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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How about DECORATING DIY to makeover master bedroom

decorating, DIY By November 19, 2015 5 Comments

Our master bedroom doesn’t seem to get enough attention. Overall, I keep the main areas of our home tidier than the bedrooms–that’s where I stick stuff I don’t want to deal with. But the bedrooms are where we rest and regroup. These spaces should be flaming and beautiful–especially the master bedroom.

Steve was in the Dominican Republic last week, so while he was away, I tidied and purged and cleaned and freshened and made the space much much more beautiful.

I partnered with RugsUSA for this post. They sent me this gorgeous rug. It has such a vintage-y feel. See more details below. 
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The branch was found on the hill near our house. I had planned to hang it above the bed, but I tried to hang it a bunch of different ways and it look right–either is was hanging too low {and we would knock our heads on it if we sat up to read} or it was so high the battery packs dangled down into plain sight. In the end, I found this large vase at Target. The branch is also secured to the wall in one place.

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The bedding. Oh my. It’s from West Elm and it was a spurge. We’ve never splurged on nice bedding before–and now in our forties I felt like it was time. Wow, it is truly beautiful and feels so good. I wanted lots of neutrals to keep things calming.

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The lamp on my bedside table is from Target. The camera is a thrifted find.

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The large heart was gifted from a friend. The baskets hold mismatched socks and other things waiting to be put away. 

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My dear friend, Brenda, helped me hang curtains. I can’t believe how it warms up the room and makes it feel so much cozier. And it keeps the room dark in the mornings, too. The typewriter table was a thrift store find. $12–awesome! As soon as I picked it up, a woman tried to tell me it was already hers. But no, she walked away. It was mine. I just smiled sweetly and walked towards the register.

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This vintage cycling poster was hanging in Steve’s office {I gifted it to him a couple Christmases ago}. Now our office is one big loft, so we don’t have our own walls to decorate. We both love it–now it hangs in our bedroom!

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How pretty is this rug? And it’s so incredibly soft. I love how it looks worn, even though it’s new.

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An area rug really defines a space and gives it more personality. This rug is perfect for our bedroom. How cute is this rug for a family room? I’ve got my eye on it!

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Sometimes I want to leave the twinkle lights on all night–they are so pretty!

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All the details: Bed, Pottery Barn {we’ve had it for years}. Bedding, West Elm. Rug, RugsUSA. Branch, found. Copper twinkle lights, Amazon. Large basket, lamps, throw, Target. Overstuffed chair, side table and dresser, ModelHom. Curtains, Bed, Bath & Beyond.

I can’t wait to crawl into bed tonight!!

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hello wire wrapping!

blog friends, DIY By April 27, 2015 5 Comments

Hello friends! It’s Monday and I’m back from Snap! Conference. It was such a creative, kind and wonderful group of women! I taught a wire-wrap workshop and sat on a panel about ‘Growing Your Instagram Community’.

Today I’m sharing pics from the wire-wrapping workshop. These ladies were awesome! The night before I got nervous–was the project too hard, too easy? They all watched the demo, jumped in and created beautiful earrings. And there was a little time to talk and connect too–so good for the soul.
It’s Monday, how about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello tools and simple instructions. When I started my jewelry business, I didn’t know how to wire-wrap. Crazy, but true!

Hello encouraging each other and learning a new skill, love it!

Hello meeting new friends and getting inspired.

Hello pretty, little handmade earrings.

Hello hotel living–they make the bed and replace the towels. Heaven!

Hello talking shop–blogging and social media. What’s working, what’s not.

Hello being brave and trying something new. Sometimes it’s scary, don’t you think?

Hello new earrings–how pretty do these look?!

Hello fresh flowers and candy on every table. Just what we need to keep going!

Hello blondes gathered around the table!

Hello learning one thing that leads to another idea and then another. That’s how inspiration works!

Hello smiles and kindness.

Hello feeling thankful to be back home with my boys!

Hello exhausted from travel.

Hello busy busy week with Mother’s Day orders. Have you placed yours yet?

Hello laundry and groceries and email. Neverending!

Hello meetings and workouts and a photoshoot. So much good stuff!

Hello to YOU! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link your own hello monday post there!

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This DIY is easy with super fun {and personalized} results!

DIY By April 24, 2015 3 Comments

This DIY is easy with super fun {and personalized} results! I shared the how-to on Studio5 in Salt Lake City–scroll down to watch the clip and for some tips.

I shopped for mugs at thrift stores and picked up a few at Target.

Studio5 is such a FUN morning show. I wish I lived closer! Brooke is the best.

How cute is this teacher gift? Tell her {or him} she’s the sweetest and fill with her favorite candy.

Personalize a mug or vase for mom and fill with fresh flowers.

For a bridesmaid or dear friend, how about their initials with nail polish and tools?

Supplies:
Ceramic mugs or other pieces
Windex wipes or something to clean away dirt and get the surface clean
Oil-based sharpies–I prefer fine tip. Make sure they’re oil based! I found these at Michaels Craft Store.

*Tips*
*Practice your design on paper first
*Keep it simple and  sweet
*Consider adding a scalloped edge around the bottom
*Let the pen wobble a bit–it’s hard to keep the pen completely straight
*Use a q-tip and nail polish remover to clean away errors
*Set mug in oven, let oven heat to 350*, bake for 30 minutes, then let oven cool with mug still inside
*hand wash

Want to see the video? Click above for all the details.

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a fun {and easy} project to share {mounting photos on wood DIY}

decorating, DIY By April 1, 2015 9 Comments

I’ve got a fun {and easy} project to share today! I snapped this pic of our green, vintage typewrite with a sweet note–and I loved it so much, I decided to mount it on wood. Also, as a gift for you, I’m including the high res image to download. Feel free to create this same project or frame the photo. It’s super high res–so you could go quite large! Read on for details.

I’ve got a thing for vintage typewriters–so when I found this green one at a thrift store, I snatched it. Isn’t it sweet?

For this project, all you’ll need is…

*a piece of wood {I got this one at Michaels for $5}
*a large photo {i had this photo developed at costco}
Click here to download the high res image typewrite image. This is my gift to you! For personal use only.
*white glue {thinned with water, 2 parts glue/1 part water}  or modge podge
*sponge or paint brush

Lay wood on top of photo and trace around edges.
Then tear photo inside of lines, so the wood will show around edges.

Cover the wood with glue mixture, then cover the back of the photo with glue mixture

Place photo on wood and cover top of photo with glue mixture

Let dry completely

I nailed directly through the wood, but you could attach a hanger to the back {if you’re not lazy like me!}

Click here to download typewriter image. For personal use only.

So fun and easy, right? I think this would be adorable with pictures of your kids at the beach. Three in a row over the fireplace? Love it!

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fallen in love with willow and sage magazine feature!

DIY, features By January 30, 2015 6 Comments

I have fallen in love with a new magazine! I’m sure you’ve heard of Stampington–they create magazines such as Where Women Create, Artful Blogging and Somerset Life. Such beautiful publications! They have a new magazine called Willow and Sage–and they featured my sister weekend in there. I am so excited! Take a look.

These magazines are worth keeping for years. The photos are high quality with a matte finish. So inspiring!

In August I snuck away for a magical few days with my sisters. We stayed in an airstream trailer and had so much fun talking, laughing and eating amazing food. I want to go back. So bad.

I surprised the sisters with some handmade foot scrub and we soaked our feet. It was so fun and relaxing.

The foot scrub is incredibly simple. It’s just brown sugar grape seed oil and if you want, a splash of almond or mint flavoring for a nice scent. I use it all the time in the shower. It makes my skin so soft and moisturized. Love it.

For a gift, just put into a mason jar and make a little tag. Seriously simple, pretty and practical.

Click here to follow Stampington on Facebook. And here to follow them on Instagram.

And if you want lots of inspiration for homemade bath products, hop over here and get a copy of Willow and Sage. You won’t be sorry!

What’s your favorite make-at-home beauty treatment? Please share!

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hello california snowmen

christmas, DIY, hello monday By December 8, 2014 11 Comments

It’s been warm here in California BUT lately we’ve had some rain and things have cooled off a bit. We need the rain so badly and we’re feeling thankful and cozy. Since it doesn’t snow where we are, we have to get creative with making snowmen. This year, the cousins painted snowman ornaments. I found these at Target and they were a HIT!

It’s a brand new week. How about some hellos?

***Hello Monday is where I greet the new week with an open heart and a fresh perspective. It’s a new beginning–and there’s so much to be thankful for! Join me by leaving your own hellos in the comments section or linking up a hello monday post there!***

Hello cousins gathered around the table. This is the stuff memories are made of!

Hello finding a craft project that works with three year olds and twelve year olds. Victory!

Hello taking this project very seriously.

Hello letting the paint dry and then hanging them from the tree.

Hello planning for other Christmas crafts. It’s our tradition to make gingerbread houses and cut snowflakes.

Hello wanting to eat healthy this month BUT being way too tempted by sweets at every turn. January is a new beginning, right?

Hello busy busy workshop! We are kinda crazy over here!

Hello quiet evenings at home. We’re working through all our favorite Christmas movies…Elf, Rise of the Guardians, Polar Express, and more!

Hello wanting more coffee because the mornings are gray and chilly.

Hello planning gifts for teachers, aides and babysitters. They are such a blessing in our lives!

Hello haircuts. Didn’t we just get haircuts? It’s already time again?!

Hello to YOU! What are you saying hello to this week? Leave some hellos in the comments or link up your own hello monday post there!

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