My Fav 5–Target Window Shopping

Guess what day it is!?  IT IS FRIDAY!!  Today, I am back with the latest things I am digging from Target.  Normally, I try to avoid Target like it is the flu or else my wallet will be hurting, but I couldn’t resist…  I had to stop by to check out dang Nate Berkus and his dang spring line…  That is what we call a rocking Friday night at my house!

Target Window Shopping

Top: I am in LOVE with this Nate Berkus Gold Leaf Tray.  In fact, I went to Target for the sole purpose of buying this bad boy, but alas, it was too big for the space I wanted it for.  But someone really needs this golden leaf at their house so I can come visit him!  Center:  I love this Ikat Lampshade….  So much so, I am trying to think of a way to convince my husband we need a new lampshade, which would consequently make us need a new lamp base.  When I think of the perfect plot, I will let you know!  Bottom Left:  Instead of the gold leaf, I brought home this Nate Berkus Gold Dipped Bowl.  It has two trends:  gold and color blocking.  Who wouldn’t love it besides my husband!?  And it was the perfect size for what I wanted (It is now our mail bowl to put the mail into before I sort it).  Bottom Middle:  This Nate Berkus Nepal Chevron Bedding is too fun.  And of course, I love any graphic pattern, especially chevron!  This would look great in someone’s bedroom with moody grey walls.  Bottom Right:  And like everything else on the list, I love this basket.  We have one and it is just the perfect basket to store soo much in, since it is pretty large in size.  Seriously, pick this thing up and then you can find something to organize to go in it.

Have you checked out Target’s new spring stuff or Nate Berkus’ Spring Line?  Do you have to go straight to a Target store once you hear Nate Berkus has released another line?  On a side note, did you know Jonathon Adler is coming up with a line a JC Penny?  This girl will also have to rush there the day it comes out to drool ogle over.

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I’m a Succa for Succulents

A couple of years ago, I was at a flea market buying stuff for our upcoming wedding.  However, my purchase wasn’t big enough to use my debit card, so I decided to buy a terrarium.  I was eyeing it but decided against and when my total was not enough, I decided it was a sign, so I bought it.  Previously, we had it filled with candles.

bathroom

I did not particularly like it, so I decided to make it into a terrarium with succulents.  I picked up two succulents from a nursery in town.

Succulents

I let them sit and sit while I waited for the river rocks to go on sale at Hob Lob.  Apparently, the river rocks keep the roots from rotting.  Well, the rocks never went on sale, so I had to go everyday after work and buy one bag at a time with their 40% off coupon.  Yes, I am that cheap frugal.

River Rocks

I used three bags of these 3lb bags of small river rocks from Hob Lob.  Since no one would be able to tell the level of rocks in the center once I covered it with soil, I pushed a majority of the rocks to the outside of the terrarium, so the rock level looked higher than it actual was.  In hind sight, I should have used more rocks.

Terrarium with Rocks

Then, I poured the soil into the terrarium.

Soil

And finally, I planted the succulents.  But before that step, I had a little bit of an accident that we won’t be telling the husband about.  While I was trying to remove the succulent from the pot it was originally planted in, soil spilled EVERY WHERE.

Accident

But back to planting the succulents, here is the final project.

Planting Succulents in a Terrarium

I also got a cactus while I was at the nursery.  We won’t even go into how bad repotting a cactus is…  Let’s just say I had numerous needles in my hand that I kept finding for a couple of days.  Ouch!  But I do love my little cactus.

Cactus

Succulents and cactuses only need watered once every couple of weeks.  However, I am real good at over doing going above and beyond, so the last succulent I had did not live very long because I over watered it.  I am going to try my best to neglect my succulents and cactus and hopefully, they will last longer.

Here are some other gardening posts you can read:  Container Gardening and a Herb Garden.

Do you all have any indoor plants?  Succulents?  Cactuses?  Do you all have any tips for raising succulents and cactuses?  Have you ever tried to replant a cactus?  Did you have needles in your hands for days?

A Cute Way to Keep Cards Organized

I love snail mail!  Everyday, I skip excitedly check the mail for cards!  I send cards for all family birthdays and holidays.  Bottom line…  Mail is the best.

That being said, I have a lot of cards just sitting around creating a cluttered mess.  I decided it was time to tackle those bad boys and get them organized!  First thing I did was to sort them into what year they were received.  I Anything earlier than 2011, I had a hard time remembering what year they were received, so I just put those all together.  I also separated all the cards from my bridal shower, bachelorette party, and wedding to put them in a book all by themselves.

Organizing Cards

I wanted the cover and the back of the book to be chipboard, so it would be hard and sturdy.  I searched Hob Lob  and Michaels for a pack of chipboard either 8.5×11 or 12×12, but I couldn’t find it.  So I used a couple of pieces from a pack leftover from one of our wedding crafts.  I cut each piece out into a 8.5×11; then, I cut it in half long ways.

Cutting Chipboard

Then, I used acid free double-sided tape all around each piece of chipboard I cut.  And put a piece of scrapbook paper over the tape and cut it around the chipboard.

Taping Chipboard

Putting Scrapbook Paper On

Then, I took a blue stamp pad and smeared it on the sides of the chipboard, so they were blue instead of cardboard color.  (If you do not have a day to let it dry, I would skip this step.  It takes forever to dry.)

Painting Sides of Chipboard

For the cover of the book, I took an “M” cutout and traced around it and cut it out to glue it on the cover.

Tracing an M

Gluing an M

Then, I took a stack of cards and punched a hole in them. I did it one card at a time.  I only used two of the hole punches. I just centered each card by eye balling it and punched the hole.

Punching Holes in Cards

Then, I took Binder Clips from Staples and put each cover and card through them.  The last step, I added some scrap ribbon to finish them off and viola, you have a cute book of cards!

Cute Way to Store Cards

Do you love snail mail like me?  Do you keep all of your cards or toss them?  I just can’t bare to throw them all away since I love mail soo much.

Fav 5-Shopping Must Haves

On Friday’s I am going to take a break from DIYing and organizing and give you guys a fun, little roundup.  This week it is going to be 5 things I am digging, shopping edition!

My Fav 5-Shopping EditionTop:  I love this rug from Urban Outfitters.  It would look perfect in the craft room.  It is bright and fun yet has a nice, neutral background that isn’t white.  (White doesn’t last long with two puppies in this house.)  Middle:  I am in love with The Wheatfield by Katie Daisy.  Her prints are reasonably priced, bright, and cute!  This is one of my favorite prints because of the trendy Ball Mason Jar and the bright, colorful flowers.  I think this print would look great in our guest bathroom because it has the same country chic look that I am trying to accomplish.  Bottom left:  I have been having pain while running because I run on the sides of my feet.  I figured it was about time I bought some fancy, smancy running shoes to help combat this problem.  Seriously, the moment I tried on these Saucony Ride 5 shoes, my foot instantly stopped hurting.  And they are lightweight which is another plus when I am looking for running shoes.  Bottom center:  I love J. Crew’s Crystal Circle necklace, but do not want to spend $135 on a necklace.  Therefore, I squealed in delight when I found this necklace on Etsy for the much more reasonable price of $19.  Talk about a steal!  Bottom right:  I love West Elm!  Love them!  Their larger pieces are a bit out of my budget, but the smaller pieces are more sensible and even have free shipping sometimes.  These ikat bowls are my favorite thing from the spring line.  I could see these all over our apartment corralling random items.  Update:  These may or may not (totally may) be on their way to me right now.  They went on sale this week, so I scooped them up!  But act fast, one of the prints I wanted was back ordered until July 6!!

What are you guys shopping for?  Do you love any of my must haves?  What are your plans for the weekend?