diy project

A Place for The Books

Last week, I went to my secret place and purchased an old door. I had no exact plans for the door and to be honest, no place for it. I was in the mood to get crafty and use my hands and I figured that I’d find a solution for the lack of extra space later on. As I was driving home I was thinking about all the furniture that was already delicately placed in my room. The thought came to me that if I wanted this door to be a part of my room’s decor, it had to serve a purpose as well. Seconds later, I knew what my new door was going to be transformed into: a bookshelf! You see, although technology is rapidly moving forward and allowing people to read books on Kindles and Tablets I may be one of the few people who have not joined this movement. There’s something special about going to the bookstore and picking up a fresh book, feeling the pages, and writing thoughts and doodling within the pages. With that said, I have more books than I have space for. A bookshelf was most definitely needed.

So in the spirit of making my lovely door bookshelf – I found some lovely bookshelves that would be perfect for a home.

Ready to see some bookshelf inspiration?

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This may be the most amazing library I’ve ever seen. What I would do to have a room in my house like this. Absolutely brilliant in everyday.

Via Bookshelf Porn

Via Bookshelf Porn

I love this concept as well. Transforming a whole wall into shelves and topping it off with a ladder!

Via Bookshelf Porn

I adore this room. The bookshelf is wonderful, but I think I mostly love it because of the grand piano.

Via Bookshelf Porn

Gosh. I can see this in a kid’s room! So brilliant!

Via The Blog on the Bookshelf

Can you imagine this being in your house? To die for! It reminds me of My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn.

Via Stumble Upon

Well, that’s it for now! I’ll be sure to show you the finished product of my door!

But for now, here’s your only sneak peek.

Do you have any favorite book shelf styles?

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Message in an Egg

It’s pretty much a known fact that all my dearest friends are spread out all across the United States… and world. From the North East, to the South of Flordia, to the midwest, and soon I’ll have one in South America, Ecuador to be exact. Every now and then I get in these kicks where I’m all about snail mail. Lately, I’ve been feeling motivated to do something special for all dear friends spread across the world. I stumbled across this little idea and fell in love: a simple message packaged in an egg. It goes without saying that I’ll be trying this idea soon.

 

Via Oh, the Lovely Things

What kind of mail do you like to send/receive?

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Small Beginnings

Take me to Barnes & Noble and beyond a shadow of a doubt you can guarantee that within seconds I’ll be in my favorite section: The Self -Help section. That’s right. Don’t ask me why, my only guess is that it’s due to the fact that my degree is a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. My last trip to B&N I stumbled upon a book full of wisdom. I read that successful people write down their accomplishments and put them where they can see them.

My thought: Brilliant.

Naturally, I decided that I too must write down my accomplishments.

Weeks ago I had bought a huge piece of plywood with no rhyme or reason for it. Luckily for the plywood it finally found purpose: It’d be my board of accomplishments. A couple of coats of chalk paint later and it was transformed into a blank canvas waiting to hold the things that I was proud of.

As I started sifting through my memories trying to think of my accomplishments throughout life I realized why people who write down their accomplishments are successful. They are motivated by the fact that they have already have accomplishments on their record to be proud of, knowing that there is still a whole life in front of them waiting for them to accomplish things far greater than what they’ve already done.

On the verge of turning twenty-five I have a whole to do list for my life of things that I want to accomplish. I’ll be honest, some days it’s a little overwhelming and the thought crosses through my head “Am I really ever going do this?”

I mean my list has some pretty big things on it including:
Start a magazine.
Own a coffee shop.
Write a book (or two).
Throw a benefit concert in the middle of Central Park.
Host a national conference.
Start a non-profit that rescues women out of sex trafficking.

The list continues.

After filling my blank canvas with some of my accomplishments, I suddenly felt empowered. I’ve lived a quarter of life and I have quite a few things I can say I’m proud of.

I’ve learned to play the piano. I got my real estate license. I threw my first benefit concert in college and raised $500 for the She Rescue Home. I learned Photoshop. I planned Orphan for a Night a nation wide event that raised thousands of dollars for orphan projects. I’ve graduated from college with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. The list goes on.

My mother always says, “The best is yet to come.” So, with that said, the things on our list of accomplishments is only the beginning. The best is still on its ways because we are constantly growing and changing. As we get older: we obtain more wisdom, add and sharpen our skill sets, fail a time or two and learn from our mistakes, overcome obstacles and gain strength, and gain experience.

Whoever you are: you’re human. [Genius statement: I know.] Which means this: You have dreams, goals, and visions. And if you are normal, you have a desire to be successful.

So let me break down my new theory for you:
Instead of getting overwhelmed by the vagueness of the future, find confidence in the fact that you’ve already accomplished great things [whether big or small].

Life, take it one day at time, one step at a time. You still have your whole life a head of you to cross things off your life to do list.

My dad always tells me: “Lindsey, don’t despise small beginnings.” Small beginnings is how we get to greatness.

I leave you with this: Take time to recognize your accomplishments. Write them down. Be motivated and encourage by what you’ve done, knowing that those accomplishments are the ones that are going to propel you to do bigger and greater things in the future.

Believe in yourself. Remember your accomplishments. [And] Dream on.

Be confident in this: That he who began a good work in you will carry it on to the completion. [Philippians 1.6]

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Two 99 Pushpins

Gifts. I feel like the older you get the more gifts become a way of life. Between all the bridal showers, bachelorette parties, baby showers, and birthdays – there is always a gift looming around the corner waiting to be given. With that said, I wanted to start getting a little creative in my gift giving this year. So naturally, I came to the conclusion to start making some gifts.

My beautiful friend Tara turned 23 this year. I wish that all of you could meet her because she has the most inspiring and beautiful story. I wanted to give her something that had meaning to it. So after a quick meeting with Megan via g-chat (Sidenote: Megan is my dear friend who adores putting creativity to work) – we decided to get some pushpins, string, and plywood and create a masterpiece.

After rummaging through my apartment for spare plywood (And yes, I really do have spare plywood lying around in my third story apartment) and a quick Walmart run- we were ready for a midnight project.

The supplies:
Plywood, Chalkpaint, Projector, Pencil, Pushpins, String, and a hammer for those of you like Megan who like to be quick and efficient. Oh yes, and also, add to the list: M&M’s and Chris Brown Music.

After a few coats of chalk paint my plywood was ready to be transformed into a little masterpiece. I found a beautiful font that I loved and projected the word COURAGEOUS onto the plywood. After that, the Chris Brown music got turned up and the tracing began.

Sidenote: Megan and I chose this word because we felt like it described Tara perfectly. In the past few months especially, Tara has truly exemplified what it means to live courageously.  I’m quite sure that if you sat down with her over a cup of coffee you’d think the same thing.

Next was putting pushpins to plywood.

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Two Hundred Ninety Nine pushpins later…

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After the “manual labor” portion of the project- it was all about wrapping the string around the pushpins… 12 times.

A special thank you to Chris Brown + JoJo for the musical entertainment and of course Luke [Megan’s hilarious husband] for all the comedy during this process.

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4 hours, a bag of M&M’s, a few popsicles, a ball of string, and 299 pushpins later…. Viola’!

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The finished product thanks to all the help of my girls: Megan and Mine’ [That’s pronounced: Me-nay. She’s Turkish!]

Happy Birthday my sweet Tara Baby.

Be Inspired + Create.