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DIY Copper and Wood Paper Towel Holder

I got so inspired by a paper towel holder I saw in World Market a couple weeks ago, and realized I already had ALL the supplies I needed to make it! I had all this leftover copper pipe from the book/iPad stand I made, and I was obviously really excited to get more use out of my pipe cutter (yes, it's a thing and yes I already have one). Plus, I was excited to upgrade from the dingy paper towel holder I bought from Goodwill three years ago!

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Summer DIY Shell Candles

Whenever I go to the beach, I always collect shells – it’s so hard to resist picking up that one shell that looks special and unique compared to the ones around it. I’ve ended up with handfuls of shells from many beaches, and they just sit on my windowsill gathering dust! So, when brainstorming summer DIYs, I wanted to find something to do with my existing shells and find an excuse to collect more shells. And then I realized – I can turn them into candles!

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DIY Marble Gold Trim Serving Tray

Happy 2016! I can't believe I haven't shared anything in almost two months! With the holidays, Etsy orders, and work, things just got really busy, and I just didn't have time to share any of my DIYs! But - it's a new year, and I have a lot of resolutions. I made a 2016 "bucket list" that I want to complete. I also want to be more decisive. And, I just want to do more of what makes me happy and healthy - really lean into the people, activities, and things that give me joy and keep me going.

And that means, more DIYs, more art, more adventures...starting with this marble gold tray!

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Gold Trim DIY Jewelry Dish Catch All

I wanted to share the tutorial for the jewelry dishes that were featured on my DIY Belt Shelf last week! I swear, this will be the last jewelry storage/organization DIY for a LONG TIME. While the Brit+Co organizer and my little jewelry closet system are great for necklaces and some bracelets, I needed something to hold all of my rings and earrings!

Super easy, super cheap (it cost me less than $3 per dish) and super quick!

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DIY Hanging Belt Shelf with Reclaimed Wood

I am so so so excited to share this project; I haven't been this proud of one of my DIYs in a very long time! This wall shelf, made from recycled wood and excellent thrifted leather belts, came out even better than I had expected. Not only does it fit perfectly in narrow wall space I placed it, but it also fits perfectly with the look I'm trying to create in my apartment: a perfect balance of DIY, modern industrial, rustic, and slightly feminine. Can you tell I'm having trouble identifying my interior design "style"? :)

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DIY Utensil Holder Jewelry Organizer (from Brit + Co)

A few weeks ago, my friend Meghan and I went to a free event hosted by Brit + Co and Close5. Brit + Co has awesome DIY tutorials, but I especially love that they sell DIY kits and host a lot of events. I've gone to their RE:Make fair, which hosts really cool local artisans and sets up tables with easy-to-follow DIY projects. This event that Meghan and I attended was equally well-organized, with food catered from Bi-Rite and prototypes for us to draw inspiration from!

This tutorial is super easy, and cheap, and might I say creative? Talk about taking on a new perspective - you can barely recognize that this jewelry organizer was once meant for utensils!

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Easy DIY Eraser Stamps

My friend Liz sent me the most wonderful surprise package earlier this year -  a homemade stamp. It was such a thoughtful gift and totally up my alley, and Liz, being the most artsy person I know, made something so ordinary feel so special.

Of course, I was thinking - how can I make more of these? While Liz carved the stamp from a linoleum block with a special linoleum cutter (both of which you can purchase at an art store or online here for fairly cheaply), I decided to take a much less committed, less professional approach. The linoleum of the stamp Liz made me felt just like an eraser, and as soon as I made the connection, I knew an eraser would be a good beginner's material. As for my weapon of choice? I decided to test my dexterity with a Swiss Army knife.

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