kojotutorial: plaid brooches

Before the holidays, a friend gave me a whole stash of beautiful Goodwill-bound clothes, including several long, plaid equestrian-ish skirts (in that same stash were the cashmere sweaters I’ve been making the pom pom hats out of… it was quite the treasure trove!).  I love plaid lately and the skirts offer ample fabric, so I [...]

tree stump goodness

Ever since our neighbors chopped down a huge (but dead) tree in their back yard and invited us to use any of the extra wood (which is currently in a big pile in their side yard), my mind has been a whirlin’ with ideas to transform the blocks of stump-y goodness into side tables and [...]

kojo tutorial: refashion a tshirt into comfy lounge pants

The various t-shirts in my Goodwill-bound pile (which, I should tell you, has been moved out of the Goodwill box and into a drawer because of the fun I’m having) have been finding new lives as dresses, accents on felt barrettes and ballet flats (I’ll show you soon!) and supercomfy lounge pants for Burke. Since [...]

shutters

Adam and I ate at this fabulous Denver restaurant recently- Potager. The food was delicious, the atmosphere serene (and the company was pretty darn fantastic, too). Before we took off, I managed to snap a picture of their creative use of shutters, closet doors and windows to make up an entire wall. What a fantastic [...]

kojotutorial: coffee table from a salvaged door and balusters

I could spend hours wandering around the local architectural salvage warehouse, dreaming up new lives for shutters, doorknobs bearing floral motifs and intricately carved mantels. Last time we were there, we found a pantry door (and some salvaged balusters) perfect for the door-turned-coffee-table I’ve been hoping for. To make such fabulousness yourself, you’ll need: -a [...]

men’s shirt… uses

While we’re thinking of ideas for refashioning my pile o’ polo shirts into useful and beautiful gems, I put together a list of ways to use my other pile o’ shirts (button downs). Get ready, folks! It is absolutely phenomenal to see what the creative geniuses of the world can do with a men’s button [...]

kojotutorial: formula can redo

Remember the cache of formula cans I mentioned awhile back? Well, I’ve been busy remaking them into lovely storage. If you have some empty containers lying around requiring a facelift, this is super super simple (perhaps even too simple for a tutorial, but here we go)! You’ll need:-a formula can-spray paint-ribbon-a hot glue gun1. Using [...]

kojo tutorial: a jcrew-y ruffle dress from a tshirt

I don’t have to tell you about my twin affections for j crew and ruffles… perusing their current catalog yields all sorts of darling little girl-y, ruffle-y numbers that’d look fabulous on my nieces. So when a friend gave me a bag of Goodwill-bound tshirts last week, I took it as and a chance to [...]

upcycling old books

My fond affection for all things literary is delighted by these projects taking old books and crafting them into all sorts of glory.floating bookshelves by apartment therapystacked books table leg by casasugarupcycling golden books into journals by mommyfootprint10 uses for old books by care 2 make a differencea headboard made out of old books by [...]

repurposed organizational tools: formula cans

A friend of mine who knows my affection for tins and cannisters and boxes that can be repurposed into fabulous storage gave me a treasure trove of formula cans last week. Of course, I’ve spent the last hour searching out fantastic tutorials for how best to make these cans look like the mod and beautiful [...]