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.

DIY: easy last minute banner made from paper bags + tutorial

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This is something I made for our friend Eric, who’s leaving on a medical mission to Africa in just a few weeks. He’s not one for decor and spending money on cutesy things, so I figured he’d appreciate us throwing him a beach bonfire party with this low-key, very cheap banner as the main decor. That and 50 glow sticks! Note: always bring glow sticks to night time beach parties. See pictures below.
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We went out to Newport Beach where there were bonfire pits to roast our vegan & non-vegan dinners (we have such a diverse group of friends), and went night bouldering around some caves on the water’s edge. It was a dreamy night filled with good food, good friends, and way too much laughter (can there be such a thing?).

foggydress_bannerfoggy dress foggydress_banner foggydress_banner foggydress_banner foggydress_banner foggydress_bannerI know…the sign looks very un-amazing in the picture above, but at twilight the shiny paint gave off a soft  sparkle, and after all it was supposed to honor this low-maintenance, no-fuss friend.

See the simple tutorial, made with left over brown paper bags from the grocery store, some blue painters tape, and spray paint… Continue reading