Saturday, September 27, 2014


Picked up some old vintage spice and tobacco tins at a local flea market. Rose Bowl Flea Market and Melrose Trading Post usually have interesting bits and baubles that you can apply endless ideas to. Vintage tin planters add a little bit of text and character to already interesting looking small succulents.

Tools Needed
  • Tins of you choice.
  • Nail and hammer - if you want to add holes to the bottom of your tin for water drainage. 
  • Glue gun - if you choose to use the toppers as a drainage tray.
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Vintage Spice and Tobacco Tins Turned Planters
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Vintage Spice and Tobacco Tins Turned Planters

Saturday, September 20, 2014

If you're a fan of simple lines and geometric shapes, you will love this DIY air succulent, wood planter. Suitable for small plants or a little green moss to add color to your space. Easily customizable depending on what shapes and colors you prefer. I made some variations in in neutral colors - gold, dark wood stain, natural wood with a clear coat. All accented with various color on the facets. Best thing about this DIY, if you mess up, just sand the area down into a facet.

TOOLS NEEDED
  • You will need a 5x5 wood block available at home depot for about $10 for a 6 to 8 foot long post. You can probably make 7 to 10 planters using one post. 
  • Hand saw or miter saw to cut the blocks and facets/angles on each planter block.
  • Circle drill bit or similar. 
  • Orbit sander to smooth out the edges
  • Stain or paint of your choice. 
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Air Succulent Geometric Faceted Wood Block Planters
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Air Succulent Geometric Faceted Wood Block Planters

Thursday, September 18, 2014

SPIKED LEMONADE KEYFOB is now for sale on the Etsy store here
Lightweight durable leather. This key fob features gold hardware - spike and ring. The ivory leather is embossed with a snake like texture and a subtle copper foil print finish. Shines at different angles.


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Spiked Lemonade - Keyfobs with spunk
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Spiked Lemonade - Keyfobs with spunk

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

You can easily create your own glass succulent orb to add some color to the room.
Succulents come in many shapes, colors and sizes. The darker the succulent the more likely it will survive indoors. If you plan on leaving the plant inside, I would suggest choosing a darker vs a lighter green. These guys are very easy to take care of and require little to no maintenance or watering. I keep my succulents by the window so when I leave for the day, all I need to do is open the shades and let a little light in.

TOOLS NEEDED
  • Succulent glass orb - for sale anywhere from craft stores to plant nursuries. I picked these in the flower district in downtown la at Lee's Orchids. Cost is usually about $4 - $6.
  • Mossy neon greens $5 a bag as shown below. A small bag can fill probably 5 - 7 planters. This will last you months all it needs is a spritz of water every 2 - 3 weeks to refrain from drying out.
  • Succulents of your choice. I planted 2 small Aeonium varieties in my large orb and an Aloe variety in the small orb.
  • Paired it with my Metal Earth 3D laser cut "praying mantis" stainless steel puzzle and voila! Completed look above (available here).

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Succulent Planters - Glass Orbs and Mossy Greens
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Succulent Planters - Glass Orbs and Mossy Greens

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Looking for a keyfob with spunk? TOO BLUE KEYFOB is now for sale on the Etsy store here.
Lightweight, soft and durable leather. This two part key fob with lobster claw can be taken apart or clipped onto other items as needed! The colored thread is space dyed 100% cotton.   


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Too Blue Keyfob - Keyfobs with spunk
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Too Blue Keyfob - Keyfobs with spunk

I wanted a modern, space saving, unique, credenza. Scoured the internet for some cool ideas and decided on the floating Akurum Ikea fauxdenza hack, aka Akurum kitchen cabinets. This ikea hack is an easy weekend project for home improvement enthusiasts. I am very happy about the way it turned out and love the richness of the stain on this beautiful Birch wood grain. 

TOOLS NEEDED
  • 2 Ikea akurum cabinets (doors, shelves, door hinges (availible here) - I went with the 30" wide x 24" tall x 12 7/8" depth.
  • Wood 1"x7" of your choice - I went with Birch for my wood wrapped topper. Poplar is a softer wood with more of a green tone. Birch is similar to Maple but cost a bit less. Birch may run you about $5 to $8 a sq foot. It will be tough to find a plank over 13" in width, therefore buy 2 - 7" wide boards and cut to 6.5" each. Clamp and glue both together to get 13" wide boards to fit over the ikea Akurum (depth of your boards may vary depending on which Akurum depth you chose).
  • Orbit sander and 80 to 240 grit sandpaper to smooth out your wood planks.
  • Tite bond 2 or 3 (availible here) - this glue is supposed to be strong enough to hold 100 + lbs. Glue your precut boards together and clamp overnight (suggest 24 hours to cure).
  • 3 - 4 clamps (available here or here) - to keep your boards together after gluing. These clamps are also very useful for other wood projects.

  • 1 Ikea akurum suspension rod - This 6 ft long wall mounted rod should be cut to your desired width. I cut mine to 58" since my credenza was 60" wide.
  • Stain of your choice - Minwax provincial shown above. I tested out 3 stains. Usually Ganahl Lumber allows you to test out stain colors on the wood of your choice.
  • Sealer of your choice - Minwax matte finish shown below.
  • 1.5" wood screws to secure your boards into the credenza.
TIME
  • Roughly 3 afternoons due to staining boards, waiting for the glue to dry etc.
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    Akurum floating credenza - Ikea hack
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    Akurum floating credenza - Ikea hack