2012 , Create , Hanukkah , Holidays , Inspiration , Modern Posh Design , Stationery
Hanukkah, that is…it’s early, first night is Saturday December 8th. That’s less than a month away! For all you crafty girls, let’s get movin’…
Star of David Mobile – use pipe cleaners to make a Star of David and hang decoratively in your home. Don’t feel locked into blue – try silver and black too.
Handprint Menorah – baby/kid handprints are a great way to make a unique and special holiday menorah
Dreidel Game in a Jar - fill a decorated baby food jar with with Gelt and a dreidel for a fun gift
Spool Menorah – let the kids paint and decorate each one of the spools., then add the candles for a craft-lovers menorah. For the tutorial, visit Parents.com.
Because Hanukkah is early this year, Modern Posh is offering a special 15% discount on our Hanukkah cards. Create yours today!
Being in the stationery business we, of course, love all things paper. There are so many neat and fun things that can be done with simple paper. But the end result looks anything but simple…
Look how much fun you can have with basic office and craft supplies, some fantastic paper, embellishments, and your imagination!
Here’s what you’ll need:
Giant Paper Clips
Step 1: Gather supplies of your choice, including a few giant paperclips.
Step 2: Punch out some shapes, get stickers ready.
Step 3: Using your Glue, Tape, or Pop Up glue dots adhere the front and back pieces of card stock to the top of the paperclip, creating a great little area to embellish as you desire.
So there you go…very quick and simple!!
Did you catch the embellished paper “bug”? Want me DIY project ideas? How’s this? Paper Embellished Clothes Pins!
Our homes are more personalized than ever before. Gone are the days of being guided by labels such as living room, dining room, and den. Today’s design is dictated by the way we live, not someone else’s notion of what a space should or shouldn’t be. This creates the perfect potential for a spare space to be transformed into a theme or hobby room.
A few tips to keep in mind while creating your hobby room…
To get the biggest bang for your buck, consider a multipurpose space that can accommodate the favorite pastimes of more than one person.
Don’t feel the need to do everything right away. For instance, a game room can develop over time to fit your budget.
Make sure you incorporate enough storage to support your needs. A media room will need cabinets for equipment, while a library requires sturdy shelving for books.
Try to avoid anything too trendy or you might soon tire of your special getaway. Instead of bold paint colors, opt for bright accent pieces.
Some hobbies are messier than others, such as art and craft projects. In this case, select a space that allows you to hide everything behind closed doors.
Whatever you decide, keep in mind that our lifestyles are bound to change over time. That’s the beauty of a theme or hobby room. It can provide a cherished refuge that reflects your current interests, and it can easily be tweaked to suit future pursuits as the need arises.
What kind of crafts and hobbies are popular in your home? Do you have a special place to create? Share with us!
That’s right, people – 4th of July is just a few days away! Are you scrambling around at the last minute trying to put together a fabulous centerpiece or come up with an easy patriotic recipe on this Independence Day? We’re here to help!
Look no further than right here for delicious, beautiful, and FUN foods for the 4th! 8 seriously amazing ideas!
Right out of the pantry, dye red and blue rice and pour the layers of red, white and blue accented with a candle for a festive centerpiece. Note – how fun would this be as a unique vase filler idea for a baby shower perhaps… pink rice or blue rice it’s all just as nice!
The brilliant minds over at Woman’s Day never cease to amaze us…check out this simple and elegant centerpiece idea.
For something a little more involved, you could try something like this masterpiece from Between Naps on the Porch. It’s stunning!
Break out the sparklers and the fireworks!
Happy 4th of July everybody! Wear your Red, White, & Blue with great pride as we celebrate this wonderful country we’re so fortunate to live in. Be safe, be happy, be well.
Let’s face it – we all lead stressful, busy, and hectic lives. Work, kids, spouse, laundry, errands, cleaning, the list goes on and on…and on. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a spa of our very own right at home? What a heavenly retreat! Well, I’ve found 9easy ways to create a spa at home – without construction, remodeling, or high-costs. Bliss.
Make it rain - Turn your existing shower into a luxurious spa with a relaxing rain shower-head. Convert your standard fixed shower head into a spa shower — normally in less than 60 minutes and without the need to open the wall cavity. You can customize your shower experience by choosing from a selection of rain-head and hand-shower fixtures.
Turn up the heat - The next time you step out of the bath or shower, wrap yourself in a heated towel. There are several wall-mounted options, which offer easy installation for any bath and is one spalike amenity that the whole family will enjoy. The warming bars quickly, safely and evenly distribute heat to towels, robes or blankets. Wrap yourself in warmth!
Bring nature inside - Nothing is more evocative of the spa aesthetic than natural materials such as teak, bamboo and stone. If you love the look of river-rock flooring but not the cost, there is an inexpensive solution. Bring a stone mat into your home spa. Each stone mat is unique and wonderfully tactile underfoot. Mats are typically available in several natural stone colors: black, ochre, white and multi-colored.
Go Turkish? - A simple upgrade of your bath towels can impart the plush luxuries of a spa experience every time you step out of the tub or shower. Made of 100% cotton, Turkish towels are fluffy, supersoft and fast-drying — the perfect home spa amenity. Many assorted colors are available – you’re sure to find one (or several) matching your personal spa decor.
Create a mood – It’s no secret that the spa experience is all about creating a mood: one that soothes the senses and promotes well-being. One of the easiest ways to create that ambiance is with the soft, flickering glow of candlelight. Cluster candles on the vanity or window ledge or around the tub for a long, stress-relieving soak. Choose varieties that are infused with a relaxing scent, such as lavender, sandalwood and ylang ylang — all known to help in countering stress, anxiety and fatigue, and in fostering calm.
Enlist a caddy – There’s not just for golf! Few things are as relaxing — or spa-indulgent — as a nice, long soak in the tub. Bringing in a nice, wood tub caddy makes the soak that much more enjoyable. One provides a convenient place to set a book, a cup of tea or a glass of wine. And really, who doesn’t enjoy a nice glass of wine while relaxing after a long, hard day?
Listen to your playlist - The spa is all about pleasing the senses, and music plays an important part in that equation. Bringing in your custom playlist will only enhance your relaxation and add to the mood you’ve created.
Invigorate your soak - For just pennies a day, you can enjoy the rituals of a spa simply by adding natural, organic salts to your bath. Aromatic blends are designed to refresh, soothe and relax. There are specialty crystals to ease tired muscles and joints, or to stimulate circulation, enhance energy and eliminate toxins you can opt for a naturally invigorating woodsy scent.
Enjoy a massage – Nothing says “spa” quite like a massage. Create your own whirlpool spa at home with a thermal spa bath mat massager. These indulgent devices convert your standard tub into a relaxing, full-body whirlpool bath. Look for one with a floating remote, which puts the controls at your fingertips so all you have to do is lie back, relax and enjoy.
Don’t you want to start creating your home spa retreat right now? Relax. Enjoy. Indulge.
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner I am feeling the green influence. Did you know that green is considered the most restful color to the eye, and of all the colors, green is the one in which the human eye distinguishes the widest range of shades. It has a calming effect and balances the nervous system. Green color is soothing, relaxing mentally as well as physically. No wonder I am feeling the need for green!
You might fancy going for something with a fresh feel, to make you or your room feel bright, cheerful and spring-like. So if you are needing a green pick=me=up choose fresh tones, in pale to mid shades, to keep it bright and breezy. Or just hang out by the green apples in the grocery store, lay in your grass or eat some green jelly beans!
Happy President’s Day!
Many of you are probably out enjoying this day with family and friends. I on the other hand am in the midst of doing some house cleaning and re-organizing. After wandering through some of my favorite blogs I came across this inspirational post from Amy of Home Happy Home and it prompted me to get off my bum and get to work. I love her idea and especially how thrifty it is. Check it out:
diy underbed storage
The first thing I did was cut the top flaps off of the boxes. I used some leftover paint to paint all sides of the boxes.
Now we have plenty of room for all the miscellaneous items my daughter has. She can easily pull them in and out to access her things. Not to mention how excited I get when I finish a free project!
OK ladies, time to round up some empty cardboard boxes and get to work!
Lazy days spent on a porch are a summertime treat. Enclosing and decorating your porch can extend your time there as well as make for a more enjoyable experience. Now if money was no object one of these gorgeous porches would be my pick.
White and blue always present that crisp, clean feel. Add some white wicker furniture, a little yellow to warm the space up and some fresh flowers and who wouldn’t want to spend the whole day on this darling porch.
Happily there is hope for my budget. This goes to show you that small can be perfect. All you need is a sweet comfy chair, a basket of fresh flowers and a little table to hold your goodies. I’m thinkin’ my dream porch may come true!
I’m seeing hearts. Yep, lots of red, pink, big, little, polka-dot…you name it…..it’s all about the hearts! I especially love cute unique projects I can create on my own. When I ran across this darling little project for a Valentine I just had to share it with you. Just Lila is responsible for this sweet piece of art. You could put it in a window or add to a greeting card for a pretty gift. So easy and yet effective.
Here is what she used:
burlap cut to heart
torn toile ribbon
small scrap of red ticking
scrap of torn scrim/cheesecloth
a word (she embroidered hers but you could stamp it or cut from an old card or something)
Dark color sewing thread
Burlap is definitely a hot decorating item right now. What better way to incorporate it into your Valentine’s Day decor then this. While you’re making one for yourself why not make a few more to surprise the ones you love with. Who wouldn’t adore receiving one of these little beauties. So go get your craft on!
Ahh … Valentine’s Day is almost upon us, a day when lovers swoon, florists are running and everyone is looking for that perfect card. Despite all the history of the holiday, many of us simply know this as a gift-giving holiday. For years, the traditional gift to give your love was a simple handmade card. Even today, the oldest surviving greeting card on record is a Valentine’s Day card from the 1400s which is on display in a Britain Museum. We’ve taken the handmade card to the next level with our custom photo cards.
You can create these personalized Valentine’s Day cards with your favorite photo. Pick your picture, type style, font color and write your own sentiment. As an added bonus you can have your return address printed on the envelopes.
So however you decide to spend this holiday, do it with someone you love.
But remember it’s not always about chocolate, flowers and gifts…….but the card too!