You CAN fix ugly!

The other day I posted about the Burlap Swag Drum Shade, where I mentioned a wood chandelier. I decided someone might light to see that before and after so here it is. A while ago I decided I needed  this pendant from West Elm. Unfortunately I didn’t want to fork over the money when I knew there must be a way to create something similar on my own. When I dragged this little gem home, I probably heard “Uhm, where will this go?” … Read more…

Burlap Swag Drum Shade

A few weeks (months, maybe… it’s been a busy summer) I replaced the awkward light fixture in our dining area. The fixture itself was mounted off center and it provided three down lights that glared terribly (see it up there, all glaring and being off center). Technically I replaced it twice, the first attempt was with an awesome wood and metal chandelier I found at ReHome (Habitat for Humanity’s local resale shop, great stuff sold cheap for a great cause!), I wanted it … Read more…

Jute Twine Wrapped Monogram Ampersand

Though I’ve been busy crafting and domestic-ing away, I haven’t had much time to actually blog about what I’ve done. I have a small backlog of projects that I’ll try to get posted, if for nothing else than to get the photos off my desktop. A few weekends ago, after some unsuccessful attempts to find flooring for the living room, lights for the kitchen and some other large-scale domestic frustrations, I decided I needed to give myself a small project so I … Read more…

WEEKEND PROJECT: Fluffy Tissue Paper Valentine Wreath

A few weeks ago I decided to try a tissue paper wreath. It’s pretty easy and, for me, pretty cheap. I’ve been trying to use up my craft scraps and this was a good way to use up all my single sheets of pink tissue paper… plus some white… and some retail sheets that ended up in my stash. I’ve heard of people using colored napkins instead of tissue paper to make these little fluffy poufs but because I was trying to use … Read more…

WEEKEND PROJECT: Gifts for Pets (and using leftover craft scraps)

About two weeks ago I wrote about my pine cone door hanger. I’ve also crafted a few other things… Though I’m no longer a starving student, the crafty poor kid in me still likes making handmade gifts. While I was waiting for inspiration to strike looking through Martha Stewart’s homemade gift ideas, I found a Feather Cat Toy and Shrinky Dink Pet Tag. These worked out great because for the most part I had all of these ingredients left over from other projects. Both actually turned … Read more…

WEEKEND PROJECT: Pretty covered boxes

pretty covered boxes - finished

A few weeks ago while I was waiting for my camera to charge so I could tackle my giant stack of potential eBay revenue, I decided I was tired of looking at my super trashy kitchen organization. Of course I still don’t have glass in the cabinet doors, but at least I can make what’s behind them a little more attractive…   I used Con-Tact shelf liner because it’s an incredibly easy and inexpensive way to finish this project. Con-tact also makes other … Read more…