DIY Tufted Headboard

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So Stefanie wanted a tufted headboard, but they are usually around $500… Costs detailed below:

First of all, this project is not as easy as all the tutorials make it sound…

We decided to follow this one, because the pegboard sounded like a good idea. Turns out, you can’t staple through pegboard because it’s too dense. We ended screwing the strips of wood to the pegboard, and stapling into those. The pegboard was still wobbly, so we need to add some extra pieces of wood to try and stabilize…

We cut the batting and fabric to size and layered under the wood…

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Stapling the fabric to the wood…  photo 122headboard-3_zps7cf69dde.jpg

Then we added the nailhead trim, which was pretty difficult because of pegboard being impossible to nail/staple. The tacks would just bend and we wouldn’t be able to use them. So we ended up buying extras… It turned out nice eventually :)

 photo 122headboard-8_zps998f3484.jpgSo we marked all the spots where the buttons are supposed to go with chalk…

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We threaded the buttons through and used a half-stapled staple to hold it in place.  This was kind of challenging. The thread would break as we were tying the knots :p

 photo 122headboard-11_zps550999be.jpgThen we decided the back was messy/ugly, and it was still kind of wobbled. So I found a piece of wood in our garage – left over from the sellers, actually – and covered it in some of the leftover fabric.

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Then screwed it into the back, and it looked great!

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Finished product!  photo 122headboard-7_zps88556e60.jpgWe slid it into the standard bedframe, and it worked! Some tutorials said to hang on the wall, but we really didn’t want to mess with the apartment walls… photo 122headboard-1_zps700eb2fe.jpg

organizing the scrapbook supplies…

I’ve been following the “scrapbooking sunday” category on A Beautiful Mess, and was inspired by the fact that she only has 1 cart for all her supplies! I have supplies everywhere! 2 boxes of paper, a scrapbook bag, a drawer full of stickers….

I have this cart… so I decided to consolidate all my supplies into one place.

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Part of the problem is having a couple boxes of all the things that need to be put in a scrapbook… So I sorted all of that into one big box too…

Here are all the supplies… well not all of the supplies…

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I put all the stickers in the top drawer, stencils & stamps in the middle, and all the paper in the bottom compartment.

Then I was able to stack all my albums on top of the cart…

Now I have to actually scrapbook everything…

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I’m going to start with my 2 years (!!) of marriage… and then try to work my way through all my college years. I have so much stuff from college!! ugh this is going to take a while… Maybe I need to start a Scrapbook Sunday theme…

Table Scape Inspiration

After my Thanksgiving table complications, I’ve been looking for table inspiration everywhere. I want to make sure I have some good basics for when another couple visits  (bought some napkins at Pottery Barn and placemats similar to these) and that work well when I have a holiday dinner.

Here are some of my favorite table settings :) I love natural elements and muted colors.

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  1.  Napkins with Flowers - very simple way to dress up a casual dinner
  2. Polaroid Placecards – I just think these are cute and wanted to remember them
  3. Plaid and Burlap – I have plenty of burlap, and I love the plaid, especially for the holidays
  4. Pumpkin Place Card Holders – definitely making these for a fall party
  5. Driftwood and Succulents – this is perfect for a summer party

First Attempt at Weaving

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A few days ago, I showed a picture of the pink and gold wall hanging I made for Stef for Christmas.

If you’re questioning the trendiness of this item, just search pinterest for “woven wall hanging” and you’ll see a million other tutorials on how to make these. I wanted to share a couple of the mistakes I made along the way, so hopefully you won’t make them as well.

First of all, I read this tutorial and thought I would be able to use a picture frame ( I also found this concept on pinterest). But it definitely does not work. The main threads all bunch together and the piece will not be as wide as you’re planning. It pretty difficult to tell which thread comes next in the “warp” (sugar and charm provides a glossary of terms in her weaving post. very helpful) because it’s not spaced evenly.

The point is – just buy a loom if you’re going to make something.

 photo 18weaving-4_zpsf455f23c.jpgAnother problem I had involved the yarn being too thin. While I wasn’t using a particularly thick yarn, I just thought it would show up better. I found myself using the soumak stitch (step 28 in the A Beautiful Mess tutorial ) often just to keep it interesting.

I added some thick yarn in grey and black, as well as some cool gold sequins, for some texture.

It probably took a few hours – I can’t exactly remember how many Gilmore Girls episodes I watched while working on it….

Here’s the ugly almost-finished product:

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I didn’t have a dowel available, so I pulled out a knitting needle that was missing it’s mate :)

I was a little overwhelmed at this point because I didn’t know how I was going to tie in ALL THOSE LOOSE ENDS. There’s so many of them!! I just went one by one around the edges, threading everything in until it was over….

Then I trimmed the bottom into a point, and I was done!

Here’s a pic of it hanging in her apartment :)

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The tutorial from A Beautiful Mess is my favorite, and they even show how to make a loom if you don’t feel like buying one (I don’t know why I didn’t make a loom… it’s not that hard).

Fabric Book Covers

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I’ve had this tutorial pinned for a while now. I hate book sleeves, so covering books in fabric is my preferred option :)

This is the tutorial I followed from pinterest….

This mostly just requires some spray glue :)

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spray the front cover and spine and press to adhere. Then spray the back cover and roll the book over to glue the other side. Smooth out any wrinkles at this stage while the glue is only tacky.

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cut a slit at the crease where the cover meets the spine

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Spray the edges of the fabric and fold over the inside of the book

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push the tab into the spine with a butter knife (I used a flat head screwdriver…)

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I chose coordinating fat quarters to cover the books in :) Love this little stack!

What I Made for Christmas…

I had some great intentions starting out this holiday season. I had a plan written out in April, I think, of what we would buy for each person. I really wanted to avoid spending all that money at one time. This plan sort of worked. Unfortunately, I lost 2 of the gifts…. they’re around here somewhere…. so whenever I find them, those will be moved to bday gifts for the recipients :)

I wanted to give more handmade gifts this Christmas, but I just didn’t know what to make!! Literally 4 days before Christmas, I came up with a plan. I do not like to be this rushed on things.

My sister suggested getting a canvas print from our wedding for mom (2 years later and apparently they didn’t have any full sized prints?? I didn’t realize I only gave them the books :/). Unfortunately, these things take a few days to order and sometimes cost over $60 :/  Walmart does same-day canvas prints for $30 (yay!!), but when I went to pick up the order, they handed me a canvas roll and said they didn’t have the wood to stretch it. WHAT?? WHY DID YOU TELL ME THE ORDER WAS READY IF IT WASN’T???

New plan – Walgreens also does same-day prints. found a coupon on RetailMeNot. phew. done.

For my fathers, I knit some hats :) I made a hat for my dad when I was 14 and he didn’t take it off for 2 years… and since he and Eric’s dad are buddies, I made them matching hats. They love them. I was working on these 2 days before Christmas. I’ve never knit so fast in my life.

I also made this really cool weaving for my sister’s new apt :) more on that later.

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Now, what was my plan before all the frantic days of DIY-ing you might ask. I was going to make candles. Please see list below of posts explaining how cool and easy handmade candles are.

While I still love all of these, no one mentioned how expensive the bag of wax is. One candle can cost over $13 just in supplies. I left Michael’s empty handed (sort of, they were having a Christmas sale on Washi tape) and went to HomeGoods to buy candles for $7 each. I bought several….

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Anyway, everything turned out fine and my family loved the candles I gave them, I just wasn’t able to say that I made them.

Most of the gift-making happened within 4 days before Christmas… but the point is that it was finished. And now I’m prepared for next year.

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Did you have any dramatic gift-giving experiences this year? Please share :)


Welcome to my annual resolution post!

I’m sad to report that I did not fulfill all my resolutions from last year – specifically, the yoga handstand that I’ve been talking about for 2 years now. Seriously, get your act together, Danielle. However, I did manage to eat less pizza (some weeks we wouldn’t eat it at all!!) and blog more often.

Let’s move on to 2015!

I’m making fewer resolutions that I really think I can handle. And since there’s no time like the present, I started some of these in December.

  • Cook || one thing I realized that was inhibiting my progress – I only own dessert cook books. I bought some real-food books and have already made some attempts at meal planning and new things. Even went to the grocery store at 9am on a Saturday to make sure I found everything I needed. Go me!
  • Be a better friend || I actually mentioned this back in 2013… still having this problem. I really need to keep in touch with friends. Maybe with a new house, people will want to visit me more often :)
  • Read through the Bible in a year || have you heard about She Reads Truth?? Well, they put together a reading plan on the app, and I’m going to do it! Here’s the PDF version of the guide.
  • Run more || I’m signing up for several local half marathons throughout the year so I stay in shape :) I loved being able to run 13 miles, but I fell out of the routine after my half in April. Need to keep it going all year.
  • Yoga || Guys, I just need to be able to touch my toes. It’s embarrassing. And did you know there’s usually a 5 minute nap at the end of every class? There’s a fancy word for it that I can’t remember, but it’s amazing.

Happy New Year! Here’s a thought from the great She Reads Truth blog :)

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2 years!

So incredible that we’ve been married for 2 years as of yesterday (12/28). Thought I’d repost some of our wedding photos in case you missed them :) They’re also posted under the “wedding” category on the ribbon above.


click through for our couple portraits… just us :)


the ceremony… click on the photo to see more!

my amazing, amazing wedding party

my amazing, amazing wedding party

all the details - I also listed where I bought all the fun things :)

all the details – I also listed where I bought all the fun things :)

beautiful cake designed by my dad

reception photos – this is the beautiful cake designed by my dad



the crazy busy Christmas season…

I love Christmas – definitely my favorite time of year – but it can get sooo crazy with all the Christmas concert rehearsals, caroling, cookie exchanges, corporate parties, etc.

I’m writing this on Sunday since I’m not home any other night this week! I have 2 concert rehearsals, 3 performances of the concert, and we’re going to see the NY Philharmonic perform Handel’s Messiah (super excited about that one!!).

Well, I don’t have quite enough Christmas lights put up around my house, but I thought I’d share a sneak peak of my decorations, the projects in-progress, and just some photos of life lately :)

I’m planning to share more holiday pics of our home next week.

christmas coffee table |

coffee table tray styling

christmas stockings |

I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves this movie!! *this pic is from the beginning of the christmas season – evident by the pumpkins on the right side of the mantel that were still out :/

christmas tree |

our christmas tree :) umm it’s really difficult to take good pics of christmas trees

rifle paper co postcards! |

Can’t wait to send out my Rifle Paper Co holiday postcards!! you can find them here:

christmas party |

my company’s holiday party… #bejealous #onlythebest

music retreat |

teaching at the winter retreat for the youth orchestra I grew up in! so much fun… these kids are much better than my group was…

future progress |

hmmm what could I turn this into?? you shall see! hopefully tomorrow…


pinecone garland!

Remember the pinecones I painted last year? Here’s the post in case you missed it :)

I decided to make them into a garland this year! Super cute and super simple!

Of course, I checked pinterest for some tutorial ideas, but most of them were kind of complicated. It’s so much easier to just knot the pinecones with yarn.


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tying knots on the gold-tipped pinecones… i think they might need some more glitter…


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all the pinecones tied together


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hanging on our fireplace!!


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the stockings that I made last year :)