This Christmas I am pretty sure M&I are going to have a little more on our minds than elaborate Christmas decorations (in case you haven’t been ticking the time we have a little over two weeks until the due date). I am a sucker for Christmas so I would like to have something and this 5 Minute Tinsel Garland Wreath seems like just the ticket. I already have the hoops and getting garland should be a snap. I even have some fancy garland that will dress these wreaths up nicely without pulling out all our ornaments. It is almost like instant gratification and will certainly add a little sparkle and Christmas cheer to the apartment. Thanks for the great tutorial, Ez!
Hacking IKEA for Kids
I heart IKEA. I know I have talked about my love for the cheap trendy Swedish superstore of housewares and meatballs. I have had a special place in my heart for the As Is section which has provided many ridiculously cheap treasures over the years including the cushions for our couches and three butcher block table tops. Many an IKEA product has made its way into our home only to be turned into something else. Sam Johnson over at Ten Plan has given us complete instructions to create these adorable rolling toys with a few IKEA parts and some tools you probably have on hand. If kids toys aren’t your thing there are nine other clever projects to check out all with instructions on how to make them. Oh and if you have never been over to IKEA hacker go now. I will see you in a few hours. via
Thrift Store Frame + Cork = Genius
I love the simple versatility of these picture frames with cork. Armed with a roll of cork, some thrift store frames, and a bit of paint you can create a lovely arrangement of frames ready for your temporary masterpieces, inspirational images or recipes from magazines, post cards, Christmas cards… you get the idea. Personally I am a white kick lately so I would probably paint all the frames a glossy white and maybe even add a coat of white paint to the cork.
Lovely Lamp Shade
I am very particular about the quality of light in our apartment. I very much dislike most light that comes from overhead fixtures (my friend who also doesn’t like this type of light calls it the big light) and would prefer that all fixtures give off a soft diffuse light from a bit above my eye level. Add to that the fact that I am not a huge fan of most conventional lampshades out there and you can imagine how difficult it can be to find light sources. I love this DIY shade solution by Janis from Pinecone Camp! Not only is it a lovely alternative to white or beige shades it also would help cast a lovely magenta (or any color you choose!) light throughout the room. It doesn’t hurt that this base is so simple and beautiful. I will certainly be looking a little more closely at some of the thrift store lamps that would normally not get a second glance.
How to Unravel a Sweater
Many years ago I purchased a sweater that I really loved. Until I washed it. Even though I didn’t use hot water, or dry it, and it was only partly wool, the darn thing shrunk about 2 sizes. So sad. I loved the color so much that I unraveled the sweater and have used the yarn in a few projects over the years. I wish I had this wonderful tutorial to help me in my unraveling. The bit where Ashley clearly demonstrates what makes a good seam and what makes a bad seam is worth its weight in gold if you are hunting your local thrift store for a sweater to unravel. via
White Is Wonderful
White. So simple and so beautiful. I didn’t always love white for walls and furniture. In fact until recently I didn’t understand the potential the crisp cleanness that comes from white as a major color in interiors. I think it was too many years living in rentals where I couldn’t paint the white walls and did not know what to do with all that white. Now I see how the lovely white palette can help the color pieces you choose really pop and look more lovely than they do when they get lost in a sea of color. I see many lovely white interiors as a click around the blogosphere, today’s image comes via Apartment Therapy. We have an abundance of white paint and primer from our changing table makeover and I am starting to get the itch to paint some of our other pieces of furniture, you guessed it, white.
Mini Fridge Makeover
This summer M&I spent a few weekends in our little 10×10 country retreat, although in my current condition, my time was mostly spent at the pool which left M to toil away on projects. I say toil, but he loves to get his hands dirty so it is isn’t exactly a hardship for him. We have things set up so that it is quite comfortable to spend the weekend. We have a few pieces like a mini fridge that were handed down to us and we have talked about painting it but haven’t gotten around to yet. This great project by Apartment Therapy reader Sarah has me inspired to finally get the job done. So simple and inexpensive but what a difference! I love chalkboard paint and what a great way to write little notes and reminders to ourselves without having to scrounge around for paper. Soon it will be a little too chilly to stay in the cabin so this project may have to wait until next season.
One of my beefs with CFLs has always been that while they are super energy efficient and last 10 times as long as an incandescent bulb they have are just meh when it comes to style. So if you have a fixture that doesn’t hide your bulb, you have a meh looking bulb hanging out for all to see. The Plumen bulbs are the perfect example of how form doesn’t have to take a back seat to function. Sadly they are only available in Europe until next year.
New Life for Cashmere
At the risk of repeating myself, I heart cashmere. So much so that even when a sweater isn’t quite right on me anymore, I have trouble letting it go. I have been considering what I might be able to do with these misfits considering my limited sewing skills. A cashmere baby blanket seems well within what I can accomplish but I do wish I was able to do something a little more special. Something perhaps like these endangered stuffies by the ladies behind Modifyd who use the all pieces and parts of garment industry cast-offs to make pillows, cup cozies, and pet beds in addition to the stuffed animals. Personally I am in love with the elephants… for baby of course. OK, maybe for me too. Who’s up for a little thrift store cashmere hunting? via
I love the way these side tables from The Steel Fork bring together two materials that are so different in such a simple elegant form. At first I thought they were stools and could definitely see a version scattered around our small deck upstate for those times we have guests. via