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!!

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!

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!

Friday Finds!

So excited for this weekend –  celebrating a sweet friend’s birthday tonight & then spending tomorrow afternoon with another lovely friend! We are heading to the Nutcracker Market here in Houston – which I’ve never been to, but apparently it’s this huge stadium that Christmas throws up in, in the form of decorations, crafts, and endless glitter. Not gonna lie, I’m pretty excited. I’ll try to capture the magic and take some pictures for you!

And if case you were dying to know how the fireplace paint job is coming along – I haven’t done a second coat of the whitewash yet, but I think I might just stick to one! Once it dried completely, I actually didn’t hate it. So yay for that! I’ll try to post a before/after picture and y’all can weigh in :)

Anywhoo, back to Friday Finds, these posts are some of my favorite to write! Seriously. I love discovering new pieces of furniture and other home decor – dreaming about the beautiful spaces that can be made from these gems is so fun! I am in LOVE with this week’s finds!

Emerson Shelving $399.99 @ World Market

Emerson Shelving $399.99 @ World Market

This shelving. See what I mean? LOVE. At first sight. Gah. I can’t get over them! Love the look of these – the metal and rustic wood. They’d be perfect in a dining room or home office – especially with some wooden crates or metal wire baskets on the shelves!

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Antiqued Wall Clock – Teal (on sale) $103.20 @ Pier One

This clock. I have a similar one hanging on my fireplace that I ADORE. I love the subtle blue and the antique look of the clock face. This would look great in a kitchen, entry way or on a mantle! So many possibilities.

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White Wall Window Frame $28.00 @ Pier One

This frame. Isn’t this just perfect? I die. It would look so good in an entry way or bedroom. You could hang your favorite pictures from it or even use it as a cute display for all of those Christmas cards you’ll be getting soon (do people still send Christmas cards? Is that still a thing?). Either way, I’m sure you could put this piece to good use!

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“Abstract Garden” by Elinor Luna $129.99 @ World Market

This painting. I LOVE this! I actually was going between this painting and another one from Pier One for the loongest time! I wanted something to go over our TV console and I was having the hardest time deciding. But alas, the elephant won out over the flowers (I’m gaga over this elephant – I’ll post a picture soon so you can drool with me. Is that awkward? Co-drooling? Yes? Ok ,forget I mentioned it). I would still love to find a place for this in my house though – it’s just so gorgeous!

Retro-Classic White Accent Chairs (set of 2) $166.99 @ Overstock.com

Retro-Classic White Accent Chairs (set of 2) $166.99 @ Overstock.com

These chairs. Words cannot express my feelings for these beauties. I wish I had a different dining table so they could live in my house. Or that my living room was slightly bigger so I could use them as accents. Sigh. I LOVE the look of these – especially the wooden legs. I hope someone out there falls in love with them and then messages me a picture of what they decided to do with ’em! Please. Someone. Anyone. I need to live vicariously through you!

Welp, there are my favorite finds this week – and now I’m off to put real clothes on & get to work! Being an adult is so overrated, don’t you think?!

Friday Finds!

It’s Friiiiiiiday! I don’t think I’ve ever been this ready for a weekend. Work was a bit rough this whole week, so literally every day was spent thinking, “Is it Friday yet?”. Have you ever experienced that? I really am trying to learn to enjoy every moment and not be so quick to rush on to the next thing… but the weekend is just so glorious! It’s hard to not wish it was always Saturday ;)

P.S. I’m FINALLY finishing my dining room chair reupholstery project tomorrow, so that should be up on the blog early next week! I am so excited to share it with y’all – it turned out better than I ever imagined! The fabric really changes the look of the entire room. Also on the weekend to-do list, is hanging a magnetic knife rack in our kitchen, so I can finally get my beautiful Wusthofs’ out of the drawers! While my husband hangs the rack (cuz let’s be honest, I really shouldn’t be trusted with any kind of power tool), I’ll be busy working on my next DIY project! I already have the idea… now it’s time to sketch it out, figure dimensions and dream, dream, dream! I think y’all will like this one :)

Anywhoo, Friday Finds! I am loving this week’s finds & I think you will too!!

Threshold Wood and Brass Finish Egret Bookends $22.49 @ Target (online and in store)

Threshold Wood and Brass Finish Egret Bookends $22.49 @ Target (online and in store)

These bookends. I have a slight obsession with bookends. And I can never seem to find the perfect ones! Well hellooooo Dolly! I saw these at Target and immediately fell in love! You know me, put any kind of metal and wood together and I’m hooked! I’m also obsessed with birds. So, yep.. I really never stood a chance against these beauts! And for such a great price?? Double swoon!

Landon Desk - Natural $349.99 @ Home Decorators Collection

Landon Desk – Natural $349.99 @ Home Decorators Collection

This desk. I DREAM of a beautiful, light, airy home office for myself, with a desk exactly like this one right in the center of the room! I love all of the little drawers. Love the color of the wood. And quite honestly, for a solid desk, the price isn’t terrible either!

Home Decor Fabric - Waverly Carino - Buttercup ON SALE $20.99/yd @ Joanns (online only)

Home Decor Fabric – Waverly Carino – Buttercup ON SALE $20.99/yd @ Joanns (online only)

This fabric. LOVE the color. Love the design! I think this would be perfect for a Roman shade over a kitchen window. Or as a set of throw pillows on your couch. I feel like it’s the perfect pop of yellow to brighten up any room!

Owen "Mail" Letter Holder $29.99 @ World Market

Owen “Mail” Letter Holder $29.99 @ World Market

This mail holder. I LOVE this! Anything wood and pallet-y (yes, I just made that word up) is so in right now that I don’t think you can go wrong with this piece! It’s super rustic, which I adore. Love the twine/rope to hold the mail in place. And the black stenciling! It would be gorgeous hanging on the wall in your entryway!

Mercury Glass Chicken Wire Table Lamp $54.99 @ World Market

Mercury Glass Chicken Wire Table Lamp $54.99 @ World Market

This table lamp. I have loved this thing for a LONG time!! I drool over it every time I walk through World Market. Love the coloring of the letters, love that it’s wrapped in chicken wire. It’s just an all-around beautiful lamp! Perfect for an office or on a end table in your living room!

I hope these finds this week inspire you as you dream about your space! Planning and searching is always worth it when you find that PERFECT piece! What are some of your favorite places to shop for your home?? I’d love to hear about them!

Friday Finds!

YAY! It’s Friday! Maybe it’s me, but I feel like the past few weeks have FLOWN by.. not that I’m complaining or anything!!

My big plans this weekend include loading up on the Advil Cold & Sinus and sleeping. Oh, and studying for that insurance licensing exam. We’re real partiers over here, y’all. Can hardly contain the party-ness. It’s practically oozing from us. Party. Party. Party. BTdubs, those last few sentences were pure sarcasm, just in case you didn’t catch it ;) Hopefully you have more exciting things on your plate this weekend than catching some zzz’s!

On a side note, I did happen to find some great items this week! I’m excited to share them with you guys! I hope that they inspire you to dream about your space and spark some new ideas in your planning!

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Faux Mongolian Lamb Pouf $149.99 @ West Elm

Okay, I realize this might be a little out there for some.. but I LOVE it! Such a great focal piece for a living room or bed room. It looks so soft and cozy. It makes me want to curl up on it and take a nap – which partially might be because I’m ridiculously sick right now, but hey, I’m just gonna go with it. Seriously though, I think this would add a great touch to a room that has a lot of wood or rustic pieces in it – it adds the perfect amount of softness without being overbearing.

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Metal Wrapped Braxton Dining Table $599.99 @ World Market

I LOVE this! I’m slightly obsessed with the metal/wood mixture lately, and this embodies that marriage perfectly! World Market has really cornered the market on affordable furniture that screams quality and desirability. This would be a great statement piece for your dining room!

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Soare placemat $3.99 @ IKEA

I’m about to head to IKEA in the next couple of weeks to grab some of these! I love that they’re so natural looking. They’ll go great with the dark wood of my table and chairs and the new fabric we’re (slowly) reupholstering with! I love mixing light and dark shades of brown and these would definitely help me accomplish that!

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Hektar Floor Lamp $69.99 @ IKEA

I just love that these look like spotlights! It’d be perfect in a teenager’s room or living room. They’re industrial looking, which I’m also obsessed with lately, and would be a great accent to almost any décor. They are fairly tall, so they definitely stand out, but the design is such that it’s eye-catching without being obnoxious! Love!

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Room Essentials Textured Rubgy Duvert Cover Set $29.99-$49.99 @ Target

The color grey. It’s my love language. I immediately am drawn to it in every store I walk into – clothes, furniture, everything. It drives my husband crazy! Haha! I love this bedding: grey, stripes, texture. My three favorite things in ONE place! I think this would be gorgeous in any bedroom, maybe a guest room even?? Casual but chic. Doesn’t get better than that!

Like I said, such great finds this week! I want them alllllllll!! Did you shop anywhere spectacular this week? What kind of pieces and elements are you drawn to? I’d love to hear from you!  :)