Weekend Inspiration

Ireland

Photo from my trip to Ireland. See more on Instagram.

Having just gotten back from Ireland on Wednesday night, I’m going to be spending a lot of time this weekend trying to re-adjust and re-teach my brain when to sleep. Jetlag is making everything just a bit fuzzy, so it’s harder to catch up on all of the things I need to get done. This post did give me the perfect excuse to find cool stuff I’ve missed online in the past week, though.

What a fun mountain shelf project.

Wow, hard to believe that you can make this round wood mirror yourself.

A cute DIY for cactus fans. No green thumb required!

Get a jump on fall fashion by making these easy brass tassel earrings. (I also have a tutorial for brass tassel earrings, but these are a different take on the idea.)

This chili lime and sea salt watermelon sounds interesting and delicious. I want to try making a popsicle version!

Having just enjoyed the floral-patterned wallpapers of Ireland, I’m perfectly primed to love Anthropologie’s Liberty collaboration. Are you into it?

New concrete and gold plant pot designs

Hello! It’s been a while, and I’ve missed you guys, but I’ve been SO BUSY lately that I haven’t had a chance to blog. It’s been kind of a crazy few weeks, with me trying to finish up some big freelance projects before going on a trip. In the last few weeks I built the biggest thing I’ve ever built, in record-setting heat (high 90s for days). While it was really hard work, I learned a lot, and got it (mostly) done.

And now I’m in Ireland for the first time, for the wedding of some friends. I spent the past few days in Limerick, and just arrived in Dublin. So while I’m gone, I thought I’d share a quick how-to for my new favorite concrete and gold pot designs. I made these two pots for my tv segment, and loved how the designs turned out.

DIY concrete and gold plant pots

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Tips for Small Concrete Projects

Today I did something totally new for me: I went on TV! I’ve never even done video, so it was a big leap, but when AMNW asked me to demo a project on the air, I thought it sounded like fun. Here’s my segment, and I’m still working up the courage to watch it, but both my husband and dad said it was good! I chose one of my most popular projects, concrete and gold plant pots, and I made several more pots to show the project steps.

 

Ready to try your hand at a concrete project, like these pots? Here are a bunch of concrete tips to help ensure success.

When I was getting together the supplies and practicing the steps for the segment, I thought of a bunch of tips, but the time on-air went by so fast that I didn’t get a chance to share most of them. I’ve done several concrete projects now, including one of my favorites, concrete ring cones. So I’ll share some of my best tips and tricks for working with concrete in this post.

Read on for the tips