Weekend Inspiration

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Happy Friday! Here in Portland we hardly ever get real snow, so yesterday’s accumulation of less than an inch, plus a coating of ice on top, really ground things to a halt around here. Some people love to complain about how unprepared we are for snow, but I think they need to chill out. There really isn’t much that can’t wait a day or two, so unless you’re an ER doctor, drink some tea, stay cozy, and enjoy the snow day while it lasts. That said, I’ll be playing catch-up a bit this weekend after the ice is melted, trying to fit in those holiday errands that I’ve missed out on this week. Here are some things I’d rather be enjoying, though:

 
Learn how to make this vintage-looking wood stool from modern materials.

Add a natural touch to your fabric by printing it with leaves.

These pomegranate caramel brownies look amazing.

This concrete wall sconce is a really interesting use of materials.

I was surprised to find out that this super cute fingerless glove pattern is crochet, not knit, so if you’re a crocheter, ready your hooks!

This week I shared a recipe for salted peanut butter chocolate chip cookies, and a tutorial for how to make your own neon sign.

More important now than ever: Dorothea Lange’s haunting photos of Japanese-Americans in US concentration camps during World War II.

Salted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last week I got the urge to make cookies. For some people this may be an everyday occurrence, but I actually can’t remember the last time I made a batch of cookies. Not because I don’t like cookies, but I keep busy baking plenty of other things. Christmas is the perfect excuse to bake treats, though, so I made a batch of these divine peanut butter chocolate chip cookies.
If you're a fan of peanut butter and chocolate, you owe it to yourself to try this recipe for salted peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

If you’re a fan of peanut butter and chocolate, you owe it to yourself to try this recipe.
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How to Make a DIY Neon Sign

Neon signs in homes have been been undergoing a renaissance recently, and inspired by this sign (no longer available), I decided to make my own DIY neon sign. Technically it’s faux neon, because it’s made with glowing electroluminescent (EL) wire instead of glass tubes and neon gas. Real neon is definitely not a DIY project most of us are equipped to handle, but shops like Electric Confetti prove that real neon isn’t required to make a real statement.
Follow this tutorial to make your own custom DIY neon sign

So here’s my take on how to create a simple DIY neon sign, which you can use to spell out any word you like. Or use it for a simple shape, but keep in mind that it needs to be drawn with one continuous line and no sharp turns.
Click through for the tutorial

November Round-Up

I have to admit that November wasn’t my most productive month blogging-wise. Between the disastrous election results, Thanksgiving travel, and some other freelance projects, I just didn’t share as much here as I would have liked. But I can’t pretend to be one of those websites with multiple contributors–I’m only one person, and I do everything around here, so that’s just how the cookie crumbles sometimes. On the bright side, I’m really happy with the projects and recipes I did share, and I’ll have a lot more content in December, so please stay tuned!

November DIY Projects

Marble tray with copper handle, and wood and leather storage ladderMarble tray with copper handle | Wood and leather storage ladder

 

November Recipes

southwestern sweet potato noodles, curried coconut corn chowder, and caramelized onion and roasted squash bruschettaSouthwestern black bean, corn, pepper, and sweet potato noodles | Coconut corn chowder | Caramelized onion and roasted squash bruschetta