Studded Zipper Case

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Low and behold, the answer to your tablet storage question is here! I struggled for weeks, scouring the internet for a fashionable yet sturdy case for my iPad. I wanted something that was pretty (obvi) but be also durable enough to withstand extended stays in my handbag. I couldn’t find one to purchase that met all of my requirements. I decided to assemble some supplies and make one myself. I settled on black vinyl fabric, gold spikes, a coordinating black and gold zipper, and black cotton fabric to line the inside of the bag.

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Coffee is my favorite time of day. I love collecting gorgeous mugs to make my coffee drinking even more of an occasion. I’ve seen a lot of interesting DIY mug projects–loads of painted cups and stenciled mugs using oil-based Sharpie markers and other dishwasher-resilient mediums. I thought I’d try my hand at a new technique this time: etching. I’ve never done any etching before, but it turns out its not too complex a process, and only a few supplies are needed. I picked up a large glass mug for $1 as well as a bottle of Armour Etch cream. I found the etching cream online but it can also be purchased at craft stores.

 

Etched Glass Mug

Etched Glass Mug

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I have another lamp makeover to reveal! I sourced a large, battered brass lamp and a decent-sized drum shade from Goodwill. I’ve repainted several brass lamps in the past, but only because they’ve been beyond repair. I’m not totally averse to brass–just allergic to those items that are superrrr grimy. I really liked this lamp in particular because it has great curves at its base. Only had to invest a combined $10.94 for both pieces–$6.97 for the lamp and $3.97 for the drum shade. Not a terrible day’s haul. I decided on spray painting the lamp gold and covering the shade in a 2 inch wide navy ribbon.

Navy Ribbon Shade and Gold Lamp

Navy Ribbon Shade and Gold Lamp

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I’m very excited to share that LivSplendidly is now part of the Etsy community! Ladies, the days of tossing our brown paper bag lunches inside of tote bags are over! My first products available for purchase are reusable lunch bags made of faux leather. Check out my shop here.

Brown Faux Leather Reusable Lunch Bag

Brown Faux Leather Reusable Lunch Bag

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I decided to make a Kindle case for a friend. I was pretty happy with the last one I made so I stuck to the same basic materials and structure. I chose a vintage Hardy Boys book. The cover art is cool, and the book is the right size to fit my friend’s e-reader.

Completed Kindle Case

Completed Kindle Case

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I love owls. I have an owl lamp, two owl vases, and even owl earrings. While perusing my favorite thrift shop, I found an adorable owl figurine for $1.97. In its original painted state, it looked a little dated. The various shades of brown made the little guy look a bit angry. I knew with a touch of spray paint it could take on a new, modern life.

Painted Porcelain Owl

Painted Porcelain Owl

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Never underestimate the impact of a framed picture’s mat! I love how much more stately a photo or piece of art becomes when its encased in a mat as opposed to just a frame. When I pick up used frames at thrift stores, I always try to find a frame that already has a mat in good condition. Mats can be transformed just as easily as frames can be. I often just paint them, but sometimes I like to cover them in a cool fabric or textured paper. With just a quick application of black spray paint, I gave this piece a whole new look.

Repainting a Mat can Transform Artwork

Repainting a Mat can Transform Artwork

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I’ve got another big project in the works! Next item on the agenda: painting a campaign nightstand I picked up at Goodwill. I must admit, I’ve fallen victim to the current campaign craze. And fallen hard. I LOVE the style. The drawer pulls are great, and the corner hardware have just the right amount of interest without being overpowering. I have been keeping my eye out for anything campaign-style for a while and found one! The piece is in great shape and isn’t missing anything. I actually found a couple odd Scrabble tiles in the drawers. Bonus. What is the best part, you ask? It only cost $4.97! I’ll have to put some money into the supplies, but I think its a worthy investment.

Campaign Nighstand

Campaign Nightstand

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I had a great handled tray that wasn’t being used to its full potential. The graphic read “May Your Glass Always Be Half Full,” which limited its use to eating and drinking. I already have several kitchen and serving trays, so I set out to makeover this one into an item that could be used throughout the house.

Painted Stenciled Tray

Painted Stenciled Tray

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Just a quick before and after today, fellow craft enthusiasts! I’m always looking to makeover lamps, especially if I can find the lamp and/or shade for free. I found an old lamp in a closet and set out to reinvigorate it. The final product ended up being crisp white and dark pink–my two favorite colors.

Crisp white lamp base paired with fabric-covered shade

Glossy white lamp base paired with fabric-covered shade

Supplies I used: lamp base, shade, damp rag to clean off lamp, painter’s tape and plastic bag to cover light socket, primer, white glossy spray paint, mask to prevent inhalation, fabric, iron, scissors, pencil, and scotch tape. Read More →

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