staying creative : the football egg

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beka stay creative : pinterest easter inspiration

People…how is Easter here already?! I don’t feel like I’ve even begun to adequately celebrate and it’s only a week away!

Which means it’s time to bring in the big guns. Pinterest, I’m looking at you.

What better solution to this problem (and really, all problems) than a quick trip around Pinterest to round up some Easter inspiration? These were a few of my favorites; stay tuned for a second installment tomorrow!

Easter egg banner from Creations by Kara. So sweet!

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mason jar easter baskets

(Mason Jar Easter Baskets?!?! Be still my heart!)

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Easter

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Jordan Almond bluebirds!

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Nest

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Easter place settings

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Bunny Wreath

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Origami Flower Easter Eggs

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Easter Candy Bark

(fantastic idea for using up loads of Easter candy – make Easter bark!)

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beautiful. soft. colors.

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Fun party favor for Easter Brunch :-)

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Easter Place Setting...He Is Not Here. For He Is Risen!

(This one’s my favorite idea! LOVE everything about this place setting!)

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Also (sugar coma) inspiring: this oldie but goodie, an ode to Easter candy.

(And really, isn’t Easter candy one of the best things about life? Thank you, egg-shaped treats of all kinds, for being so wonderful.)

good things : easy DIY lighting

I missed my Christmas tree.

So I made these.

Top photo: old vase (which I was looking for last weekend…), old tissue paper I found under my bed, old string of lights I found in my closet.

Bottom photo: two extra glass mixing bowls turned upside down, old tissue paper I found under my bed, old string of lights I found in my closet.

(Apparently I store old things in odd places.)

It’s just the right amount of light to replace the little tree/flash that could. It doesn’t necessarily emit the same amount of yuletide joy, but it makes me happy to look in it’s general direction nonetheless.

I love impromptu projects.

good things : the magazine line

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Tearing pages out of magazines used to be sacrilege…but this year, I’m making a point to actually use the magazines I love so dearly. What better way than to put them on display? This simple living room project cost me $0 – just some twine, clothespins, old clips leftover from an Ikea purchase – but it makes me inordinately happy every time I look up.

It’s the little things, people.

beka stays creative : DIY chalkboards

I’ve been wanting to paint a wall with chalkboard paint forever and ever, amen. But since I am a renter and not a home owner and want my landlord to give me back my security deposit at the end of my tenure, I haven’t been able to live the dream yet.

Until…I started thinking. What if I could hang chalkboards instead? It lacks the charm of a fully chalkboarded wall, but beggars can’t be choosers. This seemed like a good idea until I found out large chalkboards cost anywhere from $25 to over $100 dollars each and weight about half as much as I do.

Back to square one.

But THEN…I started thinking that maybe I could paint a smaller surface and then hang that up.

AND IT WORKED!!!

I made one for the kitchen (above) for planning weekend recipes to try. One for my bedroom for good quotes from books I’m reading:

And two for the living room; one for the Packers wall for quotes from Coach Lombardi and other Packers-related things, and one beside my desk for inspiring things:

Now I would give you a full step-by-step tutorial here, but there’s really nothing to tutor. I bought the materials, I painted the boards, I hung them on the walls. There’s probably a better way to do it because they did warp a little bit. Maybe a stronger material than foam core? But this works for me, and it was way more affordable (and easier to purchase and transport) than buying full sized chalkboards. Here’s the lowdown on costs:

Chalkboard Paint: $10

Foam Core: $2.50 each, $10 total

Chalk: $3

Eraser: $2

Total: $25! Four for the price of one!

I’m such a happy camper.

beka stays creative : window treatments

I have an obsession with fall.

Perhaps you’ve noticed.

But this year in particular, it seems like the leaves are brighter and sticking around for longer than usual. And I’m loving it! Last weekend I went for a walk with my mom and we picked up some particularly pretty ones. I wanted to do something with them. I didn’t know what. And then this happened:

How? The old fashioned way: a needle and thread. Seriously…it was nearby and seemed like the most effective way to string them together…and it worked! I just poked each leaf at a different spot so they’d look less uniform and tied the ends of the thread to the curtain rods.

They look a little less lively now, but they were pretty while they lasted! A quick and easy way to bring the outside in and embrace fall for a little bit longer.