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...]

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...]

meet manchester, manny for short

gold faux deer head

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...]

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...]

diy world map art

diy world map art

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend! After our hallway makeover I wanted something really spectacular to hang on the wall. And I was pretty sure I wanted it to be some DIY art. After much deliberation and sketching, I decided on this DIY world map art in mint and gold. I hung it above the fireplace just for pictures. It's tough to get a great head-on shot in the hallway. Here's where this beauty hangs. It's the … [Read more...]

diy metallic animals

metallic animals

  This post is dedicated to my niece and nephews in the pacific northwest. (You know who you are.... *wink* *wink*) (And don't worry guys, they're not Schleichs.) So......metallic animals. Fun right?! I picked up these plastic animals from the clearance bins at Michael's for a couple bucks. There's also a giraffe, but he was MIA for this photo. I used Krylon metallic gold spray paint for the hippo and the lion. As … [Read more...]

concrete letters

dipped concrete letter

    So remember last fall when I got waaaaay into concrete? In case you've forgotten....             Ok, now that we're all on the same page. The concrete love continues with these diy concrete letters & numbers. This is my concrete of choice. Found at Lowe's.   You'll want to pick up some paper mache letters and/or numbers. I did … [Read more...]

copper leaf heart

copper leaf heart

  Here's my problem with 99.9% of Valentine's Day decorations; I hate them. The over-the-top, garish, pink and red eye sores the stores try to pass off as decorations makes me feel a bit ill. Pair that with my self declared color of the year and the copper leaf heart was born.   I started by painting a 30 inch x 30 inch piece of mdf white and free-handing a heart on it with a pencil.   These are the … [Read more...]

before & after: copper chandelier

copper chandelier

  There's nothing quite like an amazing before and after picture. Take a look at this hideous chandelier I picked up from the thrift store for $5.00. I pretty much hate almost everything about this chandelier; the glass bowls, the metal rims on the glass and the fact that the arms face down. I'm a firm believer that chandelier arms should face upwards.   Now look at it! Yes, it's the same chandelier. Hard to … [Read more...]