Monday, September 22, 2014

DIY: Marble Gold Coffee Table

I'm finally posting a DIY project I did earlier this summer.  It's one of my favorite home decor Ikea hack/ Jonathan Adler knockoff project.  And everytime I walk by it, I smile!  I love Jonathan Adler's gold accent furniture, but each piece is well above my price range. So this is my alternative, and it's working perfectly.

I've done a lot of home projects with gold accenting.  Check out my post over at How Does She, where I talk about my favorite gold techniques for DIY projects.  This project will cost you less than $80.  Not bad for some glamour.  

Head yourself over to Ikea and pick up the Vittsjo nesting tables for $59.  Then pick up a can of Rustoleum Metallic Gold spray paint.  Put together the nesting table then spray paint the frame gold. Only the frame.

Then head over to Amazon and buy marble contact paper.  Then take the wood coffee table table, cut to size and cover with the marble contact paper.  Warning...sorry for the bad pictures!


You are done!  Put your glass top on the bottom of the coffee table.  Accessorize the top and enjoy!

Pillows: Home Goods and Britt Bass
Tray: Scotts Antique Market
Coffee Table Books: Gilt
Sofa: Vintage
Accent Pieces: crafted here and here and here
Boxes: Scotts Antique Market and Home Goods

Adult Game Night

Some of you know that I love to throw a fun-filled, laugh-your-pants off, adult game night!  When I lived in Connecticut, I use to host every year a chocolate party that was focused...well, on chocolate of course and games.  It doesn't stop at chocolate, though!  Adult game night, any night, is one of my favorite stay-at-home activity.  And I've picked up some fun adult games, throughout my game playing days.  I'm sharing a few of my games and food ideas over at Life on a Coach.  I also included a generic score sheet that can be used for any game.

Apple Picking Post

When Fall comes we love to go apple picking and all the yummy baking that follows after.  I did a fun post over at Or So She Says about our Southern apple picking experience.  And I included in the post a a chart that shows which apples are best to use in your different baking recipes.  So head over there to print up your chart before you head out to apple pick! And don't forget to check out my past posts that list my favorite apple pie recipe.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Gold Techniques for Crafting and Home Decor

My post for How Does She is up!  I talk about gold techniques that I like to use in crafting and home decors.  Also my favorite brands to get the true "gold" look.  Check it out!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

DIY: Constellation Horoscope Jewelry Dish

I tend to give my jewelry away as presents to my girlfriends' for their birthday or special events.  It's kind of a given!  But for some time I've been wanting to add a little something else to the jewelry gift, so it's not always the obvious necklace or pair of earrings.  So of course the next idea I thought was something for the jewelry to go in.  Another obvious!  But this craft idea I love and am kind of obsessed with right now.  Personalized and functional all in one, the constellation horoscope jewelry dish is just so easy (and cheap), you'll want to make one for all your girlfriends.

This easy project requires just a few items and 10 minutes of your time.
Supply List:
small ceramic bowl or box.  I got mine from Target for $2
graphite paper
gold metallic sharpie pen (get oil-based paint!--very important so it doesn't rub off over time)
writing pen
constellation horoscope print out

Instructions: print out the constellation printable.  Cut out the horoscope zodiac sign.  Then cut a small square of graphite paper.  You want to cut both the size/shape of the bowl. Place both in the bowl with the graphite writing side down.

Take your pen and trace the horoscope sign.  Apply pressure so the graphite transfers.  Once you are done, take it off and you will see the shape on the dish.  

Then take your oil-based metallic sharpie pen and retrace over the design.  Let it dry for few minutes then admire and make more!  That simple.  

Caution!  You might get addicted and all these little dishes will end up all over the house!  And its a favorite to have right on your night stand.  

Friday, August 8, 2014

Desert Wedding Pictures by Ellie Asher

I feel so lucky to work with some amazing people, and one person I just love to work with is Ellie Asher Photo.  She takes a lot of my fashion modeling pictures for my website, and every time I get the images back she captures the look and feel I aspire for.  These desert wedding images she took are so beautiful and the Ophelia necklace was featured in the photoshoot along with Project Runway winner designer Leanne Marshall's wedding dress.  Breathtaking!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

How to Make Homemade Almond Milk

I'd like to introduce you to my Mom--the fabulous Kathleen--who is contributing to a post for the first here at Darling Darleen, and I hope not the last!  She is my mentor in so many ways.  I love her to pieces!  She has taught me the importance of living and eating healthy.  Growing up, it felt like I lived in a health food store--daily vitamins, herbs, only filtered water, lots garden vegetables, freshly picked fruit, whole wheat everything, no refined sugar, tofu in everything. Although not a popular concept at the time and I would secretly eat white bread slices at our friends' houses, I am so grateful she taught me good healthy eating habits.  Many of my homeopathic healing tips have been taught through her and she learned many of her ideas through her mother!   

We just got back from our annual Vegas trip to see family, and one of my favorite things to drink is my mom's yummy homemade almond milk.  We love it and it's so sweet and healthy!  My kids like it on their morning cereal or just an afternoon treat.  My mom told me I need to start making it for my family, and I gave the excuse that I didn't have the recipe...which leads me to this post!  We made the milk in her outdoor kitchen.  It's that simple. With a little preparation, this easy recipe is just a click of the blender.

Here's what you need:

1 cup raw almonds
4 cups of Filter water
measuring cup
About 4 dates
1tsp. of vanilla
Strong blender like Vitamix or Blendtec

Raw almonds.  If they aren't raw, the almonds are irradiated meaning less nutrients and more chemicals.  Soak the almonds in filtered water over night in a quart-size jar.  Why soak?  Soaking plumps them up, and it's a way for the almonds to sprout and bring life to the nut, which means more nutrients.  You will see on the end of the almonds a white little spot on the pointy end which means it is starting to sprout.

After soaking, measure out 1 cup of almonds and pour into your blender.

Throw in about 4 dates

And a teaspoon of vanilla
Add your 4 cups of filtered water and put the blender on its base.
Start the blender and blend, blend, blend!
Pour, serve and drink!
Yum Yum!

Isn't she the cutest!  Here are some fun facts I learned about my mom while making some homemade almond milk (but really I already knew).

  • She doesn't follow a recipe.  It's all in her head!  Just throw it all in and blend!
  • She would make a fresh batch of almond milk every morning while we were there. 
  • She said you can strain the milk through cheesecloth to get rid of the pulp, but you would lose some of its nutrients.  However, she is so kind to strain the milk for her most pickiest grandchildren, aka my kids. :)

Thanks mom for teaching us all about Homemade Almond Milk.  Mwah!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

DIY: Shell Bottle

I'm over at How Does She today talking about bottling up your beach trip memories!  Literally.  We head to the beach a few times a of our favorite family activities...and we always come back home with a bucket full of sand and shells.  Instead of throwing it out, I just bottle it up.  I love the results and have bottles around the house.  Perfect summer beach-y decor!  Check out the easy step-by-step tutorial.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Fourth of July Bike Parade

Happy 4th of July!  Get your streamers, garland and paper pinwheels out and go decorate your bike.  Then take your party on the go--hitting up your town's parade or have a festive picnic at the park.  Whatever you plan to do, go check out my post on Or So She Says with all the fun details to make your Fourth of July bike parade a success.

bike parade


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