Favorite Projects of 2016

Happy post-Christmas! I hope you had a good celebration. Since I got home from Christmas travels, I’ve been lazing around a bit, planning for 2017. But first I had to look back on 2016, and take stock. I realized that I did a lot of projects this year that I’m proud of, so if you need a DIY project for the post-Christmas, pre-New Year’s Eve break, maybe one of these will catch your fancy!

First row: Concrete and gold plant pots | Triangle mirror | Brass hand earrings | Moon phases wall hanging
Second row: Copper pipe plant stand | Wood cheeseboard | Bottle labels | Leather plant hanger
Third row: Stud earring rack | Beeswax taper candles | Soap rocks | Copper and marble tray
Fourth row: Mineral chart tote bag | Concrete ring cones | Wood and leather storage ladder | Metal wall grid

Classy Cat Lady Gift Ideas

As I’ve admitted here more than once, I’m a proud cat lady. Actually, I love all animals, and someday I’ll probably have dogs, too, but for now I’m just crazy for my two cats. While I love cats, though, I don’t always love the products aimed at us cat ladies. Some of them are a little too cartoonish for my taste. So here are some cat lady gift ideas that celebrate cats, but still might appeal to design nerds.

classy cat lady gift ideas Desk plaque | Leggings | Notebook | PinPotholders | Earrings | MugKey ring

P.S. I’m such a cat lady that I made my cats their own cement grass planter.

Weekend Inspiration

Make this Christmas star wall hanging with air dry clay, string, and a branch
This week I shared some simple Christmas decor ideas, and a tutorial for how to make holiday star wall hangings in a couple of styles. So while I’ve started decorating for the holidays, we still don’t have our Christmas tree up. We have our tree, but it’s outside. This year we’re renting a living, potted tree from a local plant shop, and they said it should only be inside for 2 weeks, so we’ve been waiting to put it inside and decorate it. Tree-trimming is definitely part of the plan for this weekend! Is your tree up and all decorated already?

This copper mistletoe is such a pretty little project.

Make giant cross-stitch wall art.

Learn how to make gorgeous floral holiday wreaths.

Speaking of wreaths, this pompom wreath is really fun.

There are so many holiday markets coming up this weekend in Portland! I haven’t decided which ones to go to after I’m done trimming my tree, but The Portland Bazaar, Remodelista Market, and Pop-Up Shop PDX all look tempting.