How To

DIY pendant light (step by step photos)

It starts like this…




Drill (forever without a diamond tip — only 5 minutes with!) | Run the cord through new hole.

DIY Pendant Light How To

Wire the socket.

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Test said socket.  (Yeah — it worked!)


Pull electrical cord to the top and start to wrap with favorite colored twine/thread/etc. (I just glued the end)

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Hang and admire.

DIY Pendant Light How To

a bright idea — DIY pendant light


A few weeks ago at a quick pop into High Fashion Home, I spotted a pendant light that I thought I could hack.  A few craft stores later, we have a light. Ok, so it wasn’t that easy, but it wasn’t as difficult as we I thought it might be.  We the hubs just needed to have a lot of patience using a drill bit for glass and tile that was NOT a diamond tip.  (Have I ever mentioned just how cheap we can be?!)  But instead of taking 5 minutes to drill through the glass it took just over an hour.  No kidding.  (So maybe it would have worth my his time to pay the $25 difference?!)

Regardless, it’s done and it was relatively cheap.  The glass jar was $10 (with a Michaels coupon), the light socket was $4, the (extra thick) cord was $8, and I already had the hot pink construction cord.  We also spent $6 on the now-questionable drill bit.  So for around $30 we made ourselves a pretty niffty knock-off.

Tomorrow I’ll post the photo step-by-step.

concrete planter DIY

This had to be one of the easiest DIY’s we’ve done in a long time.  We actually made it over two weekends though, instead of just one.  We mixed and poured two weekends ago, and then finally pulled it apart this past weekend.

Step 1. Mix the concrete.  We used one of these Quikrete products (the hubs would have to specify  which one– who knew they had so many?!)

Step 2. Pour wet mixture into a form.  For this we used a milk carton and a smaller whipping creme carton.  We used tape to help hold the shape.

Step 3. Once it dries (times will vary depending on the mixture) pull it apart.

Step 4 (and 4 1/2).  Admire your work.  I honestly had no idea it wasn’t going to have a level top.  I thought we did enough banging and shaking to have everything level off.  But oh well.

Step 5. Give those rough edges a quick rub with some sandpaper.

Step 6. Fill with your desired contents.  This little gem was going to be home for a succulent the hubs brought home some weeks ago.

This was so easy to make I can see giving these out as gifts, especially a housewarming gift.  (Here is another succulent container I made for my sis.)

baby’s first birthday gift

A friend’s baby celebrated her first birthday and since I can’t not make something, I thought I would opt for something other than a toy or clothes.  I’ve been a bit infatuated with silhouettes lately, so I thought I would do one of the baby.  I started with this photo

and then with a little photoshop magic I had her profile.  I then used some transfer paper and traced her printed profile onto my fabric.  I also decided to use thread to “draw” my initial outline of her head over the chalk.  I knew I ultimately wanted to fill it in, but I needed a better guideline than my chalky outline.

Once I did that it was just a matter of stitching from left to right.  I was pleased with the end result.  (So was the momma!)

There is a great tutorial over here.

making stuff: fabric journals

I’ve been a busy little bee lately buzzing around my “craft room”.  I’ve got several projects going at once, but I have managed to whip out a few little gifts.  I have a thing for journals (clearly!) and I like them pocket/purse size to be able to jot down thoughts, words, grocery items.  I also have a thing for fabric and I don’t seem to ever toss my scraps because, you know, I just *might* use them.  Looking at my stack of fabric scraps and coveting new pocket size journals at my local bookstore, the idea hit me.   These two things go together like Peanut Butter & Jelly.  I also decided to make a tutorial because everyone should have their very own little pocket book.  There are so many possibilities with these little guys. Paper, fabric, embellishments, embroidery… endless possibilities.

fabric  journals

See the (picture heavy) how-to after the jump…


Weekend (Or Weekday) Project

With my new found free-time, I have been busy crafting away.  I’m always looking for cheap-chic items for my home and candlesticks are my new obsession.  Although I have had my heart set on these beauties, my pocket-book has said otherwise.  So a trip to the local antique store and a can of spray paint later, I’ve got new candlesticks.

I found these at the local antique mall for $3.50.  I liked the shape and size and mostly, the price.

brass candlesticks

I needed to scuff them up a bit so I used just a general purpose sandpaper, 220 grit did the trick.

candlesticks with sandpaper

I was sure to get in all the nooks and crannies…

scuffing the candlestick

I decided to use a gray primer for two reasons: 1. It’s what I had and 2. I knew it would offer a better base since I was going to paint them such a dark color.

primer and paint

Short quick bursts while moving the can made for an even application.  I did find that I needed to turn the candlesticks  upside down to get the undersides covered well.

primed candlestick

Once the primer dried thoroughly, I added the black.  I chose a satin finish, but I think flat could have been cool.  I started with the candlesticks upside down to cover it all without spraying everything as well as to not have any bare spots.

painted candlesticks

Voila!  An hour or so later, you have new candlesticks.  Who needs Restoration Hardware after all?!

finished candlesticks