Leather Pulls

Leather Pulls{I love the way the pink reflects onto the white cabinetry}

The other day I was feeling particularly annoyed by how boring and off-the-shelf my cabinet pulls were.  In my little studio I have to look at those cabinets all day long, so I wanted something special and different.  I was playing around with some leather for another project and it gave me an idea.  Forget hardware, I’m going to make Software! :) (I was pretty thrilled with this little pun)  It was so simple and SUPER inexpensive (yay!)

My cabinets went

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Here’s how you can make your own:

  1. Cut strips of leather (as many pulls as you’ll need) to 1 1/4″ x 5″ (If you want to add color to the underside, now’s the time)
  2. Use the felt-tip pen to mark a dot where you want your screw to go
  3. Make the hole for the screw using a phillips screw driver and a couple whacks of your hammer
  4. Push your screw through the hole and secure it to the cabinet with a hex nut
  5. Enjoy your new software!

software{Add paint + brush to your supply list if you want to add a pop of color on the underside like I did}



A little creativity goes a long way!



Paper Cranes

Paper CraneThere’s something sweet and peaceful about paper cranes. For some reason I’ve been feeling like I want to make a paper crane mobile. I can do that, right? Like mobiles aren’t just for babies??





PC5So, the obvious next step here would be to learn how to make a paper crane, and in case you’re like me and don’t know how yet, here are the steps:


I’ll let you know how mine turn out! ;)


DIY Earring Display


Jewelry is pretty. That’s why we wear it. So why keep it closed away in a jewelry box? Jewelry should be treated as art, and displayed!

This is my quick little DIY for making your own jewelry display :)


  • Frame (I found mine for $1 at a thrift store)
  • Lace table runner
  • Super Glue
  • Scissors

1. Cut your table runner to fit your frame top to bottom. Don’t worry if the lace doesn’t fit perfectly in your frame – mine didn’t, you can always pull it from the sides with some thread.

2. Apply dots of super glue to the frame then attach the lace, pulling just a little bit so that it’s taut. Shazam! You’re done! Now for the fun part – hanging all your pretty earrings!



earrings1I hope this inspires you to create your own jewelry display!


Catchin’ Dreams


A while back, I randomly decided that I wanted to make a huge dreamcatcher. I’ve always loved the way they look, and I figured that mine would be a more modern interpretation. I have a lot of jewelry and things that I never wear or use, but really love. I wanted to incorporate all of these things into my ‘sea inspired’ dreamcatcher.

I used a 12″ embroidery hoop, a lace doily, found beach glass, shells, sand dollars, beads, feathers, and little gemstones & crystals. It’ll probably always be a work in progress, as I’ve already added more to  it. I’m loving it & my dreams are already sweeter! ;)


A Well-Traveled Dresser


After much deliberation about which direction to go with my dresser, I finally settled on the perfect re-do. I simply couldn’t decide on a color to paint the dresser, or even a variety of colors… It felt like too much of a commitment. I thought about just staining the whole thing, but without any hardware it would just be too plain.  I’ve always loved the look of maps, and so I decided to Mod Podge vintage maps to the face of my drawers.

I could not be happier with the result! The project in total only cost me about $30.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. I started by sanding down the whole dresser
  2. Then I applied a couple of coats of dark stain – Minwax in Mahogany – to the top and sides (I left the drawers unstained since I knew I’d be covering them later)
  3. I used five different vintage maps all from places I’d like to go ;) I measured the drawers and cut the maps to size
  4. Then I applied a layer of Mod Podge to the face of the drawers and stuck down the map
  5. I cut the maps a little big so I would have a some wiggle room, so after I stuck them down, I trimmed the excess
  6. Then came the final layer of Mod Podge and viola! A dresser transformation :)






20121231_164304-1-1Here’s the final before and after:



This was the most rewarding project I think I’ve ever done. I’m so thrilled with the outcome, I absolutely love my new one-of-a-kind dresser!


Teacup Succulent


I’m constantly looking for clever ways to re-purpose things, especially when I’m scouting out the thrift stores.. ;) The other day I found these adorable vintage teacups. Not needing teacups (but still wanting them) I tried to think of a way to give them new life as something else. I settled on tiny planters for succulents :) I love the delicate look of the teacups with the live green plant inside.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

Simply fill your teacup about 3/4 full with potting soil, making a well for your new succulent. Place your succulent inside the well and fill in with potting soil. Water it a bit, then you can add your moss. I used reindeer moss for a little extra color contrast. These make adorable house-warming or hostess gifts too ;) Enjoy!

Etsy Shop Grand Opening!

I’m so excited to announce that my Etsy shop HappyInHome has officially opened! I’m selling handmade items (including those leather tassel keychains above) as well as vintage finds. Pop by and check it out to browse for yourself or start your Christmas shopping early! ;)

Here are a couple of the featured items you’ll find at my shop:

{Dipped Wooden Kitchen Utensil Set – Blue & Green Spectrum}

{Leather Tassel Keychain – Tan & Brown}

{Pair of Vintage Lamps in Grey & Gold}

{Feather & Bead Clip-In Hair Piece}

I’ll continue to add more handmade and vintage items to the shop, so be sure to check back! :)

Studded Gold

Last weekend we went to the Ziggy Marley concert at the Del Mar racetrack, and while we were walking around after the last race I saw this girl wearing these rad jean shorts with gold studs on one of the back pockets. They were awesome… so I thought, I simply must have those! After doing a little research online, it turns out that these studded shorts are quite pricy. Luckily they would be super easy to make! I mean, everyone has a beDazzler right? Ok, I don’t, but those studs are pretty easy to find and it sounds like they’re simple to apply too ;)

Cute huh? I can’t wait to make my own :)

Say Yes to the Dress..er

OK, give me a break for the ridiculous post title, it sounded clever at the time.

I’ve got a little project brewing that I’ve been wanting to do for way too long now, like 5 years too long… and I’m actually a little embarrassed that I haven’t done it yet. That said, I have a dresser that needs to be jazzed up. It was originally my dad’s when he was young, and I took it to college with me when I moved (heaven forbid I buy a new one.. they’re expensive!). One of the drawers has the word “Balls” carved into it. Get your mind out of the gutter! It was my dad’s ball drawer when he was little, baseballs, wiffle balls, what-have-you. Anyways, it was funny and sort-of sentimental, but after enjoying its nostalgia for the last 5 years, I’m finally ready to sand away that carving.

The only problem is I’m a little torn on what exactly to do to it. It’s a tall 5-drawer wood dresser with no hardware…

{Option #1: Grey chevron stripes! I think I would want to sand and finish the wood instead of the white though just because I love the warmth of natural wood and the rest of my bedroom furniture is currently painted}

{Option #2: another trendy look – Ombré! I would probably do a spectrum of teals similar to the first photo}

{Or I could go for a crazy bold color for the whole thing. I love this campaign dresser in kelly green, especially with the brass hardware}

Please help me decide! What’s your vote?

Images via: 1/2/3/4

Wrap It Up

My beach cruiser was given to me a couple of years ago by a very dear friend, and its life at the beach has been a little rough on it. With the moist salty air, the handlebars started to rust, (which made me a little sad, because beach cruisers should be cute, fun bikes). So I decided to spruce it up, totally hiding the rust, by wrapping the handlebars in yarn.

To begin wrapping the yarn, simply secure the end to the starting point on your bike with a bit of super glue. Then just continue wrapping (be patient, this takes some time) while occasionally pushing the yarn toward your starting point (this is just to ensure that you won’t have gaps in-between). After the length you want wrapped is covered, just secure the end of the yarn to the bike with another dab of super glue, and ta-da! Your bike has a whole new look!