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DIY Chalkboard Herb Garden

Hey Everyone! I’m so sorry it’s been almost a month since my last post. Time has escaped me yet again. I can’t believe it’s already the middle of May and Memorial Day weekend is upon us. I have been so busy with work, birthdays and weddings, and all of the responsibilities that come with living in an apartment (some more fun than others – does anyone actually enjoy spring cleaning?).

With spring in full bloom, I have been trying to find ways to bring more greenery into my home. I love the way plants bring light and life into smaller indoor spaces and I’ve been inspired by photos like these (found on Pinterest) to transform my apartment into an indoor garden.

As you may recall, I started off with an ivy plant that I hung from my kitchen ceiling.

I bought a plant for my kitchen yesterday! I love the way he looks. Now I just need to find a name for him...

Once I saw how that transformed my kitchen into a much warmer and more inviting space, I was hooked on the idea of “more plants, more plants!” So I bought a basil plant, some small cacti, and I have four small pots that are starting to sprout small green stems (I’m not sure what type of plants they are – they were cute favors from my cousin’s wedding).

basil plant

basil plant

small cacti

small cacti

small plants from my cousin's wedding

small plants from my cousin’s wedding

Once I got all of these little guys in my kitchen, I realized I really wanted more herb plants like my basil. So last weekend, while I was home for Mother’s Day, I went out and bought the following herbs to create my own mini indoor herb garden: parsley, mint, oregano and cilantro. They were just in plastic containers so I decided to repot them into regular ceramic planters. While I was buying these herbs, I had this DIY in the back of my mind that I found on A Beautiful Mess – chalkboard planters.

So once I bought my herbs and pots, I also picked up some chalkboard paint so that I could make my own chalkboard herb garden. It was a really easy project and I love the way the plants look on my kitchen shelf! Here are some photos of the plants, the project and the finished product:

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I hope you all are having a wonderful spring!

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Spring in Hoboken

This weekend, spring was in the air! The trees are in colorful bloom, singing birds were my wake up call, and fresh flowers and new plants made their way into my home!

Plants

These yellow sunflowers look beautiful on my kitchen table!

Sunflowers

Saturday was the perfect day to walk around town…

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I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

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DIY Polka-Dot Flour and Sugar Jars

As I continue to settle into my new home, I am discovering little things that I need and things I wish I had, and I am trying to decide which of those things and I should buy and which I should make myself. One thing that has been on my list is a container for sugar. This hasn’t been a pressing need, so I haven’t really gone shopping to look for one. The other day, as I was arranging some fresh tulips in a mason jar-turned-vase, I had an idea for a DIY sugar container – why not use the other mason jars I have to store sugar and flour? So this week, I set to work on a quick DIY project to satisfy my need!

DIY Gold Polka-Dot Flour and Sugar Mason Jars

What You’ll Need:

– Mason Jars with lids

– Gold paint (or any other color you choose)

– small paint brush

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Once you have your supplies ready, all you do is paint some polka-dots onto the jars. Super easy! You can paint any design you want, I just liked the look of gold dots.

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I let my jars dry overnight and then filled them with flour and sugar the next morning.

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I’m not sure where I’m going to keep them, but right now I really like the way they look on my kitchen table with the tulips!

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I hope everyone is having a great start to April! The weather this week has been absolutely gorgeous. I hope you all have had some time to enjoy the sun!

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DIY Aztec Print Tote

Earlier this week I worked on a quick and fun DIY project – a stenciled tote. I’ve been using the tote I made in the Lotta Jansdotter workshop, but it’s starting to wear out a bit, so I thought it was time to make myself a new one!

I decided to print a 4 color design, so I had to make 4 different stencils – one for each color. Along with your stencils and tote, you’ll need fabric paint and a stencil brush.

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Even though it was a more complex design with multiple stencils, the process was simple – I just started with the first stencil, let it dry, moved to the next and so on…

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And the finished product…photo13

I’m so excited to use it! I think it is going to be a fabulous spring tote!

Also exciting – this was the first project I did in my craft room in my apartment! I still have quite a bit to organize and I have some cabinets to hang, but its definitely functional!photo16Happy Wednesday, everyone!

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If you liked this post, you may want to check out my DIY Stenciled Napkins.

Spring and Things

Morning coffee at the kitchen table

Morning coffee at the kitchen table

Bought a pretty bouquet of flowers to bring some spring into my home

Got a basil plant this weekend. There is nothing like the smell of fresh basil

Got a basil plant this weekend. There is nothing like the smell of fresh basil

I love the warm afternoon light that comes in through my kitchen windows

I love the warm afternoon light that comes in through my kitchen windows

Hosted my first dinner party this weekend!

Hosted my first dinner party this weekend! We had bruschetta, fresh mozzerella, roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, salad and linguini in garlic and oil. And, of course, a whole lot of vino!

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