things that make me happy

I have had a string of really good days…

For one, this little piece of awesome from Plaid Pigeon arrived in the mail today. How could you not love a plastic dinosaur with a succulent growing out of his back?

Yesterday, my Sisal Rope Table was featured on Apartment Therapy! I can’t even describe how excited I was when I found that out.

And finally, this past weekend I went to an Elmer’s Craft and Tell party at the house of Katie from Sweet Rose Studio, with a few other local bloggers. Katie is a great hostess and the tables she set up for crafting were adorable.

via Sweet Rose Studio
Elmer’s provided us with a bunch of products for each crafter to take home. There were Glue Spots, scissors, an X-acto knife, a cutting mat, gel pens, glue sticks and other cool Elmer’s products to use. I made a candy themed picture frame for the sparkletots’ room.
via Sweet Rose Studio

I started by painting an unfinished wood picture frame yellow, then I made accordion rosettes out of scrapbook paper as candy and placed Glue Spots covered in glitter in the middle. I had forgotten to get vellum, so I used waxed paper, which I folded in to an accordion and put those under the rosettes to look like candy wrappers. Then I stuck on some glittery stickers to say “sweet as candy.” Super easy.

If you want to score some Elmer’s goodies of your own head over to enter the giveaway at Sweet Rose Studio!

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Tons of good stuff out there this week..

via Plumen

Plumen 001 is the “world’s first designer low energy light bulb.” Cool right? It comes in 120v, perfect for lamps in North America, as well as 220v for Europe. And at only $30 a bulb, it makes for a cool centerpiece. More images here.

via Uguisu

I adore this Crumpled Eco-Bag from Japanese retailer Uguisu. Wouldn’t it be perfect for the farmer’s market? The whole site is pretty awesome, they have a great collection of washi tape.

via Sunday Suppers

How refreshing does lavender lemonade sound? Sitting on the porch on a hot day, with a beautiful glass of lavender lemonade. I can’t get over how pretty they look. Almost too pretty to drink.

via Nifty Thrifty Things

If your lemonade isn’t sweet enough, follow this tutorial for DIY sugar cubes in pretty little shapes. So darn cute, they are perfect for a party or a wedding. Love them.

I’m looking forward to this weekend, I’m headed to a Cookies and Crafts party with some local bloggers. Can’t wait to tell you about it on Tuesday.. Until then friends!

Sisal Rope Table

Sorry about the radio silence the past couple of days. I have been deep in project. This project:

I was sitting, minding my own business, when I noticed the ottoman on the June cover of House Beautiful magazine.

I really like the natural fiber look of the ottoman, and at over $5000 for the Ralph Lauren ottoman, I figured I’d better find a way to DIY something to bring that look into my house.

I have an Ikea Lack side table that the Mr. and I bought years ago when we were just starting out and had no furniture. It was headed for the dumpster, when I thought it would be perfect if it was covered in sisal rope. This project took a good amount of time, and my fingers are sore and burnt, but it in the end it was absolutely worth it.

Supplies: table, sandpaper, 2 packages ¼” x 100 feet sisal rope, 3 packages 3/8″ x 50 feet sisal rope, E600 adhesive and a hot glue gun with a ton of hot glue sticks (mine is a mini one and I used over 100 sticks!)

Start out by lightly sanding the entire table and then wipe it off with a damp cloth (in a well ventilated area) I started with the legs (sorry, I forgot to take pictures of this step) and used the hot glue gun to stick the rope on the bottom of the leg with a side that will be facing inside to the table. On two opposite sides of the leg, I put a line of the E600, and the other two side of the leg I hot glued the rope to the table as I wrapped it around the leg, working my way to the top. Repeat on the other three legs.

For the table top, start at a corner that will be at the back.

Glue down the end to the table very well, and put some glue at the end of the rope to help keep it from unraveling. I put a thin line of E600 on the side and then a line of hot glue next to it. Then I just started wrapping the sides. Once I got to the top, I made a kind of lip so that the rope is higher than the tabletop.

Then I glued the rope on to the tabletop, starting at the outside edge, still with both the hot glue gun and the E600. When I got to the end of my rope (ha ha) I just glued the end down and started with a new one next to it. I just kept wrapping in the square shape until I got to the middle.

You can still see the color of the table underneath, so I’d use a black white or natural colored table to make it less obvious. Also, don’t be surprised if you find color variations between the different packs of’s natural you know.

It takes about 24 hours for the E600 adhesive to cure..then it’s finished! The rope seems to be on there pretty good, so I’m not worried about any unraveling. I’m considering getting a piece plexiglass to cover the top to protect it from spills and dust and other icky stuff. But for now, I’m just loving my new table!

Linked to: House of Hepworths, Somewhat Simple, The Shabby Chic Cottage, Whipperberry, 504 Main, Remodelaholic, Fingerprints on the Fridge, 30 Days, Tidy Mom, Tatertots and Jello, Funky Junk Interiors, Be Different..Act Normal, Under the Table and Dreaming, I ♥ Naptime, Flamingo Toes, Today’s Creative Blog, Tip Junkie, Home Stories A2Z, C.R.A.F.T., Designer Garden, Alchemy Fine Living

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