Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Pure Life Jewelry Giveaway


Happy New Years Eve everyone! To celebrate the new year, I am hosting a super fun giveaway! Winner will receive a $35 credit to Pure Life Jewelry. I love this stuff! Right on trend. I've been rocking a Jade .45 Caliber Necklace

Follow me on Instagram, click on the photo of the necklace, and learn how to enter. Good luck!



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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #16

Hi everyone! Any fun New Years plans? Its another Tuesday and another party! Anyone else get tools or supplies for Christmas? I'm sure you've already put them to good use. Show me what you've been working on, and as always, remember to share the love and click on a few other links.



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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

3-D Plywood Trees


A little while back I shared with you my leg of the 12 Days of Christmas Tablescapes Tour, put together by my friend Jen from House of Wood. Today happens to be the last day of the tour and the fabulous Ana White is sharing her table setting. Click here to see my spin on a modern Christmas tablescape and to get a full list of all 12 bloggers.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What to Buy a DIYer for Christmas


Holy cow! How did this year go by so fast?! I get asked about tools a lot, so I decided to put together a few lists of my favorite, essential tools, breaking them into skill categories. All the links below are affiliate links, which means I make a very small commission if you buy the product. Although I may make a little money from selling these tools, I can honestly say I use EVERY SINGLE ONE of them on a regular basis. I am recommending them because I honestly love them! If you or someone you know is a "do-it-yourself" kind of person, these tools are essential. 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #15

Happy Tuesday everyone! Christmas is coming. Yikes! This week is super busy for everyone, I'm sure, but I know you guys have been working on some amazing holiday projects. Lets see them!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Apple Pie Macarons


Like may of you, I have the tradition of handing out goodie trays to friends and neighbors around the holidays. For the past couple of years, I've added a couple french macarons to each tray. I think I've had at least 5 people ask for my recipe. I've shared my recipe for Caramel Cashew Macarons with you on the blog, and today I'm

Thursday, December 11, 2014

4th Day of Christmas- Modern Tablescape


Last month, my friend Jen Woodhouse sent me an email about an idea she had. Fast forward a few weeks, and I'm part of the 12 Days of Christmas Tablescapes Tour. Take a look at the a-mazing line-up of bloggers who are sharing their best DIY holiday table decor. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #14

Happy Tuesday everyone! Dang, doesn't this time of the year just go by so fast?! Only 2 more Tuesdays till Christmas. Are you ready? Me? Absolutely not. That doesn't mean that I haven't been busy, like I'm sure you have. I want yo see those Christmas gifts and holiday decor you've been working on! You guy bring it every week. Let's see what ya got this week!


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Saturday, December 6, 2014

DIY Geometric Bank


With Christmas right around the corner, I've been working on some DIY gifts. I've heard its a stage that a lot of kids go through, but my boys have been obsessed with money lately. Anytime I pull out my wallet, they start begging for pennies. My husband and I have been trying to teach them that money is valuable, and something we have to work for. So, I decided to build them each a DIY coin bank. 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Raspberry Brownie Trifle


Its the holiday season, so that means its dessert time! I showed you a sneak peak of this raspberry brownie trifle when I shared photos of the Merry & Bright Blogger Mash-up I worked on. 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Outside [The Box} Link Party #13

Happy Tuesday everyone! Anyone else having trouble zipping up their pants after last week? Well, its time to spring back into action and party! There has been a little changing going on, and our party currently only has 4 hosts. As usual, any great projects we see will be pinned to the Best of Outside [The Box] Pinterest board. So show us what you've been up to! 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #12

Happy early Thanksgiving everyone! I know this is a busy week, but I want to see what you've been up to. Share you best DIY, craft, or home decor project, and especially show off those holiday themed ideas!


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Monday, November 24, 2014

15 Alternative Christmas Trees


I'm all for tradition. Classic evergreen Christmas trees are great, BUT....

Sometimes you just need something new. I put together a round-up of 15 stylish, alternative Christmas trees that you can DIY. Don't worry, I will still put up my old-school, green tree this year, but you can bet I'm going to have a few of these non-traditional babies around the house too.

Friday, November 21, 2014

DIY Wood Slat Christmas Tree


Last week  I shared a sneak peak of the Merry and Bright Blogger Mash-up (A.K.A. a bunch of SUPER talented do-it-yourself bloggers teamed up, threw a party, and decided to invite me in on the action). I promised tutorials, and here is my first. (Psst... Printable cut-list below!)

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #11

Welcome back friends! Its party time again. I'm sure many of you have been busy getting your homes ready for guests and getting your craft on with cute holiday ideas. Well, I'm dying to see them! Check out the features, share some love, and link up you latest DIY, craft, or home decor project. Remember, each week's features are pinned to our Outside [The Box] Pinterest group board. Now, show me what 'cha got!



Carissa | Carissa Miss
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Megan | Splendid Design

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Merry & Bright Blogger Mash Up



Dudes... I have been so excited to share this party with you guys! (I say "dude" a lot in real life). Did you know that as a people, bloggers tend to be procrastinators? That being said, there were a lot of late nights being spent putting this party together.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #10

Happy Tuesday everyone! If you're anything like me, you are starting to get swamped with holiday planning. I have some awesome blog stuff I'm going to share with you guys soon, and my life outside the computer is getting crazy (like I'm sure it is for many of you).

Anyhoo, you all have been bringing you A-game in with your links. Keep it up! Show me what awesome projects you have been up to. Party on!



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Thursday, November 6, 2014

DIY Wood Plate Chargers


If you stopped by last week, you caught a glimpse of my latest project. Sometimes simple is perfect. Although not my most complex project, I am SO happy with the way these DIY wood plate chargers turned out.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #9

Happy Tuesday everybody and welcome to November! You will be happy to know that my beard is starting to grow in nicely :)

It that time of the week when we get to party! Did you know you don't have to have a blog to join a link party? Yep, if you have an awesome DIY, craft, home décor/ design project to share, you can link an image from a website OR your Instagram account. We all love us some Instagram, don't we? Anyways, show me what you got! Let's party!




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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quick and Easy Wood Napkin Rings


I've been working on a fun, new project with Thanksgiving in mind. In the process of staging photos, I realized that I need a set of wood napkin rings... like immediately. I walked into the garage and a light bulb came on.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #8


Still tired from last weekend's Halloween parties? Yeah, me too. I'm so glad actual Halloween is on a Friday this year so I can catch up on rest for 2 days after! Anyways...
 
I had SO much fun picking out features from last week's Outside [The Box] Link Party. You guys seem to speak my language. Just a reminder though, although I'm a huge foodie, we ask for you to please not link up any recipes. Just DIY, crafts, art, and home décor/improvement. Now, show me what ya got!
 
 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

How to Upgrade Bookshelves


Once I decided to build a Pottery Barn knock-off desk for my husband, I knew the desk would be lonely without a pair of classic bookshelves. Its hard to find good bookshelves people, especially tall ones.  When you look online, you find a sea of particle board and bad laminate. Luckily, once upon a time (like... the 90's) you could easily find solid wood bookshelves. The best news is, since "they" decided oak is ugly, you can pick up a pair of these babies for peanuts on Craigslist. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #7


Ready to party?! Its the time of the week when you bust out your best DIY, craft, art, or home decor project and share it across 6 blogs! You guys have been killing it lately. Awesome projects! Don't just link up and leave. Click a few, pin a few, and share the love. 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pottery Barn Printer's Keyhole Desk Knock-off Tutorial


I am so excited to share today's post! I may have a new all-time favorite project. A few of you have been asking "Is the desk finished???". I've been sharing a few sneak peeks on Instagram and Facebook. Well, the desk has actually been done for a little while. The reason for the delay is I am involved in a seriously awesome collaboration (forgive me if I get a little fan-girl right now).

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Outside [The Box] Link Party #6

Happy Tuesday everyone! I had a little technical difficulty yesterday and a post accidentally went live before it was ready. If you happened to see it and wondered why the links didn't work, no worries, the post will be up tomorrow fully functional. I'm really excited about tomorrow's post! It features a collaboration with someone that I have been dying to work with for years. 

In the meantime, I have an awesome link party for you! Find some photos of your latest DIY, craft or home decor project, link it up below, and share the love. Make sure to check out the awesome features and pin away!


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Friday, October 10, 2014

How to Add Edge Banding To Plywood


Edge banding is pretty sweet stuff. It is paper thin strips of wood veneer that you apply to the edges of plywood, giving the look of solid boards. A great way to save some major money! I have a super cool furniture project that I will be sharing with you all next week. It involved a bit of *edge banding, so I thought I would share my tips for how I apply the stuff. First though, I want to announce the winner of the Country Chic Paint giveaway.



Congrats to Karyl G! You're going to have a lot of fun playing around with your new products! Now, back to plywood.


Have you ever looked at cut plywood? The top and bottom look like large slabs of solid wood, but the layered edges give away your secret. Now don't get me wrong, plywood edges can be beautiful, like this and this. But often, we want to hide the ply. That's where edge banding comes in. You can find it easily at both Home Depot and Lowe's. It comes in different widths, but the most commonly found is probably 13/16 inch.  "That's an odd width" you may be thinking. Its actually the perfect width for 3/4" plywood. I'll explain why in a bit. Try to find edge banding in the same species of wood as your plywood (i.e. oak, pine, birch, etc.)

You can find glue-less veneer edging, but don't waste your time. Unless you are a wood working expert, stick with the pre-glued stuff. When you open the package, the edge banding will be in a roll. One side of the veneer will be smooth and the other will be textured. The texture is the glue.



The glue is heat activated. To attach the edge banding, find an old iron and crank up with heat to the "cotton" setting. Line up the veneer along the exposed edge of plywood you want to cover. It will hang over the edges a tiny bit, that's okay. Starting on one end, place the iron on the veneer for a few seconds.



As soon as you remove the iron, immediately and firmly rub the veneer with a scrap piece of wood. This smooths the veneer and helps work the glue into the layers of the plywood. Work in small sections, making sure the veneer is still warm when you start to rub it.



Once you have one edge banded you need to trim off the excess. You can find *little trimmers that are cheap and work great, but if you don't have one handy, a sharp utility knife works well too. You want to place the board on edge, on top of a smooth, hard surface (I use my concrete driveway). Using a good amount of pressure, glide the blade along the edge of the plywood, shaving off the excess veneer. Trim the ends flush too.



Once you have banded all the edges, use a piece of  medium grit sandpaper or a foam sanding block to soften the edges. There you go! Looks like a solid board right?



 Just make sure you don't leave whatever you banded in the garage when its over 100 degrees...trust me. You can check out Instagram for the proof. No fear. I learned my lesson and ended up with beautifully edge banded boards. Stay tuned to see what I used them on! 




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