Julee Ireland
December 16, 2015

Holiday Gifts For Everyone On Your List

I love the holiday season like most because I get to decorate every inch of my home inside and out, wear pretty dresses and give gifts to others! I put a lot of thought into gift giving and I am always on the hunt for the most unique gifts that help to simplify life or bring hours of enjoyment to the person on the receiving end.  I had the pleasure of sharing some great gifts on the Good Things Utah show with Michelle Money. Here are some of my favorite holiday gifts for everyone on your list.

Holiday Gifts for Everyone on your list!

  1.  Max Mirani Move Mobile Closet is the perfect gift for the Jet Setter in the family!
    The Move Mobile Closet is a carry-on approved suitcase that serves as your complete mobile wardrobe. It has an adjustable shelf system that neatly
    stores shirts, pants, skirts and more. It has special pockets for undergarments, ties, and accessories with a separate toiletry, shoe and garment bag that
    zips-out and goes straight from your suitcase to your closet. The Move Mobile Closet is 2 carry-on’s in one. The entire wardrobe system ingeniously
    zips-out to become a separate shoulder tote leaving the shell empty for packing spontaneous purchases. This patented feature nearly doubles the
    capacity of the suitcase in seconds and gives you two carry-on’s in one.
    The eye-catching suitcase comes in several sizes, styles and colors with a 4-stage telescopic handle and four 360° swivel wheels making the MOVE
    ultra-maneuverable in the narrowest of airplane aisles. The lightweight and durable shell is created using German-made 100% Pure Polycarbonate
    resins, the same material used to make bulletproof glass. The Move Mobile Closet truly brings new meaning to the words “living out of a suitcase,”
    and has quickly become a favorite accessory of business travelers, professionals, and celebrities. Price starts at $150 for briefcases and up.
    Available at: www.maxmirani.com
  2. Instax Share Smartphone Wireless Printer is the perfect gift for teens and photography enthusiast!
    Polaroid cameras are still all the rage and now you can create and print perfect Polaroid photos right from your smart phone! Just download the Instax
    Share app to your phone, load the Fuji Instax Film into your printer and you are ready to go. It works with an android or iPhone and offers added
    features to spruce up your photos such as filters, design templates and date time stamps. This mini printer is easy to use and allows you to print the
    perfect photo to capture and document all of life’s special moments. This little printer packs hours of enjoyment! Price range from $140 and up.
    Instax Share Smartphone Printer
    Available at: Michaels.com and most major retailers

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  1. Peter Pauper Press Coloring Books and Pencils are the perfect stress relieving gift for Mom and Dad!
    Who says coloring is just for kids? The latest trend to hit the store shelves is adult coloring books. Peter Pauper Press has introduced their “Not Just
    For Kids” line of coloring books. Studies reveal that coloring books are a great stress reliever and the perfect way to get away from our phones,
    tablets and computers to get back to basics! So pick up a crayon, colored pencil or marker and allow yourself to be transported back to the carefree,
    relaxed feeling of childhood play. Price range $7.99 and up.
    Available at: www.peterpauperpress.com and retailers across the country
  2. Hover Board is the latest trend and makes the Perfect Gift for the Entire Family!
    The future of personal transportation has now arrived! The Hover Board has quickly become the latest craze for people of all ages. This eco-friendly
    electric vehicle is the newest mode of transportation that boasts up to 10 m.p.h. and can go up to 12 miles on a single charge depending on the brand
    or model that you purchase. If you can ride a bike, ski or skate then you can master the Hover Board. The Hover Board is something the whole
    family can enjoy together and it’s also the perfect way to ride around campus or town. Prices range from $300 and up.
    Available at: www.theproductconnection.com
  3. What would any holiday or event be without a little good old fashioned humor?  I love to laugh and have a good time so when I discovered the selfie-elfie                                                                                                                                                                                       I had to have it! I can’t wait to give this to my family as a group gift at Christmas.  I plan on taking it with me on our travels and getting lots of selfie’s! Price: $12.99                                                                                                                                                        Available at: Amazon.com

Make your own unique handmade gift! DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland – Multi-Use Tiered Jewelry and/or Serving Tray is the perfect gift for your girlfriend!
It is easier than you think to make this beautiful handmade gift! You can use new or vintage items the choice is yours. Get creative and don’t be
afraid to mix color, texture and shape. I love to use plates or candlesticks that I find at the dollar store, thrift stores, neighborhood garage sales or by
sifting through my own cabinets. You can make something beautiful to give as a gift without spending a lot of money.

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DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland - Multi-Use Tiered Jewelry and/or Serving Tray

 

DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland – Multi-Use Tiered Jewelry and/or Serving Tray

Supplies: Three plates (glass, china or plastic) or two plates and one small bowl in varied sizes, shapes and color
that appeal to you. Two small candlesticks that coordinate with your plates or your plates and bowl. Heavy-duty
glue gun.

Step One: Start by putting your largest plate on the bottom and use your glue gun to glue one candlestick in the
middle of the bottom side of your plate.

(Note: you can also put your plate down and begin by gluing your candlestick in the middle of the top of your plate. Both ways work.)

Step Two: Glue your middle size plate to the top of the candlestick. Now you should have two tiers to your
jewelry/serving tray.

Step Three: Glue your second candlestick to the middle of your plate and then glue your small plate or bowl to
the top of the candlestick to complete your third tier.

Step Four: (Optional) You can glue a small knob or a cut wooden dowel to the center of the top of your small
plate or bowl to use as a ring holder or as a handle to easily rotate your multi-use tiered jewelry and or serving
tray in a circle.

Have fun and send me photos of your creations so that I can post them on my blog! Happy Holidays!!

Julee

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October 26, 2015

Halloween Kids Crafts and Party Must Haves

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HOW CAN KIDS DECORATE PUMPKINS SAFELY?

Decorating pumpkins each year is something the whole family looks forward to but let’s face it, Mom or Dad does most of the work because sharp objects, such as a carving knife, are not exactly made for kids. That’s why you will fall in love with the Spritz Pumpkin Craft Kits! Now you can put the craft paint and supplies out on the table and your kids can decorate their very own pumpkin with ease! This is also a great craft activity idea for a school or birthday party to keep the kids busy. Each kit comes complete with all of the self-adhesive supplies that you need to decorate your pumpkin. The best part is the price-$3.00 for the simple kits such as a bat, witch, fox, owl or cat and $5.00 for a few of the more elaborate decorative design kits which are perfect for adults. Now, head to the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkin to use with your Spritz Pumpkin Craft Kit!

WHAT IS A FUN HALLOWEEN PARTY THEME?

Planning the perfect party always begins with the perfect party theme. Most everyone loves Halloween and dressings up in a costume, but some are not into the horror aspect of it and would rather decorate with bright colorful colors or happy jack-o-lanterns. The bright colored Spritz Day of the Dead Party Themed Plates, Napkins, Cups and more are fun. You also can’t beat the price! They start at $1.00 and go up to $2.50. Get yours before they are sold out and enjoy the party!

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WHAT IS A CURRENT PARTY TREND?

Thank goodness for cameras! They help us to preserve our memories in photographs and when it comes to Halloween and our children, family, and friends we want to capture every one of life’s moments. Everyone enjoys the current party trend of using photo props and photo backgrounds so naturally. You will not be able to resist the Spritz Photo Prop Kit. From Batman, to Frankenstein to Dracula lips, this photo prop kit will have everyone howling with laughter as you snap photos at your party. Price $5.00

HOW CAN YOU CREATE A COSTUME FOR JUST UNDER A FEW DOLLARS?

Playing dress up is not just for kids when it comes to Halloween. Adults also love to go all out when putting together a creative costume, which sometimes includes face paint, and it’s not always easy to do face painting on your self. Just about any of your local mass retailers carry Temporary Face Tattoos that are quick and easy to use. Use clothing from your own closet along with the Temporary Face tattoos to create a complete costume look! For the spider face, you can wear all black or for the deer you can outfit yourself in brown. The real icing on the cake is the price, at only $3.00. Now you can get creative and join in on all of the Halloween fun without spending a lot of money.

WHAT IS A FUN “DIY ON THE FLY” HALLOWEEN CRAFT PROJECT?

Just like there’s more than one-way to skin a cat, there is also more than one-way to carve a pumpkin, or NOT! Here’s a simple, fun and inexpensive way to repurpose your kids old crayons and create festive pumpkin decor for your home or as a table centerpiece without having to use a carving knife.

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Supplies: White Pumpkin, Tacky Glue, Crayons, Blow Dryer

Step One: Take the outside wrapper off of your crayons and cut the crayons in half.

Step Two: Glue your crayons on top of your pumpkin using your tacky glue.

Step Three: When the glue is dry use your blow dryer to melt the crayons creating a colorful pumpkin!

With Halloween fast approaching have fun making crafts with your kids and enjoy planning the perfect party! I hope some of these products and ideas inspire you.  I would love to see and post your Halloween craft and party decor photos so please email them to me along with your full name, city and state to: juleeireland@gmail.com

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October 22, 2015

Fun DIY Halloween Pumpkin Party Decorations

IMG_2459Pumpkins really have multiple uses and they are not just for carving into jack-o-lanterns. They can also be used to serve your food in for a party, as an ice chest to chill wine or sparkling cider for the kids, an individual bowl to serve pumpkin soup in or how about using them to display a spooky floral centerpiece in? Yes, all of these work and create the perfect festive Halloween decor for your home or party. Here’s how you do it yourself.

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Supplies: White or Orange Pumpkin, Carving knife, Spoon. (Optional: You can pray paint or use acrylic paint to paint your pumpkin your desired color.)

pumpkin_centerpiece_halloween_craft_DIY_on_the_fly_julee_ireland_1To make a spooky floral centerpiece select a pumpkin that is the same height and wider than your vase. Next, carve an opening at the top of your pumpkin that slightly wider than your vase and gut your pumpkin. Arrange your floral centerpiece in the vase and place in your pumpkin! What a unique, yet simple floral table centerpiece!

To create a pumpkin soup bowl select small pumpkins, carve an opening at the top and then gut your pumpkin. When you are ready to serve your soup just pour it right into each pumpkin bowl, put the cut top with stem back onto your pumpkin and present your soup to your guests!

pumpkin_centerpiece_halloween_craft_DIY_on_the_fly_julee_ireland_3To serve up your food, such as chips or salad, or to use as an ice chest, select a pumpkin that is larger than the bowl or beverages you wish to put into the pumpkin to keep chilled. Simply carve an opening at the top of your pumpkin that slightly wider than your bowl and gut your pumpkin so that your bowl will rest comfortably inside. Place your bowl and food inside your pumpkin and display for your guests! To use as an ice chest select a larger pumpkin and follow the same steps above, add ice, your beverages and you are ready to go!

I hope you have fun making these simply DIY projects and enjoy every bewitching hour of planning your perfect spooky party for Halloween 2015.  I would love to see your creations and post and share them on my blog and social media so be sure to email your photos with your full name, city and state to me at: juleeireland@gmail.com

Happy Haunting!

 

 

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October 21, 2015

DIY on the FLY Halloween Pumpkin Crafts

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I love to search for items at the dollar store or dollar bins to use for crafting. Believe it or not there is a lot that you can do with a pair of socks including making these darling sock pumpkins! This is a great craft project to make with your kids, family or friends to create fun Halloween decor for your home. And you don’t have to spend a lot of money either! I always find seasonal socks at stores in the dollar bins and you can too!

sock_pumpkin_halloween_craft_DIY_on_the_fly_julee_ireland_2Supplies: Mini pumpkin, pipe cleaners, one pair of adult seasonal socks, scissors, felt square in desired color.

 

 

 

 

 

sock_pumpkin_halloween_craft_DIY_on_the_fly_julee_irelandStep One: Cut the top of your sock off by cutting straight to the center of the heel and follow the heel line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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sock_pumpkin_halloween_craft_DIY_on_the_fly_julee_ireland_5Step Two: Turn your sock inside out and use a pipe cleaner to wrap tightly around the toe part of the sock. When it is secure cut off the excess.

 

 

 

 

 

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Step Three: Turn right side out and place your pumpkin inside. Pull the sock up tightly around the stem and use a few pipe cleaners to tightly secure your sock. I usually build the stem with pipe cleaners and add some curves for whimsy. Use your felt square to cut out a simple leaf and use a small piece of pipe cleaner to attach it to your pumpkin stem. That’s it! Enjoy this fun and simple sock pumpkin decor.

 

 

 

 

 

halloween_pumpkin_craft_spider_julee_ireland_diy_on_the_fly_4Halloween is all about ambience. Candles are an important design element used with Halloween decor to help set the spooky tone for a spooktacular night. I love to scatter candles throughout my home and in my garden to achieve the perfect mood lighting. Here’s a fun project to create your own spooky spider candle holders. They will look great sprinkled throughout your home, as a display on your front porch or to use as individual table place setting candles for an event or for a Halloween meal. They are super simple and cost less than three dollars to make!

 halloween_pumpkin_craft_spider_julee_ireland_diy_on_the_fly_suppliesSupplies: Mini pumpkin, black pipe cleaners, hot glue gun, small candle. (Optional: spray paint or acrylic craft paint in black or purple)

 

 

 

 

 

halloween_pumpkin_craft_spider_julee_ireland_diy_on_the_flyStep One: Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin a little larger in circumference than your candle and carve out the insides of your pumpkin. (Optional: you can paint your pumpkin black or purple if you like and let it dry before going to step two.)

 

 

 

 

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Step Two: Take your pipe cleaners and bend eight of them to look like spider legs. Make sure they are all the same size in length.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

halloween_pumpkin_craft_spider_julee_ireland_diy_on_the_fly_3Step Three: Stick four legs on each side directly into the pumpkin.  To secure it further you can use your hot glue gun. When your spider legs are in place insert your candle in the center and you are ready to enjoy this spookdorable candle holder! It’s that simple! These darling pumpkin spiders also make a great place setting card holder.

 

 

 

 

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Decorating pumpkins each year is something the whole family looks forward to, but let’s face it, Mom or Dad does most of the work because sharp objects, such as a carving knife, are not exactly made for kids. That’s why you will fall in love with the Spritz Pumpkin Craft Kits! Now you can put the craft paint and supplies out on the table and your kids can decorate their very own pumpkin with ease! This is also a great craft activity idea for a school or birthday party to keep the kids busy. Each kit comes complete with all of the self-adhesive supplies that you need to decorate your pumpkin. The best part is the price-$3.00 for the simple kits such as a bat, witch, fox, owl or cat and $5.00 for a few of the more elaborate decorative design kits which are perfect for adults. Now, head to the pumpkin patch in search of the perfect pumpkin to use with your Spritz Pumpkin Craft Kit!

All the supplies used in these projects were purchased from Michaels Craft Stores and Target.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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August 13, 2015

Celebrity Wedding Trends

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Julee Ireland with Terri Ouellette on Sonoran Living Live ABC “CELEBRITY WEDDING TRENDS”

Almond Tree Wedding Boutique
Traditional wedding gowns are falling to the wayside as celebrities and brides opt for comfort, price and a more personalized style for their big day! Here’s the Trend.  Three and Two piece wedding gowns with removable skirts!  Wear a more formal, long skirt for your walk down the aisle and drop your skirt to reveal  a knee-length dress underneath so you can easily head straight for your reception!  You can also purchase a three-piece ensemble with a bodice, long skirt and then change into a short sassy skirt for your reception.  How fun is that?  Or maybe you want to pair your bodice top with a pair of blue jeans and cowboy boots for a barn or outdoor wedding? Whatever you decide to do just make it your own. Anything goes these days. Dare to be different and shine in your own personal style. After all, it’s your special day, so kick up your heels and hang on for the ride of your life! Price Range: Starting at $200 plus, there is Something for every brides budget.

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Almond Tree Wedding Boutique Two-piece gown

Almond Tree Wedding Boutique
5355 East High Street Suite 129 Phoenix, AZ 85054
Phone: (602) 606-9565
www.almondtreeweddings.com

Renee Pawele (pronounced Pavell)
Toss away the bridal veil and make way for a Royal affair!  Here’s the Trend.  Crowns, tiaras, headbands and jewels!  Everyone is a princess and Renee Pawele of Renee Pawele Bride makes the most decadent jewels I have ever seen! She draws inspiration from the world around her and each individual bride so every piece she designs is unique. There is nothing cookie cutter about her!  With Renee Pawele you are purchasing an heirloom piece that can be worn again after your wedding day as well as handed down to the next generation.  She has made custom pieces for celebrities including the reining Miss USA who wore her custom jewels the evening she was crowned!  You can find Renee once a month at Kleinfields the original Say Yes to the Dress bridal boutique in New York City, at bridal boutique trunk shows around the country or online at www.reneepawelebride.com.  Price Range: $200 to $500

Renee Pawele Bride

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Renee Pawele Bride
Available for purchase via trunk shows or online (949)723-0121
www.reneepawelebride.com

Lux Wedding Florist
Just like the trend of tossing aside the Traditional wedding gown we are seeing a trend towards wedding floral decor with a blend of anything that’s out of the ordinary! Really nothing is off-limits for any bride today!  Here’s the Trend. The Pantone color of the year Marsala is big and ordinary Roses are out! It’s all about an eclectic mix with succulents, berries, exotic flowers in rich deep tones paired with pastel blues and soft pink hues.  Interesting containers are also in.  Think outside-the-box when it comes to bridal bouquets, floral centerpieces and boutineers. Price Range: Something for every brides budget

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Lux Wedding Florist

Lux Wedding Florist
2050 South 16th Street, Suite 107 Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone: (602) 707-6295
www.luxweddingflorist.com

Super Star Nail Lacquer
Celebrities and brides alike want every little detail from their head to their toes be perfect on their wedding day. That includes your hair, makeup and nails! Here’s the Trend.  Pastel colored nails are walking down the aisle adding a bridal pop of color. I love Superstar Nail Lacquer and its color line!  Ariana Pierce started Superstar Nail Lacquer at the tender age of 17. She was inspired to create a culture for women that would help them to recognize that their nails were just as important as their style. She has over 32 richly formulated nail lacquers designed to make you feel like a celebrity. Super Star Nail Lacquer is chip resistant, long-lasting, quick drying and formaldehyde-free.  Price: $12.00
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Avialable for purchase Online
www.superstarnaillacquer.com

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DIY on the FLY by Julee Ireland Wedding Place Card and Wedding Favor

DIY on the Fly Wedding Place Card by Julee Ireland

Seating your guests in style sets the tone for the celebration that’s ahead.  Here’s a few double duty DIY ideas for seating place cards that also make great wedding party favors at the same time.

Mini Terrarium

1. Start by purchasing a mini glass container that you like.  I found a few at Michael’s craft stores that I liked.

2. Add gravel, moss or sand depending on the container that you choose.

3.  Purchase floral stems of succulents or other small-scale flower stems that you like.

4.  Add the filler first.  If you are using a container you may want to use a glue gun to secure your gravel or moss to the inside of the glass container.

5.  If you are using the bulb as pictured. Pour some fine grain sand into the bulb filling it to your desired look.

6.  Cut your succulents or small flowers from your stems and depending on the container you use either glue them in place or stuff them into the bulb dropping them down into the sand.  (I used a pencil to help position my succulent stems where I wanted them into my bulb).

7.  Add your place card tag with your guest name or guest name and table number.

Voila!  There are many ways to display your place cards.  I personally love putting them at each place setting in the center of a plate or right above a napkin.  Enjoy your special day and leave your guests with a unique wedding favor gift that will keep on giving.

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August 11, 2015

Too Cool for Back To School on IndyStyle Wish TV

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Julee Ireland on the set of Indystyle featuring Locker Lookz, Portmantos, PackIt, Tablet Teddy Bear, Pure-Gear & DIY on the FLY

Fashionista’s quick, look over here! Dress up your drab school locker with Chic Decor from Locker Lookz. They offer affordable solutions to decorate your locker with items such as wallpaper, rugs, chandelier’s, magnets, photo frames, white boards and more. Make a fashion statement with your locker and show off your personality and pride for school at the same time. Who says you’re too cool for school? With Locker Lookz, school’s just cool! Prices range from $4.99 to $19.99.
Available at Staples, Barnes and Noble, Online and more! www.lockerlookz.com

Every student needs the perfect backpack to fit all of their books and electronics. In my opinion, Portmantos backpacks offer the coolest, to cool for school patterns, colors and fabric selections to choose from! Their backpacks are durable and offer comfort with the unique way the shoulder straps are designed giving your cool child, tween or teen extra support with a more comfortable fit over their shoulders. Portmantos allows your child, tween or teen to make their own fashion statement on campus that reflects their personality and style. This company is Eco-friendly, has built-in compartments to fit their laptops, tablets and cell phones and they’re affordable! Prices start at $45 Portmantos Available online  www.portmantos.com

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Portmantos Backpacks, PackIt Cool and Tablet Teddy Bear on Indystyle making Back to School super cool!

PackIt are the coolest cooler lunch boxes on the market – literally! The freeze gel is right inside the lining of the bag – no ice pack needed. The bags fold up super small and you leave PackIt stored in the freezer. Pull it out and the walls are completely frozen to keep your food cold for up to 10 hours! It’s never been so easy to pack healthy food and snacks for your kid’s school lunch! PackIt is also great for travel and comes in a variety of too cool for school patterns and colors to fit every child’s personality! PackIt…So Chill Inside and Out! Price $19.99                                Available at Target, Amazon, online and more!  www.packit.com

What’s too cool for grade school? The Tablet Teddy Bear! It’s ergonomically designed to act as a stand to hold your kids iPad and tablet without having to bend over or cause neck strains! It comes with a detachable backpack that stores your tablet when it is not in use. The best part about the Tablet Teddy Bear is that it’s much more than a tablet holder. It’s a cuddly bear to hold and play with; it provides function and promotes good body posture at the same time! It’s great for school, the car, travel and more. Tablet Teddy Bear is an affordable play and go accessory for your kids! Available in three styles, pink swirl, blue swirl and brown. Check out their Tablet Bean Bags also! Price $38.99 Available online at www.tabletteddybear.com

It’s tech time! Now you can experience old school retro gaming fun with your Pure-Gear phone case! Amazing phone cases allow you to navigate the ball through the challenging maze from start to finish! How fun! How cool for school! Keep yourself entertained in between classes with a new sturdy, flexible phone case with a twist. Pure Gear offers unique tablet and phone cases for almost every brand on the market.  Price $34.99

Available in stores around the world and online www.pure-gear.com

DIY on the FLY by Julee Ireland Turn an ordinary composition notebook from Drab to FAB!

DIY on the FLY by Julee Ireland Turn an ordinary composition notebook from Drab to FAB!

DIY on the Fly by Julee Ireland

Turn your ordinary mead composition notebook into something too cool for school! Here’s how you do it.

1.  Start with a standard composition book

2.  Purchase scrapbook paper from your local craft store.  I love the DCWC sets at Joanne Fabrics that includes four decorative color coordinated scrapbook sheets of paper for $5.99

3.  Next. Use a glue stick and put a nice coat of glue onto the face of notebook.

4.  Align your paper with the bottom edge and the tape of your notebook and press firmly to the glue.  Use extra glue as needed to make sure your edges stay in place.

5.  Trim the excess off using your scissors and following the edge of the notebook.

6.  repeat this step on the back and the inside front and back of your notebook for a complete new look.

7.  Embellish with crystals, ribbon, trim, buttons, stickers any way you like to personalize your notebook with your own unique style.

As you head back to school, have fun being you and feeling really cool.

 

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July 2, 2015

Style Your Home Red, White and Blue Year-round

Jason-Bell-living-roomThe month of July is when we celebrate our country’s independence. Homes across America gather their family and friends for backyard barbeques with a red, white and blue, stars and stripes theme reminiscent of our country’s flag; ending the evening with a bang through a dazzling display of fireworks. I love to decorate with red, white and blue because of its classic, regal historical look and feel. It’s never passé to show your patriotic colors and it’s easier than you think to capture the spirit of Independence Day year around in your home. Here are some simple tips to decorate your home and pay tribute to our red, white and blue flag with style year around.

The family room is the beating heart of every house. It’s where family and friends culminate to spend time together making it the perfect place to display your patriotic home décor. Create a focal point in your room by painting a wall your favorite shade of red and accent with blue and white. Find a stark white paint for your other walls and incorporate a blue or white sofa, chairs and coffee table that compliments your scheme. Let the red stand out on your wall and bring a few accessories into the room in shades of red through books, flowers, and frames or American flags.

All-American-Kitchens-Red-White-Blue-2While the family room is the beating heart, the kitchen is the pulse to your home. If there’s something cooking there will be someone looking, so this really is one of the most important rooms in your house when it comes to design. We spend a lot of time in our kitchen so you need to love its look, layout and function. I adore a red, white and blue kitchen because of its simple, clean appeal. White cabinets are a must! They can make a small kitchen appear larger and make the space feel open. Try using a solid blue countertop, white subway tile backsplash and add red accents to the room through your lighting, countertop appliances, flowers, dinnerware, or window coverings. Think about using a collection of small flags on wooden dowels in a white vase as a patriotic table centerpiece.

Your guest bath is a really fun place to express personality and create a conversation piece for your guests at the same time. So when it comes to the guest bath I love to think outside the box. Make a patriotic statement with blue pattered walls, stark white trim and red-hot accessories. Consider using wallpaper or fabric in a classic toile or pattern colored in red, white and blue. Use a contrasting color from the main color on your walls to paint your trim a bold color of red or blue. Or keep your walls a stark white or hue of blue and add a bold punch of red through your lighting, sink or toilet.

combination-of-various-patterns-and-prints-in-blue-white-and-red-for-a-plush-bedroomWhen it comes to decorating a bedroom it doesn’t have to be all stars and stripes. Try using checker and dot patterns of red, white and blue to bring a charming and whimsical patriotic feel to your space. American country antiques, hooked rugs or classic red, white and blue quilts look stunning and are all timeless depictions of our countries history. Consider repurposing old furniture pieces to make them new again by adding a patriotic touch painting them in rich hues of red or blue. Remember that lighting is the jewelry to your home and this is also an important way to incorporate red, white and blue into your room.

Shelf-CompleteAccessorizing each room in your home is the glue that ties your design together. It’s not something that you can do overnight but it’s important and fun to collect the right pieces a little bit at a time. Here’s one fun idea to think about in your search for household accessories to tie in nicely with a red, white and blue American theme. Collect flags for different eras and display them throughout your home as wall hangings or use them to make pillows or blankets with flag inspired motifs. This is something that the whole family can enjoy collecting together as you shop or travel. Just think you will be creating your own historical American museum in your home that can be passed down for generations to come.

Enjoy celebrating our Country’s Independence Day with your family and friends but most importantly, enjoy capturing the style and spirit of our freedom in your home year-round.

Cheers,

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May 21, 2015

DIY on the FLY™-Dip-Dyed Stationery

Photo Credit: Dana Gallagher

Photo Credit: Dana Gallagher

As the owner of my own greeting card company to say I am passionate about paper and people is an understatement! There is nothing more sentimental in this day and age of technology than that of a hand written note. I believe everyone needs a personal set of stationery and handmade stationery for mom will make her think of you each time she sends a note. This is a simple, fun project that the whole family can enjoy and it also makes a great gift for teachers or other important people in your life.

Step One:

Find some plain white, uncoated stationery, envelopes or gift tags from your local craft or paper store.

Step Two:

Using a plastic cup or Tupperware dish fill it with hot water and your desired color of Rit liquid dye. Let the solution cool before dipping your stationery or envelope.

Step Three:

Carefully dip the paper about an inch into the solution until you have your desired color. Don’t worry about creating a straight line. Perfection is in the imperfection. Each piece is unique and that’s the true beauty of this project!

Step Four:

Lastly, you will want to hang your paper to dry before you package it together and embellish it with a beautiful decorative ribbon and a handwritten gift note.

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April 29, 2015

How to Create an Art Gallery Wall

Creating the perfect art gallery wall in your home may seem like a difficult and daunting task but with a little pre-planning it’s really quite simple. Here are my step-by-step tips and instructions to make a masterful gallery for your wall showcasing your favorite artwork and family photos.

Gallery-Wall-5-hrStep 1: Collect your supplies. To bring your gallery wall to life you will need a few basic tools to help you complete the task. Here is a list of the basic supplies that you will need. A pencil, nails, newspaper or butcher paper, scissors, painter’s tape, hammer, measuring tape and a level. Now you are ready for step 2!

Step 2: Select, gather and organize. I love an eclectic yet cohesive mix of artwork and photos hung on the wall. It’s important that the frames and content relate to one another to constitute a collection that will tell a story. Get creative. You can frame anything from photos, magazines, letters, artwork, famous quotes, works of music or pages from your favorite book with the same theme and color palette to make your wall visually appealing. Tip: Frame all your artwork and photos with one to two complimentary colors and use a variety of different sizes and shapes of frames to add contrast and texture to your gallery wall.

Step 3: Frame to layout. Now that you have decided which artwork and photos you would like to use and framed them all so they look like a collection its time to decide on the perfect layout for your wall. Using the floor space in front of your gallery wall start by putting down your favorite or largest piece in the center. Begin arranging your artwork around your center anchor piece and work your way out. Keep moving things around and experimenting until you like the way it looks. This really is a matter of personal taste and there is no right and wrong. Just follow your instinct on what looks best to you. Tip: Keep a few inches of space between each frame to keep them close. A gallery wall is all about finding an organized balance in complete disarray.

Step 4: Layout to Wall. Now that you have your layout designed take your newspaper or butcher paper and use your pencil to trace an outline of each frame creating individual templates, use your scissors to cut them out and then number them starting with your center piece as number 1. Use your tape measure to find the center point or points where your nail(s) will go for each piece of framed artwork or photo and pencil it in on your templates. Find the center of your wall and tape your center anchor piece template centered on the wall. Tape the rest of your templates on the wall keeping them close together in the same numbered sequence you laid out on the floor. Take your hammer and a nail and pound a nail through your template following your drawing. Remove the templates from the wall and replace them with your actual artwork and photos. Use your level to make sure your artwork is hung straight. Tip: You can use cut outs of fabric, decorative paper or knick-knacks in and around your artwork to fill space and add another dimension to your wall.

There are no exact guidelines or rules to creating a picture perfect art gallery wall so embrace your life’s journey, showcase what makes you feel good and have fun with it! I would love to see and post photos of your completed gallery wall on my blog! Please e-mail photo’s to me at juleeireland@gmail.com.

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April 24, 2015

DIY Dinner Party Tips on Sonoran Living

Today I presented some DIY tips on how to throw a Spring/Summer dinner party like a Pro without breaking the bank.

On Sonoran Living

On Sonoran Living

Watch the segment here: http://www.abc15.com/lifestyle/sonoran-living/summer-dinner-party-tips-diy-ideas

Every party starts with a theme, guest list and most importantly an invitation. Your invitation sets the tone for your party and gives your guests a glimpse of what lies ahead so have fun with designing the perfect party invitation. Papyrus now offers DIY printable invitations! You’ll love that there is a variety of designs to choose from for every occasion. They are simple and easy to design yourself online. Select your design. Select your font and font color. Type in the details of your party. Preview your design, select your quantity and place your order! They are affordable and the quality is amazing! Papyrus invitations are a fraction of what a custom designed invitation normally costs. Your papyrus DIY printable invitations are sent directly to your doorstep within 5-7 business days for most vendors. Check with Papyrus custom invitations department for exact lead times. http://www.papyrusonline.com

Style and Entertaining DIY Gourmet Dinner Party Kits are a must have! It’s not just the invitation, guest list and decor that makes a great dinner party; it’s also the food and entertainment. What could be better than combining food with entertainment through an interactive experience? I love these simple Award Winning DIY Dinner Party Kits that make cooking and entertaining a snap! You don’t have to be a master chef to create a masterful meal. Each Style & Entertaining DIY Dinner Kit comes complete with an easy to follow step-by-step guide that includes recipes, ingredients, decor, music and wine pairing suggestions. Spice up a healthy life! Each kit contains organic herbs, spices, whole grains, beans, dried fruits and nuts to complete each recipe. Supports buy fresh and local with a grocery list for ingredients that makes gathering your cooking supplies fast and easy. Learn the fundamentals of selecting the perfect wine to serve with your meal. Find your inner celebrity chef by learning celebrity inspired cooking techniques. Set a stylish table scene with votive candles, menu cards, napkins and more included in each kit! This makes a great gift as well as, a fun cooking experience to share with your family or friends. The Style and Entertaining DIY Dinner Kit for 8 is $49.95 and the DIY Romantic Dinner for Two Kit is only $29.95. Get yours today! http://www.StyleandEntertaining.com

Style and Entertaining DIY Dinner Kit for 8

Style and Entertaining DIY Dinner Kit for 8

Now that the invitation has been sent and the menu has been decided we need to think about setting the perfect tablescape to compliment your dinner party. Like most working moms I don’t have a lot of extra time so I am always seeking out simple solutions for everyday living. Simply Baked makes baking and setting a beautiful table a breeze! Simply Baked tableware can go straight from the oven to your table. Yes, you can bake and serve directly in their beautifully decorative cups, bowls and more! Simply Baked is available in a variety of pretty patterns, designs, sizes and colors. They have something for everyone and every party scene! They have festive accessories such as straws, spoons, appetizer trays, plates and sticks, cake stands and more making it quick and easy to serve your guests with style! Simply Baked really allows you to have fun and get creative and it’s not just for baked goods. Use their decorative cups to create individual fresh veggie cups or to serve candy, nuts or fresh fruit. The ideas and possibilities are endless. They offer simple pre-made party packs in a variety of coordinating party themes such as the Glam kit or Fourth of July kit making planning your next dinner party simply a breeze! Prices range from $3.50 and up. http://simplybaked.us

You can create a custom chic look for any party or event with Di Potter translucent Wine and Champagne shades. There are over 32 different fabulous themes and patterns available in a variety of trending color combinations. Di Potter shades are made out of translucent paper and they’re easy to assemble, reusable and made in the U.S.A. for use with any traditional Wine or Champagne glass and a flameless candle. Di Potter also makes matching beautiful paper candle bands, placemats and charger plates to further enhance your table scape. They
are simple, affordable and unique making you the hostess who is sure to be the talk of the town! Price $22.99 for a set of 6 http://www.thepapertable.com

BONUS DIY TIP: DIY under $25-How to create an amazing last minute centerpiece using stemware, glasses, mugs, candle holders, glass bowls and vases right out of your kitchen cabinets!

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Step 1: Assemble a variety or glassware from the list above in varied shapes and sizes. You want to mix high and low pieces to give it dimension and make it interesting.

Step 2: Purchase seasonal flowers at your local market or cut flowers, fruits, veggies and succulents straight from your garden.

Step 3: Group 3 or more of varied pieces in varied heights together creating a triangle shape. Fill with water, add a drop of food coloring to create desired color (directions for the various color shades are on the back of your food coloring box) and add your desired fresh cut flowers, fruit, vegetables or combination thereof to taste. Turn Wine glasses upside down with a flower or table tent card with something written on it and place candle votive on top to create mood lighting. Repeat to desired taste throughout your room and on your table.

Step 4: Find your inner Design Diva! There is no right or wrong so don’t be afraid to do what looks best to you and have fun with it! Prepare to amaze your guests with your creative, charming and simple centerpieces!

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