placemat pillow

placemat pillow

I love a good decorative pillow. Who doesn't? I made this outdoor pillow for our porch from two placemats. I picked up these babies from Target for a couple of bucks each. I put the wrong sides back to back and sewed around the edges making sure to leave an opening for the stuffing. This pillow literally took me 20 minutes to make. And it looks perfect on the porch! Until next time.... … [Read more...]

typography board

typography board

One thing I have always hated about our house, and actually most houses come to think of it, is that the thermostat is right smack in the middle of the wall like it's a shrine to the temperature gods or something. I tried hanging pictures on the sides of the thermostat but it just made it stand out even more. Last summer we finally got central air in our home (hallelujah!) and with that a new thermostat. We bought a Sensi wi-fi thermostat … [Read more...]

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...]

music monday: the hot sardines

the hot sardines

So you know when you discover something and wonder how you ever made it this far in your life without it? The Hot Sardines are like that. To say that these guys are amazing doesn't even begin to cover it. This is the kind of early jazz that transports you to another time. And it's fabulous. Their rendition of Bei Mir Bust Du Schoen is the best I've ever heard. See for yourself. Youtube wouldn't allow me to embed the video so just click on over … [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...]

music monday: meant to be

jj heller

JJ Heller is having an incredible year! And it's only February. Last week she released her new single just in time for Valentine's Day. It's titled Meant To Be and is delightfully honest and refreshing. JJ was featured on Music Monday last month as well. If you haven't heard her New Year's song called This Year, check it out. You can listen to the full song here, but please support talented artists like JJ and go buy the single in … [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

pennies!

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...]