Thursday, February 4, 2016

DIY Paper Boxwood Wreath and Silhouette Giveaway!

Silhouette Cameo projects and crafts easy medium and hard



I love boxwood wreaths but I could never see myself buying a live one to try to keep alive or you can drop some pretty money and buy yourself a preserved one. I decided to challenge myself and make my own...out of paper. I've seen a few other DIY paper wreaths and I was completely inspired!
Keep reading to see how the project went down...our tutorials are quite different and I used more colors but only after studying the colors in a real boxwood wreath. 



 I knew it would be a lot of work so I waited for my mom to visit so she could help me (read fold the million little leaves on each stem).

Supplies

Foam Wreath I chose a 12" one
Glue sticks. I used THESE for the first time and I'm hooked!

Recollections Cardstock Paper, 8 1/2" X 11" Feathered Greens - 50 Sheets


Instructions

Cover wreath with burlap duct tape to hide the white foam.
This doesn't have to be perfect; it will be covered with paper stems by the end. 

For the stems, I chose to use THIS paper set. I used all of the colors except for the really neon almost yellow one.

Dark hunter green
Regular green
pea soup looking green
and bright green

Using your finger or a pen fold each stem leaf in half. This adds texture and depth to help make your DIY faux boxwood wreath look real
I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the stems. You can find the file here.

If you don't have a Silhouette and would like me to cut the files for you, please email me.
domesticable at gmail.com

After each color is cut (40 stems of each color), fold the leaves on each stem in half. This will give the wreath depth and lots of texture similar to a real boxwood.

Starting with the inside of the wreath, glue stems side-by-side. 
The next row of stems will overlap the previous row of stems. This ensures that no duct tape shows through.

To give the wreath more texture, I didn't glue the stems completely down. 

Only add glue to the area marked. This will add texture to the faux boxwood wreath.

Here is a progress photo taken with my cellphone. As you can see the stems aren't glued all the way down.
Making a faux boxwood wreath using paper cut with a silhouette cameo and gluing the stems on a foam wreath. Alternate colors to give it an authentic look

And here is the finished product.

DIY Paper Boxwood Wreath Using Cardstock and a Silhouette Cameo
And here it is in our home hanging on our entry closet door. 


Today is your lucky day because I've teamed up with a few talented Silhouette owners over on INSTAGRAM to give someone their very own Silhouette Cameo Starter Bundle (or $250 cash). 

Head over to Instagram for a chance to win but before you do, check out the talent below
(click on the image below to be taken to that project)






Pocketful of Posies - Sultry and Saucy One of a Kind DIY Dip Cups.


Hobnail House - Silhouette Craft Blog Hop: Cut Vinyl Art Upcycle


In The Loop - How to Create a Silhouette Using the Silhouette Cameo


Craving Some Creativity - Silhouette Project Challenge: Distressed Laundry Room Sign


DIY Passion - Cheeky DIY Tote Bags that will Make You Smile


Domestic Abiliy - Paper Boxwood Wreath


Our House Now A Home - A Silhouette Giveaway and Creating New Aall Art


My Life From Home - Silhouette Challenge: What's Cooking? Recipe Holder


Holy Craft - How to Use a Photograph to Make a Custom T-Shirt with Your Silhouette


Knock it Off Crafts -
DIY Otomi Coasters using a Silhouette Machine and Silhouette Giveaway!

One Project Closer - DIY Princess Party Decorations



Dream Design DIY - Chalkboard Workout Calendar and Silhouette Giveaway

The Country Chic Cottage - Makeup Organizer

Refresh Living - Custom Word Throw Pillows with Vintage Fabric

The Deans List - Scalloped Milk Glass for Valentine's Day

Tried & True - "Life Is Good" Bicycle Lover's Tee








                                                          

























Monday, January 18, 2016

Updating Outdated Lighting with Parrot Uncle

We purchased our home with the intention of making it our own. A lot of things are outdated and we are slowly changing things as we learn what works best for us. And while we’ve been living here for four years now, it’s still a work in progress…(will it ever NOT be a work in progress?) Changing out light fixtures is something we did recently and it changed the entire look of the space. It took ages to narrow down the perfect semi-flush mount lighting for the space and when Parrot Uncle reached out to me, I instantly fell in love…making the decision super easy! See for yourself. 

*I was gifted two lights for our home from Parrot Uncle. Thank you! As always, I would never share anything that I didn't love. All opinions are my own.


Here are the old white, basic lights. 
 The light I chose is the Retro Industrial Style Flush Mount with Matte Black Metal Box Frame. And it's perfect in our space! 
Retro Industrial Style Flush Mount with Matte Black Metal Box Frame installed parrot uncle lighting company



The light above the photo wall was changed a while ago…something I forgot to blog about. The brass lamp will be replaced with something similar to the one above the photos but I need to rent a scissor to reach the wiring. The white light to the bottom right is what was replaced this go around. 
Retro Industrial Style Flush Mount with Matte Black Metal Box Frame installed parrot uncle lighting company
The install process was so easy! Literally, I unscrewed the existing lighting and rewired the new...all before making sure the breaker to those lights were turned off. 

Here is what the inside of the wiring looks like. Easy enough. If you haven't installed lighting before (this was my first time), I recommend you hiring someone to do so. I've watched several installs so I decided to try doing it myself since my husband has been super busy with work lately.

Rewiring new lighting with existing wires


 Oh! And look at this really quirky light. I'm thinking about this for my office. And for my mom, maybe one of these or these

What do you think? 







Thursday, November 12, 2015

Easy Frozen Mini Pumpkin Dog Treats with Peanut Butter Filling



While most bloggers are breaking out the Christmas decor (thanks to the Pinterest editorial calendar), I'm still over here celebrating Fall and the fact that I could still swim in our pool if I wanted. With two dogs in our house, canned pumpkin is a staple year-round. Both of them are completely obsessed with it and it goes without saying that it's good for them. Win win.  I thought it would be fun to share a Fall inspired dog treat idea with you all.

Easy Frozen Mini Pumpkin Dog Treats with Peanut Butter Filling Domesticability.com

 Supplies
3-4 mini pumpkins
one can of canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie filling...very important!!)
3 tablespoons of all-natural peanut butter
Knife
Melon Baller


Directions
Using a knife, cut the tops from each pumpkin.
Use a melon baller or small spoon to scoop out the seeds and goo inside.
Make pumpkin filling
Fill pumpkins with the filling and freeze until hard.

Filling Directions
Mix peanut butter and pumpkin together.
You will have extra but hold onto it. It's great for filling Kongs or feeder toys.

Easy Frozen Mini Pumpkin Dog Treats with Peanut Butter Filling Domesticability.com
Benefits
-These treats give the dog a task which can be mentally stimulating and tiring.
-Nutrient dense and loaded with vitamin A. Pumpkin is great for the dog's digestive system.
-No Kongs to wash because they can eat the pumpkin rind.
-Freezing them makes them last longer.
-Toby and Kate HATE getting their monthly flea and tick medication but this distracts them long enough for us to apply it. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Courage for the Crisis, My New Orleans Story

New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
 New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
Demolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
Demolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
Demolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com

Demolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
Demolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
Demolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
Demolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
Demolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
Demolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
Demolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.comDemolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
Demolition of Homes New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Destruction Lower Ninth Ward Recovery Efforts Domesticability.com
Soon after Hurricane Katrina, I had the chance to travel to New Orleans in an effort to help rebuild the city. I’ve been wanting to write this post since I started blogging but I’ve been hesitant to share. Sometimes strangers behind keyboards can be quite cruel. As cliche as it may sound, the words used to write this post are very hard to find because I’m not sure exactly what, when or how the city changed me but it did. The devastation, still clearly visible even three years (my first visit) after the storm, is something that hasn’t left my mind. Here is my story and probably the reason why New Orleans is my favorite city in the world. 

Virginia is a long way from Louisiana. I took an eighteen hour bus ride with a few friends down to New Orleans to work for the week. Little did I know it would help me grow into the person I never knew I could be. 

I met so many people during our week long stay in New Orleans. I listened to their story but one story really stuck with me. It was told by a man who had recently lost his wife from post traumatic stress. He didn’t really go into detail but something hinted towards suicide. The man himself suffered PTSD and lost all of his teeth from grinding at night.

He recalls the initial warning on the news. “You have to leave.” He and his wife were hard workers but didn’t have the means to leave the city. Since it was the end of the month and they were living paycheck to paycheck the financial means to leave were nonexistent.  He and his wife decided to stay in their home and ride out the storm.

Because New Orleans is under sea level, it’s common practice to keep an ax in the attic. Totally normal right? If your house floods while you are in it, chances are you will need the ax to chop your way onto the roof for safety. The man and wife had to use one and stayed on the roof until help arrived. I can’t even begin to imagine going through that. It’s been almost eight years and I still think about that couple a lot. Is he still alive and how is he coping?

Imagine leaving everything you own behind and then learning that you can’t return to the home you once knew because nothing is salvageable. The following photos show the inside of a home that was left before Hurricane Katrina. We were asked to empty the house down to the studs so a home inspector could come in and assess the damage to see if things could be rebuilt. Mind you, most homes in the area were covered in mold so sometimes it would be cheaper to rebuild completely versus going through mold abatement. With the utmost respect, we slowly decommissioned the home by removing the most personal items. Think about an item in your home that you would DIE if anyone saw. Yeah. Those are the things we were removing and I couldn’t judge her for it.

Sadly, the dumpster never arrived so all of the stuff went onto the lawn and would be dealt with another day by someone else. The next day we headed to something a little happier… BUILDING a new home for someone. That day’s work took place in Musicians Village with Habitat for Humanity. After the hurricane many musicians were displaced so this colorful (both literally and culturally) was built to help bring them back to the area. I will forever remember the unique combination of  live jazz music, saws and hammers. There is nothing like it! We actually had a chance to meet the person who was moving into the house we were building which was really cool! She was a young musician who was looking to move back to the city after the storm.
Rebuilding New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina Musicians Village Louisiana Domesticability.com

Rebuilding New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina Musicians Village Louisiana Domesticability.com
Rebuilding New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina Musicians Village Louisiana Domesticability.com

Rebuilding New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina Musicians Village Louisiana Domesticability.com

Rebuilding New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina Musicians Village Louisiana Domesticability.com

Rebuilding New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina Musicians Village Louisiana Domesticability.com
The next day we spent our time working at the Green Project. We pulled nails from wood that would normally go into the landfill after a home was decommissioned (see above photo of everything that went into a landfill or yard that day).  the Green Project wants people to disassemble homes and donate the materials such as wood, doors, toilets, old paint, windows and tile…ultimately decreasing the amount of waste that goes into the landfill.  They then resell them at an inexpensive price to others trying to rebuild their homes. We poured paint in the latex paint recycling room (SO FUN!!) and even renamed a few. Similar colors of donated/no longer needed paint were poured into large drums and then mixed before pouring them into smaller containers to be resold.
Paint Recycling Program The Green ProjectRebuilding New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina Musicians Village Louisiana Domesticability.com

This day changed me and I will forever recycle.  

We must leave our Earth a better place than we found it.

The following year a few of us decided to go back and work with Habitat for Humanity again. The previous night a few homes were broken into and the wiring for electricity was stolen. While it was really annoying that this incident changed the plans for the day, it also made me really sad that someone had to steel house wiring to strip the copper for money. We ended up moving to a different house in the village to install kitchen cabinets and baseboards. We had to miter them by hand because the saw we needed was also stolen. That day I learned I’m an expert at hand mitering.
Rebuilding New Orleans After Hurricane Katrina Musicians Village Louisiana Domesticability.com
I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on my experience and I can only conclude one thing. While I was helping to rebuild a city full of life, the city was actually building me into the person I am today.

*We find ourselves through the service of others*

Lura
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

2015 DIY Dog Halloween Costume Reveal


It’s that time again. It’s time to share my DIY Halloween costumes for the dogs. If you’ve been reading here for while, you know that each year I make their Halloween costumes. If you are new here, you can catch up by reading about last year (here), and the year before that (here).

I usually start planning for the next year the moment Halloween ends. The design process evolves through the year and construction usually takes place the end of September through October.  This year I actually had another costume in mind for them until I ran the Disney marathon in January. As you run the course, different characters stand at different markers. Kate’s costume idea came from that.

Toby’s costume was inspired by his sleeping. Whenever he sleeps with a blanket around his head, he reminds me of E.T. I’ve seen so many dog costumes as E.T. but I’ve never seen a dog as Elliott.

Introducing Elliot from E.T. and Maleficent.

DIY Dog Halloween Costumes Domesticability

ET Phone Home Halloween Costume for dogs Elliot basket bicycle DIY Domesticability


Maleficent Dog costume DIY using electrical tape, aluminum foil and elastic for the horn crown and cape Domesticability.com

ET Phone Home Halloween Costume for dogs Elliot basket bicycle DIY Domesticability

Maleficent Dog costume DIY using electrical tape, aluminum foil and elastic for the horn crown and cape Domesticability.com

By the end of Toby’s photoshoot, his stanky leg started to show and he was over it.
ET Phone Home Halloween Costume for dogs Elliot basket bicycle DIY Domesticability

Maleficent Dog costume DIY using electrical tape, aluminum foil and elastic for the horn crown and cape Domesticability.com

DIY Process for Toby’s costume

His costume was really easy! I purchased this hoodie, this basket and this super expensive 8” E.T. doll. The handlebars are an upside down clothes hanger wrapped in aluminum foil and electrical tape. I attached it to the basket using tape. I used a pillow case for E.T.’s blanket and used ribbon to put the basket around Toby’s neck. We realized that Toby wasn’t fond of the basket around his neck so we decided to photograph him with the basket on the ground. He’s used to wearing clothes but we put him in his hoodie a few times before picture day.

ET Phone Home Halloween Costume for dogs Elliot basket bicycle DIY Domesticability

DIY Process for Kate’s Maleficent Costume

I used aluminum foil to shape the horns for the headpiece, Using several photographs from Google really helped me get the shape right.  The good thing about foil, it’s really easy to work with and if you make the shape too small, you can always add more.
Once I achieved the desired shape, I attached them to felt using hot glue to try them on her head. My little goat didn’t know what to think when I woke her from her nap to try them on her.
Dog Maleficent Costume DIY Using foil to make the shape of the horns Domesticability.com

Something wasn’t right and it took forever to figure out that I had them flipped outwards. Once I flipped them, I wrapped the entire headpiece with electrical tape.
I originally used a piece of ribbon that tied around her neck and decided to go with elastic (also attached with hot glue) to keep the headpiece on her head.

Maleficent Headpiece costume DIY for dogs domesticability

Her cape is just a piece of fabric with feathers glued to it. I sewed (read hot glued because my sewing machine is broken) a seam along the edge to keep the frayed bits of fabric from showing.

The staff is a paper towel tube wrapped in electrical tape with a tennis ball on the end. Her new favorite toy and the reason for so. many. blurry. photos. Thanks Giblet!

She didn’t like wearing the costume at first so we conditioned her slowly by putting it on her a few seconds at a time and giving her lots of treats. It took most of October for her to get used to something new on her head. Not only did it teach her to focus on a task, it also taught her self control. Plus she’s pretty cute in her costume.

Until next time…it’s time to start thinking about next year’s costume.

Lura
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