Seeing dots

It’s been a polka dot kind of week.

There’s something about polka dots that I love. Simply put, they make me happy. They have this classic 50’s inspired feel that can be easily mixed or paired with more modern pieces that have the ability to brighten and liven up any outfit or room. Heck, anything – I love ’em!

So I’ve had my nails painted like this for the last week and have gotten tons of compliments on them. They’re fun and yet the colors are toned down enough to make them office appropriate.

I have this pair of wedges that I got probably 4 years ago that I still absolutely love. They were a steal from Payless and I think only around $20.

Start seeing dots in a whole new light! And trust me, they’ll make you happy, too 🙂

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The chevron stripe type

So I’ve been doing a lot of “pinning” lately. {If you don’t know what Pinterest is, I would highly, highly recommend signing up. It’s this wonderful, creative, inspiring website that you can literally spend hours on {which could be a good or bad thing}. But it’s just a place where people go to share, find, and remember ideas on anything from fashion and make-up to recipes and workout routines. Like I said, check it out!}

Back to what I was saying, I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest. {Like I said, it’s addicting.} It’s been a lot of things nursery and baby related as we find out if Baby O is a he or she in less than 2 weeks! After we find out, I’m sure I’ll turn into a crazy, pregnant lady wanting to do nothing but decorate the spare bedroom nursery.

Well I’ve come across a pattern that I love and want to incorporate into everything, everywhere sparingly in the nursery and even around my house. It’s called a “chevron stripe” and I love how fun and fresh it is yet, there is still something kind of classic, clean, and sharp about it that I’m drawn to. Hence, even my lovely background for this blog!

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 The one thing I’m struggling with is what other types of patterns might look good with it and yet not over take it? I love the second picture of the gray nursery with the polka dots. I would use some different colors though I think since the walls are gray already. Any suggestions? Don’t be surprised if Baby O has a lot few touches of chevron in his or her new room!

DIY: Coffee Filter Lampe Shade

Over the weekend I was able to release some of my pent-up creative energy! And I gotta tell ya, it felt good! You may recall last week when I confessed to my newest obsession, check it out here.

Now, I’ll be honest, I didn’t get as many crafty things done as I probably would have liked. {cleaning my house and rearranging my bedroom took a little more time than I had anticipated. But boy, that also felt good to get off my checklist!}

So anywho, my first DIY project of the weekend was a Coffee Filter Lamp Shade. I first saw this done here and loved it. I did a slightly different variation after doing some research and found one that I liked better, here. So I thought to myself, “Hey, I can do that!”

Here’s what my final product looks like:

And here’s what you’ll need:

– Coffee Filters {I went to the dollar store and picked up 160 filters for $1/each. I used just under 2 packages, but the larger your lamp shade, the more filters you will need. }

– Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

– Marker/Sharpie {something that has a wide base, I’ll explain why later}

– Lamp {I picked mine up at a local thrift store for $7.50 and, bonus, it even works still!}

– Estimated Time: 1 Hour and 30 Minutes

This was the before.While it’s a nice lamp, it reminded me of a lamp that would be in a nursery. There’s just something about it that I’m not feeling.

I loved that this was a budget friendly project!

Now let’s get started:

Place the end of a sharpie (or marker/highlighter) in the center of one coffee filter. Wrap the filter around the sharpie as seen in the photo.

Here’s another view of the filter around the sharpie:

Use the glue gun to put a dab of glue onto the end of the filter. Press the glued part of the filter onto the lamp shade. I started in the middle, but it doesn’t matter where you start your first one.

P.S. The reason for using the sharpie is so that you don’t burn yourself when pressing the filter onto the lamp shade. The sharpie gives the filter just enough pressure so that the filter sticks to the lamp shade and yet, the filter doesn’t stick to the sharpie. Plus, the chances of you burning yourself are WAY less! {This was a finger-saver!}

This is how mine looked after a few filters were glued on. Slightly crazy, I know, but trust me, stick with it and it will get better! The closer/tighter you get the filters next to each other the better. Keep gluing the filters on until the lamp shade is completely covered.

Here’s a close up. You can see how the tighter it is, the fuller it will look. You can also see some of the unevenness in the filter heights. Oh well though, the overall look that I was going for was accomplished!

And, Ta-Da, the after again!  I really happy how it turned out! I don’t love the accessories on the dresser, but it’s a work in progress and for now it’s just fine in my book!

Hope you enjoyed!

And remember, you don’t have to be the best crafter in the world, just have fun with it and enjoy what you’re doing!