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A lot has changed around here. Stay tuned for a life update and lots of new projects.

In Memory of Our Sweet Pan

It’s been awhile since I updated. I’ve been dealing with some real life things and haven’t been able to concentrate on creating anything new.

I’m very sad to say our sweet pup, Pan, passed away peacefully in my arms last week, just two weeks away from her 19th birthday. She was my sun, and my moon, and I miss her terribly. We spent 19 years together and my heart hurts beyond measure. She brought so much joy and stability to my life. I can’t explain, but she and her brother Mango literally saved my depressed teenager life when they entered it. She went through every major moment with me from graduating high school, to meeting and getting married my husband, cross country moves, and she was even with us when we signed the papers to go into escrow on our first house the day before she passed. She must’ve known I wouldn’t have gone through with it without her. She was the best like that. The best travel buddy. Best snuggler. Best listener. She went through so much and still gave so much love. She was my baby. I bottle fed her as a pup and changed her diapers as an old lady. She was my entire day. My everything. Always in my arms. I wish I could do it all over again. She was a MIRACLE. Where ever we go when we leave our physical form, I just hope she found her brother and they’re running around like maniacs again. This is the end of an era, the greatest unselfish love I’ve ever known, and I’m going to miss it forever.
To everyone who followed along over the years and always asked about her – Thank you all for loving her over the years. It means the world.

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Checking In: Rockbound Oasis Retreat Joshua Tree

A few months ago my cousin came to visit and one of our favorite things to do when she’s in town is to go to Joshua Tree to look at the Milky Way and low-key scout for UFOs. We usually drive there and park our car inside of the National Park for a few hours, but this time we decided to make a weekend out of it and rent a house.

It just so happens one of my long-time Instagram friends owns a mid-century estate there and offered it to us for a couple of days. The property, appropriately named Rock Bound Oasis Retreat, was built in 1954, and has a main house and a separate casita. It’s nestled between boulders with sprawling views of the surrounding desert landscape.IMG_3430IMG_3394IMG_3431IMG_3418The main house has three bed rooms and two bathrooms, fireplace, huge soaking tub with an unreal view, and all of the necessities to make you feel at home. It has Neutra inspired interiors with rock walls and earthy nuetrals.IMG_3370IMG_3378IMG_3382IMG_3384IMG_3385IMG_3421IMG_3424IMG_3420IMG_3374-HDRIMG_3387IMG_3425IMG_3388IMG_3460IMG_3459

The casita is adorably decorated with colorful mid-century flair and has one bedroom, a small kitchen, and bathroom. IMG_3396IMG_3397IMG_3402IMG_3403IMG_3411IMG_3406IMG_3407IMG_3410IMG_3439IMG_3438IMG_3436IMG_3415-HDR

The property has a large pool and newly installed 14 foot hot tub! It has a fire pit and a ton of little spots for exploring and photo ops. They even provide a collection of hats to get you in the Joshua Tree state of mind.

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The estate feels isolated and private, but is close to all of the conveniences of the small town like shopping and restaurants.

Our stay was amazing and we definitely felt at home. It was particularly cold and rainy while we were there, so we cozied up next to the fire and had the most relaxing two days ever. We flew kites, sat by the fire pit telling stories, soaked in the tub, made lasagna and pancakes. We didn’t even change out of our pajamas for most of the time we were there. It was glorious. (Check out my Instagram highlight.)

I can’t wait to stay there again and make use of that brand new hot tub!

Click here to book your stay and be sure to follow them on Instagram @rockboundoasisretreat!

 

Easy Peasy Vintage Valentine Wreath

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweeties! I’ve teamed up with Treetopia to make this cute and colorful vintage valentine wreath and I think you’ll love it.

All you need is a wreath in the color of your choice (I used Treetopia’s Pretty in Pink wreath) and a few vintage valentines. If you don’t have any true vintage valentines, you can find images of some to print online.

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Just use some double sided tape to stick them directly onto the wreath. Add a bow and voila! Easy peasy.

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Speaking of Treetopia, they’re having a giveaway where contestants can get a chance to win a $100 gift certificate from Treetopia. Visit their Facebook page or Instagram to find out how to enter!

 

 

How I Turn Our Home Office into a Guest Bedroom (with Cstudio Home Bedding!)

I was setting up for a house guest this week and realized I’ve shown you our little home office/guest bedroom, but I’ve never actually shown you what it looks like when it’s used as a bedroom! Honestly part of the reason is that I hadn’t found any bedding I really liked until now.

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When Cstudio Home asked if I wanted to try some of their bedding the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. I fell in love with their Ticking Marks Organic Percale Duvet Cover Set for its mid-century vibe and ocre yellow color! MidCentury Style Bedding-Guest Room Pullout Sofa Bed-I thought it would look really great against the pink of our sofa and the greyish blue tone in our carpet.

 

MidCentury Retro Style Bedding-I didn’t want to add more color, but I did want to add more pattern and texture so I went with the Randall Shams in the same hue! The pattern and texture of the fabric also feels very vintage and luxe which I absolutely love.

 

CStudio Home Bedding-There’s nothing I love more than crisp white sheets and the Organic Percale Sheet Set is exactly that! Don’t you just want to dive right into this bed? I doooo!!

 

Retro style Sofa Bed-I wanted this bed to not only look good, but also feel good. I used 2 sets of pillows in two different firmness levels – medium and firm – so my guests could choose which feels more comfortable to them. For the duvet I wanted something light enough for desert summer nights but warm enough for winter as well. I also needed it to be easy to store away when not in use. I chose the Cstudio Home Responsible Down Standard Comforter and its exactly what I hoped for.

Responsible Down bedding from Cstudio Home-

Retro Office Guest Room with Pullout Sofa Bed-The whole set up feels like a nice hotel suite which is always my goal when I set up for guests. Hey,  I might just sleep in here myself tonight!

 

This post was sponsored by Cstudio Home.

DIY Mid-Century Inspired Felt No-Sew Tree Skirt

One of my favorite things to do each year is make new no-sew felt tree skirts. They’re super easy and fun to make and don’t require any skills except being able to use scissors and glue.

You can see past tutorials with measurements and instructions here and here, and my latest space age themed one here.

For my main tree (the pink tree) I wanted to bring in colorful shapes based on a vintage Christmas cards I fell in love with. DIY No-Sew Felt Mid-Century Inspired Tree Skirttreeskirt.png

I used the images to create templates and then used my Cricut to cut out the shapes, but you can totally use scissors!

DIY No-Sew Mid-Century Inspired Felt Tree Skirt

And there it is! Go ahead and play with sizing and adding some other little embellishments to make it your own design!

Be sure to tag @melodrama or #krysmasgram on Instagram to show me what you made!

 

 

DIY Mid-Century Inspired Colorful Metallic Sputnik Ornaments

When I was gathering decorations for my space age tree I knew I wanted to try and find some vintage or retro style colorful sputnik ornaments. Unfortunately my search game up empty for exactly what I was looking for in my price range, so I got crafty with an easy DIY version.

I gathered everything I needed from my local craft store including:

Mini wooden dowels
Metallic round beads (the dowels should fit perfectly into the bead)
Glitter Styrofoam Ball Vase Filler
Metallic washi tape
Metallic embroidery thread
Craft glue

DIY Sputnik ornaments

First create a loop with a piece of embroidery thread and insert both ends through the bead opening. Next, insert the mini wooden dowel into the bead opening. This should hold the thread in place.

Then wrap the wooden dowel in metallic washi tape. The best way to do this is cut strips the length of the dowel and wrap it lengthwise like you’re rolling a j….nevermind you get the idea ;).

Finally dip the end of the dowel into craft glue and insert the dowels into the styrofoam ball in a sputnik type pattern.

DIY Sputnik style ornamentsYou’ll end up with ornaments like this! DIY Sputnik ornaments

Told you it was easy! Get creative with colors and patterns! Be sure to tag me at @melodrama or use the hashtag #krysmasgram on Instagram to show me your creations!

DIY No-Sew Retro Atomic Space Age Tree Skirt

One of my favorite things to do each year is make new no-sew felt tree skirts. They’re super easy and fun to make and don’t require any skills except being able to use scissors and glue. You can see past tutorials with measurements and instructions here and here.

This year I needed something to match my office’s retro space age theme, so I used flying saucers and atomic shapes like boomerangs and starbursts.

DIY Atomic Space Age themed tree skirt

I used the method detailed here to cut my skirt out of green felt. Then I cut my shapes out of sheets of different colored felts. I used silver metallic rick rack to add rays to my flying saucers and shiny snowflake starburst buttons for a little extra shine. I finished off the edges with silver metallic fringe! I always use standard craft glue to adhere all of it.

Here are the shapes I used to make your felt cutting life a little easier! Print on a standard piece of paper. (Opt to scale to fit paper on your print settings if possible.)

Retro Atomic Space Age Tree Skirt Template

Tada! Retro Space Age Atomic Christmas

Make sure to tag @melodrama or use the hashtag #krysmasgram on Instagram to show me your creations!

 

 

 

DIY Retro Inspired Christmas Space Age Reindeer

As you saw from my previous post I went full on atomic space age for my home office. I had to do a few DIYs to make it exactly what I wanted it to be, but my favorite is probably this astrodeer!

This project required some Frankenstein style surgery, but I’m really thrilled with the way it turned out. Here’s what I did!

Supplies

Paper Mache Deer
 6.5″ Round Glass Terrarium
Aluminum Foil Tape
Utility Blade
Hot Glue
Craft Glue
Silver Tinsel Garland
Silver Tinsel Stems
Craft paper or paper bags

 

DIy Space Deer TutorialOk I’m going to admit right now I didn’t take process photos because I’m the worst and I wasn’t even sure it was going to work, BUT luckily it’s a pretty straight forward process. (Note: I’m going to make one for a friend so I’ll try to update this post with photos when I do!)

In order to get the deer’s head into the terrarium, but still have the helmet in the position I wanted, I had to make cuts on the points shown below.

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I added paper ears and eyes and placed the head in the terrarium. Once the head was in the terrarium (from here on known as the helmet) I reattached the bottom part of the antlers, and the upper part of the neck with craft glue and used chopsticks to help get where I had trouble reaching. Once it was dry, I used wet strips of paper bag and glue to cover the cut seams.

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Then I used hot glue to attach the rest of the antler to the top of the helmet, and the helmet to body. I used a black sharpie to draw on the hooves and a nose, then I covered the body in foil tape, and covered all the glue joints with tinsel wire and garlands.

There it is! My new spacey pet. Isn’t he a cutie?

DIY Space Age Deer

Retro Mid-Century Atomic Space Age Christmas Decor Theme

Ahhh I am so excited to show you our home office’s Christmas theme!! I’ve had this retro sci-fi idea floating around in my mind forever and I’m so glad I was able to pull it all together. I was in a pretty serious car accident in November, so for a moment I didn’t think I’d be able to rally in time to make this happen, but I was able to work it out and I’m super happy with the result.

I was inspired by the atomic and space age depictions of Christmas popular in the mid 20th century. Think Christmas cards with Santa riding a rocket, flying saucer shaped Shiny Brites, and even movies like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. Unfortunately, it was a difficult task finding the appropriate items to deck my halls in this theme, aside from one or two retro style ornaments I found at Michael’s. Fortunately I was able to craft my way through enough projects to make it pretty much exactly what I had in mind.

I’ll be following this post up with others detailing the DIY crafts I did with links to materials, so stay tuned for that. For now let me take you on a little tour of the room!

Retro Space Age Atomic Christmas.jpgSince it’s a small room I needed a tree that wouldn’t overwhelm the space. I went with this slim white tree from Treetopia which fits nicely. It has white lights, but my vintage Norelco color wheel adds some festive color to it as well.

One of my favorite Christmas crafts to do each year is to make custom no-sew tree skirts. You can see examples of that here and here. This year was no exception! For this one I used ufos, boomerang shapes, and starbursts, finished off with silver metallic fringe.

DIY Space Age Atomic Felt Tree SkirtDIY Atomic Space Age themed tree skirtTo decorate the tree I used blue and gold star wired garland and a variety of starburst ornaments I’ve collected over the years.

Space Age themed Christmas treeOf course I used some of my vintage reflector ornaments and threaded ball fringe comets.Retro ChristmasI found a few fitting ornaments at Michaels like a flying saucer, rocket Santa, and an aluminum tray TV dinner (space age technology!).Space Age Retro ChristmasRetro Space Age themed treeOuterspace SantaI also made colorful sputnik ornaments (look for those in an upcoming post!)DIY Sputnik style ornaments

And I even added a space helmet (an empty craft ornament) to Frosty!DIY Space Age ornaments

I found an astronaut nutcracker and gave him an aluminum tree to decorate. This is just three craft cones of different sizes covered in foil tape and stacked!Space Age themed Christmas decorationsAnother rocket Santa! Made out of a bird feeder, metallic tape, and mini ornaments. DIY Space themed Christmas decor

And my new pet, my favorite Christmas creation of all time, my space deer! He’s made out of a papier mache deer and a round terrarium. DIY Space Age themed Christmas decor

Over on the shelves we’ve got some spacey aluminum and vintage Shiny Brites.Retro Space Age Christmas Decor

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I found this vintage space Santa image and had it enlarged and printed. It even has space reindeer!

Space age ChristmasLooks pretty good over by our 1960 Philco Predicta. Retro Space Age themed Christmas tree

And there it is! I hope you liked the tour!Retro Space Age Christmas decor

 

 

Stay tuned for a followup post of details on the DIYs and all the resources.