Weekend Inspiration

Caught this guy lurking among my plants. I wonder what sort of mischief he’s up to….

Happy Easter weekend! However you celebrate, I hope it’s lovely. I think I’m still traumatized from the last time I encountered an Easter bunny, ha, so I’ll just be taking it easy this weekend.


This tutorial for updating and replacing the art on an old canvas is really clever.

If your canvas needs a simple frame after its makeover, here’s a tutorial for that, too.

Or maybe art on canvas isn’t your style, and you’d prefer some awesome geometric wood art.

Follow this detailed tutorial to make your own concrete geometric diamond.

Macrame plus plants? Yes please!

Don’t ever let anyone convince you that a vegan diet is one of deprivation. These vegan coconut fudge brownies say otherwise.

Love these modern stained glass pieces.

Closet Hacking, Part 3: DIY Jewelry Storage

As part of my bedroom walk-in closet/dressing room makeover, I decided to give my pegboard jewelry storage boards an update, too. They’ve served me really well since I made them almost three years ago, but I wanted to consolidate a bit. My DIY stud earring rack was on a different wall than this rack, meaning that I had to go back and forth if I couldn’t decide which earrings to wear. Plus, I didn’t have a great way to store earrings that weren’t studs, but didn’t have open hooks, like hoop earrings. So I added two new ways to store earrings: A screen rack for studs, and a bar for hoops and closed hooks. And I threw a little shelf for bracelets on there while I was at it.

DIY jewelry storage solutions for how to store stud earrings, hoops, and earrings with hooks.

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Beyond Green: Purple Plants

A couple of months ago I was poking around a plant nursery right before they closed for the season, and I spotted a tiny plant with a few neon-purple, fuzzy leaves. I had never seen a plant with such bright purple foliage, but I was intrigued, so I bought it, and it has been on my kitchen windowsill ever since. It looks especially cool when the sunlight shines through its purple leaves.

Bored with green? Here are a few purple plants to add to your indoor jungle

The guy at the nursery didn’t know what kind of plant it was, other than that it was “related to eggplants,” so for a while I had no idea what it was, but when I was searching for the identity of another mystery plant, I identified this one. It’s a purple passion plant, which brings me to the subject of this post: purple plants! If regular old green leaves aren’t doing it for you, then here are a couple of houseplants that you should know about.

Bored with green? Here are a few purple plants to add to your indoor jungle

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Weekend Inspiration

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Happy Friday! I got to make the prettiest mess this week with gold leaf, which is always fun. And it’s been an extra-rainy spring in Portland this year, but now it’s starting to pay off in flowers, hooray! Hope you have a wonderful weekend planned. Here are some ideas to help inspire you.

Speaking of flowers, edible flowers can make any dish prettier. Here are ten flowers that you can grow and eat.

This week I shared the two hanging planters I made over with paint and gold leaf, but I actually have another, and I’m considering giving it some colorful paint drips.

If you don’t have outdoor space for a garden, here’s a neat way to make an indoor hanging window garden.

Like pretty much everyone, I’ve been listening to S-Town lately. I only have one episode to go, and like the best books, I’m desperate to get to the end to find out what happens, but I’ll be sad when it’s over. Have you listened to it?

Totally getting the itch to make a DIY letter board.

Last night I had to get up at 3:30 am to stop our heater from making loud banging noises (we have someone coming to hopefully fix it next week), so home repair is on my mind. This list of home maintenance tips is a good one.

Warning: These photos may make you want to paint your house in pastels. (Can’t believe they skipped blue, though.) Would you take the pastel paint plunge?