10/24/12

Reusable Bags

Happy Wednesday! I can’t believe how fast time is going by. Over the last few days I have been nonstop working on items for craft season. I just finished a batch of reusable bags. I love these bags because you can use them for holding your fresh items from farmers markets, shopping at the grocery store or even day to day life. Last season I made a ton and I only have a few left. You can check out the leftovers on my Etsy page.

Here are my new ones and note that I have yet to iron them so they will be a lot crisper. I just wanted to share my new goodies:

La bicyclette. Just a simple bicycle design for all your bike lovers. I think I know a few in Santa Cruz ;)

SeƱor Owl lurking over his branch.

The one above and the one below are both inspired by the beach and sunset. There is a gradient effect from turquoise to gold and then a scallop design to create movement in the bag.

Applique lotus flower made of all organic scraps. These one took forever!!

A big ol’ heart made of faux leather.

Sun peeking through hills of scallops!

My geometric set which again has the gradient effect from turquoise to gold with a silver scallop design.

Another geometric bag with the gradient effect and scallop design.

Gotta love dem hearts. One can never get too much love.

And there you have it! 10 new bags made with love just for you!

10/18/12

Updated Ceiling Fans

There are so many ways to update a ceiling fan whether it is with paint, design or adding extra elements to create more of a centerpiece.

Check out some updated ceiling fans that inspired me today:

I love the black and white stripes from homehappyhome. It looks elegent and clean but that ceiling texture is really interesting, isn’t it?!

This is so cute for a boys room.

Okay, I like the idea of this ceiling fan for a girls room but I am really interested in seeing this ombre paint in more muted hues.

I love the idea of adding a chandelier to the ceiling fan to create more dimension. It would be interesting to see how the shells sound when the fan is on but it might sound very beachy and sweet.

Another incredible pattern for the ceiling fan blades from design sponge.

I do love a simple upgrade with fresh white paint.

That’s what I got for today folks!

Happy Thursday!

09/21/12

5 Weekend DIYs

Hey alls. I’m back right before the weekend to give you some 5 weekend DIYs to keep you busy and continue to be inspired by your space.

1. The first project is a simple and fun one:

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I can go on and on about all the things I love about this room but what I completely adore is the branch clothing hanger. It’s such a simple project too. You can add hooks to the tops of the branches that you may find on your street or go get some driftwood from the beach and use string (rope, yarn, clear wire, etc) to loop around. For more branch inspiration, check out my old post about branches here.

2. The second project is one to add some more dimension and appeal to the eye:

Unfortunately I can’t find the image source but you get the idea. If you have a nook in your home, add some color and vibrancy with paint OR stencil it up. Why not? You can always paint over it and you will come to realize that a little bit of color can go a long way. It will also add dimension and architectural character to your space. If you don’t have a nook than use a small wall space to create dimension.

3. The third project is one that will just add some pizazz to a necessity in any home:

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Key hooks! We need them and why not make it look awesome with a frame around it? Does it not look almost identical to my jewelry holder I just made? I love it.

4. I’ve never seen anything like this before but it looks incredible:

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Succulents are amazing for many reasons. First and foremost, I’m less likely to kill it. Check out the image source above to get the “how to” on these awesome open book planters.

5. Add some bling to your dinnerware:

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Don’t they look incredible. Get the step by step guy when you click on the image source above on how to make any bland ol’ bowl into an eye catcher. Hello!

Alright my blog lovers, enjoy your weekend. I can smell fall in the air. Can’t you?!

09/18/12

DIY Earring Hanger

I added some more love to my book page wall with a romantic, vintage inspired earring holder. Remember when I redid all those frames for my desk area? Well in that mix was a massive framed photo of a family.

I felt so bad throwing that out, but it was in a thrift store so I imagine they weren’t really that into it anyway?

I got the frame for $5 and I removed the photo.

I painted it the same color as all the other frames. I then sanded the edges.

I was stuck on what to do with the inner edge of the frame. This was a more spongy materials so it was hard to paint over. Since my book pages were just soaked, I used a few to fill this space. I then sealed it with the Krylon Satin finish. If the pages weren’t wet, I would have used rubber cement or some other adhesive.

When I first moved in I saw this gold mesh material in a roll and I asked who was using it. No one claimed it so I was given permission to use it. It was the perfect size so I didn’t have to cut it. I then used my staple gun to attach the mesh to the frame.

I love that the pages on the inside of the frame accent the full wall of pages behind it.

Is it scary to confess that these are not all the earring I own? A little. I have a few more dangling on another cute earring holder that stands on my dresser.

Here are some close ups. Quite cute ey?

Here’s the before and after shot!