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Jam Jar Light DIY

Juliette from the Zuhause blog told me about a jam jar diy project that she posted on her site yesterday… Just an FYI in case you’ve been wanting to try this at home, Juliette can help you!

Jam Jar Light DIY

Jam Jar Light DIY

Note: as with any DIY project where you’re playing with electricity (he he) please be careful and exercise caution!!!

(images: zuhause)

Posted in diy, lighting on August 26, 2009

Sparrow’s Nest – New To You Furniture

Nichole wrote in from the Sparrow’s Nest to share some of her recent furniture projects with us where she took some pieces in need of help and gave them each a terrific overhaul, then sells them in her online shop. I love chevron patterns and so I think that the pink and white end table is quite a cutie, don’t you?

Sparrow's Nest

Would you like some inspiration for your next furniture fix-up project? Or are you looking for a fresh add to your space? Nichole’s your girl!

(images: sparrow’s nest)

Posted in diy, etsy, furniture on July 31, 2009

Easy DIY Curtain Idea

I had this idea to show you a DIY tutorial demonstrating how to turn tea towels into cafe curtains but it looks like Selvedge magazine has an even better one and beat me to it — transforming tea towels into curtain panels. Love this. You’ll have to pick up a copy of their current issue (#29) to obtain the how-to details or subscribe to their digital issues (via exact editions), but it’s pretty self explanatory really — you just take your favorite tea towels, stitch them together either by hand or using a machine, and then use clip hooks along the top and place it on a rod. Easy!

Selvedge Curtain Idea

Looking at this I imagine you could even make a tea towel shower curtain, or even something using pillowcases. My tea towel idea is simply to take a few tea towels and use them as cafe curtains — I’ve done this in the past in kitchens when I was single living on a very fixed budget unable to afford anything fancy and loved them. My mother showed me how to use a grommet maker and once I learned how to do that I was punching holes in everything. Clip hooks work just as well, or you can sew in a rod pocket fairly easily, too.

Thanks Selvedge for the constant stream of inspiration!

(image: selvedge magazine, issue #29)

Posted in diy on July 07, 2009

Happy Long Weekend!

In the states it’s time for the annual Independence Day (The Fourth of July) festivities and being such a patriotic country it’s quite a massive event here and nearly everyone takes off on Friday to prepare for the big day.

Happy Weekend!

This is my last month living in America so I’m going to take in every last moment I can to spend with friends and family before I go so I have lots happening between now and Monday. Enjoy your weekend, holiday or not, and I’ll be back on Monday, July 6th!



(images: a fun DIY that Kathleen sent to me yesterday to post here, you can use this for the 4th or use the template to make these cute things for a basic summer party).

Posted in diy on July 02, 2009


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