I don’t want to sound like a complainer here, but seriously, glass ornaments! There’s not a whole lot more you can do with a glass ornament that hasn’t already been done. So instead of this project being an “OMG what an amazing idea I wish I thought of that!” sort of project, it’s going to be an “oh cool! I really like that version of that ornament!” At least I hope so.
We were each challenged to design an ornament using essentially the same ingredients: A clear glass ornament, ribbon, faux snow, and a Sharpie paint pen. The ornament shape, ribbon color, and Sharpie paint pen color were of our choosing, which is a great little twist because instead of all our ornaments being pretty much the same, we’re able to pick the ingredients that work with our individual styles and tastes.
Ornament inspiration: the hand painted Wanderlust Globe
My main mission was to find or make something that would be the equivalent of a globe display stand. I considered crafting it out of clay or wood, then I found this gold loop easel at the craft store, which ended up being perfect for the ornament version of the Wanderlust Globe, mainly because the head of the ornament would have posed some issues. Instead of trying to hide the ornament head, I utilized it as it was intended, to hang from something, like this easel!
The process of my ornament transformation is fairly straight forward. First, I painted two coats of chalkboard paint over a round ornament bulb. I hung the ornament to dry on the gold easel. I’m still so happy I found this easel,l it really is the best thing I could find that looked like a globe stand. Then I drew the continents with the white Sharpie paint pen. Maybe it was user error but I was having trouble getting the paint out, just don’t look too closely at North America…
Next, I took a gold marker and wrote in all the major locations. I wish the marker I chose had a little more metallic sheen to it, but I needed a fine tip so my options were slim.
The last thing I did was take a section of the glitter ribbon tape and wrap it around the base of the ornament topper. So, where’s the snow? Well, consider me disqualified because all I could come up with is sprinkling it around the globe stand for the picture. You can’t win them all can you.
Well, there you have it! Make sure to hop on over to the other beautiful participants to see what ornaments they cooked up! Here’s the list again if you need it
Wow! I can’t believe we’re already through with Thanksgiving. As of yesterday I am in full Christmas mode! The tree has been purchased, holiday decorating has begun, and lights are up on the house, which is super exciting because now that we’re homeowners, this is the first time we’ve ever hung Christmas lights outside. My husband is kind of afraid of heights, he had to climb up a ladder to hang our exterior lights, and it’s mean of me but it I couldn’t help but laugh as he got all worried climbing only two steps up from the ground. It’s not like our house is that tall!
I have an exciting announcement to make! I’m participating in a Christmas ornament challenge! The lineup for this event is blowing my mind. I religiously follow each one of these ladies blogs and feel unworthy to be lined up beside them. It must be a mistake!
The challenge is kinda like that foodie show Chopped? I always watch that show while I’m at the gym running on the treadmill, something about it mystery food dishes help me ignore the fact I’m working out. Is it weird that not one dish have I ever thought to recreate? I wonder if the show has ever taken a poll on this… Well, anyway, this challenge is something like Chopped, where we each get a box of random craft supplies (we all get the same stuff!) and we create an ornament of sorts using said supplies. The good news is no one is going to get publicly shamed, the bad news? I might actually shame myself if I don’t think up of something other than a snow filled ornament…
Here are the ingredients we get to work with:
I’m not very good at posting on Mondays, mainly because it’s well, Monday, and arguably the worst day of the week. I’d like to promise I’ll try to post more on Mondays, but i’m not going to pigeonhole myself or make promises I cannot keep, so instead let’s consider today’s post a bonus!
Last week I revealed our bedroom. I’m actually happy to report it pretty much still looks this way! I’ve managed to keep all surfaces clean and organized and ‘decor-ized!’ Not destroying our bedroom immediately after having taken the stylized photos is a major accomplishment. Hopefully we can keep it this way for a little bit longer!
Anywho, I wanted to share with you today the DIY behind creating this raw wood valance, as well as more details about these amazing curtain panels! The raw wood valance was 100% inspired by the Decorview setup in this guestroom makeover. I needed to have a modern wood valance in my life, and thought the bedroom window was the perfect place to experiment!
First, I hung a very inexpensive curtain rod, I think it was $4 from Ross (you can see it in one of the photos below). Then, using an 8-foot 1″ x 3″ pine board, my miter saw, 3″ L brackets and a stud finder, I crafted a simple valance. The width of the valance was measured by first identifying the location of the studs flanking our window. I wanted to be sure this valance was secured to the studs.
I attached the valance to the wall using more L brackets, as you can see below. The L brackets and curtain rod are hidden from view, but here is an undershot so you get an idea of how it was assembled.
Now, how ’bout that fabric??? This Chinoiserie inspired print is a stunner! I love how bold and vivacious this fabric looks in our bedroom. It certainly plays the leading role without stealing the show.
The fabric itself is a Williamsburg print from their new fabric collection, called Dunmore Dragons in persimmon. The Williamsburg collection is full of vivid colors and intriguing designs. These bold prints and woven textiles are reminiscent of artifacts and objects in Colonial Williamsburg and their extensive archives of 18th-century decorative arts. Williamsburg Licensee PK Lifestyles, took this historical influence and updated these prints into these very trendforward designs. I definitely recommend browsing the full collection of Willimsburg textiles, there might find something you love!
I made the curtain panels in like 30 minutes, no joke! I chose not to line them, mainly because I didn’t have any fabric to use for lining. I can always add a liner later or double up the curtains with inexpensive white panels from Ikea. All I did was fold the edges over twice, iron the fold down, and run the edges through my sewing machine.
I hung the panels to the inexpensive curtain rod using rings with attached clamps, then hemmed the bottom at the length where the panels hit the floor. I didn’t even take the panels down! I brought my sewing machine to the window and hemmed them while they were hanging. I’ve never done this before, it was SO much easier than I expected!
So there you go! I am seriously loving this perfect marriage between a simple-but-fancy raw wood valance and these vibrantly chic curtain panels!
Confession: I’ve been sitting on this project for over a month. A month! Why the wait, you ask? Well, I kinda feel like I cheated, although simultaneously I kinda feel like a genius. Take your pick, I wont be offended.
I wholeheartedly admire pure artisans, crafters, and makers. I admire their patience and persistence and adoration of what they do. I also admire people who pay a pretty penny for handcrafted goods, and I wish I had that pretty penny to support said makers, but alas I am not made of money therefore if I want something I usually have to figure out how to hack it, DIY it, fake it, or give up on it. Consider this project a clever hack; mighty clever if you ask me!
I’ve gone and made a wall hanging (from a bathmat!!!). I am crazy in love with Rachel Duvall’s textiles, so you can say this project piggy backs off her designs, specifically how the wall hanging is actually hung from the wall. Alright, enough words, lets get to the tutorial shall we?
First, per usual, I ran to Target to get some supplies. I picked up a plain white bath mat. I kind of wandered around for a while, I was looking for something simple in design with a loom type look to it, maybe a welcome mat, maybe a rug? No, a bathmat! Next, I rummaged through my craft paint stash, picked two boy-ish colors (teal & navy) as well as a bottle of fabric medium and a roll of Frog Tape. I taped off the top triangle first, mixed the fabric medium and the acrylic paint per the instructions, and liberally coated the bathmat in paint. I let this dry for a hour or so, then repeated this step for the bottom triangle.
Then attached to the bottom of the bath mat using hot glue
Then I unraveled each strand to get that lovely rug fringe look
I LOVE the way Rachel Duvall hangs her textiles, so I created something similar out of 1″x2″s. I measured, cut, and stained the wood then secured them together with screws from the reverse side. I added a picture frame hook on the back and hung it in the nursery.
So yeah, it’s a bathmat, and I’m probably not fooling anyone, but I think it actually looks really great! You could definitely do the same thing with a small entry rug of sorts, you know, those small rugs no one buys that measure like 2’x3’?
Would you consider hanging a bathmat as wall art?
I love mixing things up with fun pillows, don’t you? Today I’m sharing a pretty cool tutorial over at 6th Street Design School on how to make this chevron pillow from your favorite black and white striped fabric! My bets you have a stash somewhere at home, pull it out and let’s go!
Thank you everyone for all your great comments on the woven bench post! I already have some family members requesting that I make them a bench. It’s very encouraging, although I just might have to invest in a KregJig.
OH. And about that earthquake! Is everyone OK?? My grandpa owns a couple stores in Sonoma which got a little rattled, poor guy had to rally up a team of employees at 3:30 am to clean up before they opened. A friends brother’s garage floor cracked, some keepsakes broke at my Meemaw’s house, and my baby boy slept through the whole darn thing. It definitely woke me up, and motherhood has officially changed my outlook on earthquakes. I used to think they were no big deal, but this was the first time I really felt panicky that I couldn’t protect my baby from something, and I didn’t like that feeling one bit! My husband on the other hand, he just fell right back to sleep (ha!), but it seriously got me thinking that we need to fine tune our evacuation plan.
ANYWAY, back to today’s tutorial! You may have noticed a cute little leather handled tray sitting on that woven bench I made…
Maybe you didn’t, that’s OK! See it there now? So cute, right? Well it just happens to be world’s easiest project I made from my stash of leather scraps. If you remember, I made this pinwheel pillow and this camera strap also from leather scraps! Seriously, don’t toss your leather scraps or fabric remnants, chances are you can easily make something chic and sophisticated with them. I’ll be here all day encouraging you to do so
So anyway, this project started out with a need. I needed a tray of sorts by my bedside to corral all the random things – glass of water, hair clips, baby monitor, etc, you know, all those random things that make your bedside table look a mess? It was getting out of hand and I didn’t need yet another fancy $50 tray. Lo and behold I found this $5 fabric covered tray at Target (I can’t find it on the website, sorry!), and athough it was lovely enough in gray linen, I thought it needed a little dressing up.
Naturally the next thing I did was grab my trusty stash of leather scraps. Then, I measured and cut two 3/4″ x 6″ strips of leather to make two handles.
I cut triangles out of each end so that the handle resembles a little banner.
Using a leather hole punch, I punched one hole on each end of the strap.
I eyeballed where I wanted to place the leather strap on each side of the tray, grabbed my drill and drilled two holes using a bit about the same size diameter of a rivet.
I attached each handle with two rivets, I only had silver rivets on hand but brass rivets would look fantastic here too!
Super cute, right? And so easy? What’s funny is I originally needed this tray at my bedside but now it resides on our coffee table. I’m back at square one with a mess of a bedside table. Tell me, what do you use to corral your bedside randoms??
I love a good hack! I mean, who doesn’t? I saw this woven wrap bench from CB2 and… you know what happened, that thought that plagues all us DIYers danced in my head, ‘hey, I can make that!’ It’s an illness. You’ve got it, I’ve got it. There is no cure. Except money, maybe money is the cure? Sorry CB2, I can’t afford a $400 bench, so.. I’m gonna hack it? Why yes, yes I am.
Now, the take-away for any good hack is to not replicate it exactly. Make it your own in some way. I mean, unless you can hack it so exact it’s like a replica. I know my limitations and there’s no way I could hack those legs, so I took the essence of the wrap bench and made my version. Let’s go!
First, go to the banister/decking section of your home improvement store and get the 2″x2″ pieces of redwood. I tried using the 2″x2″s in the regular wood section before in a different project and they just splintered on me. Do I know what I’m doing? Probably not. What kind of wood is in the regular wood section? Not sure! I am absolutely not a woodsmith, and I’m not going to pretend to be! I’m sure there are fancy tools that I should be using to prevent splitting wood, but alas I’m impatient and I just want to build things with my drill and miter saw. I bought 5 of the 2″x2″s in the decking section. I forget how long they are, 48″?
You will need to cut the following:
2 pieces of 45″ 2″x2″
4 pieces of 16″ 2″x2″
2 pieces of 14″ 2″x2″
Also, grab two bundles of 200ft clothesline. You might think one is enough, it’s not, so save yourself a trip back to the store and grab 2! I also grabbed one spool of neon coral cord, which is in the same section as the clothesline and chain and stuff.
I wanted the legs to be a bit fancy, but I couldn’t figure out how to cut the angle on my miter saw for the life of me, so I measured 5″ up each 16″ leg, then 3/4″ in on the bottom, and cut along this line using my jig saw (see pic below). I followed this step with a light sanding.
Next, and this is where I truly show my lack of woodsmithing skills, I clamped the 16″ legs and 14″ side pieces to my dining table (LOL right?) and drilled them together with wood screws. The correct way to do this would be to use a KregJig or some pocket-hole system, however I don’t have a KregJig, so I just screwed them together from the sides. I would also recommend filling these holes with stainable wood filler, which I obviously didn’t do because I forgot to buy some. I can only take so many trips back to the store for one project.
Once the stain was completely dry, I went right on to weaving the clothesline over and under, back and forth, all the way along the bench. Just make sure you pull very tight! I tied the ends of the clothesline to one another by threading the clothesline that ended at right end of the bench back through to the starting side, if that makes sense. The knot fell somewhere in the middle of the bench.
I LOVE IT! Really! Even though I fail at screwing wood together “properly”, I actually love how this bench turned out. Believe it or not, it does hold my weight! Although I didn’t make this for sitting, I’m showcasing this bench as our coffee table, since our living room has been sans coffee table since we moved in back in April! This bench would also look fab in front of a bed, under a window, or in an entryway!
Succulents are such a black-thumb friendly plant. I’m so glad plants like this exist because if all plants were as high maintenance as fiddles or orchids, I’d never have a plant in my home. I have been testing my plant parenting abilities, which has been both a success and a failure, but so far our cute sun room has proven to be mighty helpful in our plants survival.
Anywho, back to this quick project. I found the perfect copper footed bowl the other day while thrifting. I don’t remember how much it was, $4? Anyway, I knew it would be perfect for a drippy plant or arrangement. I took a trip to my trusty home improvement store to scope out plants and other foliage when I found the perfect wild and drippy succulent. So yeah, this project revolves around that guy right up there.
To some, building an arrangement might be a no brainer, but if you are like me and only recently learned about drainage to prevent a plant from rotting, this post might be helpful to you. I faintly recall killing my first rosemary tree by watering it so much it rot. It’s a sad lesson to learn!
So yeah, if you are using a vessel that does not have a drainage hole, you want to layer the bottom with about a half-inch of pebbles so that the water sits below the soil. Next, add a layer of dirt, then you’ll gently tuck your succulents in the vessel along with more soil.
There happens to be a method to a well-balanced arrangement. You need three things: 1) varying size – select a few succulents of varying sizes: something small, something fat, something textured etc 2) varying height – make sure you have a good high-to-low mix. There’s nothing more boring than a flat horizontal arrangement. Actually, I’m sure there are thousands of more boring things, but you get my drift. 3) be mindful of the color palette, there is a special time and place for a multi-colored arrangement.
I found another brass footed bowl while thrifting! I think I’ll go fill that one with some succulents too…
It’s no secret I like making pillows from scratch. I’m sure it’s the miser in me, I can’t afford to buy new pillows as often as I feel like changing them out, so I make them. I’ve had a few flops, but I’m quite pleased with my latest pillow creation so naturally I have a tutorial for you!
The steps are a cinch, promise!
STEP 1 | Measure and cut yourself a square pattern measuring 20″x20″, preferably from a large piece of paper like Kraft or butcher paper
STEP 2 | Fold your 20″x20″ paper pattern in half corner to corner (AB to EF), then fold in half again, and fold in half one final time to get your single pinwheel triangle pattern
STEP 3 | Trace & cut various fabrics of choice, I chose 2 pieces of leather hide (left over from the project I did with the Leather Hide Store), 2 pieces of metallic gold fabric, and 2 pieces of beige vegan leather. Lay your triangle pieces of fabric out to visualize the layout, like so:
STEP 4 | Sew together each corner quadrant, A & B, C & D, E & F, G & H
STEP 5 | Sew the quadrants together to make two halves, AB & CD, then EF & GH
STEP 6 | Sew the halves together to make your full pillow front, ABCD & EFGH
STEP 7 | Sew your pillow front to the backside fabric of your choice. I chose to do a solid backside from the same beige vegan leather used in the front side. You can choose to add a zipper or not, I chose not to add a zipper. I sewed 3 full sides and the fourth side I left about a 4 inch opening, turned the fabric right side out, stuffed with pillow fluff, and closed the 4-inch opening by running it through my sewing machine.
There you have it! It’s not as complicated as it looks, no? I really loved how this pillow turned out, it looks good almost anywhere in my house!
Happy Tuesday everyone! Today feels like a Monday to me. We spent yesterday recovering from our trip to Disneyland, it was a total veg-out-on-the-couch kinda day. It was glorious… except for the part where I felt guilty for not doing anything when I have walls to paint and such. As my husband said, one veg day wont kill me.
The baby’s room is coming together, slowly! He’s not sleeping in his crib yet, still in his bassinet in our room so I kind of feel like I don’t have to finish his room until we swap him over. Am I subconsciously waiting until his room is finished? Err, no? Yes? Don’t ask me I’m not sure. I am one tiny step closer though, we have a mobile!
I’ve stumbled and fallen face first on the himmeli train. Brass tubing as sculptures? How can we bloggers resist? I don’t have a tutorial for you since there are a billion himmeli tutorials in blog land, but I will reference which tutorials I used to create our mobile. I’ll divide it into the three shapes you see here: Hexagon (top), Square (middle & side “tassels”), Diamond (bottom).
For the top 3D hexagon I followed Rayan’s wreath tutorial. I basically only made the first shape instead of making the whole wreath. For the bottom diamond I followed this tutorial. Her blog is in French but luckily she posts a very clear tutorial with images. For the middle squares, it’s the exact same method as Nessa’s tutorial but with straws of equal length.
I couldn’t justify making this mobile out of brass tubing, so I opted to use straws which I spray painted gold. I grabbed a pack of straws from Ikea (of all places!).
The mobile “before” looks weird and scary, but once I spray painted it gold, all was right again.
So tell me, is himmeli your thing? Have you tried it yet? It’s actually MUCH easier than it looks. If you’re at all concerned, Mandy has the cutest video showing you just how easy himmeli can be.