Kilim Style Pitcher DIY

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I love a good kilim rug and I think a lot of you do too.  I’ve incorporated these flat-woven rugs (traditionally from the area surrounding Turkey and Kurdistan) into my home in the form of rugs, pillows, textile stools, and table linens.

A couple of weekends, however, I was having a party and needed a pitcher for some lemonade and realized I didn’t have one. I went out the next week to get one to prepare for a summer of parties and entertaining and suddenly realized why I didn’t have one… because they’re all a little boring.  Most were glass and had an old kool-aid style shape.  I wanted something that was somewhat cool (can a pitcher be cool?) so I kept looking.  I finally bought a white ceramic one from Target for $14, but still wasn’t thrilled with it.  It sat on my counter for a week, still in the bag.  I was going to take it back and go splurge on something from Anthro, when I got the idea to try and save money… and rescue the boring pitcher. I’ll do a little pitcher diy.

I then bought some ceramic paint and got the brilliant idea to paint some sort of Moorish geo pattern on it.  After sitting down, paintbrush in hand, I realized that it would be a disaster.  I needed something a little less freehand.  Something with a pattern.  [Read more…]

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Giant Tassel Fringe Rug DIY

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If we made a list of things I loved, we all know neutrals would be on one hand and on the others… tassels.  Goodness, I love tassels. I have scarves, kimonos, necklaces, and napkins all with tassels.

I picked up this textured jute rug at World Market last week just because it was beautiful and only $24. I knew right when I saw it that I ‘d be fastening tassels to its edges and calling it mine. I feel like I’ve seen several other designs at super high prices, yet this one cost just under $30.  That is a win.

 

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I think we all know that sometimes the prettiest things are those that we create, and especially when they’re this inexpensive. Are you ready for it?  [Read more…]

Why Your Citronella Candles Don’t Work

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Last weekend we had our first outdoor happy hour with some friends and just like every year, once the sun goes down the mosquitos come out.  And, just like every year, I light up my citronella candles only to be baffled by why they don’t seem to work.

Then, just this week, I realized that the candles I bought didn’t repel the mosquitos for a very obvious reason.  They were citronella, after all.  They touted mosquito repelling qualifiers on the packaging, but one very important factor was missing.   [Read more…]

Ciao Bella! Italian Limoncello Recipe

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It’s been a week since I’ve been back from Italy and the warm weather we’ve been having has been giving me some serious nostalgia about the Italian coast.  Part of the nostalgia is the lemon everything we encountered while on in Positano – especially the limoncello. While in Monterosso (further north up the coast), I did a little limoncello tasting at a small shop which made their own and the woman actually gave me her recipe.  I think she knew full well that I wouldn’t have access to the same ingredients (Mediterranean lemons, that is), so I wouldn’t be a huge danger to her business.  Needless to say, I got right home and flexed my lemon liquor muscles and since it takes some time to make, we need to get yours started now.

If you’ve never had limoncello, it’s an aperitif and it’s tart, sweet, and strong!  In Italy, a lot of restaurants just bring it to your table after the meal totally for gratis… and believe me, it’s appreciated.  Like I said, it takes some time to make (about a month and a half or longer) said the woman in Monterosso and you can let it steep for longer if you’re able to stand it.  There are recipes online that take a lot less time, but let me say… if it seems to be too good to be true, it is.  And good things take time… all of those cliches hold true with limoncello. [Read more…]

First Ever Reader DIY Challenge: Wine Corks

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wine cork diy boot tray

I’m back!  Did you miss me?  I sure did miss you guys!  I kept up with a lot of you via Instagram while I was on a European vacation (go there to see photos, more to come tomorrow), but I also really missed the daily thoughts and comments that we share here in this space.  It was that feeling of connection with you guys that made me want to do something interactive like I’ve never done before.  So today, I am hosting my first ever reader DIY challenge!

I say ‘challenge’ a little loosely.  There are no winners and losers here, this began as a quest for me to find something original and cool to do with the bazillion wine corks that I have around the house and I thought the best way to do that would be to get you all involved!  I challenged you to come up with a DIY using wine corks and share it here, today!

On my end, I made a project that used nearly all of my corks (but don’t worry, I’m sure after my newfound knowledge of French and Italian wines, there will be a lot more to come!).  A boot tray works perfectly made of cork due to how absorbent it is! The project was simple and took me about one hour from start to finish with the majority of the time spent just placing each cork exactly where I wanted it! My favorite part of the project was actually just looking through all of the corks and remembering wines that I’d loved and labels that were tied to a special occasion.  I love the ones with a print or date on the round end and tried to show it off where possible!

Keep on reading for the full tutorial and to submit YOUR project to the round up!  How exciting! [Read more…]