11.04.2013

October Project Round-Up


Man, October was one crazy month! As you may have read in my closing thoughts on my 31 Days series, I loved doing the series, but I'm so glad it's over! It's always fun for me to look back at the projects I've done over the course of the past month though, and I think this one might take the cake for most projects completed in a month. That's what writing for 31 days straight will do for ya :).

Before we get too far into November, I want to take take a few minutes to round up a few of my favorite projects from my series on using and loving what I have. If you missed any posts from the series, this is a great time to catch up!

This pleated fabric wreath has to be my favorite wreath I've made so far. The pleats are so feminine and that mustardy yellow remind me of fall.


I'm happy to report that Jackson loves the toys I made him. He has tried really hard to undo the knot in the middle of that coral and gray polka dot one, but has been unsuccessful so far (that's a win in my book!).


The enormous chalkboard I made using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was a fun experiment. I tried out hand-lettering for the first time and was pretty happy with how it turned out. It's hard though y'all! I truly admire people who do that kind of stuff well.


I finally put together a home tour for the blog. I'd love to add more to it and flesh it out a little bit, but now you can catch a few glimpses of our itty bitty city apartment in an easy to scroll through format. :)


Reusing and making items I already own better is one of my favorite things to do (duh, that's part of why I did my 31 Days series on that...) and that's exactly what I did with these appliqued pillows. They've taken the place of those gray, white and yellow pillows you see above on our couch for the fall season.

appliqued bird silhouette and fall leaves pillows

Who loves a trash-to-treasure story? I do! The base of this side table is an old wire trash can, so yes, there's a literal trash-to-treasure element to this one!

trash can turned side table

Felt and fabric came together beautifully to make a set of gold and white coasters for a friend of mine. I'm definitely going to be making more of these soon - Christmas is coming!

gold and white coasters made from felt and fabric

I introduced my 2014 desk calendar that's now available in my Etsy shop. Head on over and get yourself one! Here's a sample of a couple of the months. It's an instant download (which equals instant gratification :)).

My car needed some love, and I finally cleaned it and got it organized this month. I've now got a designated box for all the items I regularly keep in the car. It makes me so happy to not have clutter everywhere!


My ho-hum, blah roller shades got a Greek key treatment this month. I'm still working on finishing all of them, but they look so much better now with that little extra something on the bottom edge.

greek key trimmed roller shade

I styled up the shelving in our front hall, and I still smile every time I walk by it.


This new system for storing our dog, Jackson's leashes is working great so far. I love not having them scattered all over the top of that piece of furniture in our front hall.

organizing dog walking supplies

And last, but not least is this scrap wood turned votive holder I made using my new drill. I'm thinking I'm going to need to make a few more of these and put a few more scrap pieces of wood to work!

scrap wood turned votive holder

So goodbye October, hello November! Off to do some more projects! :)

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