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I’ve been working on decorating our master bedroom since well, when we moved in almost three years ago… I did a few things and let it sit because I couldn’t make any decisions. Been there? I finally took the leap in November last year and found my design style. I think I had such a hard time because I like many different styles but I realized I didn’t have to choose just one as long as everything in the room makes me happy. I would say the look mostly falls into the Hollywood Regency and Romantic Bohemian categories. I’m going to share the final room once I’m finished with the last few projects.  As we speak, I’m giving our dresser and nightstands a little face lift. I’ve never liked them but can’t spend the money right now to buy the new set I really want. So in the meantime I’m workin’ with what I got. The idea to do this came to me when I couldn’t fall asleep one night but I always like a little inspiration from finished projects to bring my imagination into focus. Here are some beautiful dressers that helped me wrangle in my thoughts.

via Emily A. Clark
via Pottery Barn
via Angie Hranowsky
via Room Service

Check back this week to see my before & after dresser update! OK, I guess that means I better finish… =)

♥♥

Arica

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Now that I’m consistently baking and trying not to poison my family with dinners, I found  it to be a pain to drag our iPad or laptop over to the kitchen for recipe ingredients and instructions. We all know I have a slight obsession with boxes… I made another just for my recipes.

Supplies:

– Craft box (I found this one at Michael’s)
– Painter’s tape (3M ScotchBlue™ painter’s tape works great and they were lovely enough to send complimentary samples)
– Spray paint
– Acrylic paint
– Medium and small paint brushes
– Acrylic spray
– Patterned paper
– Printed recipes sized for your box
– Glue, scissors, tape measure, pencil and screwdriver

How to:

Step 1

Remove all hardware. Apply painter’s tape to create straight lines and to avoid getting spray paint on places you don’t want to.

Step 2

Spray paint your color of choice. I used Krylon Primer in white. Once dry, remove painter’s tape.

Step 3

Paint remaining sections of the box. I chose a pretty Robin’s Egg blue and a metallic gold color.

Step 4

Choose patterned paper that will be used as the backing for your cut out recipes. Measure the inside of the box and cut the size appropriately. For this specific box, I cut 5″x2.75″ sized rectangles. Type, print and cut out your favorite recipes then glue to the patterned paper.

Step 5

I wrote out “Recipe Box” in pencil before painting then went over it in this deep pink called “Razzle Berry”. Once dried, I used an acrylic finishing spray by Mod Podge to give it that extra shine. Replace hardware.

Done!

How do you like to store your recipes?

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Arica

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My very good friend, Evelyn, is getting married to a wonderful guy named Ray. Evelyn and I worked together at YMI Jeans while she was the PR Manager and I was the Advertising Manager. She is now the fantastic Marketing Director. We were kind of attached at the hip most of the time. It’s funny how you can become so close to your co-workers. I really miss seeing her all the time so it was wonderful to make her a little engagement gift to help celebrate the exciting occasion. I made her a decorative box to keep all the little pieces of the journey of wedding planning and bought her a journal to try and write in. I have a box that I kept all the wedding extras like invites, table place cards, wedding dress inspiration and etc. You need a place for all that stuff, right? I gave her the journal because I wish I had kept one. I did decide to keep a journal from my pregnancy and Noah’s first year. I really enjoy looking back on the funny entries from the beginning. =) Journal more, you will be glad you did.

Speaking of weddings… Check out this cool site: Tailored. It’s a tool brides and grooms can use to find and collect inspiration, browse wedding products and share with friends. It reminds me of Pinterest for wedding planning. Oh if only this were around when I was planning my wedding… Sigh. I will just have to live vicariously through my engaged friends and make them try this out.

OK, onto the project. =)

Supplies:

♥ Box

♥ Spray paint

♥ Ribbon

♥ Strong glue (I used Liquid Fusion)

♥ Rhinestones

♥ Buttons

♥ Jewelry wire

♥ Jewelry pliers

♥ Fabric

♥ Mod Podge

♥ Sponge brush

♥ Scissors

♥ Acrylic paint

♥ Paint brush

How to:

Step 1

Clean off your box of choice to prepare for spray painting.

Step 2

I used painter’s tape and scratch paper to avoid getting spray paint on the inside of the box.

Step 3

Take your chosen spray paint color (and spray paint handle if you have one) and paint away. Remember to avoid drips, apply multiple light coats one at a time. Allow to dry at least 30 minutes before handling.

Step 4

Measure ribbon to go around the outside of the box. Attach with small amount of glue. I used Liquid Fusion but any strong fabric glue would do.

Step 5

Pull the other side of the ribbon around and glue. Since I have yet to find a way to avoid glue marks on fabric, I added a touch of sparkle with some large rhinestones. I love this sort of detail.

Step 6

Find a button of your choice. I don’t know about you but I have a thing for keeping any of those extra buttons that come attached to clothes I buy. I figure one day I will have use for them. Here it is!

Step 7

Wrap a piece of jewelry wire around the back loop of the button and twist. Please excuse my non-existent manicure…

Step 8

Wrap wire with button around ribbon. Using jewelry pliers really helps here. Then snip off the excess with wire cutters. If the wire is thin enough, scissors would be just fine.

Step 9

Pick a fabric of your choice.

Step 10

You can either trace the top of the box or another shape on the backside of the fabric. I chose to use this Corningware dish lid for the perfect circle shape I was looking for. I always use odd things around the house to trace circles and ovals. Once I used my paper towel dispenser…

Step 11

Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the front of the fabric. Let fully dry at least 15 minutes. The Mod Podge will stiffen the fabric slightly and will allow you to cut without creating frayed edges.

Step 12

While that’s drying, you can paint a little message or your gift recipients name on the inside lid. I used a Champagne color Metallic Acrylic paint.

Step 13

As long as the fabric is dry, you can cut out the shape and use Mod Podge to glue to the top of your box. Allow to dry at least 10-15 minutes. Then, add a coat of Mod Podge over the entire top of the lid and fabric to create a seal.

Done!

There are so many ways to decorate a box so have fun with it and maybe make one for yourself. =)

Congratulations to Evelyn and Ray! Love you!

For another cute gift idea, check out this adorable Handmade Wedding Guestbook tutorial from one of my favorite blogs, A Beautiful Mess with Elsie Larson.

♥♥

Arica

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Tomorrow is my baby boy’s 1st birthday. I think I had been partly in denial about this until Wednesday night when I sat down to write him a letter. It was a great experience to think back over the past year, really year and 9 months, and write down everything I felt. Yes, there were more than a few tissues by my side.  Noah won’t be able to read my letter for quite sometime and I hated the idea of putting it in a box waiting to give it to him. So I decided to take my time to write it as neat as possible (I have horrible handwriting) and frame it for his room. I think it will be a daily reminder to me about where we started and to appreciate Kairos moments when they happen. Kairos is a fantastic new word that I learned while reading an article that my friend shared called, “Don’t Carpe Diem” written by Glennon Melton of momastery.com.  A hilarious and heart-warming read for new and veteran parents alike.

It seems I know so many beautiful pregnant girls right now. I can’t help but give them odd bits of advice from baby books to pajama brands. However I always mention to get support from other moms. I joined an amazing group of first-time moms back when Noah was 12-weeks old and now many of the ladies I met have become such an important part of my and my son’s life. I hope to be friends with them forever. Samantha, Rachel, Gili, Alicia, Martha, Karin, Terrie, Stephanie, Cat, Tannaz, Kannie, Staci, Kristine and Jaime. I don’t know how I would have made it though the first year without them… You guys are the best!

To my husband Mitch, you are the most amazing daddy and husband in the world. I love you so much. I also have to mention the love and support from our friends and family. Noah, Mitch and I are so lucky to have you all in our lives.

Off to put goodie bags together for the party! =)

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Arica

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Today I’m going to show you how to turn an old frame from home or a thrift store into a fun magnetic board.

As I work to decorate the new office space I thought this would be a fun way to post my to-do lists, photos and pretty magnets all in one place. I found a great little guy for $3 at Salvation Army. This one stood out because of the beautiful ornate details on the inside corners. I do love a rich dark wood but this just seemed drab and dull so I gave it new life in white.

Supplies:

– Frame

– Spray paint

– Frame backing that came with the frame or thin cardboard/poster board

– Acrylic paint

– Paint brush and/or sponge brush

– Gorilla Glue or similar

– Thin metal sheeting about 1″ – 2″ smaller than the inside of your frame

How to:

Step 1

Remove glass front and backing from the frame and spray paint your color of choice. I used a paint in white semi-gloss by Rust-Oleum. Using a spray can handle really helps create an even finish… Allow all necessary coats of paint to fully dry before handling.

Step 2

Place your metal sheeting over the middle of your frame backing which is usually a thick paper material (or you could use poster board and cut to fit the frame). Measure around the metal sheeting and go in about 1/2″ – 1″. The outside section is where you will paint a border.  Paint the border. I used an acrylic metallic paint in peridot.

Step 3

Apply Gorilla Glue or similar strong glue to the back of the metal sheeting and apply to paper board. I weighted down the metal sheeting with a heavy object for a couple hours while it dried. It also helped to flatten the metal out as much as possible. Try to use a thin sheet metal to avoid bending.

Step 4

Place back in the frame. I put the glass that came with the frame in the back section behind the board just to keep it stable.

Enjoy!

I’m so happy to have a place to use my sparkly magnets. For a tutorial on making your own brooch magnets, go here.

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Arica

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Cursed. My original chalk and pin board, that is. I guess it was a good lesson in how to deal with an “uh oh” and still make it work in the end. To give you the short of it, don’t hang a heavy frame with mounting tape… Although the project really started off on the wrong foot when I accidentally deleted the “before” photos of the picture frame. I almost cried when I walked downstairs and saw my hard work broken all over the floor. I had even got it up on the wall, it just needed finishing touches.

Here is the last picture of the original before it met it’s demise:

Here is what’s left:

OK, enough with the sad story.

This version may not have it’s frame (I used the base of the frame with the hooks on the back) but I like the layout better. This is the first real project for my office space! There are plenty of DIY pin or cork boards out there but I wanted this board to be unique so I took half of it and turned it into a chalk board. I figure I can write inspiring messages to myself.

Supplies:

– Large frame

– Cork tiles

– White spray paint

– Chalk board spray paint

– Spray paint handle (optional)

– Gorilla glue or similar

– Tape measure

– Painter’s tape

– Scratch paper or trash bag

– Ribbon cut to the length of your board

– Mounting tape

Here’s how:

Step 1

Wipe off the surface you will be spray painting with a dry cloth to get rid of any dirt or debris.

Step 2

Set up where you want your cork tiles to lay and place painter’s tape along the mid-section of the board to separate your chalk board and pin board.

Step 3

Attach your spray can handle (don’t know how I lived without it) to the white spray paint and spray the lower section of your board. Don’t forget your protective mask! Allow to fully dry. With painter’s tape, tape scratch paper or a trash bag to cover the white section of the board. Attach spray can handle to the black chalk board spray paint and paint the other section of the board.

Regardless of using the painter’s tape to avoid bleeding from the paint, I couldn’t manage to get a perfect line. So I used a pretty ivory ribbon to cover up where the two paint colors meet. I chose to use mounting tape on the back of the board to attach the ribbon because most glue would leave a wet streak on the ribbon.

Step 4

Apply glue to the backside of cork tiles. Gorilla glue suggests applying pressure for a few hours. Here are my creative weight tools. =) Like?

Step 5

Hang your board. This time I used elbow grease and screwed two screws into the wall.

Enjoy!

This is now the Love and Rosen inspiration board. I pinned up some recent pages from Anthropologie and J.Crew catalogs for the jewelry, color combinations, gift ideas and more. You will notice my new beautiful peridot rhinestone thumbtacks in use. =) DIY rhinestone thumbtacks tutorial here.

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Arica

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This is a super easy DIY that you can do in less than 5 minutes.

I needed thumbtacks for the project I’m working on for this week and I just wasn’t into the plain brass colored tacks as is. I grabbed my stash of rhinestones and pulled a bunch of the peridot green color, glued them to the tacks and now have a little more sparkle in my life.

Supplies:

– Thumbtacks or push-pins

– Small rhinestones

– Glue for use on metal and plastic (I used Liquid Fusion)

– Pliers

How to:

Step 1

Pick up your rhinestone with the pliers.

Step 2

Apply a teeny tiny dot of glue to the back of the rhinestone.

Step 3

Attach rhinestone to tack/pin.

Step 4

Let dry for a couple hours.

Done!

Pretty.

♥♥

Arica

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