some favs

Thursday, September 18, 2014

I have some new favorites that I'm loving lately and wanted to share them with you.

one // two // three

ONE// I've been using the Caldrea hand soap that Target sells for a couple of years now, but I have just recently tried their countertop cleaner.  Holy.  Cow.  I bought mine in the Green Tea Verbena scent and I want to spray myself down with the stuff it's that good.  The best part though is how well it cleans my counters - zero film or streaks.  Clean counters and the house smells amazing.

TWO//  I just picked up this sleeveless blouse from J.Crew Factory yesterday.  I'm not normally a sleeveless kind of girl but it's a winner.  The shoulders have a pretty little pleat at the front, it drapes beautifully, and it's long enough to cover the wagon I'm draggin.  Done!

THREE// A friend of mine from college sent me the Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes to try.  I'll admit I was skeptical.  I'm blessed to have long lashes and I like the mascara I'm currently using.  But.... this turned out to be pretty darn fabulous stuff.  Here's my before and after - Fiber Lashes on your left and regular mascara on your right (excuse the towel head):

You apply it after your normal mascara, and these teensy tiny fibers (made from green tea leaves) lie on top of your lashes to thicken and lengthen their appearance.  It looks like you're wearing a really nice pair of fake eyelashes without having to mess with the glue, them coming part way off, or having them poke you in the eye every time you blink.  Now I don't see myself wearing them to the grocery store, but dinner out or any time I need to up my game this will be my go to.  Check out Amy's site here for more info.


I'm leaving you guys with this little sneak peek of the pillows I made for the back patio.  I'll share more with you guys next week!

patio curtains + DIY rope tieback

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Curtains are made and are up on the back patio!!!!

Me likey,  Me likey a alot.  Especially with my DIY rope tiebacks I'll tell you about in a bit.

I decided to make my own due to the extra long length I needed.  Oh, and because pre-made outdoor curtains are EXPENSIVE!!!  I purchased this outdoor fabric and used these plastic grommets.  

TIP // Slide chain inside the bottom hem of the curtains to help weigh them down so they don't flap all over the place and drive you crazy every time the wind blows.

For the outdoor curtain rods I used 1/2" electrical conduit and spray painted it.  I used regular interior curtain rod hooks, but used exterior wood screws to attach them to the header.

While I really, REALLY love the look of using pipe and flanges for outdoor curtain rods, I wanted to be able to take the curtains down easily for cleaning/storms/winter and didn't want to have to unscrew the flanges from the header every time.

Ok, on to those fabulous rope tiebacks!

Here's what you'll need:

1/2" metal coupling // electrical tape // twine // 3/4" manila rope (appox. 2' per tieback)

STEP ONE: Cut three strands of twine about 6 inches long and tape to one end of the rope using electrical tape.

STEP TWO: Braid the strands of twine.  Then loop over and tape the ends down with electrical tape.

STEP THREE: Push the metal coupling over the end of the rope.  A couple of mine slide on easily and a couple threw up a major fight going on. 

Do the same thing for the other end and you're done!

For attaching mine to the brick, I drilled into the mortar with a brick drill bit and screwed in a simple hook.

Almost at the finish line!  I've still got to add in pillows and accessories and then we are done-zo.

Here's a little progress recap:

DIY rope mirror | tutorial

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thank you guys for your comments on the patio progress last week!  I wanted to share with you all how I made the rope mirror over the fireplace.  I absolute love how much money I saved on this thing.  I think I spent only about $40.  Not shabby considering RH sells them for $649!!!

What you'll need:

Ikea Grundtal mirror // spray paint // rope // dummy door knob

The first thing I did was cover the glass with paper and tape and spray paint the mirror's frame.

Once it was dry, I knotted either end of my rope (mine was 7' long) and laid it along the sides of the mirror (back side up).

I then tied the rope to the cross piece with string to hold in place.  I'm sure any type of heavy duty string or small wire would work for this.  This will not hold the weight of the mirror, it's just to keep the rope attached to the mirror.  I had some jute string on hand so I used that.

The piece that looks like it's holding the mirror up is actually a dummy door knob I had on hand.  I have no clue why we had one of these, but I was so excited to find it in the garage.  It's perfect for this project!

When you hang your mirror, you want to make sure that the weight of the mirror is being supported by the hook on the back of the mirror and not the rope.  Here's the set up I used for hanging mine.  Since I was hanging it from a brick wall I used a mortar drill bit and screws.

I was originally planning on gluing the door knob to the screw, but by some force of magic it ended up sliding onto the screw and staying in place.  I don't know how it worked but I rolled with it!

Yesterday the black and white striped fabric came in for the outdoor drapes!  Eeeeeee!!!!  I'M SO EXCITED TO GET THESE MADE.  I've wanted striped drapes outside for as long as I can remember.  Even when we didn't have outdoor spaces.

I just hope it's not one of those things like when you buy your kids a toy that was something you always wanted as a kid but never got.  The kid is all, "Um ok.  I don't see what the big deal is." and your all, "Why don't you love this???  How can you not love this?!?!  This was like the most amazing thing ever way back when!!!"  And then you realize you're way out of touch on what's cool and hip these days.

I'm sticking with black and white is always classic and a classic never dies.  Yep.  Stickin with that.


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