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Wintery Snowflake Mobile {diy}

December 16, 2007

Snowflakes and oranges and pom-poms on branches… Oh wait. Not again, wrong lyrics! But can this idea be any sweeter? We owe Leah thanks for this one, the Bay area blogger behind More Ways to Waste Time sent in a little DIY tip because she noticed recently that I’m a big fan of using vintage doilies in new and exciting ways.

Wintery Snowflake Mobile {diy}
Of course I couldn’t resist posting it because this is such an easy way to pretty up your space for the winter season, something you can keep hanging around well into the new year. These photos were snapped recently at the Atomic Garden, a “green boutique” in the Rockridge neighborhood in Oakland, California (Atomic Garden store tour here). This is what you’d see if you walked by their pretty window. Drool. This display would certainly lure me in.

Wintery Snowflake Mobile {diy}
Thanks to Jamie and Erin over at Atomic Garden, because they were generous enough to send Leah complete instructions in case you’d like to try this at home. Click here for the complete recipe. :) Just don’t eat it, although it’s pretty enough to be tempted!

…These are a few of my favorite things!

(images from more ways to waste time)

DIY, Objects

Flowie {fabric + such}

December 13, 2007

I saw this fabric over at Flowie and had to blog it since so many emails arrive asking me for leads on quality fabric that is modern, inexpensive, and not “for the trade only”. Flowie is a collection of products ranging from napkins to bags (love the patterns, don’t you?), but there’s also a section on the site where a small collection of hand screen printed fabrics is offered that you can purchased for $29 USD per yard. Yippie!

Flowie {fabric + such}
Thank you so much Sarah for sending me this link, reader Sarah found this on d*s today and sent me over to check it out. Flowie appears to be a brand new shop, so support small biz and view her wares here.

Flowie {fabric + such}
TIP: I’d love to use Gerrie (yellow) in a simple way, cut into a square or rectangle, hem 3 sides, sew a rod pocket on the top, and slip it onto a lovely slim tree branch collected from outside and mount on the wall over your bed. I think it would look great for under $30, adding both pattern and something from the natural world to your sleeping space. I’m a bit of a nature freak, but if you’re not into tree branches, you can use wire or simple pins for a more relaxed look.

Thanks Sarah for the tip, and best wishes on your new shop Yaling!

(images from flowie)

Arts + Crafts, DIY

Little Tree {DIY}

December 13, 2007

Feelin’ crafty? I just discovered a free pattern download that Stephanie Barnes of Little Birds and 3191 fame so graciously put on her blog like forever ago. After finding it on Monday, I grabbed a few pieces of fabric and after a few snips here and some stitching there, this my friends is my 1st little soft tree.

Little Tree {DIY}
She’s a little imperfect, but still very cute. This is the easiest thing you’ll ever sew, so please give it a try. I made this while watching Project Runway last night (which by the way, this is such a great season, I totally see Christian, Rami, and Jillian in the final three).

Little Tree {DIY}
But back to the tree, after looking at it for awhile, I decided to give this softie a little personality with some black thread. So now the tree is a she and I’ve named her Clara. Download your pattern here, and when you finish your little baum, please post it in Stephaine’s flickr group called soft trees so we can all ooo and aaaah over it.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

DIY

Cozy Candle Jars {DIY}

December 7, 2007

Here’s a little something to keep your candles cozy this weekend, to bring a bit of inexpensive warmth and glow to your home that looks slightly more original than the standard candle holders found in most stores.

Cozy Candle Jars {DIY}
I came up with this idea while looking at gift wrap in Target the other day. In the section where they have all of their new wrapping papers and bags, I found these knit wine holders for under $3 and had to have them. But not for giving away or even using for the intended purpose. The second I saw them I wanted to chop them in two and use them on my old jars – the ones I find at flea markets for $1 that no one wants. Then at Crate and Barrel, I came across this delicate silver leaf, I think it was $7. You can also use something to accent your jar from the outdoors, like acorns, or a tiny handmade doll or felt animal. I thought that together, these little items would make an elegant and simple display near the window overlooking the red barn that sits next door.

Cozy Candle Jars {DIY}Materials used: knit wine bag and a silver leaf to embellish a simple vintage jar.

The fun part about this little project is that it’s extremely easy and can be accomplished in less than 5 minutes once you have your little items laid out. You can use candle sticks or tea lights in your jar, it’s up to you. I was inspired by my trip to Stockholm in October and I wanted to recreate a little bit of that warmth and hygge feeling here in New Hampshire today, so this is what I came up with. (Thank you Emma for featuring one of these photos as your Flickr Friday collection today.)

Cozy Candle Jars {DIY}
Have a wonderful weekend, I’m wrapping up now as I have a Boston Globe party to attend tonight (celebrating the launch of Lola magazine) along with date night with my husband – dinner somewhere in the South End. See you Monday!

P.S. Popular LA-based artist Michelle Caplan is giving decor8 readers a 10% discount on commission pieces, the deadline for ordering these special one-of-a-kind works of art is December 11th, so place your order ASAP if you’re interested.

(images from holly becker for decor8)

DIY, Inspiration, Objects

The Emperor’s New Lamp {diy}

October 31, 2007

This is fantastic, I’m thrilled that decor8 reader Linnea in Sweden shared this with us! Recall The Emperor’s New Lamp that I blogged about earlier? Linnea loved the design so much that she recently took a little DIY action to an old lampshade to recreate the light Linnea-style. This is such a cool idea.

The Emperor's New Lamp {diy}
She’s since painted the frame black (vs. pink) but you get the idea. Just strip the shade off of an old lampshade that has a groovy shape and viola! you have a very sweet new light source. Here are a few additional shots of Linnea’s space, it’s so pretty and designed on a budget.

The Emperor's New Lamp {diy} “String shelf with some eye candy. Middle row: promo photo from Phocus, mug from Siv Andr?ason Malm?, small artwork by Angie Lewin and vintage cup from Gefle. Bottom row: Stig Lindberg ceramic bowl and a retro radio from Rusta.”

The Emperor's New Lamp {diy} “The small “library” part of the bedroom. All second hand. Lamp 50 SEK. Armchair 650 SEK. Green mat 25 SEK. Bookcase 145 SEK. The wallpaper is from swedish Decor Maison. I love this corner.”

(images and text in quotes from hemma hos linnea)

Arts + Crafts, DIY

Stop! Banner Time

October 18, 2007

Maybe it’s the season or just a German thing, but I’ve been spotting a lot of garlands over here lately and I don’t know about you, but I love me some garland. Banners aren’t all about popcorn and pinecones!

Stop! Banner Time
There’s something exciting about a hand-crafted string of pretty things displayed somewhere in the home, it creates a festive mood. Whether displayed across a mantle, over a window, around a tabletop, they bring personality in, especially if you like to decorate according to a season or reason, or for a kid’s party or a theme party (hey, theme parties in all their tacky displays can be fun!). Here’s a few that I found on etsy and elsewhere, and remember, with some string and a little imagination, you can string up a pretty fantastic piece yourself – so you can either buy or DIY.

Stop! Banner Time These were crafted by French etsy seller So*Sage (oh those French!).
Stop! Banner TimeA white felted banner from Chet and Dot is spooky but sweet.
Stop! Banner TimeA colorful fabric banner made from vintage linens by Jump Up And Down.
Stop! Banner Time Nice has some crazy cute banners with pom-poms and such.
Stop! Banner Time This girly floral banner from The Drawing Room is sweet too.
Stop! Banner Time Stop! Banner Time A simple search on the Martha Stewart craft website yields
many results sending you into garland heaven.
Stop! Banner Time Small Stump has a few great ones, too. Faux bois fabulousness!

Psst: Fond of maps? Learn how to create a garland using them via Hallmark magazine right here.

Looking for inspiration? Visit the Paper Crafts group on Flickr. Garlands also fit in great in Jeu de Paume inspired homes, too. :)

(top image from living etc.)

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