Vision Board

Happiest 2017 to you!

Every year I wonder and ponder if I should share my New Year’s resolutions. Will I actually stick to them? Is anyone listening anyway? I was having the worst time writing a post about my resolutions and then became inspired by the idea of a vision board! Some people think that vision boards are bogus but there’s a lot of great research showing that they actually work! Plus, hey…it’s a fun and inspirational project!

What is a vision board? This is a board and collage made up with images, words, and quotes that inspire you to reach for your everyday or future goals. It’s a tool that will help one of the powerful mind exercises you can do…visualization! The Law of Attraction, people! If you see yourself in that place, time, and life everyday then that will become your life one day. The Law of Attraction is something I really believe in and wish I would apply it more into my life so I thought this would be a good step toward that!

I’m sure I will soon make a vision board of photos and printed quotes but I was feeling very inspired to create a piece of artwork the time and knew it would be a good step to get my mind on track of focusing!

The supplies you need for your project are a canvas, paint colors of your choice, printed out words and/or pictures, scissors, and modge podge. Also other creative supplies you would like to add…this is your vision! I of course chose some glitter.

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About my piece. I wanted my piece to represent a sun because sunlight brings me the most motivation and happiness. For my color choice I went with yellow and champagne gold. These colors really inspire me because they remind me of light and success.

The painting itself turned out much different then I first imagined it to be. Instead of shooting straight lines from the middle circle like a normal sun painting I decided to play with paint in a circular motion which created an orbit look in the galaxy to me! This actually makes sense and speaks a little more to the concept of my piece.

While my paint was drying I went into Photoshop to type up some words that are inspiring me. I used various sizes too based on what I want more focus on. I typed up and printed out some words in the font Traveling Typewriter…such a fun font that you can download here.

Once my paint was finished drying I cut out my words and scattered them around my piece and modge podged them into place. In the middle of my “sun orbit” I have placed a quote that says “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire

There are some words on my canvas that I would like to share with you.

Denver, Colorado….this is because my biggest goal this year is to move back to Denver! I fell in love with Denver while I was there for college and it became my own home. I have the greatest friendships there and know I could do really well there with my photography and artwork!

Education…I am starting my Master’s degree right now in Creativity Studies and I’m also doing it full time online so that is a huge focus for me the next year!

$$$$$ and Success…I really want to focus on making and saving money this year! Between traveling and making a move to a big city… I’m going to need it!

I have also added some other words that inspire me such as ambition, positivity, independence, kindness, and pamper (because as girl’s gotta treat herself)

This year I’m planning on working a lot and working hard! I love to see my daily planner filled with productivity. Between school, working, and my blog…it’s going to be a packed year of great opportunities  and success!

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DIY Santa Hat

Yesterday I decided to decorate a plain santa hat and since I can’t sew I thought this was a fun and easy way to work with fabric, for the cheaters like us. A nice little accessory to your next Ugly Sweater Christmas Party. I’ve been wanting to make something cute and festive from the super cute Mexican fabric here and thought this red would be perfect.

You will need

  • A cheap felt santa hat. They have a lot at the dollar store.
  • 2 pieces of 16×20″ fabric
  • Ribbon
  • Glue…I used hot glue but you might want to use fabric glue
  • Fabric Scissors

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First you will want to unfold the bottom part of the hat, you will be gluing your fabric down there. My hat was about 14 inches high so I kept my fabric at 16″ high, you will want that fabric glued to the inside of your hat. Cut your first piece of fabric down the angle of your hat, leave maybe 1/2″  to 1″ edge. Once you have cut our your pieces you will want to take your glue and apply it to the sides of the hat, a little bit at a time so you can fold over the edges.

Repeat on the second side. This doesn’t have to be perfect because you are gluing your ribbon to the side seam edges.

Once you have glued your fabric of choice on your hat you can move onto the ribbon. I used that really festive sparkly ribbon. You will glue this over the side seams.

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Last but not least fold back over the bottom and wear your cute new hat!

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Warm and Bright Holiday Inspirations

I hope you all had a beautiful Sunday! Yesterday was the art show and I did fairly well with some sales so I didn’t walk away disappointed. Yesterday I missed having a blog so hoping to bring you two today. We had some good friends over for dinner and we made empanadas so I took the opportunity after a long day at the art show to be with my family, learn how to make empanadas, and be in good cheer! Sometimes you have to set things aside for the more important moments in life.

Today I thought I would share some great holiday inspiration that I gathered from Pinterest to get yourself in the best Christmas cheer since it’s the last Monday before CHRISTMAS! However, since I live in Mexico I wanted to share all of the things that inspire me this Christmas which is a lot of color, warmth, culture, and spice!

Follow me on Pinterest, username mariahcassandra, I’m probably the only girl that doesn’t have a wedding board.

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Tree skirt || Christmas Tree || Ornaments

Fiesta Flowers || Christmas Cactus

Ornaments || Frida

Sweater || Socks

Champurrado || Mexican Holiday Punch || Arroz Con Leche || Dessert Tamales

 

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DIY Christmas Cards

I’ve always been a huge fan of making cards especially Christmas cards! I know how exciting it is to get cards in the mail so I like to share that joy with my loved ones! This is one of the main reasons why I’m obsessed with scrapbook paper. It takes me a lot to drag me out of the scrapbook paper section at the craft store, I’m so addicted to all of the amazing patterns! I wanted to share with you a few DIY Christmas cards that are super easy to make!

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You will need

  • Blank card paper. I use brown craft paper because I love the rustic look to all of my cards. You could always just use heavier paper and fold it but premade blank card paper is so convenient if you’re an avid card maker.
  • Scrapbook paper. There’s a lot of really great small packs of holiday paper. You will want duel sided for one of the projects.
  • Large hole punch. Mine is a 1″ and I think it works really well for most projects.
  • 3D stickers
  • Glue
  • Scissors or a paper cutter
  • Ribbon
  • Thin black marker
  • Letter stamps

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Hanging Ornaments Card || This first card you will need to punch out different patterned circles and apply them on your card surface with 3D stickers. Scatter them around because they will look like hanging ornaments. Once they are applied you will draw a line going from the top of the card to each ornament and then add little loops to look like tiny bows!

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Christmas Tree Card || This tree card is where having duel sided paper will come in handy. Draw and cut out two larger sized triangles, these need to be the same size. Figure out which one you would like as the base and apply it to the card base with 3D stickers. Take your second triangle, fold it in half and apply the fold down the middle of your first triangle with glue. This will create a fun and easy three dimensional card! I had a gold glitter star in my Christmas crafts and applied that on top with 3D stickers

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Christmas Wreath Card ||  Last but not least we have a cute and girly Christmas wreath…it of course doesn’t have to be girly though depending on the scrapbook paper patterns you use! You will want to choose three or more patterns to punch out. Once you have punched your patterns draw a circle on your card base as a guideline. Glue on some circles around the circle you drew, slightly overlap them for more dimension. Take your remaining circles and apply them on top with 3D stickers, this will add great dimension to your wreath! When you are finished glue a little bow on top.

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After all of my cards were finished I stamped “Warm Wishes” at the bottom. Since I’m in Mexico I thought that would be a proper message for my cards. I actually use paint instead of ink which is a little more difficult to work with at first but I enjoy the look of it much better…and you can use any color! I went with a red paint to match all three cards.

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What Christmas cards have you made this year? I’m also thinking about New Years cards to send out to family!

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Easy Peppermint Chocolates

I love peppermint everything and what’s even better is peppermint with chocolates. I wanted to create a really easy and quick treat. These bad boys are so easy that you can make them in about 30 minutes! Perfect for a very last minute treat for your holiday events.

You will need

  • A silicone mold. There are so many adorable silicon molds anymore and you can really be creative with this. Mine are flowers which remind me of poinsettias! I’m sure there’s a wide selection of Christmas themed molds now though.
  • 1 or 2 cups chocolate. This depends on how deep or big your trays are. If you fancy white chocolate that would work very well with this too!
  • A handful of peppermints

How to

  1. Melt your chocolate. After it was melted I put mine on a ziplock bag and cut off the very corner, this helped me get into the small corners of my flower petals. You only need to fill your tray half way right now.  It actually helped to dollop some chocolate in the middle and spread it around with a toothpick. After you have covered the bottom part of your tray place it in the freezer for about 10 minutes or until solid.
  2. While your chocolate is in the freezer you will need to crush your peppermints. You can do this by hand or with a food processor. If you use a food processor be prepared for the amazing scent of peppermint to hit your face when you open the lid! I crushed mine just enough so there were a little bit of chunks.
  3. Remove your tray from the freezer and sprinkle a thin layer of your peppermints on top of the frozen chocolate. Afterward fill another layer of melted chocolate so your peppermints are placed between two layers of chocolate. You can either stop there or add another layer of peppermints as I did for extra peppermint goodness!
  4. Freeze until chocolate is solid and pop them out of the tray! That’s the awesome thing about silicone trays is they will just pop out!

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You can either eat these on their own or toss them into some hot chocolate! If your trays are like mine and kind of deep these will be very rich! There’s other fillings you can do as well such as caramel, marshmallows, sprinkles…you can get very creative! Enjoy!

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Easy DIY Pom Pom Ornaments

You cannot disagree with me that pom poms are just way too adorable and can be used for almost anything! They are actually pretty “in” this year!

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We recently took a trip up to Mexicali where I found a mini tree to have in my room and some decorations. I decided to go with all gold because I just love solid gold but then someone brought to my attention that since I’m in Mexico I should add some color to it! I then remembered that I had a small pack of bright colored pom poms that would look perfect on my tree! I decided to take the pack of ornaments I already had and do something with them. The mini pack of ornaments came with solid gold or solid glitter…obviously I had kept the glitter ornaments to go with my cute pom poms.

All I did was take off the top from the old ornaments and hot glue them to my pom poms. Easy as that! I then used twine for my ribbon to give it a more rustic look. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the ornaments that I didn’t use…that’s means a new DIY project!

You can probably do this by going to your local dollar store and purchase small or large ornaments to take the tops off of. This would be really cute with a bigger tree and use bigger pom poms! Oh my goodness…inspiration for my tree next year!

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I adore my gold and colorful little tree!

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Art in Palm Springs, California

Thursday evening The Palm Springs Art Museum is open to the public for free, can you get any better then that? I was very impressed with the museum and thought their contemporary work was very interesting, unique, and fun! I was completely in love with their photo exhibits and of course the massive Chihuly piece. It was the perfect evening to go as well because on Thursdays they have Villagefest downtown which is full of vendors, art, and good food!

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The Palm Springs Art Museum has a smaller museum located in Palm Desert and it’s free everyday! Right now they have an exhibit of glass which is a private collection of a couple of gentleman who live between Australia and Palm Springs…and all of these pieces are kept in their home when not being displayed…that’s a lot of glass in one home! There’s also a little sculpture garden outside to enjoy as well.

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The security guard was very friendly and showed me a few gems in some of the pieces that I would have never noticed before. This glass statue by Oben Abright has a fun gem. The back of his head you can find a face etched in peeking through the hood of his jacket.

Also, this gorgeous vase by Toots Zynsky is made of very small strains of glass, yikes! The incredible patience this artist must have. We also looked up the name of the piece which is Giubilante and it means Joyful or Jubilant!

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DIY || Mexican Style Cactus Planter

A couple of weeks ago I bought an adorable succulent that was planted in a can for only 20 pesos, that’s only about $1 in US money. Although I loved the can it was in I decided it need a new little home. My Mom bought a drink that this mug came in at the Shrimp Fest and I thought it was so adorable, so obviously… I stole it.

I needed to get away from the negativity of the election so I figured it was the perfect day to stay in my room, blast music, and paint my way through it all.

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My favorite style of Mexican planters have been the Terracotta clay pots with some design and color to them but not totally covering the gorgeous red and brown natural color of the pot either. Terracotta in Italian also means “baked earth” which makes me like it being simplest even more.

Materials you will need are a little planter pot…I suggest upcycling something like I did! A notepad and pencil to sketch out your design, acrylic paints, clear spray paint, and of course your little cactus plant.

I found a design that tickled my fancy and I went from there. This is the actual photo that I based my design off of.  I added a few different colors and a lot of dots and circles. Also, a few other things due to mess ups. I do not paint as much as I wish I did because to be quite honest painting is not my forte.

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After I was finally happy with my painting I went out to go spray it with some clear spray paint. This helped give it a little umph of shine and it brightens and darkens the color as well. It didn’t take long for me to be able to plant my little succulent. I am very happy with my little project! He looks adorable in my room and now I’m debating on a name.

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Stay Sunny!

The Wonder Seeker

DIY Desert Garden || Under $5

Holy Moly I’m so excited to share this project with you. I’ve been dreaming about a tiny cactus garden for a while. Not just any cactus garden but Southern Utah inspired. This included the red sand and rocks I found around my hikes. This project cost me less than $5! Depending on how big your bowl is and the cactus you purchase it could vary in price.
Here are the supplies you will need to purchase.
I found this glass bowl at Desert Industries (you can also go to goodwill) for 50 cents!
These little cacti and succulents were $1.50 at our local Star Nursery. Little cacti are pretty inexpensive wherever you go. Are you just in love with this pink moon cactus? I don’t know what I did in life to deserve a pink cactus in my life but here it is! I couldn’t get over the variety of colors to choose from. What a perfect pop of color.
The rest of the supplies I have gathered and found. I went to Dixie rock and picked up some of the red sand. You will have to find a nice sandy patch to gather your sand…you want nice sand and not dirt! These rocks I have gathered throughout various hikes I have taken. Lava rock and colorful red pebbles from Snow Canyon. I love the colorful rocks with lichen on them, so gorgeous and unique.
When you put this together be warned that you will get sand everywhere, this is defiantly something you’ll want to work on outside on the concrete so you can sweep up later.  When you are about to pour your sand in the bowl you’ll want to grab a small strainer. This will keep your sand super clean from rocks and other small debris you don’t want in your garden. You’ll want to place your cactus closer to the bottom before you dump all of your sand in your bowl, it makes it easier to move and place around.
Once you get all of your cacti placed and sand in you’ll want to move them around, place your rocks where you’d like and there you have it….a mini desert garden! Since these are low maintenance you can place this inside as well. I placed mine in my room because I recently designed my room to be a colorful boho style theme so it just looks amazing.

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I hope I have inspired you to create a wonderful little desert garden for your summer decor!
xoxo,
The Wonder Seeker