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Entryway : DIY Copper Plant Stand

Minimalist Copper Planter - DIY
Hey Guys! Hope all is well with yas. I’ve been doing a little webhost rearranging over here, and haven’t had access to the site for the last few days. I’d appreciate it if you could please let me know (in the comments) if you notice any weird hiccups with the site. Thanks in advance on that one :)

Okay fools, so I’ve initiated phase two of my DIY craziness. Believe it or not, I’m not a big fan of DIY when it comes to home decor. I should rephrase that, I like it when it’s done well, which I think is rarely seen on the old interwebs – I’m talking to you pinterest – and therefore most of the time it makes me wanna barf. So now I’m kind of putting myself out there, but I’ve been feeling like I’ve come up with some worthy DIY pro-jez.

So when I had my celestial vision of the entryway design a few weeks ago, there were parts that I needed to incorporate (like the mirror) and a mid-century style planter (that cost more money than I had to spend). Because the vision required these elements I had to come up with a better, smarter, easier, CHEAPER way of achieving them. I already shared the mirror with you guys last week, and today I’m gonna show you how I made my DIY version of a mid century (turned minimalist) plant stand for merely 17 bucks. You be the judge of how crafty vs cool it is.

DIY Minimalist Copper Planter

DIY Minimalist Copper and Wood Dowel Plant Stand
This was a pretty easy build. Besides the dowel and copper pipe fittings all you need is some all purpose glue (I used Liquid Nails) and a saw (a hand saw would work fine). For my planter I used this tall matte black planter from Ikea – which I love. It even comes in different silhouettes, and I will be purchasing all of them to satiate my plant addiction. Anyways, you would want to change the the length of the second set of four dowels (marked here as the 2″ size) if you were to use a different planter.

You’ll want to take the 8 – 1 1/8″ dowels, the 4 elbows and 4 Tees to make the square base. Use a q-tip to apply the glue to the inside of the pipe fittings. After completing the square attach the 4 – 2″ dowels to the 4 Tees using the glue (as seen below). Lay the base flat to dry for at least an hour. Attach the remaining 4 Tees to the ends of the 2″ dowels with glue and allow them to dry vertically for at least an hour. While the glue is drying add the 8 caps to one end of each remaining dowel. Allow the caps to dry. Lastly attach all the 6″ dowels to one side of the planter and the 7 1/2″ dowels to the other side. Take care to make sure all of the vertical dowels are plumb. Allow to dry over night before setting the planter inside the plant stand.

DIY Minimalist Copper and Wood Dowel Plant Stand

DIY Minimalist Copper and Wood Dowel Plant Stand

DIY Minimalist Copper and Wood Dowel Plant Stand
Alright pals, I still have one last DIY up my sleeve. I’ll be sharing soon!

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My July Garden

Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea


I can not even believe that it’s time to share my July Garden. Holy smokes, what a summer! It’s especially been a great summer for the kids, which is what I had hoped for, I think they’ve enjoyed it, and I feel insane. Like I’ve said, August is gonna rip in the not-having-much-to-do department.

My goal for this years gardening season was to focus on having more late summer blooming flowers, and I think I’ve done a pretty good job of doing just that. There is always tweaking that needs to be done, but it feels like it’s getting there. Last year I planted two Clematis on the fence hoping to fill in the gaps where we can see clearly into the neighbors yard. Last year the Clematis bloomed once and then nothing, I was disappointed because it was advertised as a continuous bloomer. This year the Clematis bloomed in the spring and then nothing, and I was bummed yet again. Hold up! Just this week I noticed that they are re-blooming, uh, Yay-yer! Also, as a note to myself : Scoops, one of your Clematis is struggling, so make sure not to pull it out this fall or next spring, k?

I added a climbing rose to the garden which I am super excited about. I planted it near our Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea tree, and am hoping to train it to grow back along the fence. We have a concrete pad near our garage and there isn’t much dirt-for-growing-things available along the fence because of it, so I’m really hoping this rose does the task of filling in. The rose will be most prolific in the mid-late spring and then will re-bloom sporadically throughout the summer. Oh, and did I mention that it has the prettiest light peach colored flowers?

I also planted some Astilbe, this will be my second attempt at growing Astilbe in my garden, I don’t know what I am doing wrong, but they just don’t seem happy in my yard. I planted 5 new plants, three of which are this barely pink Delft Lace variety and two of which are a smaller raspberry colored variety. All of the plants leaves are browning and curling and I think they all hate me. I guess we’ll see what next spring brings. If they do come back, they will be blooming in July and August, and that would be great for me.

 

Globe amaranth & Kangaroo Paw


Because of the photoshoot earlier in July, I had the luxury of planting quite a few different types of annuals in the gardens to add some color where it was lacking. One of my favorite combinations is right on the corner of the garage, and consists of two of these light pink Kangaroo Paw and one Globe Amaranth. I purchased the plants right at the end of annual season and got everything 50% off. I’ll have to remember that for next year, because I really like the look of these two right here in this spot.

 

Clematis

 

Sun Garden


I’ve been especially good when it comes to watering this year, and it shows.

 

Deft Lace Astilbe w/ Climbing Rose

 

Japanese Painted Fern

 

Dhalia


First of the season.

 

Alley Zinnias


I’ve started planting my Zinnias out by the Alley because it get so much sun there and they love it. Plus these ones grow pretty tall and they help to make the garbage cans feel not so garbage-y.

 

Obedient

 

Peach Day Lily

 

White Lily


How do you guys feel about Hosta flowers? I’m on the fence? I keep the prettier white orchid looking ones, but cut back a lot of the purple. They tend to look a bit spindly, and I prefer a more manicured look. ‘Dats just me.

 

Sun / Shade Garden

 

Blue Creeping Sedum & Heuchera


At the start of the spring I bought two packs of creeping blue sedum that I had never seen for sale before. I had high hopes for them, and now that they are beginning to take off and grow, I really love them, especially pared next to that purple Heuchera leaf.

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Entryway : DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror

DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror in Copper
Guys, Who am I? Two posts in one day? FTW!

Like I said, I’ve been brimming with ideas for the house. The first was to customize this round mirror from Ikea. Unlike so many other mirrors the Skogsvåg mirror from Ikea was the perfect size for my small space. At 18″ wide it fit this odd shape created by our staircase just perfectly. Plus the frame of the mirror is made from wood so it makes it easy to modify, unlike some of it’s metal framed counterparts. Also, did I mention the price, $39.99 – a deal as far as mirrors go.

My go-to copper metallic spray paint is from Rustoleum, it does an amazing job of actually looking like copper, and I feel completely confident that when I use it, shit will look cool. I kinda went a little nuts and spray painted the buttons on my twemco flip clock too, oops. I’ve been pinning and pining for a round mirror for my house for a long time, I just couldn’t find one that was exactly what I was looking for, and for the price I wanted to pay. After searching around for a bit I found this pretty natural leather strapping, and bought a bunch of it (I have a few other ideas in mind for this as well). The leather is 1 1/2″ wide and sits perfectly flush against the sides of the mirror. And since the mirror is made of wood, it was easy to tack on using upholstery nails. More details on the mirror assembly below.

I invested in a gaggle of pillows for our entry bench (aka radiator cover / built-in bench). You can see a peak of them in the above pic, and I’ll be sure to share more later. They have made the space! Below are the links to the cushions spotted above :)

DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror in Copper

DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror in Copper

DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror in Copper

DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror in Copper

DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror in Copper

DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror in Copper

DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror in Copper

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1
Spray Paint The Mirror
Tape off the mirror with painters tape – I used thin sheets of newsprint from the telephone book to mask as well as the tape. There was a bit of overspray on the mirror and I cleaned it up easily with nail polish remover.
2
Cut Leather To Length
Cut your leather strap with a sharp scissors to the desired length
3
Attach the strap
Attach the leather on each side of mirror centered on the leather. Use a hammer to gently tap the tack into place.
4
Drill Hole for Finial
Determine the location of the finial on the wall, drill a pilot hole and use a small anchor to attach it to the wall.
5
Hang the mirror
I hung the mirror on both the finial and the support hook on the back of the mirror.

DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror in Copper

DIY Round Leather Strap Mirror in Copper
I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty and sharing a few more tricks and ideas for transforming this space. See ya soon!

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Macrame, Hoo-ray!

Woven Macrame Folding Lawn Chair
It seems like every summer I macrame a chair or two, this year I went a little buck and am up to two sets, that is four chairs my people!! It also seems like every year they get a little cooler too. I guess I’m just honing this craft. Anyways, I get lots of e-mails about these chairs, and I just wanted to show off this season’s weaves while reminding the fine people of the internet that I have made two video tutorials on this subject (1 good one, and 1 kinda good one), as well as well as a written how-to with pictures! My brother and sis-in-law are living examples of learning from my vids. They are in the process of making two chairs for some budz as a wedding gift – which I think is a super sweet idea! Anyway, back to me, their success is an endorsement for how I rule a little bit at explaining hard to describe things on the web.

Woven Macrame Folding Lawn Chair

Woven Macrame Folding Lawn Chair

Woven Macrame Folding Lawn Chair

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Creativity is v Cool

Friends, I don’t mean to sound like a whiney baby or anything, but I’ve had so much on my plate over the last 7 months. On top of mommin’ kids, I’ve been bringing our youngest kid to a bunch of therapies (you guys might remember me sharing with you that Gus has ASD) anywhere from 2-4 times a week, on top of daily school . My oldest, Finn, had been attending an elementary school that was out of our district, which meant pick up and drop off every day, and on top of all that my husband (aka partner in crime) has been traveling for work more than ever. Summer has been full of swimming lessons, science camp, summer school, birthdays, and also we happily have the kids’ friend Elsa hanging with us M-F. I guess I didn’t realize how much all of this running and kid-lyfe consumed my day-to-day.

Last week was my first free week since the beginning of January. We (the kids and I) had nothing to do, and honestly, I was a little bit lost with this new freedom. I tried to enjoy it, and chill, and hang with the kids, but I felt lost without a specific place to focus my energies. I honestly was feeling a bit depressed, which seems like the opposite of what I should’ve been feeling.

I tried to offset my lack of focused energy by filling my time with things that I remembered enjoying. I got caught up on all my favorite blogs, devoured and went down every pinterest rabbit hole, thumbed through lots of magazines and got back on my daily workout routine.

Then something cool happened. Like lighting (don’t care how cliche that sounds), creativity struck. My mind was racing and full of new and exciting ideas. Ideas were coming fast, and I realized I was feeling intention and purpose, something that I haven’t felt in a really long time. As I used to do when these feelings would happen, I hit the ground running. I made plans, wrote things down, made sketches, and before I knew it I was painting the wall in our entry – a small symbol of an even bigger feeling.

The significance of what this meant to me is huge. For the last two years I’ve been trying to figure out why I haven’t felt consistently creative, whether it was medications or anxiety, or had I just lost it? I’m beginning to realize that creativity takes time and focus, and my other mom duties have eaten up a lot those energies. To be creative requires a mind that has the time to rest and have the ability to wander, as well as the time to think through and build from ideas.

Anyways, I guess I just wanted to share that I feel very excited about what the future holds. August is still a little busy for the kids and I, but much less so than the previous 7 months. School starts again in September. Finn will be going to a school where he can catch the bus on the corner, and Gus will be going full time three days a week and part time the other two. I will have time in my days where I can focus, and think, and do! The support and validation I felt from all the instagram high-fives last week felt good too, so thank you! I have plans guys, and I’m excited to share more as they begin to take shape.

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