Happy Mother’s Day! May 8, 2016Posted by creatingyourspace in : Holidays , comments closed
We would like to send special wishes to all mothers — thank you for all you do!
Spinach Egg Cups April 28, 2016Posted by creatingyourspace in : Hints and Tips , comments closed
Are you constantly looking for ways to feed your family healthier meals? An easy way to accomplish this is to hide healthy veggies in your meals. These spinach egg cups were a little something we came up with while meal planning. Breakfast meals that can be heated up quickly and taken on the go is a great place to start. These egg cups do just that!
2.5oz of fresh spinach
½ Cup of Whole Milk
1 can of biscuit dough
*Recipe requires a muffin pan
Finely chop the fresh spinach.
In a large mixing bowl, crack 4 eggs. Add chopped spinach and milk. Either whisk by hand or use a hand held mixer.
Cut each biscuit into 6 little triangle shapes. Fill the muffin cup half way with the egg mixture. The biscuits and eggs will expand. Add 3 biscuit dough triangles to each egg cup.
Cook at 400 degrees for 8 minutes. Then add aluminum foil to the top of the muffin tray, (so the cups won’t burn) and cook for another 6 minutes. Use a tooth pick to check to see if they are done in the middle. Allow at least 10 minutes for cups to cool before removing them from the muffin tray.
Keep cups in a plastic container in the refrigerator. Heat up by microwaving for 15-30 seconds depending on your microwave.
Add Big Style to a Small Bathroom March 31, 2016Posted by creatingyourspace in : Bathroom , comments closed
Small guest baths and powder rooms don’t have to be plain. They should pack a punch of style! Read below to find out tips on how to create a wow factor.
Add interesting lighting. Beautiful chandeliers look awesome and give a small bathroom a sparkle. Wall sconces on either side of the vanity mirror add extra lighting and extra style any small bathroom.
Add a small rug to the bathroom floor for added warmth, comfort and design appeal. Small rugs in a small bathroom create a comfortable place where guests can get themselves together.
Don’t skimp on hardware. The hardware in a small bathroom can add the extra glam factor that a small space needs. Don’t go the safe route, select hardware that stands out and contrasts with the fixtures.
Wallpaper is an excellent way to add excitement to a small space. Make sure you keep in mind the proportion of the pattern should stay in proportion of the room size. However that doesn’t mean you can’t use a statement wallpaper. If you prefer select an interesting paint color instead of wallpaper. The point is to create interest on the walls in a small bathroom or powder room.
Hang artwork that is proportionate to the room size on the walls. If there is natural light in the small bathroom, and a houseplant for a touch of life. If there’s a lack of natural light add a vase of fresh flowers, especially before guests come over. A vase of fresh flowers can easily be changed out from week to week.
If the space on the wall allows, install an interesting magazine rack, and load the shelves with picture books, magazines and other bathroom reading material. If wall space is limited but floor space permits, add a small stylish stool where you can keep interesting reads.
If you have any questions on your small bathroom, feel free to contact us!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! March 17, 2016Posted by creatingyourspace in : Holidays , comments closed
Rainbow Fruit Skewers for St. Patrick’s Day March 16, 2016Posted by creatingyourspace in : Holidays , comments closed
Rainbow fruit skewers are the perfect healthy appetizer or snack! Think about the fact that you are creating the rainbow using fruit from nature. The rainbow has specific colors in a certain order, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. The rainbow gave us the inspiration to come up with this themed idea.
What You Will Need:
Raspberries or Watermelon (to serve as the Red in the rainbow)
Cantaloupe or Orange slices (Orange)
Kiwi fruit or green grapes (Green)
Dark purple grapes (Violet)
Cut the fruit into chunks. Leave the grapes, blueberries and blackberries whole. Stack each fruit in the same order as above the rainbow that leads to the pot of gold has been created! Serve with whip cream and chocolate gold coins. A beautiful serving suggestion is to layout the skewers creating the appearance of an arch (creating the rainbow), then serve a bowl of whip cream at each end of the rainbow and the coins nearby. This makes a great garnish and cloud visual for the rainbow skewers.
Which Room Would You Choose? March 11, 2016Posted by creatingyourspace in : Reader Questions , comments closed
Which room would you choose? Why? Let us know in the comments below!
Your Own Family Photos March 3, 2016Posted by creatingyourspace in : Kids , comments closed
This activity taps into so many wonderful things. Time with your teen, an opportunity to get creative, a reason to enjoy the outdoors, and a beautiful record of it when you’re done. You don’t have to be a professional photographer to do this, all you need is a good camera. We don’t recommend using your phone. As far the settings just set it to auto and the camera will do most of the work for you.
Do take the time to figure out how to work the timer though! The timer is the only way to make sure no one gets stuck behind the lens and thus isn’t in the photo. Using the timer is also a great source of laughter because of the repeated sense of urgency for the last person to make it into the photo on time and not look ridiculous when the shutter flies.
To plan for this activity, you simply need to find a great outdoor location for shooting. Pick a place you both like. Liking it is more important than it being impressive. Then, check the weather forecast and try to schedule for a day without complications. Focus on late afternoon. Mid day noon sun is very harsh and creates unattractive shadows. Early morning sun is really tough on the eyeballs; they don’t want to stay open. Late afternoon is more diffused and flattering. Ideally the sky would be overcast.
When photo shoot day is upon you the most important thing to do is not take it seriously! Don’t try to pose perfect photos or create a masterpiece. This is about quality time and creative freedom. Just keep passing the camera back and forth and take photos of each other and the setting. Without a doubt you’ll come away with something awesome and an amazing memory!
Two Ways To Add Glamour To Your Vanity or Desk February 19, 2016Posted by creatingyourspace in : Hints and Tips , comments closed
Glamour is all about the details. Be they many or few, it’s the small things that a give a room its fabulous personality. Here are two super easy DIY projects that will add some glam, without requiring much time or spending!
Project #1: Table-top display tray
You can create lovely, custom trays using picture frames! They are perfect for holding perfume bottles, vases, or anything else that you might like to place on them to make a surface look pretty and well organized.
Picture frame – large enough to hold all of the items you want to set on your ‘tray’
Glitter paper – heavyweight type sold by the sheet at the craft store in the scrapbook section
Cut the glitter paper to the size of the opening in the back of the frame. Insert it as you would a photo and close the back. If necessary, remove the easel piece from the back so the tray will lay flat and even. That’s it – you have a beautiful glitter tray! If you love it so much that you can’t bear to cover it with items, you can also opt to hang it as a form of wall décor.
Project #2: Short and shabby chic bouquet
Short, cylindrical glass vase – craft or big box store
Glitter paper – heavyweight type sold by the sheet at the craft store in the scrapbook section
Bouquet of your favorite fake flowers – craft store
Cut the glitter paper to the dimensions of the inside walls of the vase and insert it so it shows through the glass. Tape it together at the ends so it stays in place. Traditionally these arrangements look excellent with open fully “bloomed” roses, but feel free to experiment with your favorite flower. Just be sure to choose something that allows for a dense arrangement or it will end up look sparse and incomplete. Cut the main stem to separate them into single blooms, and remove any greenery. Cut each stem to a length that allows the base of the flowers to be flush with the rim of the vase. It should appear that they are ever so slightly crammed and spilling over. Fill vase with blooms until its complete – a concentration of roses in a beautiful glitter vase!
Ways to Instantly Add More Character to Your Home February 10, 2016Posted by creatingyourspace in : Design and Decorating , comments closed
Does your home lack charm? There are some decorating tricks that will instantly add charm to any interior.
Large artwork instantly adds charm to any space. People often decorate by adding small family pictures to their interior. However small framed art can only be viewed up close, so when standing within a space little photo frames simply look like clutter. Larger pieces can dictate the mood you want to achieve. Larger sculptural pieces also have the same effect.
Pattered floors create a personalized look to a home. Lay hardwood or tiles on the diagonal. Pattered floors keep an interior from looking “standard” or “basic”. Create a custom look that will ooze character instantly. Make sure to keep patterns proportionate to the room size. If you are unsure about this aspect, stop by our store or contact us with your questions. We are always happy to help.
Custom built-ins are a way to personalize your home and add function to the interior. The beauty of built-ins is that you can have them built specifically for your needs. Transform a space by adding built-ins to any room. Cabinetry can be built to your specifications and any particular style. One of the best affects to adding custom cabinetry to a space is the added storage they provide. They are also a great way to add a personalized touch to your home.
Hang interesting wall clocks. It is nice to have a clock in every room, especially if you are a family constantly on the go. Clocks add character and function to a room. With this new digital age of phones and apple watches, clocks are just not being considered. Wall hung clocks add character to a bland or vanilla space. They also provide function, which is a win, win for any room.
Install open shelving. This allows you to add another personal touch and provide instant storage and display space. Any style can be purchased, whether that be rustic, traditional, modern, contemporary or transitional. Open shelving is also relatively easy to install. Just be sure to pay attention to what you put on the shelves. Too many knick- knacks create a cluttered look. Shelving is a great way to store hard back books and add a pop of color to a space.
Activities to Do With Your Teenager February 5, 2016Posted by creatingyourspace in : Kids , comments closed
Music Search Party and Car Cruise
This is an impossibly cool way to bond with a teenager. Seriously, you will both love it. It’s an opportunity to share who you are with your loved one by way of your musical tastes. Music is also a transition into stories about your dreams or your life so it is a wellspring when it comes to good conversation. Here’s how it works!
- Agree to each spend an hour separately compiling as much music as possible. 50% of it should be stuff you love, and 50% of it should be new music that you discover. With the new music strive to find jams you’d both like but don’t be afraid to include your own favorites as well.
- Merge all of the music files into one folder and download the entire batch. Method depends on your car – CD, MP3, smart phone, etc.)
- Together, decide on a cruise route. You’re going to be in the car for quite awhile so think of drives that are more about the experience than the destination. You should plan to be on the road until you’ve listened to all of the music!
- Wear comfortable clothes similar to what you’d wear on a road trip.
- Stop at the store and pick up a few snacks and drinks.
- Get settled, roll down the windows and open the sunroof, push play on the first song, and hit the road!
As your drive and listen, pause the songs and chat. Tell each other stories about the songs, what they mean, why they’re significant, and what you love about them. Listen, then talk, listen, then talk…and in the meantime just drive through the summer wind spending time with your kiddo. You’ll learn loads about each other, be exposed to lots of new music, and have a memory to last a whole lot longer than the short drive it will take to create it!