diy cork mouse pad

diy cork mouse pad

Hi-ya! I've got a simple little project today for making your own mouse pad out of cork. Start with a sheet of cork. I used a cork placemat that I picked up from IKEA. Draw your mouse pad shape onto the cork. I made mine rectangle, but you could make yours a square or circle.   I wanted to add a little metallic love to my mouse pad so out came the liquid leaf. Let's be honest, I pretty much look for any excuse to … [Read more...]

etched halloween glasses

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Aren't these little glasses simply adorable? I attribute that mostly to the cute little Halloween icons I downloaded from Little White Whale. They are perfect! Glass etching is simple. Here's what you need: - glasses (these stemless wine glasses came from the dollar store) - etching cream (found at Michael's, Hobby Lobby or any craft supply store) - paintbrush (the stiffer the bristles the better) - vinyl stencils (you can … [Read more...]

why pick white?

the power of white paint

Ah, the paint store. Rows and rows of delicious colors and shades. From someone who, at one point, did not have a single white wall in her entire house I understand the alluring beauty of paint colors. Trust me. In fact, there was a time when I actually said I would never have white walls. Oh the shame of it. Well, never say never. I'm here to tell ya, white walls are ALWAYS a good idea. The truth is when you paint your walls a color other … [Read more...]

concrete gems: magnets & pushpins

concrete gems: magnets & pushpins

These little concrete magnets and pushpins make my heart sing. These were incredibly fun and easy to make. All you need to make some of your own is concrete, a silicone mold (I bought mine here on Etsy), magnets, pushpins and liquid leaf. Mix up your concrete in a plastic cup. I added a little extra water so it was a bit thinner and easier to work with. Spoon the concrete into the molds. Gently shaking and tapping the mold helps the … [Read more...]

halloween dessert plates

halloween dessert plates

Everything Tim Burton does is completely brilliant. And he has some pretty adorable pooches in his movies. Even if they are undead. I decided to make a set of three dessert plates with these cute canines. These images of Zero, Sparky and Scraps are actually pumpkin carving stencils. I cut them out using my Silhouette machine. I picked up my dessert plates from the dollar store and the glass paint came from Michael's. The cost of this … [Read more...]

meet manchester, manny for short

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Meet Manchester. Manny has been with us since last winter, but he didn't always look so regal. This was Manny when I first got him. And to be honest, his beady eyes give me the jibblies. He promptly received a white paint job. He no longer freaked me out and looked quite handsome. I loved him. But then we painted our front room white, which I love more than words can describe. Buuut, Manny just blended into the … [Read more...]

diy concrete stools

diy concrete stools

The concrete love continues with these delightful little concrete stools. These are super simple and fun to make. Seriously, I can't stop making them. To make these concrete stools you will need: - concrete (I love using Quikrete, found at Lowe's) - bucket, I've made these using two different sizes; a 5 gallon & a little paint bucket - 1 inch dowel, cut into 16 inch long pieces If you use a short bucket, place it … [Read more...]

concrete avocado airplant holder

concrete avocado airplant holder

In regards to concrete, I'm not sure if things are getting out of hand or getting really awesome. I've been playing with concrete for a year now and the love affair is as strong as ever. Here's the latest. If you want to check out past concrete projects just click here. For this little project you'll need some concrete (I use Quikrete found at Lowe's), an avocado skin and pit. You need a fresh avocado skin, they do not keep. Fill your … [Read more...]

block font art

block font art

The absolute best time of the year is upon us. Autumn. Glorious, beautiful autumn. The time for crisp mornings, apple cider, football, sweaters, and being at home. There is something about fall that makes me want to nest (I know I'm not the only one). And I love it. I love being at home. This quote by Jane Austen is perfection. It seems to fit wonderfully with the feel of autumn. I created this using my Silhouette cutting machine. It was … [Read more...]

copper pipe geometric shapes

copper pipe geometric shapes

I have been wanting to do a project with copper pipes for months. Literally, months. After coming up with about 72 mediocre ideas I decided to completely fall in love with these geometric shapes. Turning copper pipes into these shapes took some thinking, but was a really fun project.   I made a handful of pyramids and an icosahedron. And I promise the icosahedron is not as hard as it looks. For these geometric shapes you'll need … [Read more...]