DIY plate mirrors

Happy Earth Day everyone! I found these flower-shaped plates at a thrift store while hunting for dishes with which to make cake stands. I loved the shape of them so much that I bought them all. I have plans for the rest, but these three were destined to become mirrors. As a friend pointed out, they could be cute in a little girl’s room: painted, glittered, with a fake butterfly attached. Which reminds me of Heika’s flowers. Read more »

DIY salvaged shadow box

DIY salvaged shadow box - before

Two drawers were left over from my modular bookcase project. I didn’t think they’d be useful for anything but firewood. But upon closer inspection, I began to appreciate the aged beauty of the wood—even the smattering of white paint. Combining the drawers into one shadowbox—and not painting it—was a great way to showcase the wood’s character and history. Thanks again to my favorite neighborhood woodworker for cutting the pieces. Read more »

Follow me on twitter

I resisted doing this for long enough. As you may have already noticed, I’m now on Twitter. Feel free to follow along! I can’t promise to be interesting all the time, but I will include some behind-the-scenes info, fab finds, and hints about future posts. And talk about chocolate. And maybe throw in some Stargate references. I can’t help myself.

DIY wallpapered trolley

DIY wallpapered trolley - before

I bought this trolley for a steal on Craigslist. You may have seen it here. You can’t tell in the photo, but it’s banged up and rickety from years of use. My friend Peter added some reinforcement to make it sturdy, then I filled in the nicks with wood filler and oiled the squeaky wheels with WD-40. Finally, I made cosmetic changes—using paint and wallpaper left over from Sunset’s Menlo Park Idea House. Thanks, Sarah! Read more »

Fabric covered dining chairs - after

Fabric covered dining chairs - before

I found these chairs curbside with a “free” sign taped to them. They have a nice shape but suffer from two problems: a shoddy paint job and cracked seats. I knew I could fix both issues. I wasn’t settled on the how part until I saw what Melissa did to her tables at ikea hacker. Perfect solution for these two chairs. The fabric serves as decoration and camouflage. Read more »

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 »

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