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DIY Gold Wooden Bar Rod Necklace

I thought this necklace by Laura Lombardi (for $115!) would make a great DIY! If you follow my blog then you’ve already seen my ring based off of this design. If you haven’t seen it, you can find it here. Look below for my tutorial for this necklace!


  • Wooden rods
  • Gold metallic paint
  • Craft glue (I used tacky glue)
  • Strong glue
  • Paint brushes
  • Masking tape
  • Jewelry eye pins
  • Chain
  • Necklace closure
  • Cardboard
  • Wax paper

1) Arrange your rods in the formation you’d like. (Trim any if necessary.)

2) Use the masking tape to tape them together.

3) Carefully peel up the masking tape.

5) Cut a cardboard square to fit the back of the pendant.

6) Spread craft glue on the untaped side using a paint brush and apply the piece of cardboard to the back.

7) Use a piece of wax paper to cover the glued side…

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You’ll need:
5″ x 7″ piece of faux leather vinyl
Rorschach pattern (available here)
8 feet of thin chain (cut into 19 5″ pieces)
20-21 inches of thick chain
21 4mm jump rings
a black permanent marker
double sided tape
a leather rotary punch
small sharp scissors
2 pairs of pliers

Print the downloadable pattern here. Feel free to scale the image before printing (we printed it in actual size for this tutorial). Carefully cut out the pattern with a pair of small sharp scissors. Cut out the inside shapes.

Tape the pattern to the backside of the vinyl leather using double sided tape. Make sure no tape is exposed. With a thick permanent marker, paint around the outside edges of the pattern. Work from the inside out for nice clean marks and fill in the inside shapes.

Let the markings dry and remove the paper from the vinyl…

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Wow! Goodwill

This article was contributed by our resident home DIY expert, Kim Loring.

The second I saw an article online about DIY-ing this pet bed out of a vintage suitcase, I knew I had to try it!

My kitties have been known to squeeze into some crazier places than a suitcase. So I knew it had to work! When I spied a vintage suitcase at Goodwill, I scooped it up.

I picked up some finial heads (which usually cap the ends of curtain rods) at Home Depot, and a dowel at Hobby Lobby. The finials will become the “feet” for the bed, and I can even use the curtain rods to help prop open the suitcase.

First, I drilled holes in the bottom of the suitcase where the finials would screw in.

I purchased an inexpensive piece of egg crate from Hobby Lobby, and considered buying fabric to make a…

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Haus of Ariella

I’m making my own bouquet (and bouquets for my bridesmaids) with the ribbon flowers I showed you how to make last week and these sheet music paper flowers. Making these isn’t as easy as the ribbon flowers, but they aren’t too hard once you get the technique down. You can use any kind of paper you’d like with these – book pages and spiffy colored papers also work well. Since I’m making so many of them for the wedding, I usually do them in batches of eight or so and leaving off the stems for easier storage. A note of warning for all cat owners – these apparently make excellent cats toys, so keep them in a kitty-free zone.

What You Need

  • Sheet Music – thrift stores are a good place to go for cheap, useless sheet music (I feel bad cutting up anything I like). I found some mine…

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Sequin Gown

I don’t have a lot of time to post this week, since I’m working in a thousand different things at the moment and I will also be attending Portugal Fashion, but I thought I should share this DIY skirt I found on Pinterest.

Pretty simple, ah?

By the way, for those of you who already have an account on Pinterest, you can find me here.

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366 Days of Pinterest

I usually pass right by all the crazy nail polish pins that I see. I’ve never really been one to wear nail polish. It either chips an hour after I put it on, or I start picking at it. I was intrigued by this pin though. With the help of rubbing alcohol, you are supposed to be able to transfer a printed image to your nail. Sadly, it was not as easy as it sounds.

You will need:

– light color nail polish (white, light pink, cream, pale green, etc)
– rubbing alcohol
– small cup
– digital supplies (laser print or copy)
– nail polish topcoat


1. Find some great papers that you’d like to have on your nails. I found a cute polka dot pattern just by searching on Google. You will probably want to reduce the scale of your paper so that the design…

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Say Yes to Happy

I love this simple white frame as a key holder. It is a nice touch to such a mundane thing around the house.

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So last year for Christmas I was inspired, as it seems most were, to do a semi-homemade gift exchange. My mother is very hard to shop for so I knew that things I made with love would mean so much more to her.

One of my gifts was inspired by a tutorial on Design Sponge. The map etched tray, shown below, is absolutely gorgeous but not exactly what I wanted to do. 

I decided to use this as inspiration to make my own beautiful serving tray. It turned out gorgeous and my Mom and family loved it. Since Christmas I have been dying to make one for myself though. So last week I did just that and I’m going to share all the steps with my lovely readers!

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Isn’t this a cute diy project? We think this is the perfect way to ‘spring up’ your room or garden. We found this picture on pinterest and we are definitely going to make this ourselves to flower up Cecile’s student room. What do you think?


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