I bought a house! A real, top floor, attic-style house. And I love it. But it’s a tricky space and needs some definite work to make it a home. There will be an episode about each home improvement/DIY project I do in here, but before I get to the projects I want to show you the real before.
Please excuse the echoes. I don’t have furniture yet, so it sounds like I’m in a wind tunnel. Maybe it’s time to invest in a microphone?…or perhaps just some furniture.
I am a sucker for Anthropologie. Trust me when I say that it is a dangerous game for me to go into that store. When I enter I’m always filled with the feeling, “Yes. This is my life. This is what my life should be.” I need these clothes so that I can be effortlessly stylish. All the home goods are a must because – how on earth was I entertaining without them?? And, while I admit that Anthro has things that I can never DIY knockoff, there is one item that I’ve seen used over and over again that costs nothing to make. The pom pom. You may not have realized it, but Anthro puts the yarn pom pom on bookmarks, hats, curtains, table setting cards – you name it. And now, rather than spending 20 bucks or more on a yarn poof for something you should already own because how else did people know where to sit at your dinner parties…You can make it!
There are so many ways to use the pom pom, but I show two quick and easy decor/practical uses.
I would love to see the creative ways you use them, so please post and share!
It’s the new year. It’s time to have some people over and maybe serve them some food. You know the tasks. Put away that pile of clothes in the corner, sweep the floors, and scrub the toilet (ugh – still hoping my camerman will take this one on). But here’s a task that’s not a bore. Making your decor! I’m slightly (read, fairly) obsessed with candles. I like them classic and white. Colorful. Scented a strong vanilla. Or no scent at all. This DIY is simple, easy to change, and on the crazy cheap. Marbled candle votives. With nail polish. Ya heard me. Nail polish. Any mix of colors you have lying around can make for a beautifully colorful marbled look. How’s that for painting romance and fun in one sentence?
So no more excuses….except for the toilet. Seriously, even if it *looks* clean, the thought of wiping down that surface is gag city. Ok, so we will forget the toilet, spray some febreze in the bathroom, and light our candles in their new marbled votive homes. Watch below to see how to make these beautiful little gems.
After making my DIY jewelry box, I decided that I wanted to display a few of my favorite pieces on the bathroom counter. I did some Pinterest research, as I tend to do when faced with a DIY question such as this, and discovered a whole host of ideas for jewelry dishes. Pinterest, you never let me down.
And so, may I present, one of my favorite DIY projects to date. The marbled clay jewelry dish.
White clay (all clay should be oven bake clay)
Two clay accent colors
Gold paint (optional)
Sculpey gloss (optional)
5″ diameter bowl
Slightly larger oven safe bowl
Rolling pin or mug
1. Measure 6″ strips of each color. You will need two large white strips, one grey medium strip, two accent colors in medium-small strips, and a small strip of black.
2. Loop together the colors (all but white) and wrap like a candy cane.
3. Wrap your white pieces around your colors.
4. Once you have twisted each end (in opposite directions) place the clay candy cane down and roll it out with your hands. You should create a 12″ long strip.
5. Take the strip, fold it in half, and retwist like you did in step 3.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 roughly 3-4 more times.
7. Take your 12″ long strip and smoosh it into a ball (you should be able to see all the colors on the outside of the ball).
8. Place the ball down and roll it out (in different directions) using your rolling pin or mug).
9. Take your small bowl, place it on top of the rolled out clay now roughly 1/4″ thick, and trace the bowl with a knife.
10. Place the round cutout clay into the bigger oven safe bowl. Push the edges of the clay flush against the bowl. Bake according to your clay’s directions.
11. Once the clay has cooled, pop it out of the bowl and paint the rim gold. Let dry.
12. Paint the entire bowl with the optional gloss. Let dry.
13. Showcase your jewelry in your new gorg bowl. Be proud – you made that thing!