Category: DIY

Yeah, I’m this crazy



One aspect of my 2016 focus on health has been taking supplements every night before bed. I currently take 3 in addition to my daily vitamin. What’s bothered me for a while now is how messy those pill bottles make my nightstand look. So for a few weeks i’ve looked online for a way to display pills within easy reach in a prettier way (I know, I’m crazy). I can’t just keep them in the bathroom or kitchen because I will legitimately forget about them. Then a few weekends ago, I was at Anthro and came across this beauty and it was like the lightbulb went on, the clouds parted, my wallet opened and I was coming home with a plan. I have to say, it’s working out really well. I don’t have to open 3 bottles every night and to the unsuspecting eye, it’s just a jewelry case. Obviously this wouldn’t be a good plan for a household with babies, but until that day comes – welcome to my pharmacy. Josh said it looks like a drug dealing grandma, and he’s probably right; I just choose to believe that’s really hot right now.

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xoxo,
Adora

wood & vinegar



Along with most women who spend a considerable amount of time pinteresting (that shouldn’t be a word, but I’m pretending it is), I have heard that vinegar and steel wool can combine their home cleaning powers and actually become a wood stain alternative. This week, I finally had a reason to test it out. A friend of ours asked Josh to build a little stand to put cupcakes on at her wedding. For germ reasons, we wanted to start with new wood, not scrap wood. I added the steel wool to a glass bowl, poured white vinegar over that until it was covered and then dumped a scoop of coffee grounds in for good measure. Then I covered that bowl with a plate, because vinegar smells horrible.

So, Josh rubbed the vinegar mix on with the steel wool and about an hour later, we had this awesome antique look! It worked as well as everyone has been saying it would, but word to the wise: give it time to dry. This was a late night project for us and the house smelled like vinegar for a whole day while the wood dried.



Anyway, give it a try, we love the way it turned out!
xoxo,
Adora

Succulent Moscow



The next time you’re near a Trader Joe’s stop in and pick up an adorable succulent that comes in a tiny terra-cotta pot for just a few bucks. Then, the next time you’re near Walmart, pick up their two pack of Moscow Mule Mugs for around $12. The terra-cotta planter fits right into the mug and you’re left with a super cute little plant addition for your shelf.

xoxo,
Adora

Photo Ledge === Wall Art



imageI wont sport with your intelligence by telling you how to screw two 1×2’s together at a 90° angle. It’s pretty straight forward, but then again, I didn’t actually have do it. Handy handsome husband perks, you know?
imageimageAnyway, for about $20 of wood (we had the stain & screws on hand) we made two 7 ft. long frame ledges to go above our standing desk.

Josh got 4 – 8ft 1″x2″ pieces and cut a foot off of each, stained, sealed, and screwed them together. Then, he screwed those into the wall above the desk.
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I’m so pumped about how this turned out. I love the way the letters shadow the wall when the overhead light is off and our work lamps are on.

This whole project ended up costing about $65. $45 for the letters (found on clearance at Joann’s for $3 each) and $20 for the wood. Not bad given how much wall it covers.
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Just like that, this has become my mantra for my work life and really, many other aspects of my life as well. I’ve messed with the spacing on the letter a few times a day for many many days. Probably will continue to do so. World without end.

Work hard & be nice, little babies. Until next time…

xoxo,
Adora

The Apartment 3 months later: music wall



Well, I made a promise and I have certainly tarried with the deliver of it, but now here it is. This post is part of a series on what we did to the apartment. View all the posts here. You remember the apartment when we moved in. And we spent the first two months really setting up shop. One of our very best friends moved to Austin shortly after we did, and was looking for a short term and affordable place to rent; the perfect answer was our second bedroom. So, our “formal dining” room became my new office, we always have our friend around and it’s worked out perfectly. On today’s edition of “The Apartment 3 Months Later” we are taking a look at our instrument wall!

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I actually saw a piece of art with this song reference before I ever heard the old crow medicine show song, Wagon Wheel and I was immediately intrigued. I “play” the guitar the way that all girls in high-school played guitar. I know major chords and that was enough to play every worship song from the late 90’s, so I never learned any more. While Josh, just recently got a banjo and is planning on taking lessons. We both said we wanted to hang the instruments up rather than have them in their cases in a closet, so this wall idea was born. I worked with a lovely woman on Etsy to get the vinyl, and at the last second, we decided to add the letters at a 90 degree angle to better fill the wall space. I think it worked out SO well. I’m finding that I play more, if I can just take the guitar down from the wall and then put it back there.

xoxo,
Adora

The Apartment 3 months later: Swings



Well, I made a promise and I have certainly tarried with the deliver of it, but now here it is. This post is part of a series on what we did to the apartment. View all the posts here. You remember the apartment when we moved in. And we spent the first two months really setting up shop. One of our very best friends moved to Austin shortly after we did, and was looking for a short term and affordable place to rent; the perfect answer was our second bedroom. So, our “formal dining” room became my new office, we always have our friend around and it’s worked out perfectly. On today’s edition of “The Apartment 3 Months Later” we are taking a look at our porch swings.
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Our “back porch” is about 10 square feet of cement and doesn’t have much going on. We tried keeping some things out there, but sadly, they were stolen. The only storage space out there is where the washer and dryer hook up. We weren’t really sure what we wanted to do. I didn’t want to risk buying some cute patio furniture and having it stolen. So, I decided I wanted classic swings, so we could sit out there and gently rock on our two swings and talk about our day. We got about 45 feet of rope and a 2 x 10 board  and then I sat inside fanning myself and being fed grapes while Josh labored away (okay not really, but I feel that way when he’s working hard and I’m not). Like everything Josh does, it came out perfectly. So now, we swing – and it’s the cutest darn thing you’ve ever seen.

xoxo,
Adora

Top 10 things to put in an Easter Basket



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1. Start with the basket itself. Make it a multiple meaning Easter basket. (A plant pot for the gardener, a mixing bowl for the baker, a helmet for the jock)
2. Chocolate candy (in the shape of a bunny, a cross, an egg, etc.)
3. Non-chocolate candy (I highly recommend starburst jelly beans or sweet tarts)
4. A fun little toy (water gun, play dough, whistle)
5. eggs eggs eggs (this is where you stuff the candy)
6. Green green fake grass (or green tissue paper)
7. A favorite DVD (think of the $5 bin at Walmart)
8. A pair of Easter themed panties or socks
9. An additional mini chocolate (say a yummy hello to mini snickers or butterfingers)
10. A funny shaped (over sized) Easter egg like a Darth Vader head.

xoxo,
Adora

nailed it



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So I officially tried that whole nail polish on scotch tape and then sticking it to your nail and I got to say…it works VERY well! A cuticle clipper is essential and as long as you do a thick clear coat on the top, you’re good to go. Time to break out my old scrap-booking scissors and have some fun!
xoxo,
Adora

cord wrap



Do you remember making friendship bracelets from embroidery thread when we were kids? They’re still doing this apparently. This is the same idea, except with one piece of twine and a charging cord (or any cord you like).
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Tape the twine to the top of the chord and then tie the twine around the cord pulling tight after each tie. This would have turned out better had I not tried to do this with my cats around. I really want to try to do this thicker rope and a pendant lamp…so that will probably happen soon.
xoxo,
Adora

iced chai at home



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Tazo is the same brand that Starbucks has used forever. You can DIY those iced chai latte’s for pennies on the dollar at home. Except you can make it organic! Organic chai mix is the same price as the regular chai latte mix. Combine one to one organic milk and the boxed chai concentrate, pour it over ice and ENJOY!
xoxo,
Adora