Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The ORB Strikes Again!

Just a little change can make a big difference. For example: our mail slot.

We don't have a mailbox, we have a mail slot right next to our door. I love it, by the way. It rewards my innate laziness. No need to go to the mailbox to see if the mail has arrived. No running out to the mailbox if it's raining or icy or ridiculously hot.

Anyway, our mail slot was ugly. Ugly. No lie.



I think it used to be a brass color.

If you squint it kind of looks like it's a leopard-spotted mail slot. Wild!

Not the look we were going for. So . . .

  1. Break out the screwdriver and take it down.
  2. Lightly sand it down.
  3. Then spray on a coat of my fave ORB (Oil Rubbed Bronze) spray paint.
  4. Screw it back on the house . . .

And I think she turned out beautifully!


I know we need to clean the siding. Our house is supposed to be white not gray. It'll get done eventually. Promise. Don't judge.

So great. And I didn't spend a dime because we already had the paint on hand. So much better than shelling out $35 for a new one.

For a side-by-side review:


Makes me smile. I hope our mailman likes it too.

Linking up to IHeart Organizing

Friday, July 22, 2011

Today Is My Birthday

I turn 26 today. So far it's been a great day.

I just wanted to take time and say a special thank you to my mom. I've been able to celebrate 26 birthdays because of all the work she put in on my first birthday. Or rather my zero birthday not my "first"-- but still kinda my first. You know what I mean!

Thanks Mom!

By the way, isn't my mom beautiful?!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

How to Make a DIY Glass Lamp (And Why Diamonds Really Are a Girl's Best Friend)

Someone must have been crossing their fingers like I asked because this project finally worked. I was beginning to think that I would have to scrap the idea of having a pair of glass lamps. However, if you use the right materials, it really is pretty easy.

If you’re interested in making your own glass lamp I have a few hints for you, so that you can learn from our mistakes.

  • Glass Vase
  • Lamp Kit
  • Screwdriver
  • Pliers
  • Drill
  • 3/8 " Diamond Glass Drill Bit
  • Lamp Shade

First you need to pick out your glass vase that you’ll use for the lamp base. Keep in mind that you’ll be flipping the vase over, so you want to make sure that the vase opening is not too narrow that it would create an unsteady base. Make sure that the diameter is also wide enough that you can easily maneuver your hand inside the vase—this is important when you’re assembling the lamp kit.

Also, I wanted to have the ability to display a few objects at times in the lamp, so consider the size of the objects you want to display in picking your vase.

We went with cylinder vase that is 14” tall and 6” in diameter that we found at Hobby Lobby. They were originally $19.99 but we got them at 50% off.

Drilling Into the Glass

Next you’ll need to drill a hole into the bottom of the vase, so that you can attach the lamp kit. The best way we found was to keep running water on the glass while you are drilling. I’d advise you to lay a towel down in your kitchen sink so the vase doesn’t slide around. I used the sprayer attachment while Josh drilled through the base of the vase. Be careful to not apply too much pressure.

This is where we ran into a problem. Originally we went to Home Depot and bought a regular glass and tile bit. It looked like this:

Don’t get that one.

Otherwise this will probably happen:

Spend the extra $5 and get the diamond glass and tile bit. It will look like this:

With the first bit, we followed the directions. We were careful. It took over 20 minutes of careful drilling, but then the glass cracked.

I was so disappointed.

The diamond drill bit made such a difference. Same process. It only took about 2 minutes. No breakage.

Just remember, it’s true: Diamonds really are a girl’s best friend.

At least when you’re drilling into glass.

Assembling the Lamp

Next you assemble the lamp kit. It’s pretty easy. Just follow the directions. This is where the screwdriver and pliers are helpful. 

I bought our lamp kit at Walmart for $5. It has a white cord, which was fine with me. You can get a gold or silver cord lamp kit at Home Depot for $10. I didn’t care enough to pay double for a different cord color, but that’s just my opinion. Get the one you want.

Then add your lamp shade and a light bulb.

Plug it in . . . . hold your breath that it works . . . and success!

What do you think?

Feel free to ask me if you have any questions. I’ll do my best to answer them.

Linking up to Home Stories A to Z, Tip or Trick Week, and the Art of Doing Stuff

Monday, July 11, 2011

Where to Find Free Printable Art

Last week, Thrifty Decor Chick shared a great resource for free art-- New York City's Digital Gallery. It's awesome. They have over 700,000 pieces of art from their public library made available to the public for personal use. It must be the biggest collection of free printables. Ever.

The art is grouped into seven categories:

  • Arts and Literature
  • Cities and Buildings
  • Culture and Society
  • History and Geography
  • Industry and Technology
  • Nature and Science
  • Printing and Graphics

However, you can also search the site by letter, subject, or artist.

In the summer, I usually gravitate to beachy accents and art in my home. So I love these:

The finish.
The finish

Nautilus Pompilius or Pearly Nautilus; Longitudinal Section of the Shell to shew [sic] the internal structure.
Pearly Nautilus

Argonauta Owenii : 1a. front view of the shell, showing the aperture and simple auricles, 1b, c, and d. lateral views of specimens of different ages; Argonauta hians: 2a. front view of the shell showing the aperture and simple auricles, 2b and c. lateral views of specimens of different ages.
Argonauta Owenii

These would have been great for the fourth of July:

Old Glory, Flag
Old Glory

Here's to the birthday we now celebrate.
Here's to the birthday we now celebrate

Maps are great:

Map of the United States and Territories
Map of the United States and Territories, 1876

As a music teacher, I love these:

[Piano, Vienna, 1800's.]
Piano from the 1800's

Handel's spinet.
Handel's Spinet, 1894

They have a great collection of vintage holiday cards. There are over 1800 of them:

The same old wish in the same old way.
The same old wish in the same old way

Christmas greetings.
Christmas Greetings, 1914

You can even find the Mona Lisa:

Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci.
Mona Lisa

Happy Monday!

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

One Year Ago Today

I am the luckiest woman ever.

I love him even more today.