Category Archives: diy

Succulent Terrarium



succulent terrariumI made a succulent terrarium for our kitchen. I’m hoping I can keep it alive because I have a black thumb when it comes to succulents. Apparently they thrive on neglect, and I over watered them. I also never re-potted them in cactus soil and provided drainage, so maybe that had something to do with it?

I followed this succulent terrarium tutorial from Floral Verde from this pin on Pinterest.  My friend donated her glass bowl and I got to work. I made sure the roots would reach the pebbles so the excess water can drain, and I added the activated charcoal to make sure it won’t start stinking. I watered it with one shot glass of water this week, and I’ve left it alone. I hope I can keep them alive!


Paint Swatch Ornaments

Last year we used green paint swatch samples to make Christmas tree gift tags.

In sticking with the paint swatches idea, I grabbed some green, red and yellow cards to make paper ornaments. This year we used actual wrapping paper, but I loved the brown bags more. I think I’ll go back to that next year.

Here’s how they came out:

gift tags

DIY gift tagsIt took all of Ruby’s self control to watch and not “help.” She loves packing materials almost as much as tennis balls.
ruby helping

Titi Miriam

The main decorations for our wedding are lace covered jars and coffee filter peonies.

Andrés’ aunt has helped me SO much. I get a little teary-eyed when I think about how gracious she’s been — never complaining or backing out. She decorated dozens of jars, in detail (the simple ones above are my own), and she assembled over 60 paper peonies. She’s incredible, and I’m grateful to have her. Last night she called and asked if I needed her to make more. Bless you, Miriam.


Top: Yesterday, Andrés & I hosted a ladies brunch / wedding decor making party. We had lots of family and friends come over to help make lace wrapped jars and coffee filter peonies. It was such a good time — I love being surrounded by such generous, beautiful, talented women. So grateful to know these women.

Bottom: (this photo is by my little sister, Y) Me helping my mom compose a picture in Instagram of the table set with all of the brunch food. We had five people Instagraming the crafting and Ruby!

Grapes & Lentil Soup

New Year’s Eve was amazing. We had so much help from my parents, Andrés’ mom, Andrés’ aunt, my parent’s friends. They helped cook, helped clean, helped put away the left overs.

We’re so blessed to have such an amazing support system.

Here’s how the living room was looking with the extra folding table added, just an hour before guests were supposed to start arriving:

Andrés had to run to the store to get bolts because we wanted to hang the big TV but we couldn’t find the bolts in the sea boxes downstairs.

While he was gone, I set the big table.

All white, silver & clear to lighten up the black table cloth. It looked pretty classy.

When Andrés got back, we hung the TV with the wires running behind the wall & thank goodness everything lined up. We were able to center the TV on the couch & run the wires between studs. Hidden wires make me stupid happy. It’s so clean looking!

The TV stand is the Ikea Hack that I mentioned a couple weeks ago.

We bought two LACK TV units, drilled some holes into the top of the first & attached the top half of the second. The back is open, so running wires is easy. We like that it mimics the chunkiness of the legs of the couch, & that the glossy white brightens up the living room a little. It’ll really pop against light gray walls.

The small black tables are our nightstands. We aren’t using them right now, so they work as makeshift side tables to put drinks on.

I’m so glad we got the TV hung because the kids got to enjoy some old school Super Mario World. They couldn’t quite grasp that they weren’t playing on a Wii or an Xbox. “What’s Nim…temdo?” got asked a couple times.

It was a pretty great night. We couldn’t have done it without the help of our families.

We toasted the New Year with lots of family, red velvet cake, sparkling wine, twelve grapes & lentil soup.

Team Shitdicks

I made Andrés another calendar this year, just like I did last year . I think it’s going to become a thing for us because it’s so much fun to remember our inside jokes.

The zitty teenager at Fedex Office was like, “Teeechnically I’m not allowed to print this.” I asked why, because I had about 10 minutes to get this done before we left for the mountains & I did not need this fuckjob messing up my favorite Christmas present to give.

“Because of the language.”

“What language?”

“I…uh… a lot of it.”

“Can you do it anyways, please?”


“Thanks, pumpkin.”

Just kidding! I didn’t say please.

Here’s our 2012 calendar:

It’s a mixture of jokes from Kevin Hart, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Adventure Time, Tommy Boy, & inside jokes.