Color Block Garden Tools DIY

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This DIY is so unbelievably easy it’s not even funny. And with summer coming to a close – my garden tools were looking pretty dingy and beat up. I was thinking they needed a little sprucing up =) Like fun new purple garden tools!

What You’ll Need:

garden tools with wooden handles (I got mine at the Dollar Store) // plastic bag // spray paint (I prefer Design Master)

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First you’ll need to take off anything on the tool that you don’t want painted. I took off the leather tie at the end, and then just re-tied it after everything was dry. Then, cover the part you don’t want to get painted with a plastic bag and spray!

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Just look at these cuties! (Kathrina : the purple was for you!) And please don’t judge my dead herbs hanging there haha

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These would also make great gifts for friends just moving into their new home – or

even a fun stocking stuffer for that friend who is a total garden lover!

p.s. look at how cute my little corn stalks are?! They are up to my shoulders now!

All photos by Meghan Christine Photography

Tasteful Tatters + TOMS

I”m so excited to announce that I have partnered with a local (Pasadena) Optometry Office – Dr. Gore! and TOMS! You guys know about TOMS, right?! For every eyewear purchased, TOMS gives sight to a child in need – whether that’s through eye surgery or prescriptions, so so cool.

We’re celebrating the 9 year anniversary of Dr. Gore’s practice as well as their partnership with TOMS. Dr. Gore’s office is one of the few private practices that offer’s the exclusive one for one model – TOMS eyewear. And we’re throwing a party! There will be music, a raffle, Photo Booth, and an exclusive look at TOMS eyewear – including tons of discounts on other brands eyewear and sunglasses offered by Dr. Gore! Did I mention, a GIANT RAFFLE BASKET? I’ll let you in on a little secret… 1 of the many gifts includes a 1 hour ice cream making class by none other than the famous Carmela’s Creamery!!
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Now, for the extra cool part. For every pair of TOMS eyewear purchased at the event, you’ll get a FREE case that you can decorate yourself. There will be tons of crafts supplies and special TOMS artists there to assist you! It’s going to be a blast! So mark your calendars and I hope to see you there!

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Dollar Store Trash Bin DIY

Now, I must admit this title sounds a little lame/depressing. Trash bins aren’t the most glorious things to think about, am I right? I mean, it’s for trash. But today, I’m going to share how to turn a boring little trash bin into a cute decorative storage space for your office!

What You’ll Need:

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Metal Trash Bin, Spray Paint, Lace (or ribbon, yard, fabric, etc), plastic bag

I first got this idea when I was at the Dollar Store getting candy for a movie I was going to… and they only had black – which looked so bleh to me. But when I went back to actually get one for the project, they had white too! And to be honest – the white wasn’t that bad haha. So if you wanted to make this a SUPER easy DIY and you can find a white one – just throw on some fabric or lace for a little “extra” and you’re good to go!

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I bought the white, but decided it needed some color anyways =) I went with a fun coral/pinkish color. I used the brand, Design Master. It’s my all-time FAV! No drips, super fine mist for a perfectly smooth coat. Plus, they have awesome colors. You can find at most craft stores.  Now, I have a little trick for my spray paint projects. My husband swears I’m going to ruin my wedding ring with all the crazy DIY’s I do – especially when I spray paint. So I came up with this crazy plastic bag contraption to give him a peace of mind. Simply put your hand in a plastic bag (all the way in) so you have a full covering while you spray! Husbands – you can thank me later.

>>> It was really funny posing for this, for some reason lol

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Now, for the actual painting process – be sure you get the basket from ALL angles. It’s super easy to miss a spot on something like this – since the surface areas are all rounded. I started with the outside top and worked to the outside bottom and then went back to the top from all the inside angles.

Next, I added a fun ivory lace ribbon to the top as the finishing touch by weaving it in and out of the openings. A thick satin ribbon would work great here as well. Or a huge bundle of mismatched ribbons would look so cool! I love that I can change this part up whenever I want to give the basket a whole new look.

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I’m using mine to store my larger rolls of paper – because those things are just so hard to store! They always keep unraveling or they get weird folds from bring squashed in my office. So this was the perfect solution. It could work in an office for storage – or even an adorable trash can for paper waste! I  mean, trash never looked cuter.

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Photos by: Meghan Christine Photography

Grapefruit Lavender Soap DIY

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I love bath products. So. Much. Every Thursday I find myself hanging out in front of the goats milk soaps that are so incredibly fragrant and I have to stop myself from spending $200 on 4 soaps lol. So, I turned to Pinterest in search of a better option. And low and behold I discovered the most amazing (and simple recipe ever!) I posted my first batch on Instagram and I got a huge response from interested gals so I thought I’d share the process that I found on A Beautiful Mess here as well as details on my second batch where I made my own recipe =)

{SUPPLIES} – goats milk soap base – found mine HERE // silicon mold (I used this one) // essential oils- I used grapefruit, lavender, peppermint (not all together!)

{EXTRAS} Grapefruit zest // Poppyseeds

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STEP 1: Break apart your soap into chunks and heat up in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds and then 10 sec intervals until completely melted. That’s what my instructions on the box told me – follow the instructions on whichever soap you buy for best results.

Step 2: Once melted add your essential oils. I added the grapefruit first and then just a few drops of lavender. Then I mixed it all up. Next I added the poppyseed and lavender buds and mixed.

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Step 3: Pour mixed ingredients into soap molds and let dry. My instructions said to let sit 1 hour, but I let is sit longer – about 3-4 hours  and then popped them out!

WARNING: Your kitchen will smell amazing and you just might be tempted to eat the soaps!

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Photography by: Meghan Christine Photography

There’s a Bun in the Oven…

…over here at Tasteful Tatters! And no, I’m not having a baby =) But I’ve had some fun and exciting stuff cooking up including an entirely new styling opportunity for new moms. I’ve partnered up with the amazingly talented Becca Rillo Photography in offering a special full design package to her boutique maternity packages she’s offering. Her work is out of control and it’s such a perfect pairing to be able to style her clients. I’m beyond excited!

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If you’re expecting and in the LA area – be sure to contact Becca for available dates, pricing, and all the info for the new Full Styling Package

for a change to work with myself and Becca!

Becca on: Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest