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Lacquered Agate Box

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I love making things that are lovelier than something I’d purchase.  That is the whole point of DIY no?  For me, it’s either got to be less expensive or more cute.  If it isn’t either of those things, it really isn’t worth the effort. This agate lacquered box is both… prettier than what I would buy and way less expensive.  Would you believe me if I told you that the how project cost less than $20? Believe it.

I will confess, I had this box two other colors before I landed on a light ivory/beige called Light Sand.  I am really really trying to branch out from a color perspective.  First I had it light lavender, but that felt a little stuffy, so I went to a radiant orchid (the color of the year, right?) but that just seemed a little out of control for me.  You guys know me… I’m a black/brown/white/navy/gold kind of girl.  So, I just thought I’d let you know that I tired really hard, but couldn’t do it.  Light Sand it is.  I am beginning to embrace my neutralness.

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I’m in love with the way it turned out and cannot wait to show you all how to make your own! Although there are a few steps, they’re all totally easy and can be done by anyone.  Shall we get on with the tutorial?  Continue Reading…

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Reader DIY: The Gold Cane Chair

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Getting emails from readers who are inspired by my DIYs is literally my favorite part of writing this blog.  It makes me so so happy to know we’re interacting and you guys are soaking in some inspiration!  A couple weeks ago I got an email from one of our readers, Jess who redid a bamboo chair inspired by my gold cane chair project!  She even made pom fabric like I did!

I love love love the shape of her chair and how it turned out!  Aren’t you guys impressed?

Thanks, Jess for sharing!!

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DIY Subway Tile Mirror

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I think I’m speaking for all of us when I say that I love subway tile.  I honestly considered just covering every wall in my bathroom with it.  To hell with paint, I’m going full on tile. Needless to say that hasn’t happened yet, but don’t think the idea isn’t crawling around in the back of my mind.

The downside of subway tile is (there’s a downside?!?!), well, you have to tile something to use it. If you live in a rental or aren’t undergoing a renovation, it might not be in the cards for you… until now.

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The best news is that I made this tile border mirror for less than $30. It’s the truth.  Having your very own chunk of subway tile decor isn’t out of reach or out of budget.  What’s more (wait, there’s more?) it took me all of 30 minutes to make. I’ll show you the 4 easy steps if you’d like to have your own gorgeous mirror.  Continue Reading…

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Bedside Sconce DIY

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Wow, has it only been two days?  I told you on Monday that I had a lamp re-work in the cards and now it’s done!  If you’ll notice from Monday’s post, both of my bedside lamps were two different colors. I had contemplated painting them both white, then swung back to painting them chrome, knowing that if I tried to make one look like the other, it just never really would.

I love the Tom Dixon pendants with black shell and shiny gold lining, so I thought the bed way to have both lamps look the same was to paint them completely different colors then the original…matte black.

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I could have painted the interior gold with paint, but I wanted them to have the luminescent glow that only foil can achieve. Now, I hate working with gold foil.  Foil is a pain in the ass, I will avoid it at all cost.  But here, for whatever reason, I felt like it was completely necessary. I’m happy I ended up going for it even though I was cursing it the entire time. Just look how it glows!

If you’ve worked with foil before, you’ll know how you get crazy cracks and empty spaces, so I have a solution for that! I’ll show you how I completed this project and my little gold foil trick after the jump!  Continue Reading…

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Handwoven Outdoor Lanterns

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Adding ambient lighting to the outdoors has always been a bit difficult for me.  Without running cords into the yard, we need candle light, but multiples of outdoor lanterns can get real pricey and require a trip to the store.  Most of the DIYs I do at home come about because I can’t be bothered to search around for what I want.  When I’m at the crossroads between laziness and frugality, I make things. These lanterns are just one such thing. I have bundles and bundles of twine sitting around, and loads of candles, so why not mix the two into a festive outdoor lantern?

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It took me about 20 minutes to make all three of these and now I have a bit of candlelight that illuminates the pathway to the backyard. You can see how simple this project is… it really only uses two supplies and a few knots.  Let’s show you how it’s made, shall we?  Continue Reading…

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DIY Fringed Kimono

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You know how I said that I don’t wear scarves? Well, I suppose I do now! We spoke last week about the things in life that we want to like, but just can’t and I confessed that although I continue buying scarves, I just never ever wear them.  This particular scarf is one of my favorites.  I wanted to look all ‘Bohemian Erin’ in it, but instead it just looked forced.  That is clearly until I had the idea to turn it into this fringed sleeve kimono.

I actually have had this idea wandering around in the back of my brain for at least 10 months.  I saw a gorgeous silk fringed kimono at an art show last September and after seeing the $300 price tag, I thought there had to be a better solution for me.  And now, I’m happy as pie that I waited to create this.

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You know I hate sewing, right?  Like, I despise sewing. I still have a tiny little sewing machine from high school and have banned anyone from getting me a new machine just so that I have a better reason to avoid it completely. Only once in a blue moon is there something I want to make badly enough to break out the machine and this was one of those moments.

You don’t have to have a machine, however, to make this kimono.  In total, there are two very straight stitches and a bit of seam tape (like stitch witchery) which fuses seams together with just an iron. If you want to go the extra mile and add fringe, you can do so by hand, and it wouldn’t take you that long at all!

But, if you do have a machine, and do want to speed things along, this project will take you all of 30 minutes, so I know you can make one! Here is how I did it!  Continue Reading…

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Firework Fringe Party Garland

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We’re almost in full party mode over here!  Just one more day of work then it’s off to Nashville for some quality summer vacation time.  We’re heading to Matt’s aunts house for the holiday and I plan to bring with me a little decor for the festivities.

This red, white, and blue party garland turned out even better than I had imagined in my head.  It’s full and fluffy fringe makes it look impressive and although it takes a few steps, they’re all super easy.  You’ve got a few days to prepare, so let’s get to it!

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The dye effect on the tissue is easily achieved with a common household item, so after a quick $2 trip to get some tissue, you’ll be well on your way to creating this awesome Forth of July party garland!

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Acrylic Gem Cuff DIY

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Let’s get a little crafty today!  I’ve been excited to do this jeweled cuff tutorial and have been looking forward to getting back from my trip just so that I could do it.  I know that sounds silly, but I was literally sitting on the plane thinking about the colors, shapes, and gems I’d use in this project.

I have a few jeweled up cuffs, but I have a really hard time with cuffs in general because they always just fall off my wrist. This issue is especially true for the acrylic ones on the market since they’re not usually too bendable.

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While at my local art store, I was searching for foam core board, but stumbled upon this PVC sheet and thought, “BINGO”!  I wanted to do a cool, totally unique bracelet with a snap closure to fit my petite wrists and I got exactly that.  You know when a project is finished and it’s better than you thought it would be?  That’s happened to be with this cuff.  Here is how I did it! Continue Reading…

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Outdoor Rope Chandelier DIY

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I just love bringing indoor luxuries and comforts outdoors during the summer months.  I have had the idea in my head for a while to create an outdoor chandelier from globe lights and created this super simple DIY using just a few things that you could get at your local shops.  Just a string of globe lights, a hula hoop, and some rope is all you need to get a gorgeous chandelier out onto your patio.

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Where ever you have an extension cord, you could place this light fixture, the sky is (literally) the limit. Here is how I made it…  Continue Reading…

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Preppy Cane Pillow DIY

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I’m pretty open about the point that I am not huge on color, but I did add some navy into my decor this year and I’m loving the results. As I transition my home into the warmer months, I was looking for a way to add a summery feel while still sticking with my navy and neutral scheme.

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Cane patterns just scream summer to me but, of course, finding something in my desired shade of navy wasn’t super easy.  Like so many things, I just decided to go ahead and make something instead.

This navy cane patterned pillow was so downright easy, you’d be silly not to try it.  It rolled in at under $10 too, which makes it all the more satisfying. A few strips of ScotchBlueTM Painter’s Tape Delicate Surfaces #2080EL and I was on my way. The materials needed are simple enough: Continue Reading…

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