James’ SLO Life…Organizing the Garage

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So this last week I had to tackle a job that everyone who owns a house must do once and a while… organize the garage. When first starting in on this, I will admit I was a little overwhelmed. I had tools all over the place and nothing on my work bench was where it should be or put away in the tool box. I had a couple of larger items hanging on nails in the studs of the wall but all in all nothing was utilizing space well. I went down to my local hardware/home improvement store to see what I could do. Cruising the aisles I noticed that they had their items all on hooks that were in peg boards. The light bulb went off and I was a little embarrassed having not thought of this sooner. I picked up 3 peg boards in the ply wood section which measured 3’x1.5′ each and some hardware to hang the items on.

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Once home, I cleared the section of wall I was planning on using and plotted out the layout. I too a couple of 2x4s and a 2×2 and secured them to the wall for securing the peg boards to (can’t have the peg board flush against the wall or you won’t be able to put the hooks in). I trimmed up the peg boards to fit the layout and used the extra pieces I trimmed off to fill in strips below the main boards for smaller items and knick knacks. Once all secured to the wall, it was time for the fun part… organizing the tools on the wall. There is something therapeutic about getting your tools in order and kinda gratifying putting them on display like this. I don’t know why I waited so long but this is definitely worth the work. For less than $50 and a half day(or full day if also taking care of kids) you can bring a sense of organization to your work station that will give you a sense of pride and ease and in the long run, make for a happier garage going experience… and as you can see, there is still room to add items and grow my wall of tools.

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Free Fourth of July Printable DIY Invitations

mssl my super slo life fourth of july invitation-page-0Please enjoy these FREE Printable 4th of July Invitations just for our readers! We hope you have a fantastic party! Don’t worry, when you print it out, the my super slo life watermark will not appear! Download HERE!

How to use the invitations…

1. Download the .pdf file HERE.

2. Print it out on regular letter size paper or cardstock.

3. Cut it down the middle and trim neatly.

4. Fill in all of the important party info.

5. Pass out or mail to all of your lucky party guests!

 

Festive 4th of July DIY Desserts

4thWe found some fun and festive desserts for 4th of July around the bloggy world that we think you’ll love just as much as we do! Did someone say pop rocks?! Share your favorite dessert recipe with us that you bring to a party or showcase at your own. Come back and check in because we’ll post a couple more 4th of July inspired DIYs! You can also find more patriotic party ideas and recipes on our 9 DIY Ideas for Memorial Day post.

4th 4Firecracker Cakelets 

4th 3Candy Bars

4th 1Creamy Coconut Stars

4th 7Lava Flows

4th 5Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches

4th 2Fruit Sticks (alcohol optional!)

4th 6Watermelon Stars (the kids can help!)

9 DIY Ideas for Memorial Day

memorial dayMemorial Day is a week away! I know, I can’t believe it either. We’ll finally be able to wear WHITE! Wahoooo! Okay, so I rarely wear white because I can’t keep myself clean but at least it’s a viable option. This day marks the unofficial start of Summer and gives us the chance to celebrate our awesome country. I’ve come across 9…easy…diy projects just for you. I cannot get enough of wrapped wreaths, so I had to throw one into this mix! How cute are these ideas? I want to see what you do for your bash. We’re serving LA Hot Dogs…bacon wrapped hot dogs with caramelized onions…mmmmmm….

memorial9Patriotic Drinks

memorial8Oreo Pops

memorial6Flag Cake

memorial5Place Setting

memorial4Awesome Flag Wreath

memorial 7Bandana Tablecloth

memorial1FREE Printable Menu AND More

memorial2Fireworks Cookies

memorial3Flag Pick Wreath

inspiration/creation…painted pot

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My love for succulents started young and grows stronger as I get older. I can thank my mom for the obsession!  She always took care of her numerous plants, each in their own special pot. Her addiction appreciation for succulents began in high school and her friends have always gifted her with rare plants. So, when my husband and I stumbled upon an amazing succulent shop we knew we weren’t going to walk out empty handed. I kept going back to this ruffled-edged plant and it made me think of my mom. My mom is a seamstress (although I don’t feel that title does her and her amazing talent justice) and the ruffled edges reminded me of some dresses she was working on. The colors were so vibrant in the sun and we, obviously, grabbed it! I don’t think it’s much of a mystery that I get all my creativity from this wonderfully talented woman.

Giving a plant as a gift is not as nice in the plastic container they come in and my husband said I should paint a pot. I thought it was a great idea and I thought of doing a simple ombré so the pot wouldn’t compete with the beautiful plant. The ombré trend that many of us enjoyed in the 70s and 80s came back full force and now we’re seeing it on everything for the home. I found a cute example at A Bird’s Leap but put my own twist on it, of course. I didn’t follow the tutorial but the colors inspired me. Yeah, I decided not to stick to simple but I think this pot complements the plant.

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How I did it in 3 EASY steps:

  1. I painted the entire outside of a 8″ pot white with acrylic paint. I painted the top and and inside as well, about 4″ down, not the entire inside since the plant would be potted.
  2. I chose 3 colors of acrylic paint and used my fingers to blot the paint in absolutely no order. I decided not to go all the way around the pot, leaving some white to show contrast with all of the colors.
  3. Using a black permanent marker, I drew all different blooms on the tri-colored portion.

You DO NOT have to draw well to do this project. In fact, drawing is one of my weakest skills. Just practice doodling your blooms on paper and it’ll be easier. Honestly, I didn’t doodle. I just went for it!

I’m really happy with how it came out and my husband thought it was pretty rockin’. The best part was giving the gift to our mama and she was thrilled! This project was so fun that I’m probably going to make them for all our plants. If we run out of plants that need pots? We’d have to get more plants, right?!

6 DIY Mother’s Day Gifts She’ll Love

mdayMoms always love homemade gifts, right? Doubt it! I’m sure she appreciates the effort and love behind it but let’s be honest, did you just whip something up last minute? Well, if you want to make her something she’ll love, check out these following DIYs. We ran these by actual moms and had them choose what they’d use AND love! You have 6 days until Mother’s Day… May 12, 2013…so get to work!

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This tablet holder at MAMIEJANES is SUPER simple and GENIUS! You can definitely personalize it and you may not want to give it away.

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INHABITAT has an easy tutorial for this chic necklace.

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Who doesn’t love something dipped in gold? Fill this gold-dipped vase at TWOTWENTYONE with a nice bouquet.

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SWEETSOMETHINGDESIGN makes photo canvas-ing yourself super easy!

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Mom’s feet will thank you for this rejuvenating soak and the tutorial at ECHOESOFLAUGHTER includes the tag printable too.

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Serve mom breakfast in bed on this beautiful tray. Learn how-to at PRUDENTBABY.

Show us photos of what you made mom! Better yet, send us photos of her opening the gift and her reaction. We’re pretty sure she’ll give you a great big squeeze and you’ll feel super warm inside. WE LOVE OUR MOMS!!!