Georgia On My Mind

First off, I need to say Savannah, Georgia is absolutely stunning. The vibe is incredible and if you've never visited - you need to. The historic homes and buildings are beyond beautiful. All honing irreplaceable character and style. With every step you'll find spanish moss billowing between branches of ancient trees, fashionable hipsters riding around on skateboards and little alleyways filled with shops and restaurants. 

I only had a short time here in Savannah, about an hour to be exact. Within this short time I tried capturing as many images that represented my short stay for y'all. Looking back at this series, I was apparently most into building entrance ways that I encounterred. One things for sure, Georgia is definitely on my mind and I'll be back soon for more.

Are you a stylish brand looking to collaborate? Happen to live in Georgia? Do you love Savannah as much as I do? Let me hear from you! Contact me here, comment below, heart what you see and share with friends,

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Krafty Wrapping

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I am obsessed with wrapping gifts during the holidays. This year I decided to get crafty and handmade. I used a big roll of black kraft paper, available at any craft store, to start my canvas. Then with a white acrylic-paint sharpie, I got busy with my favorite part - doodling. I took this opportunity to include personal images and funny messages to make each gift special. I then finished up with big red and white classic silk bows. 

How did you wrap your holiday gifts this season? I want to see pictures. Shoot me a message here or like and comment below with your thoughts!

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Christmas Tree

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What does your Christmas Tree look like? Do you design with a color palette in mind? Have any DIY ornament ideas? Send me pictures here. Like and comment below - I want to hear from you!

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12 Days of Christmas

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These goodie bag ornaments are a fun way to create some holiday cheer everyday leading up to Christmas. Have each person in your family pick out treats to fill them with. Every morning make it a part of your routine to spend some time with the family and revel in the joy of giving this holiday season.

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What are your favorite holiday traditions? I'd love to hear about them. Share your thoughts and like this post below.

DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting

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I'm very proud of these placement cards and plate settings. I found these really awesome vintage plates buried in the attic that worked perfectly with my color palette of green, yellow and hints of orange/red. I layered these small plates above classic winter white larger plates to pop from their placemats below.

These brown paper mats are totally DIY. To create, I cut pieces of brown paper to 12" x 18". I then plotted out a note area to the right of the plates using a white acrylic-paint based marker. I am urging my guests to participate in listing all the reasons they are thankful this holiday season to remind ourselves of how lucky we are. I topped the plates with green apples and pears, and dangled note cards with personalized handwritten names from their stem.

And yes, I know. The silverware is not in it's traditional setting. But that’s the fun of being a designer. You get to change the rules sometimes. I've been hearing countless amounts of worrying about holiday prep leading up to these past few days and here's my rebuttal. WHO CARES. So you burn the turkey, oh well. Make some chicken broth to pour over it and call it a day. Only want to use one fork, one spoon and one knife...on the left hand side? So be it. Revel in your ability to design the happiest Thanksgiving for you and your family, and enjoy. 

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Send me your Thanksgiving recipes...

This year I want to create one of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes to share with my family and followers on Thanksgiving Day. Submissions have been coming in and I'm excited to narrow down the options tonight. Comment below or drop me a note with your famous recipe, you have until 5:00pm EST. The most creative will be featured in my thanksgiving spread tomorrow with full recognition to the chef, of course. Hurry for your chance to win!

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

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It's almost Thanksgiving day and I couldn't wait to share my table design with you. I'm extremely proud of this centerpiece display made entirely of organic material, with a birch wood log floral arrangement focal point. After cutting some scrap wood from a tree in the backyard, I hallowed out it's interior to fit a glass vase. This is where I filled dried hydrangea puffs with mixed-in natural twigs and leaves. I made the look cohesive with my twinkling twigs from a couple weeks back. (Tutorial for twinkling twigs.) I then arranged harvested fruits and nuts down the table runner to fill in the gaps and create an abundance of organic colors and textures. The perfect combination of Autumn and Thanksgiving cues.

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Send me your Thanksgiving recipes...

This year I want to create one of your favorite Thanksgiving recipes to share with my family and followers on Thanksgiving Day. Submissions have been coming in and I'm excited to narrow down the options tonight. Comment below or drop me a note with your famous recipe, you have until 5:00pm EST. The most creative will be featured in my thanksgiving spread tomorrow with full recognition to the chef, of course. Hurry for your chance to win!

Twinkling Twigs

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We've officially gone into hibernation mode here in the East. Pitch black skies at 5 PM. Cold weather nipping at our finger tips. This seasonal change can be hard to adjust to, but it doesn't have to be. 

Set the mood right this fall with these twinkling twig luminaries. These rustic beauties will create a warm ambiance of organically shaped shadows and light-spots, producing focal points even your neighbors will enjoy peeking at.

To make, follow these simple steps...

MATERIALS

  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Twigs
  • Votive glassware
  • Tea light candles

DIRECTIONS

Glue the twigs in place with a dab of hot glue. Apply and hold firmly on glass until fully dry and connected. Piece together the twigs to evenly coat each side of the glass. Add your candle and enjoy. 

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Like what you see? Try these and let me know what how they turned out. Comment below or contact me here!

Tricks-Or-Treats

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These little pumpkin surprises will leave your trick-or-treaters excited to reveal what's inside. They are quick and easy to make, and bring a whole new element of surprise to 'ol hallows eve.

This year I've decided to be nice and deliver treats to my guests, but don't get me wrong - this is the perfect opportunity to trick the kid who toilet papered your house last year into receiving some, well, toilet paper stuffing? Hows that for some mischievous fun.

Follow the simple steps below and get creative with this one. You'll be handing these off tomorrow night with pride. Don't forget to come back and share your experiences with me below!

MATERIALS

  • orange crepe paper streamer roll
  • green floral tape
  • candy or other goodies
  • grass filler
  • scissors

DIRECTIONS

With your scissors, cut 8 pieces of orange crepe paper into 8" strips. Place each strip on top of one another, rotating each continued piece by about 25 degrees to create a circle formation. 

In the center of the circle, add a little grass filler and your goodies, in this case it was Rolo chocolate candies. Start to form a pouch by lifting each strip of crepe paper around the treats to cover completely. Twisting your excess crepe paper at the top to close your pouch.

Once you've formed a closed pouch, seal the twisted crepe paper by wrapping green floral tape around it in a steam-like formation.

TIP: To make the pumpkin vines look realistic, add a little extra tape to end with a wisp like you see in the photographs above.

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Have any questions? Like what you see? What is your favorite way to celebrate Halloween? Share your thoughts below or get in touch. I want to hear from you! 

Do-It-Yourself Chalk Board

I found this frame in my attic over the weekend and had to do something with it. It was too beautiful to be sitting up there collecting dust. So I explored the possibilities. I could paint a canvas, but that would feel like I was back in art school. Create a mirror out of it, but custom sized mirrors could be quite pricey these days. Frame a television, which I will do one day, when I have the time to watch it.

But then I realized, those were all such permanent actions and I wanted something a little less committed. So I turned it into a chalk board. And hung it in my kitchen. Right next to the dinner table. Where I can see it and create something new out of it everyday. It's become a space for all who walk by to be reminded of inspirational messages or love notes. To display a menu or daily doodle.

It turned into a real focal point annnnd it was ridiculously easy to make...

Here's what I did: 

MATERIALS

  • Old Frame
  • Piece of smooth wood board large enough to fit the frame (Side note: you might need to do some trimming. Or, ask one of the helpers at Home Depot to cut it to your specific needs, they should be more then happy to help.)
  •  Chalk board paint (You can find at a local home depot)
  •  Paint Brush – 3" wide
  •  Old Newspaper for a clean floor
  •  Chalk

DIRECTIONS

Spread old newspaper on floor to cover your surface and work on this area. Evenly coat the board with paint. Let it dry for 4 hours. Give it a second coat. Let it dry and settle for another 4 hours. Once it's completely dry you can mount it in one of your favorite frames and you're on your way. 

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Fall Flair - Striped Pumpkins

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A fun little way to add some metallic shimmer to your home for pumpkin season. This striped pumpkin is an easy do-it-yourself project that can be compleated in under 20 minutes, and can add pizzaz to a space that was once blah.

Take a medium sized pumpkin and block off desired negative ares with masking tape. Spray the pumpkins with gold spray paint and gently remove tape from the pumpkins once the paint is completely dry. 

Mexican Paper Flower

MATERIALS: You will need color tissue paper of your choice. Scissors. Thin wire. Some type of stick if your not hanging. Rope if you are. And last but not least, a wet sponge for when your fingers need to pull apart the delicate tissue paper petals.  

MATERIALS: You will need color tissue paper of your choice. Scissors. Thin wire. Some type of stick if your not hanging. Rope if you are. And last but not least, a wet sponge for when your fingers need to pull apart the delicate tissue paper petals.  

Step 1: Choose your flower color combination. 

Step 1: Choose your flower color combination. 

Step 2: Gather 6 - 8 sheets of tissue paper and stack on top of one another. This is when you choose what your flower will look like, get Kriativ in this stage, the color and pattern combinations are endless.

Step 2: Gather 6 - 8 sheets of tissue paper and stack on top of one another. This is when you choose what your flower will look like, get Kriativ in this stage, the color and pattern combinations are endless.

Step 3: Start at one end of your gathered sheets, and start to fold in and out accordion hotdog style. Keep your folds about an inch or so apart for easy maneuvering in the later stages.

Step 3: Start at one end of your gathered sheets, and start to fold in and out accordion hotdog style. Keep your folds about an inch or so apart for easy maneuvering in the later stages.

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Step 4: Crease your folded bundle of tissue paper in half like this. Crease paper tightly.

Step 4: Crease your folded bundle of tissue paper in half like this. Crease paper tightly.

Step 5: Notch into your half way mark on both sides. This makes the paper looser when you'll need to pull it apart in the later stages. Make sure you don't cut the notch over 1/4 inch long otherwise you'll end up with two mini flowers when the paper rips apart. 

Step 5: Notch into your half way mark on both sides. This makes the paper looser when you'll need to pull it apart in the later stages. Make sure you don't cut the notch over 1/4 inch long otherwise you'll end up with two mini flowers when the paper rips apart. 

Step 6: Shape your ends the way you would like your petal to look. I did a simple triangular type shape to make my petals edgy.

Step 6: Shape your ends the way you would like your petal to look. I did a simple triangular type shape to make my petals edgy.

Step 7: If you are hanging these flower balls, use ribbon to secure the paper in place. If you're making them with stems, I suggest using thin wiring in this step to make it easy to attach stem to flower. 

Step 7: If you are hanging these flower balls, use ribbon to secure the paper in place. If you're making them with stems, I suggest using thin wiring in this step to make it easy to attach stem to flower. 

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Step 8: Start to pull apart each sheet of tissue paper to give your flower some depth. 

Step 8: Start to pull apart each sheet of tissue paper to give your flower some depth. 

Step 9: Add stem to backside of flower. Use thin wire to wrap around stick for firm hold. 

Step 9: Add stem to backside of flower. Use thin wire to wrap around stick for firm hold. 

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Step 10: Add to vessel of choice, or hang from ceiling to brighten up your festive occasion.  Photography by Sebastian Photography

Step 10: Add to vessel of choice, or hang from ceiling to brighten up your festive occasion. 

Photography by Sebastian Photography

Paper flowers are used as decoration for celebratory events all over Mexico, hence the reason I wanted to teach you how to make these simple little treasures for your own Mexican fiesta. They are a quick and easy way to add a pop of color to any festive enviornment. I chose to use them in vessels, however they are super lightweight and able to hang as well. Give them away as take-homes for your guests, and even personalize them with they're favorite colored tissue combinations. You can't go wrong with this DIY; It's forgiving and hard to screw up.

Follow along to create your own paper flowers with this 10 Step picture tutorial above.

Cinco De Mayo Celebration

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Photography by Sebastian Photography

Photography by Sebastian Photography

This Cinco De Mayo I was in the mood for some authentic mexican treats. I made mango popsicles with all natural antioxidant packed ingredients. Organic guacamole with mango, pomegranate and jalapeno, served with flax seed and corn tortilla chips. And I cant forget the pomegranate and lime margarita, made with Don Julio® Tequila straight from Me-hi-co. You can find recipes for these tasty snacks on the Food section of this blog, and don't forget to check out my Aztec Nails in the Fashion section.

 

What do you think? How did you spend your Cinco De Mayo Sunday? Let me know, I want to hear from you. Get in touch here, or write to me at ItsKriativ@gmail.com .

EASTER TABLE - IT'S KRIATIV FEATURE

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This Easter, I had a color palette in mind. It was Green, Yellow, and Gold.

I started with a white table cloth base. It worked as a great way to keep things neutral, bright, and simple. 

To add interest and depth, I layered a Ralph Lauren round, sage green cloth over the middle of the table. I chose to layer gold accent plates under white primary dishes, making the food presentation pop and look clean, simple and mouthwateringly tasty. 

Asiago and Spinach Stuffed Pork Loin with Roasted Potatoes and Mushroom Onion Sauce. String Beans Sautéed with Garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Asiago and Spinach Stuffed Pork Loin with Roasted Potatoes and Mushroom Onion Sauce. String Beans Sautéed with Garlic and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

Lasagna with Basciamelle and Bolognese Sauce.

Lasagna with Basciamelle and Bolognese Sauce.

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I topped off each place setting with rectangular, paisley Ralph Lauren cloth napkins that matched the secondary table cloth. Added a round nest of fresh moss atop the napkin, cradling a monogramed easter egg for each of my guests making the plate settings personal and memorable.

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The table center piece was where the fun continued. I snagged a vintage Parisian milk carton from a local thrift shop. Filled each of its inserts with fresh moss and added green and yellow dyed easter eggs. Freshly bloomed yellow tulips were placed at either end of the carton with a pitcher of lemonade-vodka cocktail.

Photography by Sebastian Photography

The display embodies a sense of freshness only found in the spring. What creative touches did you add to your Easter? Get in contact, and share your pics with me at ItsKriativ@gmail.com. I love discovering new creative inspiration.

DRESS UP YOUR DRESSER

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While watching a Celtics game the other night at my boyfriends house, I couldn't help but focus my attention on anything but the game. One thing in particular kept catching my eye, and I couldn't figure out why it hadn't affected anyone else in the house the same way.

It was an old dresser. SMACK in the middle of the home entry way. The focal point of any commute into the kitchen or living area. We're basically talking prime real estate for a conversation piece, and this was surely nothing worth conversing over, yet.

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It had once belonged in Matts (boyfriend) childhood room and has since made its travels among different areas of the house. About 10 years ago when it was popular to faux sponge paint everything and anything, Matt's mother decided to take a swing at perking up the piece. She painted it a minty green with a mossy green sponge overlay (smart lady.) It was revolutionary...at the time. But it's 2013 now and it became an eye-sore so it had to go. I was determined to re-furnish this dresser.

As mentioned above, I was watching the Celtics and if any of you know the Boston Celtics, you know they wear an amazing color green. It's a bright, vibrant, and legendary type of green. The color green has never been so chic and immediately my wheels started turning...

In the morning I made a visit to good'ol Home Depot and headed straight for the paint department. I brought along a picture of the Celtic team uniform in order to have the color picker scanner at Home Depot find the exact tone for me without wasting time. Thanks to Home Depot I was also able to find gold spray paint, some sanding material and painting tools I knew I would need as well.  

One of the best parts about this dresser was that it had amazing hardware. Even though the brass foot caps and brass knobs we're a little tarnished, they made for a great base. By spray painting them gold (pretty much my life-long resolution to fixing many problems) I knew I would be creating a show stopper.

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Side Note: If you're like me, and re-surfacing furniture with preexisting paint, shellac, or stain; I recommend purchasing two forms of sand paper for two different finishes.

For the first round of sanding, use a level 80 grit paper to remove any preexisting paint. For the second round of sanding, use a level 180 to leave a smooth finish. Tip: The lower the number the rougher the paper, the higher the number the smoother the paper.

Also, I recommend a 3" angled paintbrush like this one below. I found it worked great at covering hard to reach nooks and crannies as well as corners and angles. 

 

Without further a do, I found myself in the basement going to work on re-furnishing.

First I sanded. Then I sanded some more...

Then I gave the wood a fresh wiping with a damp cloth to remove all excess dust.

Once the wood was ready I went to town with my green and gold paint.

And voila. After a fresh coat of paint, the dresser now stands proud. It makes a huge impact in its space instead of blending in as it once did. The dresser is now bold, vibrant, and legendary. Sharing very similar qualities to the Boston Celtics, fine i'll say it.

I even went so far as to swap out the 100 year old dead hydrangea puff-in-old-vase with a (beautiful citrus smelling) Yankee Candle, some inspirational books and a perkier rooster to give the space a refreshing lift. 

The power of color always amazes me. This once dull and muted dresser is now a focal point that adds life and vibrancy to the entire house. Not to mention the uplifting energy it brings to our moods every time we walk by.

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Do you have a piece of furniture in your home that could use a lift? What is its history? What do you see for its future? I'd love to know! Send me photographs of your hunk-o-gold for a chance to receive a Kriativ Makeover Feature Story right here on the It's Kriativ blog. Shoot an email to ItsKriativ@gmail.com

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