Tassel Embellished Sandals - From Drab to Fab!

Hi you all! This provides a quick and easy tutorial to jazz up your summer sandals. I was inspired by all those tassel/pom pom shoes I saw on the web, and decided to put my own twist on decorating a pair.

The desire to DIY came about when my daughter suddenly experienced a growth spurt, and started wearing adult shoe sizes. I must admit, "I was not prepared for it...not one bit!" However, after discovering Lace-Up Slide Sandals that actually fit her, I became determined to transform them into something a little bit more 'girly'.

I found these cute Wine Charm Accessories that are so fun and playful. Additionally, I love the colorful little tassels attached to the end of each of them. 
The charms are quite easy to put on and take off, so you can simply change out the colors as needed to complement your attire. 
I removed the colors I wanted, and then slipped all three onto one ring so as to make it appear full.

...and here it is in all its beauty. My daughter is even more in love with her sandals now, and expresses that the gold is her favorite part : ).

Have you taken on any DIY projects lately? Admittedly, my to-do list is a bit lengthy, but I hope to complete it very soon.
Thanks for reading, and have an enjoyable and peaceful weekend!

Jamaican Fruitcake Recipe

As a native of Jamaica, I experienced first-hand, the scrumptious meals, and unique cultural celebrations shared throughout the nation during the holiday season. 
Of the many foods consumed at Christmastime, my most loved was the black fruitcake my mom made annually for the family and loved ones at best. She upheld this tradition without fail, and ensured that each of us, as kids, got our very own holiday cake. After much trial and error, I managed to master just a tiny speck of her coveted baking-style. I mention 'speck' because I personally feel that she is one of the best bakers to ever grace this earth, and try as I might, I just can not top that. 
I must be doing something right though because in my household, my cakes are sometimes consumed within two days - full proof that it is a favorite among the family. 
Well, enough chit-chatting. Let's now delve into the hidden secrets of the batter :).

To make this delicious cake, you must first gather all the necessary ingredients.
These include

Guest Bathroom Reveal! - ORC : Week 7

Hello everyone! Reveal day has finally come! For the very first time in ORC history, designers and guest participants received the opportunity to revel in the excitement from an extra week of decorating. Thanks to our lovely host, Linda, who graciously considered individuals affected by our most recent natural disasters. 

A big thank you to my amazing sponsors - Pfister, HomeRight, and Sylvie Demers, who assisted me with the completion of this makeover. 

...and without further ado, I present to you the long anticipated Guest Bathroom Makeover!

Let me remind you of what I started with

HomeRight Paint Stick EZ Twist Review : ORC - Week 6

This post is sponsored by HomeRight.

Hello everyone! Welcome to the final stretch of the One Room Challenge that involves 20 designers and more than 200 guest participants decorating a space in 6 short weeks. Regretfully, I did not post anything for week five so I worked hard this past week trying to catch up. You can refer back to each week to review my progress.
                       Week 2 - Started here
               Week 5 - No post
                        Week 6 - You are here

I mentioned in a previous post that I planned on painting the bathroom ceiling before tackling the installation of the wallpaper. I had heard great things about the famous Paint Stick EZ Twist, so I thought it would be a good idea to try it out. HomeRight was gracious enough to send me one immediately after I reached out to them, and, oh my gosh! Let me just say to you that this paint stick totally changed my "painting" life. First of all, I had no need of a drop cloth because there was absolutely no drips to contend with. Second, there was no reason to use a paint tray. Remarkably, the Paint Stick came with a fill tube which transfers the paint directly from the can to the stick, then finally to the roller. Last, it helped me complete the job in a very short amount of time.  

Guest Bathroom Update - ORC: Week 4

Before I begin, let me first say how happy I am to learn of the one week extension to the One Room Challenge, provided to us by Linda. I happened to have gotten this information from cocoandjack's blog, in case some of you are interested in verifying it. 

Well, I must add that this week has been pretty much smooth-sailing, as I do not recall experiencing any hiccups. I patched and sanded the torn drywall, and painted the room. Although I plan on using wallpaper, it only adheres to painted surfaces, so painting was a must. I received the vanity, and I like the white, but I am really itching to paint it - decisions, decisions, hmmm. Also, after much seeking, I finally got a contractor who agreed to install the floor tiles this upcoming Saturday. Believe me when I say, I cannot move forward until this happens because almost everything else is contingent upon the tile installation. I cannot have a vanity and toilet put in before this work order is completed. So, do you really know how excited I am about gaining an additional week? Super-excited! :)
 The contractor will be replacing the tub/shower faucet this weekend, as well. 

If you have been following along, you would recall I changed my design plan. Here are few items I received to use in the space... I am in love with this wallpaper. The colors are so very subtle.

New Guest Bathroom Plan: Week 3 - ORC

With time swiftly passing, I catapulted into "Usain" mode, where I picked up some lightning speed  :). For those of you who are unfamiliar with the name Usain Bolt, he is a recently retired Jamaican sprinter, and is the first person to hold both the 100 and 200 meters world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. 

Well, before I delve into my situation, let me first say thank you to my amazing sponsor, Pfister who graciously partnered with me to redo this space. I am eternally grateful for the brands that help to support this blog.

Now back to basics - if you have been following along, then you might recall the design board I previously posted for my bathroom makeover here. The plan included a very bright floral wallpaper, colorful pom pom basket, and a tassel shower curtain. Well, I should let you know, I received the wallpaper in the mail, and was very excited to have it hung. But alas, to my dismay, after unrolling it, I watched as the bathroom quickly drowned in all its brilliance. It was difficult to accept that the wallpaper dominated and overwhelmed the tiny space, when held up against the wall. This disappointment quickly prompted a change, however, and here I am today, with a new plan of action; ready and anxious to execute. I have included links to the items in case you are interested in purchasing. 

Bathroom Design Revamp