DIY Minimalist Dream Catcher

I’ve lately become intrigued by dream catchers – and have wanted to take a stab at making my own version of the traditional Native American emblem. That said, I had very little confidence in my ability to weave the beautiful, intricate patterns found in a traditional dream catcher. This minimalist, modern take requires very little skill – and while it may not be very effective at catching dreams, it sure is pretty!

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Supplies:

12 ” Gold Macrame Ring

White Suede Lace

Jute Twine & White String

Wooden Beads

Feathers (not pictured)

Scissors & Hot Glue Gun

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Using a dab of hot glue to secure the suede at your starting point, begin to wrap the suede lace tightly around the ring.

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I decided to go about 3/4 of the way around the ring with the suede. I also decided to paint my nails for the first time in approximately eight months, so… yay me.

Dreamcatcher3Next, I stretched some more suede lace into a triangular-ish pattern – again using hot glue to attach the ends.

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Before I glued down the end, I strung on some beads, and arranged them in random places around the pattern. A dab of hot glue under the bottom bead keeps them from sliding around too much.

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Next, I looped on some jute twine and white string, in alternating order, on the bottom of my ring.

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The whole thing took about thirty minutes to make – and I couldn’t be more pleased with the end result!

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Here she is hanging over our headboard – ready to catch a dream or two!

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Are you a fan of dream catchers? I’ve never had one before, but I’m definitely enjoying this one!

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January Highlights

Well, I don’t know about you… but I’m pretty sure that I just blinked and January was already over. HOLY COW this month flew by! Yes, my work weeks have averaged 60+ hours. Yes, it has been bitterly cold. And yes, I probably only earned a B+ in my Apartment Therapy January Cure attempt. BUT, on the bright side – I’ve managed to make some awesome projects to brighten my home through the winter (and somehow photograph them even though I feel like I am never home during daylight).

Here are some of my favorites from this past month, in case you haven’t visited in a while (or want a reminder of these super easy projects that YOU can do too)!

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Here’s the rundown:

Top Row (left to right): 1) January started off with the creation of our Happy Jar, a place to keep track of special moments & happy things throughout 2014. 2) I made a pair of friendly dinosaur key chains for my bestie & me. 3) Quick tips for arranging grocery store flowers for your next dinner party!

Middle Row: 1) Whip out the mason jars & fill them with feathers, pictures & moss for a rustic, wintry vignette. 2) See how I made this giant burlap covered canvas arrow art! (Psst…it was SO easy!) 3) A little piece of monogram art made from a birch slice & wooden letter.

Bottom Row: 1) As part of that aforementioned January Cure w/ Apartment Therapy, I tackled this bathtub caulk issue (update on the bathroom refresh coming soon!) 2) Bringing some more love-related decorations into the home for Valentine’s Day (and general winter cheer), I made an easy heart shaped twig & berries wreath. 3) Probably my favorite project of the month, this rustic photo display was a cinch to make, and is an awesome way to display beautiful prints in a unique manner!

What awesome things did you accomplish this month?  I’m excited for February – there’s Valentine’s Day, plus good old President’s Day (and a day off from school!), and it will bring us just that much closer to warmer weather and longer, sunnier days!

Have a great Friday & a wonderful weekend!

2013 At a Glance

I’m not going to lie to you, friends – 2013 has not been my favorite of years. From a personal standpointl, it has been a year of trials, new challenges, and loss. At the same time, 2013 held some wonderful, happy and memorable moments that I will cherish. Sometimes it seems as though the good may not always balance out the bad – yet on this, the eve of a *new* year, I am content to accept 2013 for the roller coaster year that it was, and thank my lucky stars for all of the wonderful parts, and for my husband, my family, my friends and my four-legged-bestie – who are always there through thick and thin. AND, lucky girl that I am, I also get to look back and thank all of YOU wonderful readers, who make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside with every comment, like & follow. I love writing, creating and thinking about Some Kind of Lovely Ride, and I love that you take the time out of YOUR day to check in with me for projects, stories & tidbits of life. YOU ARE AWESOME! Some Kind of Lovely Ride is the most amazing and therapeutic outlet for me, and I look forward to seeing what 2014 will bring for my little blog. (I’ve been carving out this little niche on the internets for nearly two years – can you believe it!)

So, I invite you to take a moment to look back with me on some of my favorite SKLR moments from 2013! If you want the quick version, you can see my little year-in-review video on my Instagram this morning!

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In January, a few months after we tied the knot, hubs & I were excited to have our DIY wedding featured on WeddingLovely along with hundreds of other gorgeous real weddings!

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We kept the love alive for Valentine’s Day with some homemade, heart shaped sugar cookies & milk.

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As the winter dragged on, I tackled a simple upholstery project and gave an old chair a pretty update!

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This sweet little ring dish was such an easy project, I made a whole bunch and even gave one away!

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With the promise of Spring came the start of my obsession with yellow and springtime – and a couple simple DIY artwork ideas for the home, like my State Love paper art & Gnome Sweet Gnome stenciled canvas.

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One of the most meaningful creative projects I did this year was adding a photo to a pair of lockets from Heartworks by Lori so my mother and I could carry a special memory of my Mommom close to our hearts.

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Spring cleaning mode kicked in, and I created a cozy little reading nook and added some artwork & storage to my workspace area. I feel an entirely new overhaul of this space coming this year…!

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I spent the summer cultivating my green thumb with my little container garden of tomatoes, basil & snap peas. I can’t wait to give this another go in 2014!

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Probably the highlight of the year for me was planning & hosting a travel-themed bridal shower for my new sister-in-law Priscila, completely with DIY invitations, international foods & globes-hanging-from-trees! (Go check it out here, here & here!)

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Over the summer, we had our kitchen renovated and I got my open shelving! Hooray! It has been the most amazing difference in space & cheeriness!

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I took some time to reflect and give thanks in November, and made the easiest chalkboard ever.

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We also added a new stained wood headboard in the bedroom, which I love to pieces.

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And then the Christmas decorating began! You can see my decorated home, and links to some more projects in my holiday home tour posts here (kitchen), here (living room) and here (dining & bedroom).

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I was obsessed with burlap, and made burlap ornaments, a ribbon & burlap tree wall hanging, and my favorite Christmas project this year – the handmade burlap stockings I made with my mother.

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Overall, it was a pretty great year for projects and home updates! I’ve loved sharing them with you, and I sure hope you stick around with me in 2014. It’s sure to be a GREAT year – I’m convinced it’s going to be the best yet!

Happy New Year to you & yours! See you in the next one! ❤

Tissue Paper + Gold Barcart Banner

Hey friends! I hope you all had a wonderful, restful holiday. Ours was busy, filled with family & friends, and wonderful as always. Despite feeling a bit sad when the Christmas excitement comes to an end, I love the week between Christmas and New Years (which I am always so fortunate to have off with my husband, since we’re both in education). We are always so productive – in between visiting family and spending time with friends. It’s a great time to organize, clear the clutter, and refresh for a nice new start in the new year.

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Do you have wild & exciting plans for NYE? Are you having a celebration of your own? Maybe you’ve got a barcart that needs some dressing up – in which case this little DIY is just for you!

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My wonderful husband gave me a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas! I can’t even express how excited I am to figure out everything I can do with this baby. As a little “tester”, I used it to make these letters out of gold mirror cardstock. When it started ‘cutting’, I yelled for my husband to come and see how awesome it was! I know I’m super late to the Silhouette party, but boy am I happy to be here now!

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Anyway, you can cut the letters any old way, if you don’t have a Silhouette. Then I folded a sheet of tissue paper in half and taped the letters onto the paper.

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I then cut the garland into strips, and taped some pretty white & gold baker’s twine (from the dollar spot at target!) into the center of each strip.

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Now my bar cart is all dressed up and ready to party!

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I’m also obsessed with some of the other items on my cart right now (still lots of holiday stuff, I won’t take that down until after NYE) -like these awesome fox glasses from Paper Source (another Christmas gift from my amazing husband, though neither of us can tell you what they say).

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They match my fox-topped cocktail shaker bought on sale at Target last week.

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Our bar cart is stocked to the max with wine (holiday gifts from friends, coworkers, etc.) and two random bottles of tequila that we will probably never drink.

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But who knows. Things might get crazy. Cheers! 🙂

Six Easy (and Practically Free) DIY Ideas for Holiday Artwork

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Hey guys! I had so much fun sharing my holiday decor in my Holiday Home Tour 2013 (which you can see here, here & here). Most of these ideas for easy (and super affordable) DIY holiday artwork were seen in the tour. I love simple little pieces that can be ‘subbed in’ for the non-seasonal art you may already have scattered throughout your home. Some of these pieces are just stuck on top of whatever print is typically displayed – which means you’ll save by not buying new frames, and you can pull out the holiday artwork and be back to ‘normal’ in a flash!

Here are six ways I updated my walls for the holidays this year. Since many of these pieces were created using supplies I already had on hand, my total ‘new’ costs for all of these pieces combined was probably somewhere around $10!

Burlap & Wood Reindeer Art

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To make this simple & rustic holiday art, I painted a wooden reindeer head cut out (found at Michael’s for under $2) with white craft paint (or whatever color you choose). Cover the glass with burlap (or whatever fabric you happen to have lying around), and glue the reindeer to the fabric. Stick it in your frame, and you’re done!

Stenciled Kraft Paper Art

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Stencil a festive animal, word, or other design onto a piece of kraft paper. Frame it. Go get a pedicure with all the time you have leftover after this project. (Don’t have a stencil? Make one by printing out clip art in the design you want & cutting it out!) Chances are, you already have everything you need to do this… which makes it technically free! But if not, you can probably get everything you’d need for less than $5.

Framed Chalkboard + Wreath

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If you don’t already have a framed chalkboard somewhere in your house, you can make one! I made mine without even opening a jar of paint – here’s how. Hang a wreath in front of your new chalkboard with some pretty ribbon, and add some inspirational text. But don’t thank me for this idea, I saw it here, here & here first. This one is ‘free’ to make too, if you already have a chalkboard, some ribbon, and a wreath!

 

Framed Holiday Card

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This really can’t count as a “DIY” project as it pretty much only requires the ability to put something into a frame. But I am obsessed with these holiday postcards from Rifle Paper Company, and am using them this year to send quick well wishes to friends and family. I love them so much, that I framed one in my kitchen, and one in my bathroom! Use holiday cards from your stash, or a pretty one that you received this year, and enjoy another free new piece of holiday artwork!

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I just played with some fonts on my computer and printed out this little fella onto some recycled cardstock and framed it. Boom! Easy artwork!

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Burlap & Ribbon Tree Wall Hanging

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I shared this little project last week and again – I made it completely out of supplies I already had on hand. (Ok, maybe I am a burlap/ribbon/glue gun hoarder… but maybe you are too!?) You can probably guess how I made it (think hot glue gun), but you can see the original post here!

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So, what do you think? Any ideas you would try in your home? What are some other quick & inexpensive ways to deck your walls for the holidays? I’d love to hear your ideas!

A Burlap, Red and Gold Christmas [Holiday Home Tour, Continued!]

Welcome back to my Holiday Home Tour 2013! Yesterday I shared my kitchen Christmas decor, featuring red, mint greens, ornaments (and Emma’s personal Advent Calendar). Today we will venture out in the living room, where you will see my obsession with burlap in full effect. My holiday decor combines the beauty of rustic and natural elements (like branches, evergreen sprigs, galvanized metal, birch and burlap) with touches of red, gold, and silver.

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An important decor element to our home is our sweet, fluffy pup Emma. Every home should have one.

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{Burlap & Ribbon Christmas Tree Wall Art}

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Our Target bar cart is well stocked with wine for the holidays.

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The tree is decked out in burlap ribbon, red & gold ornaments, and our favorite woodland creature ornaments.

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Everything on the tree is something we already had, with the exception of these little bottle brush squirrel ornaments from Target that I simply couldn’t resist. (Turns out, Emma can’t resist them either, so they live high on the tree!)

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For a small house, I’ve taken a rather ridiculous amount of photos. Check back tomorrow for the final installment of my Holiday Home Tour 2013!

New Workspace // Finishing Touches

For those of you following along with me as I took a cluttered & underused part of our bedroom and transformed it into a colorful & inspirational workspace & reading nook: I’m calling it done!

We went from here:

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To here!

FinishedOfficeI organized like crazy, shredding & tossing old paperwork and delegating some items to the “garage sale pile”, so that I could de-clutter the room. My important paperwork is neatly sorted in the file box to the left of the desk, and I switched out the boring black filing cart for a pretty new bookcase from Target’s new Threshold line (Carson 2-shelf Bookcase).

ReadingNookThe sight of that organized bookcase practically makes me giddy. I SO hope to keep it looking this nice! I’ve already spent a few peaceful afternoons lounging in this little reading nook, which gets great sunlight. Recovering that chair in pretty new fabric was the inspiration I needed to turn this room into a place I could enjoy just as much as our living room.

BookshelfOn top of the bookcase are a few fun items – a daily journal I’ve been attempting to keep, a ceramic white mason jar (purchased at The Farmhouse Store) filled with burlap flowers that I made back when I was experimenting with wedding ideas, and a pretty shadowbox (West Elm).

ShadowboxInside are the flowers I wore in my hair on my wedding day, along with the note that came with the beautiful bouquet of flowers my husband sent to me, and an Instagram shot of a fortune cookie slip.

FinishedRoomSince my last progress post, where I talked about the Martha Stewart Wall Organizing System and the artwork on the right hand wall, as well as the gorgeous Laura Trevey watercolors above the desk, I’ve added three more pieces of art in a set of matching 8×8 frames.

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(Side note – I am terrible at getting good photos of hanging artwork – there’s always a glare on the glass! Argh!) Anyway, the top row on this wall now features two prints that we bought at IKEA several years ago – the bird & the leaves, and a new piece in the middle that I am completely in love with.

photo (7)If you follow me on Instagram, you saw my ‘gram of this awesome print from Penelope & Pip – “Our Love Song“. I love this illustration for SO many reasons.  I love that she is playing the tuba (or baritone?) – I played both. And I’m not ashamed. I love the sentiment, “our love song is the best love song ever” – especially because when it comes to me & the hubs, our “love song” is a semi-hilarious inside joke. (And our second love song, which we danced to at our wedding, makes me tear up every time!)

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I loved this print when I ordered it. Upon receiving it, I loved it even more. Penelope & Pip is such a fantastic blog & shop. I love all of Rachael‘s posts, wise words, and the images she’s been sharing on the interwebs from her recent wedding. She’s SUCH a talented & creative artist! I’m more than a little bit obsessed. And when this lovely print arrived with it’s cute little card featuring a shout-out to Joni Mitchell, my lifelong female musician crush/addiction, I was forever hooked. You’ve got a new but loyal fan over her, Rachael!

The last little touch that helped to bring the whole space together was adding some fabric underneath the glass top on this desk.

FabricDesktopThe fabric is Claridge Jacquard Moon Power, and I simply cut a piece (using my measuring mat/fabric cutter) and placed it under the protective glass top of the desk. If you missed it, here is a description of all my fun office/desk supplies that live in easy-access position out on the desk.

CalendarAnd just today I added my favorite calendar (an office essential!) to the wall – from Curly Girl Designs. April is my birthday-month, and I am completely in love with the April design!

Overall I am thrilled with the improvements to this space – and I can see lots of productive & creative work sessions in my future!