Ever since my home tour on The Everygirl went live, I’ve gotten tons of emails from readers asking where I got the gold leaf “You Are My Bucket List” canvas that’s in my bedroom. I actually made it myself and I decided that it would be fun to wrap up the Twelve Early Days of Christmas mini series by giving away an 18×24 inch version to a lucky reader!
To enter, Instagram any of the photos in this post using the hashtag “#sugarandclothhometour” and mention @sugarandcloth. You have until Sunday at 12am CST to enter and it’s open to all readers with a U.S. shipping address. A winner will be randomly chosen and announced next Monday!
photos by Kimberly Lee Chau Photography
I’m flying home to West Virginia today for a week. I. Cannot. Wait. I really need a break. You know how sometimes you get spread so thin you can’t even tell up from down anymore? I kind of feel like that these days. At the ripe age of 25 I’m finally realizing that I can do just about anything but not everything.
I totally get why my grandmother always uses the phrase “be sure to take care of yourself”. To be honest, I totally have not been. I’ve been burning the candle at both ends as if I’m super woman or something, and I’m finally starting to realize it. The only catch is that I just so happen to be one of those people that can’t stop “doing”. I’m constantly thinking of my to-do lists or next project to make. I can honestly say that one of my biggest downfalls is not being able to relax. If they had a version of the Olympics for busy-bodies, I would be a gold medalist my friends. On a brighter note, I plan to take it easy this week (and by that I mean fewer emails and computer time than usual).
Do any of you have a special formula for learning to relax? Let’s hear it!
I’ve had a lot of people ask about the polka dot board that was in this post
that I made for the Ikea Back to School DIY series that I taught in Houston, so I’m going to answer everyone’s questions right now! This DIY patterned magnetic board is actually really easy to make, and you can use the same tutorial for cork boards as well so you thumbtacks can just post right through the fabric.
Perfect for back to school, or just aiming to not be a procrastinator (the category I qualify for), you can make this project for any age group you want depending on what fabric you choose!
- Spontan magnetic board
- Magnets dots
- A yard of fabric (which you can buy inexpensively at Ikea as well)
- Spray glue
First, make sure you have just enough fabric layed out (and preferably ironed) to cover the board with about 3 extra inches on all borders.
Spray the back edges with glue and then fold the remainder of the fabric over the back, neatly folding the corners so that no fabric hangs over the edge. You can trim any excess fabric away as well.
Now you’re all set to organize your bits and pieces into one cute place! I even glued magnet dots to the back of paper flowers and a sewn envelope to add a little dimension to my board.
leather carry-all pouch by Sugar & Cloth for Poppytalk // leather belt curtain tie backs by House of Earnest // leather cabinet pulls by Improvised Life // leather camera strap by Almost Makes Perfect // leather cord roll up via Brit + Co.
Contrary to a lot of the glittery and pink projects I post around here, I actually tend to lean towards natural woods, metals, and leather accents when it comes to everyday items. Sometimes people are really intimidated by using these types of materials when it comes to making things are their own, but really it gives an even more polished end product. After all, the whole point is to not be able to tell it’s DIY right?
These five leather DIY projects range from super simple to a little more complex, but all of them pack a big punch!