2013 Holiday Dining Room Decor and Centerpiece

2013 Holiday Dining Room - juniper topiary red lantern centerpiece - LauraAnneStone.com

Tomorrow the family I referenced in the hallway painting post will be here. I already have my mantle all worked out so the only other place I really wanted to spruce up was the dining room. You can see the stripes are gone and the creamy color I used on top of my 3 layers of primer looks great! Our free mirror that came with the house in its original place (the silver mirror that I thought I’d put there made its way back to … 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: 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: Pine Cone Door Hanger

About this time last year I wrote about not decorating because I was busy… and lazy. But mostly busy. Anyhow, this year I’ve been just as busy but I’ve done much better. Because the door had been naked since Halloween, I decided start there. I didn’t want to get out on Black Friday so I decided to just use what I had around the house. I must admit, I was a little skeptical because although Google Image usually gives me some really great examples … Read more…

WEEKEND PROJECT: Orange Burlap Halloween Ruffle Wreath

Last fall I kept telling myself I’d get around to making seasonal decorations but it just never seemed to happen, so today I decided to use my do-nothing Sunday to craft something seasonal. I can’t take the credit for inventing this, I saw it somewhere a while ago, but I will take credit for making better directions. I’ve only ever seen limited photos and vague directions that left one to wonder “But how!?” Also, because without it this wouldn’t have happened, I … Read more…

New (job and) terrarium

I found myself an exciting new job at my university. I’m now working with my College of Architecture spinning many plates. Mostly PR, e-community management, event planning, web and print graphic design and probably a whole host of other things I’ll run into on the way. Anyhow, sometime toward the end of last year I picked up this little terrarium. It was cheap, probably only a few quarters, and there was good reason. Whoever got a hold of it before me did a really, really, stupendously terrible … Read more…

Origami Bunny!

Origami Rabbit by Maekawa

Just in time for Spring, make your very own little desk buddy! Origami is an amazing art form and I am always floored when I see the talent with which people design these amazing little pieces. Here’s the video with folder Sara Adams: From Happy Folding. The details say: Designer: Jun Maekawa Paper used in this video: 15cm square of kami (6in by 6in) Finished model: approx. 6.25cm (2.5in) high, 6cm (2 1/4in) wide, 2.5cm (1in) deep Enjoy! … 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…