Tuesday, January 6, 2015

18 Adorable Mason Jar Ideas for Drinking {Hometalk Curated Board}

Happy Tuesday! It's been dark and rainy here non-stop in the Seattle area for the past few days and I'm taking advantage of being stuck indoors by catching up on some online blogs and websites I like to follow, like Hometalk. If you've followed along with this blog for awhile, you might already know that I'm an active member of Hometalk. It's been really fun to be a part of this community of home enthusiasts and professionals and to actually get to collaborate with Hometalk on several projects over the past couple of years. I've curated several feature boards for them and also got to participate in the Hometalk & Michaels Pinterest party last February with 99 other bloggers at Michaels stores across the country. That was so fun, and I met several blogging friends out of that. :) For that event, we had to come up with a craft project to share and show how we made it, so I made the XO mason jar drinking glasses you see below (it was near Valentines day; x's and o's were on my mind!), which then led to curating a feature board for Hometalk this week filled with 17 other fun mason jar ideas for drinking. I'm sharing it here on the blog today as well!

Mason jars are everywhere. People love them because they are so versatile. I have a bunch of them lying around because I make jam every year, but instead of just stashing them away in a cabinet when they are not in jam use, I try to find other ways to use them. Grabbing one from the cabinet and drinking from them is so easy just on their own, but when you take a crafter and give them a mason jar, fun things happen. :) Hope you find as much inspiration with these as I did!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

DIY Decorative Storage Boxes (Plus 10 MORE Great Organization Storage Ideas!)

Storage boxes are a practical and pretty way to get organized and hide away all those little things that need to have a home but don't need to be out in the open. Our master closet makeover has quite a few storage boxes for things like old letters and cards, mementos, manicure supplies, extra scarves, hats, and other paraphernalia. I bought basic inexpensive white storage boxes from Ikea and Hobby Lobby and I'm finally sharing how I personalized each of them just by adding a few embellishments. I started this post about 10 months ago and I'm finally getting it done! Maybe it's the whole new year-organizing thing that made me remember I had this sitting in draft mode. Well no matter, now is as good a time as any to finally finish this, plus I'm sharing 10 more great DIY storage box ideas that I've found from around the web. Let's get organized!


Monday, December 29, 2014

Lilikoi Joy's Top 10 Posts of 2014

The new year is almost here, and the end of a year is as good a time as any to reflect back on the year and all the things that happened. Some things were fantastic, others we're relieved to put behind us. As we get ready to head into 2015, I thought it would be fun to have a look back on 2014 and see what posts you all enjoyed the most around here at Lilikoi Joy in the past year. So let's start the countdown and find out what posts of 2014 were the most viewed on this blog, shall we? 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Day After Christmas!

Well hello, and Happy Day After Christmas! How was your time with your family and friends? Did Santa bring you what you wanted? The best gift by far was that my sister, who had emergency surgery for a ruptured appendix a few days ago, was able to come home the night of Christmas Eve and spend Christmas Day with us. Even though she was in full-on recovery mode, she still looked beautiful and was so happy to be here. She was so strong and such a trooper through this whole thing. We were joking around that she is one of the few people I know who can make friends with her roommate in the hospital and turn it into something that resembled a slumber party. :) Our family has celebrated almost every Christmas together that I can think of for the past 19 years and even if she was still in the hospital, well, we'd just have to move venues to be together, right? I'm really grateful that she is feeling a little better and that we had her with us to celebrate Christmas. Once the appendix ruptures, it makes the whole treatment and recovery time more complicated, but she is well on her way!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Smoked Salmon Canapés

Smoked Salmon Canapé #appetizer

Today I'd like to share a story with you.

A story of male bonding.

An epic bromance so big, it makes grown men cry.

It's a beautiful story of love and friendship, filled with beer and grilled meats.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Home 2014

Christmas Home Tour 2014 - lots of great budget friendly ideas to create a warm and inviting home for the holidays.
Well hello, friends! Happy Holidays! It's been fun visiting other blogger friends' holiday home tours this season and I thought I'd finally join in on the fun. It's like a neighborhood holiday open house or one of those progressive dinner parties (do people do those any more?) where you get to go around to other people's homes, but you can do it from the comfort of your own home in your sweatpants and not have to bring a hostess gift! But please do grab a cup of hot chocolate, come inside and we'll take a little tour of my family's eclectic home in all its holiday glory.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Save the Date! Unique Card Designs from Minted

Nautical by Rebecca Bowen
My husband and I have been married a long time. I'm talking AGES. We practically grew up together. I remember when we both took driver's ed in high school and Rick had braces, that's how long we've known each other. He made my heart pitter-patter then and he still does all these years later. When our anniversary comes around again this summer, it will be our 25th wedding anniversary. 25!! We'd like to do something special, either go on a nice vacation or throw a huge wonderful party reception, but we haven't decided yet. We have to decide soon though, because if we throw a party, we're already behind in picking a date and booking a place to hold all our friends and family. It's like planning another mini wedding!