I hate I don't have as much time to do as many D.I.Y projects as I'd like but I can still hook you gals up! Design*Sponge has some great post (recently posted) with D.I.Y and tutorials for the home. Go check it out :)
I still have some work to do before planting my garden but I took these cheap boring planters and spruced them up with some chalk and acrylic paint. Yes I call tomatoes tom's because working in the restaurant business short hand kind of sticks with you :)
It was really easy to do, I just painted the chalk paint on, let it dry, then free handed the design with acrylic paint. I wrote with chalk on the fronts to help me remember what was in what until they begin to grow. Here is where I got my inspiration for the designs!
I bought collage frames from Urban Outfitters and the package came in today! I liked the way it was coming along but it was going to cost too much money buying the individual frame with them being all the same.
The old collage wall
I bought the white frames
I was rather busy picking up some floor speakers from one of le boyfriend's co-works (for free) then getting sucked into Pretty Little Liars so I didn't get time to hang them up. I'm so excited to put it up tomorrow!
I was watching Secrets of a Stylist on t.v the other day and fell in love with this Mad Men Chic design. I'm not so big on the big orange wall but furniture wise I like!
Image from HGTV's show Secrets of a Stylist
Here are some other styles I have saved up on my computer that are basically the same. Right now I really need to figure out colors. I think I tend to go for mostly neutrals with pops of color here and there in accessories or one big piece.
As you may remember I mentioned I did the owl candle project the hard way and this resulted in wax getting on the new place mat we got the week before. I thought it was ruined and it was doomed to have the wax on it. Of course being me I couldn't live with that idea so I googled how to remove it and it worked great. Here are the very simple steps to get wax out of fabric.
This is what it looked like forever blobbed.
*From what I read this works best for non-colored wax.*
What you'll need:
Iron (on warm setting)
The messed up fabric
Paper bag or Papers
Take the paper bag or some paper and place under the waxed stained fabric.
Set the iron on warm (not hot) and go over the waxed area.
The residue should appear on the paper. You may need to replace the paper depending on how much residue is on it.
Flip the fabric over and to the same to the other side.
This is the end result and you can hardly tell a bunch of wax was spilled on it!
I don't know how many people know who Doctor Who is but I just recently watched the whole set of new seasons (on the 5th right now.) I had been meaning to watch them years ago (around the third season) but forgot. This is what is on the sign on the TARDIS. Amazing show I'd suggest you give it a go!
This came in handy when I was rearranging furniture in my apartment. This only works on carpets but it does a great job. I moved the sofa where it was against the wall but the legs left indents in the carpet that could easily be seen. It was almost like a ghost sofa in the middle of the room. Anyway simply take an ice cube and lay it on the indent(s) and let it melt. Once it melts it should be raised up enough to be "fluffed" back to normal by a vacuum. Sometimes it takes two tries depending on the carpet and the item that was sitting on it. Give it a try and tell me how it turns out!
Of course I did it the complicated way but I did discover a way to make it if the candle actually fits into the mug :)
I bought a candle because I couldn't find the wicks and I had to melt it in another mug to make it small enough to fit the ceramic cup. After microwaving it a few seconds at a time I then used tongs to lift the wick and candle out and into the other cup. I poured the rest of the wax in the cup and let it cool. It made a mess (that I'm still cleaning up) but it made an awesome owl candle. I'd advise you if you want to make something like this, measure the size of the cup first!
So technically the blog didn't come with my boyfriend and I on our epic adventure but we did go for the purpose of buying for the apartment.
We came across this Old General Store on the way to lunch and stopped in to take a look. I picked up apple butter while le boyfriend grabbed the bone suckin' sauce. (what a combo!)
I found these cloth place mats at Ikea for less than a dollar and solved my problem.
We bought the stand a few weeks ago and bought the shelves at $6.99 a piece at Ikea.
I need more knic-knacks, maybe something like these.
My nesting dolls have a home now!
After this full day of shopping I still managed to figure out a packing design for the jewelry. Rings and earrings will be placed in baggies with this logo, while necklaces and vintage/handmade items will get a tag logo.