copper & wood candle holder

copper & wood candle holder

I really love to look at Scandinavian interior design. It's so beautifully simple and clean. This is such an easy project. All you need is 8 pieces of 1/2 inch wooden dowel cut to the desired size. I cut mine 4 inches each. If you wanted a larger candle holder cut longer pieces. You'll also need 8 copper pipe T joints, also 1/2 inch. Assemble your wooden dowels and copper pipes using E600. Let dry completely, about a day. Easy … [Read more...]

25 metallic projects

diy concrete stools

Metallics, metallics everywhere. Nothing adds a bit of sophistication to a space like some shimmering copper, gold or silver. Here's a fantastic roundup of 25 metallic projects. There's something here for everyone. Copper Chandelier World Map Art Concrete Pots Faux Deer Head Cork Mouse Pad Paint Pen Arrow Art Copper "Dipped" Concrete Letters Copper & Gold Faux Fruit Paint Pen Ampersand Concrete Stools Copper … [Read more...]

geometric fox art

stitched geometric fox art

A couple weeks ago I shared my animal string art with you. I was just so in love with it and really wanted to do more. I decided to make another geometric animal, but this time it would be on a slightly larger scale. And I've sort of (a lot) been in love with foxes lately, so what came next just seemed natural. I bought a piece of material used for cross stitching. (Clearly, I don't cross stitch and know it's actual name.) I cut it to fit … [Read more...]

bob vila thumbs up contest


I am super excited to have another one of my projects featured on the Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition. Last year my concrete lamp was featured and it was such a fun experience. This time around it's my penny top tray. Click on over and start voting for your favorites! You can vote once per device per day until February 28th.         Until next time.... … [Read more...]

geometric animal string art

geometric animal string art

I remember doing string art when I was a kid, but I'm pretty sure it wasn't nearly this cool. Ooorrrrrr maybe it's just cause I'm slightly obsessed with geometric anything at the moment. In either case, I'm ridiculously in love with  this animal string art. I started by doing a Google image search for "geometric rhino" and this was one of the first images to come up. Print and cut. Easy peasy. I traced around the rhino onto a … [Read more...]

gold geometric mirror

gold geometric mirror

I love the style of West Elm. Unfortunately, I can't always afford their prices. Boo. When I saw these gold geometric mirrors it was love at first sight. Some things, simply put, are not DIY-able. These mirrors are what DIY dreams are made of. This is my West Elm gold geometric mirror knock-off. I LOVE it! And the absolute best part? It cost me nothing. Zip. Nada. I already had the round mirror and the gold leafing. Love when that … [Read more...]

diy felted beads

diy felted beads

I have love felted beads for a few years now, but every time I think I about buying some I instantly change my mind when I see the price. They're quite expensive for simply being a little ball of wool. At least all the places I've seen them are.   Felted beads are simple and inexpensive to make, you just need one of these Bead Shakers. I found it at Hobby Lobby. You'll also need 100% wool roving. The instructions … [Read more...]

hexagon magnet & cork boards


These hexagon magnet and cork boards really compliment our new desk well. And the best part is they were easy to make. For the two cork boards I used these cork place mats from IKEA. Each cork board is two cork layers deep so I traced and cut out four hexagon shapes.   For the magnet board I cut a hexagon from a piece of sheet metal. I then spray painted the metal white. For both the cork boards … [Read more...]

industrial inspired desk


Last week I shared our new computer desk area. The desk was simple to make and cost less than $100. We started with a piece of 1 inch pine board cut to our desired length. We gave it a good sand over all sides. Once sanded, Curt attached a piece of 1 x 4 inch board to the back of the pine board. This is how the desk will attach to the wall. We stained the pine with Minwax dark walnut stain. We wanted a nice dark, rich color … [Read more...]

new computer area

computer desk area

This was our computer area. A ginormous desk that really just became a collecting space for junk. When I cleaned out the desk I was shocked (well, maybe not that shocked) to find that 90% of the stuff in the desk went to the trash bin. The 10% of useful stuff fit nicely into a little storage box. It was such an inefficient use of space. Curt and I really wanted a simple, minimalistic desk area. Here's what we came up with. The … [Read more...]