Arts & crafts



    Arts & crafts

    DIY: Hanging Succulent Planters

    Yay to Katie’s inaugural guest post on an arts & crafts topic. Throughout Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home, she’s been cooking yummy foods, volunteering, and being outdoors, but I’m excited she’s now giving DIY a chance.

    Now I am not one for gleefully seeking out creative projects, but spending time in Mary’s blog world may have been the inspiration to try making something decorative of my own. Here’s my first attempt at a DIY project.

    I’ve had this leggy succulent that I propagated more than year ago into a few of those cute little “Oui” yogurt jars (#upcycle). On a recent trip to Santa Cruz, I found some small pieces of driftwood on the beach. With some rope and little hooks that I already had at home, I created this hanging three-jar succulent planter.

    If I do say so myself, it looks like something you could buy on Etsy. This little DIY project got me thinking about what else I could repurpose and make something out of for no cost at all. Still have yet to come up with any other ideas.

  • Travel

    Christmas in La Jolla

    San Diego is a popular day trip for the family, and this time I brought along my relatively new Zuiko 45mm f1.8mm lens. The day was split between Del Mar and…

  • Misc

    Volunteering Roundup

    Every other week or so of SIP, Katie tells me about her new volunteer event. I encouraged her to share her experiences & the opportunities others can also partake in during…

  • Food

    Plum Jam

    Katie’s been really rocking these jam sessions lately (all the puns intended). For Week 15 of Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home, she covers another recipe from her Boise…

  • Travel

    Two Days, Two National Parks

    In Week 14 of guest blogging, Katie introduces her cousin to one of the best things about this country: its National Parks. Check out their long weekend adventures below, and what else Katie’s been up to in her Day…

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    Arts & crafts

    DIY: Custom Skinny Doormat

    Like any good Asian, the thought that popped into mind when I saw small steps to my new apartment was, Where to wipe shoes before going inside? Thanks to Etsy, I…

  • Travel

    Balboa Park, San Diego: Masks Edition

    A day trip to Balboa Park in San Diego has been the furthest I’ve explored as shelter-in-place continues to put a damper on summer travels.  Reunited with my 50mm prime (and…

  • Misc

    Summer Solstice Hike

    Week 13 of Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home covers 2 of my favorite topics: summer and hiking. Yet my only comment to Katie’s guest post would be: TFTI…

  • Food

    Apricot Jam (NOT Sugar Free)

    A fitting 12 jars of jam guest blog for Week 12 of Day in the Life: Katie Shelters At Home. Katie has become quite the jamming (& canning) connoisseur since our…

  • Food

    Frozen S’mores

    For Week 11, guest blogger Katie introduces an OCD’s (or just my) dream snack: a clean way to prepare & enjoy s’mores. Check out her prolific baking and other shelter-in-place adventures…