Thursday, July 31, 2014

Heart Carved Log Candle

If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that yesterday we celebrated our 12 year wedding anniversary.
My Husband gave me these beautiful roses.
Two dozen roses, for a dozen years.

 He's the best - I'm a lucky girl to have him.
And then because every year I always do something cheesy for him, I decided to carve our initials into a log.  I got the idea from here.

I picked these logs up from my uncles home in Jackson Hole, Wy.  Can you believe they were in his wood to burn pile?  Me neither, that is why I rescued them and brought them home with me.

To engrave my log, I first cut out a heart to make a stencil.  I then traced the heart onto the log.
I free handed the initials and then got started on carving them out.
A wood burning pen would have worked wonders here, but since I don't own one,  I had to do the carving the old fashion way.... I used a pocket knife.

 I guess I should also mentioned that I sanded the log down to get a lighter wood color.
I also traced over my carving with a pencil.  I wanted the engraving to look dark and old, as if it was done ages ago, and the pencil seemed to do the trick.

I then used a large drill bit and drilled out a hole for my tea light candle.
Well it wasn't actually that simple, it also took a flat head screwdriver and a hammer to chisel it out.

I'm not so sure how safe it would be to burn this candle, considering it's made up of wood and all.
So we will use it for decorative purposes only.

I'm happy with the way it turned out.
And Jake thought it was pretty cool too.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Featured in Flow Magazine

I was featured in a magazine, and not just any magazine, but the Cutest magazine I have ever laid eyes on.

And it's not really even a magazine, it's more of a book.

Flow Magazine, from the Netherlands contacted me a few months back and asked if they could feature my driftwood starfish in their Summer edition.
Of course I said yes!

I then some-what forgot about it, I thought maybe it didn't make the cut.
So I'm sure you can imagine my surprise to find a beautifully wrapped package in my mail box.
I immediately flip through it to find my image.
So exciting!!  And just equally exciting to see my blog  listed in the credits.

However, the magazine, being that it is from The Netherlands is all in Dutch.

So I've been using my google translator like crazy trying to read it all.

The above captions reads, "Starfish 
With a dozen equal pieces of driftwood and rope to make a starfish"
 . . or something like that :)

I'm also loving all of the other driftwood projects featured.

So looking through the rest of the book has been SO much fun.  The book is chalk full of sweet little surprises.  It has note cards, pretty paper, craft ideas, posters, journals, home ideas, stories, recipes, games, stickers and even paper dolls, and so so much more.

Here are a few favorites:

This is a journal that reads, "Fresh look Writing notebook"

And in it, each page has a topic to write about.
for example this page reads, " I always do this on vacation and when I am back home, I miss it"

A neat little picture mat:

A few pages are in English. Love these quotes.

I am so delighted to be featured in such a colorful, creative, and thoughtful book.

Thank you, Flow Magazine!

And thank you all for stopping by,


P.S.  HERE is my post on How to make a Driftwood Starfish.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Organizing Newly Painted Bathroom Vanity

So like I've mentioned before, I am currently making over our Master Bathroom.
I just got finished painting the vanities white.

Here is what they looked like before:
(Other vanity not shown)

And can I tell you, now that they are white, the room just feels so much more brighter.  I love it.

I also love that there are dents and knots in the wood,  it gives it a little bit of character.

And then over the weekend we went to World Market - Love that store!
I picked up some Nag Champa incense. I'm an incense girl, I love the natural smell of them.
I also picked up some pretty paper, handmade in India.

I decided I wanted to use the paper as drawer liner.
I also went to the Dollar Tree and picked up some drawer organizers.

To cut the paper to fit my drawers, I first laid the drawer upside down, and then I used a blade to cut the paper to size.

I then stuck duct tape on all four corners to hold it in place.

I only had enough paper to do a few of the drawers.  I may go back for another roll, maybe get another print and mix it up.

The drawers sure look pretty when I open them up.

Well actually. . . lets be realistic here... This is what they really look like now.

I'll be back soon to share more of our bathroom makeover.
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P.S. The Wicker House is now on Instagram

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Our Beachy Master Bedroom Reveal

I am so excited to be done with our master bedroom makeover, and even more excited to get to share it all with you today. 

So here is the room before:

 Tan walls, tan ceiling, dark furniture, and a black slated bed.
But overall a great attic room with slanted ceilings, skylight, and a charming old brick chimney.

And now the After:

First I painted the walls and ceiling white.
And actually it's not white but a really light cream color called, Subway Tile by Valspar.

Then I painted some old shutters and placed them around the window (post here).

The bedding is all new from Ikea.

Well all but the eyelet sheet.

I found the wicker headboard at a yard sale up the street.
I paid 10 dollars for it. Score!  
You all know how much I love Wicker :)

 I then had fun adding some of our favorite beach pictures and seashells around the window.

And taped a few more on the walls.

One side table consist of a couple of old trunks stacked on top of each other.

The other side table is an old piece we got from my mother in law. I kept meaning to paint it, but opted out and decided I liked it wood. . . at least for now.

I have created my own little dressing area in the bedroom.

My clothes hang from an antique department store clothing rack.
I love it!
And I love to give it a spin to decide what to wear.

I have my collection of seashell necklaces hanging on the wall. 
And then I have turned an old stool into a shoe holder.

Here is a picture that shows a little more of the layout of the room. 
(Ignore the light, I hope to get some new ones soon).

In my last post HERE I blogged about the makeover I did on the two dressers in the room.
Because this one is right under the slanted ceiling, I'm not able to put anything on it, but that's okay.

Here is the other side of the room.  My husbands closet is hidden behind that wall.
The master bath is to the left.  I am currently in the process of making that room over. 

This is kinda an awkward space in the room, it leads to a storage closet.
You just have to watch from hitting your head against the ceiling to get to it. 

But it was the perfect spot to put the other dresser.
I have decorated this little space with an old window, a wicker mirrors and a pretty blue frame.

The crackled frame was a yard sale find.  I placed one of my favorite wedding pictures inside of it.

The palm tree candle holder is special, we bought it as a wedding gift in Hawaii.

I plan on painting the stair rails white. Projects, projects, projects... They Never End!

But it sure is nice to have this room almost complete.
I love being up here now. 

Wow that was a lot of pictures!
Thank you so much for stopping by today.


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