I wish someone would invent…. Drunky Socks

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Are you a twenty-something who has ever found yourself walking back to the train from a night of clubbing and dancing with your girlfriends and your heels are killing you and you prefer to walk barefoot! But you couldn’t possibly do that because the sidewalks are so dirty and riddled with disease. Sure you could bring a pair of foldable slippers with you, but you want to wear your new Michaels Kors clutch and with your lip gloss, phone and other much needed accesories…even those mini foldable slippers won’t fit. Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea…but they still won’t fit in my mini purse. What is a savvy girl to do?

Aha! Drunky Socks. They’re super thin and soft socks made with an inpenetrable layer so whatever you step on, won’t touch or harm your precious feet. Because they come in the form of ankle socks, they’re tiny enough to fit into your smallest, and most adored impractical sized clutch.

Why the name “Drunky Socks” you may ask? Well, aside from sounding catchy, at the point you will need them, you’ve probably already had a little too much to drink.

They would need to be fashion friendly to match any outfit, so they come in assorted colors and designs. And if you buy now with this special online offer, you’ll get your second pair free! Just pay seperate shipping and handling.

So there’s the business model…if only someone would invent them now. I would like to bring them to the next bachelorette party I am attending. 😄

Here’s some visual inspo to get the idea churning:

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Image cred: http://www.hercampus.com/style/make-it-work-socks-sandals

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Image cred: https://www.uktights.com/product/3181/pierre-mantoux-mary-socks

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Image cred: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/249457266829955011/

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Image cred: http://www.babble.com/babble-voices/35-for-35-things-i-have-learned-in-my-35-years/

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Image cred: http://kymx.cbslocal.com/2015/05/07/rocket-scientists-have-created-a-heel-that-wont-hurt-your-feet/

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Image cred: http://magazine.foxnews.com/style-beauty/bye-bye-blisters-love-your-shoes-and-wear-them-too

Cover image cred: https://janeandcarin.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/girls-night-with-katniss-everdeen-hermione-granger-bella-swan-and-buffy-summers/

Soooo…would you wear them?

Pallet Proportions – Outdoor DIY Decor with Pictures

A friend of mine recently made a small outdoor couch and coffee table using pallets, paint and cushions. How creative and even better that it’s a great decor solution for tight budgets.

You may be able to find warehouses in your area that will give you pallets for free. Or check out home improvement shops for a cheap discount.

To prevent unwanted splinters, sand the pallets down and then paint them. You can dress up the sides with grommets and utilize some other materials like rope, glass tops, tiles and more. They also make for easy gardening boxes.

I like the fact that you can do it without much technical measuring involved since they come already assembled.

Check out some inspo below:

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Pallet bar or gardening nook.
Image cred: https://www.pinterest.com/VintageBrocante/pallet-ideas-diy/

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Outdoor living space.
Image cred: http://bibliotecajoaquimagalhaes.blogspot.com/2015/08/pallet-garden-furniture-inspiration.html

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Bistro set.
Image cred: http://palletfurniturediy.com/pallet-furniture/7-simple-yet-ravishing-outdoor-pallet-furniture/

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Ahhhh…a floating bed.
Image cred: http://craftriver.com/diy-garden-pallet-ideas-projects-furniture/

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Vertical garden.
Image cred: http://www.awoodenhouse.com/wooden-pallet-ideas-for-garden/wooden-pallet-diy-ideas

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Bar on wheels! Going mobile.
Image cred: https://founterior.com/pallet-furniture-how-why-and-where-to-use-it/

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Cut it out!
Image cred: http://www.decoist.com/2015-04-03/diy-pallet-decor-garden-ideas/

Emotional Home Decor – The New “Modern”

The times they are a changing…and “modern” is slowly stepping away from the stiff whites on white and black cubic shapes…to a more lively proportion with deep hues that reflect emotions within humanity.

We’re talkin’ colors of deep orangey reds, splashes of indigo, and cheers of yellow and iridescent bubbles. Strong, bright colors are becoming less overwhelming and more comfortable.

Within home decor, there are subtle ways to bring out the exuberance of emotion in style. Check out some inspiration below of beautifully set ways to add the new splash of “modern” in the home. What’s your favorite?

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Image cred: http://www.lushome.com/interior-color-schemes-yellow-green-spring-decorating/36352

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Image cred: http://www.jozzdug.org/picturesque-moroccan-style-for-chic-living-room/moroccan-style-red-painted-wooden-flooring-for-nice-orange-and-yellow-moroccan-style-living-room-with-moroccan-wall-ornaments-and-small-wooden-coffee-tablepicturesque-morocan-style/

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Image cred: http://www.shopinside.com.au/shop/category/brand-sheridan-kirkwood-indigo

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Image cred: http://erikabrechtel.com/2012/08/08/indigo-blue-pillow-obsessed/

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Image cred: http://www.homedecorlike.com/iridescent-bathroom-tile

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Image cred: https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAUQjB1qFQoTCJuPyLKng8cCFcEXPgod-oMN0A&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pinterest.com%2Fpin%2F39125090486792120%2F&ei=L1W6Vdu7FsGv-AH6h7aADQ&psig=AFQjCNG6pqBhuLmY4USJ-azyxGwIu8bRUw&ust=1438361228234106&rct=j

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Image cred: http://guide.alibaba.com/shopping-guides/iridescent-tile-backsplash.html

Melamine Queen – Trendy Prose with Pictures

The melamine queen,

In style, so easy to clean.

Melting hearts, not breaking parts,

Even Fine china says it’s smart.

This new melamine must be seen,

Pretty shades and patterns to grace your cuisine.

Washing  and cleaning, so simple and serene.

Melamine in the morning, or for dinner at night.

Melamine is the answer,

even for fine dining it’s alright.

They’ll never know.

Melamine is the way to go!

Beautiful Blue Byzantine Melamine Platter and dinnerware set - made to look like ceramic.  Very pretty!

Image Cred: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/byzantine-melamine-platter/

Bamboo melamine ware EAT ME

Image cred: http://www.psikhouvanjou.com/merken/miss-etoile/miss-etoile-melamine-plate-stripes-20-cm

Carmelo Melamine Salad Server Set

Image cred: http://www.everythingturquoise.com/?p=16904

Melamine Dinner Set - Funky Flamingo - hardtofind.

Image cred: https://www.hardtofind.com.au/35289_melamine-dinner-set-funky-flamingo/?utm_source=130510&utm_medium=eDM&utm_campaign=may_friday

Kim Seybert Chinoiserie Melamine Dinnerware - Neiman Marcus

Image cred: http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Kim-Seybert-Chinoiserie-Melamine-Dinnerware/prod159730055___/?icid=&searchType=MAIN&rte=%252Fcategory.service%253FNtt%253Dkim%252Bseybert%2526pageSize%253D30%2526No%253D0%2526refinements%253D&eItemId=prod159730055&cmCat=search

Image cred: http://www.entertainingiseasy.com/easy-summer-tablesettings-%E2%80%A2-colorful-%E2%80%A2-fresh-%E2%80%A2-fun/

La Med Melamine Salad Plates,Williams Sonoma

Image cred: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/la-med-melamine-salad-plates/?cm_src=PIPRecentView

Very pretty plates from TheMadPlatters on etsy

Image cred: http://www.etsy.com/listing/92736114/tree-from-a-master-10-inch-melamine

Blazing Alternatives for the Average Working Gal Jacket

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If you are anything like me…you’re a fashionable professional gal looking for a wardrobe that will give you the respect you need while still feeling young without looking too stiff. I’m 30 but I look 18 years old in a managerial position. I demand respect! 😉 On my online travels browsing sooo many stores to find the perfect new blazers to outfit my wardrobe….I had little success. I even went to Express to try some on but the blazers looked way too stuffy on me. I’m short at 5 feet but weigh around 120 so I’m not super thin…what’s a girl to do? Well aha! Finally there’s hope for us. Where? At Asos! Yayyy check out these fashionable jackets to replace a typical blazer that will make you shine professionally with a hint of trendy fun. Enjoy!

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http://m.asos.com/mt/us.asos.com/ASOS-Embellished-Lace-Blazer-COORD/16bw2w/?iid=5061609&cid=2641&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=50&sort=1&clr=White&totalstyles=535&gridsize=3&mporgp=L0FTT1MvQVNPUy1FbWJlbGxpc2hlZC1MYWNlLUJsYXplci1jby1vcmQvUHJvZC8.&un_jtt_v_frompage=0

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http://m.asos.com/mt/us.asos.com/French-Connection-Sequin-Jacket-in-Leopard-Print/15u2kk/?iid=5077116&cid=2641&sh=0&pge=3&pgesize=50&sort=1&clr=Orange%2fblack&totalstyles=545&gridsize=3&mporgp=L0ZyZW5jaC1Db25uZWN0aW9uL0ZyZW5jaC1Db25uZWN0aW9uLVNlcXVpbi1KYWNrZXQtaW4tTGVvcGFyZC1QcmludC9Qcm9kLw..&un_jtt_v_frompage=3

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http://m.asos.com/mt/us.asos.com/ASOS-Coat-In-Lightweight-With-Contrast-Liner/1647z9/?iid=4895754&cid=2641&sh=0&pge=1&pgesize=50&sort=1&clr=Yellow&totalstyles=545&gridsize=3&mporgp=L0FTT1MvQVNPUy1Db2F0LUluLUxpZ2h0d2VpZ2h0LVdpdGgtQ29udHJhc3QtTGluZXIvUHJvZC8.&un_jtt_v_frompage=1

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http://m.asos.com/mt/us.asos.com/Oasis/Oasis-Striped-Ponte-Jacket/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=4992364&cid=2641&sh=0&pge=7&pgesize=50&sort=1&clr=Multi&totalstyles=545&gridsize=3&un_jtt_v_frompage=7

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http://m.asos.com/mt/us.asos.com/Warehouse-Mono-Printed-Longline-Duster/15fuux/?iid=4773511&cid=2641&sh=0&pge=7&pgesize=50&sort=1&clr=Black%2fwhite&totalstyles=542&gridsize=3&mporgp=L1dhcmVob3VzZS9XYXJlaG91c2UtTW9uby1QcmludGVkLUxvbmdsaW5lLUR1c3Rlci9Qcm9kLw..&un_jtt_v_frompage=7

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http://m.asos.com/mt/us.asos.com/French-Connection-Confetti-Jacket-in-Sequin-Grid-Print/15p4zx/?iid=5055538&cid=2641&sh=0&pge=5&pgesize=50&sort=1&clr=Monarch+blue&totalstyles=545&gridsize=3&mporgp=L0ZyZW5jaC1Db25uZWN0aW9uL0ZyZW5jaC1Db25uZWN0aW9uLUNvbmZldHRpLUphY2tldC1pbi1TZXF1aW4tR3JpZC1QcmludC9Qcm9kLw..&un_jtt_v_frompage=5

Link for top floral jacket photo:
http://m.asos.com/mt/us.asos.com/ASOS-Photographic-Floral-Printed-Jacket/15mvpr/?iid=4887986&cid=2641&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=50&sort=1&clr=Black%2fmulti&totalstyles=545&gridsize=3&mporgp=L0FTT1MvQVNPUy1KYWNrZXQtaW4tUGhvdG9ncmFwaGljLUZsb3JhbC1QcmludC1jby1vcmQvUHJvZC8.&un_jtt_v_frompage=0

Getting Nauti at the Office!

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All aboard,
Punch the clock,
The navigators leave the dock.
A knot of calls waiting to answer.
Memos swimming like a mermaid dancer.
The presentation was a success,
The blue and white dress was sure to impress.
Captain calls in for his weekly recaps,
As you strap down the ship in gold toned flats.
The radio signals home,
Cleaning up voicemails on the phone.
What a wonderful day working at sea,
A nauti day at work,
Is a trip you love to be!

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Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards Wording Ideas

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So…you want to personalize a Valentine’s Day card with something heartfelt, romantic and special…but don’t really have a way with words or you’re finding it hard to get your feelings down with ink? Ahhh, let me help you. I love writing personalized messages in cards so here are a few suggestions, you can even copy them if you choose…however I do recommend tweaking a few words here and there so your significant other doesn’t suprisingly find it online.

1. If you’ve found your soulmate:

I never thought I would find my soul mate,
but then I met you.
You see something in me,
that I didn’t realize was there
and I saw something in you,
So beautiful,
So fair.
There’s no looking back now,
I know true love is there.
Because I found it in you.
I would do anything for you,
anytime and anywhere.
Thank you for showing me the light of love.
I love you.

2. Playful boyfriend and girlfriend.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
You make me so happy,
I love you.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
When you’re not around,
I’m always thinking of you.

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Your kisses are so soft,
And your giggles super cute.

3. Romantic to spouse or partner:

God led me to you.
He knew our love would be true.
Filled with joy and gratitude,
Even on rainy days,
Our sky is always blue.
Your love is like chocolate,
Melting sweetness in my heart.
Your voice is like a symphony,
More beautiful than Mozart.

I’ll think of more. Any special requests??

Image cred: http://belikewaterproduction.com/2014/02/02/valentines-day-hate-or-love-here-are-the-facts/

Valentine’s Day Gift Wrapping Ideas – Put Your Heart Into It

I love pretty little packages and they can fun to receive and open on the most romantic day of the year – Valentine’s Day! So to get your mind twirling with some unique and creative new ways to gifting a pretty little present, here’s 10 inspirational ideas:

1. A little raffia ribbon, kraft or recycled paper, scissors, some markers… and some love:

Image cred: http://www.diy-enthusiasts.com/decorating-ideas/valentines-day/homemade-valentine-gifts-wrapping-ideas/

2. My husband may appreciate this:

Image cred: http://www.stylemotivation.com/19-great-diy-valentines-day-gift-ideas-for-him/

3. Stick on some meaningful scrapbooking stickers you can find at your local Joanne Fabrics or Michaels:

Image cred: http://www.pinterest.com/source/homelife.com.au/

4. Little love tag notes and some lavender sprigs to set the mood:

Image cred: http://www.jasminedowling.com/

5. Hearts pulled through ribbons:

15 Valentine’s Day Printables

Image cred: http://www.elizabethannedesigns.com/blog/slideshow/printable-valentines/

6. Tie in the key to your heart:

IMG_3091 http://homegrownhospitality.typepad.com/homegrown_hospitality/art-for-sale.html#

Image cred: http://homegrownhospitality.typepad.com/homegrown_hospitality/art-for-sale.html

7. Printable labels to stick on top:

Free printable labels by @lia griffith for Valentines

Image cred: http://blog.worldlabel.com/2014/valentines-day-labels-for-your-sweetheart.html

8. For your honey bunny:

These little DIY Animal {Valentines} Envelopes are just too cute.

Image cred: http://www.brit.co/s/gjplkgu/

9. Some unfamiliar wrapping textures? Try to find some scraps around the house:

Valentines Gift Wrap- love the idea of using a belt as a bow...especially for a pair of jeans or clothing as a gift! Must remember!

Image cred: http://www.sweetpaulmag.com/crafts/valentines-gift-wrap

10. Can you fit his gift inside of a jar, built for two?

Click Pic for 40 DIY Valentine Gift Ideas for Boyfriend & Husbands - Picture in a Mason Jar

Image cred: http://ezzly.hubpages.com/hub/Finding-the-perfect-Valentines-gift

Hope your Valentine’s Day is full of  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Time is Ticking- My 2015 New Year’s Resolutions

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For 2015 I have two New Year’s Resolutions and maybe they can inspire your own in some way.

1. Water – I want to appreciate the little things in life we take for granted more. So this year, I will appreciate and dive in to everything “water”. How? I will drown my body in warm baths and feel the beauty of the water on my skin…appreciating every drop. I will drink water and feel it quenching my thirst for hydration, moisture through my skin, and health benefits. And most of all, I will swim deep into the ocean further than before without worrying about sharks or jellyfish. Those are two animalistic fears of mine and they’ve stopped me from enjoying my time in the ocean. Constantly looking out for sharks, not going out to far…screw it. It’s better to live with the beauty of the water than die fearing it.

2. Do something AMAZING – Because I can. Because I feel so strongly of the fact that humans can accomplish much more than what we think and if I can do something so incredible that no one would ever think I could do…then I’ve proved that I’m right. I will be the example.

Now here’s a little advice I keep telling myself to help me set small goals and get things accomplished on the road to my resolutions…If there are 365 days in this year and you promise and commit to do at least one thing each day for your resolution, then you can get alot accomplished. Just at least one thing. Even if it’s small, it makes the whole idea of the resolution so much easier. So in reach.

Let’s do it people! 😁 Time is a ticking.

Image cred: http://www.gretchenrubin.com/happiness_project/2014/01/tips-tips-and-more-tips-about-keeping-your-new-years-resolutions/

How to Help a Friend who is Grieving a Loved One

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Image cred: https://whenwordsfailme.wordpress.com/tag/grief/

Just yesterday I found out my friend’s father passed away a few days ago. Having already lost her mother a few years ago, she is going through a very hard and lonely time. She’s young in her early thirties and I somehow feel that she’s been given a wonderful gift that soon she will be able to use, because God wouldn’t put her through all this if he didn’t have a very special purpose for her.

At this big time of need, certain things come up in my mind of how I would love to help her. Being that I have lost a father when I was 5 and a step father to cancer when I was 18, I think I have some experiences that can help others with the grieving situation.

Here are some ideas for helping someone you may know who is grieving a precious loss:

1. Listen

One of the most annoying things I have been told while grieving is, “I know how you feel… I’ve lost my…”. But noone really knows how someone grieving feels because we all have unique relationships with whom we have lost. We all express emotion and go through thr grieving experience in different ways. When you become depressed over it, your loss is special, not easily compared to anyone else’s. Respect that. Instead of trying to talking someone out of sadness, just listen. And if at times your conversations become silent…let it be. Silence can be all they need sometimes. Just be there to listen and offer any words if asked. Remind them how you have no idea how they must be feeling but that they will be ok and you’ll be there for them every step of the way.

2. Nurture

Do you ever notice why people recieve so many fruit baskets and food while they are grieving? Grieving causes elements of depression and when you are depressed you may forget to eat or lose your appetite. Fruit baskets are a great way to help remind them to eat and nurture themselves. Even though it may seem cliche, fruit baskets, home baked cookies or a favorite comfort food is a very meaningful gift and gesture to give a grieving friend.

3. Be specific with your help

Usually people will approach a grieving friend by offering, “Is there anything I can do to help?” or “Let me know if there is anything I can do to help?”. Now…someone who is going through an awful time in their life usually isn’t popping up with ideas on how you can help them. They probably have a hard enough time trying to think straight, nevermind answering your questions.

So instead, maybe offer, “Can I come by to drop off some groceries” or “let me take this load of laundry for you”. Wash their dishes and whenever possible, just “do”. Don’t “ask”. If you think there is something they need, odds are they probably need it. Pick it up for them or drop it off. It will mean alot more if your doing things, than just verbally offering.

4. Don’t be afraid to talk about “it”

Even though it may seem painful or the last thing you want to focus on, don’t be afraid to talk about the person they’re grieving over. Talking about things happening in our lives is healthy and if you make pretend it’s not happening, you are pushing that memory into a far away place that will only cause more emotional and mental harm than good. Embrace the loss and embrace the special soul of whom is no longer here but will be watching over.

5. Don’t push it.

One thing I noticed myself doing to my mom while she was grieving over my step father…was that I was trying to push her to feel better and stop being sad. I would surprise her with a full cooked dinner after she got home from work and I would make it seem like a happy time. But she couldn’t even fake a smile, she had no appetite and I felt like a failure. I would try to crack jokes and make her watch funny tv shows… I couldn’t stand to see her so sad any longer. But after a few months she started smiling again and we were getting back to a new, healthy normal.

Sometimes grieving takes a bit of time, you can’t take shortcuts or control someone’s emotions or feelings. It has to happen naturally.

Conclusion

One word of advice my mother always tells me when I ask her how she could be so strong and be such a good and happy person after having lost two husbands…. It goes something like this “Sometimes it’s other people’s time to go and even though it doesn’t seem right or fair, you have to know that you’re still here. As long as you’re still here, you have to keep living your life the best way you know how, because one day your time will come too. Then you can reunite with the ones you love.”

DIY Paint Projects Inspiration

These ideas can be put to canvas or anything else you want to paint like spoons, jars, pumpkins and more.

Tick tock abstract geometry.

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http://www.craftionary.net/glass-painting-projects-diy-easy-glass-paint/

Like an ocean but can be done with any colors.

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https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CAUQjB0&url=http%3A%2F%2Ftrendvee.com%2Fpainted-old-wood-ocean-wall-art-for-a-sea-inspired-summer-mantle-i-love-a-good-diy-project-with-recycled-old-wood-and-im-totally-in-love-with-this-wall-art-piece%2F&ei=01pQVPKUMaa1sQTo7oHIDg&psig=AFQjCNEsSpj76Sx7CbXvlftW6fmQpbS9pg&ust=1414638576713658

Canvas painted with random colors and then dipped in water. Cool!

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http://diycenter.net/2013/03/04/paint-canvas-with-the-colors-u-want-then-dip-in-water-art-is-easy/

Spell out all your favorite places.

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http://imgarcade.com/1/black-and-white-wall-art-diy/

Painted spoons wall art. You can always find a variety of delicate mismatched spoons at flea markets.

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http://epherielldesigns.com/collections-painted-spoons

Dipped spoons wall art.

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http://paperyandcakery.com/2012/04/painted-spoons.html

Use painters tape for perfect lines.

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http://blog.2modern.com/2011/09/diy-pinwheel-painting.html

Get dotty.

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http://www.decoist.com/2012-11-06/diy-stylish-thanksgiving-crafts/

Imprints.

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http://followpics.co/colorful-leaf-printing-kids-diy-art-crafts-projects-leaves-thanksgiving-autumn-painting/

What’s your favorite? I’m going to do one of these and post it soon ☺