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Color Block Wooden Hearts

February 13, 2014

Color Block Wooden Hearts

The other day, I stopped at the craft store to take advantage of my free time! I had no kids with me and some time to kill, so naturally that’s where I gravitate towards! I came across some cute wooden tags that I decided to repurpose just for Valentine’s! 

Color Block Wooden Hearts

What you will need:

4 Wooden tags (I found mine at Berverly’s)

Spray paint in two colors (I chose black and gold metallic)

Hot glue gun

Leather scrap strings (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)

Color Block Wooden Hearts

What to do:

1. Gather your supplies 2. Spray paint two tags black and two tags gold (or other colors you may have chosen) 3. Do as many coats as it takes for the tags to be completely covered and let them dry completely 4. Criss cross your tags to create your heart shape 5. Place your gold and black together to create that color block look 6. Hot glue the tags together 7. Press down firmly to ensure they are attached securely 6. Tie your leather through each hole and create a knot. I used left over leather from our Handmade Christmas Ornaments, but you can find yours at most craft supply stores. 

Color Block Wooden Hearts

This was such an easy DIY and took only a few minutes to complete! They are the perfect piece to hang on your wall, you could almost leave them up year round. The wood and leather always make a great combination and the black, gold and white go nicely with the rest of our home decor! 

Color Block Wooden Hearts

These would make great little gifts too! What do you think?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

February 12, 2014

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

This year, my husband and I are trying to incorporate more simple and minimal designs in our home. We love the look of streamline furniture, clean lines and midcentury-modern designs. It’s hard to find anything like that where we live, unless we make frequent trips to the big city, but with three kids that’s highly unlikely. 

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

Good thing I have a talented husband who makes a lot of beautiful items for our home. We are a great team and have identical tastes in things, so it makes designing our home a lot of fun! My husband loves it too! He gets a chance to try new skills and have some quiet time, which is highly recommended when you become a parent! You feel refreshed and ready to go again. 

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

We have always loved the look of these minimalistic wooden birds! Because the heads can detach, you can change the directions of where they face and even flip the bodies upside down to play around with the different looks. It’s genius! As much as I love the originals (let’s face it – they are GORGEOUS), we just couldn’t justify fifty dollars on one. Though, I am not opposed to working hard and saving for these kinds of purchases! 

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

Minimalistic Inspired Wooden Birds

I am so happy we have some of our own for the home – I know my hubby wants to keep playing with his wood turning skills, but I am happy with his first try! They sure add a lovely touch! What do you think?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Steel and Wood Coat Rack

February 7, 2014

Steel and Wood Coat Rack

With my husband’s mad skills and drive to learn new things, he was able to make for me this amazing coat rack I have drooled over for years inspired by Eames! He recently took up welding, which I thought was crazy at first! Until I started pointing out all the pieces I wanted for my home and he would magically make them appear. I think I’ll keep him! 

Steel and Wood Coat Rack

I know this isn’t something everyone can do, but with enough drive you can teach yourself so many amazing trades and skills. Although welding was a challenge, with a bit of time and practice you can create some amazing things! Oh, and the wooden hooks….he turned those using a lathe…I’m telling you, he’s my caveman squishy. 

Steel and Wood Coat Rack

I’m not saying, take up welding, but I think it’s important to challenge yourself and think about what you can create without having to spend hundreds of dollars. Although I would have been happy to have purchased the Eames Hang-It-All Coat Rack (not so much the bank account), I was pretty amazed that we managed to save $200. My husband and I are all about  making modern design accessible to those of us that can’t necessarily drop money like it’s hot. 

Steel and Wood Coat Rack

I am so thankful to have such a handy husband, whom a lot of these amazing projects wouldn’t be possible! I love the modern sleekness to this simple coat rack. It’s not clunky and I love how it’s on the wall, so we don’t lose any floor space! I can’t necessarily start up welding or wood lathing, but I have pushed myself to try new things as well. Recently, I’ve taken up calligraphy (much more appropriate for me, I think). It’s challenging, but I am loving the learning process and seeing what kinds of fun things I can create with a bit of will power, ink and pad of paper! Have you challenged yourself to start any new hobbies lately? 

Steel and Wood Coat Rack

What do you think of this fabulous coat rack? We need one for every room – easier said than done! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Heart Shaped Message Boards

February 5, 2014

Heart Shaped Message Board

I’m all about incorporating Valentine’s Day decor in a subtle and modern way this year! I decided to make something to go along with my Black Triangular Wall Hearts and my Geometric Heart Floor Mat! But also something you could keep out year round, like this Heart Shaped Message Board! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

I simply drew out my heart shape on some plywood. Cut it out with a scroll saw. Painted it with black chalkboard paint (regular black paint would work as well). Then, I wrote some fun little Valentine’s messages to leave around the house for my husband and kids using chalk! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

Since it’s geometric in shape, it can easily sit on a shelf or table with a quote you love or even as a reminder note! It’s something I know I will leave up for a while – it’s both handy and cute! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

This would also make a great gift for family or a special friend. Simply write a little love note, grab a flower for that pop of color and give them out to that lucky someone! It’s almost like a modern Valentine’s card! 

Heart Shaped Message Board

What do you think of a heart shaped message board for Valentine’s day?

XOXO, Lidy

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Valentine’s With A Handmade Touch

February 4, 2014

Valentine's Day Cards

A couple months ago, I came across these fabulous cards made to look like polaroids. They were too adorable to walk away from, so naturally I had to get them! 

Valentine's Day Cards

I decided they would make cute little Valentine’s this year, but they needed a handmade touch! Each picture, I hand wrote a little love note or term of endearment for that someone special! 

Valentine's Day Cards

Valentine's Day Cards

I love the simplicity and the uniqueness of these cards! They seem so personal and perfect to give out to your closest friends and family. The pictures take you back in time and have  such a nostalgic feel to them. I think they could also make a beautiful banner for Valentine’s, with or without the written messages! The colors and pictures would certainly romanticize any room! 

Valentine's Day Cards

I’m not against buying store bought cards, but it’s sure fun to put your own twist on them if you can! It makes the cards that much more special! Now, to write a lovely note inside and hand them out! 

Valentine's Day Cards

Are you giving out any Valentine’s this year? 

XOXO, Lidy

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Valentine’s Bleached Banner

January 31, 2014

Valentine's Bleached Banner

A banner is a nice way of making a big (or little) statement on the wall! Well, that’s how I feel! You can put whatever message or reminder and it’s instantly effective! Especially for Valentine’s!

Valentine's Bleached Banner

What you will need:

Felt (in any color with sticky back)

Dowel

Twine

Scissors

Chalk

Paint brush

Household bleach

Small container

Paper straws (mine are from Target)

Valentine's Bleached Banner

What to do:

/Arrow/

1. Gather your supplies 2. Cut the shapes for the top and bottom of the arrow 3. Flatten the top of the straw 4. Remove the paper from the back of your first triangle and stick one side to the top of the straw 5. Repeat with the second triangle and line up evenly with the first triangle 6. Make slits to create the look of a faux feather 7. Remove a portion of the paper back and stick to the straw 8. Repeat! 

Valentine's Bleached Banner

/Banner/

1. Gather your supplies for the banner 2. Use your chalk to create an outline of the design you want your banner to appear as 3. Take your scissors and cut according to your chalk guide 4. Take your chalk and create the message you want on your banner. Once you are happy with the layout, follow your chalk guide with your bleached dipped paint brush (be sure to give it time to dry in between coats so you can tell how much bleach was applied) 5. Take your twine and wrap it around each end of the dowl. Tie it off to keep from unravelling 6. Make two small incisions at the top of your banner and slide your arrow through. On the back of your banner, remove a portion of the paper (about an inch from the top) to allow your felt to stick to the dowel. Secure it by rubbing firmly.

Valentine's Bleached Banner

I chose “Me and You”  as a reminder to take the time to not focus on the craziness that children bring into the picture or jobs and motherhood. In a world of chaos, it’s hard to make time for each other. Things take over and before you know it, the day is gone and we haven’t even had the chance to really relax and talk with one another. Valentine’s day is suppose to be this magical, romantic holiday. But for us, it’s just another day where we are trying to survive. And if we are lucky, we might be able to escape for a couple hours, grab a real meal and ask each other how our day was! 

How about you, any big plans?!

XOXO, Lidy

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Valentine’s Flower Arrangement

January 30, 2014

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I have flowers on my mind! I love it when my husband comes home and surprises me with a store bought bouquet or fresh flowers from the garden. There’s just something so romantic and lovely about having flowers in your presence! I decided to arrange a simple group of flowers to add a little romance! 

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

What you will need:

Carnations (whatever color you prefer)

Roses

Lily

Queen Anne’s lace

Greenery (to add the extra texture and volume)

A pretty container (I used a tinted canning jar)

Scissors

Flower preservative (optional)

Water

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

What to do:

1. Seperate your supplies 2. Trim the bottoms on an angle according to the heighth you need to fit your container

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

3. Fill your container with water (optional: add flower preservative to help prevent bacteria from growing) 4. Trim and discard the dead leaves or flowers and start to arrange your flowers the way you would like. I tried to keep it even on both sides, keeping my lily in the center as the focal point

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

5. Touch up where needed by filling in any gaps with your greenery 6. Enjoy! 

This is a very basic arrangement, but I am happy with the outcome. It’s texture and colors work well and it’s perfect for the upcoming holiday! For now, I’ve played it safe and made this simple arrangement work for now. Perhaps one day I’ll get a bit more experimental and make more of a bold statement! Now the mood is set, hopefully these flowers last until Valentine’s – if not, I guess I’ll just have to make a few more! 

Valentine's Flower Arrangement

Are you a flower person? What kinds of things do you like to give or receive during Valentine’s? This is the perfect kind of gift for the love of your life or best friend! 

XOXO, Lidy

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Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

January 29, 2014

Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

Alright my friends! Here is the tutorial for the wood plant stand we made a couple weeks ago inspired by Modernica! Since then, my hubby has been thinking about ways to improve the design and decided to build another one from scratch. Using different techniques, he came up with a more modern and sleek look – I think you might agree!

Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

What you’ll need:

3/4″ hardwood dowel (red oak, walnut, rosewood, teak, etc.)

1 1/2″ x 3/4″ hardwood lumber (same wood type as dowel)

1/8″ dowels

wood glue

natural wood finish (Minwax, etc.)

Drill press

3/4″ forstner bit

table saw (can be done with a jig saw)

clamps

orbital palm sander (optional)

fine grit sandpaper

Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

What to do:

1. Cut two lengths of 1 1/2″ x 3/4″ longer than diameter of pot, for the crossbars. (mine were 9″ to fit our West Elm plant pot)

2. Measure halfway point on each length and cut out a 3/4″ x 3/4″ notch on table saw (use a miter jig or sled) or with a jig saw. 

 3. Clamp each crossbar into your drill press and mill out each end halfway across the forstner bit. (Forstner bits are the only bit that can do partial holes but the workpiece must be firmly clamped. Handheld drill probably not useable in this way)

4. Drill 1/8″ holes 1/2″ deep through the center of each end of the crossbars. (for 1/8″ dowels)

5. Cut 4 lengths of 3/4″ dowel to desired height of plant stand. (mine were 18″)

6. Drill 1/8″ holes in each 3/4″ dowel at desired height of pot base. (mine was the halfway point; 9″) Use a self centering drill press jig for best centering result.

7. Connect all pieces together with dowels to ensure everything fits and the stand is level. If not, make necessary adjustments for leveling on a belt sander.  Notches in the crossbars can be widened with a coarse file or go back to the table saw or jig saw.

8. When everything fits together tightly and level, sand each piece smooth.

9. Used wood glue in each dowel hole and joint, clamp everything together tightly and let sit 6-12 hours.

10. Use your choice of wood finish to seal and finish the final product. (I used Minwax natural oil finish)

Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

Wood Plant Stand Tutorial

I hope you found this tutorial helpful! Thanks for being so supportive and interested in our little projects! Feel free to shoot me an email or leave a comment below if you have any questions. 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Table Lamp

January 28, 2014

DIY Table Lamp

I am a strong believer in that, you can never have too much custom lighting in your home! My husband and I love to experiment with different textures, tools and products. Creating lighting is a perfect outlet to try all these fun elements to see how they will turn out in the end! And we are usually pretty happy in the long run! 

DIY Table Lamp

Today I wanted to share our latest creation! We came up with a great table lamp for our home. I love how sleek and modern it looks – that  globe bulb is fantastic! The wood base has a custom cutout to fit keys, change or even jewelry if it’s at your bedside table. I thought this was a great touch! 

DIY Table Lamp

The switch is small and perfect for this little lamp. It doesn’t distract and adds great personality overall! It’s bright enough to do a little reading before bed, or give off just enough light in your living area. Of course, the wood and metal make the perfect pair in my opinion. We actually went with a nickel finish to see if we might like it and it’s ok. I have to admit, I do prefer brass or copper though! 

DIY Table Lamp

The thing about these projects is it looks impossible to accomplish, but it’s actually very straight forward. That is, with the right tools, a bit of your time and motivation! You can create one-of-a-kind pieces for your home in no time! DIY Table Lamp

What do you think of this little guy? It’s a bit different than our brass swing lamp, but I like it a lot!

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Triangle Stamped Tea Towel

January 23, 2014

DIY Stamped Triangle Tea Towels

I don’t know about you, but you can never have enough tea towels! We go through them real quick around here, so I decided to make a few of my own to have some extras laying around!

DIY Stamped Triangle Tea Towels

What you will need:

Tea towel fabric

Fabric paint

Sponge

Scissors

DIY Stamped Triangle Tea Towels

I simply used the same steps as here. I just love how easy it is to create a great design from triangle sponges! Not to mention, the texture each triangle has compared to the next! And since I love the basic black and white, you can always choose to add pops of color! I wouldn’t mind trying this DIY out again, using some fun color combinations! The fading of the sponge each time you stamp it would allow for an easy ombre effect!

DIY Stamped Triangle Tea Towels

Hope your week is going wonderfully! I am feeling a little giddy today, a good friend and I are hosting a blogger hangout today and tomorrow! I can’t wait to meet these wonderful ladies! We have some fun topics to discuss and I know we will gain new knowledge and insight from one another!

XOXO, Lidy

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Geometric Heart Art

January 22, 2014

Geometric Heart Art

The best part about crafting is being able to just sit with your kids and all do it together! This DIY is perfect for those very special moments! While the kids colored, I got out some paint and whipped up a little something myself. 

Geometric Heart Art

What you will need:

Stiff white paper

Pencil or sharpie

Black paint

Paint brushes

Geometric Heart Art

What to do:

Simply sketch out your heart with your pencil on the white paper. Begin to go over your pencil outline with your black paint. Start to paint within the heart by adding some water to your paint to create a lighter shade within the heart (stay in the lines!). Dip your brush into some new black paint and begin to create geometric patterns within your heart, you can create any pattern you desire! Your heart should take on a more textured feel with the different shades. Let the paint dry completely then enjoy. Most of all – have fun!! 

Geometric Heart Art

This is a simple DIY that takes only a few minutes! The kids and I had a great afternoon spending time together. Our daughter loves to paint especially, so she was super excited when she saw that we were going to be doing it together! 

Geometric Heart Art

What do you think of this simple geometric heart art?! 

XOXO, Lidy

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DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

January 21, 2014

DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

I’m back from a lovely long weekend! So many exciting things in the works that I can’t wait to share with you, but for now I will share this fun little DIY! 

DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

What you will need:

Black floor mat

White spray paint ( you could get special fabric paint to keep your design more permanent)

Freezer paper

X-acto knife

Iron

Plastic bags

Tape

DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

What to do:

Draw out a design you would like to have on your new floor mat! With an x-acto knife, cut out the design from your freezer paper.  Iron the stencil onto the mat with the plastic side facing down. Tape the plastic bags onto the freezer paper to cover the rest of the mat. The only area that should be exposed is the area that you want to paint. I used some extra spray paint we had hanging around. If you want to use your mat for years to come, you can easily find fabric paint at your nearest craft store! I did 3-4 coats of spray paint to finally get my heart the shade I wanted. This can differ, depending on the paint you use.  Let the paint dry completely. Carefully peel the stencil and plastic bags from the mat. Then enjoy! 

DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

I decided to keep the mat inside near our patio doors, just because it goes so nicely with the rest of our Valentine’s decor! This is such a simple solution to add a modern and fun touch to the upcoming holiday! 

DIY Geometric Heart Floor Mat

What do you think?

XOXO, Lidy

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