before and after: planter table

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before and after: planter table

i found this little tray table at the thrift store for $5. i love it’s little tapered legs and rolling wheels!

after painting it with yellow zig zags, it’s now a little planter table and adds the perfect splash of color to our dining room.

before and after: planter table

i used love natalie’s grow print as inspiration, can you tell?  though her shop is temporarily closed, {update! her shop is now open!} you can see all of her watercolor paintings and diy projects on her blog- love, natalie.

before and after: planter table

method:

i only bought one shade of yellow paint, but mixed up a little batch of it with some added white to make the lighter color.  i first painted the top light yellow, then used this technique of painting chevrons to tape off the design.  after painting the whole piece darker yellow, i removed the tape and finished it off with a top coat.

before and after: planter table

did you notice my little collection of blue bottles? i got inspired by johnny miller a while back, and have been collection blue and green bottles and jars ever since.  mine needs some work to be anywhere near as beautiful as his, but i think it’s pretty catching the afternoon light.

my favorite new blog: august empress

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hello lovelies!  someone very dear to my heart has started a blog that has become one of my addictions daily reads.  jo klima is always my go-to-gal for design work.  that’s right- she designed going home to roost and selling the handmade way! after all these years of designing blogs and websites for other people, jo has finally been able to start her very own blog, august empress.

august empress by jo klima

and it’s to die for!!

as you can only imagine a designer’s website would be, august empress is smart, beautiful, and full of to-die-for goodies.  she posts design elements and backgrounds free for you to download (notice the backdrop to this post?), patterns, inspirations, home decor ideas and more.  really, you must see for yourself!

>> meet jo – the designer of ghtr and selling the handmade way!

>> check out her free downloads

>> enter the giveaway to win a copy of print & pattern and creative, inc (by 11/15)

on another note: are you looking for a graphic designer? i can’t say enough wonderful things about jo klima & her web design business, the darling tree. jo’s design sense is like no other i’ve come across & the way she combines feminine whimsy with business smarts & branding identity is unmatched. she’s timely, affordable & an absolute dream to work with!

flat four accessories

| indie fashion

flat four purses

i get so excited when i stumble across a new designer that seems to be doing everything right.  so, when i found flat four’s bold designs and beautiful photography, i was thrilled! handmade by london based costume designer hadar vander, you can tell her conceptual eye has rendered itself useful in these one of a kind purses. visit flat four’s shop to learn more and to receive 20% off!

a guest post by my mom: diy pumpkin vase

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hi all! this is bonnie’s mom, maxine, and i’m so excited to post for you today! i am always inspired by bonnie’s projects- in fact, her whole life inspires me. i inherited a few of her youngest chickens when she left for colorado and they began to lay this week! i was absolutely thrilled. one of them is an easter egger, which means she will lay blue eggs. i really miss bonnie, but i know she’s where she is supposed to be right now, and i’m excited for her.

diy pumpkin fower vase

she asked if i’d like to post instructions for a floral arrangement that i made for becky’s (her sister’s) halloween party. this arrangement would be nice to use through thanksgiving and it’s really very easy to do.

diy pumpkin fower vase
 

supplies:

– a pumpkin
– assorted flowers
– assorted greenery (i used hydrangea stems, bradford pear tree limbs and ornamental grasses, all from my yard)
– chicken wire (about 5″ x 24″) or florists foam (the kind that absorbs water)

diy pumpkin fower vase
 

directions:

step 1: cut out the top of the pumpkin. save it to use in the arrangement.
step 2: clean out the inside of the pumpkin and discard. (seeds and gooey stuff)
step 3: roll up the chicken wire into a loose ball & stuff it inside the pumpkin. it won’t move around if you push it in place. if you don’t have chicken wire you can use florist foam. it needs to be slightly larger than the inside bottom half of the pumpkin so that it will stay firmly in place.
step 4: use a florist pick or wire to attach the pumpkin top to the front side of the pumpkin edge. I used a few 3″ long florist wire pick.
step 5: arrange your flowers as desired. add the greenery where needed.
step 6: fill with water and enjoy!

weekend recap- fall series trail race

| bonnie forkner

happy monday lovelies! i know this isn’t the usual for ghtr- but the hub and i ran a trail race this weekend (thanks for all the good luck’s!) and since we had a few good pictures i thought i would share them with you!

fall series trail race

the race was 5.9 miles and was hilly, rocky, sandy and rooty.  yes- i just about died because i hadn’t really trained for it, but my goal was just to finish- and to have fun!  my time was 1:13:43 and i was 4th (out of 7) in my age group, and 314th overall. what does that say about my age group? that we are slow!

fall series trail race here’s david! he finished in 43:32, got 5th in his age group and 27th overall. he finished in plenty of time to walk back on the trail, find me and run with me to the finish line.  boy, was i happy to see him!

off to pamper my sore muscles.. (and gather some diy goodness for you)

what did you do this weekend?

before and after: my computer desk

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before and after: computer desk

thifted. ugly. brown. old. veneer. $20.

before and after: computer desk

functional. pretty. sturdy. revived. teal!

  • -chair is an antique find made form an old trough.
  • -blanket, picture frames and both lamps are thrifted.
  • -the map is of colorado springs (macvan maps; $10) (borders are a piece of molding from the hardware store that i spray painted black and stapled to the map to for easy hanging).
  • top picture is a piece of silk that i couldn’t turn down at the fabric store- so i framed it!

before and after: computer desk

i refinished the desk by starting with a really good primer that would adhere to shiny surfaces (without sanding).  then, i painted it using two coats of teal latex paint.  once dry, i hit all the corners with a sander to give it that ‘new but old’ look and applied a stain to the entire surface (minwax, ebony).  after wiping off the stain and letting it dry, i topped it off with two coats of enamel.  it sounds like a lot, but i was done in two afternoons- and that was just because i had to let things dry!

before and after: computer desk

i lined the drawers with this pretty handmade paper (from the local art store) using permanent spray adhesive on the bottom and a polyurethane top coat to keep it from getting stained, scratched or torn.

before and after: computer desk

(i had to make at least one drawer manly)

before and after: computer desk

i repainted the old brass handles- a good primer, two coats of yellow latex paint, a cover of stain and then a protective coat of enamel (spray paint) did the trick.

before and after: computer desk

so there you have it! it’s where i’m sitting right now- can you picture me in the chair?

happy weekend to you! and be safe on this halloween. :) david signed us up for a 5.5 mile trail run on sunday (eeks!) so i’ll be sure to eat lots of candy afterwards. ;) see you monday! xo, bonnie

diy terrariums

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diy moss terrarium

yeah for terrariums!!  why do i love them so much?  there’s something about a protected little self sustaining eco system that just makes me happy.   i’m so excited that i finally made some, i’ve been wanting to for months and months- and i think they are so pretty.  they were easy breezy, too- here’s how!

diy moss terrarium

first collect some containers to use as the terrarium.  you could buy them new, but i found these at our local thrift store.  the tall one is a separate top and bottom that i found that thankfully fit together, and the low one came together.  i think it used to be some kind of kitchen gadget? anyways, as long as they are glass and fit together- they’ll work!

diy moss terrarium

then, i spray painted the bottoms black to match each other and filled them with a few rocks to help with drainage.  i just grabbed these right out of our driveway!

diy moss terrarium

next, you’ll need to find some live moss.  i stumbled across this moss during our nature walk, but you can also order it online.

diy moss terrarium

next you’ll need a few little plants to fit inside.  i bought these two succulents ($2.99/ea) from our farmers market.

diy moss terrarium

now, all you have to do it assemble it!  i cut some of the moss to make it fit just right, then wedged the little plants in between the cracks.  i placed a few extra rocks around as well, some to help hold up the plants, but mostly just for looks.

diy moss terrarium

give it a good watering and voila!  you’ll want to keep it out of direct sunlight to prevent it from drying out, and you’ll only need to water it (from the base) about every month or so.  if a plant doesn’t make it- don’t worry, you can just try something else, as they are easy to rework.

diy moss terrarium

i think they are my new favorite pieces in our home!

{look within picture by katie daisy} {photos: bonnie forkner}