Crafts & DIY · Festivities · Halloween · Lifestyle

Unique and Funny Dandelion Halloween Costume

Halloween is right around the corner! So, on my latest video I demonstrated how to create a unique, fun, silly Halloween costume. This costume will surely get everyone laughing to the ground. Below is a list of supplies you will need if you would like to follow along. This is a fun process and you will love it. I have included a 5×8″ BLOW ME Graphic Template for your convenience. Make sure to print it on card stock paper or any type of thick paper for rigidity when tracing. ENJOY!

  1. Styrofoam Ball 
  2. Plastic Straws
  3. Brown Floral Tape
  4. Jumbo Cotton Balls
  5. 1 Yd Brown Fabric
  6. Green Maxi Dress
  7. Sharpie Brush Tip Permanent Marker

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How to Propagate Phalaenopsis Orchids

Hi everyone! I am demonstrating how I propagate my Phalaenopsis orchid. This experiment was such a success I decided to share it with you all. Below is a list of supplies you will need if you would like to follow along. This is a fun process.

Things you will need:

  1. Toopicks or Shish Kabob sticks
  2. Keiki Power Pro Orchid Plant Cloning Paste 
    Or…
  3. ELIT ORCHID CLON+ Cytokinine Cloning paste Stimulating Agent for Burgeon (New to try)

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How to Mount Plates or Trays on Walls


Hi everyone! I always feel that I have so much to share but not enough time to do it as often as I would like. Well, I finally got a little free time this afternoon so there is a video up about how to hang up plates and other decorative trays without the need for the common mounting hardware.

I purchased a few of these chair plates at a furniture exhibit at the Getty museum years ago. I own a chair similar to one on the upper plate so I was drawn to it. I wanted to hang them up seamlessly without the wire frame. So, I came up with this method using accessible tools and scrap fabric laying around. Since, I have been able to put all types of plates and trays up like you see on my vintage gallery wall. I was addicted and I know you will love it too. Enjoy!

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Crafts & DIY · Design · Home Decor · Interior design · Lifestyle · Remodel

Traditional Chic, Shabby Chic or Old World?


When I made the decision to design my office a traditional style, my biggest concern was that it was going to look too old world. I wanted sophisticated, vintage, nostalgic, chic and refreshing. My furniture was all mahogany which made this room feel dark (not so refreshing). I wanted to have my furniture refinished to white but didn’t want it to look too shabby chic. I was treading on thin ice. It was a fine line between old world, traditional chic and shabby chic. I finally decided to go white on most of the furniture while adding hints of vintage details to maintain the nostalgic feel. It has worked out well so far. The journey continues to fine tune my vision but I feel much closer than I was 2 years ago.

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Antique Chandelier Restoration

This fixture was first my first experience hanging a vintage chandelier. It was a huge learning experience. I found this beautiful antique chandelier and remember thinking this is going to take some work! But agreed to the challenge because of it’s potential beauty and uniqueness.

The chandelier came with a dull luster and lots of missing parts. It was missing arms, crystals, pins, hooks and some unforeseen necessary items. I remember thinking, what did I get myself into? But then I assured myself that other people have done it too so it is possible and worth it.

I began scouring the internet for places that sold vintage chandelier parts. I really didn’t know where to start so I searched ‘chandelier parts’ online and started to study to each part to determine whether or not that is something I would need or could use to enhance the overall outcome. The picking process became really fun because this is when I got to use my creativity.

I purchased arms, French teardrop prisms, octagon crystals and brass pins to hang and connect the crystals. When I received the pins and crystals, I polished the crystals and began looping them into the brass arms. This was the fun part! I got to use my creativity to swag the crystals as long or as short, as much or as little as I like. I wanted it to be fabulous while maintaining good proportion and scale.

After a few strands were in, the dull luster on the chandelier became even more noticeable, especially next to the new shiny crystals. So, I knew the fixture had to be polished before I continue with the rest of the crystals. I looked into brass polish and discovered Brasso! I love this stuff. It works great.

After polishing and hanging the crystals, I picked out a medallion. Taking into consideration the scale, proportion and structural details of the chandelier and the dining space, I was able to find a medallion that fit just right. Finally, this work of art is ready to be hung up!

The chandelier and medallion was laid out ready for installation. Then I noticed a hole in the center of the medallion and remember thinking, how is this hole going to be covered? I did some research. My first approach was searching for the words medallion cover and chandelier cap and cover. After some digging I found that I needed what is called a chandelier canopy! I measured the diameter of the opening and with design features in mind, I found the perfect chandelier canopy! Sometimes chandelier canopies don’t come with the ceiling canopy mounting hardware but fortunately, that was an easy fix. It is easily available at your local hardware store or online.

Now, everything is in place and my work of art is finally complete!

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Crafts & DIY · Design · Fashion · Home Decor · Interior design · Lifestyle · Remodel

Home Office Design


When I laid eyes on this medallion a few years back, it was love at first sight. It is elegant, graceful, whimsical and beautiful. This architectural detail fit my vision for what I wanted in my home office. Since then, I have made design and buying decisions with this piece in mind. Now that I am finally adding extra lighting into my office, it is finally time to add this special detail and the chandelier I envisioned with it.


Manufacturer:
Fypon

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