On a side note:
WOW…I really can’t thank you all enough for you amazingly supportive words and birthday wishes lately. They touched by heart and made the celebration so incredibly special for me.
What did I do on the internet before Pinterst?! I’m assuming I was far more productive at other things in my life, but WHATEVER! I’ve been digging through pages of inspiration lately to find ideas for my office. Here are some of my favorite DIY ideas that are posted to my Pinterest DIY board. I’m hoping to do a few of these projects in the near future.
Paper Geometric Mobile!
I feel like mobiles are for babies room, but I love this and I don’t have a baby. I’m working on a remodel of my office and I’m thinking of building one for my office as an art piece. Is that weird?
Via: Craft Tuts+
Salvaged Wood Jewelry Holder!
A long while back, I shared that I use a rustic candelabra to hold my jewelry. I still love this method, but I need more jewelry storage since the candelabra is packed now. When I get around to tackling the closet, I’m going to build something like this along with some sort of earring display/storage.
Via: Visibly Moved
Hiding a Router!
This is a pretty genius way of hiding some of the computer equipment/cables that tend to lie around the office. I’m definitely going to try this as I redo my office. I don’t know that I’ll actually use it for my router, but I have a lot of other chargers (etc) to use with this idea.
Via: Sweet Sanity
Hiding a Router (part deux)!
This is another take on how to hide a router, and I love the vintage feel of using a book. If I’m not able to hide my router under my desk, this is the inspiration I’ll use.
Etched Glass Tray (out a Window!)
I have an oddly large amount of trays in my house. I actually use them to carry things between floors, like when I need to move dishes from my office back to the kitchen. I love the idea of using a salvaged window to create such a beautiful design. This could also make an amazing housewarming or goodbye gift to someone that is moving to a new city.
I think I’m going to do something like this in the coming months. I have the perfect spot for it next to my BBQ and under a window.
Industrial Coffee Table!
This one is on my to-do list right now. I need a new coffee table in my living room and I think this would be perfect.
Via: The Locker
I’ve always loved this project but don’t have easy access to scrap palettes. I only wish I had seen this when I had a small balcony, I’m not sure where I would put it these days, but I’m using it as an inspiration for decorating my front door.
Via: Life on the Balcony
DIY Painted Mugs!
I like the imperfect design and think this would make the cutest holiday party favor (or hostess gift) with some hot cocoa or flavored coffee.
Via: Wit & Whistle
A really beautiful DIY dining table!
I said before that I’m in the process of re-designing my office, and I’m thinking that this table might make the perfect desk. It has the rustic feel, but slim profile, that I want.
What DIY projects are you ‘pinning’ lately? Feel free to leave your Pinterest handle in the comment section!
I’ve been putting a lot of thought into if I wanted to set any goals in the new year, and took nearly a month to actually post something! Since I set specific goals around my birthday [30 in 30], I decided that I wasn’t doing any New Year’s Resolutions this year. No need to overwhelm myself with more goals when I have plenty to work on before my birthday in May. So instead of New Year’s Goals or Resolutions, I decided to focus on 10 principles to live by.
Once I wrote out the list, I realized that this isn’t how I want to live in just 2013…it’s how I want to live my whole life. I think most are self explanatory and you can certainly adjust them if you’d like to use a similar list for yourself. I think the one that probably needs clarification is, ‘Don’t Take Anything Personally’. I took this principal from the book, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book). It means exactly what it sounds like, but the author can explain much better than I as to why it’s so important. I praised this book when I originally read it in March 2012, and you can read more about my impression in this post. That book changed the way I live my life now, and I would recommend it to anyone that’s ready to listen to the message.
So there you go, that’s what I’ll be focusing on in 2013 (and beyond).
What would you add if you were making a [how to live your best life] list?
This year has been a crazy ride. I never intended to disappear for most of December; but between work, travel, and the holidays…life got away from me. I am working on a 2012 recap as well as a 2013 hope/goals post, but in the meantime I wanted to wish everyone a very Happy New Year!
I can’t thank you enough for stopping by my little blog, and I can’t wait to share some really great things in 2013.
I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to pack up those hopes and dreams and hit the open road. It’s going be an amazing year.
Today is my last day in DC and it’s been an amazing trip, I’ve loved every second. So since I’m still travelling, this weeks grocery challenge is delayed until I get back into town, and over to the store tomorrow. Until then, I thought I’d share some amazing holiday cookies I’ve found on Pinterest.
I’m curious…what is your favorite holiday cookie? Or, favorite holiday dessert?
Mine used to be a simple oatmeal cookie (with orange zest) dipped in dark chocolate. Now I’d probably reach for the homemade toffee.
See ya when I’m back home!
This year has flown by, and the weather is finally catching up. It’s been in the low 40’s and high 30’s at night lately. I’m loving every sweater wearing second of it. I just wish it had felt like Autumn longer, it’s my favorite season. Until last week it’s been in the 90-100’s. Great for summer, but 95 degrees in November? REALLY?
Fun Fact – I’ve actually visited this waterfall in Oregon. Me and some coworkers visited during a work trip and totally miscalculated how long it would take to reach the top. We ended up climbing back down in complete darkness, our path lighted by the screen of our cell phones.
I’m sorry I disappeared on everyone recently, life has been out of control. Between trying to write the eBook, launch the Etsy store, keep up with the day job, and prepare for the upcoming half marathon (2 weeks!)…I’ve been losing my mind a bit. There was an unfortunate incident with an invasion of ants this past week that ruined 3 batches of fruit butter, and destroyed all the fresh fruit I had out for the next few batches. Needless to say my house, and life, is a mess right now, but it’ll pass. I already have 20 items created for the Etsy store and I can’t wait to share these things in the coming month.
I’ve also started thinking about the holiday and some fun projects. I’ve been really inspired by rustic finishes lately and I’m thinking of creating some sort of ornament chandelier for over the dining table for the holiday. This first pic is what made me think of the ornament chandelier. Has anyone ever used ornaments in a unique way in past, I’d love to see what you did.
This is short and sweet today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with the September Mental Dumbbells post. Also, as many of reminded me, I promised a Pumpkin butter recipe. It will be up soon as well.
A little lighting inspiration.
While the weather might not be cooperating yet, it’s finally time to bid this summer adieu. While I’m not a surfer (yet), I did grow up near the beach. Sand and water equals home to me no matter where I live. So here’s a a little inspiration of a fading summer.
What was the best part of your summer?
Ok, who’s ready for the change of leaves and a pumpkin latte…
…perhaps a good book and a cozy sweater?