Updated Tea Infuser | DIY

4.17.2015

My favorite part of my mornings is waking up and getting to sit down with a hot cup of tea. I haven't gotten into the coffee craze, but I've definitely jumped on board the tea train! I usually use loose leaf teas and a tea infuser to get my tea just right. Since my current tea infuser's metal hook fell off I thought it would be fun to make my own little "anchor" for my infuser so the chain doesn't fall in every time.
Materials: Polymer oven bake clay, leather, paint, tea infuser, paint, beads, wire
Process: Roll out your clay and make the shapes of your choice! I was originally going to use some beads I had on hand mixed with beads I made with clay, but I changed direction and liked how the polymer beads turned out instead. Decorate your beads, thread them through leather strands or wire. If your infuser still has the hook on the end, remove it with wire pliers. Connect your leather strand to the wire by tying a knot or if you used wire, use your pliers to connect to your infuser. Add in some tea leaves and enjoy!
 This is such a quick and inexpensive project to make! Perfect for gifts, or a weekend project.
If you want to read about making your own tea blends, check out this post.

My Next Project: Upholstery

4.12.2015

The easiest DIY motivator for me is when I find out how much something costs or how much it is to get professionally done. My husband has had this wingback chair for a few years now that he scored for just $30! The guy that has done some upholstery for us and friends in the past (who is extremely reasonably priced) has moved out of the country. This has motivated me to spend hours reading DIY Reupholstery tutorials and watch countless how-to videos. Luckily, there are plenty of detailed tutorials that I feel like I can conquer this project. 
 The hardest part, and the only part putting me off from beginning is finding the right fabric. I looked at my local fabric stores and haven't found anything that is the perfect fit. So I turned to Fabric.com and Mood Fabrics. I found a few options at fabric.com but only things that worked nothing that I loved. Mood Fabrics was nice to dream about but just too expensive for my budget on this project. Then…while reading last night about reupholstering couches (because why not stop at a chair?) I discovered West Elm sells fabric by the yard. Game. Changer.

I ordered a few free swatches to be sent my way to pin up to our wingback chair to see if they are the winners. West Elm's prices were comparable to the fabrics I was looking at at fabrics.com. Another win!

So since this is my first upholstery project…I need your help! Have you ever reupholstered anything? Got any tips? What color would you reupholster this wingback chair?


Upcycled Clock Frame | DIY

4.08.2015

 I'm excited to share with you this upcycled frame I had the opportunity of making for Design*Sponge recently! I love blogging because there are so many opportunities to connect with brands and other bloggers that you admire while getting to do what you love! You can find the tutorial here.

What have you been making recently?