Browsing "From Scratch"
For our first house Justin (my hubs) and I jumped in with both feet, off a cliff, with blind fold on! Translation-We bought a lot, drew up our own plans, acted as the general contractor, finish carpenter, network specialists, painters, designers, landscape architects, the works. Here is how it all went down.
Justin served an LDS (Mormon) mission in Bordeaux, France. After we were married we went back and visited the region where he spent those two years. We were touring an adorable little village and came across an adorable little cottage. I told him right there that I could move in to that little cottage and be happy. We took a photo and finished up our trip. A few months later we decided (CRAZY!) to build that little house, or at least our interpretation and modern version of it. It was a lot of blood and Read more [...]
It must be obvious by now, but I am obsessed with lighting! The right light fixture can be a work of art, it can illuminate the area around it and tell a story, and I think the incandescent bulb is a beautiful little miracle in itself. There is nothing quite like the warmth of candlelight but the incandescent bulb is the next best thing (don't get me started on my HATE of all things florescent, no one has time for that rant). This project shows off the glow of the modern incandescent stringed lights perfectly.
This project started the way most of mine do, a call from someone getting rid of stuff. This time it was my mom. She had these three great wicker basket weave balls. They were used as decor on a shelf or something. She had no use for them and I jumped with joy when I saw them. I knew imedietly Read more [...]
This project couldn't be easier and yet it packs a huge punch in my Christmas decorating.
Easy Gardener 4" Burlap Strip in a roll ($20, available in the fall)
Toll Craft Paint
Small Foam Roller
Stencil (2 sheets photo paper)
I was giddy when I saw a giant roll of burlap at my local Home Depot (item 3108). It was 4" wide and 300' long! They had it out for fall wrapping of shrubs and trees, but I had big plans for that burlap, after all my website is called Burlap & Denim. I had seen beautiful ribbons with Christmas text on it but none that was this large and definatly not this inexpensive! I whipped up a stencil by picking a font, typing Merry Christmas, and printing it off on the backside of two 8 1/2 X 11 sheets of bulk photo paper I had Read more [...]
Advent Calendars are one of my favorite things about Christmas. What kid doesn't love a treat every day while they count down to Christmas Day? I came up with my own advent calendar with ornaments that can be used year after year and customized each time!
25 small gift boxes
Any other Scrapbooking supplies you have on hand
I found natural brown kraft boxes from Xpedex (they also come in white if that fits your decor better). Each one is 2"X2"X2" square. Check the wedding favor department of a party supply store if you don't have an Xpedex store by you.
As you can see, you can easily fit 6 Kisses in one box, perfect for my family of 6! Once you have your boxes, start decorating each one. I found scrapbook paper Read more [...]
As a child I remember gazing upon my grandmother's costume jewelry Christmas tree. It was so shiny and the Christmas lights made it mezmorizing. My grandmother was very crafty, she made hers at a church activity. This was a popular craft back in the 1970's.
There was a magazine produced with instructions back then!
(here is an excerpt)
Check out that tree, wait the hair is what is really amazing about this photo! Ha, ha.
Years later I decided that my kids deserved the a magical Christmas tree like the one I had enjoyed.
My grandmother was an avid crafter. She had homemade ornaments, stockings, and more supplies than you could imagine. When she passed away my mother brought box loads of mixed up crafting supplies. It was too much for even her to handle. I offered to take it Read more [...]
So I saved the best, or at least my favorite, for last. Growing up in San Diego I loved going to the beach. Once I moved to Utah for school I missed it desperatly! We decided that one of the boys rooms would be a surfing theme and since we visit So. Cal they would love it too. It worked, we've had two boys trade off being in the surfing room and both loved it.
(NOTE: If you haven't read the other parts to the series, check them out here: Part 1 World Map, Part 2 Star and Stripes, Part 3 Arches)
I started out looking in the Pottery Barn Teen catalog at their wall mural posters. There were a few surfing themes but they weren't large enough for the wall I wanted to cover and they were $99, plus shipping. Not gonna work.
Internet searches for beachy images didn't turn up much. Then I went to istockphoto.com and Read more [...]
I've been poking around on Pinterest loving all of the amazing front door wreaths. I decided to make my own. After a little inspiration I opted for a pine cone wreath. I went to the park in the center of town where we have an arboretum (fancy for a lot of different trees in one space). It is very well maintained so I doubted my little buddy Will and I would find any, but to my surprise there were loads! Under the pine trees the landscapers left a a large circle untouched. Under all of the pine trees there were pine needles and some had pine cones. We went in November in Utah and about half of the pine trees had cones under them depending on the variety. We chose cones from three diferent species of trees to add texture and variety. We gathered three grocery sacks full of free pine cones in about Read more [...]
If you haven't read the other Mural 101 series, check them out first. Part 1 & Part 2
Have you been to any of the U.S. National Parks? We have several here in Utah, but one stands out amongst the rest. Arches.
It is so beautiful with the red rock, arches, and blue horizons. It is so loved here in Utah that it is one of the options for a license plate (perfect for our 3 Jeeps and Discovery)!
I've taken trips there with roommates, my hubby, and a few years ago my kids and sister's family. There are easy trails and beautiful scenic drives that all ages can enjoy. It's very hot in the summer with temperatures easily reaching 100 degrees in the summer. This brings me to my mural. In my basement we have a "storage" room that we converted into a workout room. There are no windows, it is rather Read more [...]
If you couldn't tell by now, I heart funky lighting. When I saw this fixture at Urban Outfitters, I knew I could make something of it.
At just $39 this little beauty can add a lot of
punch for not a lot of cash.
I purchased the white version at our local Urban Outfitters. 12X12 scrapbook paper is almost large enough to cover each
1/8 of the chandelier so I bought 16 papers total.
There are so many amazing colors and designs that it was difficult to chose the right 16, but this was going in a teenage girls room so I let her tastes dictate the final selection. We decided on a bird theme with an Anthropologie vibe. The orange, brown, and hot pink trees were painted from a stencil Urban Outfitters used to sell.
Before assembling it I laid the chandelier so that
1/2 of one side was on top of the paper.
I Read more [...]
Welcome to my kitchen open house! I call it Midnight Beach. Growing up in San Diego, and then moving away for college, I love and miss the ocean. I decided to bring it to my Utah home. This is the color palette for our kitchen.
Black, Dark Dusty Blue, White, Warm Wood, Stainless Steel, Light Blue, Cream, and Dark Chocolate
An inspiration for the scheme came from the black rocks found on the beaches of So. Cal. While at first glance they appear solid black,
when dry, they have beautiful gray and blue tones.
The color scheme rolls on into the nook as you can see in this photo.
I actually painted the entire space a light blue but when
mixed with the warmth of the cabinets, it looked ice cold and cheap.
It only took a couple of days before I couldn't stand it enough
and had to repaint the entire Read more [...]
I'm excited to introduce you to Burlap & Denim's first guest blogger! Meet my sister, Amy Felin and follow along as she makes a beautiful Ruffled Dust Ruffle.
So I finally got the bedding of my dreams,
the Urban Outfitters Waterfall duvet cover in white.
I am redoing my bedroom and have had my eye on this particular duvet for a few years and they decided to finally make it for a King size bed.
Urban Outfitters, Waterfall Ruffle Duvet
I only ordered the duvet and not the dust ruffle because I already had a pretty, white one that I really like. But when the duvet came, it was much more cream than white. They really didn’t match
(and I love to mix creams and whites, but it was just too far off).
I liked what Urban Outfitters had to match the duvet, but it just seemed a little too much and expensive. Read more [...]