foggydress_chair

Staple one side, and then it’s opposite. Grab another set of hands to help you pull the fabric really tight.
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foggydress_chairA vast improvement in only a few simple steps!

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Thanks Anna, for the steps and vintage chairs!