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how to paint a piano

Furniture purists … avert your eyes. This is a post about how I changed our perfectly fine piano from glossy mahogany to white. Did I ruin it? Maybe. But do I love it 1000 times more? Yes. Yes I do. I posted a mid-progress photo on instagram and was surprised by how many shared the […]

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rolled MAGAZINE flowers + antler chalk art

During my ‘quieting the house‘ rampage, I finally convinced myself to get rid of stacks and stacks of old magazines. Why was I holding on to them? I can not tell you. But from the comments on the IG photo, magazine-hoarding seems to be a common problem among perfectly normal women. All of those extra […]

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how I edit iphone photos for instagram

My iphone is like an extension of my arm – it’s by my side at nearly all times of day (and night). I love it for texting and checking the weather and asking siri important questions like ‘how many days until …?’ (asked by a certain second born who is slightly excited about his upcoming […]

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temporary stripes (tutorial)

This is such an odd project. I’ll just tell you that from the start. It’s a bit weird, but super cute. I have these white pitchers (old from IKEA) holding cooking utensils on our kitchen island and I’ve been wanting for forever to paint stripes on them. It has just never happened. When I was […]

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crepe paper poppies (tutorial)

Paper flowers are just so pretty. There are many different versions, different materials, different methods and each one is as charming as the next. (via instagram) Yesterday I pulled out my very old crepe paper flower kit that I bought as a college student from a mail-order-catalog called Martha By Mail. Remember that little gem […]

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diy painted silhouette

Today is a continuation from yesterday’s post about how to create a silhouette. You can use your vector silhouette for many different things (stationery, a tote bag, necklace, web graphics) but today I’ll show you how I made these large framed painted silhouettes that line our staircase. (nevermind the snowflakes … this photo was taken […]

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how to make a silhouette (video tutorial)

(via country living) Silhouettes are one of those classic art pieces that never go out of style … but are particularly in right now. They have been for a while, I suppose, but I’m still in love and think they’ll be around for years to come. One of my favorite things in our house are […]

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ombre painted wave wall

Progress continues in the kids’ bathroom mini makeover with a super fun painted wall. Let me start at the beginning … This is the wall opposite the sinks/mirror. I took inspiration from my very favorite art print and thought painting ombre waves on the wall would be a fun way to fill it up and […]

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free hand-drawn clip art (and how to use it)

Can one ever have enough clip art? I think not. Especially of the hand-drawn variety. Add a little drawing to a gift tag or invitation, use one in your logo or in an ad – nothing overboard, but just enough to make a visual impact. Fun, fun, fun. The other night I created a few […]

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from doodle to artprint (a tutorial)

I hope you are enjoying your new Spring Essentials freebie print! Doesn’t it just put you in the mood for spring? My friend says it looks like a wedding is about to take place – which now that I notice, it actually does. That would be one lovely garden wedding! One thing I love to […]

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make a pillow out of a table runner (tutorial)

Changing out pillows is such a good way to update your home or decorate seasonally, plus they are super easy to make and you can get creative with materials (like using a woven rug or a sparkly tank top or a thrifted sweater). Remember the pretty ombre line Target had two years ago? I bought […]

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tissue pom wreath {tutorial}

Here’s a festive wreath that is fun to make and can be displayed beyond this holiday season. Isn’t it cute?! Funky and vintage-y and pretty. Here’s how to make one: // SUPPLIES // 3 packages of tissue paper / wire wreath form / fringe scissors / scissors / hot glue gun // STEPS ONE, TWO, […]

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free autumn iphone covers

Autumn is officially here {well, I guess it has been for a few weeks now} which means it’s time to update our iphone covers. These pretty fall covers slip in perfectly to a clear iphone case and make it oh so easy to switch it up when the mood strikes. A full tutorial is on […]

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zinc letter look-alikes {tutorial}

Forever a fan of anything typography-related, these faux-zinc letters are super simple and inexpensive to create and fabulous to look at. Perhaps you’ve seen real zinc letters {so pretty, but can get a little pricy} and there’s a good chance you’ve already read a tutorial for how to recreate the look {there are tons of […]

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woven jute storage cube for the boys’ room

One of the items I added to the boys’ room design board was this fun woven jute cube. I’m not even sure where I found it but I figured it was something I could recreate very inexpensively. SUPPLIES // storage cube / jute webbing / staple gun STEP ONE // cut jute webbing strips to […]

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diy hand stamped tree slice

It’s accessorizing time in the boys’ room and so I’ve been scouring our house, finding a few things online and crafting my own items to give their room that campy/outdoorsy/vintage/boyish charm I’m going after. This is one of the pieces I sort-of made. It started with the wood slice I happened across at the craft […]

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etched glassware {tutorial}

Always a fan of anything monogrammed, I decided to embellish a few inexpensive lowball glasses with a couple of craft store supplies and just love how they turned out. Here’s what you’ll need to etch glassware: :: clear glassware :: etching cream {like this} :: sponge brush :: clear contact paper :: exacto knife STEP […]

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how to make a dog bed out of a dropcloth

Our labradoodle, Atlas, needed a new bed. He destroyed his first five so we took about a four month break before I decided to give him another try. A puppy needs a cozy place to rest, right? Since he is a chewer, I didn’t want to invest much in this new dog bed so a […]

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