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Last Minute Christmas Gift: DIY Instagram Photo Ornament

I would like to pride myself on my Christmas shopping expertise, but truth be told my fingers are crossed behind my back. I'm holding out the hope that my late night, last minute Amazon shopping spree gifts come through and arrive before Christmas this year.

It's not that I don't care to Christmas shop for others, I just always want the gift to be thoughtful and exactly what they wanted. So I agonize over gifts and overwhelm myself with options, then panic because I haven't finished my Christmas shopping.

Here's to everyone else out there like me.

This makes a great last minute Christmas gift. What's even better is, the Instagram photos give it a personal touch.

ScissorsThin wire/clear stringTapePrinterPaper Clear glass Christmas ornaments Begin by printing a few photos from Instagram. My photos measure 1.5x1.5 inches, adjust yours based on the size of the ornaments you purchased.

Pick two photos and flip one over. Take a piece of tape and attach your …

Trail of Lights in Austin

Yesterday we visited the Trail of Lights, which is basically the winter wonderland I've always dreamt of minus the snow, reindeer and subzero temperatures. It was really fun, but slightly confusing because we entered from the wrong side and had to walk against the flow of foot traffic, dodging baby strollers, small children, distracted people etc.

A photo posted by Alison Lutz Waldon (@alisonwaldon) on Dec 16, 2015 at 6:23pm PST

[Insert blurry Instagram photo]

Eventually we fought our way to the beginning of the trail and had a much nicer, less hectic walk back down the trail.

10 Inexpensive DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

10 Inexpensive DIY Christmas Gift Ideas Custom Gilded Whiskey Tumblers | Freckle & Flair
Faux Agate Coasters | DIY JOY
Arm knit blanket | Simply Maggie

Urban Outfitters Inspired Banner | AW DIY

Simple Sharpie Journals | Lil Blue Boo 

 Jewelry Dish | AW DIY

Neon Crystal Necklace | Sarah Scoop

Alcohol Ink Glasses | Babble

 DIY Marble Tray | The Happy Tulip

Picture Votive | Popsugar



DIY Halloween Pillow Cover

Halloween is almost here and as you may know, I'm all about low key seasonal decor. I don't have a whole lot of time or the cash flow to deck out my space for the holiday, but I just had to decorate a little bit. This particular pillow cover DIY is so simple, fun and great for Halloween! With three drops of fabric glue, this project can easily become a no sew pillowcase DIY project.

Scissors1 yard of fabricIronFabric glue or thread and needlePaintPaintbrushPainter's tape Printer or Letter Stencils
Begin by measuring your fabric. This will differ based on the dimensions of your pillow. My pillow measured 10x14 to get the right fabric size you'll need to:
Double the width, add 3 inchesDouble the length, add 5 inches Basically, you just want a little bit of wiggle room outside of just doubling the measurements of the pillow.

Phase two of this spooky sweet DIY includes a lot of folding. Begin by folding the lengthwise edges of the fabric over the pillow.

Fold the w…

Mango Salsa Fresca Recipe

When I'm hungry and throwing dinner together quickly, this mango salsa fresca or pico de gallo, you can call it what you want, is my go-to topping for chicken or fish. The flavor possibilities are endless when it comes to salsa. Experiment with different types of onions or leave out the Serrano pepper. The secret to a great mango salsa is to use fresh mangoes, not canned, not frozen.

Mango Salsa Fresca Recipe

1 mango2 green onions6-8 cherry tomatoes or 1 small tomato1/2 lime  1 Serrano pepper, seeded 1. Roughly chop mango, green onions, Serrano pepper and cherry tomatoes. Combine in a bowl.
2. Squeeze lime juice over the top and add salt and pepper to taste. Chill until ready to serve.

That's all there is to it.

What is your favorite type of salsa?

DIY: Quote Banner Wall Art

Fall is here, two months have passed and I still haven't decorated the walls of my new abode. Actually, since moving in, the walls have remained completely blank in most rooms. In the midst of unpacking boxes, going on weekend adventures, job hunting, and interviewing, I just have not found time for many do-it-yourself projects. However, I have been slightly proactive. I did make a trip to Ikea last month in search of decor, but left with only two succulent plants and some notebooks from the stationary section, no wall art. Slowly, but surely little things are starting to make this place feel like home. Maybe by Christmas I will have two pieces of DIY art hanging up around here.
Wall art brightens up a space and today's tutorial is a quick easy DIY that allows you to personalize your space. This wall art is inspired by all of the wall banners I've seen on Pinterest.

The distressed texture of the letters fits well with my space, but as per usual feel free to mix up the col…

September Favorites

September has been a whirlwind month for me. This month brought, lots of new and exciting things, as well as some big challenges. I've finally had enough downtime that I have been able to write and schedule several posts for October. This month I've found a few new favorites to share.

Sonia Kashuk Makeup Brushes
Who doesn't love a little bit of classy cheetah print? I recently upgraded from my old e.l.f. brushes to these beauties. They are incredibly soft and have minimal fallout. My favorite brush from the set is the eye shadow blending brush, it blends with minimal effort. This set is from Target and unfortunately they are limited edition. Also, I could not find this particular set on the Target website, but there are several similar sets available.

Yoga is a favorite every month, but I haven't yet found a studio here. In high school I used to use YouTube yoga videos at home all the time. YouTube now has so many more wonderful yoga channels, its an endless w…

DIY Tea Tin Planter

I'm an avid tea drinker and teacup collector.  Someday, I'm going to throw a very awesome tea party. In March, my friends and relatives decided to host an amazing tea party themed bridal shower for me. It was adorable and a complete surprise.
Afterwards, I was left with a several tea tins. They were too cute to toss, so I decided to use them for plants. I chose a moon cactus and other succulents because I get along better with plants that don't require water often. I also chose to keep this cactus on my desk, but I know these planters would also be a great way to decorate a kitchen with herbs.

To make your own DIY tea tin planter, you'll need:
- Various tea tins
- A hammer
- One small nail
- Potting Soil
- Plants of your choice with small root systems (succulents or herbs)

Side note: If you're searching for the tea tin pictured above, it is from Target.

Drainage is so important! Use the hammer and nail to make a few holes for drainage in the bottom of the tin for…