My name is Diana Elizabeth. I'm a photographer, writer, graphic designer, model, and former journalist who had memorable days reporting from the LA red carpet for E! Online. Here I share my home life, work, and efficient lifestyle solutions.

My husband and I live in a restored 1952 red brick home that sits on a former citrus grove in Phoenix. I enjoy home decor, sewing and gardening. This is a glimpse into my life, travel, and work and the things that I discover along the way - with camera in hand.

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We live in a 1952 home and it makes me wonder about those days, what America was like, just around the time my parents were born. With our all brick home, our neighborhood is very patriotic, American flags on nearly every other home, and on our painted house number on the street!

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Our house drawn by The Art of Michelle

With better temperatures around the corner, I’m looking forward to getting our home prepped for fall. Starting with Labor Day, the following days will be so enjoyable for our visitors.

 During this time of the year I prep our home with new indoor and outdoor decor – a new set of candles based upon fragrances and colors, and new lawn blankets! American Home™ by Yankee Candle® candles are available now at Walmart which will be fun to light, during entertaining.

Are you looking forward to Labor Day? Here are a few things to help you prepare for a memorable 3-day weekend!

Quick raw-edge lawn blanket

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I love to sew to find fabrics to personalize for a specific season or holiday themed, and using a fabric drop cloth as the backing.

I also like to make these projects quickly and so I resort to an unfinished edge for a rustic look. Show up at your next Labor Day even with goodies in tow, this would be a great hostess gift.

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Materials needed

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  1. 2 -3  yards of fabric depending on how large you want your lawn blanket (this was a little over 2 yards)
  2. Same amount yards in canvas drop cloth or you can pick another heavy weight fabric
  3. Contrasting thread colors (I picked red and orange). If white is a good contrast from your dark fabric, stick with a white thread.

Steps

  1.  Stretch out both pieces of fabric on the floor, on top of one another.
  2. Cut bottom piece with 1-2 inches extra room, pin if you want (or see what I do to avoid pinning if I’m in a hurry)
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  3. Sew a straight seam down one side (I used a walking foot but it’s not necessary)
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  4. Lay blanket it down on floor and cut access fabric so both pieces are even
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  5. Continue sewing straight seams until all edges are completed
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  6. Sew over straight seams with a more embellished stitching
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  7. Lay blanket on floor and fold in thirds and use safety pins or a fabric marker to mark where to sew a tacking stitch or short zig zag sewing the two layers together. See example:blanet-stitch

Clean blanket edge Option

Simply face the right sides of the fabric towards each other, sew the edges and leave a 4-inch gap.  When you turn it inside out, press the edges and corners and hand stitch the gap closed.

No-Sew Options

  • No-Sew Option 1:  Cut 1″ thick and 3″ deep strips along the sides and knot both fabric pieces together.
  • No-Sew Option 2: Use a PERMANENT Fabric Glue to secure both pieces together. Be aware there is fabric glue that is a temporary hold, you want to look for a permanent hold.

Stock up on Seasonal Candles

Just new at Walmart, you can find a variety of fall, baked good, and outdoor fragrances! Found in the Home and Candle Section in Walmart stores, American Home™ by Yankee Candle® prices vary from votive candles starting at $1.43 to the 19 ounce Large 2-wick Tumbler Candles (my preferred style) at $14.93. The 19 ounce candles burn for 70-90 hours.

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Do you pick your candles by color or fragrance? I gravitate first by fragrance than color and I imagine where it could go in my home.

Imagine the ooh and ahh’s your get if you arrive with this hostess gift basket with a lawn blanket paired with an American Home™ by Yankee Candle® fragrance!

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Fresh Apple, Buttercream Frosting, and Clear Mountain Lake™

Any fun Labor Day plans? What are you looking forward to the most this fall?

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Decor, Home + Garden, Product Reviews, Sewing + Crafts

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I am raising my hand and putting my hand on a Bible – I swear that I will be content and not drastically change my office space for at least a few years. Benjamin said five, but I’m going to say a few, because few just means more than one, so at least two years. *wink* I also said drastically, but taking a look around there’s not much I can change now that a giant couch the size of a twin bed is in my office, it’s not going anywhere.

So what happened to the new office since last year’s office update?

  1. New skylight with beams
  2. New office curtains from Serena & Lily
  3. New paint on the walls – subtle gray by Sherwin-Williams
  4. Hung the 1934 family heirloom quit on the wall
  5. New office couch that I can nap on
  6. One horrific yet amazing DIY IKEA hack

Before

After

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I spy Freely subscription boxes, do you see them? Here’s the updated view from the living room which I think now looks seamless with the decor.

I love the light in the room, the subtle gray by Sherwin Williams opposed to my butter yellow walls, and using a dining room table which served as my sewing and craft table (also collected junk) as my main office desk. Do you like my computer screen saver? It’s a photo I took in Northern Ireland, it needs to be sold as stock photograph I think.

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I also moved the desk to the prime location in the room, by the window which is what I always wanted.

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I’m still in the middle of styling my bookcase and I want a new office chair. I bought a chair cover but it didn’t fit so I’m considering sewing my own once I can commit to a fabric. I would be OK with a pink chair, just not sure if I’m crazy about the print, but from far away, like a Monet, it looks great, but up close, total mess. But for now, I’ll be content because the chair is so comfy.

Before

After

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Now onto the shelving behind the closet doors – there’s a Container Store opening up down the street from my house! Use code TCSLOVE online or in-stores and get 15% off your order, click here. I’m a sucker for the acrylic organizers.

It feels so nice to be finally done, though I have a few issues with sewing space…so that might have to be addressed later!

Decor, Home + Garden

My latest morning beauty regime has changed and I wanted to share it with you.

First, let me begin by saying don’t use the makeup remover towelettes. I get a facial every month and suddenly I started to break out and when I admitted what I used my facial expert told me stop and immediately I saw a drastic appearance with my skin!

I can get ready in 15 minutes, hair, makeup and clothing if I need to – I’m pretty low maintenance and I just don’t think life should be put on hold for your face! If I need to shower just add another 15 minutes, so 30 minutes tops and I’m out the door to enjoy life!

Morning Routine

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  1. Wash face, sometimes only with water if I didn’t put heavy creams on at night. Otherwise, I use a dab of Skin Script’s glycolic cleanser with a Clarisonic if I’m in the shower. Find retailer near you.
  2. Put on eye cream. I use 24K Bio-Brightening Dark Circle Eye Solution SPF 30. It tingles a little, hoping the brightening will let me skip under eye concealer.
  3. Put on serum. I use Skin Script’s Ageless Hydrating Serum. A serum improves your skins hydration, plumps the skin and helps it absorb moisture (necessary in the desert).
  4. Put on a moisturizer. Another thing I learned – never ever skip moisturizer even if you think you have oily skin, you probably don’t have oily skin. By skipping moisturizer you’re making your skin over produce oil and then you break out. I should also say the same thing about SPF too! Right now I’m using Bio-Brightening Skin Tone Moisturizer SPF 30. Ingredients include 24K gold, vitamin A and vitamin E to reduce appearance of age spots, freckles and uneven skin discoloration while also protecting skin from harmful rays.

From there I put on my makeup. I’m not sure if you’re interested in my makeup but maybe one day I’ll share, it changes with the seasons, just like my routines and products.

Since we’re talking about morning, why not talk about evening, I change a few more things.

Evening Routine

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  1. Wash face using Laura Mercier’s Purifying Cleansing Oil which leaves my face feeling soft – don’t let the oil freak you out, this product gets rave reviews.
  2. Put on eye cream. For evening I use Trish McEvoy’s Retinol Eye Cream, it feels like silk, worth it!
  3. Put on serum. I use Skin Script’s Ageless Hydrating Serum, a lightweight fresh feeling.
  4. Put on a moisturizer. A little lightweight, I use Skin Script’s Ageless Skin Moisturizer.

OROGOLD Bio-Brightening Line

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Bio-Brightening Moisturizer SPF 30, $278 (c/o) / 24K Bio-Brightening Dark Circle Eye Solution SPF 30, $298 (c/o)

A little more about OROGOLD, they sent me a few products from the bio-brightening collection - the line focuses on brightening skin and reducing blemishes, age spots, freckles, discoloration and uneven skin tones.  I’ve been incorporating this into my morning routine thanks to the SPF in it and the perks of 24K in the ingredients, skin brightening, hydration and sun protection is the top of my list when it comes to products.

OROGOLD is a luxury, anti-aging cosmetics line with a main active ingredient, 24K gold. Why is 24K gold popular in cosmetics? You may have noticed it everywhere – in masks and in products. Gold is able to improve firmness and elasticity in skin while also regenerating the harmful effects of sun damage and environmental factors.

Find products online at www.orogold.com or find an OROGOLD store near you.  In Arizona you can find OROGOLD in Scottsdale Fashion Square and Arrowhead Mall.
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