Monday, September 15, 2014

New Product: Honey Catches More Flies Than Vinegar

Good morning, and happy Monday :) 

Today I am sharing a new sign that I created that hits very close to home. It's not easy being nice when someone else is being mean, hateful, ignorant or just downright rude. Sure, it'd be extremely easy to spout off, and tear this person a new one. Been there, done that, and you know what? It doesn't make you feel better any better in the long run. In my own personal experiences, those words that were used to seek revenge only haunt me. There are still a few instances in my life that I hear the echo of those horrible words even though they were said due to an antagonizer. 

So, what do you do when faced with a situation that might hurt your feelings, but ultimately could turn ugly if pursued? Kill them with kindness. 

Trust me, I'm no saint. I need constant reminders that words like honey will be more effective than ones with vinegar, and that's why I created this piece. Sometimes a little reminder is all you need. 



Now available in our shop here.

honey catches more flies than vinegar

honey catches more flies than vinegar




honey catches more flies than vinegar


Friday, September 12, 2014

DIY: Repurposed Lamp Shade

repurposed lamp shade


I'm always looking for new and interesting ways to update my home, and this repurposed lamp shade fits my style to the "T". Mike and I have a local junk yard of sorts in our town which I think is one of the best things since sliced bread. The owners are constantly bringing in new items, and have a huge selection of anything and everything you can possibly think of. I would love to bring a notebook and camera into their shop one day, and just brainstorm about the crazy and wild things that I could create!

A few weekends ago during one of our trips we found this old lamp shade. I actually thought it was a planter basket because there was a chain hanging down from it, but who knows. I just loved the pattern! 

So, this is what my studio light/fan looked like before I installed the "new" lamp shade. Nothing too crazy, and it fits my needs. 


repurposed lamp shade


Creating this repurposed lamp shade was also incredibly easy! Check out this super, simple list of materials and supplies below:


repurposed lamp shade


I originally started to take apart the light because I thought it would fit better under the light fixture, but Mike clued me in that there was an easier route to take. More on this in just a second!


repurposed lamp shade


Here's the lamp shade in it's original state. 


repurposed lamp shade


repurposed lamp shade


I lightly sanded it down to remove any random debris and dirt, but I had to be pretty careful due to quite a few spots that were already getting rusty. Then, on to the spray paint! For this project I decided to use both a primer and a color due to the state of the metal being a little iffy. 


repurposed lamp shade


The primer took a little bit longer to dry then I expected, but I did multiple light coats to ensure that I had a great base coat.


repurposed lamp shade


After the primer coats were completely dry I then used the same method (thin, light coats) for the color. 


repurposed lamp shade


Remember how I said there was an easier route to take to attach the lamp shade than I originally thought? Well, here it is! Use 24 gauge wire to wrap around both the light fixture and the lamp shade. Twist the wire around multiple times (like you see in the below picture), and then trim off the extra with your cutting pliers. Then repeat this a few more times around your lamp shade to ensure it is securely attached. Super easy, right?


repurposed lamp shade


And voila! You have a new lamp shade that is interesting, slightly rustic, repurposed and lovely! 


repurposed lamp shade


repurposed lamp shade


repurposed lamp shade


I hope everyone has a great weekend, and see you next week :)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Home Coffee Station

Ever since I've seen home coffee stations taking a stand all over the internet I knew that I needed one too! Finding the perfect space was the tricky part for me though. I didn't have a specific place on the countertop that could accommodate all of our "coffee essentials, and most of our corners have already been taken over. However, after installing our new barn wood shelves I realized how empty the space below them looked. 

I decided a very, simple shelf much like the ones above would be a nice balance for the wall so off I went to find the ideal board!


home coffee station


Next, I made sure that the coffee pot and Keurig would be able to comfortably sit upon this board. No problems here! 


home coffee station


home coffee station


Next, I needed to find the studs in the wall so when I mounted the shelf it would be very sturdy.


home coffee station


There are a lot of ways you can can mount a shelf, but I stuck with the same method Mike had used on our other shelves. Here's a better look at how we accomplished this step on this previous post.


home coffee station


I was pretty darn excited how close I was to being exactly level on my first try! What can I say? It's the little things in life that I love the most ;)


home coffee station


And always here to assist me with my creative and crazy endeavors…. the lovely Miss Ava. 


home coffee station


After I put on the shelf top all that was left to do was decorate and display! Woo hoo for having another project checked off of my list of to do's. 


home coffee station


This coffee cup holder is actually supposed to be for wine bottles, but I like it better with the coffee cups!


home coffee station


Oops! I almost forgot! Every space needs a sign so new to the shop is our "self serve only" sign that would look awesome in the kitchen, laundry room or above your coffee station. This beauty can be purchased in our Etsy shop here.


home coffee station


home coffee station


home coffee station


home coffee station


home coffee station


Thank you for stopping by, and have a lovely Thursday :)