SPRING IS COMING

With Spring right around the corner, I can't help but look for inspiration as we hop in to April. Just as i've said before...Spring is one of our favorite seasons - It’s our travel season, anniversary, hunters birthday, Easter & LOTS of spring cleaning. 

This Spring in particular is something special. We bought our first home (condo) & we are SO anxious to move in! For us, its small but exciting because its OUR first place; we have moved around & lived with family so much in the first 3 years so believe me when i say, "i'm ready!".  

Which means...

SPRING CLEANING IS IN FULL FORCE around here! Time to de junk & simplify! 

 

Here is what is inspiring me for Spring

 

1 - FLOWERS! Always. But I LOVE when all of the trees start blossoming & the fields start showing their color. Fresh florals are a staple piece on our countertop in the Spring. 

2 - COLOR. The perfect season to switch out your pillows, art, dishes to COLOR! There is something about fresh color & pattern that bring out the happiness in us! 

3 - Clean exteriors & sunshine. I am obsessed with this home. The contrast between the white & black, the intricate details & the plants taking their place. 

4 - EASTER! One of my favorite holidays. How cute are these pastel pots? I'm totally doing this to my shelf! 

 

Thanks for reading!

Tell me your favorite way to decorate easter eggs on my last Instagram Post!

CUTE VALENTINES CRAFTS YOU'LL ACTUALLY KEEP

I'll be honest...the most I do for my February decorations is framing a simple printable, hanging a tea towel, and possibly a few fresh flowers! BUT I came across these & I thought they were some fun, cute, easy ways to incorporate valentines decor into your month of love! Try some with me & be sure to tag #alikacreates! 

 Find the tutorial  HERE

Find the tutorial HERE

 Sharpie Dinnerware - find the tutorial  HERE

Sharpie Dinnerware - find the tutorial HERE

 Delia - She's seriously my fav. Find here tutorial HERE

Delia - She's seriously my fav. Find here tutorial HERE

DIY MACRAME WALL HANGING

here it is friends! if you're anything like me, you'll love this cute, easy, less than one hour DIY. as much as i love the creative makers of macrame (who are much, much more talented than I in this); i could not get myself (or Hunter haha) to purchase one for over $300. not there yet in life...but if you are - congratulations ;) so whether you can afford one or not, this is for you - because who doesn't love to create and use their amazing hands?! 

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HERE'S HOW YOU DO IT: (steps left to right)

STEP 1: Shop your local craft store (or cupboard) for 3 yarn skeins, colors of your choice. There are soooo many different designs/patterns/colors you can do with macrame, same concept either way. You will also need 1 wood dowel. Mine was 36" but you can do any size you'd like! 

STEP 2: Cut your yarn double the length you actually want it to be. You want to do this because of the way you will be tying it. For example; if you want your longest piece to be 2', cut 4'. Do this with all colors. (one thing i would have done different is cut them all long, then trim at the end). Fold yarn in half to create the loop.  

STEP 3: Slid yarn under the dowel to prepare for tying the knot. 

STEP 4: Pull yarn completely through the loop to create the knot. Pull to tighten. Your knot will be backwards if you follow the photos exact. Don't fret, the back side exposes the cute knot look.

STEP 5: Continue step 3-4 until you have the necessary amount for the pattern you desire. Luckily the yarn is really easy to slide and untie to re tie if needed.  

STEP 6: Add a new color! With the burnt orange i did 7 knots on either side of the white. Then 7 knots of green on either side of the burnt orange.

STEP 7: Trim. As you can see in the last image, all the yarns are uneven. Depending on the pattern you choose to do: you can cut it straight across or like this one; use a yard stick to keep your angles straight and trim the excess yarn to create a tapered design. Do this slow. You can always trim a little more, but you can't add yarn once you've snipped it! *I had my husband put his eyes on it as well to make sure it was even! 

STEP 8: Tie on rope/hemp string/twine on both ends to create a wall hanging. 

I hope you loved creating this DIY Macrame Wall Hanging as much as i did! Share it on instagram using hashtag #alikacreates -- i'd LOVE to see how you DIY!

(Alika used & modified this diy wall hanging guide)