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Home is Where the Heart is

Something that rings so true, but that can oftentimes be forgotten or muddled in the midst of our day to day.

Home is where the heart is.

Home is where the heart is.

Home is Where the Heart is Graphic Print | Tiffany Lane Handmade

My sister-in-law is moving off to college in a few months and recently celebrated quite the American turning of age.

In light of these two special milestones and taking advantage of my recent creative return, I felt it only necessary to make her something special. And practical, of course, too.

She’d been tossing around decor ideas for her future room and in true Tiffany fashion, I figured I could kill two birds with one (homemade and heartfelt) stone.

Cute, catchy and thoughtful. That’s exactly the type of quote I was searching for. Then it hit me. Home is where the heart is. Perfectly fitting.

Designed from scratch, the print at its base holds one of her favorite colors, yellow, to lay a foundation of comfort, while the neutral complimentary grey tones allow it to shine just shy of overwhelming the meaningful words.

A thoughtful phrase to comfort while she’s away packaged into a lovely piece of decor. Two birds? Most definitely.

Home is Where the Heart is Graphic Print  Tiffany Lane Handmade

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DIY: Candle Making (Again)

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Katie and I made these candles earlier this year and for her birthday I decided to make her a special one with the 2 pounds of soy wax flakes I had at home waiting for good use.

In my browsing for something to give her, I found this bowl at Anthropologie, one of her favorite stores.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Materials
Wax Pouring Pot
Large Metal Spoon
Soy Wax Flakes
Wicks &Tabs
Essential Oils

Container

What To Do

The first step is to measure your wax to make sure you have enough. Per our calculations, the wax flakes melts down to about 5 ounces per cup or 21.5 ounces per pound. For Katie’s candle, the bowl will easily hold about 2 cups of liquid.  For ease of calculations I went with 15 ounces of liquid as my base, requiring about 3 cups of dry flakes.

Before melting my wax, it’s a good idea to get the wicks ready. Since they don’t like to stand up on their own, I used tape to create a sort of divider, keeping them in place and something for them to lean on.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Melt the flakes a cup at a time over low heat, then take the pot off the heat and add any essential oils for scent a teaspoon at a time.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

Once the wax cools, I’ve found the scent dissipates a little, so I made the warm wax stronger than I actually wanted the candle. For Katie’s candle, I decided on orange eucalyptus and ended up using 1 1/4 teaspoons eucalyptus and 3 1/2 teaspoons orange essential oils. Keep in mind that some essential oils have color and others are clear. Orange essential oil is definitely orange in it’s concentrated liquid state, but will turn a pale yellow once the candle has cooled.

Pour almost all the wax into your container, reserving a little to top it off once the initial pour sets.

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

The initial pour tends to dimple or crack since the volume of the wax doesn’t cool evenly, but a thin top layer should cool more evenly preventing dimples and cracks. It will take a while for the initial pour to cool.  Once cooled, remelt your reserve wax, if necessary, and top off your candle. This layer cools much more quickly as there is less wax to cool.

After the top layer has cooled completed, you can remove the tape (or whatever you used to hold your wicks in place) and trim the wicks. As a finishing touch, I added some babies breath flowers and fern hairs. Wallah!

Candle Making | Tiffany Lane

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DIY: Rustic Framed Chalkboard

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

It’s been way too long since I’ve posted a DIY for you guys and I also waited way too long to make this!

Materials
sound/particle board/ply wood (something with a smooth surface)
wood trim
chalkboard paint
paint brush
nails
wood glue (optional)

wall mounts

Tools
saw
sander/sand paper

hammer

What To Do

Saw your sound/particle board to size or have your local hardware store cut it for you.  I know The Home Depot will saw materials for free upon purchase. Mine is 24″x36″.

Now it’s time to paint the board so the first coat can dry while you cut the trim.  You want long, smooth strokes here so it’s as smooth as possible, paying attention to the edges.  Be sure to paint the sides too since they may show a little from certain angles (I forgot this part and had to go back after I was done, oh well!).  You will need at least two coats of paint, so after the trim is cut and the allotted time (per your specific paint’s instructions) has passed, go ahead and apply the second coat.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

For your wood trim, decide how you want the corners to come together (i.e. both corners angled like most picture frames or both squared like blocks). For ease and preference, I decided on squared corners.  Next, measure your wood trim to size and saw. My length trims are 37″x3.5″ and width trims  20.75″x1.75″.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

My width trims are thinner than my length trims simply because I repurposed an old piece of wood for the trims and it was not long enough to wrap all the way around the sized backing I wanted.  So we cut off the lengths from the piece of wood then cut one piece for the width, which we then sawed in half lengthwise.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Time to sand your freshly cut edges (and any other sides that need sanding)…

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

…then arrange your trim pieces where you want them directly on your painted board. Because I wasn’t exactly sure how much overhang of the trim I wanted, we opted to wait and do a final cut of the smaller width trims until we arranged the pieces on the board.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

In the shot below you can see how much overhang we have; about 1.5 inches on the length edges and a .5 inch on the widths.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Once your trims are perfectly sized and placed (and after you’ve applied the second coat of paint and it’s dried), start adhering them to your board.  You can use the wood glue here in place of or in addition to nails.  We opted for no glue because I was getting impatient and I figured the nails would suffice, but looking back I should have opted for the glue for security.  Apparently the particle board we used doesn’t take well to nails (they don’t hold in very tightly), so we ended up using more nails than I had planned on.  While the trims are secure now and I am not concerned about them falling off the wall, I am a little worried if we ever move, I’m not sure they’ll hang on during transit. Use your judgement. If in doubt and you have more patience then me, use the glue!

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Here are the nails I used.  I like them because they’re a little more rustic and not so shiny like they were freshly manufactured. This is important because the nails will show if you put them through the trim. If you put them through the backing, they either may not go through the trim enough to hold it up, or the end of the nail will push through the trim. In the latter case, you could hammer the the nail tails sideways into the wood, which could look cool too.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Now before you get all crazy and start writing all over your board, you need to condition it.  The paint I used instructed to wait three days before conditioning to allow the paint to set.  After conditioning, I can write on it, but have to wait seven days (from painting day – not an additional seven days) before wiping it down with a damp cloth for cleaning.

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

Almost there! Before you can hang this baby on the wall, you’ve got to attach your wall mounts.  We used two standard picture hanging mounts, one in each corner.  Be sure you note the weight capacity of the mounts before buying, your chalkboard probably isn’t as light as a standard picture.  Measure your placement from the top and sides to make sure both mounts are aligned correctly.  Once the mounts are attached to your board, measure from the top of the trim to the middle of your mount and note the measurement (this will be helpful once you’re ready to hang it). 

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany LaneHold the board against the wall where you want to hang it, and mark the wall with a pencil where the top and sides of the board are.  Now measure your wall from the ceiling, noting how far down and in the mounts are on your board, then mark on the wall where the nails should go.  Once the first nail is in, I would remeasure to be sure before you nail in the second. If you measured correctly, your board should fit on the wall nicely!

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

DIY Rustic Framed Chalkboard | Tiffany Lane

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Favorites: Pinterest Finds

Are you on the Pinterest bandwagon yet?  It’s quite the hype right now.  From food to fashion and anything in between, you can find it all.  Today I’m showcasing a few of my favorite recent repins.  Food first, of course.

cauliflower dip - edible perspectiveLemon Herb Cauliflower Bean Dip via Edible Perspective

blueberry crumb muffins - edible perspectiveBlueberry Crumb Muffins via Edible Perspective

dark chocolate peanut butter cups - sprouted kitchenDark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups via Sprouted Kitchen

linen tape - fog linen workLinen Tape via Fog Linen Work

reclaimed wood projects - funky junk interiorsReclaimed Wood Projects via Funky Junk Interiors

What are your favorite Pinterest finds?

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DIY: Hanging Produce Baskets

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

For our next installment in honor of March National Craft Month, I’ve got one well worth the effort!

I’d been searching for a rustic, three tiered produce rack for our kitchen and couldn’t find the one, but I had found some pretty great baskets and figured I could just make one.  Why not?

This project will be a little quicker if you already have a ceiling hook you can use.  I didn’t, so I had to install that first.  I’ve outlined the DIY below, from what you’ll need to what you need to do.

Total Time: 2 hours

Approx. Cost: $40 (depending how expensive your baskets are)

What You’ll Need

heavy duty swivel hook kit (for ceiling hook)
drill w/ bit & screwdriver tips (for ceiling hook)
2-3 baskets
60-80 feet of twine (I used about 70 feet)
scissors
ruler
4-6 feet of 1/2 inch rope (more or less depending how high your ceilings are)
garden shears (or large, heavy duty scissors)
2 sets of 1/2 inch metal rope clamps
hammer
1 steel anchor shackle (mine is galvanized. you could also use any other type of hook (a j hook would be cool))

 

What To Do

If you need to, first install your ceiling hook.  I got my kit at Lowe’s for just a few bucks and already had a drill set at home.  Simply follow the instructions provided in the kit.

For your actual hanging baskets, the first step is to attach your baskets together with twine.  Figure out how much space you want between the baskets (allowing extra for tying), do a little measuring and cut your twine to length.  For the twine in between the bottom and middle baskets, I cut mine to 32 inches, and to 24 inches for in between the middle and top baskets.  Be sure to double up your twine when tying because you’ll need the extra support, so you need to cut 8 pieces of the same length twine, not 4, for each length.  As you tie the twine to the baskets, string two pieces through the top edge on one corner of the bottom basket and tie them into a knot over the top edge on the same corner of the next highest basket.  You will end up with four strings of twine in each corner of each basket.  Continue until all baskets are tied together.  Don’t worry about perfecting the balance just yet.  Once it’s hanging with some weight in it, you can more easily tell if it is lopsided, then retie some of the knots.

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

Next, hold the baskets over your counter until you find the right height, then measure for the rope, adding about 6 inches to each end because you’ll need to fold it over to create loops for hanging.  Cut your rope to length (garden shears work well) then get your rope clamps and hammer.  Lay the rope on a very hard surface, preferably cement, and  align the first clamp at one end.  Hammer the edges down over the rope until secure.  Fold the rope to create a small loop, leaving it big enough to fit your attachments (ceiling hook and anchor shackle).  While the rope is still held in a loop, align the second clamp in place adjacent to the first clamp and hammer like the first.  Do the same to the other end of the rope.

hanging produce baskets 2 - tiffany lane

Holding the rope in the same sized loop as before so the clamps line up next to eachother, use your duct tape to tightly tape them together over the metal clamps.  Do the same to the other end.

hanging produce baskets 3 - tiffany lane

Take the twine and using the end, wrap it once around the rope at the edge of the tape and tie a knot.  Then continue wrapping the twine – tucking the ends of the knot underneath the layers – until all the duct tape is covered and tie a knot at the end, trimming the loose ends of the knot.  Do the same to the other end.

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

Attach one end of the rope to your ceiling hook and attach the anchor shackle to the other end.

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

Now it’s time to attach your baskets.  Hold them from the top basket again to measure how much twine you’ll need from the edge of the top basket to the anchor shackle, allowing extra for tying (I cut mine to 18 inches) and also doubling up the twine again, so cutting 8 pieces to length  not 4.  Attach the baskets, feeding the twine through at each corner of the top basket and tying to the anchor shackle.

Almost done!  You’ll want to fill your baskets with some produce (or other heavy items) to test for balance.  Identify any corners that need to be either loosened or tightened until all baskets are level.  Mine was pretty lopsided at first and it took me about 20 minutes to get it into balance because I needed to take all the produce out of the baskets to re-tie one corner, then put the produce back in for testing.  Totally worth all that effort though!

hanging produce baskets - tiffany lane

And since you’re all so creative, I bet you could come up with tons of other ways these baskets could be used!  In a bathroom with towels.  In a corner over a decorative table with books or greenery.  The sky’s the limit!  Wait, I  guess the ceiling is the limit (cheeky smile).

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Home Decor: Chevron Love

Okay, okay.  I know it’s trendy and everywhere, but I can’t help but loving chevron!  Here are some of my favorite chevron pieces from around the web.

The rug:

chevron rug -

via Revelment (original source unknown)

The shower curtain:

chevron shower curtain

via Chez Larsson

The pillow:

handstamped chevron pillow

via Uncovet

The throw:

chevron blanket

via Wish Berries

I’m thinking of getting all of the above for our house someday.  What about you?

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Palette: Mustard & Gray

love headboard - house tweakingMustard_Gray - tiffany lane via colour lovers

Photo Courtesy of House Tweaking

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