All posts filed under: DIY

Backyard Projects

In addition to inside projects, we have been working on the backyard as well. When we started looking for our first home, a big backyard was one of our priorities because we have an 85 pound dog. Our realtor found this home and even though it did not have the big open backyard, we really loved it and we liked the covered patio and pool, which we have really enjoyed and our dog seems to be pretty happy with it too. The pool has required some work but I’m sure we and the dog will appreciate it when it’s 90 degrees. Initial Updates The portion of the yard with the pool was fenced in but that included the grassy areas so we needed to fence in just the pool not an entire portion of the yard. So my husband built a wooden fence to meet up with the mesh fence the former owners put up, only blocking off the pool (eventually, he will replace the mesh fencing with more wooden fencing). In order to transition …

Making Pillows: Advice For Those Who Don’t Sew Well

I value efficiency and I hate wasting time. Having said that, I have made a few pillows. I am sure you know how to make pillows, so I am not providing a tutorial on how to make a pillow. I am going to tell you what I learned making pillows. LESSON 1: Listen To Your Mother It’s not that I didn’t believe my mother when she said, “If you use the stuffing rather than a pillow insert, it won’t look as good.” It’s just that I didn’t find an insert and I settled for the stuffing. So, look harder for the inserts.  Look online and deal with the sizes they come in. I couldn’t find the lumbar insert in the store but they exist and I could have bought one online. LESSON 2: Practice Cutting And Sewing In A Straight Line Yes, I can’t cut in a straight line. I have good scissors too- it’s not their fault. I sew pretty straight but sometimes I get heavy on the pedal, and my line gets a little …

Succulents

Planting Succulents So let me begin by saying, I have no idea what I am doing. I have wanted to plant real succulents for years but for whatever reason, they really intimidate me. I finally decided I was going to plant at least three this summer so when I visited World Market, I was happy to finally purchase the terrarium I had been eyeing for the last year. Of course I visited Pinterest for information and then went to a couple of home improvement stores to price the different kinds and sizes of succulents. First of all, succulents are expensive. Second, there are a lot of different kinds. I knew I would at least leave with one echeveria (rose-like succulent). I left with four. Third, succulents are delicate so be careful when handling them because chances are you’re going to break off a leaf/stem/bud/petal/piece. Echeveria “Lola,” Echeveria Marzarine/Echeveria Hybrid, Pachyphytum Oviferum (I think it is Pachyphytum Oviferum)   Pachyveria “Little Jewel”   I used glass gems (the kind typically used for fake floral arrangements) because …

Print Your Photos

Once I lived in a world without digital photography. I had to use a disposable camera or a camera with 35mm film and the only way to see the photos I took was by printing them. Living in this digital world, less and less photos are being printed. People relive and share their memories by blogging about them, uploading them to their personal website, or posting them on their social media pages. I love blogging and sharing but I also love printed photos. When my brother and sister-in-law got married, I started looking for a website to design an album of their big day for my mother and grandmother. I found tons of websites in all price ranges providing user-friendly ways to create photo albums. However, the one I liked best was Artifact Uprising. The products Artifact Uprising produce are elegant, crisp, clean, classic, and refined. They also use recycled and reclaimed materials. The company was founded in 2012 by two sisters, both photographers, and along with their photographic eye, they obviously have an eye …

Christmas Foyer

The foyer houses a few antique-store-finds and hand-me-downs. I found the old potato basket and wood folding chair at antique stores in North Dakota. The table belonged to my grandmother and my mom bought the rug for me almost ten years ago from Lowe’s, which I think I am eventually going to replace with this cream/dark grey rug. The jute twine Christmas trees came from the bargain section at Target and could easily be made with styrofoam or paper mache cones, a glue gun, and some twine. West Elm Table Runner //  Weathered Seaboard Table Lamps // Glitter Twine Trees On Stands // Faux Leather Ottoman // Ottoman // Red and Cream Framed Floral 5 x 7 Rug // 2″ Burlap Ribbon // 2.5″ Burlap Ribbon Artificial Unlit Christmas Tree // Burlap // Basket // Wood Folding Chair Save