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Wordless Wednesday – Simple Pleasures

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Mini Beach Art Canvas Tutorial

It’s pretty easy to tell from my tutorial topics that I love beachy decor! Folks seemed to enjoy the wine cork starfish beach art tutorial from the other month, so I decided to share another fun and easy way to add a splash (hehe) of the beach to your decor with this mini beach art canvas tutorial.

DIY Beach Art Panel [click to continue…]


Wordless Wednesday – Soft Water




DIY Memo Board from a Picture Frame

Sometimes when I see something, I can’t help imagining it as something else. I saw this large, somewhat boring picture frame and instantly imagined it as a DIY memo board! We like to collect post cards, but they mostly just sit in an album or in a drawer, so I thought it would be fun to make a memo board to display a few of them at a time. I bought the picture frame, broke out the crafting supplies, and this is what I came up with:

DIY Memo Board from a Frame

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Wordless Wednesday – Bird’s Eye View

chinaman's hat



You know how I like to share tutorials for products I make and sell? Well this was something I was considering making for sale, but then I decided not to. I really love this beach wedding hanger, but packing it safely and shipping it from Hawaii proved problematic. It’s such cutie, though, and perfect for bridesmaids and flower girls (or laid back brides like I was!), so I decided to share this tutorial for a DIY beach wedding hanger. It’s quick and easy to make and so cute!

DIY Beach Wedding Dress Hanger [click to continue…]


Wordless Wednesday – Diamond Head

diamond head


Bakery Style Oatmeal Granola Cookies Recipe

My husband definitely knows how to get me to make him some treats! Whenever he starts daydreaming aloud about Oreos and Blizzards, I insist that we are not purchasing these things and that I will make something that will be less sugar-filled and have at least some vaguely healthy component. Then I create something new and he gets his sweets, after all. Like I said, he has things figured out. Most recently, I made these bakery style oatmeal granola cookies. What makes them “bakery style?” Their size!

bakery style oatmeal granola cookies [click to continue…]


Memorial Day

lest we forget


Introducing Twisted Lifter Yoga

Who’s crazy enough to launch a new thing on the Friday of a holiday weekend/the day before heading off for a month of no consistent internet access? Me!!!

Yep, I’m doing it. I spent a lot of time debating whether or not to “launch” Twisted Lifter Yoga before or after our trip, but my husband convinced me to go ahead and start things now. Well, at least, start the YouTube channel now. I do also have a website, Twisted Lifter Yoga.com, but it’s still just a “coming soon” page. I’m not trying to have a “big launch” or anything like that – I just want to start sharing yoga! I made a video to explain my mission and what you can expect from the new channel.

There’s also something pretty exciting that I didn’t mention in the video – we’re going to share yoga videos in Spanish! My amazing husband is helping me so we can share videos in both English and Spanish to help an even larger group of people. =)

Although it may be a few more weeks before we are able to share any full length classes, there will be yoga goodies available in the meantime. We already have a short sequence of four gentle hip openers that are fantastic for basically everyone in the Western world who sits in a chair all day.

Gentle Hip OpenersSoon we will be posting some airport yoga and in-flight yoga sequences to help make plane trips a little less miserable. Yes – I have already warned my husband I’m going to embarrass him by doing yoga in my seat and making him take pictures of me. Actually, he didn’t seem that embarrassed when I told him about the idea…let’s see how he feels when he’s filming me waiving my arms around at the airport. Though, realistically, I’ve asked him to help me with stranger things, even in the past week. Like taking pictures of me wrapped up in fishing net on the beach…but I’ll share that one once I’ve had a chance to edit the photos. =)

I really hope you decide to join me on Twisted Lifter Yoga. As I mention in the video, the welcome video will be the only overlap between the two channels, so if you subscribe you’ll only see yoga updates and there won’t be any spam-y overlap. Additionally, once I get the accompanying website up and running, I won’t be posting much about yoga here. Crafting, recipes, and photography are enough for one blog to handle!

Because I will be focusing on common problem areas both for athletes and “everyday people” who think they’re “not flexible enough” for yoga, I would love to hear about specific things you’d like to see! Are you looking for a relaxing practice to do before bed? Something quick to jump start your day? A sequence to help relax your neck and shoulders? I’d love to hear your ideas so I know what you want to see!


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