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DIY: Wreath

DIY Wreath | Tiffany Lane Handmade

This project is so quick, simple and cheap! Just the way I like ’em.

If you’ve ever wanted to make your own wreath, there’s no reason to wait. Head over to your nearest craft or hobby store. Right. Now. I’ll wait.

All you need is a wreath starter, mine is grape vine, and some florals and/or other garb of your choosing, hairspray or other spray adhesive, then top if off with some ribbon, twine, rope to hang it. Easy as pie.

But for those of you who need structure, here’s the breakdown in an easy to read format.

Time: 15-30 minutes

Materials
wreath starter (grape vine, foam, etc.)
florals/decorations (dried flowers, feathers, moss, etc.)
scissors
spray adhesive

ribbon/rope/twine

Process

Weave/attach your florals/decorations into your wreath starter until it’s perfect. You may need to weave and/or trim the ends back through the wreath on the backside so they don’t stick out too far. Spray with adhesive, especially if you used dried flowers, so everything stays in place. Tie your ribbon/rope/twine from the backside, being sure it’s long enough to allow the wreath to hang as low as you prefer.

Wah-lah!

DIY Wreath | Tiffany Lane Handmade

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DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

I love that this project is so easy and versatile. Grab a picture frame, revamp it or not, add some fabric or paper for the “photo” as a background, and write on the glass with dry erase marker.

Not that I don’t adore this photo of my brother and me from way back when…

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

…I just needed an old frame to give a nice makeover to.

So I gathered my supplies to freshen it up a bit. Frame, check. Paint, check. Paint brush, check. Cardboard, check.

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

Gave it a couple of coats of paint and some time to dry…

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

…then I wrote away.

DIY: Upcycled Picture Frame to Dry Erase Board | Tiffany Lane

Great for food and drink party menus or love notes to your family at home, you can do so much with this idea. You can change out the background for whatever mood you’re in, too!

The most simple thing you could do with this idea would be to draw silly things on your pictures at home, no frame revamping necessary! Mustaches, party hats, funny notes. This could get dangerous…

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Clothespin Crafts

Clothespins.  They’re practical and cute, and have taken the crafting world by storm.  There are so many ways to use them and dress ’em up. Here are some of my favs from the web:

paper bunting with clothespins_oh craftsPaper Bunting with Clothespins via Oh Crafts

clothespin banner _ pure joy eventsClothespin Banner via Pure Joy Events

diy-clothespin-planter_shelternessClothespin Planter via Shelterness

stamped clothespins_ellenenohStamped Clothespins via Ellemenoh

clothespin frame _ morning creativityClothespin Frame via Morning Creativity

WHAT YOU THINK MATTERS: What other clothespin craft ideas do you love?

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DIY: Tissue Paper Tassel Banner

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Over the weekend I got the urge to craft and decided to pick something from my favorites I posted about last week. Special thanks to Going Home to Roost for her tutorial.

This project is inexpensive, quick, easy and I’ll even bet you have everything you need on hand already. My favorite part? The finished product serves double duty, spicing up your next party, then adding a delightful and playful twist on home decor. The possibilities are endless!

Materials
tissue paper
scissors
clothespins, paperclips or similar

ribbon or twine

What To Do
Lay out your tissue paper flat. Now you can either layer with the same or different color sheets, or just use one sheet.  I used three sheets, one each of white, light blue and blue.  I don’t suggest using more than three sheets as your tassels may end up too large.
 
Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane
 
Fold the tissue paper in half width-wise (left to right as pictured). Do this now for all of your tassels so you can combine them for the next step, which will make it quicker.
 

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Take two or three sets of your folded papers and place directly on top of one another, then clip together with clothespins, paper clips or whatever you have on hand.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Using scissors, cut your paper into strips, thick or thin, leaving about an inch and a half at the top.  Don’t worry, they don’t have to be perfect.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Cut until you reach the other end.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Unfold your paper, one set at a time, to lay flat.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Gently roll the paper, starting at one end to the other. The tassels may get a little tangled, but I don’t mind since the ones in the middle add volume, and the ones on the outside are easily detangled.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

You’ll end up with what looks like a handle in the middle with tassels on each end. Twist the “handle” to make it tight…

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

…then fold the “handle” in half.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Loosen the fold enough to wrap ribbon around one side and tie a knot, leaving at least one inch of ribbon hanging from the knot.

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Wrap the both sides with ribbon a few times, then use the one inch from the original knot to tie a second knot. After this second knot, leave enough ribbon to tie the tassel to whatever you string them on. I used a thicker matching white ribbon to the ribbon I tied my tassels with. Attach the tassels however far apart you wish (mine are 9 inches apart), and wah-lah!

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

Tissue Paper Tassel Banner | Tiffany Lane

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Craft Project Favorites

To start off March National Craft Month, I figured I’d give you the low down on some of my favorite craft projects I’ve pinned (and here’s a shameless plug to follow me on Pinterest!).

tie die tissue paper mobile_going home to roostTie Died Tissue Paper Tassel Mobile via Going Home to Roost

diy hammock_going home to roostDIY Hammock via Going Home to Roost

repurposed antique lawn mower_knick of timeRepurposed Baking Pans and Lawn Mower Handle via Knick of Time

repurposed-crate-storage-side-table_infarrantly creativeRepurposed Crate into Side Table via Infarrantly Creative

painted bottles DIY_la chica de la casa de caramelojpgPainted Bottles DIY via La Chica de la Casa de Caramelo

postcard calendar journal_design spongePostcard Calendar Journal via Design Sponge

READER FEEDBACK: share links to your favorite craft projects in the comments!

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March National Craft Month 2014!

March National Craft Month | Tiffany Lane

Maybe you’ve noticed most of the posts around here lately haven’t been related to crafting…at all. Well, I’m not gonna lie, another creative rut has hit.  What is it about these past few months? But since March is only a few days out and the fact that it’s National Craft Month, I figured I couldn’t get away with not posting about crafting. Right?

Now I can’t promise much (especially since Krav Maga is taking over my weeknights right now), but once a week for the month of March I’ll post something related to crafting, whether it’s something I’ve made, that I want to make, or just something I find cool.  Fair enough?

And to really up the ante here, I want YOU to play along! Leave comments with links to your favorite crafts you find on the web or, better yet, things you’ve made. Fair enough?

You can find all March National Craft Month posts here.

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5 Simple & Natural Ways to Improve Your Health This Year

5 Simple & Natural Ways to Improve Your Health | Tiffany Lane

The start of a new year gets a lot of people thinking about how they can get or stay healthy. I’ll talk about five ways we can all improve our health this year, naturally!

You’ll see that these all play into each other as well.  If you’re staying hydrated, eating well, exercising, and lowering your stress, you will probably sleep better. Exercising may lower your stress levels. Sleeping well may give you that extra boost of energy to exercise more.

Our bodies are amazing and the more tools we give it to succeed the better we’ll be and feel.

1. STAY HYDRATED

This is so important, and sadly, many people, myself included, don’t consume enough water every day. This could be the root of many ailments because our bodies depend on water for daily functions.  Do you have a headache, are you tired, are you always sick? Maybe you just need more water. Did you know that many vitamins and minerals are water soluble? That means if you’re not getting enough water, your body is also not able to fully and properly absorb nutrients.  Dr. Kurt enlightened me on the subject in his post, The Urinal Reveal.  Be sure to check it out and poke around his blog for tons of information and many rants about healthy living.

So how much water should you be drinking every day? The popular belief is that everyone needs 8 cups of water, but that’s not necessarily true. The best way to figure out how much water your body needs (not including additional water for exercise) is to divide your body weight by 2.  The result in ounces should be your daily intake. For example, someone weighing in at 150 pounds should drink 75 ounces (a little over 9 cups) of water daily.

A great way to stay hydrated and be able to track your daily water intake is to use a travel water bottle.  Take note of how many ounces the bottle holds, fill the bottle up in the morning and throughout the day, and make it your goal to drink “x” number of bottles a day.

2. EAT A BALANCED DIET

There are so many fad diets out there it’s hard to keep track and know what to eat, how much and when. If you’ve been around here a while, you already know my stance on healthy eating, but I’ll reiterate for the rest of you. I cannot stress enough that eating healthy is not a diet in the common sense of the word; it’s part of a healthy lifestyle. First, you need to get your mind set on living a healthy life and the rest will fall into place. It’s more work to eat healthy. You actually have to take care to make food from scratch and read ingredient labels and research what  healthy foods are to begin with. But trust me, it’s worth it, and before you know it, it doesn’t even seem like extra work anymore, it’s just normal.

A great place to start is with a balanced diet rich in whole foods, cutting out processed foods altogether, and cutting down on sugar (it’s bad for your intestines and causes blood sugar spikes!). Some ways to help you with sugar cravings are to replace processed sweets (like cakes, cookies, candy) with fresh fruits, and use raw honey or molasses in place of granulated, powdered and brown sugars.  Eating whole, nutritious foods allows are immune systems to focus on healing rather than constantly fighting.

Here are some examples (not a comprehensive list) of whole foods you could incorporate into your balanced diet:

Healthy Fats: olive oil, avocados, nuts (raw, roasted, milks, butters), grass-fed whole dairy products (milk, cheeses, yogurt)

Protein: grass-fed beef, pastured eggs and organic pastured chicken

Complex Carbs: whole grains (brown rice, millet, quinoa, whole wheat), beans (garbanzo, black, white, pinto)

Vegetables (fiber/nutrients): greens (kale, spinach, broccoli), root vegetables (carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, celery root), squashes (zucchini, butternut, acorn, pumpkin), cabbages (red, white, brussels sprouts), mushrooms, celery, tomatoes

Fruits (fiber/nutrients): apples, bananas, dates, grapes, kiwi, mangoes, berries (strawberries, raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, boysenberries), citrus (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits)

Probiotics: fermented foods (yogurt, milk kefir, water kefir, kombucha, sourdough bread (whole grain please!), soft cheeses (gouda), sauerkraut, miso soup), supplements (Wellness Mama has some good insight)

I understand not everyone is physically able to eat all types of food because of health conditions or allergies, and others choose to avoid grains and some/all animal products. This is just a starting point to give you an idea of what a healthy diet could look like for you.

A few blogs I like: 100 Days of Real Food, Food Babe, Detoxinista, Against All Grain, Shalom Mama, Modern Alternative Mama

3. EXERCISE DAILY

Even a small amount of light exercise every day can get you on the right track. Staying active keeps your immune system in tip top shape, can help lower stress, and can even get you from craving junk food to craving filling, wholesome food (it does for me!).

Some ways to get off your butt and get moving: walk or run around the block or a park (take your pooch to kill two birds with one stone!), play outside with your kids, ride a bike, roller blade, walk to dinner instead of driving, walk during a work break, clean the house (again, two birds!), do yoga or pilates, go to the gym, workout at home (weights, floor exercises, jump rope), while shopping in a large outdoor center, walk from store to store instead of driving.

4. DE-STRESS

Our busy, always-on-the-go society sometimes frowns upon relaxing, but I urge you to make some time each day to simply “be.” Turn off the tv, stop making lists, put down the cell phone, stop planning for tomorrow and just appreciate the moment. Forget about the stressors of life.

Stress has a direct impact on our health and not only kills our immune systems, but drains all our energy.

Everyone is different, so something that may help lower your stress levels may not work for someone else. A few things I can think of to help you de-stress: meditation, taking a light walk, watching the sunrise/sunset, praying, taking a few deep breaths with your eyes closed, taking a nap, getting a massage, playing with your kids and pets, stretching, playing a game with the family.

5. SLEEP WELL

Getting a good night’s sleep can go a long way in keeping you healthy. When you wake up well rested, you’re in a better mood and feel better, so you’re more likely to do the rest of these on a regular basis. I know that’s how it works for me.

If you have trouble sleeping and/or getting to sleep, try some of these ideas: don’t eat late at night (stop eating at least 2 hours before bedtime – your body is busy at work digesting and processing food instead of getting to sleep), stay hydrated throughout the day (so you don’t wake up parched in the middle of the night), exercise (during the day, not right before bed – this raises your heart rate and internal body temp making it hard to fall and stay asleep), turn off the tube (don’t watch tv or browse the internet right before bed – it tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime), use lavender oil on your temples, forehead and/or chest (lavender is calming).

READER FEEDBACK: What are your favorite ways to stay healthy naturally?

P.S. This post can be found at Holistic Home Link Party!

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