December 14, 2011
I know I’ve posted about Renegade craft fair several times before, i.e. here and here, but it’s just so dang fun! I go whenever they’re out here (July and December) and have a new experience with great new vendors every time. Also, I can’t help but take photos of all the awesome things so here we are with a 3rd Renegade post…
*these are my favorite green pants EVER. kyle got them for me for my birthday (yesss my birthday is not until the end of January but we like to give early birthday presents around here…no judging).
December 12, 2011
Happy Monday! This is probably one of my longest posts in history, but with good reason! I wanted to share a few of my favorite items on Etsy that would be the perfect gift this holiday season. And I did them all separate so you can click on the photo and it sends you straight to their Etsy. Easy peasy! I think it’s super important to support small businesses and what better way to do so than during the holidays? Here are some of my favorites:
These bags are made by my friend Christy – aren’t they so cute? They’re the perfect size to throw in a purse. I would toss in a few lip balms and a hand lotion and give it to one of my best friends for Christmas. See the full Etsy here.
It’s hard to pick a favorite piece from A Merry Mishap because they’re all so unique and fun, but I think I would give this ring as a gift because I’ve never seen anything like it. So neat! See the full Etsy here.
Ann-Marie is one of my best friends and she is so dang talented! I love her newly added digital prints and would gift them to anyone needing a little color and inspiration in their life. See the full Etsy here.
December 5, 2011
Over Thanksgiving weekend, Kyle decided to build us a bookshelf. Totally on a whim! I like when he does things like that. We used this DIY from The Brick House and absolutely loved the results. Exactly the right level of industrial chic we were looking for. Don’t ask why the wall is 2 different paint colors, though. That’s the landlord’s fault. I mean, 2 paint colors on one wall…really??
But back to the unit…we put a few things on the shelves for now but plan to add lots of flea market goods and old books as soon as possible. Can’t wait until it’s all finished!
Now on to the “building” part. I can’t really take credit for any of it, not gonna lie. I took the photos and held a pipe every once in a while, but Kyle (the Tool Man Taylor…har har) did all the manual labor. Full disclosure: this was NOT an easy project. It took about 7 trips to Home Depot and lots of F bombs. We put it together once, had to take it apart, and then put it together again. But now that it’s up and attached to the wall, I couldn’t be happier with the results!
The full size of the bookshelf is 40″ wide by 92″ tall by 12″ deep. In total, it cost us about $250 and 12 hours of labor (over the course of a week).
Here are the parts we use:
Pipe (1/2″ gas pipe)
4 - 18″
10 – 8″
2 – 10″
8 – 12″
4 base flanges
12 90º elbows
5 – 40″ x 12″ x 1″ pine (custom cut at Home Depot)
1 Minwax wood conditioner (to prep before the stain)
1 Minwax wood stain in “dark walnut”
Rustolem gloss spray paint (for the pipes)
1 – black
8 – #12 2.5″ wood screws (to screw into the wall)
Prep All Spray (to clean the pipes before spray painting)
Extra fine sand paper, 220 (to sand the wood before staining)
7/8″ Hole Saw (to drill the holes into the wood)
Lots of brute strength (seriously, you need some muscle)
Important things to note:
+ Clean pipes thoroughly with soap and water and THEN with Prep All spray to get rid of the oil
+ Because studs are most commonly 16″ apart, make sure the holes you drill in the wood are either 16″ apart or 32″ apart (or 48″ apart, so on and so forth in multiples of 16 – ours are 32″ apart)
+ Again regarding studs, it’s super important to drill the unit’s top base flanges into studs for maximum support (which is why we made the wood holes 32″ apart)
If you would like a more complete set of directions, just email me and I would be happy to share!
December 2, 2011
- I want to wrap all my presents in Anthropologie gift wrap – it’s so gorgeous!
- Debating whether or not to have/make a wreath this year, but this sweet DIY holiday wreath is definitely persuading me to create one.
- These refined rustic touches from Creature Comforts are right up my alley.
- This holiday inspiration from Odessa May Society is exactly what I needed to dive into the holiday season.
- Not gonna lie, this first birthday party makes me want to get on the baby train. Sooo ridiculously cute.
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend – oh and Happy December! WHAT? I can’t believe it’s almost 2012. This year has flown byyyyyyy.
November 18, 2011
This week has been a sparse blogging week for me. If I have a really crazy Monday (and boy did I have a real cray cray Monday!), then I’m totally screwed for the rest of the week. But that’s okay because you were probs tired of all that regular posting. And that regular pinning/tweeting. And all that Janelle time. I feel ya, you needed a break! But hey, I’m back now and here are a few things I found this week that I’d like to do/make/replicate/own:
- 100% making this chicken pot pie with root vegetables.
- Oh and also these cornflake, marshmallow, chocolate chip cookies. …can you tell I’m hungry right now?
- The new Maje collection is so major, I can’t even take it.
- Obsessed with bright rugs right now like this one.
- I want to wrap holiday presents like this. Now I just need to find the actual presents.
PS – guess what next week is?? My FAVORITE holiday!!