Super Cute and Ridiculously Easy Striped Table Refashion…

Realizing I never posted about this table…

 

 

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This table… (Also given to me by ANOTHER friend) I gave the striped treatment!

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Evidently I have a weakness for free tables! ūüėČ

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Done in my traditional gray and white… What can I say? It’s versatile!

Super cute and ridiculously easy striped  table refashion at  www.DIYinRealLife.com

It couldn’t have been easier…

I painted the base coat white…

Then taped off lines with blue painters tape in completely random widths…

(I love me some stripes!)

Then painted the gray using this method.

EASY and CUTE!

Pins of the Week…

Off to another week of pins… Gotta love me some Pinterest baby! ūüôā

 

Sometimes I wonder about putting these Pins of the Week posts together, but there’s just so many FAN-tas-TIC ideas out there that I just want to show off my favorites!!

 

LOVE!

 

 

 

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Concrete material you can trowel on over your outdated laminate countertops?    I say yes please!!  Great tutorial by Kara Paslay Designs.

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Like the ladder here!! ¬†If I needed bunk beds for multiple kiddos, I’d love built-ins like this by 4 Men 1 Lady!

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Love this staircase so much!!  Absolutely gorgeous!

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Unique! Like the switch of pattern on ceiling with neutral walls.

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Love this knock off by I Heart Naptime!

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I love this bathroom so much!  Lovely!

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Adorable tablecloth tutorial by iCandy.  Cuteness!

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GORGEOUS kitchen! ¬†Love the tile… The cabinets… The open shelving… The bright and happy… ¬†Love!

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FANTASTIC bedroom for guests or if you have multiple kids!  Soooo pretty!

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Daily Odd Compliments crack me up so much. ¬†They’re so wonderfully random!!

Chevron Table Re-do!

So I had one of these tables… ¬†Only it was old. ¬†And the top was super rough.

 

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But it was one of those tables that you see all the time.

A couple coats of paint in a fun gray and white chevron print…

And boom!!!!!

 

 

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Ca-UTE table!!!

 

 

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Love me some chevon!

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How candles are made at Master’s Hand Candle Co…

So in November, you might have noticed I didn’t have a lot of projects to post about… Part of the reason for that was that I was actually gone off and on for a couple weeks. ¬†I was up in Tekamah, NE at my mom’s shop, Master’s Hand Candle Co. & Gift Shop.

What was I doing up there? Why pouring candles, of course! ¬†Since getting married, I don’t spend much time up there anymore… But I do go up every fall to pour.

 

And I got to thinking… Perhaps all of you would enjoy seeing how that all works!

 

We have poured up to 15,000 candles in a year before, so it really is quite the project! ¬†Especially since candle pouring “season” is from October-December. ¬†The reason being before October it’s too hot to add more heat with the melter… ¬†After December it’s craaaaaazy cold where I pour!

 

So long story short, I gotta pour a whole lotta candles in a short amount of time!

 

 

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This is my melter. ¬†Believe it or not… This is the small one. ¬†I use it for small batches or my “re-pour” batches. ¬†Don’t know what re-pour is? ¬†Hang on… I’ll cover that! ūüôā

 

 

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This is the wax after it has fragrance and color in it. ¬† It’s perfectly clear except for the slight color… And OOOOH-WEEEEE it’s s.t.r.o.n.g!

 

 

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Here I am in full swing… When I am really going, I can pour 1000+ candles a day! ¬†Every single one is hand poured by yours truly.

 

 

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These candles are fully cooled.  The black things go on the top and the wicks snap into the middle to keep them taunt while the candles cool and contract.

 

 

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Christmas Cabernet! Yum!

 

 

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After the candles cool, you’ll notice the wax sinks down. ¬†Sometimes it even leaves gaping holes down the middle. ¬†This makes a “re-pour” necessary. (I told you I’d get around to that!! ūüôā )

 

 

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Here are the re-pours where I’m topping off the candles to finish them off and make the perfect candle we know and love.

 

 

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Little known fact: ¬†That’s often why with cheap candles they’ll smell good when you first start burning them then after a while they just don’t smell as strong. ¬†They heavily scent the re-pour but the main candle hardly has any fragrance in it. ¬†Sneaky sneaky! ūüėČ

 

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And taaa-daaa! ¬†Finished candles! These are the 9 best-selling Christmas fragrances. ¬†You should see the whole shelf of 70+ fragrances! ¬†Better yet… Make your way to Tekamah, NE and see for yourself!! ūüôā

Pins of the Week…

So… ¬†Another week of Pins I love… Check it!

 

 

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Yes… I’m behind the curve. ¬†I’ve never done washi tape.

BUT that’s all about to change!

Angela (this friend) and I ordered a bunch together this week.

And so…. Washi tape it is!

Looking forward to simple quick projects like this from Delicious Spaces!

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Oh yes I did.  Not one, but 2 washi tape projects. Mmmmhmmm!

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Betcha didn’t see that coming!

3 washi tape projects. ¬†Wouldn’t these be darling in cupcakes??

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I love.  I want.

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How adorbs is this?? ¬†Can’t wait till Emma is old enough to enjoy things like this by Imperfectly Imaginable!

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Or this “market” by So You Think You’re Crafty!¬† Can you say it with me?? Awwww!

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Nice! ¬†I kinda love maxi dresses and skirts because they’re SOOOOO comfy! ¬†It’s like wearing pajamas in public!

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Cannot. Stop. Laughing.

I mean… I’m all for DIY but… No. Just no.

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DIY Chevron Burlap Ribbon

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Okay… I dig chevron. ¬†I just do. ¬†I’m not ashamed!

 

 

And when I saw this inspiration… ¬†“Burlap? Chevron? Ribbon? Love.”

 

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I happen to love the cotton in this wreath by Orthodox Mom.  Super cute!!!!

I love the chevron ribbon but…

I’m cheap.

And I didn’t want to buy any.

So I thought to myself:

Self… You bought ribbon on a garage sale this summer. ¬†Burlap ribbon from Ballard Designs no less. It was only 1.00 a roll and you got three, you shrewd-efficient-deal-finding girl you!”

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Yes I did.  Full rolls of Ballard Designs ribbon for 1.00 each.

I hadn’t done anything with them yet, so I pulled one out one evening along with a black sharpie marker. ¬†I flipped on the TV, plopped down on the couch and started working away at it.

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Yes it’s time consuming… But it’s a good while-you-watch-a-movie project! ¬†Really doesn’t take much for brains! ūüėČ

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I was anything but exact with the pattern because I wanted it slightly irregular and imperfect.

¬†I basically just outlined 2 M’s then colored it in… Or W’s if your prefer… ūüôā

¬†It would take a lot longer if you wanted them exact though, and had to measure I’m sure. I’d suggest just buying it if that’s the case. ¬†Ha!

I sure love it though! ¬†Can’t wait to find something to use it on now that I have a whole roll of it!

¬†I’ll post when I do! ¬†Whoop whoop!

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Dresser Makeover

I wish I had a before picture of this dresser.

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We pulled the dirty white dresser off the side of the street… Handsome Man fixed the drawers… And I painted the body gray and the drawers white.

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We had it in our living room for over a year… ¬†Then finally the time came… I wanted to do something else with the space. So predictable, right? ūüėČ

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So we listed it on a local Facebook Craigslist-type group… And boom. ¬†Sold it for $60.00!

Pretty good deal!

FREE + Some work = $60.00

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Pins of the Week…

Is it just me or have allllllllllllll the fitness regimens taken over Pinterest???  January is so very predictable!

 

Anyway… I did manage to get oodles of good finds this week despite the fact that I didn’t pin any workout moves! ūüėČ

 

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Saw this. Love this.  Want to do this when I have an actual workshop!

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Like this!! ¬†Create a long corner sofa table to go behind a sectional…

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Love this simple, cozy, idea for winter decorating.  Finger knitting garland by Just a Girl!

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Speaking of finger knitting… ¬†“LOVE” this pillow by Flax and Twine! ¬†Seriously! Something to do with the odds and ends of finger knitted garlands I have up in the closet! ūüôā

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Adore this table by Domestic Perfection.  If only I could have more than one dining room table!  Ha!

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I’m currently smitten with bright happy light kitchens. ¬†Also subway tile is lovely!

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Love this tutorial by Pretty Handy Girl for this Chippy Painting Technique!

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Love the wooden stove hood showcased on Remodelista!  Also, the mixed stools are fun!

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I’m always down with a ‘lil bit of Young House Love… But I adore this room (post grout overhaul). ¬†So light and happy!

And finally… In honor of all the workout stuff that has completely taken over Pinterest after all of Christmas’ overeating…

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Amen sista!

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It’s THAT time of year…

Yes.  The flu. The colds.

 

 

Or in some cases… BOTH.

 

Poor sick lady!

That’s my poor ‘punkin.

Respiratory Flu.

Usually she’s hands-down a daddy’s girl. ¬†Honestly, unless she’s hungry, she prefers him.

 

Poor sick lady!

Unless she’s sick. ¬†Then all she wants is momma.

She’s had it for 5 days now.

So for pretty much 24 hours a day, I’ve held her.

Handsome Man had it too for a couple days.

So now there’s dishes filling the sink…

Kleenexes scattered in piles by the couch and chairs…

The living room where we’ve camped out this week is completely trashed…

And we’ve been eating an awful lot of chinese take-out…

And that bothers me.

But I’m trying to learn how mommy-hood is more important than all that.

And so I’ve been snuggling my ‘punkin…

One-handedly surfing Pinterest…

And catching up on Downton Abbey.

(I mean WHO saw Matthew dying??? ¬†I didn’t. I’m upset.)

And now… She’s tired of sitting with daddy again. ¬†

So I’ll one-handedly surf Pinterest…

(Maybe I should organize them and ¬†clear out the ones I don’t find inspiring anymore?)

And maybe I’ll get caught up on the last season of Doctor Who…

But most importantly, I’ll snuggle her…

‘Cause I’m pretty sure that’s my most important job right now.