Gold Boots Glitter

Okay y’all. This post has nothing to do with my apartment, but this project still qualifies as DIY so bear with me.

In 6 days, one of my favorite bands, The Wheeler Brothers, will be performing at the Hamilton. Naturally when I found out this devilishly handsome and talented group from ATX was headed to my neck of the woods I had a minor freak out. Tickets were immediately purchased, and I quickly realized I had quite the fun DIY project ahead of me.

On April 2nd, The Wheeler Brothers will be releasing their new album, Gold Boots Glitter. To market their new album, the band has been littering Austin, TX with pairs of gold boots (genius I say). So I knew that there was only one way that this boot-loving girl could watch the Wheeler Bros live… why in gold boots of course! So I found me an old pair of Dan Posts online, made a trip to my Ace Hardware Store (they know me well now), and got to work. The hardest part? Finding a place to spray paint when you live in a small apartment behind a cafe. I managed to find a space by the trash cans, but it was certainly not without my fair share of confused and skeptical stares. I took all of these photos with my iPhone so apologies for low quality.

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Final product. What do y’all think?

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They even have glitter glue stitching 🙂

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The best part is I got to add yet another pair of boots to the collection. I think they fit in nicely.

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Needless to say… I can’t WAIT for Saturday! Wahoooo! In the meantime, I’ll spread some Wheeler Brotherly love with you to hold us over for the next 6 days. Enjoy!

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A December Groundhog Day

About 2 years ago I bought an advent calendar on sale. And while I love a good bargain, this special price came with a caveat: there were 2 December 3rds.

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So finally, two years later I decided to fix it. I figured that if I finished out the star, it would cover most of the 3 and I could hopefully turn it into a 2. I used some paint left over from my bathroom reno. And while it wasn’t a perfect match, it did the job.

DSC_0157Then I took a silver sharpie (P.S. people, that thing wasn’t cheap) and continued the top of the 3 and turned it into a 2. I’m actually quite proud of that 2. It’s completely free handed. Clearly I’ve got mad number writing skills.

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I think it worked out splendidly, and I’m so enjoying the Hershey kisses inside. And as any of you who know me know, I desperately want to move to ATX in the near future, so it’s nice to have a small reminder every day of what hopefully lies ahead. Until then, I’ll just keep enjoying my chocolate.

Happy Holidays Y’all!

In Headboard Heaven

Yesterday I arrived back to Virginia bright and early after a lovely Thanksgiving weekend in my mom’s new home in Carmel, IN. While I’m loving the Hoosier spirit, I could totally do without the face-chapping, bone-chilling, where-my-hot-hands-at temperatures. But despite the weather the fam and I enjoyed a delicious meal and let’s be real… lots of sangria.

Check out our spread.

I made it home around 9:30 am to find my supplies for my headboard had arrived! While I had planned to go back to sleep immediately, I caught the DIY bug and next thing I knew my staple gun was in my hand. Here’s a quick rundown of how it went.

I started with an old upholstered wooden frame that used to hang above my bed in my DC apartment, 1/2 inch thick batting, and natural burlap.

Next I rolled out the burlap on the floor, followed by the batting, and finally laid the wooden frame on top so it looked like this.

Since the batting was so thick and I had doubled it up, I decided to secure it with a few staples first. Then I just pulled the burlap taut and stapled it to the wooden frame. After I was done upholstering, I hammered in a few nails and hung it behind my bed. I haven’t received my pretty new duvet yet (it’s scheduled to arrive today!) so please forgive the lame white blanket :/

I think once my duvet arrives and I have a few throw pillows it’ll really come together. The good news? It hasn’t fallen yet. That’s worth at least one point.

After it was finished, I gave my newly headboarded bed a good 5 hour spin. No shame.

Now for a new duvet and Christmas decorations! Let the season begin!

Pinspiration

I love Pinterest. I’ve been a member since June 2011 and am equally obsessed now as I was then. So as soon as I got word that my little happy home in Old Town was in fact mine, I started pinning.

Recently, a number of blogs have popped up like Pintrosity and Pintester that test and often fail at the craft, recipe, etc they find on Pinterest. It’s a clever idea and fairly amusing, but what frustrates me the most about these sites is that the blogger will make a comment like, “I didn’t have any baking soda so I just used laundry detergent instead.” Then they gawk over the fact that their project was a total disaster. Granted this is an exaggeration, but the reality is there are a lot of creative and doable ideas on Pinterest. Anyone that’s heard of Katie and Sherry’s Pinterest Challenge knows that’s the case. In fact, one of my favorite Pinterest victories was my 4th of July flag cake.

For. The. Win.

As soon as I moved, there were two projects I knew I wanted to tackle sooner rather than later, but both depended on me painting my bathroom. Now that that’s done, I was finally able to check them off the list.

The first I mentioned when I hung up my rake head wine glass holder. I had also wanted to use a rake head to hang the necklaces I wear all the time. Here was my Pinspiration:

Via Pinterest

And here’s my final product!

I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. It feels so very old, rustic, and girly – just my style 🙂 The second project was also a fun storage solution since I have so very little. Here is my Pinspiration:

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Before I moved out of DC, I bought two apple crates at the Foggy Bottom Farmer’s Market that I’ve been saving for this project. Since they are fairly unwieldy, I cut out its shape on a piece of newspaper and marked where the slits in the crate were for the nails.

With a ruler and leveler, I marked off where the nails would go to insure the crate would be straight. I hammered the nails through the newspaper and then tore down the paper. The first one went up extremely easily. The second was much more stubborn. After a lot of improvisation and a few extra holes in my wall… I finally got that sucker up. And I am in love!! Final product:

Can you hear my heart singing? I am so so obsessed! It’s amazing what two small additions can do to my mood. I am so loving watching this place transform and am so excited to see what else is in store for my humble home.

Loving and embracing the changes around me.

It’s the Little Things

Two quick things that have made me quite content today:

1. I finally hung my curtains!

I have two curtain panels that I made for my old apartment. I had originally hung one panel on each of my two living area windows. Unfortunately they weren’t quite wide enough and left a little to be desired. But tonight, I finally decided to move both panels to one window, and I am so happy with the result.

I’ll probably just end up buying some generic white curtains for the second window, but I love how my handmade ones fill out the big blank wall in my space. They still need some hemming, but they’ll do for now!

2. My first extraneous apartment purchase arrived today!

Last week I bought two antique rake heads to use as decorative storage. I’ll be using one in my kitchen to hold my wine glasses (so Pinterest, I know). And the second will go in my bathroom and hold my necklaces. I threw one up in the kitchen to see how it looks and I’m obsessed. Once those orange walls go, it will be perfect.

I’m so in love with both.

Letting the little things bring me a smile.