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Wednesday
Jul172013

my outdoor patio space

While my backyard was spiffed up (for our tour), I snapped a few photographs of our patio area. It all started when we moved in, beginning with our diy patio. Much has evolved over time but currently our space looks like this:

For kicks, let us peek at what this space looked like three years ago.

Obviously, we've crafted this space to feel like our own and it's now a highlight of living in our little bungalow. By sectioning off the yard into different areas, we feel like we actually have more space on the lot.

We love entertaing outdoors, and often have movie nights and bbq's throughout the summer. Even just my husband and myself relaxing after a long work day is wonderful.

Another (hopefully) short note. My insecurities too often prevent me from posting images like these. I fall prey to the expectations that my life "should" look a West Elm catalog. Partly because I believe I COULD style a West Elm catalog (don't kill my dream!), but mostly because it's human nature. Especially in our post Pinterest/Instagram world. CLEARLY I do not have a West Elm budget (or home or photographer), so why the unrealistic standards!?

A quote I find super helpful, “The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.” ~ Steve Furtick

I'm being intentional to do better. To not let comparison stifle my own creative sharing. How about you? Do you find you hold back because of expectations?

Monday
Dec032012

glitter creatures diy

Happy Monday! I found my new best friend—glitter spray.

It is sooo cool. I think I want to go crazy and paint the whole world in glitter. This is a legitimate coat of glitz—as if you painted glue and dumped on glitter, but SO MUCH EASIER. And if you broke something you love (vase, etc), then this offers a perfect fix. Instructions below!

1. Purchase awesomeness in a can (from a local art supply store or Amazon). Then find a creature to paint. I found these broken figurines at Goodwill for under $1.

2. Spray away! (lots of fumes btw)

3. Sparkles!

Wishing you a wonderful first week of December!

P.S. The pretty background is my craft project from the weekend, a pretty twinkle garland by P.S.- I made this... (via Kara).

Thursday
Jul122012

starting a facelift {the hutch}

So a different kind of post today. Most of my house is full of projects that could be cute but just need a little TLC. I'm going to attempt one and document my process. This is a stretch for me 1) I hate showing ugly photos and 2) now I'm actually accountable to finish the project—which happens to be the kitchen hutch. 

Now don't let the photos decieve you, this guy is not in good shape. All the doors are bowed out, the paint job was awful and must be 10 coats, and on the right you can see the glass has paint around all it's edges.

To start the project we NEED a little inspiration to get moving, and to let you in on the vision.

I'm worried this will be 4x the amount of work I'd like to spend on it. So you must have patience. The goal is the end of the month, but I have some traveling to schedule around....And I think that's my last disclaimer for this blog post. Now time to let the magic happen!

Image Sources: 1. Making It Lovely // 2. Remodelaholic // 3. Gracefully Vintage (via Pinterest) //

Monday
Feb272012

doily collage {wall decor}

Hello, friends!

Today brings a wall installation I put together for my friend/new neighbor. I love balancing wall art with a mix of 2D and 3D art, bringing in various prints and textures. Below is the basic instructions, should you be interested in making a similar collage. Do you also like the mixing of prints & textures on walls?

Have a great week!

INSTRUCTIONS: To make the doily collage only requires a few steps. First place them in the most aesthetically pleasing arrangement, balancing different sizes/colors. Then tie together in a few places using sewing thread. Once they are all connected, you can submerge the collage in a slightly diluted mix of mod-podge and water. Wring out the glue and place the doilies on wax paper to dry. Make sure to flatten out every part of the doilies and then dry overnight. Hang using a few straight pins.

Art Sources: Wall prints by Kari Herer // Dresser print by Katie Daisy

Wednesday
Feb152012

mini sailor's knot

I have no idea what possessed me to make these tiny monkey fist knots. In life, one thing leads to another and eventually you always end up with a bunch of knots, right?

You may recognize them from a popular Design*Sponge feature a while back. Someday they'll sneak their way into a future project of mine—because they are just too cute!

Wednesday
Feb012012

plastic bag heart wreath

Happy February 1st! My house needed a little festive door candy, so I whipped up a heart wreath—made from recycled grocery bags. Never thought those could make something pretty, did you? Yeah me neither. But I REALLY like it. AND it's waterproof. Perfect for a sporadic weather month.

I didn't really follow a tutorial, but used the concept from this wreath. The only supplies are a metal hanger and 15-20 plastic bags. Ruffled weather-proof wreath for a total cost of nada. Can't beat that!

Monday
Jul182011

updated light bulb diy

Late night Monday post—typical of myself these days. Recently I acquired a new set of bookshelves (which I can hardly wait to share with you). But first, I must fill them up with diy decor! Here is a small project I worked on today.

This light bulb diy is a version of this tutorial from Design*Sponge. It was pretty simple to create, although I may have broken a few too many bulbs. Though I like the original heart filament, I want to subtly incorporate a few favorite Scriptures into my home decor and this diy was a perfect way to do just that. The quote shown is Psalm 119:105, "Your word is a lamp unto my feet, And light unto my path." 

So what do you think? Do you a favorite ways you've seen small inspirations incorporated into decor?

Wednesday
Jul132011

outdoor pallet table diy

A midweek hello to you!

One of the many things keeping me busy lately has been a backyard overhaul. While I wait to finish a few final touches to the backyard/patio, I want to share our diy pallet table.

To make the table, we used two wood pallets, one 4x4, 4 caster wheels with nuts & bolts, L-brackets & skrews, and then gray stain. First we determined the height we wanted (21"), subtracted the height of the casters and two pallets (15"), then cut the 4x4s for the additional 6" legs. We then attached the 4 legs to the top of the lower pallet and also the underside of the upper pallet. After attaching the 4 casters using nuts & bolts, we decided a little color might look nice. We chose a gray stain hoping for a subtle coloring, but the wood absorbed stain so fast we ended up with a nearly black table. And I will add the amount of work to cover every surface inside of the pallets was....brutal. Do-over I would probably recomend keeping the natural wood color. I still really like the dark look and the size of the table is perfect for our patio.

So there you have it! Works great as an outdoor movable table, and a great alternative to expensive patio furniture. If anyone is interested in more specific direction, just let me know. I realize this wasn't the most detailed diy ever posted.

What do you think of the final product?

// UPDATE // My apologies that this DIY is not a very clear step-by-step. Please read through the comments to make sure your question is not answered there. If you still have a very specific question, I will try to answer via email. With so many repeat questions, emails are often buried in my inbox so I want to apologize ahead for tardy responses. Your understanding is greatly appreciated!

Wednesday
May042011

new coffee table

This may borderline on polygamy, but from this day forward my husband will have to share my affection with a new resident.

This is the first piece of furniture that I've had such affinity for. Well—the first furniture that I've actually owned. The coffee table was custom built by a craftsman using reclaimed barnwood, and in my opinion is shabby chic perfection. I like to sit and admire it. A lot.

The above image is the underside of the coffee table drawer (to hide those ugly remotes) that showcases a photograph of the barn where some of the repurposed wood came from. Even most of the nails/skrews are recycled. I found the craftsman through some friends that had custom furniture made. More images of his work can be found on the site Burning Barn Furniture. Isn't new furniture the best?!

Hope you are having an uplifting day today!