Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pinterest Wednesday

Happy Pinterest Wednesday!

So...I'm getting the itch to DIY. I want to paint/sand/bead something! I'm thinking of a wreath, since Fall's officially started and it's time to retire the one I made for summer...and I fell in love with this one (for the back door):

Then of course I go on Pinterest, and I see even more super awesome ideas (why didn't I think of that?!) that got my creative juices flowing...

How gorgeous is this tufted headboard? I could die I love it so much! It's such a gorgeous shade of blue, too....swoon.


These Pottery Barn Labrador bookends...

...can be made with wood blocks, 2 plastic dog toys, glue and spray paint. Ah-mazing.

How about these pretty gold tube bracelets? It even comes with the tutorial:


Easy to make snow globes (Carl's Aunt made me one of these Anthropology inspired globes las Christmas):


I'm loving this re-fabbed dresser!


How adorable is this Halloween wreath? This will be a project this weekend!


Errr....maybe this one instead: 

Such an great, pretty way of displaying flowers in the fall:


This DIY-er is right, few things smell better than coconut and roses:

Looks like I've got myself a couple of projects this weekend, and I couldn't be any happier!! :)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Pull Up a Seat: Bar Stools for Every Style

They are tall, slim, elegant and sometimes more sexy than practical; I'm talking about bar stools, of course! Fit for every style from sleek contemporary to blunt industrial to classic country, they will help you cleverly save space in and add visual height to a room. All you have to do is choose the right one for you. Here's a helpful list to get you started.

Kasto Stool. Katso in Greek means "to sit." I love its carved, wooden, saddle-like seat.

Rustic Bar Stool. Simple and elegant.

OFFI - Jim Barstool. Is it just me or does this bar stool remind you of a bottle?

Industrial Tractor Seat. This is for you industrial chic lovers!

Danish Modern. I love the industrial form and especially love the turquoise color.

Cola Red Manhattan. This one is for the retro lover!

Constance Bar Stool. You can't get morte classy than the black 'x'. 

Noho Beige Linen Nailhead Trim Bar Stool

Emeco Stool. Sleek and contemporary.

Lasenza Aluminum Cafe Swivel Bar Stool. This bold '50s bar stool can transform any dull, lifeless kitchen into a color-pop paradise!

Troy Bar Stool. Modern elegance.

Conde House - Darby Bar Stool. This is a classic bar stool with a modern twist. The trained eye can see way beyond its ordinary lines!

What's your favorite?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

The Jointer & The Cabinet Maker

Rob Campbell can’t stop talking about the feel of wood. “It is almost impossible not to touch a polished wooden surface once seen,” says Campbell. “Try walking past a wooden kayak or perfectly balanced rocking chair without at least wanting to feel it — it is impossible for me!” Campbell, an IT consultant and dedicated dad, spends his extra time trying to master hand-tool woodworking. ”It is nothing short of amazing to transform a chunk of recently-living tree into a piece of furniture using just some steel edges and wedges,” he says. “I feel deep peace and joy when working with hand tools. And the smell is great.”

Campbell’s interest in the craft was piqued when he discovered The Joiner and the Cabinetmaker, an illustrated book written in 1839 that details the experience of Thomas, a fictional cabinetmaker’s apprentice. Campbell had fiddled around with hand tools in the past, but reading Thomas’ story changed his life. Campbell decided to follow in the footsteps of Thomas, building the three projects featured in the book: a packing box, a chest of drawers and a school box (see image above). With Thomas’s 19th century limitations in mind, Campbell decided to use local wood whenever possible, no electricity (save for a few lights if he worked late), and a bench grinder to adjust his tools.

Campbell devised his own creative approach to learning woodworking since the apprenticeship he craved was just not available. ”Where Thomas and his parents could walk down to the local cabinetmaker’s shop, that was not possible for me. I thought for a while about how to bootstrap a virtual apprenticeship, and my Kickstarter campaign was born.”

Rob Campbell’s replication of Thomas’s packing box

Campbell successfully raised nearly $7,000 for his endeavors, promising to give some of his wood pieces to supporters who gave the highest pledges. “The biggest challenge was living up to the expectations of my supporters,” says Campbell. “I’ve had a great reception but it is honestly a little harrowing to ask for funding and then hope that the result is pleasing to the supporters.” The Kickstarter campaign was a learning experience, and kept Campbell from taking out a line of credit. He has few regrets. “The only thing I would’ve done differently? I would’ve been more accurate in estimating shipping costs for my rewards,” he adds.

Now, a year since his Kickstarter campaign, Campbell has developed an even stronger understanding of woodworking by following Thomas’s project. “I almost think traditional woodworkers need the same type of concern and support as endangered animal species,” says Campbell. “Wood is a precious resource and needs to be put into the hands of those skilled in the craft of building enduring items. My perhaps radical take is that our society has developed a deeply unhealthy attraction towards cheap disposable furniture.” While he’s not totally comfortable assuming the reasons people chose to back his Kickstarter campaign, Campbell hopes that it was a sign that people want to move away from the mass-produced, and maybe even live vicariously through a craftsman. “I have received many messages thanking me for doing this, so that they may follow along, when it is my sponsors who really deserve the thanks. I suspect most of us have a deep sense of longing for parts of our heritage that are disappearing, and the need to protect this knowledge is intuitive.”

Rob Campbell

Campbell has now made woodworking a pillar in his life, and will soon spend three months doing full-time study at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, where hand tools and traditional methods are emphasized. “A goal of mine is to become involved in spreading this information, through a combination of writing and teaching. I have already received orders for commissions once my Kickstarter obligations are fulfilled, and I have had to even turn some down!”

For those who share his aspirations, Campbell advises starting with the basics, like whittling sticks with a pocketknife to learn about the way wood behaves. “Cuts will be much cleaner in one direction than the other — try to understand why.” If nothing else, strike up a conversation with a woodworker to demystify the craft and become more comfortable with the tools and effort involved. “Woodworking is not easy, but talking to woodworkers is,” remarks Campbell. “I get the sense most of them are dying to help someone else get started or at least to talk about it. Our friends and spouses have heard enough!”

Follow Rob Campbell’s journeys in woodworking on his blog, The Joiner’s Apprentice.
All photos found on Rob Campbell Flicker.

Saturday Afternoon Randomness :)

I have never been good at keeping a consistent to do list - at least not down on paper or in some digital form. Sure I put appointments + reminders + notes in my iPhone Calendar, but other than that I write these hysterical lists on scraps of paper (Find headphones!!!! Call the freaking eye doctor!!!! Go to Home Depot for xxxx!!!!!) which I then lose (god only knows where) and become more hysterical. I need me some Martha Stewart organizational skills considering how much I have going on right now. And no matter how many fancy-schmancy technology tools there are, I’ve always needed to write it physically down or else I feel like it doesn’t become imprinted in my brain. Seriously, I live off post-its.

Enter the friggin’ adorable May Books! Pick your cover, your monogram or title and the type of pages inside: graph/lines/calendar/diary, and there you have it. They aren’t pricey - $26 with shipping. Mine brand spankin new planner came in this afternoon, isn't it the cutest?!

Later, we made a trip to Petco to get Hunter a couple things. Of course, it's also football Saturday and our team (the Michigan Wolverines, of course!) are playing, so how could I resist this adorable jersey?! Now Hunter is officially ready for the game, lookin handsome as ever! GO BLUE!!

I'm ready for the game, Mom!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Artisan Spotlight: Emily McDowell

I couldn't decide which of Emily McDowell's illustrations to feature because I love them all.  Everything Emily draws is beautiful and I love the messages. See more of Emily McDowell's art on her website or purchase prints at her Etsy shop.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Pinterest Wednesdays!

Happy Pinterest Wednesday! And the Pinspiration of the week is....

Hello, gorgeous. I don't think I would ever leave the bathtub. ;)

I have got to get this for Hunter! He's a smoocher, that's for sure :)


Pattern love <3

 This is such a gorgeous, bright, happy print.

Little Paper Planes
 No show knee high sock...brilliant!
Key Socks
Letters covered with scrapbook paper. What a cool way to dress up a wall....brainstorming....

Jenni Bowlin

How adorable is this?! How sharp!

Wedding Chicks
 Super smart way to hide those pesky cords!

Hi Sugarplum
 I love the idea of painted shelf backs! I'll definitely have to try this sometime....
Painted Room
 Dark grey and white cabinets...sigh...need I say more?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

West Elm Love

I've been in the market for a new duvet...and I've fallen in love with one on West Elm - and no worries, cuz it's man approved ;)

So of course, I start browsing for a project I'm working on....and for me....and came across  some items that I absolutely must have - like that gorgeous printed pillow - and one thing lead to another, so I decided to create a room around it. Gah, I love it.

All items are from West Elm

Monday, September 17, 2012

What Caught My Eye This Past Weekend...

1. LOVE this book cover 
2. Knitted yoga ballOhmygod I want. 
3. For a pop of color, why not the kitchen sink? Jonathan Adler for Kohler
4. The Paint Pen. Why have I never used this before?!
5. Chop X. Talk about a sexy cutting board.
6. Baby Penguin. My favorite animal, hand sculpted and hand painted...swoon.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Pinterest Wednesday

Happy Pinterest Wednesdays! Here's some of the pins I fell in love with today:

What a gorgeous nursery for a little girl! I love the wallpaper on the ceiling (instead of the walls) - talk about a dramatic statement!
Source: Houzz
 Elegant. Simple. Stunning. Modern. I could go on and on. I would slave away over that stove, any day.
Source: Houzz
 How smart! I plan on trying this tonight.

 Can I have a dozen of these please? Introducing baked Pumpkin Spice Doughnuts...SO yummy!
Source: Blue Eyed Bakers
 Crochet boot cuffs in cream. Adorable, I want.
Source: LumiStyle
This is one of those "why didn't I think of this before?!" Needless to say, this is a project I will be tackling this weekend!
Source: It's an organized chaos
The whole nail art craze lately is insaneee! A lot of it is way too much for me, but I fell i love with this simple, navy+gold combo.
Source: Lucky
 I'm always mixing up my keys! ANd it's not hard to do, considering they are ALL silver. I like this idea because I can personalize the colors.
Source: BuzzFeed

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