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A sad little laugh

I have this shelf in my dining area with a sad, lonely little LAUGH sign.

There just wasn’t enough oopmh! It definitely needed some help, but I had some parameters: 1. it had to add some height, and at least a little color, 2. it needed to be fairly lightweight as that heavy shelf is in sheetrock with some rrreeeaaallllyyy long nails, 3. couldn’t cost more than $10.

Here’s what I came up with thanks to a trip to Michaels and a 20% off your entire purchase coupon. (love those!)

The grass sprigs are wired, but that really fine wire that once its bent one way, its stuck. I couldn’t have errant blades of grass, so I just used some floral tape to take the wrapping up a little bit higher to hold in those stragglers.

From this: (Yes, that’s a dog butt back there. My helpers are never far away. ūüôā )

To this: Much better – though apparently I could not focus the camera…

The finished product:

I like it! It fit into all of my parameters, and it looks nice in the dining area! I’m not thrilled with the candles, but decor is fluid and always changing, right?

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Homemade Christmas Tree

One week until Christmas!! Are you ready?

I saw the picture below on a blog that I now cannot remember (sorry! If you know, let me know!), and fell in love.  I had to have it, and I knew I could make it Рwith some help.  So, on Black Friday when everyone else was standing in line at 4 am, my dad and I got creative!

I wasn’t blogging at the time, nor was I planning to blog, so I don’t have in-progress pictures, but I can give you the supplies and the steps. ¬†Its easy!

Supplies:

3 Р1x3x 6 foot boards  Рwe only ended up using 2, and they were $2.38 each

1 – 1/2 inch dowel rod – I think it was about $2 as well, maybe less

1 base – I used a piece of scrap wood that my dad had lying around, you can use anything that will keep the dowel stable

Prep work:

You can use any lengths you’d like, but for my tree I used the following:

6 – 15 inch pieces

3 – 12 inch pieces

3 – 9 inch pieces

3 – 6 inch pieces

2- 3 inch pices

17 – 2 inch squares

1. Measure twice, cut once, sand forever.

2.  Drill a hole in the middle of each board the same diameter as your dowel rod.  You want a pretty snug fit, because this thing is heavy.  We used a drill press to drill the holes in the middle of each board, which made that process much faster.  Also drill a hole (but not all the way through) in the middle of the base piece.  Make sure it is deep enough to keep the tree stable.

3.  Personalize.    This is when you decide whether you want to stain your tree to keep the natural wood look like the original, if you want to paint it, or cover each piece with scrapbook paper (could be really cute!).   To get  my look I REALLY watered down Delta Ceramcoat Acrylic Paint in Forest Green and Burnt Umber (base) and painted it on.   *Note Рremember to paint the very tip of the dowel rod if you want some hanging out to attach a bow.  BUT, paint will make the dowel swell, so you may have to assemble the tree upside down.

4.  Let that dry overnight.

5. ¬†Assemble your tree! ¬†Play around with it. ¬†Mine isn’t exactly like the picture, and yours won’t be exactly like mine. ¬†The boards should slide around the dowel, so you can have them sit at all different angles for a more dimensional look, or you can have them all the same.

6. Decorate! ¬†I liked the look of some plain tea lights and some red and silver ribbon with the quintessential red bow. ¬†You can use ornaments that would sit on the branches, votive candles, hanging ornaments, anything you’d like!

7. Enjoy!

I’ve shared this project ¬†at Under the Table and Dreaming:

And at I ‚̧ Naptime

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Our humble abode

I’m still in that transient phase of life. ¬†The young professional, I haven’t planted roots yet phase. ¬†Therefore, I live in an apartment. ¬†Yeah, I know. ¬† Frankly though, after renting a house for three years and doing most of the maintenance and upkeep, yard work included, myself, I’m thankful for the break!

I enjoy decorating, especially for Christmas.  It just makes home feel more warm and comfortable, welcoming after a long day in traffic.   Here are a few pictures for you to enjoy:

 

My little dining room.  The recessed light is crazy boring, so I spiced it up a bit with those hanging paper ornaments.  Some glitter trees, a few candles, and of course garland and red bows.  Love it.

dining area

 

I don’t have a fireplace, but I do have this crazy tall bar. ¬† A table and bar stools would be a bit of overkill for this teensy apartment, so it usually just functions as a landing area. ¬†I think it looks much better adorned with more garland and our stockings.

my "mantle"

My favorite parts of this shot are the star sconces all dressed up. ¬†Before you ask, no, the TV doesn’t usually sport a Frosty hat, but you really didn’t want to see the reflection of me in my pjs. ūüėČ

tv cabinet

Next up, the Christmas tree! ¬†I’ll share more pictures of it in later posts, but this will do for now. ¬†Its small, but it suits us. ¬†Yes, I have terrible, horrible vertical blinds that badly hung shears don’t do much to conceal. ¬†The garland helps though.

O Christmas Tree

P.S. ¬†I’ve played the French Horn for about 16 years now, and even minored in it in college, so it makes a lot of appearances this time of year.

 

I do have this super cute little nook in the living room. ¬†I’m not sure exactly what it was intended for, because there are no outlets in it, but it works well for a bookcase of DVDs and the quintessential large Texas star.

There's another one!

This is perhaps one of my very favorite things.  My Dad and I made this when I was visiting at Thanksgiving, and I love it!

Homemade Christmas Tree

This table got a runner to pull it all together after this picture was taken, and I just haven’t gotten around to taking another.

Tree table

 

Sorry about the crappy picture here.  The lighting in this place leaves a lot to be desired.

Down the hall

This is the little table from above that is in my bedroom.  Custom home-made word art, a jewelry tree from Homegoods with bracelets my mom made, Goodwill find candle holders, and pink glittery things.  What more can a girl ask for?

Pretty in Pink

Even the bathroom needs a little Christmas cheer! ¬†Here’s my dollar spot and dollar store wreath fashioned especially to hang between those two lovely light fixtures.

bathroom beauty

Bathroom basket

Even a little concrete dachshund I have got into the spirit with a festive tie. ¬† (Wow! Look at all that builder’s bland.)

All dressed up

That’s it! ¬†It’s not fancy-schmancy, but I like it!

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Hello world!

Hi, my name is Linsey, and I am addicted to reading craft blogs.

Now that we’ve gotten the hard part out of the way, I’ll introduce myself. ¬†I am 28, and a music therapist living in San Antonio, Texas. ¬†I’ve lived all over the state, but this is where I currently hang my hat…or dog’s leashes. ¬†I share my little corner of the world with Bailey, my 6 year old dachshund, and Piper, my 2 year old lab mix (?).

Music therapy is not only my livelihood, but also a passion. ¬†What is music therapy? ¬†That’s a whole post in itself, stay tuned!

music therapy

Tricks of the Trade

Bailey and Piper will probably make many, many appearances here, even just as photo extras. ¬†I enjoy training them, and Bailey and I are about to start competing in Rally Obedience. ¬†Piper, well, she’s a work in progress.

bailey

Bailey in the bluebonnets

piper

Piper in the bluebonnets

Like I said above, I’m addicted to reading craft blogs. ¬†I spend time when I should be sleeping – or a multitude of other things – visiting linky parties and admiring others’ work, and thinking, “hey, I can do that!” ¬†I started this blog so I can join in those linky parties too, and perhaps inspire someone else. ¬†So, stick around. ¬†Read a little. ¬†Post a comment. ¬†Have fun!

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