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diy hanging shelves

June 9, 2014

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to accompany my freshly hung gallery wall, i also made a set of three shelves to go along with it! i was so happy with how quickly these went together, how easy they were to hang and how well they’ve been working. from start to finish, this project only cost about $18, for all 3 shelves!

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here’s what you’ll need:

– 8′ long board (see note below)
– leather or suede lace (buy strong lace, avoiding any that is brittle or stretchy)
– wood stain (i used ebony by minwax)
– paint brush
– hand saw or table saw
– drill
– wall hooks and drywall anchor if not hanging in a stud

*i used one southern pine pattern stock board from our local hardware store for the shelves. it was perfect for this project and only cost $10! one edge is finished nicely and there’s large groove that runs right down the center which creates a perfect ‘ledge’ for propping up pictures and the like. i also had my husband cut it into thirds with a table saw, but you could also cut them with a hand saw pretty quickly. the finished boards measure 7″ by 32″ each.

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step 1: mark the 8′ board into thirds and cut using a hand saw or table saw (be careful!)

step 2: stain the boards using your preferred stain color and let dry. the best way to do this is brush the stain on, then wipe it off with an old rag (one you won’t mind throwing away). you may also want use plastic gloves to keep your hands from getting stained!

step 3: using a pencil, mark a dot in each corner about 1″ in on both sides. use a drill bit to drill a small hole in each corner.

step 4: cut 2 equal pieces of leather or suede for each shelf. thread each end through the holes on each side and make a knot in the end (you may need to make a double knot to ensure it won’t slip through!).

step 5: use a level to to mark where to place the wall hooks. they should be placed 2″ less apart than the length of your board (for example, mine were 30″ apart because my board was 32″ long).

step 6: hang away! tie a knot in the end of the loop to create a second, smaller loop. hang the shelf and adjust any of the other knots to make sure the shelf is level.

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p.s. both of these photos are part of the greenhouse series by megan boltz, see more of them over on the home ground!

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a simple tray + the best gold spray paint (1)

hi friends! before signing off for the weekend i wanted to share a super quick and easy project with you. a simple golden tray! i have always loved keeping a tray in my kitchen for all my cooking essentials: salt & pepper, honey, measuring spoons and a container for compost. i was inspired to paint the tray gold to match the gold tipped spoon on my new porcelain salt cellar from honeycomb studio. i think they make a beautiful pair!

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this tray from ikea was exactly what i was looking for in regards to size, but i couldn’t get over the loud polka dot pattern. nothing a quick paint job couldn’t fix! i ended up loving the soft white color underneath and bold brown edge, so i carefully taped around the edges to preserve them both.

step 1: find your perfect tray. ikea offers several sizes, all perfect for different spots in your kitchen!

step 2: tape along the edges, preserving the brown edge (if you like).

step 3: with light and even strokes, spray paint the top. my all time favorite gold spray paint is brilliant gold by design master. it’s brilliant, smooth and soft.

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diy copper + glass vases (5)

i’ve been looking for something small and sweet to hang next to my workspace, and have finally found the answer! after roaming the isles of our local hardware store, inspiration struck when i laid eyes on a pair of copper bell hangers. i just so happend to have a couple of glass test tubes at home that would fit perfectly and snuggly inside.

the actual diy was super fast and incredibly simple. AND, it costs less than $5 bucks!

here’s what you need:

1″ copper plated bell hanger(s)
20mm glass test tube with a rim
drywall anchor(s) (if not hanging in a stud)

directions:

remove the top curved piece by loosening the two clamp screws. using the included mounting screw, screw the base of the bell hanger into the wall (be sure to first use a drywall anchor if not drilling into a stud). attach the top curved piece back into place by tightening the clamp screws. insert the glass test tube. fill with water and a beautiful bloom! hint: i also placed a small piece of foam on the inside to secure the glass better (you can see it in the picture above). not a necessary step, but good measure for extra stability.

also pictured here are a set of new hexagon shelves by haase handcraft! it’s no secret that i have a think for honeycomb shapes, and these fill my workspace so beautifully. the pretty blackberry print is from ez pudewa and the letter tray is from ikea.

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diy woodland animal pins

April 30, 2014

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diy woodland animal pins

i think these woodland animal pins from oh happy day are so sweet! she used them as party favors for a woodland themed celebration (see also this woodland backdrop and woodland party invite!), but they would also be darling to use as an accessory or to give as gifts. it’s been a long time since i’ve used clay and paint, but it’s one of my favorite mediums to play with. head on over to oh happy day for the full tutorial!

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customizable instagram calendar (2)

hey, everyone! before i hop offline for the holidays, i of course had to share one last gift with you! this easy to print (or edit) instagram calendar is such a great way to start off the new year. you can either print mine (see below) or download the template to make your own. they were inspired by instagram photos, but of course, any photo cropped to a square will work!

*want a great gift idea? find your recipient on instagram by going to instagram.com/’recipient’s instagram name’ (like this: instagram.com/goinghometoroost), download a few photos and make a calendar for them using their very own instagram photos. they’ll be so surprised!

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the calendar above is made from some of my very own favorite instagram photos from this year. you can either print mine, or use the included template to customize it by inserting your own photos.

to download: click on the image above to download the .zip file. inside you’ll find:

– printable PDF 2014 calendar.
– PDF blank template for you to add your own photos to.
– .PNG template with a transparent background for you to add your own photos to.
– .EPS file that you can open in photoshop and illustrator to edit.
(i tried to make something for everyone!)

instructions: print on heavy cardstock and cut in half. punch a hole at the top of each to hang, or simply stack neatly.

*tip! use instaport to quickly download all of your instagram photos from the entire year!

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before signing off, i also wanted to give a shout-out to some of going home to roost’s most cherished posts from 2013. i hope you’ll have fun reminiscing with me, or maybe even discovering some new posts from the past!

- watch my online lab with etsy on how to pitch to bloggers
discover which ten air filtering plants are best for indoor use
– learn how to make painted wooden spoons, ribbon cuffs, hair wraps and soy candles
read up on how my vegan pregnancy was
– grab free patterns for the sentimentalities quilt, whatever bag and reversible apron
learn how to make quick and easy chia seed jams
– make a diy rope basket
– learn how to make wax resist wall hangings and onesies (or other goodies)
make a super yummy apple cider float
learn how to make your product descriptions part of your brand story

so that’s it for me, lovelies! i’m taking off for my annual blogging break and am planning to return on monday, january 6th (i’m taking a few extra days off to work on a special project). in the meantime, i’d love to keep in touch with you over on instagram. i wish you each a beautiful christmas filled with love, laughter and lots of family. see you in the new year! love, bonnie

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Luke 2:10

all photos © bonnie christine. for personal use only.

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sweater wraps tutorial

December 20, 2013

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today i’m sharing the last gifty idea i have before christmas (you can also see tutorials for soy candles, painted wooden spoons and reversible ribbon cuffs!). this one is so easy, you can easily make a whole bundle in just a few hours! because they’re repurposed from old sweaters, they don’t require many supplies and are definitely easy on the wallet. i always hold on to to wool sweaters i’ve ruined in the wash (which means i had plenty!), but if you don’t have any woolies you’re ready to part with, i’m sure your local thrift store will have plenty to choose from.

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i wear a wrap nearly every day. they’re perfect for top knots, messy hair days, cool weather and quick runs to town. i also love that these come with two looks! wear the tie in the back or on top (off centered looks best!).

supplies:

– 1 (or more) wool sweaters
printable template (click to download)
– serger or sewing machine
– scissors
– matching thread
– iron

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directions:

step 1: download and print the template twice (choose ‘do not scale when printing’). cut out the large and small templates (if desired) and tape together along the edges. most sweaters will make 5 wraps- if you use the sleeves and the small template where the neckline is.

step 2: fold the template in half and lay it on your sweater (see image above for guidelines). cut along the edges.

step 3: if your wrap is in two pieces, place them right sides together and serge or stitch along the widest edge to make it one piece.

step 4: serge along all four edges. if you don’t have a serger, you can turn down the edges 1/4″ and press, then turn them down another 1/4″ and press again. then, straight stitch along the turned down edges to finish.

step 5: tie the ends to make the wrap- you can either wear it with tie in the back or on top (i like to wear it with the tie off centered in the front!).

sweater wrap tags

for the labels:

printable tags (click to download)
– sticker paper (i used full page sticker paper from world label)
– tissue paper and baker’s twine (if you want)

directions:

download the printable tags and print on full page sticker paper. cut out along faint dotted lines. tie up with tissue paper and twine. gift!

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p.s. i know you love my mama bear sweatshirt! (obviously, i couldn’t resist it.)

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diy reversible ribbon cuffs

December 19, 2013

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next up on the list of diy gifts are these pretty reversible ribbon cuffs. once you gather the supplies, they’re so easy to make! i whipped up about 20 of them in just a few hours. since they’re reversible, i made each side with a different ribbon which really makes them stand out and fun to wear!

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supplies:

– ribbon*
– jump rings**
– lobster clasps**
– ribbon end clamps (make sure to get a size that matches your ribbon widths)**
fray check
– flat nose pliers
– bent nose pliers
– sewing machine***

*i used designer ribbons from renaissance ribbons. pictured here are some from amy butler, tula pink, anna maria horner and philip jacobs. you can search for them around the web or order them directly from my mom’s quilting shop, a stitch in time (just e-mail her!).

**i got all my supplies from twilights fancy. she was wonderful to work with and shipped very quickly!

***if you don’t have a sewing machine, you could also make these by fusing the two sides together with an iron using a fusible like heat n bond.

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diy reversible ribbon cuffs

directions:

step 1: begin by cutting your ribbon. i made each of mine 7″ long, but you can measure your own wrist and adjust if necessary.

step 2: place two pieces of coordinating ribbon wrong sides (messy sides) together. straight stitch down each side, staying as close to the edges as possible. (see picture above supplies.)

step 3: apply fray check to the cut ends to prevent raveling (you can skip this step if you want, but let me warn you- ribbons fray like crazy!).

step 4: insert each end of the ribbon into a ribbon clamp and clamp each end tightly down using flat nose pliers.

step 5: using curved nose pliers, open a jump ring and place it in the loop at the end of one of the ribbon clamps. close the jump ring.

step 6: open another jump ring, place a lobster claw on it and attach it the other ribbon clamp just like you did in the previous step.

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oh yeah, and did i mention? i got a tattoo!

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hand painted wooden spoons

December 18, 2013

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hello, lovelies! this week i’m going to try my best to share several tutorials with you for handmade gifts. making presents for my friends and family each year has always been one of my favorite things! it all started last week with this soy candle tutorial, and today i’m sharing with you how to make these beautiful hand painted spoons.

i am by no means claiming this as an original diy! i know lots of people out there are painting spoons, but to be honest, i haven’t read any of the tutorials. i just went at this diy from what i knew and am here to share my experience with you. let’s get started!

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first, you’ll need to gather several supplies, though none of them are very expensive (yeah!).

supplies:

– wooden spoons (i grabbed mine right here)
– desired colors of martha stewart craft paints in satin finish (available at michaels)*
– tape to use as a guide (i used washi tape)
– paint brush
wood conditioner

*marth stewart’s craft paints are non-toxic and dishwasher safe. they are not considered ‘food safe’ though, so be sure not to paint the entire spoon!

for the labels:

printable tags (click to download)
– sticker paper (i used full page sticker paper from world label)
– printer
bakers twine for tying

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step 1: tape. first start by placing a piece of tape around the spoon to use as a guide. i used washi tape because it was easy to apply and remove. i also tried regular scotch tape, but found it super hard to remove! also, do yourself a favor and make a ‘pull tab’ (shown in picture 1) by folding the tape over at the end as you wrap it around. this will make it really easy to remove!

step 2: paint. paint paint paint! apply two coats if necessary and don’t forget to paint the round end of the spoon. you’ll also need to figure out a way to let them dry without anything touching the painted handles. my ikea plant stand worked perfectly, but since i know you all don’t have one, you can also hang them from the spoon side with string, or wedge them in cuts from a cardboard box (follow me?).

step 3: cure the paint. let the spoons air dry for 1 hour, then place them in a cool oven. set the temperature to 350°f. once oven reaches 350°, bake them for 30 minutes. then, turn the oven off and let them cool completely in the oven. wait 72 hours before using or washing.

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step 4: condition the wood. you guys, i can’t believe what a difference this made! i really urge you not to skip this step (especially if you buy cheap spoons like i did!). as you can see above, the wood conditioner works wonders. simply apply the wax warm, let sit for 20 minutes and then wipe the excess off. (click here to watch a video of me doing it- and hear my baby coo in the background! haha).

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step 5: tag. now it’s time to tag your gifts (if you want)! click here to download the printable tags. i  printed mine on full page sticker paper from world label and then cut them out along the faint dotted lines. then, fold them in half with a piece of baker’s twine in the middle, then tie around a set of three spoons

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