by Alix

Apr

15

Egg Carton Crafts (Bring on the Bling!)

April 15, 2014 in Craft, DIY, easter, For The Love Of, gifts, HGTV Design Happens, party, spring by Alix

Decorative Egg Cartons | A RUFFLED LIFE

I know, I know…I’ve been absent for far too long and I’m sorry :) . I really appreciate you coming around and the temporary separation is over with, I pinky promise. But seriously, I have some really great blog posts lined up for the next month and I am kinda giddy about the two Easter crafts I have going this week.

The first one I put together is for HGTV Design Happens and it is these egg-cellent egg carton craft (I also apologize for that pun). I was super inspired by these pinwheel egg cartons with paper from my girl Liz and realized that around Easter we down eggs like we have been protein deficient for a full year. So I thought to myself: hmmm…that’s a lot of egg cartons to throw away. Maybe this year you can skip out on the (ah-hem WalMart) technicolored baskets and opt for a DIY painted egg carton instead. Throw some bling on that thing and I pretty sure everyone will be die-ing (get it? like dieing eggs) over how clever and earth-friendly you are this Easter season. Now “hop” on over to Design Happens for helpful tips on how to whip together your own Egg Carton craft treat!

Decorative Egg Cartons | A RUFFLED LIFE

My second Easter craft is a little project I put together for For The Love Of and it involves cake and come back tomorrow and check it out!

xo Alix

by Alix

Mar

26

Color Therapy, If Colors Went to College

March 26, 2014 in essay, funny, Life Essays, ramblings, The Neighborhood by Alix

Color Therapy | A Ruffled Life
Last week for The Neighborhood I wrote a fun post all about color therapy and the meaning of colors…very sciency stuff mind you.

Here is a sneak peak…

Color therapy, or chromotherapy as it is sometimes called, dates back to the year 980 when colors really meant something. I say that last sentence with a touch of sarcasm, but seriously, some people take color very seriously. Chromotherapists use colors through light to balance an individual’s energies, but many researchers claim the use of color therapy to be unsuccessful. I’m no naysayer here; if light makes you feel more spiritually, emotionally, physically, and mentally balanced, I’m giving you a big two-thumbs-up. Chances are, though, I’m not going to break out the crystals and quit my day job to become a witch doctor. That doesn’t mean I can’t have a little fun and enjoy the psychology of color with a rainbow of enthusiasm! So here is what I hear about the meaning of colors . . .

Red: Red is kind of the jock of colors. It represents our primitive survival needs like “jock need water!” but it also is the color of strength, power, and masculinity. Red is all about taking action, asserting leadership positions, and projecting confidence. Red is totally a showoff if you know what I mean.

To read the rest check out my Color Therapy post for The Neighborhood!

 

by Alix

Mar

22

Sir William turns 2!

March 22, 2014 in Adams, baby, birthday, essay, family, Lewis, Liam, Nugget, Uncategorized by Alix

A Ruffled Life

Sometimes I like to call Liam “Sir William” when he is being particularly regal. Like when he helps me fold laundry like a gentleman should. Or when he goes ahead and turns 2-years-old! On March 9th Liam was Sir William all day long because he was 2 and 2 is a big deal. Last year when Sir William turned 1 I went a little crazy on his party (Part 1. Part 2). This year I put on the brakes an decided to just have a fun day for Liam. In other words, I made Liam’s birthday about Liam and not about a blog post :) .

When Sir William turns 2 it is a good day to spoil him senseless. We trekked through the isles of Toys R Us and let him pick out whatever he wanted. I kid you not this is the exact list of what our little Sir wanted for his second birthday:

1. A basketball hoop and basketball (which he plays with ever day and calls “bath-et-ball-hoooop”)

2. A soccer ball (“sodder-ball”)

3. A baseball and bat (“Base Baaaal”)

4. A motorized miniature 4-wheeler (“foor-de-wheerler”)

You guys. He plays with them Every. Day. I was so worried that he would get board with all the sports paraphernalia so I snuck a few educational toys in the shopping cart just in case-because I know how to have fun. He hardly touches my color matching learning game but I’m persistent. Grandma and grandpa Lewis bought Sir William the 4-wheeler because they believe in this dream called America.

When you turn 2 it is also a good day for your grandma Trish to cut your hair. Judging by the pictures (and the fact that he kept saying “don’t!” I am thinking that hair cuts are not really his favorite thing).

And then there was cake! Glorious cake. He blew out those candles all by himself like he has been having birthdays for 20 years instead of 2.

We always knew that Liam had a spicy personality. Minutes after he was born he was being weighed by the nurses and reached across his body to the side of the scale and nearly pulled himself off like “I’m done here folks”. Almost everyone he meets mentions his funny facial expressions and how easily he warms up to people. Some of my favorite Liam-isms are…

the disgustingly adorable way he puts up both his boxing fists and yells “ninja!”.

how he says his name “leem”.

when he eats apples like an orange slice and gives the apple peal to Jada.

how he asks for “Nacho” (the movie Nacho Libre) literally 10 times a day.

his completely serious face when rides his 4-wheeler and scooter.

when he throws a tantrum he immediately planks on the floor with his nose flat on the ground.

morning kisses and hugs…so many kisses and hugs. Liam never passes up a free cuddle and kiss.

The last two years of being Liam’s mom have been an absolute privilege. It is literally the most rewarding and important thing I have ever accomplished. I love him more than oxygen.

A Ruffled Life

A Ruffled Life

A Ruffled Life

A Ruffled Life

A Ruffled Life

by Alix

Mar

5

Yarn Chandelier

March 5, 2014 in Craft, DIY, HGTV Design Happens, Home, house, Uncategorized by Alix

Yarn balls

Lately I have been feeling pretty lousy. Fantastic way to start a blog post I know ;) . It’s so true though…I just haven’t felt 100% and poor darling Clint has been the recipient of a more grouchy version of me. I resolve to do better! Mostly I have mourned over the fact that I haven’t been able to fully enjoy the positive mood swings our weather is having these days. Every other day is gloriously warm and sunny mixed with cool and rainy days. The rainy days are not really the gloomy type, mostly like the lovely foggy type that make the majestic Utah mountains really come to life outside my window. It’s the kind or rainy days you would see on Twilight, minus the horrid acting and unwarranted obsession over the world’s most dull teenagers. So a good rain day basically. I wish I felt better because I would be skipping through the sun and rain instead of sauntering through it, but either way I’m getting through it.

I have, however, been slightly more productive on the crafting front (and I say “front” like it’s a battler front…like “news from the crafting front…” because we take crafts seriously). Last week I made this absolutely lovely Yarn Chandelier for HGTV Design Happens using yarn left over from other projects. I’m giddy over the color combination I chose for the final chandelier. These photos were taken in the kitchen of my good fried Beth for the blog post, but now this chandelier is sitting on my craft desk giving me dirty looks. I really want to hang it up ASAP (I mean get off my back would you?) but I haven’t quite found the perfect place for it yet. I’ll give you an update as soon as she finds her final resting place, as I am sure you are just dying to know.

And that’s pretty much all the news from around here. Except that Liam’s new favorite food it “bra-nana” (bananas), he requests “Nacho!” (Nacho Libre) at least 10 times a day, and he (kind of) can scoot around on his scooter now!

To find out how to make your own fabric chandelier check it out here…

Yarn Chandelier

Yarn Chandelier

Yarn balls

xoxo

by Alix

Feb

28

Pinspiration! for Spring

February 28, 2014 in blogging, Fresh and Fabulous Friday, Home, house, Pinterest, Uncategorized by Alix

lovely space and pretty florals

Clever title I know ;) . Lately I have been inspired by bright airy spaces with a touch of feminine details. Is it my inner longing for spring that is pulling me towards fresh floral and pastel hues? Probably. In fact, that inner spring diva is really just itching to come out and sing a ballad with the spring birds. (Side note, my husband complains about the birds building nests on our porch and pooping on our house. He declare war on them every spring, so we have a difference of opinions on the issue). Here are a few images I have collected on my Pinterest that have been inspiring me lately…I think it is time to act on the inspiration.

pretty little girls room

lovely couch

magical animals

lovely living room

whimsical deer portrait

lovely courtyard dining

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

All images were gathered from Pinterest and are not my own :)

For more inspiration check out my Pinterest!

by Alix

Feb

26

Fabric Garland DIY for HGTV

February 26, 2014 in Craft, DIY, garland, HGTV Design Happens, Home, house by Alix

Bright scrap fabrics

Hello lovely people. I’m just popping in real quick to tell you about this darling little fabric garland I made and to convince to go make one for yourself. I’m pretty sure a fabric-scrap garland is just what you need in life. Yep, I am convinced. Hop on over to HGTV’s blog Design Happens and find out just how easy it is to whip up one of these adorable suckers.

DIY Fabric Garland

Bright scrap fabrics

DIY Fabric Garland

xoxo

by Alix

Feb

26

Three ways to use the color white to freshen up your home!

February 26, 2014 in Craft, DIY, Home, house, Husband, Uncategorized by Alix

Mounted Stick Antlers DIY

Perhaps it’s the chilling winter weather, or it may be my horrendous dark maroon couches, but for some reason I am covering and crafting everything in bright whites. White paint and tissue paper just seem to cure dungeon syndrome. Side note, Clint brought our current couches to our marriage and I try and talk about how much I hate the color of them as frequently and dramatically as possible…it’s all part of my campaign to get new couches. Let’s be clear though, I understand that this is a very privileged problem to have and I am grateful for all the free furniture my tushy gets to sit on (even if they are the world’s worst shade of purple).

Back to white decor…I think I was feeling like my home was somewhat of a cold cave lately so I have come up with a few quick ways to freshen up your home…bring in some light…and they may even improve upon my couches yet!

Craft #1: Time to PLAY!

Tissue Paper words DIY

Tissue Paper words DIY

I crafted this tissue paper dot “PLAY” sign using cardboard letters for Andrea of For The Love Of. Eventually it will find its way into a little girls room if I ever have a daughter, but for now it hangs in our dining room and reminds us to not take life so seriously and such. You can check out the step-by-step tutorial HERE!

Craft #2: Mounted Twig Antlers

Mounted Stick Antlers DIY

These white-washed sticks serve as the perfect substitute for antlers, but still have the lusted-after antler look that we just can’t get enough of. Whether you have a soft spot in your heart for our antlered friends, or your husband chooses to bow hunt and thus it is near impossible to kill anything with antlers (me raising my hand) these branch antlers serve as a chic substitute! You can find out how to make a set of your own at Rue Rococo!

Craft #3: A lace pillow please!

How to sew your own lace pillow

And finally…a touch of feminine is really what the doctor ordered. Lace just kind of gets me, and I get lace. We have an understanding. This lace pillow I made for Rue Rococo adds the touch of lovely I really needed!

xoxo

by Alix

Feb

22

Self Portraits with Pizza in Brooklyn

February 22, 2014 in essay, goals, Life Essays, photography, portraits, Uncategorized by Alix

Self Portraits

This post is literally 5 photos of my face and 1 photos of pizza. I threw the pizza one in there because I didn’t think it would be fair to make you endure all 5 images without pizza as a reward. These portraits of me (and my gal-pal Pizza) were taken in Brooklyn at a pizza place we waited in line for for 45 minutes. We waited another 20 minutes for our thin-crust pizza (the only way you eat pizza in New York unless you want to get ambushed) and that wait period of low blood sugar and sleepiness produced some of my very favorite self-portraits. I think we tend to hate pictures of ourselves (unless you are one of those 15-year-olds posting duck-faced selfies in your filthy bathroom…you like photos of yourself…good for you). If we don’t self-portraits then we certainly notice the flaws. The blemishes and discolorations and scars. I do the same. I am tempted to Photoshop in a thigh gap and Photoshop out my pores. Who needs pores right? Not me! But I kind of liked all the imperfections in these photos. They seemed like they were mine and mine alone. On my chin and jawline I have two scars from chickenpox. My left nostril is slightly higher than me right and my nose is shaped like my dads. I’m starting to get more creases around my eyes and sometimes makeup collects there as the day goes on. The skin where my nose meets my cheeks has always been a florescent red color, but I use concealer to cover it up. My hair is naturally a flat dull blonde–like dirty dishwater–but I have added blonde highlights since I was 12.

I guess you could say I am pretty happy with how things are going for me. Every year I feel a little more at home in my skin and a little more independent from the opinions of others. That seems to be a key component in finding my happiness in life–not caring about what others think.

I also like that I can surprise myself. Every now and then I muster the courage to leap into the unknown. And when I fail I somehow take comfort in the silver lining of it all. I don’t ever want to be a person so stuck in my self-assigned attributes that I miss out on a great change. I don’t want to be so entrenched in my past that it completely defines my future behavior. What I really want is to look back and harbor great memories not regrets. To say I went for it all, even if I fell short.

Self Portraits

Self Portraits

Self Portraits

Self Portraits

Pizza in Brooklyn

^^ and as promised…pizza!

All images by Mrs Stacey Sargent!

xoxo

by Alix

Feb

18

Floral Chandelier DIY (and check me out on For The Love Of)

February 18, 2014 in blogging, Craft, DIY, Home, house, Uncategorized by Alix

Floral Chandelier DIY | A Ruffled Life

February has put me a floral mood. Every time I walk past those luscious Costco flowers they wink at me and are all, “Hey girl! Wanna take me home?” I have a feeling that lusting after Costco flowers is a very semi-rural middle-class kind of thing. Like, if I were more classy I would be lusting after garden roses on the corner of a busy city street. But here I am in Utah pushing a grocery cart the size of a continent through the Costco Ocean and daydreaming about those bulk 48 carnations for $5.00. Poor carnations always get the shaft. I don’t think they are that bad…just misunderstood. After browsing down the book section and reading the back cover of a promising teen trilogy I decided it was up to me to rescue some flowers and put them to a whimsical worthy use.

Thus enter my floral chandelier DIY! In case you haven’t heard I am now blogging for my great friend Andrea at For The Love Of! This is all very exciting. Andrea (or Andy as I call her in my head) and I met last year (waaaay back in 2013) at Alt Summit. We reconnected this last January at Alt where she asked if I would like to contribute to her blog. Of course I said yes…she is completely talented, a brilliant health-food chef (does @GwynethMadeMeDoIt sound familiar to anyone?), and an excellent writer. I am honored to join her ranks in the blogging world.

This little post I put together on how to make a floral chandelier turned out lovely…you should check it out HERE.

Also…more flowers.

A quick hello from my grumpy two. Twins.

I am crazy.

And I am dying over this dream bathroom.

Floral Chandelier DIY | A Ruffled Life

Floral Chandelier DIY | A Ruffled Life

xoxo

by Alix

Feb

17

Cross-Stitch Painting DIY for HGTV Design Happens

February 17, 2014 in blogging, Craft, DIY, Home by Alix

Cross Stitch Painting DIY | A Ruffled Life

Today I am over-the-moon excited to make an announcement of sorts…I am now a guest contributor for HGTV’s (as in the television channel) blog Design Happens! Design Happens is a truly fabulous collection of DIY, design, and decoration inspiration. The folks over there are supremely talented and I am honored to be working on such a fantastic site!

For my first post I created a cross-stitch painting from a cross-stitch pattern. It’s time to put your grandma’s cross-stitch patterns to good use! Check it out!

Cross Stitch Painting DIY | A Ruffled Life

Cross Stitch Painting DIY | A Ruffled Life

Cross Stitch Painting DIY | A Ruffled Life

xoxo