This weekend my incredibly handsome husband and I spent a day in the city…Visited my beautiful friend Ashley, and saw Peter Pan. Altogether a lovely day…
Guys, I found another rad blog to pass on to you- The Brass Petal. The author is Emily Henderson, and she just won the HGTV show Design Star. I guess she has had a blog up and going for a while, and I l-o-v-e it. Her style speaks my language, and I like how she writes too. It sounds normal and like you are talking to her instead of reading a paragraph. I just started going through it, but here are some pics to get you going and then hopefully send you over there-
Although it’s nearing the end of August, we had our first warm days of summer this week. Warm days make me want to take long walks and drink ice-cold lemonade… Here’s hoping our late summer lasts a long while Santa Cruz…
How adorable are these high-waisted, scalloped shorts?! Amazing.
I know- I am overdoing it a bit on lamps and shades. But here’s another one because that doesn’t seem to stop me.
I also got this lamp base and shade at the Goodwill for under $10. The shade wasn’t horrible but didn’t do anything for it. I had this fabric that is actually a bedspread tapestry thing from Urban Outfitters (which, by the way is a great tip if you are looking for lots of fabric. Urban Outfitters website often will have these go on sale, and they are large pieces of fabric. Lots of bang for your buck.)
Nothing fancy, nothing to write home about (although apparently blog-worthy), but it’s a detail thing. I totally am a believer that a lot of decorating is in the detail. If you have a room with great stuff, and a great layout, and great accessories, and a rolf-worthy garbage can in the corner it will mess it all up.
Anyways, covering a lampshade is super easy. You just need fabric (duh), a pencil, good scissors, and I like to use a hot glue gun. A tip to cutting the fabric is to lay the shade on it’s side on the backside of the fabric, and trace with your pencil onto the fabric as you roll the lampshade across it. You can make a tiny mark on the shade so you know where you started tracing, and then that is also where you stop tracing. Do this on the top of the shade and on the bottom of the shade, and then cut about half on inch wider than that on each side, so you have enough to wrap it over the edges of the shade and hot glue it on the inside. Also cut about 1 1/2″ longer than the piece you traced to allow for overlap, and the folding over of the raw edge. This stuff is hard to articulate in writing with no visuals, so I found one for ya….
When I get better at this whole blogging thing, I will think to take pictures myself as I am doing this stuff, not after the fact where hindsight is 20-20!
*Image via fatorangecat.wordpress.com
I hear this sentence every time I wear tall shoes to work… What can I say? It’s my cross to bear…
My handsome husband and I spent a lovely sunny afternoon car shopping today… needless to say, I had to take off my right shoe every time it was my turn to drive. As you may well know, there is no way to drive safely in a 6″ platform.
I got this lamp and shade at the Goodwill for $18!! It’s mondo……over 3 feet tall I think. My best lamps I have gotten at the Goodwill. It had fabric on the shade that was tearing so I took it all off and made this:
Felt is super cheap (like $5 a yard), so this is a pretty inexpensive DIY, it just takes time. It’s kinda slow goin’. I think this took me a good 7 or 8 hours, but I would just do it while I was making phone calls or in bed at the end of the day. I used hot glue and needle and thread. You have to like the de-constructed look for this to be your cup of tea. It exposes the elements and doesn’t try to hide them….which is good for the amateur like me!
Is it just me, or is it sometimes hard to know what you really like? Lately, I feel like I don’t at all know what I like and what I don’t like.
Anywho, bought a bunch of fun things in the city this weekend that I am really excited to share with you! Photos to come….
A couple of weeks ago I was pulling one of my belts off the plastic hanger that had, like, 15 belts on it, and the hanger snapped in half, leading to all of said belts falling to the floor. They sat there on the floor for about two weeks because I wanted to do something cool to hang them back up, but wasn’t sure what. I ended up deciding to find a big ol’ branch that had a little curve to it and maybe a little fork at the end. I found one in a parking lot and tossed it in my trunk (that probably looked interesting). I sanded it and scrubbed it with soap and water and let it sit in the sun for a day. Then I lacquered it up with two coats of insanely toxic smelling stuff called Deft.
I had to hang it behind my clothes because I don’t have enough wall space to just have it on an open wall. I mounted it by putting two gold eye hooks into the wall, and then wrapped a bunch of twine around the sticks and tied it through.
I pounded in nails every few inches, and that is what the belts are actually hanging on. I think I will do one for my husband to. We have one of those pass-through closets that you walk through to get to the bathroom. I’ll have to show it to you sometime…..I’ve been slowly working on it over the years. It has a brown, yellow, pink and white Ikat patterned rug on the ground, and then I painted yellow and white stripes on the walls- things I probably would not do in any other room in my house, but I think it’s fun to do things like that in a closet and make it a little get-away space. I actually have been saving pictures lately of dream closets (well, actually they are all pretty much rooms because apparently these people’s houses are so big, and their wardrobes so large they have whole rooms). We’ll show those pictures soon too.
Anyways……I way digress from the closet branch belt holdy thing
*SIDE-NOTE: Should one try this project at home, one should be for-warned that the Deft on the branch takes about a week to stop smelling like Deft. But it eventually does.
(Shorts and Tank – Urban Outfitters, Shoes – Pierre Hardy for Gap)
Picked up this cute tank on my latest trip to Urban Outfitters.
Today is my birthday! I love birthdays…. I have felt so loved and thought of all day long. Thank you so much to all of my friends and family for all of the blessings!
My fantastic husby snapped this pic after some shopping at Urban Outfitters and some delicious $2 tacos at El Palomar downtown – altogether a great evening!
Picked up some fun new purchases I’m excited to share with you!