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5 DIY Home Projects I Want to Try

August 19, 2015

5 DIY Home Projects

Last night I was simultaneously scouring Craig’s List for apartments for rent and browsing Pinterest for cute and easy DIY home projects. Since we’ve moved around quite a bit lately–this will be our third move in a year and a half, I haven’t felt that strong sense of home at either of our NYC apartments, yet. But one thing that I think will help build that homey feeling is a few cute and homemade decor pieces. So, here are five projects I’m excited to try (bonus: they seem relatively quick and inexpensive):

1. This hanging copper hat rack is so pretty–it doubles as wall decor!

2. This book planter DIY is a fun way to recycle old magazines.

3. I’d love to hang a few of these wooden triangle shelves on the wall behind our bed.

4. A rustic wall-mounted shelf to decorate with photos and trinkets, and to use for storage.

5. And these mini copper planters (by Ashley) add an industrial touch, which I love.

DIY copper planters

Done any fun DIY home projects lately? Or any you’re dying to try?

 

PS. How to feel settled in a new place and another quick and easy DIY home decor project.

DIY Valentine’s Day Themed Bloglovin’ Piñata

February 13, 2015

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Last month, I accepted a part-time position on the Community Team at Bloglovin’. In a single, beautiful feed, Bloglovin’ enables users to follow blogs and read new posts and to discover new interesting blogs and content. It’s particularly popular among lifestyle and fashion blogs, but you can add any blog to your feed tailoring the content to your interests. You can follow sites like Mashable, TechCrunch, Levo League (career advice for millennials) and even Etsy’s News blog which publishes interesting information on the “maker” movement. Do you use it?

Once you sign up, you can start reading and discovering new posts immediately, and earlier this week, Bloglovin’ launched a new feature called Collections, which is a tool that allows you to “save” posts and organize them into collections. Throwing a party? Create a collection with entertaining tips and wine pairing guides. Planning a cross country road trip? Start mapping out your route with a collection of must-see destinations and the best places to stay at each stop. Sounds fun, right?

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To celebrate the launch of Collections and Valentine’s Day, I made a fun Valentine’s day themed Bloglovin’ piñata!

It’s a bit more time consuming than my last DIY project, but it’s fun and there are endless ways to customize a piñata (Cinco de Mayo! Birthday parties! New Year’s Eve celebrations! Mini party favor piñatas!), so save this post to your DIY Collection and keep it in mind for a fun occasion!

What you’ll need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Tissue paper
  • Tape or paper glue
  • Construction paper
  • String for hanging
  • Scissors
  • Candy

How to make it:

  • Step 1. Cut strips of tissue paper the length of the piñata box and ~2 inches wide.
  • Step 2. Fringe one side of each strip of tissue paper by cutting slits about 3/4 of the width of the tissue paper.
    • (If you’re filling the piñata with candy you can either fill it now or wait until it’s complete–just be sure to make an opening in one corner of the box.)
  • Step 3. Attach fringe strips to one side of your piñata using tape or paper glue. *Start at the bottom and work your way up leaving roughly 1/2 – 1 inch between the last strip of tissue paper and the next.
  • Step 4. Cut off any excess tissue paper along the edges. There might be some overlapping, and I found that this actually looked better than the single layer fringe areas.
  • Step 5. Repeat this on each side of your piñata.
  • Step 6. Decorate your piñata however you’d like. For a Valentine’s Day themed Bloglovin’ Piñata, I made Bloglovin’s sleek new logo and cut out pink hearts.
  • Step 7. Pour in your candy.
  • Step 8. To secure a string to the box, I poked a hole in the side and tied a big knot at one end of the string and then thread the other end through the hole, leaving the knot on the inside of the box.
  • Step 9. Close the top of the box with tape and you’re done!

 

You can read all about Bloglovin’ here and sign up here, if you’re interested. There’s even an app for it, which was just featured as a Best New App in 15 countries by Apple!

CONGRATS, Bloglovin’ team!

Stockings-Only Christmas

December 15, 2014

gifts via hannah queen on ig

What are your family’s Christmas gift-giving habits? Do you gift one gift per person? Do you set a price limit to spend on each person? Does your family skip gifts all together?

In the past, we’ve followed a set-budget-per-person gifting guideline, and in addition to gifts, each person gets their own stocking. But this year, we’re doing something a little different…

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DIY Fabric Covered Terra Cotta Pots–Winged Blog Tour

December 4, 2014

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A couple months ago, I spotted a pretty photo on Instagram by Bonnie Christine, fabric designer and blogger at Going Home to Roost. On her Instagram, Bonnie invited makers to join her on her Winged Blog Tour. At the time, I had no idea what that meant, but the pretty patterned fabrics on her Instagram feed and her always colorful, inspiring blog persuaded me to email her.

The Winged Blog Tour is a “blog hop” (another thing I had no idea about), which is when a group of bloggers post content about a predetermined topic and share the link to the previous day’s blog post as well as the link to the next day’s blog post. Readers then “hop” from one post to the next, learning about the topic and gaining new insights as they visit each blog. Winged is Bonnie’s new line of cheerful fabrics. Here’s the inspiration behind the line:

I have always noticed the very first butterfly each spring. It has been one of the sweetest sightings for me each year. It means a new season is upon us, warmer weather is on its way and fresh blooms will be emerging from the ground. It also evokes this feeling within me of inspiration- like all things are possible. The butterfly’s journey from caterpillar to butterfly is one that I’ll never stop marveling at.

This feeling of spreading one’s great wings and soaring is one that connects with me deeply. A long time ago I decided that I would pursue my dreams no matter what. I would make great sacrifices, journey into the unknown put my heart and soul on the line to live my creative dream. That is what winged is about. Spreading your wings and flying into the unknown. –Bonnie Christine

The Winged Blog Tour, which will run through December 18th, is made up of 31 bloggers from all over the world! Check out the list of bloggers and the round-up of projects, here. If you’re a sewer, there are some amazing projects in the round-up–I’d highly recommend checking them out. Today is my stop on the tour, which will not involve any sewing 😉 and I’m so excited to share this easy and relatively quick DIY project with you all!

DIY Fabric Covered Terra Cotta Pots

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What you’ll need:

  • Terra cotta pots (I bought two new pots from the hardware store a few blocks from our apartment for $1.99/ea and used a few older ones I had saved)
  • Fabric
  • Elmer’s Glue-All (Mod Podge will work too)
  • Small paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Lace/ribbon

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How to make it:

Start by cutting a piece of fabric that will wrap once around your pot. (Tip: Laid the pot on the fabric, wrap the fabric around once, mark where to cut with a pencil, cut out the fabric, and then use the cut out as a guide for the next piece of fabric.) Also leave some extra fabric at the top and bottom to fold over.

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Using a small paint brush, coat a small section of the pot with glue (I worked in about 2-3 inch wide strips, and coated the whole length of the pot). Stick the fabric on the glue covered section of the pot, leaving about 1 inch of extra fabric at the top. Use your fingers to smooth the fabric as you work around the outside of the pot, without worrying about the fabric at the top and bottom of the pot. Continue doing this all the way around the pot. (Tip: To hide the raw edges of the fabric once you’ve glued all the way around, make a fold and then lightly brush glue over the fold.)

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Once the fabric is wrapped all the way around the outside of the pot, cut small slits in the excess fabric around the top and bottom. (Tip: There doesn’t need to be a bunch of extra fabric to fold over. Trim off the excess so only about an inch remains to fold over.)  This will help to make a smoother fold over the top and bottom. Brush some glue on the inside rim of the pot and then fold fabric into the pot so it lays smoothly around the rim. Do the same on the bottom. If needed, coat any loose fabric with glue.

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Decorate as desired and then let dry. (Note: Elmer’s Glue-All is for interior use, so I’d suggest using these pots inside otherwise the glue will wash off.)

DIY Fabric Covered Terra Cotta Pots

Ta-da–DIY fabric covered terra cotta pots! These would make such fun gifts, don’t you think? Plant a succulent or give a package of wild flower seeds with a pretty patterned pot!

Thanks so much for stopping by, and if you give this project a try, I’d love to see it! Leave a link in the comments, if you’d like.

Up next on the Winged Blog Tour is Brooke Crook of Oliver’s Fancy–be sure to check out her project tomorrow. And in case you missed it, yesterday’s project was by Taylor Urban of It’s Taylor Made.

Thanks so much, Bonnie!

 

PS. Another simple, pretty DIY project with a hint of gold.

(All photos taken by me : )

Handmade Dishcloths

September 22, 2014

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Instead of the regular kitchen sponge, my sweet grandmother, Bette, knits dishcloths with 100% cotton yarn and gives them to family and friends to use in their kitchens. Last time Dan and I visited home, I sorted through Gram’s collection of colorful, handmade dishcloths and picked a few to bring back to NYC with us. Aside from the fact that they clean dishes and wipe down counters, they are much prettier than the everyday sink sponge, and it’s so special to have something handmade by my Gram in our NYC apartment.

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Gram gave me a few details on the making of these dishcloths–which will only make sense to you if you’re familiar with knitting terms (way over my head 😉 ): “I use a simple paper pattern, which is cast on 5 stitches on increase 1 stitch every row to 40 stitches and then decrease 1 stitch every row back to 5 stitches. Every row is knitted. Go to “5 stitches on” and insert #9 needles.”

The beautiful yarn is from Lily’s Sugar’n Cream line, and the ombre yarns result in the pretty striped patterns you see pictured here (I love this Moondance color).

Thanks so much, Gram! xoxo

(Photo of Gram by my wonderful cousin, Sara.)

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements

September 18, 2014

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements. Photo via Kelley // TheCityandUs.com

For years, Dan’s father, John, has collected glass bottles from construction sites and abandoned homes and barns.  There must be over 500 bottles in his collection and it keeps growing. For the most part, the collection lives in John’s basement, steadily growing. But whenever there is a family gathering–be it a wedding, dinner party, reunion, etc–the bottles are used as simple, beautiful decor. Sometimes they’re filled with flowers and other times they’re displayed alone or used to make the center piece at the dinning table.

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements. Photo via Kelley // TheCityandUs.com

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements. Photo via Kelley // TheCityandUs.com

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements. Photo via Kelley // TheCityandUs.com

Last weekend, Molly (John’s niece/Dan’s cousin) and Alex borrowed several of John’s glass bottles to make tiny flower arrangements to display on tables at their wedding reception. The day before the wedding, the mother of the bride, bridesmaids, and a few other women close to Molly got together and created the tiny arrangements to be used the next day. It was such a sweet thing to do together and the arrangement turned out beautifully. The flowers were grown by Molly’s mom and good friend and included an assortment of small green, pink, yellow and white blooms.

Tiny Wedding Flower Arrangements. Photo via Kelley // TheCityandUs.com

After I finished helping with the arrangements, I couldn’t resist snapping a few photos. They were just too beautiful! I love this idea of growing and arranging your own wedding flowers. Not only is it kind on your budget, it’s also sustainable and a great way to include family and friends in your celebration.

What do you think? Did you DIY your wedding flowers? Or are you planning to?

And, CONGRATULATIONS again, Molly & Alex! xoxo

 

Wedding Signage

August 27, 2014

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Did you make any custom pieces for your wedding celebration? Or are you planning to? DIY weddings have been very popular for a few years now, and I think it’s such a great way to invest in your special day. While Dan and I had a very non-traditional wedding with low-key decor, I spent some time doing a few popular diy projects to add a personal touch to our day, and I loved the entire creative process! Wedding signage is particularly popular, for good reason–they’re so cute! Here’s a look at one of the signs I made for our wedding.

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These burlap signs are very easy to make and can be used in several different ways. In addition to this d/k one, I also made one for the bar table that simply said “bar.” I refer to Dan and I as “d + k” often on Instagram, Twitter, and in texts, so, I wanted to make a sign that captured that idea. Instead of using a plus character, I opted for a heart, which I thought was fitting for a wedding day. I found this particular burlap at Joann Fabrics (on sale…surprisingly, burlap can be a bit expensive). It’s a little hard to tell in these photographs, but the burlap has a gold thread sown into it. That little bit of gold sparkle was perfect because I incorporated some other gold objects into the decor (some I spray painted gold and some were items that I was given or already had).

I’d love to know, did you make a sign for your wedding? How about another diy project? I’d love to check out your craftiness! Leave a link in the comment section linking back to your diy project, if you’d like : )

Hope you’re having a great week.

The Laughing Farm on Youtube

May 22, 2014

Hello! How is everyone doing? This week got away from me; for the last few days, I’ve been hunkered down in our apartment trying to finish up a project for work and just haven’t been able to get a post up. But, I have a really fun one for you tonight!

It’s finally here: The Laughing Farm on Youtube! For those of you who don’t know, The Laughing Farm is Dan’s first self-published children’s book. He used CreateSpace (an Amazon company) to publish The Laughing Farm in early December, and it’s available on Amazon.com (this link will take you directly to the book, bonus: if you have Amazon Prime the book ships for free). This video gives viewers an idea of how Dan envisioned his book being read. It’s light-hearted, funny, and cheerful and your kiddos will love it! Check it out, if you’d like and enjoy! xo

Bicycle Banana Holder

May 8, 2014


Oh, just the coolest bicycle accessory ever. That’s all.

(Via Biken on Etsy.)

Etsy Find: Antler Notebooks

April 11, 2014

I love these little antler notebooks from Etsy shop Twenty Fingers, and the rustic photo styling is so beautiful.

 

 

P.S. I have a small obsession with antlers : )

 

(All images via Twenty Fingers Etsy page.)

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