Monday, February 27, 2012

Cute & Cheap Planters

I don't have a super green thumb, so succulents are the perfect plants for me. Keith is a natural green thumb, and is working on planting a garden for us. I, however, tend to be a little less favorable when tending to greenery, so succulents are the perfect type of plants for me and people like myself. They are relatively easy to care for, are hardy, and usually do well in drier climates. Some friends of ours gave them out as gifts at their wedding. They gave us as many as we thought we could handle, and a few of them have done very well. I recently decided to transfer them into some cute little items I picked up from the thrift store, making them charming little additions to our dining room. What a cheap and easy way to display indoor plants!

Friday, February 24, 2012

My Bohemian Wedding: Decorated Bottles

When we visited our venue for the first time, the owner had some centerpiece ideas on the table. They were the perfect rustic bohemian type decorations that I wanted. I was ecstatic! They were cute, simple, and easy to do with everyday items. One of my favorites were these charming little embellished bottles and jars. Here is a tutorial on how to make your own for your wedding, or just to add some charm to your home.

I started saving wine bottles, and jars for this project.

I soaked them is some warm soapy water to loosen up the labels.

A good stiff scrubber will help get them off. Mine has a plastic scraper on the back that I used.

My supplies.

A large spot of hot glue to get started.

A few quick wraps of the twine before the glue dries. I only used the hot glue at the beginning and end of the twine. Wrap tightly and close to avoid gaps.

I used two pieces of twine tied together to create the little knot detail in the middle.

I also tried out a bottle.

You can also do this with burlap, lace, ribbon, yarn, etc. A cute, simple, and affordable idea for decorating everyday items.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Light Fixture Makeover

Living in a rental is not without challenges. Being a DIYer and an impatiently creative soul, it is hard for me not to rip out everything I dislike and replace it. There is also the fact that any work done to something that we do not own will not reap any rewards or benefits, except for the fact that we won't have to look at the ugly bits anymore.

With all of that said, there are ways to makeover things that are a little unsightly, like our current dining room light fixture. I gathered some wonderful ideas here, but haven't had the time to actualize them. So, for now, as an alternative, we've purchased some simple shades from Lowe's for $0.79 each. With some rough twine tied around each to give it a little interest and natural touch, it made our ugly fixture less of an eye sore. At least until we decide on something more suitable, or move. There you have it, an easy and affordable chandelier makeover.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Plate Wall

I have swooned over perfectly put-together walls of decorative plates here, and I have been slowly piecing my own together for sometime now. I've gone to numerous thrift shops, picking up random slightly mismatched plates, and positioned each in their own suitable place on my dining room wall. It took some time, but it is finally complete. Please excuse the poor lighting in the photos, I am working on better. What do you think?

 You can pick up these awesome hangers at the hardware store and most general stores, and there are a variety of styles available. I usually use some that are more heavy duty, but in this case I asked Keith to pick some up for me and this is what he bought. 

I bought mismatched plates very inexpensively at various thrift stores around town.

Since these hangers are made for more lightweight objects, I used more than one on these last few plates. Most of them are hung with larger hangers.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Heart Day Centerpiece

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you! I hope you have a wonderful day, and celebrate it with someone you love. If you are anything like me, you don't need a dozen roses to know that you are loved. Flowers are always nice, but shouldn't be limited to Valentine's Day! I have asked Keith not to buy me any gifts, and we are going to avoid the crowds this evening; keeping it low key. I do like to show my love for the special people in my life in small ways, like making home made gifts, baking, cooking, or a little decorating. Here is a simple little Valentine's Day table setting that is not too girly or traditional. You can easily pull together some things from around the house to create the same effect and give your dinner table a sweet makeover for a special Valentine's Day dinner. You can even order out if you can't cook, and it will still look like you went through a lot of trouble.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Site Updates

I really haven't been slacking off as mush as it seems, I promise. I've actually been making some updates to my blog. It's time for some spring cleaning and a little seasonal makeover. I've changed up my header, and started adding some pages and navigational buttons to make it more user friendly. I'm not quite finished, but take a look around and let me know what you think. Constructional criticism can only help me at this point. I'm still growing and learning the whole blog game day by day. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you all have a great weekend!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Wine Box Bookshelf

I finally have a new DIY for you! I know it's been a while, but between the holidays, birthdays, and my engagement, it's been a little crazy around here. Excuses aside, I've got a good one for you. I've been avoiding my office/our guest room like the plague, because it's been such an awful cluttered mess. We've had a few guests come through in the last month or so, and have had to put them on an air mattress. It is a nice one at least, but now we must get a bed. Determined to get the room in working order, because my crafting items had completely taken over, I put my foot on the gas with getting it organized, and I needed shelves.

We didn't want any bulky bookshelves that would be difficult to get up and down the stairs, or anything that would be a pain to put together. We wanted something functional, that could organize all of my crafting stuff, and that would be easy to remove when we decide to move. I came up with a number of ideas and sketches, but the cost of making each of them just wasn't reasonable. I decided to keep the desk (table) that I have, and use some wine boxes and boards to create a shelving system above it. We purchased the boxes from a local liquor store for around $60, and the 9"x10' board for $12 and had it cut in half for free at the store. We had everything else we needed, so the total for the project came to $72. Now we just had to figure out how we wanted it to look, and put it together. Keith being the obliging fiance that he is, helped me (completely) execute the project, and in less than thirty minutes. So easy! Here's how we did it...

Pre-drilled the screws to screw the box into the stud.

Screwed into where we marked off the stud, found with the stud finder.

Added the second box level with the first.

Checked the levels.

Placed a board and wine box on top and secured with screws.

A few more screws for security.

The top boxes are floating and can be moved.


Friday, February 3, 2012

My Bohemian Wedding: Fun DIY Decor

Day by day, our wedding is slowly morphing into a budget DIY event. Fortunately, Jillian at Cedar Bend Events has most of the decor that I desire available with the space rental, so I don't have to do everything, but being a DIY girl I do want to add a little bit of my own flare. I've been pouring over photos of weddings, and looking for cute DIY projects to add some personal touches to our big day. I am so excited to start working on some of these!

1. Wooden cake stand via Wedding by Color 2. Limoncello favors via Elizabeth Anne Designs 3. Picture frame photo booth via DIY Wedding 4. Candy bags via Epicurious 5. Gold fruit via The Wedding Chicks 6. Decorated trees via So You're EnGAYged 7.Twine globes via The Pinkbook  8. Fingerprint tree via 'I Do" It Yourself