Wednesday, October 19, 2016

DIY Wooden Bead Garland

These bead garlands have been popping up all over the place.  I've seen them in so many vignettes around blogland and I knew I wanted some.  Thing is I never actually looked for them.  It was something I knew I could make.  Well fast forward a few months and that's exactly what I did.

This was a super simple DIY.  I bought two sizes of wood beads from Michael's.  I bought the ones with holes already in them but they do carry more sizes that do not have holes.  I wasn't in the mood to drill my own holes.  I also bought some twine for stringing the beads.

I laid out my beads how I knew I wanted to string them.  I put the larger beads in the center and placed the smaller beads along the ends for a graduated look.

I strung my beads onto the twine and spaced them out slightly so my garland would have some give to it.  If not, the strand would be too stiff and not move much.  I knotted the ends, cut the excess twine and voila, I was done.  I kept mine as a strand but I've also seen them in a circle.

I used them in my little wooden bowl in the dining room.

I also like how they look on my tray in the family room.  My son was intrigued with them so they immediately became a new toy.

They are so versatile and look good anywhere.  I'm sure they'll end up in other places or I may even make a few more strands.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

New Storage Ottoman

How many of you can relate to too many toys in the family room?  I sure can.  We have had the same brown, faux leather ottoman for several years.  It did the job of storing and hiding toys that the kids kept downstairs.  I didn't think there was any other way.  Ever since we moved, I thought it looked too small in our space.  It wasn't large enough for more than one person to actaully put their feet up and the cushion on top was no longer plush.  There came a point one day where I was tired of picking up toys that my kids had pulled out and left out.  I wanted something different.

I really wanted a coffee table.  I begin looking and found several that I liked.  I was going for something with a wood and metal combo like below.  The more I thought about it, the more I was afraid of one of the kids hitting their head on the corner of it.


So I went back to the beginning and thought I could marry having a soft ottoman top with a coffee table look.  So I landed on this.  It was perfect.  I was sold.  Then hubby mentioned the linen fabric getting dirty because it was so light colored.  Because he WAS going to put his feet on it no matter what.

 Really?  What I really wanted I couldn't get?  So I knew another ottoman was really my only choice.  I found this and loved it.  It would still hold some toys and movies but I would get a larger piece to fill the space in the floor.  It's large at 34 inches square.

 So how do you think it looks?

We all love itIt actually has a presence in the room and doesn't look wimpy.  I went with the charcoal color. I love gray and I figured it would hide any stains.  Most of the toys went upstairs with the old ottoman to the loft.  I kept the movies and books downstairs in the new one.  I may store a few blankets in it as well.

I couldn't wait to put my World Market tray on it.  I've had fun styling it.

Here it is with my wooden sphere switched out for fall.

So what do you think?  So much better right?  It's already gotten so much use and everybody can reach it from the sofa.  Here's to hoping it lasts as long as the other ottoman did.

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