12.12.2013 § Leave a comment
Somehow Christmas snuck up on me this year. Well, I should rephrase that.
The time when I should have started my DIY Christmas tree ornaments snuck up on me … and then also passed!
Sure, my friend and I started discussing our Christmas tree themes back in July. Yet my build started the weekend before Thanksgiving. Not the ideal conditions for prime crafting.
Luckily I was able to save Christmas (you’re welcome) by building on last year’s Reduce, Reuse, Resparkle theme instead of starting over completely.
The additions? Burlap leaves with white and gold pinecones. Simple, yet devastatingly gorgeous. Or devastatingly simplistic. I haven’t decided.
As for next year’s theme, our lesson is to start planning discussions in January with actual crafting commencing in July.
Anyone up for a Fourth of July Christmas Crafting Party?
Hope so. Save the dates are going out next week.
10.20.2013 § Leave a comment
For several weeks now my sister and I have been sending each other pins from Pinterest of DIY Sharpie mugs that we wanted to try out as part of our brother/sister weekend. Pretty much because brother/sister weekend is never complete without a little DIY. #Truth
But while we were sending each other examples of cool mugs that had already been made, what we should have been doing was reading up on how to actually make these mugs … as opposed to reading what we should have done after we had already completed each step.
For example, buying cheap dollar-store type mugs work better for having the marker adhere to the cups after baking. This is great advice when you already have 7 cups purchased from 2 different stores after 4 different stops in search of plain white mugs.
Also, found out we should have baked them at 450 for 30 minutes instead of 350 to make the color have a stronger bond. This we figured out after we started washing off one of the designs after the first attempt. (Good news is that after a second round of baking at 450 for 30 minutes, the color held up perfectly when being hand washed.)
Here we have our own Sharpie mug making magic, which after a day of working on, turned out wonderfully:
And in case you want to try your own and don’t trust our “instructions,” here is the blog we started to follow as soon as things weren’t working as planned. I recommend reading this before starting: Tips & Tricks to the DIY Sharpie Mug / DIYopolis
09.10.2013 § 1 Comment
05.20.2013 § 3 Comments
Last year I made a vertical pallet garden inspired by the many that I was seeing on Pinterest.
But what I hadn’t seen on Pinterest was how to deal with a pallet garden that sat on a deck in the sun and high heat for a majority of the day. This left me dealing with daily (sometimes twice daily) watering and, even then, by midsummer I’d lost about half the plants.
So this year, I changed my strategy.
Instead of the plastic pots that drained too easily, I went with terra-cotta pots. Instead of placing them behind the pallet slats, I thought I’d try hanging the pots on the front of them. And instead of planting flowers that needed a lot of attention, I went with some succulents and a few geraniums for color.
Here’s this year’s finished product:
And here are some visual steps on how I got the pots to hang:
Oh. My last bit of advice whilst palleting … wear sunscreen. I got overly into my little DIY project and didn’t realize how long I was on my deck soaking up the sun.
Now I know how last year’s pallet felt.- etc. - If your pallet garden will sit in a little more shade and less heat, here’s the how-to from what I did last year: Vertical Pallet Garden You can also see my second, flat pallet garden how-to that I used on my back deck for vegetables: Flat Pallet Garden And don’t forget, can always find great pallet ideas on Pinterest -
05.07.2013 § 3 Comments
Don’t google “lampery.” It’s not a registered word. Well, not yet anyway.
But you can find the definition right here on natepk.com.
lampery (lampə’rē) n. an act of DIY where one restores an object that would not typically be expected to emit light into a functioning lamp that does.
Use that in a sentence, you request? Surely: “This weekend, my dad and I practiced successful lampery when we turned an old family telescope tripod into a functioning (and beautiful) lamp.”
And really, all we had to do to be successful was buy a lamp kit, similar to this one from Lowe’s (lamp kit), drill a hole into the plate that the telescope would attach to, and top it with a lamp shade. For a total of under $30, I now have a fun new lamp in my dining room (plus the sentimental value factor) that would have cost me well over $250 at Pottery Barn or $1,300 at Restoration Hardware.
Yes, I can say we’re now official lamperists.
04.04.2013 § Leave a comment