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easy outdoor lighting

June 5, 2012

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outdoor patio lights (2)

outdoor patio lights (1)

when i added a few outdoor lights to our patio (see above) i couldn’t believe the insta-magic that occurred. it made the space so cozy and romantic! with cost effective options from target and ikea, it’s an easy project that gives a lot of bang for your buck. the above project only cost me $26! below you’ll find more inspiration on how to make a little insta-magic yourself.

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edible sugar doilies

May 15, 2012

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sugar doilies

speaking of tea, i am absolutely in love with these sugar doilies from sweet de ja vu. they are a flexible, edible lace that have a sweet, melt on your tongue, creamy taste. though i would be happy to simply have them on hand for cups of tea, hot cocoa and coffee, you could use these sweets just about anywhere. on desserts, cakes and cookies, oh my!

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bonnie christine

i can’t even begin to tell you how much i have fallen in love with this house featured over on ikea’s blog! the wooden table, crocheted stool, stacked wood and possibly my favorite feature- that gorgeous mint green light! however, if i can direct your attention to the right a little bit…

bonnie christine

you’ll see these fabulous picture ledges used to display this most adorable collection of plates. i may just have to start keeping my eye out for vintage plates!

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embroidery hoop art

April 25, 2012

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embroidery hoop art

embroidery hoop art

 

embroidery hoop art

popping up everywhere, i love the simplicity of this latest trend. embroidery hoop art is a great way to doll up a drab wall or add an unexpected element to a traditional wall art display. adding a round piece of art to an array of squares can instantly take a display to the next level- and embroidery hoops seem to fit the bill perfectly!

1) this is my happy place
2) keep it simple
3) nerds have more fun
4) shabby chic hoop
5) reindeer hoop
6) i heart you
7) blossom

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twisted felt garland

November 14, 2011

twisted felt garland

well it’s clear that i love a simple holiday decoration (remember this simple pine cone garland?) and this twisted felt garland by the purl bee is no exception. it’s not only simple, but colorful, festive and chic as well! with easy to follow step by step instructions, you’ll be twisting your way to a prettier holiday in minutes.

twisted felt garland

with very little sewing (or none if you prefer) you can make garlands, bracelets or even necklaces for a fun stocking stuffer. head on over to the purl bee for more pictures and diy directions!

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harabu house global decor

November 7, 2011

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harabu house

dinner set from denmark

harabu house

pebble candles

harabu house

indian print blocks | leaf buckets | cloth sketch book

when i recently discovered harabu house, i was enamored by the beauty and seamless integration of cultures from all over the world. gathering inspiration from singapore to india to denmark, you’ll find home goods that have a modern look and a global flair. working hard to promote sustainable products which provide economic, social and environmental benefits to the artisans who create them, you can feel good about shopping here, too!

harabu house elsewhere: shop | facebook | blog | twitter

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simple holiday decor

November 2, 2011

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pine cones

i love the simple style of these strung pine cones by bebehblog (discovered via birch + bird). our place is small, so i will no doubt be looking for simple solutions to holiday decor this year (side note- i still can’t believe that i’m even thinking about the holidays already!). this looks like one of the first projects i’ll be doing, especially since we have several pine trees by our house!

do you have any holiday projects planned?

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Chevron Painted Pumpkin

October 24, 2011

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chevron pumpkin

I’ve been so enthused with many different ways to decorate a pumpkin lately, that I just had to try painting a pattern onto one. The idea came to me because I am about to paint a large chevron pattern in grey on my living room wall. To paint it on the pumpkin involves the same idea: painter’s tape, measured and spaced equally apart, and carefully peeled off to enjoy the crisp design.

Another great thing about painting a pumpkin is that you can leave it prettily painted in your home, as table decor, on your kitchen counter, or on your mantel, and when it gets closer to Halloween, the pumpkin can still be carved – the jack-o-lantern will just have an eye-catching pattern on it’s face. Let’s get started!

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materials

- a pumpkin – size of your choice
- painter’s tape
- a ruler or measuring tape
- pen or pencil
- paint – color of your choice
- brush or sponge

Begin by deciding how big you want your stripes to be, and how close together. This will be largely influenced by the size of your pumpkin. I have a sweet little pie pumpkin, and I measured the dips of my chevron pattern two inches apart, top to bottom and left to right.

After I marked off where my dips should be, I measured out pieces of tape. Since my pumpkin was so small, I started in the middle with 3″ long tape strips, and created a zig zag pattern, as evenly-spaced as possible. For the top and bottom layers of tape, the tape strips only had to be 2″ long.

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Special note: these are flat, rectangular strips of tape that we are applying to a round, uneven surface – don’t expect exact zig-zags. Pumpkins are organic forms that rarely grow evenly, so a little imperfection will still look great!

Carefully paint the pumpkin between the paint strips – painter’s tape makes it okay to be a bit sloppy here.

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Once the paint has dried, carefully peel the tape away to admire your well-defined chevron stripes! Any paint that got peeled up with the tape, or extra paint that snuck under the tape, can be touched up with a small paint brush, or softly scraped away with a fingernail to achieve a straight line.

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And that’s it! Now imagine introducing more colors, or layers of color within the stripes! Try outlining the stripes with permanent marker borders, or trimming them with a line of black upholstery nail heads – the possibilities are endless!
ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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