Spring into March with out the maddness...
Ummmm, I love donuts! I love to March into spring with green, too...
donuts, clovers, leprechauns, gardening, you name it.
Garden Design & Decor
More people are gardening for the 1st time this year. How do you know what to plant & when? Where do you put them? What are the requirements? It can be so overwhelming to think about where to start.
Start with how much space you have to work with & that will often determine if your garden is in containers or in the yard. Then, ask yourself, "what veggies do we eat regularly or would like to try." Some veggies are cool season & some are warm season. Success really depends on knowing your gardening zone. Next, "organic or not organic, that is the question." This encompasses food, fertilizers, & pesticides. Whichever you choose, be sure to read directions carefully!
Get inspired by looking through magazines, Pinterest, & Google to create your garden design. Add some creative flare to your lifestyle by incorporating your garden into a new patio update. Or, create a tiered planter to feature a variety of herbs & veggies. Raised beds make gardening in the yard more manageable. Reimagine what your landscape can look like this summer! Having a totally edible landscape is a fun project. I love being able to walk out my back door to the patio to grab some fresh herbs or veggies for dinner.
Knowing where everything is & being easily accessible creates a fun & relaxing gardening experience. Let's face it, isn't that really why we garden?
There's several ways to go about organizing your tools & equipment. Let's take the tools, for example. You can get a container like a tool box, basket, or bag with pockets. Your container can be sealed tight with a lid or open. I like a sealed container with a lid & a handle.
In my gardening toolbox: Bottom Container-Gloves, Mixture of Bone Meal & Blood Meal, Seaweed/Kelp Extract, Trowel, Hand Fork/Cultivator, Spritz Bottle. Top Tray-Markers/Tags, Twist Ties, Jute, Pruning Shears, (Soil, Fertilizer, PH & Light) Tester. I have other tools & seeds in my Chic Shack, but these are just the items that I tote around the yard!
Art of Shadow boxes
Shadow boxes are some of the easiest & quickest ways to create art! You can make them interchangeable with the seasons & holidays, or permanent for memories to the beach for instance.
These were created by adding golden coins & glitter clovers to the inside, then choosing a paper for the background. I created the composition on the computer, so my images & lettering are all on the paper. You can also use scrapbook paper for the background & print/cut vinyl letters out to stick to the glass! I've done both & they always come out wonderful!
WOW TO THE REST OF WINTER IN 2021
This year, I made my New Years resolution to relax more; to take some time for me to create what I really want...I started a coffee & crafting Sundays series on Eventbrite to allow others to join me! Some are paid classes & some are free!!! I have other events both crafting & organizing on different days, as well...I hope you'll join me, too. My goal is to help everyone live a less stressful, more enjoyable lifestyle.
Design & Decor
As I was looking around the yard the other day, I notice a lot of limbs scattered across the lawn. It got me thinking about some projects inspired by the Harry Potter series. This Deathly Hallows wreath is so easy to create & a pop of bright color in the middle of winter.
I love nature so much that I dream about it...lol! One day I was creating a design for my catio & I thought, "I need a statement piece." Inspired by the boho look of my eclectic style, I designed an abstract mobile constructed of a long wooden limb. My only problem was, I didn't have a limb. That night I dreamed of the perfect stick, & the next day, my daughter went out back to play in the park. The next thing I know, she's walking back with the exact stick I needed...that I dreamt about! Crazy!!! Sly as she can be though...I asked if could have it for my project & she said that she would barter with me, lol! So I got my perfect stick & she got an ice cream shake.
So, the next time your walking around the yard looking @ nature, dream of something for your home!
It's hard to keep up with school @ home for parents, kids, teachers & learning coaches! Nobody said it was easy, but nobody said it was this dang hard either...I have a class to help break down 3 aspects of schooling @ home, so that it can be less stressful & more enjoyable! This is not just about how to place items to improve the flow or how to make it pretty; it's about making a difference in the experience of learning/ teaching @ home.
I'm a professional organizer & certified teacher that has kids in online school. I've had 4 years of experience with being a learning coach for them. They have a few teachers that teach core subjects & I, as a learning coach, support them as any other parent does after their child comes home from brick & mortar school. The main difference for us is that I can help in the middle of the day, if they aren't on class connects with their teacher. Another difference is that our school is an actual online school, so they've already worked out a lot of the online schooling kinks before COVID & adjusted quickly to the influx of students. All of that said, it's still a lot to manage.
My next class is February 19th, but I'll have another class on Eventbrite this summer before school starts, in case you can't make the February class. I would love to share with you, live, how to manage schooling @ home, too.
I'll be talking about these 3 Aspects when schooling @ home:
1. Learning Environment w/in the Space
2. Organization & layout of the Space
3. Scheduling the Lessons & Activities
*Lesson Plan Structure
Schooling Multiple Students
Methods for Teaching Students with Learning Disorders
I hope to see you there!
Art is the book of love!
Edge Allen Poe may not be the 1st thing that pops in your mind when you say Valentines Day, but his love for his wife ran deep! This book of love opens into a star shape & showcases pictures of Edgar A. Poe & his wife along with quotes of love from his poems. I've always been kinda quirky!
Like most of the books & journals that I make, it all starts with recycling cardboard boxes! I cut 2 rectangles for the front & back covers. Next, I decided how many layers I wanted for the star shape. I chose to stay with 3 layers: a cardstock base layer, scrapbook paper background color layer, & the cardstock frame layer.
Let the Construction Begin...
Maybe Poe is a little Macabre for you...How about givin' up some LOVE for my gnomies! That's right, my gnomies...
This is the year I am offering more online events than ever...follow Personalized Designs on Eventbrite to get all the updates on upcoming events as soon as they're posted! Click here to go to our Eventbrite page.
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I love decorating the outside of the house as much as I love decorating the inside the house.
No matter the place of the space, there's a design that will transform the feel & atmosphere of the space, as well as the actual space. Small or large spaces can be lavish or on a budget & still get the look you want.
Let your imagination go wild...
Outdoor patios sporting fire pits & pools, or a whimsical garden designed to be a cool labyrinth. Each one having its own feel & experience.
Designing outdoor spaces is much like designing inside spaces; the different materials utilized need to be suitable for the space it's intended.
I'm an artist, designer, & organizer who enjoys creating everything from small art projects to large scale interior designs. I love spending time with my family, experiencing travel, adventure, organic gardening, recycling/upcycling, & organizing all the time!
Art is an awesome thing when you have the right pieces. Aesthetic art is just to look at, but applied art is functional & good looking!
Being organized is a life skill that starts with knowing how to be organized & how to maintain that organization. It's your life, let's take it back!