I’ve been meaning to make these metal lanterns for quite some time now. I first got the idea from browsing through West Elm’s decor section (below).
Looking for ways to spruce and refresh the decor in my living room, on a budget of course, I was looking for something simple yet very stylish. After a trip to Hobby Lobby and $7 later (yes I used a 40% off coupon), I walked out with a nice size perforated metal sheet. I was able to make 6 lanterns from 1 sheet of metal. Definitely impressed with the results, I’ve shared my version of creating something similar in the video below. I hope you enjoy this Make It Monday, be sure to subscribe to my list for more posts like these and other stylish tidbits.
Now that spring has arrived, I decided it was time for an office/jewelry studio refresh. It was time to re-organize and purge and I have to admitted, I never thought purging items could be so therapeutic. The biggest project of them all was re-designing a gem of an armoire which my fellow Thrift Wives found for me at Goodwill. Furniture makeovers can be a bit tricky, especially when it comes to painting. There’s always the fear of “will this turn out right?” The great thing about DIYs is you can always start again.
I’m not going to lie, painting this was a task and moving it upstairs to my office was a behemoth of a task. Tinkering with the idea of painting it a really funky color, I settled on the color black and painted the knobs gold. I figured simple is best since I don’t plan on moving from its current spot. The biggest need that I have when it comes to creating jewelry is I need space to spread my items out, but also be able to hide the mess so that I can function effectively when I’m not creating. What I love most about the armoire is that it has doors that I can just close up when I’m done, and then go back to working when I need to.
Those memory and photo boxes are also a great way to organize my tools, supplies and other office items. Those wonderful magazine holders are also organization life savers, not to mention they are budget friendly. I re-used and re-purposed a lot of items I already had, just so I did not have to spend a lot refreshing the look and feel.
Now let’s talk about accessorizing, every office needs pretty things to look at. I made what I like to call a “pretty wall.” I plan on adding an accent little chair and my “pretty wall” will be the background for all my DIY videos that I plan on creating.
I even made use of empty spaghetti glass jars and coffee tin cans, just added a little spray paint and boom they become pretty storage items.
What are some of your spring refresh decor looks? Please drop me a comment and be sure to sign up to my list for more style ideas and DIY posts.
I just want to say thank you to each person that has purchased a ticket to the RAW Exposure showcase here in Atlanta on Sunday, April 19th. Most importantly, thank you for truly supporting independent artistry. I will be sending out your “thank you” gifts (earrings or cuff links) later next week and I hope you love them. Be sure to wear them and tag me on social media if you take any pictures of yourself wearing them :)
Now if you are still interested in attending the RAW Exposure showcase and would like to purchase a ticket for $15, you can email me at email@example.com with your name and in the subject line put “RAW Ticket.”
Now for the biggie….since it is #GivingTuesday I’m also giving away 3 tickets today to the next 3 people who subscribe to my list. Don’t worry I never spam the only thing I provide you with is lovely style ideas, DIY tips/projects and new jewelry stuff I’m creating about 2-3 times a month.
I love smoothies, but I have to admit sometimes you get bored of using the same fruits and veggies all the time. Being from Jamaica, what I love most is the array of exotic fruits available, one of them being Sour Sop. A few weeks ago I posted this picture on Instagram and Facebook and I received a few comments on where to buy Sour Sop. I was able to purchase the pureed frozen one at a local Food Depot, but I’ve heard you can also buy it at Walmart in the frozen section, it may be labeled Guanabana. I mixed it with bananas, blueberries and water and it was absolutely delicious. Here’s the recipe:
Blueberry, Banana and Sour Sop Smoothie
1 handful of blueberries
1 cup of Sour Sop (pureed/frozen)
1 cup of water
Add all ingredients to blender and blend for about 1 minute.
I have some WONDERFUL news, I was scouted by an organization called RAW: Natural Born Artists for an upcoming showcase they are having in Atlanta. Many of you are probably saying to yourself “What is RAW?” In a nutshell, RAW is a global organization that brings together indie artists, that they have handpicked, in the areas of fashion, film, art, music, photography, makeup artistry and many others to perform or showcase their work in one of many international shows.
On Sunday, April 19th I’ll have a pop up shop with my jewelry at their showcase and I’m inviting you to attend. It’ll be an evening of fun. There will be indie musicians performing, fashion designers who will debut their new collections, artists with their newest art pieces.
Part of my contribution for the showcase is to sell 20 tickets at $15 each by April 12th, which goes towards my participation entry fee for the showcase. As a thank you, anyone who purchases a ticket will also receive a free pair of my metal dangle earrings as a “Thank You.” So even if you are not in the Atlanta area and you decide that you want to purchase a ticket, you’ll still receive your free pair of earrings as my thank you to you. Here’s the link to my page for tickets:
We’ve brought our online shopping experience to your finger tips (literally). You can now get your jewelry fix and shop our handmade dangle earrings at Charis Books & More in Little Five Points in Atlanta. You’ll get to choose from our unique earring collection, not to mention the ambiance at Charis is so indie and fresh. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the experience overall.
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