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Cool Kickstarters

July 24, 2014

Minka Inhouse is a Kickstarter funded business that celebrates local craftsmanship with products with soul for your home.

I love scrolling through Kickstarter every now and again and checking out the creative projects on there. Do you ever do that too? Even though you may come across some weird ones (like the guy who raised over $50,000 to make potato salad) there are some really well designed products and inspiring ideas on there. Here are a few of my favorite recently funded and current campaigns.

These Kickstarter backed goods would be lovely in any home.

Minka Inhouse creates gorgeous home goods out of Santiago, Chile. They are committed to paying their workers fair wages while creating stunning products that display their culture.

Can't wait for Kickstarter backed The Yellow Table Cookbook to come out. 100 unique recipes were created just for the book.

Blogger and chef Anna Waston Carl is creating a cookbook that I cannot wait to get my hands on. She created 100 sure to be delicious recipes in 8 months for The Yellow Table Cookbook.

Fairmount Living Tiles are perfect for urban dwellers who want to add a little green to their space.

The Fairmount Living Tiles are DIY garden kits that are perfect for city dwellers. They can be placed on a patio, balcony, or even a roof and contain everything you need (minus the seeds) to have your own little garden.

The Kickstarter backed Coolest is a cooler with a rechargeable blender, waterproof Bluetooth speaker, USB charger and more. So cool!

If you love tech gadgets then you’re going to want to splurge and back this project. The Coolest is a retro-inpsired cooler that has a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, rechargeable blender, and USB charger on it. It also does a ton of other things making it pretty much the coolest cooler around.

What Kickstarter campaigns have you backed? Or which ones would you love to see funded and produced?

DIY Gold Dipped Porcelain Spoons

July 23, 2014

Love the gold and white trend? Then you'll want to make a set of mini gold dipped porcelain spoons. (Click through for video tutorial)

A couple of weeks ago I was browsing all the pretty things in the Leif shop and stumbled upon these gorgeous mini spoons. Since they weren’t something that I really needed right then, I decided to wait and try to DIY them for less. So I hopped on Amazon and found the perfect little white porcelain egg spoons for less than $7 for a set of 4. Two days later (thanks to prime) these cute little spoons arrived at my door and I immediately got DIY-ing.

I just love projects that are really easy and have a big impact and this is exactly one of those projects. In just a few minutes (plus drying time) you can have your own set of gorgeous gold dipped mini spoons. Now I just need to decide what little things I will serve them with first.

Supplies:
- white porcelain mini spoons (I found mine on Amazon)
- metallic gold paint
- small, flat paint brush
- paint thinner
- painter’s tape
- a cup of rice or dry beans

Rather than buy, DIY! These chic gold dipped spoons are less than $14 to make and are perfect for serving sauces and even salt.

Inexpensive white porcelain spoons get a makeover with metallic gold paint.

Dress up for dinner table or party buffet with some gold dipped mini spoons. (Click through for video tutorial)

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DIY Gold Vinyl Pencil Pouches

July 21, 2014

Spruce up a cheap vinyl pencil case with some gold vinyl polka dots! Click through for pattern.

One of my favorite things about the end of summer was always the back to school shopping. Even though I was never excited about actually going back to school choosing just the right patterned folders, sparkly pens, and the perfect backpack were my favorite. I’m actually starting to miss school just thinking about it!

While I was picking up a few office supplies last week I stumbled upon these clear vinyl pencil pouches for $1 each. And even though I’m not going back to school next month I thought they would be perfect for storing all sorts of supplies. I grabbed some gold adhesive vinyl and cut out a scalloped rectangle using my Silhouette. Ever since creating the little scalloped storage jars I’ve wanted to put scalloped decals on everything! I added polka dots to the other case because you can’t go wrong with gold polka dots (you know I do have them all over our guest bathroom), right?

Download the template to create your own gold vinyl pencil pouches:
- SVG template for use with a Silhouette or Cricut Explore
- printable PDF template

Dress up plain school supplies with some gold vinyl and your Silhouette or Cricut Explore. (Click through for free SVG file)

Head back to school in style with this simple DIY gold polka dot pencil case.

Pencil cases aren't just for school supplies. Grab a cheap pencil pouch and add some gold adhesive vinyl for a chic makeup bag.

If you’re like me and you’re not heading back to school this fall you can always use these pouches for other things, like a makeup bag when you’re traveling or even a business card holder when you’re heading to a conference.

Check the other projects I’ve created with my Silhouette Cameo here.

Links to Love

July 18, 2014

Looking for something fun to do this summer? How about making plant stands, making over an old cooler, or making some fresh ginger mint watermelon sorbet?

I know I say this about every week but this week really flew by! Maybe that’s because we’ve had family visiting the past two weekends or because I spent most of the day yesterday trying to recover video footage off a broken SD card (with no luck). Either way, I’m excited for the weekend. My brother and his fiancé are in visiting and we’ll definitely be hitting up all our favorite spots in town. If you have some free time this weekend, you’ll definitely want to try one (or all) of these projects and recipes.

1. These DIY plant stands by Dream Green DIY for eHow are so simple and would look lovely with fresh flowers or special trinkets on them.

2. This modern cooler makeover by Almost Makes Perfect is so clever and so chic. I think I may have to pick one one up at a thrift store soon.

3. This ginger mint watermelon sorbet by Oleander & Palm is making my mouth water. Maybe I’ll have to add some sorbet recipes in my ice cream series.

I’m also loving:

These gold drink stirs made from brass tubing by Sugar & Cloth.

This DIY cedar planter by Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.

The throw out 100 things challenge over on Jess Lively makes me want to declutter my house. Right now.