Week(s) in Photos: Aug 1-15


String art project for my first ever craft workshop…


Pow-wowing with my favorite writing buddy and a bedroom redo preview…


My festive tree and a doodle spree with my new bamboo tablet…


The reason i don’t let this guy near my wooden knitting needles…


A little “surprise” and a reason to upgrade my chandelier…


The Willowcreek Global Leadership Summit…


and ridiculous Florida skies…


Dinner with my aunts on I-Drive…


Inspiration for some DIY art and lazy fortunes…


and more previews of things to come!

DIY Invitations

July 1st was my grandmother’s 75th birthday, so my family and I thought, what better reason to throw a party?  Honestly, it doesn’t usually take very much to spawn our need to make excessive amounts of food, open copious bottles of wine and party on [Wayne].  But for Grandma, we wanted to make it extra special and invite as many of her friends as possible… and send REAL PAPER INVITATIONS VIA THE POSTAL SERVICE.  If that doesn’t say, “I love you, Grandma” I don’t know what does.

I trolled the aisles of Michael’s I finally found inspiration in the Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch and the Muse glitter open stock paper paper by Recollections.  I had the blue square envelopes in my stash so that inspired the overall shape of the invitation.

{Note: I’m going to mention Martha Stewart products a lot.  I don’t have any special affinity to them in particular, they were just on sale at Michael’s at the time of this project.  I received no perks but… ehem… I wouldn’t mind them… just sayin’.}


I started by cutting circles out of white cardstock with my Martha Stewart circle cutter (1 per invite), and punching butterflies from the glitter paper (2 per invite).


Originally I wanted the glitter side of the paper to be the outside of the card, but found out the hard way that it wouldn’t work… see that ugly cracking that happened when I folded it?


So, after a quick change of plans, I cut each sheet of glitter scrapbook paper (12 x 12) in half, then, with glitter side facing up, folded each side into the center creating two flaps.  Then repeated a bazillion times…  You see that white thing below?  I think it’s some kind of bowl scrapper for baking but it is perfect for smoothing down folds to get a perfect edge.


After that comes assembling.  I used a glue stick on the backs of the butterflies to affix in the center of the white cardstock circles.  Next, i used photo tabs (the double-sided tape kind) to attach the circle to ONE FLAP ONLY of the card, centering it over the two flaps.  I chose to alternate the butterfly color with the invite color… living on the edge, I know.


I printed the invitation information on vellum then cut down to size with my Fiskar paper trimmer and rounded the edges with the Martha Stewart punch.


Next up, I used brads stuck through the remaining butterflies to attach the vellum to the inside in the invitation.  I lucked out and found perfectly matching brads in my scrapbook stash!


Then into the envelopes and off in the post they went!


So there you have it!  Easy DIY invitations… now who’s inviting me to a party?

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Addicted to YHL

Hi. My name is Mariah… and I’m addicted to YHL.

For those not you NOT in the know, YHL stands for Young House Love. I can’t remember exactly when I got my first fix but I vaguely remember it being as a result of a shared link from a Facebook friend. I just HAD to click… didn’t I?

Anyways, I’ve been following [Read: stalking] this fine couple of bloggers for a couple months now and have been completely engrossed by their most recent DIY undertaking: the 3-in-1 office/playroom/guest room. They asked about our own multi-function spaces and it set me thinking… always a dangerous thing.

I’ve been plagued with Renter’s Syndrome. Since I moved on from my parents’ nest over 12 years ago, I have lived in at least as many places. Each move meant new views, possibilities and challenges. With each new space, the same questions came up:

  • What function does this area need to serve? (plan)
  • What do I really need? (declutter)
  • Where do I store the stuff? (organize)
  • How do I make this feel like me? (decorate!)
  • In the end, I do my best but I come up to the same wall. It’s a rental… what can I really change? So I adapt to the space and make the most out of it but things like navy blue carpet and puce green refridgerators… well, I just had to suck it up.  Luckily, I live in a house I like that is owned by awesome friends so the hideous misfortunes don’t befall me here but there have certainly been some doozies over the years.

    Wondering how my home has become so stagnant, I realized, it’s because I’ve managed to say in the same place for a couple years now. For the last year I’ve been flying solo in my 3/2 and I got used to filling up the entire empty place with, well, stuff. My old roomie’s empty echo-y room became the guest room with two picture hung oddly on nails that were already there and a forever-inflated air mattress. Not exactly the Martha Stewart welcoming but it was a place to crash. The office, well, it’s an explosion of art supplies, junk, books, games, computer, junk, exercise bike, things that need to go to other people and junk.

    YHL has inspired me to take a new look at my space and use my four questions above and I think I’ll tackle the office first. Here is my office in all its ridiculous clutter when I got home from work today:


    I decided to begin the de-cluttering process while thinking through the question, “What function does this area need to serve?”

  • I need a place to work out
  • I need a place to sew and an open surface (or easy to clear area) to work on craft projects
  • I need a place for all the paperwork, office-y duties and storage
  • Above all, I need a writing space
  • So, there’s the multi-function need: office/gym/art studio/writing cave


    I’m pretty organized so, believe it or not, all the junk will be gone after a quick hotspot fire drill (thanks FlyLady!).

    There is something that just has never jelled in this room though. Probably has to do with it being the dumping ground of all out of place things for the entire house. I need a clean, flowing, clutter free space where my mind can wander and not think, “Geez, I really need to file last month’s bills.”

    All décor aside, the first issue is the closet. It’s really ineffective for the type of storage I need. Some shelves (using this YHL tutorial) should do the trick.


    The only other built-in storage area is this ventilated shelving slathered niche that greets you as you walk in the door.


    It’s just, well, untidy and unattractive. Solutions? I’m not sure just yet. So, here are the befores… stay tuned to see what a weekend’s progress will look like!

    So here’s to the beginning of a project! John and Sherry, I love you guys! (And of course Clara and Burger too!) Hopefully I’ll have some awesome Reader Redesign pics to send your way soon! All you Readers, check out these wonderful folks and their extensive list of “How To”s HERE

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