Weekend Inspiration: No. 54

Weekend Inspiration: No. 54

I’m so grateful for spring—maybe more so this year than I’ve ever been before. It’s like I’m coming out from under a big gray cloud for some reason (I guess that’s winter for ya!), and it feels really good knowing that colorful flowers and fresh air are both on the horizon.

At any rate, we’ve been busy, busy behind the scenes helping my parents prep and plan for their move to town later this month, which is why things have been a little more on the quiet side around here and on Instagram, but hopefully things will settle back down by the time May arrives. In the meantime, I’m taking every chance I can to do something fun, which is exactly what I plan to do this weekend.

Scroll on for a few hints at my plans for these next two days off, plus a few creative ideas that caught my eye this past week.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 54

1. This weekend is one of the only ones where John and I don’t have work obligations to deal with, so we’re planning to celebrate our seventh wedding anniversary with a little day trip out of town. Hopefully we can find somewhere to watch both Final Four basketball games. Go Cavaliers! 

2. I’m hoping we can squeeze in a trip to one of my favorite nurseries while we’re out, too. I’ve got landscaping on my mind thanks to all the nice spring weather!

3. Did you catch the launch of DGD Pottery Collection No.6?! See the pieces that are left in the shop here.

4. Speaking of Etsy, I’m in love with these beautiful polymer clay earrings. Which color is your favorite?

5. If spring crafting is on your mind for the weekend, here’s a cool IKEA hack project that could fit the bill for a fast entry makeover.

6. This small space home tour has given me so many ideas for reworking our existing furniture and décor to make it feel a little more exciting for the new season. I’m even considering adding new DIY molding details to make our own white walls pop!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 54

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DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

I’m continuing my Spring Cleaning organization kick with a brand new DIY project that (I’m serious) anyone can do. Basically, if you get mail, work on paperwork at the office, or really just want your desk or entry table to look a little more put together, than this one’s for you.

The tutorial for my DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray just went live on Hunker here, and it honestly might be my favorite craft of 2019. Now that I have the tray set up in my office, I don’t have loose applications and contracts floating around on my desk—it’s a game-changer. I’m actually a little embarrassed to think back on my paper situation beforehand, and even more hesitant to share that apparently all I needed to fix it was a simple little DIY paper tray. Sure wish I had made the thing ages ago!

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

As with most of the small projects I tackle, I was able to whip it together all on my own, so I know you can do it. If you’re able to get a little help from the folks at the hardware store to cut your wood to size (exact specs are in the tutorial here), than this DIY paper tray can come together in one afternoon for you, too.

See the full tutorial over on the Hunker website right here, right down to a free printable template so you can recreate the dashes exactly as you see them pictured above and below. Where would you put your DIY paper tray?

DIY Wooden Dashed Desktop Paper Tray

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Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

I just love pottery launch days…It’s so thrilling to debut a brand new collection of handmade work, and to hear all of your helpful feedback, too. I live for those messages from you guys detailing what you love about the pieces, and what you’d like to see more of as well. The DGD Pottery shop exists purely because of your support and excitement over my pottery, so I always want to make sure that I’m focusing on shapes and designs that can live practically and functionally in your homes.

Suffice it to say, my heart leaps out of my chest every single time an order comes through, no matter how big or small it might be, because there’s nothing quite like the vision I have of my art living inside your homes. The thought keeps me going through all of those slightly-less-than-successful days at the studio (of which there are still many!).

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

At any rate, a new 7-piece collection of (happily, very successful!) items just went live over on Etsy, and is ready to be adopted into your own hoard of ceramic treatures. There’s a mug, a carved tumbler, one of my favorite handmade bowls to date, plus a few smaller pieces, like a vase, sauce dish, and another hand-built business card holder, too.

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Collection No. 6 includes a couple of new pieces that were made with speckled clay, something I’m continuing to focus more and more on as I make new work. One of my personal favorites is that raised platter pictured above, which was glazed in a semi-transparent white finish. Those specks and flecks of brown and gray in the clay really give this piece unique texture and character. It’s going to be a hard one to let go of.

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

Hop over to the DGD Pottery shop here to see all seven items in closer detail and from all sorts of different angles (top, bottom, and all around!). As always, please feel free to share your thoughts, suggestions, and votes for any new shapes you’d like to see this spring in the comments below. Your perspective and opinions are very valuable to me, and I’m consistently blown away by your clever ideas. Multiple heads are better than one, after all.

But before I go, do you want a little hint at what’s to come this summer? Ceramic magnets! Stay tuned, guys. It’s gonna be a whole lotta fun.

Shop DGD Pottery Collection No.6

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 53

Weekend Inspiration: No. 53

What a week! I managed to cross a bunch of big deadlines off my list, so I’m feeling pretty good this morning. I also tackled a big organizing project that’s been hanging over my head practically since we moved in more than three years ago, so that has me really feeling like I’m on top of the world! Big cleaning projects are definitely stressful, but always worth it in the end, I think.

Anyway, this weekend is the last one of March, so let’s all agree to make the most of it, shall we? Keep scrolling for a few of the stories and articles that have me itching to keep the productive momentum going into Saturday and Sunday.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 53

1. Speaking of organizing…Did you catch my review of The Real Simple Method To Organizing Every Room? That book has all the information and tips you need to get cracking on spring cleaning this season.

2. Here’s another handy guide for keeping up with things around the house (namely cleaning).

3. This list of 9 Expert Furniture Reupholstery Tips on Domino includes a few of my own DIY tricks and suggestions when it comes to fabric furniture makeovers. Tomorrow could be the perfect time to try one or two out for yourself.

4. That big organizing project I mentioned earlier was actually the closet in our guest room (pictured in today’s post). I bought a cart’s worth of nice boxes and containers for the project, and this one is my absolute favorite from the bunch. It’s bigger than it looks online, and is a great price, too.

5. If you’d rather just take it easy this weekend (good for you!), than might I suggest a binge watch of The Crown? I just heard that they’re getting ready to announce season 3, so it’s time to prep!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 53

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Etsy Spotlight: Her Name Is Mud

Etsy Spotlight: Her Name Is Mud

So, I actually found out about Her Name Is Mud on Etsy through Instagram, of all places! My Internet pal Molly, of Almost Makes Perfect, shared something she had snagged from Krista’s shop last year, and it took about .05 seconds for me to click over to the @hername_ismud feed for a closer look at the rest of this new-to-me artisan’s work.

Long story short, it took much less than .05 seconds for me to give Krista an “official” follow on Instagram thanks to her gorgeous, bright posts, and I’ve loved everything she’s published and launched in her shop since then. Keep scrolling for a list of links to the things I currently have my eye on in the Her Name Is Mud Etsy shop.

Favorites From Her Name Is Mud

1. Mustard Earrings

2. Leaf Ornaments

3. Clay + Cord Wall Hanging

4. Cactus Ring Cone

5. Terrazzo Ornaments

6. Geometric Ceramic Earrings

7. Rustic Salt Cellar

8. Geometric Wall Hanging

Did something special catch your eye from that list? Hop through to Etsy here because there’s sooooo much more to see. Krista’s work is really unique, and she’s got a lot of variety available, too—earrings, wall hangings, pins, functional kitchen vessels, and even cake toppers.

Oh, and if you love watching the process of artists actually working with clay, then follow Krista on Instagram. She’s really good at sharing sneak peeks of her process, and I’ve learned so much from her already. I can’t wait to see what Krista does next!

*By shopping the affiliate links above you’ll be supporting not one but TWO small businesses: my own and today’s featured Etsy shop spotlight. Commissioned affiliate links are not sponsored. Rest assured that I never recommend products we wouldn’t use or don’t already love ourselves.

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Make Organizing ‘Real Simple’ With This Book

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

Now that it’s spring, I almost feel like we’re letting our house down if we don’t start in on a major cleaning project. The word “cleaning” is practically synonymous with “spring” and I’m honestly a pretty big fan of the concept. I’ve always loved to clean and feel like a million (and one!) bucks when it’s done, but lately I’ve felt like my methods have gotten a little stale.

My basic spring cleaning checklist looks a little like this: scrub down the kitchen counters and backsplash, deep clean the bathrooms top to bottom, dust all the wood surfaces and shelves, wash the windows, wipe down mirrors until they shine, and I also love giving the carpets and rugs a little refresh by sprinkling them with baking soda and then vacuuming everything up.

It’s a process that works, but I can’t help but wonder if I’m missing something by just doing the “same old, same old” each time spring rolls around.

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

I don’t review books all that often here on the blog, although I actually receive quite a few of them in press packages (one of the perks of being a blogger, I guess!). Every now and then, though, a really good one shows up at our door, and the book I’m going to chat about today is one of those really good ones.

It’s called The Real Simple Method To Organizing Every Room—and, yes, it’s by that ‘Real Simple.’ The magazine has always been a favorite of mine, and their new organizing book is just as good as you’d imagine if you agree with that statement.

I took it with me to flip through during a road trip out of town last month (when I was in the passenger seat, of course), and was immediately entranced. The pictures are really gorgeous (read: motivating), but the checklists and guides are what really made me feel like it was worth telling you guys about.

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

The cool thing about the book is that it doesn’t appeal to just one type of homeowner (renter vs. owner, large vs. small space), but instead gives suggestions for any type of house and lifestyle.

There are monthly cleaning checklists for each type of room, simple hacks to simplify everyday to-do’s (like opening and closing your draperies every now and then to help keep dust at bay—just vacuum up what falls down!), decorating ideas for practically every corner of a house including closets, and interviews with professional organizers, too.

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

This post isn’t sponsored, by the way. I was just that impressed with the book after digging into it, and thought this ‘spring cleaning’ season was the perfect time to mention it in case you’ve been looking to revamp your own organizing strategy. Grab a copy of the book here, and feel free to let me know in the comments below if you have clever spring cleaning tricks that you’d be willing to share!

Make Organizing 'Real Simple' With This Book

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

*This post is sponsored by AVA Grace Vineyards.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

Guess what?! Dream Green DIY turns eight years old today! I’m so excited to kick off the weekend with this milestone in mind, and have lots of big plans to make sure I celebrate the occasion right.

Of course, I’ll be raising a toast or two to my eighth year as an entrepreneur (my new favorite springtime wine varietals are called out in the list below), I have tickets to the symphony, and I might just bake myself a big strawberry pie as a final treat. Keep scrolling for more inspiration in case you’re celebrating something big this weekend, too!

Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

1. I couldn’t possibly start celebrating without first saying a HUGE thanks to all of you. Dream Green DIY wouldn’t exist without your incredible support, enthusiasm, and visits, so from the bottom of my heart…thank you…You have literally made my dreams come true, and I hope I can return the favor with many more years of inspiring ideas, projects, and posts!

2. I was recently introduced to wine from this vineyard, and can’t get enough of their Chardonnay and Rosé—perfect for spring! BONUS: Watch my Instagram Stories today for must-taste wine notes from those two bottles.

3. These are still my favorite wine glasses for special occasions.

4. Want to try a version of my strawberry pie in your own house this weekend? I always start with this recipe, but instead of using the water it calls for, I use 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and 1/2 cup of the Rosé wine I linked to above. I actually tend to double the recipe to make two pies at once, and freeze the second one for later in the season. Delicious!

5. With eight years worth of up-all-nights and deadlines under my belt as I keep this “one woman show” running, I definitely plan to take some much-deserved time off in our living room with nothing but that aforementioned glass of wine and a movie. This is a recent favorite one to rewatch.

6. While my weekend ahead is all about relaxing and celebrating, I’m excited to start my ninth year with an extra burst of momentum. This career website is a go-to of mine as I look forward to the next eight years.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 52

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DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

Back in the day, my natural instinct was to fill every square inch of our home with art, but now I’ve come to really appreciate the value of bare walls. Not all the walls, of course, but I no longer see a blank spot (say, between our side door and coat closet) and have the immediate gut reaction to hang a piece of art just to say that I did.

That mental shift has taken a lot of the pressure off when it comes to decorating, and now I even err on the side of nothing is actually better than something. Every now and then, though, a space comes off feeling a little too boring or bland, and for those instances I love filling them with a little bit of texture rather than a big, bold piece of art. Which brings me to my latest minimalist DIY art project: DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads.

DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

This simple, multi-piece wall hanging project doesn’t call tons of attention to itself, but is the perfect solution (in my clearly biased opinion!) for that awkward blank wall in your house. Hop over to Hunker here for the full tutorial, which explains how you can get the look in seven steps. The cool thing about this one is that you can customize the size of the wooden beads to be on the smaller side if you’re interested in using them as tabletop décor instead (sort of like this).

Have you tried any other types of textural, minimal DIY art projects lately? A few that have caught my eye recently…this DIY dowel magazine shelf (doubles as storage!), a set of clay plant pockets, and I’m absolutely smitten with the way Brittany’s fringed half-circle mirror turned out. Leave your own idea links in the comments below.

DIY Tasseled Wooden Beads Wall Hanging

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My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

I think I’ll go ahead and blame the cold weather, but I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately. Even during my mid-day lunch break I find myself defaulting to 30 minutes on the couch with my sandwich and the remote to catch up on a little West Wing in between work to-do’s. It’s not good, and I honestly wonder if all the headaches I’ve been getting lately have to do with my time in front of the television.

Now that the days are finally starting to get a little warmer, though, I found myself this past week choosing a book over a TV show or movie. There’s just something so calming about losing myself in a good book, and that sense of peace is even stronger when I’m able to head out to the sunroom to soak up that springtime sun while cuddling with my book.

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

Inspired by this newly reformed habit, I put together a quick post for the Scotties blog all about how to make your own DIY bookmarks out of empty tissue boxes. The post you’re reading here on Dream Green DIY today isn’t sponsored and the brand isn’t paying me to mention the story that I wrote for their site, but I really loved the way the project turned out, and thought you guys might get something creative out of it, too!

See the full tutorial this way, and then keep scrolling here on DGD for a breakdown of the books and magazines I personally plan to work my way through this spring.

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List

1. Domino Magazine: The spring 2019 issue of this quarterly mag is one of my favorites ever from them. It’s packed with beautiful home tours, and there’s even a cool story all about emerging ceramists. I’m already planning to reread it.

2. The President Is Missing: Another one I’m planning to reread is this novel co-written by James Patterson and Bill Clinton. It’s one of those super fast-paced books that almost forces you to skim through the action to get to the finish line. I’m sure I missed some really clever details, so I’m keeping it within easy reach on my nightstand.

3. Daisy Jones & The Six: Word on the web is that this 1970s-rock-band-centered bestseller is going to be turned into an Amazon series (with help from Reece Witherspoon!). Count me in.

4. Pacific Natural: Simple Seasonal Entertaining: This one actually comes out tomorrow, and is one coffee table book I could definitely see myself reading from cover to cover.

5. Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave: My sister and I bought this book for my mom and dad as an early housewarming gift since they’re now thinking about how to decorate a new-to-them home. Before handing the book over, though, I couldn’t help but peruse the intro and first chapter. I might need to borrow it from Mom (or buy my own copy) because it’s surprisingly well-written and insightful!

6. The Southern Side of Paradise: I’m totally obsessed with the The Peachtree Bluff Series written by Kristy Woodson Harvey, and recently found out that the last book is set to be released in May. I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy, and might not even come up for air while I’m reading it.

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

Did I leave a book off the list that you’re excited to dive into this spring? Do tell in the comments below because I’m always looking for suggestions. I tend to ramp up my reading in the spring, but I go absolutely NUTS with it in the summertime, so I need all the recommendations I can get. And be sure to visit the Scotties website next so you can peruse the DIY bookmarks tutorial that I produced for them—happy spring reading, everybody!

My Spring Reading List & DIY Bookmarks

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Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

Hallelujah, it’s Friday! This week was incredibly stressful to start as things continued to go back and forth with that thing I mentioned last week. I know I shouldn’t be so emotionally invested in something that doesn’t really even involve us, but I just want what’s best for my parents. That, and I think I started to realize just how much fun it would be to help decorate a Dutch Colonial house!

Anyway, I’d love your help sending positive vibes to my family as they work out all the small details that go along with real estate transactions. I think we’re pretty much in the home stretch now, though (pun intended!). At any rate, I’m hoping to lay low this weekend as I come down from the highs and lows, but here’s a list of creative links and ideas to occupy your own time off these next two days.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

1. I’m working on building out a big spring reading list for next week, so this weekend is going to be spent doing a little research. Do you have any titles you’d recommend? Let me know in the comments here so I can add them to the list before next week.

2. You know I couldn’t talk about weekend to-do’s without mentioning at least one retro craft! I love the mid-century vibes of these hand-decorated wine glasses.

3. If you’re feeling gutsy and want to break out bigger tools (like paint brushes and drop cloths), give the gorgeous paint color used in this guest bedroom a try somewhere in your home. I might just follow suit as soon as I have more time on my hands.

4. Feeling bored as you wait for 5:00 p.m. to roll around? Pass the time with this test to find out what your interior design style is. (I’m a Modern Minimalist!)

5. In case a Netflix binge is in order for you this weekend, here’s a roundup of new titles already streaming and coming soon this month.

6. You could try your hand at installing under-cabinet lighting this Saturday and Sunday, or maybe restyle your open kitchen shelving using our list of tips.

7. If you can’t be bothered to do anything but lay around in PJs with your laptop (I don’t blame you!), check out J.Crew’s 40% off sale, going on now through Sunday. I’m personally considering this denim top.

Weekend Inspiration: No. 51

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