NEW YEAR, FRESH SPACES

Does your home feel empty after storing away all of your Christmas decor? ME TOO.

Now that the holidays have trickled away & the deals are still hanging around - - i wanted to give you a few fresh tips for your home to keep it alive & happy!

Best part is - - these designs are on budget!! just click the smaller images below to shop!

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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)

 

HAPPY 2018

I can't believe another year has gone by! This year has been full of great memories, lots of personal growth & amazing opportunities. We launched Alika which was one of the biggest highlights! We are travel junkies, as you may have figured out, and booked almost all of our vacations! I am anxious to see what is to come in 2018 - i love a fresh start & the chance to make goals. 

I've learned a lot about goal setting in my life from some of the wisest people i've met. To start the New Year right I wanted to share some tips on how to set goals - whether its personal, career, family, spiritual, etc. It applies to all! (plus how to keep your home organized & refresh your space!) 

5 SIMPLE TIPS TO SETTING NEW YEARS GOALS

1. choose a theme/quote
2. make a vision (overall, end goal)
3. set goals (what you will do)
4. identify plans (how you will accomplish those goals)
5. write it down & hang it up

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my 2018 theme

3 TIPS TO REFRESHING YOUR SPACE

1. swap decoration placement -- whether its from your room to your family room or one shelf in your kitchen to the next, you will feel a sense of a clean slate! 

2. buy a new pillow or two -- a simple, inexpensive way to freshin up your space without transforming the entire room. 

3. bins, baskets & boxes -- i may be a little OCD...but my cupboards must be closed & whatever is in them must be organized. My favorite way to accomplish this is buying baskets, bins (I love Targets) or using boxes to organize and hide the not so pretty junk. 

 

**If you haven't signed up for Alika Letters, do it now to get your free 2018 printable calendar!