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DIY Tutorial: Watercolor Paint

diy watercolor paint

Something you may not know about me is that I used to be teacher, a teacher of the Deaf.  I taught children ranging in age from pre-K to high school for a few years, and then I became a language therapist working with families of hearing impaired babies ages 0-3 in their homes.  I loved my students and families and still remember them fondly – I often sign things in my head when I am talking, it just comes naturally after awhile.  Teaching the Deaf is a very visual and expressive experience, so I think my love of color and styling really helped with that.

While I was going through some old boxes recently, I found some of my teaching materials and this paint recipe, and it inspired the theme for my Home Depot Challenge this year.  I knew my kids would really enjoy making the paint and mixing the colors.  I took advantage of this project to teach them about the color wheel, too.

This process is really easy, and all you need is probably in your pantry right now.  Here is the recipe…

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DIY Flower Wall

diy flower wall - a storied style

I almost feel silly writing about my flower wall, because let’s face it, a monkey could do this DIY, but it is fun and colorful, and I wanted to talk about it a bit more.

For my Home Depot Patio Challenge this year, I wanted to make it really fun for the kids.  I knew I wanted to do something with an art theme, but it also gave me the chance to use this idea of taping flowers on the wall.  I wrote about it in this post over a year ago, and if you want to see more “sophisticated” installations of this concept, click over and see the photos.  They are very inspiring.

I love this simple decoration plan for an outdoor/garden party on a blank fence (or an ugly fence you want to cover up!), a fun installation in a kid’s room, or an elegant way to display sentimental flowers and plants you have dried.

The best part is it could not be easier to do!  For this project, I used yellow duct tape since I needed a strong tape to grip the brick wall, and a few rowdy kids.  : )

In no time at all, the wall was coming alive.

I will say, you really need to make sure the tape is pushed down firmly, or you will end up with flowers on the ground.

Now my kids want “garden walls” all over our house.  : )

P.S. – You can see the DIY Tutorial for the Turquoise Bead Chandelier here.

Written by Grace

DIY Tutorial: Turquoise Bead Chandelier

diy turquoise bead chandelier

I am so excited to finally share this tutorial with you – a tutorial that sprouted in my brain nearly a year ago, as I was walking through World Market.

I spotted this wood bead chandelier,

world market

world market

and instantly, I saw this.


I have loved that Majorie Skouras chandelier for years, and the semi-precious stones on it are beautiful.  Of course, it is also $4800.  (as it should be because it is amazing and spectacular)  So my wheels started turning, and I went up to the cash register, plopped down my 40% off coupon and was promptly told this chandelier was backordered.  I still placed my order and was told it would be a few weeks.  Those weeks turned into months, MONTHS, and finally, I got a call that it was here.  It was great timing too because I wanted to do a piece of lighting over the table in my Home Depot Patio Challenge that was really special.

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Home Depot Patio Challenge 2014

a storied style porch

My porch revamp is LIVE!!

Click here to check it out, plus check back tomorrow for the DIY Turquoise Chandelier that has been in the works in my head for nearly a year!  Wahoo, I’m super excited to share it with you.

Enjoy.  Hope you had a great 4th.

Written by Grace

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