When I first was introduced to Hester van Overbeek, author of Furniture Hacks and DIY maven behind the popular British home decorating blog Hester’s Handmade Home, I was also eyebrows-deep in two of my own “IKEA hack” upcycling projects. As fellow new homeowners, Hester shares my Shoestring philosophy of not sweating the idea that yes, you can make something big from scratch with very little experience or previous skills, and that you don’t have to spend a fortune filling your home with beautiful things that exude your personal style, so I’m super excited to introduce her to you in this week’s Maker Moment.
In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, I wanted to finally share this DIY project I created for Home Depot & Crafty Allie over the winter. It’s been so hard keeping this one under my hat, especially since you know about my long history and love affair with all things Pendleton. Enter: my Yakima Camp Blanket striped mail sorter made from an old shutter from Habitat ReStore and a slew of Home Depot paint samples.
Sometimes, a trip to the garden center and digging your hands in the dirt is just what the doctor ordered. Last week, I did just that, in the name of journalism and this week’s post for Austin Goodwill, and bought up dozens upon dozens of delightful little succulents, potted them in upcycled thrift store vessels in the name of Earth Day (hello, pineapple colander!) and had the funnest photo shoot with the lovely Chelsea Laine Francis.
Lately, I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about real life versus the representation of it we all consume daily, hourly, on the internets, and about how much of an effect that can have not only on our happiness but even on our livelihoods, especially if you work in an image-conscious field.
So, you know how I sort of secretly snuck in the news that I’m now writing as a DIY expert for Home Depot? Well it’s official!…
Craft supplies can cost a pretty penny, which is why I’ve been obsessed for the last few years with DIY projects that use actual pennies in their design. A penny saved is a penny earned, and I’m not above flaunting my financial prowess — even when it comes to gift giving.
I made the pledge to have totally thrifted and handmade holiday this year, so it was the perfect time to finally crack open the DIY care package sent to me by the folks at DarbySmart!
Since 2008, when The Resort at Paws Up in Montana gained popularity among city dwellers for its luxury tents, “glamping” (or the idea of glamorous camping) has become an international trend, fueled by the romantic notion of sleeping under the stars in style and the affordability of a camping adventure.