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Labradorite Hoop Mod
December 18, 2012, 9:15 pm
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Labradorite Hoop Mod

One year Anthropologie sold a pair of pearl earrings that I lusted after. I bookmarked them hoping they’d go on sale, but they sold out at full retail. Ever since, I’ve had a will-not-go-away itch to recreate them.

I love pearls, but I also love labradorite, and when I found a stretchy bracelet of labradorite chips, I bought it immediately with just this pair of earrings in mind.

It then took year(s) to find a gold hoop that was the right mix of clasp-type, gauge, quality, and price. I found the hoop this weekend on sale at Banana Republic.

Done and done.

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Project 5 | The Dresser From Hell
February 19, 2008, 4:27 pm
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DIY Sun Jars
December 3, 2007, 7:40 pm
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Finally got around to making my own sun jars this weekend. They’re so cute! The instructions at Not Martha are the best I’ve seen so far, as she goes into the whole “which lights should I not buy” routine, which is very helpful when standing in the middle of the aisle at Lowe’s faced with thirty rather expensive options. I got my Malibu lights for $8.96 each due to a pricing error, so look sharp and compare the prices between the displays and the shelves. If you find a discrepancy, they’ll honor the lesser of the prices.

I frosted in the inside of the jars rather than the outside, and I settled on epoxy to hold the panels to the glass and Blue Tak to hold the batteries to the panel. The epoxy worked pretty well, but the Blue Tak didn’t work so well on two of my four jars. In the future I’d use epoxy on all of it.

The jars are darling glowing in the early winter dusk, and I think they’d make great presents!



Winterizing Your “Antique” Rental – Part 1
November 7, 2007, 4:21 am
Filed under: DIY, home

If living in a drywall box sans any architectural consideration at all, with beige carpet and popcorn ceilings, offends you as much as it offends me, chances are you chose to live in an older building. Chances are, as well, you’re liable to freeze to death this winter. Ha, ha, ha….ah, the price we pay.

Myself, I live in a hundred year-old Victorian with huge single-paned windows all over the place. I got great light. I got lousy heat retention. And you know what? Flannel pants, sweaters, and fleece slippers only go so far. Sometimes, you just need to make the place warmer.

Obviously replacing your single-paned windows with double-paned low-E new ones is beyond your control as a renter. As is new blown-in insulation or upgrading to a heat pump with a higher SEER . But there are certainly some ways to be warmer this season that won’t pad your landlord’s property value while bleeding you dry. Personally, I’m not only living on a budget, but I’m also planning to move soon – so my strategies need to be really cost-effective.

First up? Shrink wrap those bleedin’ windows!

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Tool Chests To Fool Your Guests
October 18, 2007, 9:11 pm
Filed under: design, DIY, home

I found this excerpt in one of my journals, dating back to 2004. It amused me so much, I thought I’d repost it.

I saw a bright orange six drawer tool chest in the sale papers today. As I’ve nothing more than a folding table heaped with various powertools on the back porch, I’ve been considering investing in some kind of appropriate container once I get settled on the other side of the country. Tabletop belt sanders aren’t the objects de arte I had in mind for my apartment. With enough bravado, do you think I could pass off a tall tool chest as indoor furniture? I already have a bright blue retro laminate dresser from a modern furniture store. I’m seriously thinking of getting a funky tool box and putting the TV on top of it in the living room. It’s that or get a second dresser. Clothes dressers don’t have those handy shallow top drawers, though, and neither do they come with ball-bearing drawer rollers, which are essential with heavier tools. Add another item to the list of things I must invent and market myself: tool chests for people who have no sheds, garages, basements, or workshops. Tool chests that look good in the hallway! Tool chests to fool your guests! Do I hear an “Amen, sister”?!

Do you think the above bright blue Clarke chest could be adequately worked into a living room scheme? Could it be coated with fun wood veneer à la Todd Oldham? Either way, I’d be a-okay with having a kitchen counter that looked like the red workspace on this page.

All ye of small spaces, what do you keep your tools in?



Refinished Filing Cabinet | Project 3
September 18, 2007, 3:38 am
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Happiness is a warm gun cool blue.

In addition to being super psyched that my copy of Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret and Extraordinary Lives showed up today (which I won in a contest on Apartment Therapy…yay!), I’m heaving a huge sigh of relief that I finally have a filing cabinet to stash “important stuff” in.

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Mid-Century Modern Table | Project 2
September 5, 2007, 9:40 pm
Filed under: DIY, projects

I picked up this table on craigslist (From Sylvie at So Sylvie and Blossom Home, incidentally. It was nice to meet you!) and could barely contain myself with glee. I’m so glad to finally be finished with the refurbishing, not only so I can move on to other projects, but also because I’ve been dying to show everyone how awesome it turned out.

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