Archive for August, 2010

August 30, 2010

Eyeball Wall Hanging

So I’m not really going to hang eyeballs
on the wall.
Not anytime soon at least.
I do have top down honeycombs
on most of my windows.
Here is what my dining room looks like
Note the fall table setting (smile).
Pinehurst Dining Room
Photo (c) b3 home designs
By now, we all know 
that I’m a pretty lazy DIYer
Not “lazy”
Just crunched for time
and always looking for a shortcut
So here’s my latest shortcut 
for hanging similar items evenly
on either side of a window.
Start with your blinds pulled all the way up
(note: they don’t have to be top downs,
i used the bottom edge to do my eyeballing)
I pulled my blinds down about 6 inches
and used the bottom edge of the blinds
to be the top edge of the paper cut out
of my piece that i was hanging
Tacked the paper to the wall
on each side of the window
like this:
blind eyeballing wall hanging prep
step 1 and 2
Photo (c) b3 home designs

I pulled the blinds down some more
remember, I just eyeballed this
so no idea how many inches.

I was hanging three on each side,
so I just pulled the blinds down
about halfway down the window

More eyeballing
Step 3 and 4 
Photo (c) b3 home designs

After the halfway pull
I pulled them down again
about 6 – 8 inches
again, eyeball it

Steps 5 and 6
Photo (c) b3 home designs 


If instead of just using flat tacks
you actually use smallhead nails you will use
to hang your art,
you can actually pull your paper placeholders
right off the wall
and the nails will pull right through the paper

And if you just throw your art down on a bit
of butcher block paper
and trace the outter edge
you’ll have paper placeholders for your art
that you can tape up
before you knock a billion holes into your wall

Just saying.

Happy crafting
and don’t forget
to check out this post on
how to make what I hung up

Mod Podged Bird Plates
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Yeah for mod podge!

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August 26, 2010

Vase Filler Peace Signs (aka Just buy them already)

So it has been a while since I’ve had a project fail

What…2 hours or so?

It was only fitting that my most recent fail
would come on something as labor intensive as replicating these

Pottery Barn miniature glittered peace signs | Vase Filler
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Now to be fair
this wasn’t a complete fail
just a bit more of my perfectionist tendencies
tied to my lack of patience.
I gathered my supplies
Peace Sign Vase Filler Hack supplies
Photo (c) b3 home designs

And then I did what I do best
as you well know from this post
I still don’t have a cricuit
and yes, I’m still trying to win one
so be sure to link me up if you’re giving one away on your blog.

But I digress.
I went about cutting each of those tiny peace signs out by hand.

Handcutting mini peace signs. Still wish I had a cricuit. 
Or any kind of cutter that would do this for me
Even a punch would do right about now
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Then I glittered them up

Hand glittering mini peace sign vase filler
Photo (c) b3 home designs

And they turned out like this
Drying vase filler peace signs
Photo (c) b3 home designs
not wild about them.
loved the concept of having them in red
and not paying what I’m sure was like $20
for a tiny box of these 
okay (maybe 12.50)
Probably will go back and glitter a second layer
after I get over the bitter dissapointment
that it would be a very tiny vase at this rate
of creation
that I would be able to fill if I kept at it like this
Instead, I will likely do the large sized signs 
I saw hanging on their trees last year.
I can totally do that.
here’s the printout I used to cut the peace signs.
have at it

Printable peace sign template
have at it
Though the party will be over after this link for me,
be SURE to come back end of next week.
My next hack 
that I just have not had enough daylight to photograph yet:
 Photo from PB online catalog
Coolest project ever accomplished.
Anyhow, until then…

Linking up to the PB Party here
August 26, 2010

Pillow Talk, Secondhand style

You are about to read an award winning post:

August 24th Pottery Barn Challenge at the CSI Project

Continuing the week of all things fantastically Pottery Barnesque, enter the lovely outdoor bodyroll striped beauties.

I love stripes like the next girl
and those “my hubby is gone, I need something to spoon” pillows
they rock.

So when I walked into the Burien Salvation Army and I spied this

Body Roll Pillow
Thirfty Find at Salvation Army, Burien
Photo (c) b3 home designs

 You know I near about knocked a poor child over scrambling over to pick this bad boy up.

The best part of this super easy project was that there were already lines stitched into the pillow.
I thought for half a second to use a fabric solution with my paint
or to unzip and remove the pillow form

I did neither of those
and still love how it turned out

Soon as I get more ink for my printer, I’m going to cut out some fantastic stencil numbers
to do up the ends of the pillow.

For now,
here’s the step by step

Choose your paint

Vast choices of yellow narrowed to 3
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Narrowed down selection of paint – from about a zillion yellow choices.
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Ceramcoat by Delta | Straw
Photo (c) b3 home designs

The winner!  Straw Ceramcoat by Delta.
Not like I wanted people laying their
icky heads on THIS pillow anyhow

Tape off some thin stripes
and of course some thick stripes
mix it up to give it your own flavor

Blue taped and ready to go
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Taped pilllow
Make sure your edges are down to prevent paint bleed!
I’m just saying…

Pour out some paint and use a sponge brush to get to painting.

PB Pillow in process
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Then peel off your tape

Pillow tape comes off
Photo (c) b3 home designs
And then marvel at your work.
Drying the pillow
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Home Sweet Home | MIL Suite
Photo (c) b3 home designs

There is a step or two here
and some funds or patience to pay out finding your pillow
so this is DIY Medium

Happy living!
Linking up (of course)

August 25, 2010

Pottery Barn Wine Wraps

So I’m flipping through the catalog
because, as we’ve now established
this is what I do.
for fun.

I come across a wine cubby, with wrapped wine.

Now get real.
The piece is GORGEOUS
And no, I’m not going to hack that for you
because really, if you want PB furniture
you should buy PB furniture.
At an outlet if you can
of course.
But you know the drill by now.
Look close.
Yes, at the tasty adult beverages shelved in this piece.
Specifically, you see how many of them are wrapped up?
I imagine, they are wrapped something like this
Wrapped Wine Bottles with a purpose
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Let me tell you why this is one of the few “non-sale” items
at Pottery Barn
That I adore
See.  most of the time
PB’s designers do the most impractical things
But this here, is genuis
Before we moved, we owned a lot of wine. 
Probably too much.
Not a cellar full or anything
but enough that even after we “whittled” our stash
(aka, drunk it up)
we still had to store wine during our move
You know
the move this time last year
when it was a bajillion degrees in Seattle?
And we didn’t have a temp controlled storage facility
And so while we got to go and jump in a lake
(literally, we jumped in Lake Washington)
our wine, not so much.
So what we had
for the longest
was a really ghetto fabulous way 
of noting
“this wine is probably not suitable for human consumption”
And we only started labeling that “stored wine” that way
after we drank about 10 bottles and just couldn’t stomach anymore of it.
so it looked like this
Stored wine collection labeled with duct tape
Photo (c) b3 home designs
wine tucked away in a cupboard so people can’t see
the ghetto fabulous duct tape
and the puppy can’t get to it
photo (c) b3 home designs
So I broke out my supplies
Which I had on hand from the JLS Auction last year
That auction, where I rocked the wall of wine
and even finagled a Provisional of the Year award for my wine wrapping prowess
and I only mention this, so that you know I’m an expert
at wrapping wine
and that is probably why I think this project
is a practical way to prettily display wine that I hope none of my guests
ever drink
Consider yourself warned.

Tissue paper, tape, hemp cord.  I really didn’t use the scissors
Photo (c) b3 home designs
And then the method to the madness
is pretty simple, therapeutic and, well, fun.
Lay the bottle on the paper
 Fold down the first flap over the top half of the bottle

 Fold up the bottom half of the paper.  
Tape halves together.
Roll bottle across tissue tucking the bottom edge in
and the top edge as well.

Wring the neck of the papered bottle
Scrunch it all together right there.

Tie hemp cord around the scrunched neck. 
Double tie it in a knot

No, I didn’t label my bottles
I like surprises that way.

Wrapped wine and cheese
Photo (c) b3 home designs

I love how these turned out.

Stored wine intermixed with house warming wine
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Almost as much as I love that ladder.

This is one of the most practical PB ideas I’ve come across in a while.
It is easy to point out which bottles should be a last resort
and only consumed when the earth stands still
but still provides an elegant way to fill up my small wine rack
and get my bottles out of the cupboard.

 Photos added back to wine cupboard
Photo (c) b3 home designs

only problem with that scheme?
I do still have a puppy.
So the wine bottles DO still reside 95% of the time in the cabinet
And the ladder resides in the garage
She does love to gnaw on wood after all.

Practical Pottery Barn.  Link me up to your fave practical PB find/project.

August 25, 2010

PB Style: Night Lights

Because we all sit out on the back porch
with the umbrella still up
long after the sun has gone down
with the candles lit

I decided to whip out the ribbon
and go to town on these little lanterns I found
on half price sale for a dollar each
at the Goodwill, Intl District

I teetered and I tottered
on the wobbly chair
to open the umbrella
and string up my lamps

Backyard Night Light Lanterns
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Then I also realized that I could actually close the umbrella
without taking down the lanterns
and that they would sit neatly on the table
or in my pots

This was a simple project.

I took those there lanterns

Thrifty Find – Goodwill Int’l District 
50% off Blue Tags Day
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Took some ribbon and a stapler

Lanterns, stapler and a bit of the leftover scrapbooking contraband
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Stapled them up

Pottery Barn Inspired hanging lanterns for outdoor umbrella
$5.00 | $1 each lamp; $2 for 3 yds ribbon
Photo (c) b3 home designs

And we rocked it out.

I imagine that the next time
that I open the umbrella
they will hang just as I strung them
in the perfect spots
on the umbrella arms

or maybe I’ll be cussing them out
for getting tangled in the umbrella mechanism.

Of course you know I linked up

Show & Tell Wednesday at Blue Cricket Design
Finding Fabulous for Less at Decormamma

to the PB Inspired Party at

August 24, 2010

Pottery Barn Chalkboard Rock Vase Filler Hack

So one of the newbies at PB online
Is a vase full of awesomeness. aka chalkboard rocks.

I would never pay $16 for 4 black rocks.
No matter how smooth they are.
Granted, they are black rocks that you can write on with special little white sticks.

And yes, PB designers, if you “season” your chalkboards,
they won’t have ghost letters for years to come.
Although, maybe, that is the look you are going for?
Halloween theme and all.

But I do still have this big old basket of rocks

Pinehurst Summer Harvest Week 2
Photo (c) b3 home designs

And I am certain that there are some smooth ones in that grouping.
So help me God.

And a while ago, I went to the Habitat Home Improvement Outlet in So. Seattle. And on their paint shelf…next to the heirloom white and butter yellow minis, they had a quart of chalkboard paint.

When I went to check out, the checker tried to tell me
“Where did you get this?  I don’t think it is for sell. I think this is our chalkboard paint”

I looked around and saw all the chalkboard decor. 
Got it.
Said nothing.
He got a clue.
Sold me the quart and understood if he didn’t want something to be sold
it shouldn’t be set on the shelf.
Especially on the PAINT shelf.
I could see if I had picked it up in the nail section.
I picked it up in the paint section.

And so like everyone else, it is time for another chalkboard project.
Hack commenced.

Break out the contraband chalkboard paint.

 Habitat store chalkboard paint
Photo (c) b3 home designs
sponged on paint
 Photo (c) b3 home designs
Start with a super sized (paper plate sized) rock and slap on the paint
Preferably, with a sponge brush
Various painted rocks
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Experiment with different types and sizes of rocks.
Give PB props for realizing that smooth rocks are so much easier
to paint and chalk up
than hard rocks are

Once dry, SEASON your chalkboards people!

“Seasoning” chalkboard rocks
Photo (c) b3 home designs
No matter how pretty those smooth hard black rocks look
Smooth black, rough black and seasoned rocks
 Photo (c) b3 home designs
If you don’t season your rocks by scribbling them up with chalk
rubbing that chalk in
and then wiping it off
you will see your first message
and ever
and really
who wants that?
Finished and scribbled chalkboard rocks
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Especially when you write stuff like this on them.
PB Hacked | Chalkboard Rocks
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Throw them in a vase (gently, of course)
and call it done.
for various places you can use your rocks in your home
I used the big one on my kitchen window sill
after I scribbled 
on it.
how sappy.
Your turn.  Show me your rocks!

This one is totally Easy. 
DIY addicts already have chalkboard paint on hand.
Or know where you can get some at a similar ReStore|Habitat type shop for super cheap. 
Or use your Mike’s or Jo’s coupon and get some there for super cheap.

Dig up some smooth rocks.
Or buy them at said crafty store.
Break out the sponge brush and slap on the paint.
Or just drop them in the can and fish them out later.
Whatever floats your boat.

Here they are.


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August 24, 2010

I’ve Been Framed: Or Not

So we already learned how you could collect frames and make your home beautiful.
But what if you don’t have the funds or skill or time to do all that art collecting.
Well, I have a whole post on EASY art collecting.
But say you are still about to hit the thrift stores for the first time.

Now, you are heading in.

I think I’ve mentioned many a time that my husband loves him some Aaron’s Brothers Framing penny sales.
If only we had the same taste in frames.

In my stairwells, I have mixed and matched his frames

Stairwell Gallery
Photo (c) b3 home designs

And I’ve come to live without having matching frames (ick, anyway)
Or having all black frames (’cause I copy everyone else like that)

The mix match is kinda sorta growing on me.
To the point that I can even mix color and bw
Personal and stock
landscape and people

I know.  Sick.

That all said, like everyone else on the internets
I, apparently, have plenty of empty, glassless, color matched frames laying about

Photo from

Thing is, I DID have a ton of frames without glass laying about
Mostly because when you move into a 4200 sf home
(yes, just the two…now three of you)
The only way to afford said house is to have your friends move you in
Who are currious to know why that huge box they dropped off the truck is full of “windchimes”
Which, coincidentally, make the same sound as a ton and a half of broken glass frames

And did I mention I am a packrat?

Long before the frame ideas came into my life,
I had these two, perfectly good, but just not my style frames.

One day, I was at my Mecca (aka McClendon Hardware in Burien)
And I just happed to stop by the paint aisle looking for some Zinsser
Found this bucket oh LOVE

Zinsser with the mystery bucket o’ Dutch Boy in the background.
And the Chalkboard Paint that shall not be mentioned
Photo (c) b3 home designs

No idea the name of the color, just know I love the buttery, off white, creamy tones
and will honest to God shed a tear when it is all gone

All said, I was busy painting up a ton of other projects with this supposedly Godly Heirloom White spray paint. Another post on that at another time.

Broke out the sponge brush and dropped a coat of LOVE on those two frames.
Came back the next morning
They were high and dry

And ready for hanging.
Just so happened (of course) that I happened by the thrift shop and what did I find?
Found these two scallop edged lovelies

Gorgeous Scalloped Frames | Thrift Find 1.99 each at Salvation Army Burien
Photo (c) b3 home designs

and shortly after found the hexagonal frame
And then knew I wanted a smallish mirror to really knock this all out

Painted Frame Wall
Photo (c) b3 home designs

All because I had a vision once it started.
Knew I wanted different sized rectangle frames
Knew I wanted some horizontal and some vertical placement
Knew I wanted to mix in some non-rectangle
Knew I needed interestingly detailed frames
Thought I knew I wanted an odd number
The frame was totally lucky accidental.

But awesome nonetheless

This is DIY Easy because that frame wall cost $7 post vision
Post vision means: Had some stuff on hand, got an idea, wanted to finish out idea
Had on hand – two large frames, paint.

If I had to add cost of what I had on hand, I paid $6 for the full bucket of paint
But you can go to ReStore, hit the paint shelf and get a quart for $2 which will be more than plenty
The two large frames were of course from Aaron’s Brothers and likely cost $30.
High end.  He wouldn’t pay more than 29.99 for a frame and the second was 1 cent on sale.
Of course you can find similar size frames at Goodwill for no more than 5.99 each.

This is also DIY easy because painting is for dummies (especially with a sponge brush)
No patience required (I did this on my black granite counters)
Not messy
Not pricey

Go forth and conquer

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August 22, 2010

Rock on – Pottery Barn Style

So in this post
you saw that I was
losing my mind.

tsk, tsk, tsk.
I don’t have a green thumb
so when I plant
this is what I harvest

Pinehurst Summer Harvest
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Don’t get me wrong
I harvest these on purpose
You see
I LOVE the Pottery Barn catalog
And I especially loved this room in the PBTeen Catalog

Photo from catalog
Look close.
On the shelf
For one, that cement planter is hot
I made something similar to that
off of a blog tutorial of course
and I’ll have to show you that
just as soon as I get plants that don’t die
as soon as I plop them in them
But did you look closer?
See those rocks?
I love that
and I’m sure PB will sell those rocks for like $20.
So in true DIY fashion
I went into my backyard
and found me some rocks
Rock Garden Markers
Photo (c) b3 home designs

and I labeled them
with the names
of all the plants
I killed planted
this summer.

and then I did the crazy
and I brought those rocks inside
where first I soaked them in the sink downstairs
then, because I’m crazier than crazy
I brought them upstairs
and washed them again
right before I baked them in my oven

overkill much?
I decorated with them.

Check it out

 Rock | Vintage Thread Cubby collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Cookie jar Rock Candy
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Mason Jar Filler | Rocks and Nails
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Mason Jar Orchid Holder
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Found Heart Rock | Cannon Beach?
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Home Sweet Rock Cubbies
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Rock Sculpture | Number Collection
Photo (c) b3 home designs

On the mantle
Rocks and Candles
Photo (c) b3 home designs

On the Sill | MIL
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Rocky Succulent Foundation
Photo (c) b3 home designs
All natural: wood, rock, shell
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Rock Book Weight
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Summer Pinehurst Harvest
Photo (c) b3 home designs

Rocks are the ultimate cheap, DIY decor
Even for Pottery Barn

This project was DIY Hard for someone like me
because it involved manual labor
(digging rocks out of the ground is HARD WORK!)
and it involved patience
(it took me close to a month to collect all those rocks)
but it didn’t involve spending a single dime
which is the only reason this isn’t expert level
that’s just how hard it was to do all that digging
and be patient.

Happy digging.  Don’t pay PB for rocks.
Go dig them up yourself already.
Or wait for a super cool giveaway
that is coming here in September.

Especially if you’re a Pottery Barn fan.

Happy weekend!

*** Edited to add Link Party Love ***

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August 21, 2010

Heard Around Pinehurst

In the midst of all this here crafting and collecting 
and (ahem, shopping)
I hear a lot of random things.
Here is where I’ll collect up the most random of all.
I’ll always add the most recent to the top of the list.
Scrap Room Wall of Inspiration
Photo (c) b3 home designs
Like my wall of inspiration,
these words inspire me.

What are you going to do 
with that bow and arrow 
that I keep tripping over 
in the bathroom?
That dog hair on the duvet
is not part of the design?
I thought it was part of
the Ashley Collection.
Ohhh…mommy brought the
puppy rock buffet indoors.
August 21, 2010

i collect vol. 2: rocks

This might seem odd…
but I promise
there is a method to this madness

Very Partial Rock Collection
Photo (c) b3home designs
Later this weekend
I’ll show you the method
For now, the madness