Tour of the Blogosphere!

Perhaps the most invaluable perk about being a blogger is that we get the opportunity to meet likeminded folk from across the country and around the world that we otherwise wouldn’t ever get to meet.  Earlier this week, Jen, the blogger behind House of Wood (where she builds amazing pieces of furniture.. from scratch!) tagged me in a tour of the blogosphere post.  Jen said such nice things about brittanyMakes, sometimes I wallow in doubt over the projects or direction I’m headed, but when someone says such nice things it’s really heartwarming and validating and makes me feel like I do have an audience!

The way this tour works is, I answer 4 questions then list a couple blogs I follow and reasons why so that you fall in love with them as much as I have. Got it? Good.

1. What are you working on?
Here’s a fun fact! I have DIY-er ADD when it comes to projects, I start one, like painting our dining room, then get bored and start painting a piece of furniture, or distracted by the mail man and start building and styling the bookcase that just arrived for the nursery.  Believe it or not, I’m actually trying to keep my projects at a 4-count max.  My house just isn’t big enough to carry on more than that! So yeah, I’m working on the dining room, the nursery, a couple DIY tutorials, and in the back of my mind I’m scheming over plans for our bedroom.
projects in the works | brittanyMakes
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre?
This is a tough question to answer! Us DIY/design bloggers are always trying to think of the next best thing, a project or a designed space or whatever.  I’m constantly influenced by the more successful and experienced bloggers and designers, from their photography skills to their design aesthetic.  I am so far from where I want to be, but can certainly say that I’ve come so far from where I began.  Did I answer the question? No? That’s ok.
3. Why do you write/create what you do?
Because I would seriously internally combust if I didn’t make things.  I have way too many ideas swirling in my head, and sometimes we just need to take a break from our daily routine to do something creative.  I’m a Libra, I like balance in my life!
I’ve never thought it would be fun to make just one thing over and over. I want to make ALL THE THINGS! I’m constantly inspired by pretty much everything and, being a DIYer, I usually think “I can make that!” to whatever thing I see. I mean, most things are made by someone right? Why can’t that someone be me? Naturally sometimes I fail at execution, but seriously that’s part of the fun.
4. How does your writing/creative process work?
Well, usually I see something, an object being sold at a store or think up a solution to a need some people might have, then I get to work.  I gather supplies and, either get to making right away or go through a R&D process of what the best method would be to make said thing.  Then I take lots of pictures of the process and the finished product, and you’d think I’d be able to turn over a tutorial right away right? Nay.  I tend sit on my projects for a bit before I share them.  Why? I don’t know.  Writing a post doesn’t come easy to me so that might be the problem, which is the main the reason I don’t post every day. Someday I will! Maybe…
OK, you ready to hop on over to two blogs I absolutely adore??
FIRST UP: Gwen Hefner, the magnetic beauty behind the blog The Makerista
The Makerista
I was first introduced to Gwen via a Facebook group I’m in.  Immediately I was so impressed with Gwen’s style and blog performance, she is a natural talent! I mean, her blog brand, “The Makerista”, its so perfect!

Gwen is one of my favorite Pinterest pinners to follow, she’s just SO GOOD. If you don’t follow her, you must! Right now Gwen and her family are building a house from scratch and I’m just so excited for them and that we get to see the whole process as it unfolds.

NEXT UP: Chris & Julia, the dynamic duo behind the blog Chris Loves Julia

Chris Loves Julia

I first started reading Chris & Julia’s blog after being a fellow participant in one of the The Home Depot Challenges.  I was immediately drawn to them, they’re honest, heartwarming, relatable, beautiful and have two adorable girls that I can’t get enough of from their Instagram feed.  Chris & Julia are renovating a home in Rexburg, Idaho, coincidentally the exact little town where my sister lives! (My sister is a student at BYUI). I love their design aesthetic and following along their journey as they turn their house into a gorgeous home! Not to mention, Chris is a killer cook, I drool over my laptop almost weekly with his recipes.

Well, there you have it! Two super cool blogs you should definitely follow.

LoveB

10 Amazing Floral Wallpapers

 

10 Amazing Floral Wallpapers | brittanyMakes

No joke, I’ve spent approximately 20 hours the last week or so scouring the internets for the perfect wallpaper, so I thought I’d share ten of my favorites!  I’m strongly considering something floral for our bedroom, I don’t think my husband knows this yet so shh, don’t tell him!

Well, here they are, clockwise, starting top left:

ONE | TWO | THREE | FOUR | FIVE | SIX | SEVEN | EIGHT | NINE | TEN

They’re all so good it’s hard to choose a favorite! I’ll admit, I’m most smitten with the air plant wallpaper, it’s so charming! However I’m leaning towards something classic yet colorfully bold.  I haven’t made a decision yet, which would you choose???

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Friday I’m in Love {My Favorite Things!} & MORE!

 

Friday Faves | brittanyMakes

// ONE plant stands!!! Why are elevated plants so fashionable? // TWO I’m oddly drawn to this textured pillow // THREE this lamp would look perfect in our nursery // FOUR my dining table STILL lacks a set of dining chairs, and right now i’m loving the glossy black look of these chairs // FIVE geometric minky blanket??? Yes please!

 

AND MORE from around the internets!

// Ever get the blogger blues? Joy’s keynote is sure to amp you up

// Obsessing over this wallpaper (too bad it would cost like a bajillion dollars to cover a room)

// So impressed with this DIY

// Have you checked out Scout & Nimble yet? More deets coming soon.

// These got me thinking about Halloween

// That’s it, I’m doing this to all art from now on

// The 2015 Ikea catalogue is here!

 

It’s August 1st, my goodness.  And I thought this year was going to drag…

Have a great weekend! Stay cool out there!

LoveB

Himmeli Mobile for the Nursery

 

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

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!

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

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).

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

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.

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

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!).

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakes

The mobile “before” looks weird and scary, but once I spray painted it gold, all was right again.

DIY Himmeli Mobile | brittanyMakesSo 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.

 

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Friday I’m in Love {My Favorite Things!} & MORE!

 

Friday Favorites | brittanyMakes

// ONE #targetdoesitagain, that is all. // TWO i’m incurably obsessed with this crazy pink Morrocan shag rug (if only it was affordable!) // THREE the pillow all dreams are made of // FOUR exercise in style with this pair of mint and gold headphones // FIVE I feel like I’m always hunting for the perfect weekender, something unobtrusively universal, unisex even, and I think this weekender is a new found favorite!

OK so, don’t be afraid, but I think I’ll try to rebrand my ‘Friday Faves’ posts from now on, because I (yes, like many others) wish to share more of what I find noteworthy around the internet.  I thrive on recommendations, from books to blog posts and beyond, therefore I naturally think others do too.  Let’s start treating Fridays as a ‘share the love’ kind of moment.

Shall we start a little bit of this love sharing now? I think yes:

// This husband is my hero.

// A very lucky 4 year old

// My favorite blog series of all time (so happy its back again this Summer!)

// This is absolutely the most comfortable & most flattering tank ever made

// How about this home??

// Can’t get these side tables out of my mind.  Want your own? You can find similar tables here.

Have a fantastic weekend friends!

LoveB

So Fancy TableScape

 

B by Brandie & brittanyMakes

 

Hello! Checking in again while on a little vaca in SoCal/Disneyland (and yep, I’m in Disneyland with a 8 week-old baby, call me brave!).  Today is a fun day because the tablescape I designed for B by Brandie is live on their blog! Please, check it outB by Brandie is a company who designs fashionable, high quality dinnerware for the everyday home.  I was asked to design a tablescape using their gorgeous china as my muse.  Of course I had to go gold :)

Notice those fancy ferns? I teamed up again with the mighty floral talent Amanda Luu for another episode of The Flower Workshop! The next tutorial is coming soon!

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