DIY sleeping tents

DIY By February 28, 2018 1 Comment

When our British family came for Christmas, we put all three girls in the loft upstairs {an open area between all the bedroom}. I wanted each of them to have their own little space–so we created these A-frame tents, placed a mattress inside, made up each bed with cozy sheets and blankets and finally strung lights across all three. It took a bit of planning and elbow grease but the results were adorable and the girls {especially the younger two, ages 5 and 10} loved them.

More details below…

I found A-frame tents in this adorable shop on Etsy, but right when I was about to place the order, she took a break from her shop. I ended up ordering these tents on Amazon. I prefer to shop small, but in this case I was running out of time.


I measured the space for the three tents, and it was going to be tight. Once the tents arrived and I went to set them up, I didn’t have enough room. I overlapped the poles a bit so I could fit all three tents in the space. But then I had a problem.


The tents I bought off Amazon had a stabilizing bar on the bottom. I couldn’t put the bar on the tents when I overlapped them, which meant I couldn’t use the cream canvas covers that came with each tent. Soooo…I ended up using these Turkish towels I had in the cupboard. I used my staple gun to attach each towel to the sides of the tent. It kind of ruined the towels in the long run, but they sure looked cute! And I was under a time crunch.
These are the mattresses we used in each tent. They are super comfortable. An adult could definitely sleep well on one of these.


We already had that giant chalkboard in the loft, so I drew kind of a forest scene, and of course the little white lights were the perfect final touch. We used flannel sheets, white cozy blankets and topped each bed with a vintage quilt and fuzzy throw.

Wouldn’t this be adorable for a summer party? I kinda of want a tent for myself.

Here are all the supplies–

Tent Etsy or Amazon
Mattress
Turkish Towel
Washable Fuzzy Throw

Even better, here’s a tutorial for making your own A-frame tent!

Can you think think of someone who would love their own A-frame tent?

 

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DIY painted baskets

decorating, DIY By January 25, 2017 4 Comments

I’ve been working really hard trying to build my basket wall {and by working really hard I mean going to thrift shops every now and then}. It’s EASY to find basic baskets at thrift stores but it’s hard to find super cool colorful baskets. I’ve splurged on a couple new african baskets because they are just so lovely.

I found a couple basic baskets at the thrift store the other day and I decided to paint them to add some more color and texture to the wall.
This is the wall after I did some painting and rearranging.

Supplies: painter’s tape, acrylic paint, small paint brushes, thrifted baskets.

Here are the two baskets I found at the thrift store. They both had a bit of staining and were about $1 each.

For the star shape I began by taping off a four-point star. I did it by sight and followed the lines of how the basket is woven. It’s not perfect but I didn’t mind.

Once the star was dry, I pulled up the tape and free-handed a gold outline.

Then I painted the sunburst in the middle free hand. You can use a stencil if you prefer {I’m just lazy!} Or you can sketch out the sunburst {or other design} with a pencil.

For the diamond, I taped the shape, again following the lines of how the basket is woven.

Then with a small brush I painted a blue line around the edge. It was easy to free hand.

I love the simplicity and the pop of color with the diamond.

The star shape is more subtle. I love a sunburst–for me it symbolizes hope. Read more about it here.

And there you have it! Painted baskets mixed with other thrifted baskets and some beautiful african baskets. Love.

What do you think? Would you try painting some baskets?

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hello DIY fiberglass planter

DIY, hello monday By October 3, 2016 2 Comments

Another planter? Yes. I can’t be stopped apparently!

Lately I’ve been finding lots of interesting “planters” at thrift stores, like this mid century DIY, this macrame hanging planter and this terrarium. It’s fun to see what interesting objects can be turned into a beautiful container.

This fiberglass planter is intended to be a plant holder {unlike some of the things I turn into planters}. I liked it because it was big and simple–and often large planters are expensive. I kept it plain for a while, but last week I decided to make it prettier with a little gold paint.

It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-01 Hello plain planter for $10. Not bad!

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-02 Hello using painter’s tape and about four coats of acrylic gold paint. {The paint was $2 at Michael’s}.

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-03 Hello ready for the big reveal!

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-04 Hello a little streaky but I didn’t mind. The tape kept the lines fairly clean. I’m pleased.

diy-fiberglass-planter-lisa-leonard-05Hello pups. Oh, you’re taking pictures? We are here to help!

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Hello pretty planter making our family room a little happier.

Hello split leaf philodendron. One of my very favorite plants! I only water it about once a week.

Hello future planning. Do you think about 3-5 year goals?

Hello washing all the sheets and towels. I love fresh!

Hello dreaming of fall. Did you hear it’s October now? I’m waiting for cooler weather to follow. I’m ready for cardigans and boots.

Hello adding cinnamon to my coffee.

Hello finding time to visit the pumpkin patch.

Hello reading this book. Stop what you’re doing and order it {or download it}. It’s so good.

Hello to YOU. It’s a brand new month, a brand new week, a brand new day. What are you saying hello to this week?

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hello DIY mid century planter

DIY, hello monday By September 12, 2016 4 Comments

Hello friends!

I have been eyeing the gorgeous mid century planters at West Elm for a few weeks. Aren’t they amazing? Friday when I was at the thrift store I saw this yellow pot and thought the shaped looked a lot like the planter I’ve had my eye on. I felt inspired to I started looking around for some kind of a stand–and came across the black tea light holder. The bowl and the tea light holder were each $1.70–so I decided to give it a shot! scroll down for details.

It’s Monday–a brand new week with beauty to be found. How about some hellos?
diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-05Hello inspiration. I love it when things jump out at me and make my heart happy.

diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-03Hello finding treasures at a thrift shop. It’s kind of the best feeling!

diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-04Hello oil based sharpies that are much easier to use than paint!

diy-mid-century-planter-lisa-leonard-02Hello using command strips to hold the pot and the tea light holder together.

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Hello bright happy pot in our entry way. I still love the West Elm version, but while I save my pennies this one is fun!

Hello snake plant. It’s one of my favorites and so easy to care for.

Hello Toto! We saw them in concert last night with friends and it was amazing!

Hello tired. Can we have one more weekend day?

Hello hiking with a friend today–time to soak up the sun and share our hearts.

Hello listening to this podcast and loving it!

Hello thinking and writing. My head is spinning lately with ideas.

Hello busy week. Ready or not, here we go!

Where are you saying hello to this week?

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hello entryway refresh

decorating, DIY, hello monday By September 5, 2016 1 Comment

Hello friends! It’s wonderful to begin the week with a holiday. We are taking it slow and enjoying the long weekend.

I’ve been working on refreshing the house a bit–moving things around, cleaning out the clutter and adding a few plants. It feels so good! Our entryway seems to collect things–the jogging stroller, boxes, backpacks and all kinds of things. But right now it’s clean and open. I hope we can keep it that way–but who am I kidding?! It will continue to cycle through messy and clean. It’s a never-ending process.

How about some hellos for a Monday?

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Hello painted legs. I originally painted them aqua but I didn’t like it at all. This looks much better.

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Hello air plants and natural light.

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Hello sweet pups who are such good models. And I’m pretty sure Beasley is smiling. They crack me up!

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Hello holiday. It’s so nice to have an extra day.

Hello favorite new kid’s book. David and I have been reading this one together a lot lately.

Hello writing. I’ve been spending some time writing over the last few weeks. It’s so hard but also therapeutic.

Hello new-to-me Jane Austen story. This movie was so good.

Hello adjusting to middle school, not just Matthias but me as well. Its’s a big transition.

Hello cleaning out my car. And vacuuming!

Hello wanting to try this recipe. I think I’ll use my new instant pot though. Fingers crossed its a good one.

Hello inspired by this amazing woman. I’ve been searching her on Pinterest and she doesn’t disappoint!

Hello to you! It’s a brand new week with beauty to be found. What are you saying hello to this week?

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diy cacti photo holder

decorating, DIY, pinterest By May 3, 2016 1 Comment

As you know I LOVE succulents. And I love a DIY. So today is a happy day! This project combines the two–awesome. It’s spring–the sun is shining and things are green. We thought it would be fun to bring some of that green inside and give our desks a bit of a color in a creative way! I saw this on Pinterest and thought it was adorable!  So we decided to create something similar. 

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You’ll need: small terra-cotta pots, pebbles, small sized stones, shades of green paint, white paint, paint for the pots {whatever color you like!}, paintbrush, and photos.

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Using a few items found around the house, we were able to put something together!

We used this awesome Instax printer that prints fun polaroid photos from a smartphone! (Found here) Such a great idea! If you don’t have an Instax printer, get some photos printed at Costco or put a fun postcard in your arrangement.

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Simply add a little mess, a little paint, a little creativity! Smaller sized stones worked best for these min terra-cotta pots. Different shades of green make these little cacti more lifelike while still being whimsical!

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After letting them dry for a little while, we painted some little details in white paint, they don’t have to be realistic, that’s half the fun! We also found some smaller pebbles to fill the pots with, rather than using dirt, these also help for later when placing the photos!

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When everything’s all dry, simply assemble your little cacti! Have fun with trying different combinations of your ‘cacti’ and images! The fun thing is you can always add new images, or change the placement!

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Such a fun and easy little DIY, but I love the splash of color it gives to my desk! This is a great little gift idea as well, especially with Mothers Day around the corner! And wouldn’t these make a perfect place setting when hosting a dinner?

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Get the kids involved with simple little DIY. The whole project (excluding drying time) only took about 20-30mins!

Have fun!

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DIY lamp to terrarium

decorating, DIY By March 9, 2016 15 Comments

I found this old hanging lamp for $2 at a thrift store. I thought about cleaning it up and hanging it–I love the geometric shape. But then the idea of a terrarium came to mind and I got inspired! I’ve seen some beautiful terrariums around town–like these and this one.

DIY lamp to terrarium2We have a Goodwill Outlet in town and where all donations go before the hit the other Goodwill Stores. They open it to the public and if you’re willing to dig through bins, you can find some pretty amazing things for very low prices.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-02-2This is how the lamp looked when I carried it out to my car. It was dusty and definitely has a nineties vibe.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-01-2I removed all the hardware {I cut through the electrical cord}. It came apart easily. I threw away all the other parts and kept the glass shade.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-03After a good bath in hot soapy water, I dried the shade well and then cleaned the glass with glass cleaner.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-04I put some rocks on the bottom, then succulent soil and took a few clippings from other succulents I have.

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-05I also added an aqua stone. I seriously can’t believe how pretty it looks. And it was only $2!

DIY lamp to terrarium lisa leonard-02I gave the terrarium to a dear friend. Now I’m on the hunt to find similar hanging lamps so I can create more. How fun is this? The whole project took about an hour. I think terrariums might be my new obsession.

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DIY leather wall hanging

DIY By February 5, 2016 2 Comments

Ready for a fun DIY that’s a little boho and a super cute? I love the texture this adds to a room.
Check it out.
wallhanging_DIYJust a few stitches, a little fringe and presto–you’re done. This leather was sold in a pack at our local craft shop–but I’ve seen beautiful and affordable leather pieces at Michael’s, too. The parachute cord melts together with a little heat–making closing your loop.

Have fun!

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Why this DIY will make you travel a globe! {check it out}

DIY By December 29, 2015 3 Comments

I found this large globe at a thrift store a couple weeks ago. It’s not vintage and the colors weren’t vibrant–so it was perfect for painting. Plus, it was only a few dollars–so if the project failed, no problem.

Supplies:
black and aqua acrylic paint {I found mine at Target}
brushes in a variety of sizes {small of detail areas, larger for the oceans}
oil based sharpie for writing continent/ocean names
thrifted globe

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David enjoys spinning the globe–so fun.

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First I painted all of the aqua {water} areas. It took about 3 coats of paint. The first coat of aqua looked pretty bad, but as I ket going with the second and third coat of paint, it came together. Then I filled in the land with black. The black paint covered much easier and I only did one coat.

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After the paint was dry, I used a gold oil-based sharpie and wrote each continent name. I also wrote ‘every heart matters’ over the large aqua side of the globe.

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The globe is sitting on our hearth. I really like how it turned out!

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And obviously the dogs love it, too! The globe is nowhere near geographically accurate. But it’s fun, right? Now I need to find my next project. Have you done any great DIYs lately?

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