DIY Cork Stamps

Happy Monday, y’all!! We were up bright and early this morning – me so I can blog this post & the hubs so he could finish some work for his teacher’s certification. Aaand I’ll probably need another cup of coffee by noon. The struggle is real, peeps. The struggle is real.

Any who, we had an eventful weekend! Our church hosts a volunteer appreciation dinner once a year for all of the serve teams in the church and each year, they somehow top the previous one. It’s always a wacky, crazy, belly laughs, fun night, full of ridiculousness. So that happened last night and boy howdy… what a night! It was medieval themed, complete with crowns and jousting. Yes, you read that correctly. Jousting. Oh! And our pastors made an epic music video remix of “What Does The Fox Say?”. Why, you ask? Because they’re awesome like that. I’ll post that video as soon as it’s up. And if you follow me on Instagram (_theculturedcavewoman), there’s a short clip of the hubs and I dueling it out in the jousting ring! I’d like to let the record state that I WON. I’d also like to believe it was fair and square, so let’s pretend, okay? Okay.

OH! And I got 2 of the most gorgeous chairs for our livingroom yesterday!! That’s a whole other post for another day, but here’s a sneak peek. Thank you, World Market, for fulfilling all of my heart’s desires. Gah, I would live in that store if I could.

LOVE at first sight!

LOVE at first sight!

And now, the REAL reason I wrote this blog post! Another Valentine’s Day craft!!! Yippee, right?! I’ve seen this craft all around Pinterest, so I decided to try it out myself. It was SO easy, only took 30 min and I didn’t even lose a finger. I’d call that a success! There are soo many possibilities with this craft – so dream big!

First, find some old corks (make sure they’re actual cork, not the foam corks!) & trace out your letters or symbols or whatever you’ve decided to do! And make sure you write the letters in a mirrored image. I didn’t on the “L” the first time and theeen realized it. Bah. ;)

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Using an exacto knife, CAREFULLY (I repeat, CAREFULLLLLLLLLY), trace your letter with the knife, then cut sideways into the cork, to make the two cuts meet. The excess cork should pop out pretty easily. Do that on the remaining letters. It took me about 30 min to draw the letters and cut them out. The first few cuts are kinda nerve wracking, but I promise, it gets easier!!

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Make sure your cuts are deep enough so the edges don’t smear ink everywhere! I went back later and trimmed mine down a bit more because of that very issue!

Alrighty, here’s how mine turned out! I LOVE them!! And now I want to make cork stamps of EVERYTHING!

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So, what do you think?? I’d love to hear from you!! You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram (search “theculturedcavewoman”) :)

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Friday Finds!

It’s Friday!!! Yippee!! The weekend always makes me an especially happy camper because I get to spend it with my man! Tonight will consist of me crafting & him studying for his teacher’s exam (party animals, right?!) and then tomorrow we have a DATE!!! Seriously, I love dating my husband. We don’t always have time to get away together but one of our goals this year is to MAKE time. Life gets so busy and it’s easy to let days slip by without really connecting or talking about things that matter; we have to consciously carve out moments to find each other. So excited to just sit and stare into each other’s eyes ;)

Anyways, Friday! This week I found some super awesome finds and I’m excited to share them with you! These
posts are some of my favorite to write because I have such a passion for making a home welcoming & inviting. I love when people come onto my house and immediately feel at ease and comfortable. My wish is to help provide you with pieces that help YOU make your home a haven, too! :) if you want that, that is. If you don’t want your home to be welcoming, then this is probably the wrong blog for you ;) haha let’s get started!

Knit Chevron Blanket - Tan and Cream $29.99 @ Target

Knit Chevron Blanket – Tan and Cream $29.99 @ Target

This blanket! I love blankets. I love chevron. I love neutral colors. All three of my favorite things in ONE item?! Hallelujah, the world rejoices! Or I do, at least. This would be perfect on the end of a bed or on a couch in the livingroom! This throw is a great way to add some texture to a room without it being obnoxious or taking away from any of your other décor.

 

Kramare Light $9.99 @ IKEA

Kramare Light $9.99 @ IKEA

This light! LOVE these! I love the simplicity of the design. These would look great on either side of your bed, over a nightstand or even in a hallway!

 

"Birds Greenery" by Fabrice De Villencuve $99.99 @ World Market

“Birds Greenery” by Fabrice De Villencuve $99.99 @ World Market

This painting! If you’ve been following my blog for any amount of time, you probably know by now that I would live in World Market if I could. Seriously. I love their style – this painting is no different! The bright but subtle colors make this piece so versatile. It would look beautiful in an entry way with some vases styled around the bottom of it, or even in a bathroom! It feels soft and whimsical and I WANT IT. Haha.

Wildaster Callie Area Rug (ON SALE) $79.98 @ Kirklands

Wildaster Callie Area Rug (ON SALE) $79.98 @ Kirklands

This rug! This blue is one of my favorite colors at the moment. It speaks to me! This would look so good in a dining room or even an entry way. It seems like it would bring the right amount of color to any room you place it in!

 

 

Kitchen Cart - Natural $169.99 (online only) @ Target

Kitchen Cart – Natural $169.99 (online only) @ Target

This cart! I go gaga over pieces like these. I love the natural look and something like this is so useful for a kitchen. I know there are many times that I wish I could have a mobile cutting station or something of the like. This might just have to end up on one of my wish lists. Cough, cough. Honey, are you reading this?? ;)

Well, that’s it for this week! I hope something I posted caught your eye & you decide to add it to your home collection! I’d love to hear about it if it did! :) You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram (username: __theculturedcavewoman__). Have a great weekend, y’all!!

DIY Christmas Tree Bunting

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. I know so many people say that, but fo real y’all – it’s my FAVORITE! Like, I start counting down again on December 26th. It’s a sickness, I know. But seriously – at Christmastime, everyone seems to have a warm smile on their face and there’s a simple kindness that lingers in the air. Cheesy Christmas movies are always on the television and hot cocoa is an everyday must. The lights, the decorations, the pretty wrapping paper, the yummy baked goods – I love it allllll! And this year is extra special since it’s our very first Christmas as a married couple! Which means our very first Christmas tree :)

Since I love all things DIY, I decided to make some bunting for our tree out of burlap and twine. I sat down and sketched out my ideas and vision for what I wanted it to look like. I wanted simple, rustic-y, pops of gold and red, elegant without being pompous, but something that would catch people’s eyes when they walked in. And this is what I came up with!

DIY CHRISTMAS TREE BUNTING

Supplies:

  • 2-3 ft of 6in-wide burlap
  • 1 roll twine
  • 1 12″x12″ piece of white scrapbook cardstock
  • 5 index cards
  • Pen/Sharpie
  • Computer (for font)
  • Hot glue gun

The first thing I did was sketch a template for the triangles and use that to trace them out on the burlap:

It saves space to alternate the triangles!

It saves space to alternate the template

You need 13 triangles!

You need 13 triangles!

Next, I found a font I liked on the computer (Copperplate Gothic Light). Sometimes I’ll freehand stuff like this, but this time I decided to go the easy route and just trace it! It’s been a long week, okay?! I made the font size 225 and traced the letters onto index cards (they’re thinner so it’s easier to see through!)

Be GENTLE! Your computer screen is rather fragile ;)

Be GENTLE! Your computer screen is rather fragile ;)

I didn’t want the pen to show when I cut the letters out for the banner, so I held the cards up to a light and traced the letters onto the other side of the index card, so that they were backwards (which would make it easier to hide the pen lines when it came time to attach them to the burlap):

See? Backwards letters

See? Backwards letters

Next, I traced the backwards letters onto the cardstock (holding it up to a light again). It was pain to trace them 3 times, but the cardstock I had was so thick that I couldn’t trace it straight from the computer. Here’s what it looked like when I was done:

Yay!

So glad they all fit on one sheet of paper ;)

I painstakingly cut out each of the letters (this was also that point in the project where I was seriously cursing my creative bend and just wanting to burn it all. But I powered through. Praise Jesus.):

PS: I LOVE this font!

PS: I LOVE this font!

I placed them on the burlap to make sure they all fit. Then, using a hot glue gun (seriously, what in the world did we do before these were invented?!), I carefully glued each letter down onto the middle of the triangles.

Getting closer

Getting closer to the finish line!

Next, I cut a line of twine about 2 feet in length (my philosophy is that I can always trim it shorter – because not having enough length when you’ve already started a project is the WORST! So be generous here). I took the first three letters, J-O-Y and laid them facedown in the order I wanted them hung & then hot glued the twine to the top back edge of the triangles.

Like so.

Like so.

I repeated those steps on the remaining 3 banners, making sure to increase the length of the twine each time (because the tree gets bigger the further down you go!). The W-O-R-L-D had about a 4 foot piece of twine, just for reference. I let them dry for a few minutes and then placed them on the tree in descending order.

And here’s how it turned out!

The finished product!

The finished product!

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I made the pinecones too! Tied bows out of red ribbon & hot glued ’em to the tops (used twine to hang them).

Love it.

Love it.

One of my fave Christmas songs - Christ has come! And he has brought TRUE joy to the world!

One of my fave Christmas songs – Christ has come! And he has brought TRUE joy to the world!

And because I love the glow-y lights:

Some glow-y pics :)

Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy

Happy heart :)

Happy heart :)

I’m super happy with the final product – I LOVE the way it looks on the tree, but you could also hang this over your mantle or on a wall somewhere, as well! It’s simple, but eye-catching, which is what I wanted. Do you like the font and size of the banners?? How do you think it turned out?? I’d love to hear from you!! :)

 

Linked up to:

Liz Marie Blog http://www.lizmarieblog.com/2013/12/inspire-me-please-linky-party-41/

52 Mantels http://www.52mantels.com/2013/12/thursdays-are-your-days_11.html

Live Laugh Rowe http://www.livelaughrowe.com/peppermint-recipes-live-laugh-linky-90/

Lamberts Lately http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/12/create-it-thursday-32-plus-features.html

The Turquoise Home http://theturquoisehome.com/2013/12/work-it-wednesday-no-27/#more-3228

Friday Finds!

Maybe it’s just me, but this week went by SO fast… not that I’m complaining! But it seems like no matter what, once we hit holiday season, our schedule explodes and the days rapidly melt into one another. And I rediscover my love for strong coffee, my cozy bed and peppermint ice cream (speaking of, WHY does this creamy deliciousness only come out once a year?!)

Seriously though, as I’m sure some of you can relate, our calendar is PACKED for the foreseeable future – 6 weeks of endless activities. Tis the season, right?? ;) Thankful for God’s peace and rest in the midst of chaos. Breathing deeply, trying to keep first things first and not be distracted by the unavoidable busyness!

And on that note… FRIDAY FINDS! Haha. I know, such a smooth transition, riiight?? Anywhoo, I’m really excited to share this week’s finds with you – mostly because I am the proud owner of one of the 5 items I’m sharing today! Can’t wait for you to see all the goodies, so let’s get this show on the road.

Crisanto Hexagon Mirror $99.95 @ Pier One

Crisanto Hexagon Mirror $99.95 @ Pier One

This mirror. I would LOVE to see this in an entry way, over a cute table or a few of them placed together in a cluster above a bed! There are so many options with this kind of mirror – it really could be used any way you can think of. Be creative!

InterDesign Zeno Shower Curtain - Blue/White $24.99 @ Target (sold online only)

InterDesign Zeno Shower Curtain – Blue/White $24.99 @ Target (sold online only)

This shower curtain. Seriously, I am OBSESSED with mint lately (as is the rest of the world). But mint AND stripes?! Be still my heart. I love how this would brighten up any bathroom and add the perfect pop of subtle color. It kinda makes me want to redo my bathroom (husband, you didn’t just read that).

Alloy Numeral Clock $158.00 @ Anthropologie

Alloy Numeral Clock $158.00 @ Anthropologie

This clock. I love that it’s not in a frame! This is perfect for a dining room wall or in a kitchen because I feel like it would add that ideal touch of whimsy to whatever space it’s in. Plus, I’m always a fan of something different that will catch a guest’s eye!

Threshold Antiqued Stoneware Pitcher Vase - $19.99 @ Target (sold online only)

Threshold Antiqued Stoneware Pitcher Vase – $19.99 @ Target (sold online only)

At 12″ tall, this vase has so many possibilities! You could place small wooden decorating sticks in it and put it on top of your mantle. You could fill it with fresh flowers and keep it as a centerpiece on your dining room table. The beauty of a piece like this, is that it makes a statement, but it’s also simple enough to go with ANY decor. Plus, since you can change out what you put in it and how you use it, it can be in your house all year long! Pretty AND economical. Boom.

Two Birds Throw Pillow $34.99 @ World Market

Two Birds Throw Pillow $34.99 @ World Market

Last but not least: this pillow (!!!). This is the item that I currently am obsessed with own. I have been drooling over these pillows for MONTHS and finally picked one up! I’m getting a second one next month (hey, we’re on a budget!) and I can’t wait to see them together in the livingroom! The texture, the colors, everything about them… swoon! And it has birds on it. ‘Nuff said.

Welp, I hope you enjoyed this week’s finds & even more than that, I hope they inspired you! I’d love to hear which was your favorite & if you plan on purchasing any of them… AND how YOU cope with the craziness of Thanksgiving and Christmas and family drama! ;) What are some of your tips and tricks??

Happy Friday, y’all!