Hand Made: Ombre Yarn Lampshade

Talk about Pinterest gone wrong! Or maybe I’m just a perfectionist….yes, that sounds more like it! I’ve had this yarn for a while, I was initally going to use it on a different lampshade, but one bottle of white spray paint later and that one ended up in the rubbish :)

I’ve always loves the ombre look but I never died my hair or painted my nails ombre, so thought what the hec – why not decorate in ombre ;)

What you’ll need:

  • 3 colors of yarn. 
  • hot glue gun (I love these!)
  • Ideally a shade with a circumference that is all even – not like the one pictured as the yarn will tend to ‘bunch’

2013-04-03_024This is what the lampshade looked like originally:


  • Start at the bottom – I would suggest to pencil measurements around the base so you don’t end up with uneven spacing (something I didn’t do!)
  • Only place the hot glue in one place all the way down the shade, this way you wont end up with ‘tugging’ leaving you with gaps between the yarn and the shade


  • When you are finished with your first color wrap it gently around the shade a few times and pick the same spot where you are using the glu gun to start with the second color.


So I thought I was done. But no. I didn’t like how bunched up it was! You can see where the layers of yarn almost overlap. I didn’t pull it tight enough and also used too much hotglue so the yarn was being stretched in different directions…So I pulled it all off and started from scratch.

Tip: Pull the yarn taught and it would be much much easier on an even circumference lampshade!


Final Product:
2013-04-03_029This isn’t perfect but it’s definitely much better and a lot more fun than the boring shade we had before!

Today is a day for running errands – I’m a little scared to look at my to-do list :) That being said I am so SO excited for the gorgeous Lisa and David’s engagement session tomorrow!!! :) :) Eeeps! Can’t wait to share already!

Happy happy Friday to you all xx

Hand Made: Chalkboard Window Frame

Judging by last week my new ‘Hand Made’ series was a hit! woohoo!! So i’ll keep going with this Vintage Window Frame Chalkboard!

I made this frame for our Reception party back in the US….

But decided to clean it up and use it in my office! For now, it stays as a chalkboard but I’ll definitely re-purpose it soon :)

Things needed:

1. ‘Chalk board’ paint spray. You could buy the actual tin of paint but you may end up with brush strokes. You can buy either at Home Depot.

2.  Vintage Window Frame: I realised pretty quickly that it’s quite tough to find one with the glass all still in tact! Luckily I came across this one for $25 at an antique mall. If you do find one that has broken glass you could always get Home Depot to cut the correct size to slot into the frame. I will need to do this if I want to repurpose it as a picture frame.

3. Picture Hooks

You could totally use a frame like this at a wedding to show guests where they are seated – but instead of the chalk you would just write directly onto the glass :) I’m definitely thinking a few fun wedding pictures will go inside this soon!!

I can’t believe it’s Friday already!! Have a great weekend everyone!

Hand Made: A Series of DIY Household Experiments!

Anyone who knows me knows I love crafting, painting, sticking and generally creating something! A while ago I blogged a couple of my experiments like the hand made canvas, some gift ideas and my wedding invitations. They turned out to be a huge hit! I had people finding the ideas on Pinterest and contacting me through my website. It got me thinking – I should probably share a few more of those ideas, even if only a couple of people decide to take on the little challenges :)

So I’m going to kick start this series of blog posts with this ADORABLE vintage book centerpiece. This idea was totally stolen from this gorgeous vintage inspired wedding. I actually wouldn’t have needed to steal the idea as the bride graciously gave us one of her centerpiece’s on our way out! I was so giddy! However, an incident with a honda, highway and a deer occurred…and the poor centerpiece was no longer! It’s something i’ve been meaning to do for so long and decided it would be the perfect start!

Things needed:

1. Vintage books – hardcover (any used bookstore, goodwill, salvation army are full of them!)

2. Super super glue

3. A jigsaw to cut the hole – or in my case a very kind man at Home Depot

4. A mini plant/succulent or yummy smelling candle

As you can see – the supplies are minimal! First things first you need to take one book and measure 3 inches or 10cm diameter for the circle to be cut out. If any of you nifty people have a jigsaw, then I’m jealous! If not just go to Home Depot and the guys will cut out the pages of the book in the 10cm circle – all the way down to the back cover which will be the bottom.

While your at Home Depot pick up some extra super glue! :) You can then mount the book with the hole onto another. This just gives it some weight – if you wanted you could always leave it as one book – or add more!

If you wanted to use your centerpiece with succulents – as shown in the wedding – I would advise to cut the base of a red solo cup so you are able to water it! I have yet to buy one – but when I do i’ll post a picture :)

I actually had a couple of Bath & Body Works candles at home – they smell amazing but look kind of blah by themselves. The smaller 4oz size with 1 wick fits perfectly into the 10cm diameter! I wanted to make sure they would fit but not be ‘floating around’ and out of luck they are the exact size.

At the moment I’m using them with my table centerpiece while I don’t have fresh flowers. However, I think it will look cute on a side table in the living room. For any brides this really is a very inexpensive and non-labor intensive diy decor for your wedding! It could be used on the guest book table, centerpiece or gift table.

So what do you think? Yay or nay? Either way it was SO fun making it and will do my best to make it a weekly update :) Happy Friday everyone – have a wonderful weekend!!

Valentine’s Gift Idea!

It’s just around the corner! And if you’re like me I always find Valentine’s gifts that much harder – Billy and I had our Valentine’s Day yesterday, due to our crazy schedules! He did awesome with my LuLuLemon present :) and we pigged out at Mia Francesca’s for dinner – highly recommended!

If I’m totally honest I haven’t been a huge fan of valentine’s – all the teddy bears, chocolates, flowers, red and pink hearts in your face! So I thought of a way to get around the hallmark hearts and make something much more personal.

The idea came pretty easy – a way to your man’s heart…food! Simply go to your favorite restaurants and get a bunch of giftcards – even the ones that aren’t chains will normally give you a gift certificate.

Stuff You Need:

  • notebook
  • gift cards
  • pen
  • paint if you wanted
  • 2 hours + running around from restaurant to restaurant!
  • Depends on how many/much your gift cards are! But the notebook was only $12.99 for the three.

I arranged the gift cards in his favorite note book – moleskin – they’re awesome, and come in packs of 3.

I painted the front with acrylic paint, but you could do anything – leave it blank or write a message….

And underneath each card I wrote what he orders and what I order every time we go there.

You can customise your notebook however you want – you could say why they are you valentine or list a bunch of reasons why you love them…. I would blush if I posted too many so here’s a little glimpse of the 20 or more I wrote:

I finished it by including a gift card to a restaurant we haven’t been to yet, and saying what he would order and what I will when we go there :)

This was perfect for him because we love to eat out! But you can really do it with anything – little gift cards to his favorite stores? movie tickets? create your own date lunches/nights! Hope this helps someone out there :)

Have a great Valentine’s!

Love, Jacqui

My D.I.Y Save The Date

By now most of you should have received my save-the-date! And after the crazy popularity of my last DIY Canvas post I thought you may like to see how I made my save the date!

It is really simple – really easy. I had the idea in my head but it took me a while to figure out, and I made a few mistakes along the way – so if you have a wedding coming up hopefully this will save you that crucial time!!

The whole save-the-date is based off of the image and the banner…so:

STEP 1: Making the Banner

You totally don’t have to use the banner concept – and there are sooo many cute ideas out there – chalk boards, writing in the sand, on the soles of your shoes, or not using one at all, but i just really liked the banner.

Again, I didn’t look up how to make it, so my trip to Michaels was a little random!! I bought:

– Burlap

– Card stock

– Ribbon

– Glue

– I already had Acrylic Paint at home – but it worked great!!

Cut your card into triangles, cut the burlap the same size (I had to use a few layers as the burlap came in a roll that wasn’t thick enough to cover the whole card). You can buy card to match your wedding colors- my wedding is all white but I love yellow and it added some nice color to an otherwise neutral picture. Stick the burlap on top of the card, – I used modge podge but anything will do! Paint your numbers with the acrylic – I used white acrylic and layered it on really thick! make 2 holes in each of the triangles so you can weave the ribbon in and out…

One tip I would give is to not make the triangles too big – Otherwise it becomes very tricky when you come to hold it!

STEP 2: Take the Picture!

I’m hoping most of you are going to get your engagement pictures taken soon so you should totally just bring you banner along and ask you photographer to snap a quick one of you two holding your banner!

My engagement photos wont be done until next year, closer to the wedding…. so if your in that position or on a budget then d-i-y!! I hired Billy’s brother :) He very kindly traipsed along lakeshore drive, I set the camera up for him and hey presto!

STEP 3: The Card

Print your images – and make sure you have extra!

These are the materials I needed for my save the dates:

– kraft card

– kraft envelopes

– photo corners

– magnets (either sheets or I used magnet business cards)

– inkjet printer

– double sided tape


– cut the card to the appropriate size (kinko’s will do it for you)

– Create your wording and font you want to use on the computer – my wedding is vintage so I went for typewriter font and calligraphy

– Print the wording on the back of all the cards (make sure in your printer settings you adjust the paper size to your card size) If you use Kraft paper like I did you’ll find out Kinko’s wont print on it- neither will office max, office depot…anywhere!! so use your own standard ink jet printer

– You may also want to print your addresses on the envelopes, or use a calligrapher, but the same concept applies

– That’s the hard part over – so all you have left to do is stick the photo corners down, and then the image in them. I also used double sided sellotape (sticky tape) so it was a little more stable.

– Finally, and you may not want to do this because it does make it look a little less flattering!! I cut the business card magnets (they were already sticky) and put them on either side of the writing… it’s turned out to be a great idea because people actually look at it now and not lose it or put it in a dark drawer!!

I think i’ve covered all the bases!! One thing I will say is I purchased all my card stock from Archiver’s and other bits from Michaels.

If your a bride-to-be, I feel your pain…and i know it’s SO much easier to go to your local paper source, or invitation designer and printer – but this way is so much more personal. And nearly everyone who received my save-the-date has said something. It takes a lot more time and effort but in the end it’s worth it!! so good luck!

D.I.Y Canvas Quotes

I know there’s quite a few ‘pinterest’ addicts out there!!…. I admit to being one of them. But I normally don’t make use of this amazing app :)

So i figured during my apartment ‘makeover’ I could take on some of the challenges! I loved this canvas when I saw it pinned, but they had designed a pattern on it…I figured you could do the same thing with quotes. I made this one for Billy, lyrics from an O.A.R song.

If you were interested in doing the same thing all you need is:

– Puffy paint (I used matte)

– Wax proof paper

– Mod podge glue

– Any old canvas!!

I chose my quote and as a font snob searched for my fav….I printed off the quote and over wax proof paper started with the puffy paint. This is because I made MANY mistakes! I left it over night to dry then peeled off, arranged and stuck down with the glue. I have canvas’ lying around from painting but any canvas at Michaels will do. Puffy paint comes in all colours, textures etc…but white is my favourite colour :) you say boring I say bright! I think this will go above the bed with an arrangement of white frames, canvas’, mirrors.

Look out for more D.I.Y projects – this one was fun!

And a quick one of Kaya being cute this morning – just because :)