archive for March, 2009

Original theme - Almost Spring

I’m pleased to unveil my new blog design. The whole process started a year ago when I picked the name, designed the logo, and leased hosting space. After giving up my search for the perfect WordPress theme, I made do with Almost Spring theme—until now. This design is a hybrid of Almost Spring and Dilectio—an opportune find because the swirls matched my logo. Score!

After many hours spent editing the code and reading online tutorials, I’m finally done. The goal from the beginning was to sell advertising to support my crafting habit. My hope is that the ads will contribute to the overall look and experience. Please let me know what you think. Note: I’m still trying to fix a couple bugs in Internet Exploder, I mean Explorer. Please use Firefox instead.


West Elm Abaca pendant lamps

Inspired by West Elm’s gorgeous Abaca pendant lamps

Super talented Heika DeHart strikes again. These pendant lamps she made of hemp string are genius. Plus, don’t you love how they look with her wallpaper? Heika writes: “I fell in love with West Elm’s Abaca pendent lamp a few years ago but, as usual, my taste was more expensive than my wallet could support. However, I was sure that I could copy them at a fraction of the cost.” I love the natural look of the hemp, but you could also use white or colored string. I’ve seen others make string lamps using balloons (which are oval), but Heika has an innovative solution for achieving perfectly round lamp shades. Read more »

DIY pillow cover with zipper

I’m redecorating my living room. Red has been lovely, but the colors of the sea are calling me. (I’ll post a before and after when my living room is done.) I like Ikea’s Fjädrar inner cushions, but none of Ikea’s pillow covers go with my new color scheme. So, using a cover that I bought in the As-Is section for a couple bucks, I figured out how to make my own. Plus I decided I was due an easy project after last week’s marathon. Read more »

Floral bamboo veneer side tables

Floral bamboo veneer side tables

Sakura table

Inspired by Jason Horvath's Sakura table from Uhuru.

Last year I fell in love with Jason Horvath’s Sakura table from Uhuru. It was out of my price range, so I decided to make my own version using some bamboo veneer a friend gave me and two Ikea Lack tables I got on Craigslist. Aiming for an organic floral design, I used photos of gerber daisies and cosmos to create my patterns. Btw: This treatment would also look great on many other types of painted furniture. How about a 70s geometric pattern on a boring cabinet? P.S. Thanks for your patience and words of encouragement this week. It took me a while to scrape off the old glue and summon the will to try again. Read more »


I’m finishing up a pretty exciting project today. But right now, I’m waiting for the finish to dry. Then I’ll have to wait for the glue to dry. So…look for this week’s post tomorrow night. I think you’re going to love it.

UPDATE Thurs 3/5: The glue isn’t holding. Time for Plan B. Sorry peeps, this may take a few more days. Wed 3/11: Ok, just a few more hours, and I’ll post this TODAY! … OK, here it is »