Thursday, April 23, 2015

{ Homemade Chamomile - Chai Tea }

It looks though as the cold weather is back..yay! Totally being sarcastic & actually a bit annoyed with this northern weather these last few days.. Not only have I had a cold most likely from the weather change, but it's back in the 30's & 40's AFTER we started spring decorating the front & back..ha-ha always happens! I'm going to credit my lovely father for jinxing us while we were putting the finishing touches on the patio. We'll call him " John" for the sake of this post , but as we were finishing some little touches on the patio my lovely father " John" says ' You better not put all this stuff out, it's April & it's going to snow'! I quickly snapped & said Oh, dad come on it's the end of April & 60 degrees out..he laughed and said you'll see....well yesterday SNOWFLAKES . WERE . FALLING...Thanks, DAD !!! With this cold weather means back to drinking delicious warm beverages & this one is a favorite in our home { other then of course hot chocolate & occasionally coffee }! 




. Recipe .

. 1 Spiced Chai tea bag
. 2 Chamomile tea bag
. 2% milk- 3 tablespoons
. Sugar -1 tablespoon
. Honey- 2 teaspoons
. Cinnamon- couple sprinkles
. Vanilla Extract { Optional } - Just a splash





Heat up some hot water for 2 minutes & steep the tea bags for a few minutes! Add the honey and sugar first! Then the milk & cinnamon , stir & enjoy this delicious tea treat! 

Have a great weekend everyone & BRING SPRING hehe!

Paige.Rose

Friday, April 17, 2015

{ No Sew Safety Pin Cushion Tutorial }

It's Friday & sunny , you know what that means..DIY galore!! I woke up this morning with a raspy scratchy throat ,but wanted to finish two projects I was working on. One of the projects was this easy NO SEW cushion/ pillow tutorial! If you're like me you can't sew to save you life & asking your dearest mother becomes annoying hahaha! So today I'm sharing this simple & thrifty idea of using SAFETY PINS! 






 1.} Few supplies you will need..Scissors, safety pins, & fabric!  Cut the fabric so you have overlapping material!


2.} Fold the sides over one another so the fabric is overlapped!


3.} Fold both end corners { Just like you would wrap a gift! }


4.} Pull the triangle corners from above & tuck { repeat on other end } !


5.} Hold the tucked end in place & safety pin it to the bottom part of the cloth!


6.} It's that simple & you're done! 


Finished product! 

Side Note: This DIY is only for cushions that will be used on one side! I liked this because some of our cushions outside are just for looks or never need to be turned etc..!





I used what fabric  I had left to cover the 1990's garbage picked cushions we had! I love this thick polka dot canvas fabric from +Hobby Lobby ! I got 2 yards for under $15!! I know most outdoor cushions range from $20-50 a piece so this was quite the bargain :) !

Have a fabulous weekend guys!

Paige.Rose 




 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

{ DIY Indoor/ Outdoor Rustic Wood Coasters }

What a gorgeous day it's been!! The weather was perfect for some much needed sunny patio DIY! A few day's ago my dear husband came home with these cute little fresh wood slices..& well, you know I had to DIY them somehow! I decided to make cute little coasters with some simple chalk paint & a little monogram action!  Come see how I made these for close to nothing!!





These are the easiest indoor/outdoor coasters!! Grab some wood slices { free } & dust them of any dirt etc..Use some stick on letters & place them wherever on the wood you want to monogram! I used a sponge brush & just 'feathered' the paint on. When you're painting make sure NOT to paint the wood perfect or drench the wood..remember they're suppose to be rustic so leaving some natural grain lines etc..are essential! After the chalk paint dries { 15 mins in the sun } then distress them with a Brillo pad or brush. Dust off any dirt & or paint again & finally use a clear cream wax to seal the coasters!



I love the color { It's a mix of two Americana Decor colors I customized }! The grain shines through perfectly!


These coasters are perfect for indoor or outdoor use & bonus they're durable for parties & bonfires etc..


I went with a simple M & P, but you could really do anything with these..& for close to nothing! 


I sure hope you all are enjoying this lovely northern weather today! I joked with my mom I think in the two hours I was working on these little buggers & photographing I got burnt already haha! Front & back patio decor & DIY is coming soon!!

Paige.Rose

Monday, March 30, 2015

{ DIY Man Organization... }

What a gorgeous & blustery Monday afternoon it is!! I hope everyone is having a happy & productive day thus far! Today I'm here sharing a little DIY my husband took on this weekend...Yes, he actually came up with this & pretty much executed it with a few little exceptions & finishing touches!! A few weeks back I mentioned via Instagram that we had found some scrapped chippy green dresser drawers & to stay tuned as to what we were going to do with them...well we finally found them a home in our laundry room. My husband uses our laundry room all the time from in the morning getting dressed to coming home & throwing his mounds of clothes everywhere { He's worth it } haha ! It's a semi large space with a cozy clean , yet rustic feel..it's not fully finished ,but it's still cute & gets the job done! 




I know.. don't cringe at the picture on the left..it wasn't always like that..but then comes along my dear husband & well you get the picture..;) ! Anyway, we had these free rustic drawers & they made pretty great rustic storage bins for all his work clothes!! 
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1.) Apply the letters, I used some from +Michaels Stores ! Just peel & stick & make sure they're secured in place to paint over! Apply painters tape around the lettering in  square { It doesn't need to be perfect }..remember it's rustic!!


  2. ) Apply a thin layer of paint using the feathering technique so the lettering doesn't come off or move. I also recommend using a sponge brush..


3.) Allow the paint to dry { Chalk paint dries within 25 minutes usually } take the stickers off before the paint hardens completely!!


Side Note: I also took a wire brush & went over the lettering after for a more chippy aged look..this step is optional!!
** I used Americana Decor chalk paint in a custom color I made..It's a blue/grey color!! 
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- Misc, Socks & Rags -



I love how these little labels turned out! They looks like they've been on these little vintage drawers forever! 




 Thought I'd throw in a picture of our laundry room..Thinking that table needs a little TLC pick me up too ;)..
 Everything in this laundry room including the two wood cabinets, table & vintage accessories etc.. are all garbage finds! The rug is from +Big Lots  $20!! 



I hope you all have a great rest of the week & have enjoyed this simple budget friendly rustic & manly DIY organization...that was a mouthful haha! 

Paige.Rose


Inspiration Monday

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

{ Chalk paint wall decor refresher! }

Over the weekend I picked up these little wall hangers from my father in law! He had them hanging & I spotted them & well...I HAD TO HAVE THEM!! If you know me you'd know that I love hydrangeas, roses & tulips sooo they pretty much were calling my name! Don't get me wrong I loved how they looked before with the muted neutral tones, but thought the green was a bit circa '97. With  a little fresh chalk paint & love they were completely refreshed  with a rustic spring punch!

 

I used the colors I had on hand & well, they were pretty perfect! These Americana Decor paints can be purchased +Michaels Stores for around $8!


I used a brown marker to "fossil" across the raised parts for that  rustic weathered appeal! I also lightly went over them with a copper brush to distress them a bit!


I love how bright & fresh they turned out, but still have that rustic garden feel. I'm still undecided where these will be going, but I'm thinking somewhere in the kitchen with our summer decor!!




 Side Note: I tried to find out where these were originally purchased or how old these were,but had no luck..I was just curious!

Just goes to show with a little bit of paint just about anything can be spruced up!! These are officially one of my favorite 30 minutes or less DIY projects I've completed!!

 Have a great rest of the week everyone!

Paige.Rose

Persia Lou


Monday, March 23, 2015

{ Checklist to Buying a House! }


Happy Late Monday & early Tuesday!!! I trust you all had an amazing weekend! It was in the mid 30's here in the north...I know, heat wave for us ha-ha, but we did manage to get some much needed spring/ summer preparation supplies for the yard & more! As we were picking up some yard supplies  { gravel, umbrella, etc.. } we started thinking about moving!! If you've been reading my blog since last year you would know that 2015/ early 2016 will be the year we are moving...again! This will be technically our 2rd house & 3rd home { 1st place was a condo }! Our 3rd home will be our semi permanent home for the next 10 years & this time we have some check points that need to be addressed & hopefully executed to some extent! Today I'm sharing some information & tips other then just financial advice to help the buying process be as efficient as possible!


Photo Property of The Quaint Sanctuary




1.) Be sure the area { city , township,county, providence etc.. } is low in crime, & desirable for your needs! Make sure if you're involved in activities that they're in reasonable accessible distance etc..!

2.) Make it a point to meet the neighbors & cruise the neighborhood for activity/perspective and familiarize yourself with your potential extended neighbors/ neighborhood! 

3.) Check things out that you wouldn't think twice about like where your bedroom is located in the house? Is it close to a neighbors driveway, street, building etc..?!

4.) Check the listings of other homes in the neighborhood from the past & present year to detect the median house range, & value indications! 

5.) When inspecting a potential home make sure it has at least some of the major items you would like { Example: Fireplace } . Things like adding a fireplace, brick wall, island, patio, extra rooms etc.. are all high cost jobs that could  potentially be over-updating the house in that priced neighborhood! This is a real issue if you EVER plan to sell again & plan to make at least some profit when trying to resell! I know it sounds insane ,but there is such thing as updating your home too much for a certain area. Do your research & replace with price/material sensible products for that location!!

6.) Make sure that the land  the house is on is big enough for any extra ' toys ', vehicles, or even expandable if need be! Check the zoning laws & city codes/ordinances!

7.) Check the animal laws if you plan on adopting or adding any pets to your family! Each city has its own laws & regulations on this matter, and it can be tricky!!

8.) Make sure all the major appliances / structures in the home  work or have at least another 3-5  years life to them. Having to repair major issues in a home can set you up for failure & cause other internal / external issues in a home !

9.) Be sure you LIKE the house! I know this sounds crazy or a given, but in many cases people just jump into a home because of time crunches, desperation or lack of information. If you don't like the style or design of the home that's a red flag NOT to buy!!!

10.) Check the school district out even if you plan on not having children! If you ever decide to sell this is a big either plus or minus depending on how the school system in that city/ district is rated! 

 I hope these tips & tricks help you make the perfect decision on your new home!! 

 Have a great

Paige.Rose