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DIY Paint Dipped Garden Tools

April 9, 2014

Create your own set of Anthropologie inspired paint dipped garden tools.

After setting up my raised bed garden last week, I’ve been anxious to do more gardening. I used some left over paint to transform some cheap garden hand tools into ones a bit more stylish. After using the mint green paint left over from our hall closet makeover, I realized that the color is similar to these much more expensive mint ash wood garden tools from Anthropologie. A happy accident I guess!



- garden tools with wooden handles (I purchased mine for $4 each at Lowes)
- painter’s tape
- paint (I used Valspar’s Pantone paint in Bay, which was leftover from painting the inside of our open hall closet)
- cardboard box
- quick grips, one for each tool
- polyurethane sealing spray
- paper towels
- optional: flat leather cord for hanging the tools, 18″ piece per handle (similar)

Mask off the top portion of a wood handle before dipping it in paint.

1. Start by masking off the top portion of the wood handles with the painter’s tape. Since the handles are curved, just make sure the bottom edge of the tape is straight and smooth. The top edge of the tape will be slightly wrinkled.

Use quick grips to hang paint dipped items over a cardboard box.

2. Dip the paint handles in the can of paint. Allow them to drip for several seconds before carefully hanging them on the edge of a large cardboard box with the quick grips. Make sure the wood handles are not touching the box. After about 15-20 minutes carefully remove the tape. If you wait to remove the tape once the paint is completely dry (like I did) it’s more likely to peel off and not leave a clean edge (as you can see in the photo below). Then allow the paint to dry completely over night.

Spray paint dipped wooden handles with polyurethane to prevent the paint from chipping.

3. To prevent the paint from chipping, I recommend spraying the wood handles with polyurethane or acrylic spray. Before you do this, cover the metal parts with paper towels and painter’s tape to prevent that part from being sprayed. Then spray one light coat all over the wooden handles. Let that dry for 2 hours then apply a second coat and allow them to dry completely over night in a well ventilated area. Then they’re ready to be used!

Optional: If you like you can finish them with some leather cord like I did. Cut the leather cord into 18″ piece, thread through the hole in the handle, and tie in a knot. Trim the ends so they are even.

Transform plain garden tools into more stylish ones with some paint!

Create your own set of Anthropologie inspired paint dipped garden tools.

Pair these with your favorite herb plant and some clay stamped garden markers for a unique spring gift!

DIY Gold Glitter Heart Tote Bag

April 8, 2014

Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to create your own gold glitter heart tote bag.

When I cleaned up and organized my office last week I came across some extra cotton tote bags that I had left over from a craft party I hosted awhile ago. Since my sister in law is getting married this weekend I thought it would be cute to make some tote bags for each of the bridesmaids. So I gathered some supplies I hand on hand and created 10 of these cute gold glitter heart totes.

I used freezer paper to create the stencils. Just like my gold stenciled pillows, I also used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the freezer paper. If you don’t have a cutting machine, you could also cut the stencil by hand using an x-acto knife. If you do this, be sure to cut on a cutting mat or scrap of thick paper, like chipboard.

Mix equal parts fine glitter and mod podge to create a glittered paint that doesn't rub off.


- Natural cotton tote bags
Fine glitter in any color you like
- Mod Podge (I used the gloss finish but the matte finish would also work as well)
- Freezer paper
- Heart stencil (download the SVG file to use with your Silhouette or Cricut or the PDF file to cut by hand)
- Paint brush
- Plastic cup
- Iron and ironing board

1. Cut the heart shape out of a piece of freezer paper (if you’re using a Silhouette Cameo, here are a few tips on creating a freezer paper stencil). Adhere the shinny side of the freezer paper to the tote bag using a hot iron without steam.

Use freezer paper to create a stencil that stays put.

2. Mix equal parts Mod Podge and glitter in a plastic cup. Paint the inside of the stencil with a thin even coat. It will look slightly milky but the Mod Podge will dry clear.

Mix equal parts fine glitter and mod podge to create a glittered paint that doesn't rub off.

3. Once dry, paint a second coat. Allow that to dry completely then add a third coat of the glitter and Mod Podge mixture.

Mix equal parts fine glitter and mod podge to create a glittered paint that doesn't rub off.

4. Once the third coat is completely dry, very carefully peel off the freezer paper stencil. Then you’re done!

Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to create your own gold glitter heart tote bag.

Check out the other projects I’ve created using my Silhouette Cameo.

Floral gift wrap by Rifle Paper.

Links to Love

April 4, 2014

Make a hanging copper pot perfect for succulents, or sew a tank dress, or host a grilled cheese party this weekend!

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you had a wonderful week! Here are some of my favorite links from this week to inspired you to DIY this weekend. What’s your weekend project going to be?

1. This hanging copper planter would be so pretty in the house or on the patio, by In Honor of Design for Style Me Pretty Living.

2. Sew Caroline is at it again with a new pattern that I cannot wait to try! This cute floral version is by Sewbon.

3. I’ve been wanting to host a grilled cheese party forever and these interesting cheese and topping combos on Oh Happy Day only make me want to host one even more!

I’m also loving:

The new collection of customizable wall hooks by Young House Love for Target are just so fun. I think I want them all!

This Orlando local shopping guide via The Orlandoan.

Oh Joy’s new kids collection for Land of Nod. Seriously how great is this lamp?

This copper leaf mirror makeover by Homey Oh My would be a perfect way to spruce up a garage sale find.

These tips on how to organize and store sewing patterns from Melissa Esplin are so great.


I’m on The Neighborhood this week talking about online doctor’s appointments and tips on finding medical info online.

House Tour: Home Office

April 3, 2014

A cork board in a craft room makes a great inspiration board.

The house tour is wrapping up today in my office. This is the space that I probably spend the most time in so it’s usually the most cluttered. So I left this space for last so I could spend some time tidying up before I photographed it. So here’s a look at my home office that also is my craft room and studio.

A cozy, organized home office that doubles as a craft room.

When we moved into our house almost  four years ago I wanted to reuse some pieces, like the Expedit bookcase, floral storage totes and the curtains, that I had in the home office/guest room in our old apartment.

The desk is constructed out of two long table tops from Ikea that are attached to a long 1″ x 2″ that’s mounted on the wall. I used metal L brackets to connect them. By mounting the table tops to the walls it eliminated the need for additional table legs.

Floral dog bed with removable and washable cover by Jax and Bones.

The day we brought Darcy home she immediately followed me into my office and laid down under the desk. Since then, it’s become her favorite spot in the house. I added this cute floral dog bed under the desk, or rather, under her dog house.


The bookcase that nearly everyone owns holds my sewing machine, serger, Silhouette supplies, and my camera bag.

Create banner with DIY gold glitter heart clips.

This cute garland from Minted that used the gold heart clips I made hangs over my computer.

An Ikea Expedit bookcase doubles as a printer stand and storage space in this cute home office.

Add a mix of pretty storage containers and art for a functional and stylish storage solution.

The shelves over my desk hold some frequently used items like scissors and straight-pins. The orange storage boxes hold desk items, like paper clips and a stapler.

An organized craft closet. Install shelving in a closet to maximize the storage.

Since this room is really a bedroom, it has a tiny closet with accordion doors. I removed the hanging bar and installed some shelving to maximize the storage.

Stacked hat boxes are great for storing craft supplies.

These cute hat boxes hold all my paint. My mom got me this huge collection of thread a long time ago. It’s so handy!

Floral fabric storage totes hold a ton of stuff while looking pretty.

I got these fabric storage totes when I went away to college and they are just so pretty and practical to get rid of.

Use a pretty hook to hang headphones when not in use.

So true! This print by Emily McDowell is a great reminder!

A wifi NPR radio that gets every station in the country. A must for NPR fans!

Every Christmas, Kevin gets me some little random tech item. A couple years ago he stumbled upon this wifi radio that gets every NPR station in the country as well as podcasts and Pandora. It was definitely a win! I’m a big NPR fan and I listen it all day while I work. The little gadget sitting on top is a fun digital dashboard that is connected to some of my social accounts. It also displays the weather and the traffic time to the barn. So fun!

Paint color: Glidden Soothing Green Tea in eggshell | Desk: constructed out of two Ikea table tops and legs attached to the wall. | Lamp: Target | Cork board: Home Goods (spray painted white) | Dog bed: Jax and Bones from Wayfair | Floral storage totes: Reisenthal (floral print is not longer available but the do some in this cute red polka dot pattern) | Art print: Strangers on the Internet print by Emily McDowell | NPR radio: by Livio | Social Media Dashboard: Quirky | Brass horse head hook: Dover Saddlery (similar) | Sweet office print: by Jeanetta Gonzales | Storage boxes: sweater boxes and accessory boxes from The Container Store | Pencil cup: The Container Store

DIY Clay Garden Markers

April 2, 2014

DIY Clay Stamped Garden Markers

Last weekend I finally started my spring garden! Since it’s been in the 80s much of the last month, it’s the perfect time to start a garden here in Florida. I purchased this raised bed kit and had it up in no time. After filling it with organic potting soil and mushroom compost I put some tomato and pepper plants in. The finishing touch was adding the clay stamped garden markers I made.

I just love how these markers came out. Since the name of each plant is stamped into the clay, I don’t have to worry about them fading or washing off. I think they would make a great gift for a friend with a green thumb. You could pair them with a potted herb or some cute gardening tools.

- oven bake clay, in any color you like
- alphabet stamps
- dinner knife
- rolling pin
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- oven

DIY Clay Stamped Garden Markers

DIY Clay Stamped Garden Markers

DIY Clay Stamped Garden Markers

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What are you planting in your spring garden? I’d love to know!