Home Decor

Towel Place Mat and Coasters – Quick & Simple.com

Posted on January 1, 2010. Filed under: DIY, Home Decor, Refurbished Goods, Table Settings | Tags: , , |

…Stumbled upon an awesome project via Quick & Simple .com I have an incomplete beaded place mat made of an old khaki skirt stored away. It was taking up way too much of my time. Cutting up some old towels seem like much more fun without the lag :)

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New Project…Maybe?

Posted on December 31, 2009. Filed under: Candles, DIY, Home Decor, Potpourri | Tags: , , , |

Empty Candle Cups

Got my money’s worth with these candles. They’ve been sitting around for a while now due to “crafters block.”

After browsing the Internet, I found a pretty nice project to embark upon.

I don’t have any baby food jars, but I think my candle cups will do just fine (we’ll see In Shaa Allaah).  I’ll post some pictures upon completion.

Baby Food Jar Air Freshener

Baby Food Jar Air Freshener - Making Friends.com - Idea by Angela of Portland, Oregon

Baby Food Jar Air Freshener - Idea by Angela of Portland, Oregon

You need:

  • Potpourri

  • Clean Baby Food Jar (no top needed)

  • 5″ Paper Doily

  • Rubber Band

  • Lace

  • Ribbon Rose

  • Low Temp Glue Gun


Fill jar with potpourri. Cover with a paper doily or tulle. Secure with rubber band. Tie a ribbon around the jar to hide the rubber band.  Hot glue ribbon rose to ribbon.

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Sassy Find for the Month of Dec.

Posted on December 17, 2009. Filed under: Curtains | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Sassy Tie Back

Sassy Tie Back - 2 for 25 SAR

I was extremely elated when I saw this cheap and sassy accessory in the sooq last week, (Sitteen St. across from Steps Shoe Store).

Several colors and styles are available from Hot Pink hearts to Beige squares – so cute, Maa Shaa Allaah!

Sassy Tip ‘O Mine: An extra-large wooden hair accessory makes a great plan B so long as your curtain isn’t too thick. I was about to DIY this but stumbling upon a bigger and better one suited my fancy. This beats those tie backs that are drilled into your walls any day.

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Hand-Beaded Curtain Bow

Posted on December 11, 2009. Filed under: Bows, Curtains, Decorating with Beads, DIY, Home Decor | Tags: , , , , , |

Beading Supplies

Beading Supplies

Beading along...

Beading along...

Hand-beaded Bow

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Flowers in a Basket

Posted on December 7, 2009. Filed under: Baskets, Faux Plants & Flowers, Flowers | Tags: , , , , |

Waste Paper Basket full of Faux Flowers

Waste Paper Basket full of Faux Flowers

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Coffee-stained Runner

Posted on December 3, 2009. Filed under: Centerpieces, DIY, Home Decor, Oops!, Sticks and Stones, Table Settings, Vases | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Coffee Stained Runner I laid a beige runner width-wise across my table hoping to tone down the brown, woodsy feel. It worked, but the table setting was as boring as watching paint dry.  I tried this knick knack, that lackluster knick knack…still nothing. Everyday there was something different sitting on the table (a refurbished item that I already owned – no shopping sprees here, smiles). Before I could satisfy my crafty whims, oops!…my cup of coffee spilled over and made its way to my runner which soaked it up like a sponge.

I laundered the runner, but it did not help much. I could kick myself for waiting till it was too late to remove the stain with a homemade, effective solution.

I had 2 glass vases on stand-by, swirly straw, a bunch o’ fake grass, faux bamboo stalks, pebbles, and some other stuff that I can hardly define.

After brainstorming and fiddling away in my craft bag….

I evenly rolled both ends of the runner up till they were about 6″ apart from each other. The runner now resembles a scroll. I divided the grass, swirly straw, faux bamboo and other things up between the two vases, placed one on the desk, and the other in the middle of the “scroll.”

Brown pebbles and glass knick knacks were strategically placed over the stains. Until I get that coffee stain out, this’ll do.

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Sassy Floor Vase – Camouflaging Cracks & Chips

Posted on November 30, 2009. Filed under: Decorating with Beads, DIY, Home Decor, Refurbished Goods, Vases | Tags: , , , , , |





My floor vase has been knocked over twice, hence the terrible-looking glue job in the photo. It’s brim and “neck” look ragged and tattered – what an eyesore. I can’t paint over it. And I can’t find the missing pieces to somehow glue them back into the open crevices. I would probably end up gluing my fingers together anyway :)


Now, I openly deny being a “rat pack.” I just think that it is better to sass a functional item than to trash it. Refurbishing goods allows one’s creativity to flow and sets the mind at ease. It also gives you a sense of accomplishment and joy.


A Bunch O' Beads

A Bunch O' Beads


With tons of leftover beads and swirly straw, I settled on making a necklace for the vase’s “forelock” and using the straw to slightly draw attention away from the chipped brim.


It’s not perfect, but it’ll do for now.

Sassy Floor Vase

Sassy Floor Vase





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Oops! Faux Grass Blunder

Posted on November 30, 2009. Filed under: Faux Plants & Flowers, Home Decor, Oops! | Tags: , , , |

My faux plants look withered despite the fact that they are fake. I tried placing them in the bathroom to add a splash of color but the frequent water spills only made matters worst. The plants definitely had to go, but the clay pots are keepers. They’re weighty, completely reusable and of my favorite color.

There’s some artificial grass and bamboo stalks packed away and now seems like a good time to put them to use. I cleaned out the pot, made a big mess of the styrofoam (my daughter loved that part), then, stuffed it full of faux grass and…well…see for yourself…

Faux Grass First Phase

Faux Grass First Phase

It resembles the head of those funny-looking but extremely famous troll dolls. I am not feeling this one. Back to the drawing board.

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Sassy Chopsticks in a Vase

Posted on November 22, 2009. Filed under: Centerpieces, DIY, Home Decor, Sticks and Stones, Vases | Tags: , , , , |

I purchased some chopsticks many years ago via Ebay. The seller slyly passed them off as hair sticks in their listing. When my package arrived I realized that the ends did not have pointed tips and there was no way that one could place them in their hair without snagging and ripping through their mane.

“When given lemons, you make lemon juice” – or however the saying goes (ha).

I wanted to bead them then, sell them as potted plant decor, but I did not feel comfortable with that (future biz venture maybe). After collecting dust in a box for such a long time, I decided to place them in a vase along with some beads. It’s growing on me.


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Candle Bowl turned Paperweight

Posted on November 21, 2009. Filed under: Candles, DIY, Home Decor, Paperweights, Refurbished Goods, Sticks and Stones | Tags: , , , , , |

Simple Paperweight


Now that's what I call getting one's money worth!


After burning this sweet-smelling candle down to the very end, I couldn’t bring myself to discard the bowl.


I scooped out the remaining wax, gave it a good scrubbing then, transformed it into a rock-filled paperweight.



Sassy Paperweight

The tray that it’s nestled upon was once a candle holder itself. I purchased it from the “2 – 200 Store.” Because it was so cheap (2 SAR) it began to rust and one edge started to buck (you get what you pay for).

I took the drawstring out of an old khaki skirt, snipped it down to size then, hot-glued it around the brim of the candle tray. That took care of the bucking and topping it off with my paperweight camouflaged the minor rusting.

I won’t keep it this way. I have a second tray that I plan to trim with the drawstring as well. They will become coasters  in the near future.






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Update: Sassy Centerpiece

Posted on November 20, 2009. Filed under: Bookshelves, Centerpieces, DIY, Home Decor, Vases | Tags: , , , , , |

Sassy Centerpiece - The "before" shot.

Sassy Centerpiece The "before" shot.

I decided to move my sassy centerpiece from the table on over to the bookshelf. It did its job as a not so cliché focal point, however, it looked rather boring amongst my books. It yearned for something more.

A colorful bow? Maybe. Maybe not.

Flowers? Nah.

More Ikea thingies? Why not?

A Sassier Centerpiece

A Sassier Centerpiece

I decided to add my favorite color to the vase and there you have it, a sassier centerpiece!

I know that I said that I would stay away from this color in order to deflect an unintentional Thanksgiving theme gone wrong in my domain, but I can’t help it for it captivates me. And when I come home tired after running errands, it energizes me.  When I am stressing,  the mere sight of this hue puts me in a lull. I love earth tones.


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Beaded Lamp

Posted on November 19, 2009. Filed under: Beaded Accessories, DIY, Home Decor, Lamps | Tags: , , , |

Beaded Lamp

I decided to dress my lamp up with large-holed, Burnt Orange wooden beads.  Nothing over the top, but I love it.

The mere sight of my favorite earth tone is all that it takes to bring about quiescence – well that and a hot cup of tea.

I placed 9 beads onto the brim of the lamp (evenly spacing them 9 spokes apart). No glue, no strings attached.  And if I tire of this look, all I have to do is take them off. Easy, breezy, rice and peasy :)

I may weave something around the middle of the lamp to give it some flair.  Enjoy for now!

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