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Marble clocks have been cruising around the web for the better part of this year, and I’ve had it on my list of things to make for a long while now.  With the kitchen improvements we’re making, I thought it would be a perfect time to make this marble beauty in preparation for the new kitchen (I’m painting this weekend! Woo!).

The one problem I’ve had with a lot of the marble clocks out there is that they’re circles and I am not talented enough to tell time on a blank circle.  Call me crazy, but I would be thinking, “Wait, is it 4, or 5?”

So, for this quick and inexpensive project, I wanted to do a hexagon so that it would be much more apparent what hour of the day it was.  I mean, I have to know when it’s time for a cocktail and when it’s time for work.  The beauty of this project isn’t just the beauty of the project.  It’s also that it cost under $15. Let’s get started!

expandable diy trivet

I dont’ know about you, but I’m seriously gearing up for all the warm, cozy meals that come with the lower fall temps.  Chili, braised squash, roasted chickens… you name it, they’re on my fall meal plan (yes, I meal plan).  Trivets are one of those strange things that you don’t know you don’t have until you need one NOW!  Last year during our friendsgiving feast, I started to realize that I had no real trivets and once all my potholders were used up, I had nothing to use to pull the bird out of the oven.  Sob story aside, today’s DIY is not only super functional, but its beautiful too!  Look at that wood!  That rope!  Those dipped edges! And today, I’m sharing the easy step by step plan to make your own expandable dowel trivet.  

modern cake stands

Happy Thursday, friends!  It’s been an odd week over here in many many ways. At the risk of having an over-sharing hangover, I’m not going to dive into that, but I could NOT let one more day pass without sharing this DIY that I’d had on the docket!

There are times when I have an idea for the end product, and there are other times when I have an object that love and I need to use in something… So I hold onto it forever, hoping that its time in the spotlight will one day arrive. Well, the day has arrived for this beautiful Mercer dinner plate from Crate & Barrel.  

creative word art

How has your week been going?  It’s been a mixture of super productive and super frustrating for me.  You know when you have a partial week and you can’t decide if squeezing the week’s work into a few days is really worth the days off?!  I’m going to go ahead and say it’s worth it. I’m heading out first thing tomorrow morning to join my college girlfriends in Charleston for some overdue bonding and wine drinking.  It’s been two years since we’ve all been together… too long.

Onto today’s DIY.  I’ve never been a huge fan of word art and always kind of feel like it’s a bit hokey or something.  It takes a special piece for me to be like, “yeah, I want to put that in my house”.  Do you know what I mean?

Regardless of my word art feelings, however, I wanted to use this phrase somewhere after seeing it all over the internet. I felt a monochromatic black and white piece would be understated and modern, so I forged ahead breaking my own rules and creating this little gem.

AND it was quite easy.  If you can glue and spray paint, you’ve got all the necessary skills to complete this piece.  

gold dishwasher safe cricut tumbler set

You guys know I have a thing for glassware.  It’s kind of a running joke in my house because there are more sets of tumblers, goblets, flutes, and mugs than one house honestly needs. But here is the issue.  When I see a beautiful glass, I can’t buy just one.  That would be strange, no?  You have to buy at least a set of four… which means that for each glass I find that I like, I have four. And the best scenario is that each glass is unique, so that all four are special.

I love making glasses on my own as well, which just adds to the problem.  I especially love gold geometric style glasses.  But, usually, when you see cool glasses, though, they’re made on a cricut… and I despise my cricut. It’s a fine machine, don’t get me wrong… but I feel the same way about it as I feel about my sewing machine.  It’s a necessary evil.

That is why, when I made this project, I decidedly sought out to make it without the machine’s help.  

diy industrial toilet paper holder

Ok, so I know toilet paper isn’t a glamourous topic.  And I suppose neither are the ceiling fans we discussed yesterday, but sometimes home design and ownership is about a little more than the pretty things and sometimes about the functional things as well.

For today, I wanted to share the industrial DIY toilet paper holder that I just made to complement my new bathroom redesign which I shared last week.  In the original photos I didn’t have a TP holder at all, because I was looking for something very specific. And that looking turned into a few weeks of web-scouring and coming up empty handed.  So I just kind of neglected the situation.  Well, I realized that ignorance wasn’t bliss and that just because I didn’t find that very specific thing, didn’t mean I couldn’t still have what I wanted.  I’d just have to make it. I was looking very specifically for a black holder with just an arm… no springs, no hinges, no reasons for someone not to refill them (I think you know where I’m going here).

As a side note, I’m not a huuuge fan of the ‘rustic industrial’ design (pipes and pallets and whatnot), but I also think that a little touch here and there can be nice when mixed with some more classic elements.  After scouring shops local and online for a black holder I found a few but they were all in the $50-$120 range.  I though that was a little ridiculous, so in came the DIY.  What is even better about this DIYs $12 price tag is the five minutes it took me to complete. 

wooden succulent planters diy

Last week, while I was shopping for wooden ‘feet’ for my whitewashed trunk, I saw these mini wooden ‘bun’ feet and thought they’d make adorable little planters.  I have a few succulents left over from the wedding flowers I did a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted a cute way to plant them.  You see a lot of little planters like this in trendy shops and they’re always a bit more expensive than I think they should be. With just $2 for each wooden foot and $4 for a drill bit, I had 6 little succulent pots for under $15.  I would say that is a deal.

They’re pretty easy to make as well.  Just remove the original screw and drill a hole big enough to plant the succulents and that’s it! And best of all, I have the complete step-by-step project documented below, so you can make your own and we can be succulent planter twins. 

whitewash finish diy

Usually, in a good before and after post, I would show the ugly ‘before’ at the very beginning of the post and then tease with the promise of a stunning ‘after’, but this post is a bit backward.  I couldn’t bear to put the ugliness on the front page in this case, which I suppose makes me totally shallow, but I’m owning it.

I have had this very cheap teal trunk in my dining room for about 7 years.  I’m pretty sure I got it at Hobby Lobby or Michaels for about $50 back in 2008 when my dining room looked like this.  Every time I look at the trunk, I think about how much I hate it, but for whatever reason, I never felt compelled to do anything about it.  I kept thinking I’d just take it to goodwill, but the lack of another piece to put in that space rescued it every time.  Well… not this time… I have had enough. 

global pattern pitcher diy

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. 

giant tassel fringe rug

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? 

homemade citronella candles

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.