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i’ve always had a soft spot for rock art. there’s something about it that reminds of of summer camp west virginia and drawing with paint on river rocks. so when kate did a linocut stamp project with rocks the other week i started looking around for great rock-related projects. one of the projects i loved came from claire chauvin, a photography teacher in texas. her gold leaf river rock project is elevates rock-art to a whole new level and sure beats the painted rocks i made when i was younger. this would be such a fun way to personalize a tabletop, give a quirky gift to a friend (monogrammed?), or just spend an afternoon making something pretty for your home. CLICK HERE for the full project instructions. Gold Leaf Rocks Gold Leaf Rocks
Vases & Bowls

spray paint coffee beans
Yes, they are everywhere. Yes, I have posted on them before. And yes, I am still smitten! Painted Mason Jars with words/patterns/etc.

Painted Mason Jars with words/patterns/etc.

Jar with needled Ball
thumbtack home decor ball thumbtack home decor ball This is a fun and simple little project using one of my favorite things, office supplies!!! Is it just me or are office supply stores so much fun. What you will need: Styrofoam balls (mine are 2.5 inch diameter), duct tape (grey), thumbtacks, scissors Make sure to get the silvery thumbtacks with flat tops.

Jellyfish in a Bottle

Jellyfish in a Bottle ~ Note for Thai fans ~ เป็นโพสเก่าที่มีแฟนบล๊อกจากต่างประเทศขอมาให้เขียนเป็นภาษาอังกฤษนะคะส่วนแฟนบล็อกที่ยังไม่เคยอ่านเรื่องนี้เลย ฉบับภาษาไทยดูที่นี่ค่ะ The other day, while I was thinking to get something to put in the water bottle for Bhoom to shake for fun. I saw a plastic grocery bag next to me and then this idea popped up. I think.. well, give it a try. With some trials and errors, my little jellyfish comes alive just like I thought it would be. : ) When daddy and son first saw it, they’re surprised with their jaws wide open.
OK, yes…. chalkboard globes have been done. I’ve seen a couple of them that are inspirational. (Can’t remember exactly where… so sorry..) So when I found a globe for 50 cents and Halloween is just around the corner, I knew exactly what I wanted to do to it. Chalkboard (Halloween) Globe Chalkboard (Halloween) Globe
Decorating with Yarn Balls Dear Chicago House, Do you know so many people loved the Rope Balls I made recently but they can be a little tricky to make. So, for those who got frustrated with rope here is an much easier decorative ball to make, a simple yarn ball. Decorating with Yarn Balls
Dear Chicago House, After a lovely vacation on the beach I am drawn (once again) to creating beachy thing. I think it is my destiny, to one day, to live on the coast. I saw a lovely drift wood orb in Crate and Barrel recently and as soon as humanly possible went to my secret Chicago beach to collect some drift wood, ready to make my own version. Lake drift wood is just as good as sea drift wood. Ta da! Drift Wood Orb Drift Wood Orb
Aluminum Can Leaves
Anthropologie Inspired Blooms Anthropologie Inspired Blooms After a recent trip to Anthropologie, I was inspired to make these spring blooms: Before I explain, here are the ones from Anthropologie (pictures taken with my phone) We noticed these huge flowers as part of the decor. So cute! How did they make these? Yes, Q-Tips!!
Simple White Paper Flowers August 18th, 2008 Email 1195 users recommend This bouquet of delightfully airy flowers is as easy to make as it is beautiful. Jeff Rudell Simple White Paper Flowers