Hey Friends!!


I've been broadening my horizons and have a new site!! SO- I'm in the process of switching things over there, so make sure to check it out as well! Pretty soon everything will be over there. Happy creating!!

xx
Mal

NEW SITE:

www.wanderinsoles.com

DIY:: Burning Wood


I originally saw this burning wood look at a friend's office and decided I wanted to go it myself. I didn't want to spend tons of money on thick wood so I opted for the 5 gallon stirring sticks at Walmart. I bought 50 of them for $14.

At first I was going to recover my desk with it, but didn't like how it ended up looking, so I decided to opt for recovering my coffee table instead.

Let's get started!

Materials Needed:
*Wood
*ChopSaw
*Protective eyewear
*Butane torch
*Wood Glue


Step 1:
Cut your wood in several different sizes. (I first cut off all the handles of the stir sticks, I would suggest doing the same if you decided to go with the stir sticks.)
Yes I know, I'm naughty for not wearing protective eye wear (hence my eyes being closed while cutting). DON'T FOLLOW MY EXAMPLE!


Step 2:
Light your butane torch and just start burning the edges. I did it outside and it was quite fun- especially to see the different designs in the wood. It was kind of like painting. The best part is there is no rhyme or reason to burning. Just go with the flow! 

 Oh and did I mention it smells so good (If you like the smell of burning wood)

video


Step 3:

Here's your finished product! No go find something to cover by using wood glue and gluing it down!

Make sure to send me your pictures of your burnt wood project! I'd LOVE to see it!

DIY:: Runner table

I love when I find random pieces of wood at the Restore for dirt cheap. I wanted to make a cute runner's table for an entry way and decided this once shoe rack (I'm assuming) would do just the trick. I also found some fun banisters for the legs! Overall I'm pretty stoked with how it turned out. I got everything at the Habitat for Humanities ReStore in Orem which costed me a total of $17.50 (including the hardware and paint)

Let's get started!
Materials Needed:
*2 wood planks
*4 legs (I used banisters)
*Paint
*Sander
*Sandpaper
*Stain
*Screws
*Connecting Brackets ("L" Shaped ones and regular flat ones)
*Drill
*Paint Brush



Step 1:
Place the planks of wood next together and connect them using fastening brackets and screws.

Once you're done, it should look like this.

Step 2:
Sand to get any shine off and to make smooth.

Step 3:
Stain and/or Paint your wood including the legs.



(I decided to stain it with a coffee colored stain then add a little plum paint to give it a rich black cherry color)

Let Dry.

Step 4:
           Attach the legs to your wood using the "L" shaped brackets, decorate and ENJOY!
(For a fun alternative, try painting the carved design on the wood legs a metallic color  like shown on the above left leg. As you can see it gives it a little more flare and charm! Now I'm off to paint the other 3 legs!)                                                                          

RESTORATION HARDWARE INSPIRED: Vintage Map




Old vintage maps are a really cool way to decorate your walls and are becoming more and more popular. If done right, you can have an amazing map to display in your home for a fraction of the cost.  Here are some design ideas.

Maps To Buy:
Restoration Hardware L'Isle's 1720 World Map $2495 
Restoration Hardware 1588 World Map $695-$950  

Materials Needed:
*Picture
*Printer
*Paper
*Frame
*Nails
*Hammer
*Scissors
*Tape
*Glue Stick
*Computer

I have a friend who is from New York who asked me to redo his room with a Victorian style theme. Luckily I was able to find a 1800's Victorian map of Long Island to hang over his bed. I thought this would be a fun surprise for him and add some flavor to his room.

How To:

Step 1:
Pick a map or any picture you want to enlarge and save it to your desktop.Make sure you save the biggest copy you can because you are going to blow it up. The bigger it gets the more blurry it will get. {I used google search to find pictures of maps}

Step 2:
View picture using Paint!

Step 3:
Time to set up the printer:
File----->Page Setup----> Orientation: LANDSCAPE----->Scaling: FIT TO ___ by ___ pages. {This is where you have to decide how big you want your picture to be.}

Step 4:
PRINT!

Step 5:
Lay it out on the floor to make sure you like how it looks. If you do then cut out all the white trim around the paper and glue/tape together on the back side if you want it one big picture. If not then skip the taping part and put each page in frames.

Step 6:
Frame and Hang!

TOTAL DIY PRICE: $5-15 depending on the frame you buy! :)

DIY:: Pillow Case Tutorial

Guys, here is another SUPER easy tutorial and a fun gift idea. It literally takes 10 minutes and costs a few bucks.


Materials Needed:

*1 yard of fabric (you will have leftovers, but let's play it safe)
*Pillowcase
*Scissors
*Pins
*Sewing Machine
* Thread
*Pillow

Step 1:
Lay your fabric flat with right sides facing in. Measure the length you will need with an existing pillowcase. Make sure to leave 1 inch extra fabric on the bottom seam and one side seam. Leave 5 inches on the other side.

Step 2:



Pin together and sew together one side and the long bottom. Make sure you surge or zig zag after to reinforce the stitch. 

On the length wise stitch, stop your stitch about 5 inches from the top. Turn the pillowcase right side out and sew together the remaining 5 inches.



Step 3:


Keeping the pillowcase right side out, fold and press a hem about 1 inch.


Then fold and press again so now your hem is 1/2 inch (making sure you are tucking the fabric under.)

Step 4:
Decide how big you want your casing piece and fold over. Press flat and Pin (I did mine to be about 4 inches)

Step 5:
Sew 2 Straight seams as close to the edge of the fabric as possible.












Step 6:
Good work! Now go take a nap! :)


DIY:: "Darling, I love you...." canvas print

If any of you have been in my favorite store Alice Lane you have probably seen this art work and fell instantly in love just like I did! If you haven't then you probably saw it pinned on Pinterest and fell instantly in love with it there.   And if you have been living under a rock and haven't seen until now, I'm sure you just instantly fell in love with it. 

When I saw this at Alice Lane I knew I wanted it in my house. It would also be great at a gift! So I meandered over to the price tag and it is $400!!! It was right then I decided I would be making it.

 Original can be found and purchased here. $400 $359


So let's get started!

Materials Needed:
*2 stretched canvas found at Hobby Lobby  (DON'T FORGET YOUR HOBBY LOBBY COUPON!)
*Paint brush
*Black acrylic paint


Guys this is so easy! Just grab your supplies and paint away! I decided to add a little black to my edges to give it more character. This would be a great gift for someone you love and takes 5 minutes!




SHOP MY CLOSET


I've been hearing tons about people making blogs or instagram accounts for selling their gently used clothing. I figured I would give it a try and do the same on here to earn some extra money for my new chapter/adventure in life that is coming up soon (more on that later).

So, hopefully I have something you ladies would like for yourself or as a gift!!

Oh and don't worry, everything is in great condition!

If you are interested in buying OR have questions about the fit or fabric, please feel free to contact me via email, commenting on the post, or facebook.

(and yes I will ship it, you will just have to pay for shipping which shouldn't be too much through USPS)


To Shop my closet, go HERE

FEATURED:: Lunch Pails and Lipstick

Hey guys! Hope all is going well!

Today my waxed denim tutorial is being featured on the amazing Lunch Pails and Lipstick blog. It is a super cute fashion, fitness, lifestyle blog that is my FAVORITE to read. Go stop by and I promise you will be addicted!

Thanks for all my supporters for checking out my tutorials and thanks to the fabulous ladies at Lunch Pails and Lipstick for featuring my tutorial!

Happy Thursday!

DIY:: Dying clothes {colored denim}


Got some grungy white shirts? Or grungy white pants?? Don't throw them away just yet!

I've never been one for bleaching my whites- maybe because my clothes always smell like bleach for the rest of their lives. I'm also a poor college student so buying oxy clean isn't at the top of my shopping list. So, by the end of each summer season my whites have seen better days.

However with trends always changing and having a bunch of (what used to be) white jeans after each summer season, I have started to have quite the collection of colored denim due to DYING my whites. So next time you have a pair of grungy white jeans or maybe a grungy white shirt or a stain that you just can't get out.. think twice before you throw it out!

I prefer RIT DYE, in the liquid form. You can get it at any walmart, target, or craft store. However if you go on their website you can order every color imaginable! They even have a color chart that tells you what dyes to mix together to get a certain color... LOVE THIS because they do the research and homework for you!!

I personally prefer to dye my clothes in a bin/bucket instead of in the sink or washing machine. But that is just my preference. To achieve dying, just follow the directions on the box/bottle. Remember the length of time they are in the dye determines how vivid the color will be. So the longer they are left in the dye the darker/ more vivid they will end up.


{note: depending of the content of thread used, sometimes it might not dye. In this case you can leave it white OR color it with appropriate colored marker. I have found so far that my h&m, gap, and target jeans worked fine. However Forever 21 thread will stay white like the yellow pants.}






ACID WASH
I used dark green for these white pants. I wasn't really too fond of the color they turned out so I scrunched them up and filled a spray bottle with bleach, then sprayed  the bleach on pants.
Step 1:
Dye your white pants desired color and let dry.
Step 2:
Putting pants in a well ventilated room (bathroom with a fan) lay them flat and scrunch them however you want. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Just scrunch them!
Step 3:
Fill a spray bottle full of bleach and spray a light coat of bleach onto your pants.

Step 4:
Watch your pants carefully because they will start changing instantly.
Step 5:
Continue to spray bleach until you get the desired look you want.
Step 6:
Once you have your desired look, rinse your pants in cold water (this is why I do it in the bath tub... easy clean up)
Step 7:
Wash your pants alone.
Step 8:
Rock them! I liked wearing these with a graphic tee and a blazer. 
  I actually eventually sold these puppies!(look at that! Something I would have just thrown away, I ended up making a couple extra bucks!)