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LED Mushroom Lights Sprout From Reclaimed Wood

Ma Nature, you are always an inspiration!

{ Found via NOTCOT.ORG }

Backyard Scrabble

I love Scrabble® and I can’t think of a better use of a small patch of yard than this. Ok, maybe a chess board. Once again, Pinterest has brightened my day. It also reminds me to subscribe to Sunset in my reader. My mother has been reading the magazine since I was a child and I love it!

{ Photo credit: SFGate via Sunset Magazine }

It’s the simple things that make me smile.

Simple but beautiful lights made from reclaimed wood. I can see these used outside in the garden one night and then brought back into the house for some wonderfully charming mood lighting.

More photos and artist information at Oh Joy!

ETA: Remodelista posted a similar feature today, but from another artist.

And the winner is…

Number One! Here’s a picture of the stencil in color:

I ordered the stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils on Etsy. We’re looking to rehab/hack our MALM bed. We’ve had it for 4 years now and we’re in need of something a little different. We’ve talked about several ideas but last night one came to mind. We’ll take off the side tables – the room is just too small for them, put the bed on heavy duty casters, and then paint it in the same style as the walls, but in a different color. The stencil will carry over but won’t dominate as it’s 18″ high. I chose the wall color and I’m asking Michael to choose the bed frame color.

Input would be greatly appreciated!

Michael and I are eagerly awaiting our room set-up. I’ve mentioned in earlier posts that I feel like going with white walls would be the best with our limited light. I also want to do a stencil. I was considering making my own design but was introduced to an Etsy seller who makes reusable stencils. Now bear with me as I try to explain what I’m envisioning. I’m thinking of using a flat white (I know…) and then painting the stencil in a gloss white. I think that the reflection via the light from the window and our lamps will create a lush texture on the walls without being overbearing. I was thinking of a sumptuous damask but then found the argyle-like pattern which is pictured first.

Wall Stencils
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DIY Painted Vases

I stumbled across this on my Stlye Me Pretty and Twig & Thistle feeds today. Miss-matched thrift store finds make for a bold and cheap focal point for your table setting, a wedding or a special event.

Glass and metal items are cleaned and spray painted.


{ Photo Credit : Style Me Pretty }
Tutorial – very, very easy – is on SMP

New meaning for Tea Lights.

I LOVE old tea cups. Part of me giggled with delight when I saw this, and part of me recoiled in horror thinking I could never bear to do it, especially if only one of the set remaining. Luckily, this beauty is new and comes from Anthropologie. I went to the site but couldn’t this particular style/color.

Then it occurred to me that these would make for lovely alternatives to bridal/bridesmaids bouquets. The trick would be keeping them lit. After your ceremony, they could be placed around the wedding cake, or some other ‘focus’ table. You’d have to make the candle portion yourself.

Inspiring Calendars

Tiny calendar on a shipping tag.

Yes! Michael is on his way home from Atlanta and in his possession is one wooden bowl from IKEA so we can start the acorn bird feeder project. I’m sure we could have found something in town, but he was there and it made sense for him to swing by and grab one.

Oh IKEA, how I miss thee!

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