Necklace Organizer Frames: Pinterest Challenge

Necklace Frames

As you probably have figured out by now, it’s Winter Pinterest Challenge time! Hosted by Sherry, Katie, Michelle, and Megan. And it’s totally not hosted or sponsored by Pinterest (although don’t you think it’s time they get in on this action?!)

Anywhoo. I had some fun with this challenge & FINALLY got a project (or two) checked off my to do list.

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DIY Lampshade Update: Pinterest Challenge

Lamp Shade Update - DIY Painted Navy Stripe

Why yes, I know I’m a day early, but I did two projects for the Winter Pinterest Challenge. I’ll be back tomorrow to share the more involved project. This project only took about 20 minutes total – including taping and two coats of paint. I had lots of grand ideas for what to do to update the lampshade but when I though hard about it, I realized I didn’t want an overly involved pattern. I was also concerned that if I did one of the ribbon ideas, it would look good in pictures, but in real life it might look like “Oh, you glued some ribbon to your lampshade…” So that’s how the idea of the navy stripe was born.

There’s no tutorial, because it was super simple! I taped off a stripe using some blue painters tape and then taped of another a few inches above the first. Then I simply painted the stripe using some Martha Stewart “Deep Sea” Craft Paint in a satin finish. I thought one coat would do the trick, until I turned on the light, at which point it was clear that I did not get good coverage everywhere. It was an easy fix though – I just painted another coat over the first with the light turned on, to make sure that I got proper coverage the second time around!

Lamp Shade Update - DIY Painted Navy Stripe and New Pillows

So what do you think? I think it’s already brightened up that spot! I’m still considering painting, or otherwise updating the lamp itself. Maybe some white paint? Or some sisal rope? What project are you sharing tomorrow?

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Photo of the Week: Penny with Mr. Monkey

Somebody got a Valentines day toy from the Target after Valentines day clearance sale.  Meet Mr. Monkey.  He crinkles and has a squeaker  which is apparently the perfect combination as far as Penny is concerned.  He’s also holding up well – despite being stepped on while his ears / legs / arms are being stretched away from his body.  Not bad for $1.49!
Penny and Mr Monkey Polaroid

New Look(s)

If you read my posts on the blog, you may have noticed that we went through a few different looks over the last few weeks.  I tried a few different things, none of which really worked for me…  I think I’ve finally settle on something that’s clean and fresh & that still allows you to easily navigate the site.  Do let me know what you think.

And because a post isn’t a post without a picture, here’s one of the chairs at Shake Shack.  I LOVE the colors and the shape.

Chairs at Shake Shack

Oh and one of {a very sleepy} Penelope too.

Sleepy Penny

Lamp Update Ideas

Well I have to say, I seem to have pretty good timing with my desire to continue updating the living room.  As you may have heard, the Pinterest Challenge is back!  Also, this time it is co-hosted by one of my favorite blogs, Decor and the Dog!

Since the consensus from your comments was that I should do something with the boring beige lampshade, I plan on taking it on as my Pinterest challenge.  Here’s the culprit – Mr. “Boring Lamp.”

Design Dilemma - Boring Lamp

Here are some of the ideas I’ve been pinning / considering for taking my lamp from boring to fun.  (Each picture should take you to the pin & the source beyond that).





Now I just need to decide on a process & pick a color!  Are you planning on tackling a project for the Pinterest challenge?

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