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.
foggydress_plants1. This plant, with the super long roots. I was just walking along…when BAM! I ran into something! then I looked up and saw… foggydress_plants

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

Do-It-Yourself: Clock

foggydress_diy_clockfoggydress_diy_clock It took a while but I finally DIY’ed my clock! I asked you which type of clock I should make and the top vote was the SFO/LAX one. Since we just moved from San Francisco (SFO airport!) and now live in Los Angeles (LAX airport!) it is perfect for this home of California lovers.

foggydress_diy_clockI changed up the design from this one I found onlineIt was so easy to make all my dreams come true thanks to my friend Brooke (and Chris) at The Wood Junkies. They have a crazy machine that cuts wood into any design your heart desires! They have some really cool designs up already, but if there’s something specific you want just email them. They were so good at working with me and understanding/creating exactly what I wanted. I highly recommend them! 

Follow these steps for a similar SFO/LAX clock you can make yourself… after the jump! 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

A HObag named ZANE

foggydress_hobag_zane Remember this gorgeous fabric I instagrammed about? And remember how I started naming my HObags? Just want to make sure you remember everything that has ever gone on in my life. Good. Well look at me I finished her! For some reason the name Zane popped into my head and it stuck. Ok who wants Zane??

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foggydress_hobag_zane I was inspired by all the boxy, big envelop clutches that I covet so much. Although it isn’t as stiff as those, it still holds enough shape to appreciate all those straight lines and edgy corners. UGH this print is jut perfect!

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foggydress_hobag_zaneI hope you love Zane as much as I do!!

hugs, hanalei.