Five on Friday // 9-30-16

Guys, how is this the last day of September!?

Since yesterday was National Coffee Day, today’s favorites are all coffee related.

Wooden Sign - Little Bit of Coffee Whole Lot of Jesus Coffee by DRSignsDesigns:

ONE // At-home coffee bar. I’m on the lookout for the perfect coffee bar cart or small dresser or something so I can make my own little coffee bar.

Pallet Coffee Mug / Cup Rack or holder - 20 Inexpensive Pallet Projects You Can Do | 99 Pallets:

TWO // Pallet coffee mug holder. Next on the project list when we finish the headboard!

THREE // Monogram belly mugs from Target.

FOUR // Painted mugs from Anthropologie.

FIVE// “Blogging Day” mug from francesca’s.

Have a good weekend!
Ours is looking super busy and will for sure include lots of coffee.

heidi sign

DIY: Canvas Project

A while back, I saw a canvas DIY project that looked easy enough for me to attempt. After talking about different canvas projects we both wanted to do, Loren and I finally made our way to Hobby Lobby to collect some canvases (on major sale!!), paint and paint brushes.
Here is what my project turned into:
1. Print off and cut out your choice of stencil. I found a free version of this font and quote (can’t find it now) and just printed it on regular copy paper.
2. Lay out the stencils as you want them to appear on the canvas.
3. Paint one coat of paint over the whole canvas, including the stencil. Wait for the first coat to dry, then paint on a second coat.
4. Carefully peel off the stencil. I had to use an X-Acto knife.
5. Wipe off any excess paint from the words with a cotton swab. Since my stencil printout wasn’t very sturdy to begin with and some of the paint seeped through, Loren took the X-Acto knife and scraped the letters to define the words a bit more.

6. Hang up the masterpiece.  Here it is hanging in our kitchen adding a bit of happiness. 🙂

I hope to keep adding to wall art all around the apartment. Check back soon for more projects!

DIY Project: Desktop Organizer

As I mentioned yesterday, I worked on a little DIY project Sunday afternoon. I’m not really sure what inspired this, except my love for organization and wanting a little more desk organization at work. I’ve seen several cute desktop organizers lately and really wanted to get one, but living on a grad school budget, such a purchase would be frivolous, especially since I already had all the materials I would need to make one for free at home!
1. Gather supplies – cardboard box, tape, scissors and design paper. I already had one box but grabbed another one when I was shopping at ALDI the other day to make sure I had enough.
2. Grab a beverage (normally this would be coffee, but this time I went with hot chocolate) and some form of entertainment (I naturally chose Gilmore Girls).
3. Cut the box to desired size. I used the whole length of the shorter side of the box and folded up the cut off side to create the fourth side.
4. Tape all around the outside of the new box to secure.
5. Select your design paper to cover the box.
6. Cover the box to hide the cardboard.
7. Cut smaller pieces of cardboard to use as dividers & cover with design paper.
8. Secure the dividers in the finished box with tape.
And that’s it! Pretty easy. Not the best looking thing I’ve ever made, but I like it and it fits perfectly on my desk at work.
What DIY projects have you  worked on lately?

If You Love to Shop…

…then stop on by the little Etsy shop, Urban Poor, that Loren and I opened. Now this isn’t just any shop, but one that currently specializes in wire or twine wrapped  bead necklaces. We have listed several samples, but if you prefer a different color or amount of beads, send us your custom order!
Who knows what else will soon appear. Possibly arm knits scarves, hiring Loren as a caricature artist (check this one out) and whatever else tickles our fancy. Feel free to send us any and all ideas!
We look forward to your purchases to achieve our millionaire status within a week.

Burlap Stockings

My attempt at making burlap stockings was aided by my wonderful cousin Dennae, and we had a blast! Naturally, we had Christmas music and all the Christmas lights around the apartment on to help motivate us.

Making these stockings was rather easy and here are the steps we took:

1. Using either a stocking you already have to guide or your great artistic skill, trace/cut out the 2 sides of the stocking.

Dennae volunteered to cut out our stockings freehand, and did a pretty impressive job. Scissors and paper with no directed guidance can be dangerous in my hand.

2. With either a sewing machine or by hand, sew the two sides together.
I don’t have a sewing machine, and the only needles & thread I had were from an emergency sewing kit (I’m cheap, I know!). While there were several needles and bountiful colors to choose from, the threads were all rather short, so we had to use multiple colors for each stocking. But once right side out, you can’t even tell!
3. Flip the stocking right side out.
4. Iron to smooth out, if necessary (my burlap was super wrinkled).
5. Try on the stocking to ensure it’s the right size.
6. Add embellishments as meets your fancy. Apparently none have met my fancy yet. I need to find some.
And that’s it! Pretty Easy! My friend Danielle over at Mostly Sewing did a way better job of making burlap stockings (with awesome embellishments!!) last year with a sewing machine, so go check out her tutorial here.

No Clue

Hi and welcome to my little corner of the internet! I’m so glad you stopped by.

I went back and forth several times about actually starting this blog, because, let’s be honest, I have no clue what I’m doing. But with continued encouragement from my sweet husband, I finally am taking the bull by the horns and here I am.

Ultimately, this blog is to keep family and friends updated on our lives here in Indianapolis as Loren pushes through grad school at Indiana University and I attempt to keep him fed and the apartment homey while working full time downtown Indy. With that said, who knows what will appear on this blog.

So stay tuned!