Hot August Nights! We’re enjoying these last lazy days of summer and spending as much time as we can outdoors – picnicking, partying, and playing it cool. The old stand-by tiki torches are a fun way to add a little character to an outdoor space, but here at Home Ec we like to put a new twist on old classics. In this DIY, we’ll take you through the steps to create an original, one of a kind, glammed-up tiki torch. Now that’s hot.
1. Gather materials:Spray Paint – our color of choice was Valspar “Koi Pond”, Gold Extra Fine Point Sharpie, Tiki Torches (can be found at most hardware stores)
2. Cover ground where you will be spraying. Always use spray paint in a well-ventilated area. Outside is easiest.
3. Remove fuel canister and wick, set aside. Prop Tiki Torch in bucket or can so it will stay upright while you spray.
4. Spray paint the tiki torch and torch lid. It may take 2-3 coats to cover well. Let dry.
5. Use Gold Sharpie to draw pattern on lid.
6. Reassemble tiki torch.
7. Throw an amazing party or picnic and let everyone oooh and ahhh over your glam tiki torches.
Nothing beats the heat quite like a cool slice of *free* watermelon! Add to that blocks full of sidewalk sales and happy customers and we’re looking at Downtown’s annual celebration, The Slice of Chico. Here are a few of our favorite pics capturing all the fun we had on Saturday at the shop.
The weather is heating up and we’re ready to cool down. These cute little mason jar shot glasses would pair perfectly with our fave Lemon Drop Shots (recipe below).
Lemons + alcohol + hammock swing chair = The Perfect Lazy Day
Lemon Drop Shot Recipe
1/2 oz vodka
1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 sugar cube
In shaker, mix vodka, lemon juice and sugar cube with a handful of ice. Shake vigorously. Pour into shot glass. Knock it back. Aaaaaaah, summer!
We had such a fun time last Saturday at our first ever Crafternoon Tea Party!! The day before, a hail storm like we’ve never seen rolled through town and threatened to spoil our good time, but the weather held out and the sun even smiled down on us! Everyone put their DIY skills to work making magnetic memo boards and matching glass magnets. We also busted out the Home Ec Button Makin’ Station and made some really fun, personalized buttons. Thanks to all the wonderful ladies who joined us, we can’t wait to do it again!
Historically, Easter has not been one of my favorite holidays. I’m all for church, easter egg hunts and giant bunnies but I just can’t seem to get on board with Easter decorations. That’s why I’ve been so excited to see the trend to take Easter back into the realm of cool. By mixing in some unexpected GOLD with those ever-present Easter pastels, we can elevate Easter to…dare I say…Glam!?!
Below are some of our favorite gold and glam-tastic Easter decorations:
The new year’s sure got us feeling energized and inspired here at Home Ec! With the home design and DIY project ideas a’flowin’, we’re totally excited to share with you the awesomeness that will be 2014!
Stop on by the store or take a peak at the photos below to check out our new window display featuring vintage white furnishings with decor that POPS, as well as our DIY Duct Tape Flag Garlands and DIY Hanging Geometric Shapes – tutorials to come!
Hello, Fall!! Tomorrow’s the official first day of the autumn season and we say bring on the sweater weather! But before we start ‘Pumpkin-Spicing’ every thing in sight, we thought we’d ease you into the season with a few new additions to our Parlour jewelry collection. We think these dark-hued Agate necklaces are a great way to add a little autumn flare, without having to break out the scarves just yet!
Here’s to a happy, happy Home Ec season!
Here’s why! As far as plants go, these guys are super easy to take care of. A bright room, thorough wetting 1-2 times per week, and a little love is all it takes! Without the need for soil, they can go anywhere – check out the versatility below!
Did we mention they flower, too? Awesome! Air Plants can be found in our Downtown shop year-round, stop in for a look today!
Our February GIVEAWAY contest! Come take a look at our newest window display on Main Street and make a guess at how many clothespins we used. The person who guesses the correct number (or gets closest) will win: 1 Anna Maria tea towel, 1 Ceramic Berry Basket, and 1 Lucky Flowers Notecard Set.
(In the case of a tie, a winner will be randomly selected from the winning entries.)
Contest ends March 2, 2013.