Wednesday, December 7, 2016

I went on a cleaning spree over the weekend since I was sick at home. Here's a DIY easy solution for organizing necklaces. I have a jewelry stand that I can hang necklaces on but didn't want to see them all hanging out in the open (visual clutter) / collecting dust / tangled.

I bought a deck of playing cards for $1. They have a cute geometric pattern on the back. Used a 1/8th inch paper hole punch. Punched 2 holes about 1" from the top and cut a straight slit from the edge of the card to the hole. This is where you will slide the chain in. Put it all together and you get the completed organized look below. I put them in a glass apothecary jar from West Elm.


  • Scissors
  • Deck of cards
  • 1/8th inch paper circle hole punch (amazon, here)
  • Optional Apothecary jars, 4" diameter

Playing card necklace and jewelry organizer
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Playing card necklace and jewelry organizer

Monday, July 11, 2016

Finally got around to putting up some art in the spare bathroom. I love using post cards in larger frames. They are inexpensive and easy to replace if you decide on a change of scenery. Picked up a handful of Murakami post cards at the Mori Art Museum during my trip to Tokyo, Japan in February. 
In 2003, Murakami was commissioned to design characters for Tokyo’s Roppongi Hills real-estate development. Known collectively as “The Creatures From Planet 66,” these smiling characters travel throughout the world on a mission to spread happiness and knowledge.
Thought these two looked nice as a pair, $3 each. Dropped them into frames that I picked up on sale at Target, $4 each. Up-cycled a soda bottle into a branch vase from that one time I drank soda, $free (ish). I saved two of these bottles simply because I liked the colors / font. Found vintage brass engraved number tags from a trip to the Long Beach Flea Market a few months prior, $2 each. I like to tie these metal tags onto twine and attach them to glass orbs, vases or bottles as an accessory. 

I fill my house with dead branches/flowers, (yes dead plants are great!) to add height / texture to a room. These sun-dried branches and grey toned flowers were picked on my weekly trail run at Hellman Park in Whittier, CA. The best thing about dead plants is that they require no watering or maintenance. 

Last but not least, the most important of all bathroom necessities...accessible toilet paper! My prior bathroom post on instagram (here) uses toilet paper as a wall display. It's okay to have the TP lying around, that way you and your guests don't have to go digging around if you forget to refill. Placed some extra TP in this geometric wire fruit basket I bought for $4 in Kyoto, Japan at Flying Tiger Copenhagen (I really wish the would open a store in California). 

Total cost for all decor shown, $20.

  • Post cards (similar at Giant Robot, here)
  • Gallery style picture frames 4x6" (similar at Target, here)
  • Soda bottle  (similar on Amazon, here)
  • Metal engraved number tags (similar on etsy, here
  • Metal geometric basket (similar at Target, here)



Custom designer bathroom decor using up-cycled materials and post cards.
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Custom designer bathroom decor using up-cycled materials and post cards.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My new year's resolution was to consistently eat clean Monday thru Friday. For me this meant a high protein, low carb / sugar / salt diet. I'll have occasional cheat days since I don't want to hate my life and everyone in it (such a sucker for donuts, cookies and ice cream).

I've never been a fan of long prep times or intensive cooking. Would rather sand wood for an hour than be in the kitchen. Found this flour and sugar free muffin recipe on Ambitious Kitchen and modded it a bit to fit my personal preferences.

Calculated the Macros using the Fat Secret App.
Macros for these mini muffins are (roughly) 3g fat, 6g carbs, 4g protein, 63 calories per muffin. Double the macros for regular sized muffins.

- 1 egg
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 serving of oats (1.5 oz)
- dash of cinnamon
- 1 scoop
 orgain vanilla protein powder
- 7 oz Greek yogurt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 oz walnuts

Mix all ingredients together.
Line or oil pan, Bake 15 minutes @ 450 degrees.
Topped with organic honey, organic peanut butter and organic bananas.

I want to eat these everyday!

Protein No Flour No Sugar Super Muffins
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Protein No Flour No Sugar Super Muffins

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

I have a sliding door that I wanted completely covered, ceiling to floor, wall to wall (almost). I needed a 10 ft curtain rod and preferred a double rod. With this easy little hardware hack, you can make an entire hardware set (less finials) for less than $15!
For a double rod system, attach 2 EMT conduit straps to each corner brace using the screws and nuts.
Attached Corner brace to wall using screws / dry wall anchors if needed. You will need 3 corner braces for a 10 ft rod, two side supports and one middle support.
See photos below for finished parts for single or double rod options.

Tools Needed
  • Corner Braces 3" - These will act as your wall mounts and base for attaching the EMT conduit straps. 4 pieces - $3.77
  • 10 ft. Electrical conduit pipe 0.5 inch diameter. This is your curtain rod. 2 pieces @ $2.30 each = $4.60
  • EMT conduit straps. This will attach to the corner braces and hold the pipes in place. They fit quite snug and the pipes should not move around. 6 pieces needed.  Bag of 25 = $3.56
  • #8 - 32 x 5/8 inch screws = $1.18
  • Nuts to match screws = $1.18
  • Spray paint of choice (I chose black) = Free (had leftover satin paint)
  • Total Cost $10.52 (with extra hardware left over!)

10 ft double rod curtain hardware for less than $15
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10 ft double rod curtain hardware for less than $15