Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Moroccan Highlights!

Wow……..I am super jet-lagged!  For those of you who I haven’t told over and over, I just returned from a week-long trip to Morocco.  It was beyond amazing.....the food, the people, the souks, the landscape…all of it surpassed my expectations.  Moroccans are amazing people and I couldn't be more grateful for all that they've shared with me over the last week.   I have so much to show and tell you about!  I can't wait to post about the carpets and lighting we brought back, as well as all the inspiring architectural details we encountered during the trip.  For now, I just wanted to share the highlights so you guys know I wasn’t forgetting about you. 

Oh and I'm happy to announce I've checked off one of my goals for this year!  The others surprisingly, are all in progress as well :)


Fez
Blue Gate in Fez

Spices in the Souks

That's me at cooking class

Medersa detailing

Fez

Political Campaign

Marrakech

Medersa Detailing

Mosque in Marrakech

Majorelle Gardens

Majorelle Gardens

Carpet Shopping

High Atlas Mountains

Gardens at our Kasbah

Gardens

Berber Symbols

Camel Trekking


I hope everyone gets a chance to visit Morocco at least once in there lifetime.  It was truly a trip of a lifetime and one I'll never forget.  

Heather

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Making a Paper Flower Bouquet

So I've been on a crafty kick lately.  After I tested the waters with my Home Made Valentine's I decided to tackle another craft that I've been wanting to try for a long long time.  Paper Source has these cute Paper Flower Kits that I think are just darling, so I finally ordered one.  I know I mentioned last time I had to tap into my inner girl scout, well this project required even more of that particular skill set!

This project was a bit tricky at first, but it was very repetitive so once you figured how to make one you could perfect your skill on the next one, and the next one, and so on.  I purchased the full kit, but now that  I know how to make them I would suggest cutting the leaves and flowers on your own to save some $$.  You can see below how the shapes look before I put them all together.

Now on to the tutorial:

Materials:  White rice paper for flowers (or whatever color you like - they key is rice paper so its really pliable), Green floral tape, Green wire, Green paper for leaves and glue. 


Step 1:  Punch out or cut the leaves from the green paper and glue them to the wire.  There should be 5 leaves per flower.  The wire should be about 12" long.




Step 2:  Either punch out or cut the rice paper in a continuous round length.  The circular shape will allow the flowers to form easier.  To create the flower glue the end in the center and swirl outward.  Put another dab of glue on the outer end to close the flower. 







Step 3: Create the stem. Combine 5 of the leaves attached to wires to create a bunch.  The wire should face outward so when you bend them down you cannot see it.  Wrap each bunch with floral tape to secure the bundle, creating one thicker stem.




Step 4:  Apply glue to each of the leaves and attach the flower to the leaves.  You'll have to move the leaves around to get the positioned right to hold the flower.  Each one is a bit different depending on the size.



Step 5:  Put them all into a vase and love them!  Congratulations you just made yourself a bouquet of flowers! 




It took me about 2 hours to put this together. These would be a great centerpiece for a shower or party - but if you're making them in bulk, I'd suggest calling in your old girl scout buddies for back up.  Hope you enjoy!
Heather

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Be Mine!

This year for Valentine's Day I decided to call upon my inner girl scout and get crafty.  I saw this cute idea from Paper Source and decided to give it a whirl.  The craft was pretty simple - just stitching patterns into pre-cut holes on card stock.  You could say I've had a bit of experience with this sort of thing.  As a kid, I used to cross stitch for fun.  Anytime we would go on a family vacation, I would bring home a cross stitch kit of something I liked from the trip.  My mom ended up framing alot of cross stitched lighthouses, but I know she was proud.  So when I saw these, I new I would making them.  And I did!  

Here are a few photos of the supplies:




And here is the finished product:








I think they're adorable.  I hope my valentine's do too!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Construction Progress: Built In Shelving

Our cabinets are done and done!  Well ok, not 100%, but they're 95% there.  They have absolutely transformed our space and we're so thrilled.  Who knew building in shelving would open up our space so much!  This is why they call me a designer people - i have vision.  

Ok enough about my amazing talents, on to the photos.  So way back when in October, i sketched up a concept for our shelving.  We met with our contractor (Charm City Construction - you should check them out, Todd is amazing!) and came up with some ideas on how to build this idea.

Original sketch:
Before:



In progress:


After:




It was very important to my husband to have his speakers and stereo equipment wired properly, so we located grommets and wire pulls in strategic locations so he could connect everything without making the wires noticeable.  We even had the contractor string the speaker wire through the wall cavity so you can't see them at all.  I couldn't be happier that I don't have to look at that mess of wires anymore.  Here are a few shots of the details:





The rest are photos of the finished product.  We're waiting on the custom size doors for lower shelving.  Those should be ready in a few weeks.  Take a peak:









What do you think?  Hope you like as much as we do!

Heather

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