Moroccan Wedding Blanket Pillow

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Today, I am bursting at the seams to share this DIY. I feel like I say this every time, but this project has been looming in my mind for a while now.  Ok, so maybe just around 2 months, but still. I doubted whether I could do it with the resources I have in my town and searched online for fringes, trims, sequins, and whatnot.  At the end of the day, I bought one hundred percent of the materials in this project from my local JoAnn’s. Go figure!

Moroccan wedding blankets have been on the design scene for a few years now and are just starting to go more mainstream with offerings at West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and Pottery Barn. They are all still pretty pricey, however, and the cream pillow from Pottery Barn is still close to $80. Not my version, though.  This beauty came in at just $29 for all the fabrics and trims. It’s a tad pricier than most of my DIYs, but I definitely think it’s worth the cash, sweat, and tears.

 

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Most of the fun of this project was placing the lines of alternating fringe, sequins and mohair where I wanted.  Although this project is a snap with a sewing machine, you could do it all by hand if you don’t have one since it’s a whole 12 straight lines. I decided to take the help and use my machine this time even though on most projects I spend ample time trying to figure out how NOT to use the sewing machine.  You guys know I hate to sew, right? So I did it anyway for this project because I just wanted to do it that badly.  If you feel the same, keep on reading for the full instructions (and more photos)!  [Read more…]

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Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

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I promised Pumpkin Spice and today it’s here! You may have noticed that our spicy seasonal favorite started popping up in Starbucks this weekend, and usually I would flock to those green awnings to take my first fall sip.  This year however, a few things have me stopping short.

I mentioned my diet change last week, but also there have been loads of reports of the mystery additives in the original coffeehouse version. Although I certainly would have looked past the mystery and sipped anyway, the diet change really was the thing that got me thinking of a make-at-home version with all natural ingredients.

There are about a bazillion ways to customize this depending on what you drink or don’t drink.  I’ve made a version with no white sugar and no sugar substitutes that is eerily close to the original.

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So, what are we waiting for!  Let’s make this pumpkiny, syrupy goodness!  [Read more…]

Gold Rimmed Faux Marble Coasters

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UPDATE: there has been an update to this process based on a few readers having problems!  I’ve highlighted the changes in italics below!

Like most of us, I love carrara marble. I wish every surface in my kitchen and bath could be decked out with the stuff, but then I wouldn’t have anything to look forward to in my next house (that’s what I tell myself, anyway!).  In the meantime, I am satiating my marble desires with little decorative hints of it throughout my house.

When it comes to coasters, I hate coasters that are too solid or nonporous to actually work well.  This DIY is so great because it actually uses clay instead of marble which is soft to the touch and absorbent.  Not only does it look like the real thing, but all four coasters came in at under $7 so it meets my ‘cheaper or better’ DIY requirement.

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To make all four it took me under 30 minutes, so it was fairly easy and only took three materials!  See the full tutorial below!  [Read more…]

Gold Initial Mug Gifts

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Sometimes the best things are the simplest, right?  While initial mugs are everywhere right now and certainly aren’t a novelty, I had a few birthday’s this week and thought that I would take a stab at my own version of the ‘anthro-inspired’ initial mug for some little lavender gifts for two of my girlfriends.

True to my mantra that a DIY needs to be cuter or cheaper than a store purchase these rolled in at just $3 each, or $5 each once you add the lovely lavender.

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I began this project just for the sole purpose of the gift – no blog intentions – but they just turned out so darn cute that I remade one to show the steps.  The things I do for you guys… just kidding!  [Read more…]

Lacquered Agate Box

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I love making things that are lovelier than something I’d purchase.  That is the whole point of DIY no?  For me, it’s either got to be less expensive or more cute.  If it isn’t either of those things, it really isn’t worth the effort. This agate lacquered box is both… prettier than what I would buy and way less expensive.  Would you believe me if I told you that the how project cost less than $20? Believe it.

I will confess, I had this box two other colors before I landed on a light ivory/beige called Light Sand.  I am really really trying to branch out from a color perspective.  First I had it light lavender, but that felt a little stuffy, so I went to a radiant orchid (the color of the year, right?) but that just seemed a little out of control for me.  You guys know me… I’m a black/brown/white/navy/gold kind of girl.  So, I just thought I’d let you know that I tired really hard, but couldn’t do it.  Light Sand it is.  I am beginning to embrace my neutralness.

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I’m in love with the way it turned out and cannot wait to show you all how to make your own! Although there are a few steps, they’re all totally easy and can be done by anyone.  Shall we get on with the tutorial?  [Read more…]