DIY: Ombre Canvas Trio

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 2014-07-12 17.25.29These beachy canvas wall art pieces are simple, colorful and a wonderful way to brighten up any space!  

What you’ll need:

Any size blank canvas (you can create a collection of similar sized pieces or mix it up with a variety of shapes and sizes.  We found ours at Ross)

Water based acrylic paint

Paint brushes

Paint palette  (or plastic plate)

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Start with a blank canvas.  To create the ombre background, start with the base color (darkest color)  first.  Once you paint the first color, add white to your palette to lighten the color.  Paint your next layer.  You can use a bit of water on your brush to help the colors blend and transition smoothly.  Continue to add white to the same palette creating a lighter and lighter shade.

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Once your background has dried (maybe an hour or so in a well-ventilated area) start on your main image.  For this set, we did matching whimsical mama and mini sea urchins, cone shells and starfish with plain white paint.  Be creative and make them your own.  These are going to look fabulous up in our guest bathroom!

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Color Me Coral

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Mixing up neutral and bright colored elements makes for an energetic yet peaceful space.  The corals and light aquas in the charming bathroom are fitting for a tropical inspired home, beach  cabana or pool house.

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DIY: Driftwood Mobile

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2014-05-22 09.14.15 copyThis simple and beachy DIY mobile is so easy and is a great way to display a collection of drift wood or other found beach treasures.

What you’ll need:

Several pieces of drift wood, any shape or length under about 9in

Fishing line, anything over 20lb test

Drill or dremel

Starfish, or any item you’d like to finish your mobile with

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Collect and sort your drift wood.  I arranged this one with the longest up top, tapering down with the shortest last.

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Drill holes in the center of each piece of wood.  The drift wood is fairly soft and will drill easily. I used 2 turquoise beads about an inch long to act as the stopper at the bottom of the mobile.  Attached whatever you’re using as the stopper and then begin stringing your wood pieces from smallest to largest.

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DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehaleOnce you’re done stringing your wood lengths, secure the top of the mobile by tying a knot in the fishing line.  With a small drill bit, or even a thick needle, create a hole in the top of the starfish or other item you’re using at the bottom of your mobile.  I used thinner fishing line to attach it to the bottom.

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Using a drywall anchor and hook, position and secure mobile.

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DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

DIY: Drift Wood Mobile #hawaiianstylehale

FRESH: PUA ALOALO

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Pua Aloalo is one of six species of Hibiscus native to Hawai’i.

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The yellow Pua Aloalo is the State Flower however today we are featuring the beautiful white flower.  It’s delicate white petals and bright pink stamen are signature.  The width and length of the petals can vary.

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These plants do well outdoors with full sun and frequent watering.  They bring a sense of cultural beauty to any outdoor space.

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DIY: Air Plant in a Jar

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Some of my favorite things: jars, shells, sand, plants.  Here is a super easy DIY to add some beachy earthiness to your bookcase, coffee table or kitchen.

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Clean, empty jar, glass, bottle, clear pretty container

Base – sand

Filling – shells, rocks, beach glass

Air plant

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Start with your base layer.  It reminds me of making a dessert truffle, layering the cookies, crumbs, pudding, cake and basically all things delicious.  You can choose as many layers as you’d like.  Start with the smallest layering items first and work your way up.Image

Continue adding your layers until you’re just below the rim of your container.  Snuggle your air plant into the enter and you’re done!  These air plants are fairly easy to love.  If they start to look a little dry or start browning, spritz them every once in a while with some water from a spray bottle.  These are hardy, easy to make, super versatile and affordable! Enjoy!

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FRESH: ‘Ekaha Fern

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The ‘ekaha, also known as asplenium nidus or bird’s nest fern is indigenous to Hawai’i.  It’s a great addition to any shaded or partially sunny area, also does well indoors. Can be grown in hanging pots and can thrive well in crevices of rocks, walls or trees.

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DIY: Gold Painted Jars

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My world is glass bottles & jars.  I use them for everything, put them everywhere.  I wrap them, paint them, decorate them and fill them with all kind of treasures and beautiful things.  Wanted to share a quick tutorial on how to add a little shimmer and shine to any size bottle or jar.

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What you’ll need:

Assortment of clean glass jars & bottles with labels and adhesive removed

Painters tape

Gold spray paint

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Tape off whatever type of design you want to create.

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Spray your jars in a well ventilated area, let them dry, and then carefully removed the painters tape.  Fill with treasures from your garden and arrange for a pretty bit of sparkle and shine.  Using local flora and fauna give these chic containers a lovely twist of hawaiian style.

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FRESH: Kupukupu Fern

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Kupukupu is a fern indigenous to Hawai’i.  It can survive in a variety of conditions from the dry lava fields to the wet forestlands of most tropical climates. It varies in color from light to dark shades of green. Its fronds are sturdy and strong yet detailed and dainty offering texture and personality to any environment it finds itself in.

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This fern is a great house warming gift and can thrive indoors under the right conditions.  Not only does it bring a a charming tropical green indoors, it also help purify the air in your home.

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Hawaiians believe that the kupukupu fern is also symbolic of growth and new beginnings.  With each new frond comes new opportunity, new experiences, and a fresh start.

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DIY: Hand Painted Garden Rocks

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With Spring in full bloom, there are flowers and herbs and the like popping up all around us.  Be creative and add touches of color, patterns and inspiration to your pots and garden alike.

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smooth garden rocks

paint pens

spray clear coat

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Be festive and inspiring with your prints, patterns, words, colors and designs.  Carefully embellish each rock working with the contours and shape of each individual rock.  Let the rocks dry, spray with clear adhesive coat and then place around garden.

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