Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

Shopping Trip: Lighting from Goodwill

December 30, 2008

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A good lamp is hard to find. And a good lamp under $50 is a rare creature indeed! I've had good luck with my local Goodwill before, so I popped in recently to see what the thrift gods had up their sleeves. I scored two 1960’s era lamps that—with a little love and imagination— transformed into the sexy retro number in the photo above. Total cost for one lamp? $36!

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When hunting for thrift lamps, look for one with a great shape; don’t worry about the finish as paint will cover any surface flaws. I chose flat white spray paint to mimic the look of white ceramic, and I buffed with extra fine sandpaper between coats. I was lucky to find lamps with shades that were easy to recover using fabric and spray adhesive. If your shade can’t be salvaged, you can buy a new one or make your own for a reasonable price.

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Here's a play by play on the re-do. Please feel free to let me know in the comments section if you'd like more detailed instructions. Oh, and one last tip when shopping for lighting at thrift stores: bring a lightbulb with you. Plug in the lamp. Make sure it works. Mine does not.

Resources: Lamp, table and chair, all Goodwill. Clock, Kate Spade. Bird Painting, oil on canvas by Mincing Mockingbird. Ceramic Bird Bowl, Jonathan Adler.

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Displaying Photos at Home: A Photographer’s Perspective

December 29, 2008

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Finally getting those family photos out of storage and up on the wall? Throw out your ruler. Although a casual arrangement can be trickier to assemble than a formal setting, it creates great warmth and intimacy. Bay Area photographer Anna Kilbridge agrees. “I love how an eclectic arrangement demands your attention, draws you in, invites you to linger,” says Anna. And though she says there are no hard and fast rules to making it work, Anna does offer a few guidelines.

1. Keep it simple. Choose frames of all one color. Anna prefers black, silver, and—increasingly—white frames. “If you look at timeless photography displays, the frames are always very minimal. Anything too flashy starts to look dated very quickly.”

2. Take it slow. Start with the photo that impacts you most and allow the arrangement to evolve. “Plan it less. It might take a while to find a setting you love, but with time it will emerge.”

3. Have fun. The best arrangements are the ones that emerge spontaneously. If it’s your first attempt at an eclectic installation, Anna recommends a picture ledge. “Shelving is brilliant because you can move things as you go along. It gives you permission to play.”

Thanks to Anna Kilbridge for the tips! Recently named one of SFGate’s Top Three Wedding Photographers in The Bay Area, Anna lives and works in San Francisco.

Resources: Frames and picture ledges, Ikea. FYI, I put the above arrangement together in about an hour!

Styling and Photo Credit: Anne Sage

Displaying Photos at Home: A Photographer’s Perspective

December 29, 2008

hallway working.jpg

Finally getting those family photos out of storage and up on the wall? Throw out your ruler. Although a casual arrangement can be trickier to assemble than a formal setting, it creates great warmth and intimacy. Bay Area photographer Anna Kilbridge agrees. “I love how an eclectic arrangement demands your attention, draws you in, invites you to linger,” says Anna. And though she says there are no hard and fast rules to making it work, Anna does offer a few guidelines.

1. Keep it simple. Choose frames of all one color. Anna prefers black, silver, and—increasingly—white frames. “If you look at timeless photography displays, the frames are always very minimal. Anything too flashy starts to look dated very quickly.”

2. Take it slow. Start with the photo that impacts you most and allow the arrangement to evolve. “Plan it less. It might take a while to find a setting you love, but with time it will emerge.”

3. Have fun. The best arrangements are the ones that emerge spontaneously. If it’s your first attempt at an eclectic installation, Anna recommends a picture ledge. “Shelving is brilliant because you can move things as you go along. It gives you permission to play.”

Thanks to Anna Kilbridge for the tips! Recently named one of SFGate’s Top Three Wedding Photographers in The Bay Area, Anna lives and works in San Francisco.

Resources: Frames and picture ledges, Ikea. FYI, I put the above arrangement together in about an hour!

Styling and Photo Credit: Anne Sage

Guest Blogging at A Day That Is Dessert!

December 22, 2008

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The lovely Lecia over at A Day That Is Dessert was kind enough to ask me to share a holiday guest post with her readers. Please pop over for a fun DIY that I put together! It’s perfect as a last minute stocking stuffer and a great project to do with the little ones when you’re snowed in. And while you’re there, be sure admire Lecia’s charming blog full of inspiring photos, scrumptious recipes, and thoughtful reflections on all things wise and wonderful in the world!

Best Holiday Download Ever!

December 4, 2008

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Ez over at Creature Comforts just posted this free download for the world’s cutest address labels, graciously designed by the talented Melinda at On a Limb Paper. They’re just perfect for my kraft paper and candycane twine wrapping scheme this year!

Of course you can adhere them with packing tape, but I always love an excuse to pull out my Xyron sticker maker. Let the crafting begin! And don’t forget to scroll down for great gift ideas from today’s installment of Blogger Book Love!

Best Holiday Download Ever!

December 4, 2008

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Ez over at Creature Comforts just posted this free download for the world’s cutest address labels, graciously designed by the talented Melinda at On a Limb Paper. They’re just perfect for my kraft paper and candycane twine wrapping scheme this year!

Of course you can adhere them with packing tape, but I always love an excuse to pull out my Xyron sticker maker. Let the crafting begin! And don’t forget to scroll down for great gift ideas from today’s installment of Blogger Book Love!

Just Bought: Butcher Cord

December 2, 2008

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I never thought that something as simple as red and white twine would make me so happy, yet I’m giddy as a schoolgirl after finding a massive tub of the stuff! And this is the real deal, too: 100% cotton, imported from Germany. Wunderbar!

This year I’m wrapping all my holiday gifts in brown kraft paper and tying the parcels with twine, for a look that’s homespun yet so festive too. For more simple gift wrap ideas, Lynne at Tea for Joy just did a charming post on the subject, and so did Martha B. at Nibs!

Frighteningly Simple Project: Pet Spider’s Lair

October 30, 2008

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Here's yet another Halloween how-to that literally look me five minutes to make but is SO effective! For me, spiders are amongst the creepiest creatures out there, and there's nothing creepier than keeping one as a pet!

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I got the idea for this one from my homegirl Jen over at Raising Granola. She's discovered that the Halloween crafter's best friend is a can of glossy black spray paint, and it couldn't be more true! Below are the supplies that I started with: an ugly green pillar candle holder and decorative cage (I honestly can't think of a non-Halloween use for this cage!) that I scrounged at Goodwill, as well as a cheap plastic spider from the dollar store. Total cost? Eight bucks!

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This little set-up would look amazing as the centerpiece of a Halloween
buffet table, surrounded by a forest of various sized candlesticks also painted black. And doesn't it cast a spooky shadow?!

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For more Halloween inspiration and devilish DIY's, be sure to check out:

Frighteningly Simple Project: Pet Spider’s Lair

October 30, 2008

DSC_0152

Here's yet another Halloween how-to that literally look me five minutes to make but is SO effective! For me, spiders are amongst the creepiest creatures out there, and there's nothing creepier than keeping one as a pet!

DSC_0167

I got the idea for this one from my homegirl Jen over at Raising Granola. She's discovered that the Halloween crafter's best friend is a can of glossy black spray paint, and it couldn't be more true! Below are the supplies that I started with: an ugly green pillar candle holder and decorative cage (I honestly can't think of a non-Halloween use for this cage!) that I scrounged at Goodwill, as well as a cheap plastic spider from the dollar store. Total cost? Eight bucks!

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This little set-up would look amazing as the centerpiece of a Halloween
buffet table, surrounded by a forest of various sized candlesticks also painted black. And doesn't it cast a spooky shadow?!

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For more Halloween inspiration and devilish DIY's, be sure to check out:

Project: Eerily Easy Halloween Glassware

October 29, 2008

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In case you haven't noticed yet, I LOVE Halloween! I especially like to browse the shops at Halloween and brainstorm how to recreate similar effects at home. For example, I just adore spooky tableware such as these skull highball glasses from Z Gallerie, but I could never justify spending that kind of money on something that I'd only pull out once a year. So I hit up Goodwill, where I found this red glass carafe and glasses for $6. A trip to Michael's Crafts yielded some skull-shaped rub-on transfers and silver alphabet stickers, and I was in business!

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Obviously the skulls are a one-off (not much creativity to be had there) but the alphabet stickers really got my imagination going! You could spell out anything your evil little heart desired. My personal favourite is the 'Trick or Treat' set below….wouldn't this be an awesome project for kids just learning to read? I think little kiddos (and big kiddos too!) would get such a kick out of seeing their everyday cups and plates transformed for a pre-trick-or-treating dinner.
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The best part? The stickers and rub-on transfers peel right off. So I could leave these as is and store them for next Halloween, or I could remove the decorations and I'm left with a funky set of glassware! Ooh…I can just see snowflake decals looking awesome come Christmas…

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Stay tuned for more Halloween crafts, recipes and inspiration later today and all this week!