Sunday, October 31, 2010

DIY Luggage Tags

For some friends traveling to Europe...

1. Grab some cute travel related scrapbook paper.
2. Grab paint chip board at the craft store... I painted the edges black before attaching the paper.

2. Measure, cut, and glue on the paper... I printed an info tag sheet for the back with name, address, phone, etc. Seal with acrylic spray to weather proof/travel proof the paper.
4. Drill a hole and string cute ribbon for attaching when it dries.
5. Don't forget the cute stickers for wrapping!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

New Creations 10/28/10

(quatrefoil ribbon watch)
(quatrefoil sterling silver key with moonstone)
(bronzite quatrefoil necklace) (quatrefoil & chalcedony earrings)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

2 Etsy Features Today

Here are 2 treasuries I was picked for today...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Laundry Room Mini Makeover

The laundry room has been looking a little too blah lately... fluorescent lighting & white plastic hampers aren't exactly chic. After a target run and a few mini projects, I was able to add a little warmth and texture. Now if only I could somehow replace the crazy bright fluorescent lights.

(canvas cube hampers with labels to keep clean piles
organized when they come out of the dryer)

(mirror $19 Target)

(a tie-in with the rest of the tiles in the house)

(a new cover for the ironing board made from an old Marimekko pillow case)

(hooks from Target keep the ironing board mounted and off the floor)

(before the mini makeover... blah)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

It's raining, it's pouring...

but not at any of these gorgeous, sunny Mediterranean homes...

I would like to plant mini orange trees such as these indoors to evoke a taste
of the the sunny, European countryside.

(images source unknown)

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

White Headboards

I've decided I LOVE the look of a white headboard after seeing all of these gorgeous Lonny images. Maybe an ikea run is in order....

Here's an ikea look-alike I saw on their website:

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Yesterday I sold my 100th item on etsy... I'm sure it doesn't sound like a lot but it was fun to hit triple digits. :)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Large Tin Wall Panel

This week's project is a recreation of the tin wall panel from Rolling Greens in Hollywood (check out my post about the gardens/shop here).

I found an over sized outdoor wall panel (about 2.5' by 5') on clearance at Pier 1 not long ago but the colors were all wrong.

(before)It got a paint job of many many many paint colors & coats: white, yellow, gray, taupe, gold, and then white again. I did this with a coarse brush to make it look rich in texture and aged like the tiles in the inspiration piece above.

Then it got a coat of charcoal gray/brown with a super wide brush to highlight the raised textures.

Since it is constructed out of tin, it is super light weight and was easy to hang.

I hung it in my bedroom... voila!

The tin texture is perfectly magnetic so I can hang little keepsakes, photos, mantras, holiday stuff, etc. Here are a few ideas of what I would hang....

I would like to order one of these custom anniversary mementos from this etsy shop:
Another fun idea... "Keep Calm" mantra from this etsy shop:

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Simple Halloween Decor

I have a hard time spending a lot on seasonal decor since it feels so temporary and can easily get overdone or tacky. I decided to give myself a budget of $30 to grab a few more things to add to my slowly growing seasonal decor stash. I tried to keep everything simple, understated, and cohesive with the rest of my home decor:
(apothacary jars hold yummy treats in the front entry way)

(our Halloween Mascot, Bandit in a cute frame from Marshalls)

(for all the cute trick-or-treaters) (non-messy wooden jack-0-lantern)(Tokyo Milk soap found at a local boutique)

(Bathroom art- scanned & enlarged tokyo milk soap wrapper)

(fun with wine labels left over from last year) (more wine label fun)

That's all for now! Next year I'll add a few more things to my tiny collection.