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How to Paint a Door to Boost Your Curb Appeal

When one door opens, you meet a friend! I met Katie when placing an order for vinyl house numbers. I originally wanted them for my door but it didn't work out (my doors have windows and it just wasn't going to look right) but I had to use my cute numbers somewhere! So I used them on my flower pots and get so many kind comments. :) In our subdivision, lots of houses round here look pretty similar. So, Memorial Day I treated myself to a pretty curb appeal project by painting my front door. I'll tell you right now, I'm not a professional, but I got the job done. And I think it looks lots better than the original. If you want to do the same, here's what I did: Start with an ordinary boring door that looks like everyone else's. Check. Clean said door thoroughly with soapy water. Take an exacto blade and clean any bug guts, mud, or any other gross stuff off. If you've put any vinyl on your door previously, use your blade to remove it, and get some
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DIY Friendship bracelet chair cushion for design sponge

After I made the rug I kept on eyeing my blue chair thinking, "there's gotta be a way to apply the friendship bracelet process" and it worked out like a charm! In fact, it's a bit easier to work with a chair than a rug because you can work directly from the spokes. This DIY was featured on design*sponge yesterday (as was a reference to my oversized paper flowers by Ruche). Materials: 2 sets of 8 pieces of fabric (can be repeated colors), needle, thread, scissors Step 1: Pair the colors together and start by tying two around the first spoke. Step 2: Continue pairing and tying the colors until you get to the middle. Step 3: Start from the opposite side and work in using the same color order. Step 4: Begin the friendship bracelet process with the number four. These next few steps are the same as the rug. Check out the instructions here. Step 5: When you get to the end cut off the ends and stitch them up with a needle and thread. Step 6: Tuck the

Living in a dreamland

Hej! Did you have a lovely weekend? I sure hope so. Sounds nerdy, but I got to clean up around the house and quite enjoyed myself. Coincidentally two of our rooms (aka: about half the apt) don't have light because our light bulbs all ran out at about the same time. Odd? I think so. These collages by Beth Hoeckel transport me to another world. There's something very Scandinavian about the figures...perhaps it's the colorful 50s/60s vibe. This girl living in flowers below is a scene both out of my dreams and reality. Dreams with the flowers. Reality with the dark, cloudy sky (Oh, Denmark, why?!) This scene above feels Norwegian with the high mountains surrounding the fjords. This one, I just had to...I've always wanted to know what I'd look like as a brunette. I think I'll stick with blonde. I could have shown you her whole oeuvre, but check it out yourself. Really exciting stuff .

Popping up paper flowers everywhere!

This post is for Paige who's making her wedding bouquet. I made some paper flowers for a magazine shoot a couple of weeks ago and redid the flower I used for my bouquet. I'm gonna give a few more pointers on how to make them. One thing I need to emphasize is the paper quality. I'd recommend using Canson's art papers. Cardboard type papers are too thick and rip easily, but on the other hand, you don't want it too thin either. For the stem of my wedding bouquet I had bought a big silk flower and took the blossom off and used the plastic stem. This time around with no place to buy silk flowers I used branches from the nearby commons and spraypainted them lightly in gold just to give them a little shine. For the dimensions, I used the same pattern as the centerpiece diy but the height is about 9" and the widest part of the petal is 8" and the smallest point at the bottom of the petal about 2". I added leaves by curling the flowers and sticking to them to

Royal theater flea market

Thankfully, I have a husband who speaks Danish (very appropriate for this here country) and can read the newspaper otherwise I would have spent last Saturday in my house escaping the cold. Instead, he told me about the Royal Danish Theater flea market where they were to sell their props and sets. "You know, this means that not only are we going, we're going to be the first in line don't you?" was my response. However, Paul had to go pick up our new sofas that morning in a far away land, so it was I who headed solo. I totally underestimated the second-hand spirit of Copenhagen. These people LOVE all things second hand. Not only was I not the first in line, but I had to wait AN HOUR AND A HALF to get inside the door. And you know when you're waiting in line for something, like a flea market inside a mysterious building that could possibly hold all of your wildest dreams, and each person who comes might possibly have already taken your wildest dreams? I was distraugh

Material World review

Material World review because we're living in a material world and I am a material girl...the song is still in my head. Well....success! The event was great fun and went off without a hitch, if you don't count the IMF traffic and fall of rain. In the middle of the night I dreamt of adding a little red flag to the thank you gifts for our speakers and panelists and it turned out like so... Touch of moss, wrapped in twine with a toothpick and red flag. Golf-esque, but oh so Alice in Wonderland too. I'm kind of thrilled about them. I had to make a purchase at Anthro to get those boxes. You can never have too many monogramed letterpress cards can you? I brought over a car chock full of left over sticks from the Danish Embassy project, which turned into these little moss trees above. The security guard took a liking to our project and even put in his suggestions, though I'm not sure he was so approving of us taking rocks from the White House lawn to stabilize the t

Bracing for ramadan, the wafi mall & more food

Friday, sorry I mean Thursday, was undeniably the hottest day I have experienced here so far. Stu picked me up to go for lunch, and the walk from the office to the car (probably only a couple hundred meters) was literally hell. I could feel the heat radiating off the paving and tar, and baking down on my head all at once. When I got into the car, happily very air-conditioned, the dash read 47!! Thats a record, well for me at least. We went to the Wafi Mall, which is part of Wafi City (an Egyptian themed complex) for a bite to eat at Wafi Gourmet. What an exquisite shop. Its a large deli-style restaurant laid out around a central counter laden with pre-prepared meals, cheeses and various meat dishes; and around the perimeter are baskets of fresh fruit and veg, olives, nuts, dates and other counters displaying sweets and pastries galore! Its a treasure trove.. Sadly I was not allowed to take a picture of the inside of the shop so you will just have to imagine the nicest deli you can and