1st Annual Reader DIY Challenge!

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For the past few weeks, I’ve been planning something so fun and I’ve been so anxious for this day to arrive so I could finally share it with you!!  Over the next two weeks, I’ll be hosting my first ever reader challenge! I have really been wanting to do something fun WITH you all and want to see the absolutely fabulous ideas and thoughts that you all have been sharing in the comments over the years.

This challenge is going to be an amazing way to share your savvy, ingenious, or just plain beautiful ideas with not only me, but with each other and the rest of my readers as well. Want to get involved? Keep reading for the details! [Read more…]

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Black and White Graphic Easter Eggs

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I usually don’t decorate Easter eggs, but for whatever reason, this year I got the itch to have some small touches of easter around the house.  You all know me well, I am not a colorful person, so after going to the store to buy an egg dying kit, I ended up scraping the entire thing and just drawing directly on some hollowed out eggs with a marker.  It was surprisingly cathartic to just sit and doodle on an egg, I recommend it!  At first, I was going to go in with a gold sharpie after the black, but I decided to stop there because I liked how graphic they looked in simple black and white.  It took a little more brain power than the dunking would have, but it wasn’t messy, and I could be as creative as I wanted.  There was just one thing that contributed to making this an easy and enjoyable project. [Read more…]

DIY Wooden Berry Basket

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It’s just about farmer’s market season, which is my favorite time of the year!  I love the feeling I get when I go to the market to get produce that is so fresh from local farmers. I grow a fair amount of produce in my garden as well, and this year will be no different. Although Strawberries are one of the first things to pop up in the spring, I am pretty excited for the blueberries to be in season.  They’re my favorite and I could literally each a basket each morning for breakfast.

In preparation for a spring full of fresh fruits and veggies, I created a few of these berry baskets to hold the haul that I bring home or pick. The baskets are quite easy to make and are quite cute too.  You could even use them for a party or as a food filled gift. Want to make your own? You can!

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Motivational Gold and Lucite Desk Tray DIY

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I hope you all have been having a great week!  I am excited to be sharing this super easy catch-all project with you today!  I have gathered together with several of my favorite bloggers to share fun DIY ideas to ‘Dress your Desk’ with using some of our favorite goodies from The Container Store in celebration of their annual Office Sale (going on now).  The links to all of the participants posts are at the bottom of this post, so you can head there after!

You guys know I know to keep it pretty minimal in my office.  I just shared our new double work space last month and there were a lot of very simple lines, natural colors, and clutter free areas for getting work done. One of the BIG ways I keep my desk clean is by enlisting a catch-all.  It’s kind of like the ‘junk drawer’ mentality where if even the totally random little tid-bits have a space, the desk can stay clear.  In my catch-all I keep everything from binder clips to zip drives, to hand lotion to sticky notes.

For this project, however, I wanted to give the desk a little extra motivational umph! I scanned a handwritten version of my favorite mantra, “dreams don’t work unless you do” and turned it into a vinyl decal and adorning a lucite tray.  I have the whole step-by-step coming up next, so let’s go!  [Read more…]

Modern Spring Wreath DIY

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Happy St. Patricks day!  I have a little green for you today!  Over the past few weeks, spring has been inching closer and closer.  Yesterday’s 70 degree temps in our area had me thinking about landscaping, cleaning off the patio, and getting things ready for outdoor entertaining. Are you there yet? I know we’re still a bit far out, but I wanted a little taste of spring in my life this week, so I made a wreath which captures the essence of this season so beautifully. I also wanted something that was a little more modern than what you can typically purchase at the store.

When you live in the woods, it’s easy to love spring.  The buds on the trees all start growing at the same time and the bright, new green almost starts to radiate around you. It’s almost like you can feel life starting to grow all around.  I wanted to capture this feeling in a modern way with my wreath and I also wanted something that would look pretty for a long period of time, so I chose to make a ‘living’ wreath out of air plants and moss… both of which can be spritzed with water to keep them looking fresh all spring long. I’m not a huge fan of air plants because they’re kind of desert-y for my taste, but surrounded by more vibrant, lush moss, the variation looks beautiful.  I also added in some birch and feature accents just to really push the forest feel. Let’s get on with the tutorial for this modern spring wreath DIY!  [Read more…]