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”) :)

Friday Finds!

Friiiday! Y’all. It’s been such a full, exciting week over here. So much has been accomplished, including:

1) We finally took our Christmas tree down! It was a momentous occasion, folks. Only took us 29 days after Christmas to make it happen. Cuz we’re go-getters like that. Don’t judge.

2) Our church community groups have launched! This is a weekly bible study (one of many at the church!) that we host in our home and we LOVE it. People gathering together to share a meal and grow and learn with each other and God – it’s amazing to be a part of! It’s also the reason we finally had to de-Christmas. Which is good, because otherwise it might’ve been June before it happened.

3) I spent yesterday afternoon doing a few baking experiments for an exciting project I’m working on! Hopefully I can share more with y’all about that soon – just know that I’m stoked! Creating recipes is seriously my happy place.

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Okay, now onto the good stuff! I’ve decided to redo part of our guest room to include a home office for myself (since my crafting/DIY goodies runneth over), so the hunt is on for pieces to make the vision I have come to life! I’ve also managed to wrangle my incredible husband into re-painting the guest room for me. The one we just repainted, oh, 4 months ago, you ask? Yes, that one. He is way too good to me! Thankful he puts up with my crazy ideas. So needless to say, this process definitely inspired some of my finds this week!

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Ranarp Work Lamp $39.99 @ IKEA

This lamp. I can’t even… I die. I love this light so much that I literally want to go out this second and buy 10 of them. Because that’s not impulsive. Or excessive. Right? But seriously!! SWOON!

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Boho Boutique Mika Shower Curtain (ON SALE) $22.49 @ Target (online only)

This shower curtain. Not for my office (obvs), but I do loveee it! It would bring such a fresh pop of color to a bathroom, guest or master! I love that there are 2 separate fabrics – a party for your eyes!

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Urban Industrial Open Bookcase – Antique Silver (ON SALE) $251.00 @ Home Decorator’s Collection

This bookshelf. I mean, COME ON! I am so obsessed with metal decor right now, it’s not even funny. This is just such a great neutral, simple piece of furniture that would add so much to a room. Like, an office. Cough cough.

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Matilda Relax Kidney Pillow $35.00 @ Home Decorator’s Collection

This pillow. This would look so great as a statement pillow in various rooms – a bedroom or on the couch in a livingroom. It’s bright, cheery & adds a nice homey touch.

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Stockholm Mirror $99.00 @ IKEA

This mirror. IKEA has done it again, y’all! This is one of their new mirrors and I am in luuuurve with it! Love this for an entry way, above a table, in a bathroom or even an office! Cough cough. ;)

I hope this week’s finds inspired you in some way and sparked a few ideas as you decorate YOUR home! Have a great weekend, my friends!!

P.S. I’d love to hear from you!! You can find me on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram (search: “theculturedcavewoman”)!

Friday Finds!

Friiiday!! Fave day of the week, hands down. I have a feeling most of you out there would agree with me ;) this one’s a big one for me though!! Why you ask?? Welllll (since you asked)… it’s the last weekend before I start my new job! Saaaaay whaaaat?! That’s right, y’all – I got myself a job!

For those of you who haven’t been able to keep up with the current employment sitch-ee-a-shun, here’s a brief run down: quit my job Dec 2 due to bad work environment, got some hours with my old nanny fam (whom I adore!) & then another job that was lined up fell through. It was about this time that financial-freak-out-mode kicked in. Like, big time. My husband is pretty much the best ever though & constantly reminded me that God has provided for us every single time & he’s not going to fail now! Deeeeep breath.

And then, there came the light at the end of the tunnel! I got a call for a job with a chiropractor/nutritionist/internal medicine office, went in last Monday to interview & was hired on the spot! Let the multitudes rejoice! Or at least the Bradley family. We were pretty darn excited – especially because the beliefs of the office (spiritually, nutritionally, etc) really line up with everything we believe. What a cool partnership! I start on Tuesday & I can’t wait to see what I learn & can be a part of there. I’ll keep y’all updated fo sho ;)

Okay, now onto Friday Finds! I know I say this every week, but for real this time: I luuuurve all of these so much. I wish I had 50 million houses to decorate so I could incorporate them all into various rooms. Hopefully something catches your eye & you give one of these pieces a fabulous new home! If that happens, let me know! I’d love to see a pic of how you made it work in your space :)

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Natural Herald Chair (on sale) $279.99 @ World Market

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Double Door Apothecary Media Stand (on sale) $359.99 @ World Market

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Cotton Canvas ZigZag Curtain-Maize $34.00-$49.00 @ West Elm

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Threshold Starburst Mirror Set-3 pieces $24.99 @ Target

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Threshold Cable Knit Toss Pillow $24.99 @ Target

I hope you enjoyed my finds this week & that they inspired you in some way, shape or form! :) here’s to a relaxing, fun-filled weekend!! PS you can find me on Facebook and Pinterest under “The Cultured Cavewoman” or Instagram (username: @itsbrenae)! I’d love to hear from you!

Friday Finds!

Yay for Friday Finds! I’ve been out of the loop for the past few weeks on posting these, but baby, I’m back! And betta than EVAAA. Okay, you totally needed to be in person to hear that come out of my mouth. Typing it just feels silly. And now here we are. Awkward.

Okay, so, I really enjoyed searching around this week for some super cool pieces of furniture and other items! I love decorating my home and creating an inviting atmosphere… and being on a budget can sometimes make this difficult, as I’m sure many of you can attest to. Hence why Friday Finds was born. I want to showcase some (AFFORDABLE) chic items each week that inspire you and allow you to create the home of your dreams! While not breaking your bank ;) So without further ado…

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Room Essentials Rugby Comforter – Blue/White $19.99-$39.99 @ Target

This blanket set. Bedding has to be one of my all-time favorite purchases. Except there are only 2 beds in my house (master and guest room). And they both have comforters already. Soo I can only dream about beauties like this one! I don’t know what it is with me and navy stripes, but they make me swoon. Every. Time. Please tell me I’m not alone in this??

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Nandor Chair $79.99 @ IKEA

This chair. I LOVE the mixture between the silver legs and sand colored seat. It’s a perfect mix of elements, in my opinion. It’d look great in an all-white dining room, around the table. Or even in a sitting area, with a throw blanket tossed across. So many options!

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Ensidig Vase (7″) $1.99 @ IKEA

This vase. Seriously, I love this thing. And honestly, I might not even use it as a vase. It’d be super cute as a party favor. Maybe a milk and cookies themed baby shower (which a chevron straw in it – can you picture it?!) or as a hot cocoa mix holder for a Christmas gift? I just love the vintage look and how versatile it is.

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Maastricht Bronze Lattice Lantern (7.25″) ON SALE $8.79 @ Kirklands

This lantern. I can’t stop staring at these! 2 or 3 of them would be the perfect accent to a mantle or a bookshelf. They’d be great on a TV stand, as well, to add a little pizazz. On top of a bar counter, maybe? I love the simplicity of the design – while still being an eye-catcher. Perfection!

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Seafoam Green Pierced Wall Plaque $149.99 @ Kirklands

This wall plaque. This thing is gorgeous, wouldn’t you agree?? LOVE the color – a great neutral while still adding some spark to a room. It’d be great over an entry table, or even on a mantle! You could use 2 of them in a bedroom as a headboard or a wall decoration. The design and color lend themselves to a variety of options. I love investing in pieces like this – because you can use it in multiple locations in your house throughout the years!

Well, that’s it for this week’s Friday Finds! Which one did you like best? What are some of your favorite places to shop?? I’d love to hear from you! I’m off to get ready for the day (which includes straightening my hair – cuz let’s be honest… it’s pretty terrifying right now), running some errands & then working this afternoon. Hope you all have a beautiful day – happy Friday, my friends!! :)

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!