For a long time I’ve had a soft spot for industrial and science decor. So of course I do things like browse the American Science and Surplus site. When I saw these beakers I realized they’d be perfect for candles, and whipped up a batch with beeswax left over from making a waxed canvas bag. Of course you don’t have to use beakers for your candles–tins or mason jars would both work instead–but I love how these turned out.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted a cocktail recipe, but I definitely felt like I deserved a drink this weekend. Steven and I have been doing a ton of painting this week. Two bedrooms and a hallway got new coats of paint, and it wasn’t just the walls–the ceilings needed painting, too. But everything looks SO MUCH BETTER now (photos soon, I promise), so celebratory drinks are in order. It’s been unseasonably hot here lately, so I wanted something really refreshing, and a combination of cucumber, lime, and ginger seemed like it would fit the bill.
Cucumber Lime Cooler Cocktail
1.5 oz gin
1 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
3 oz ginger ale (or ginger beer)
2 oz soda water
2 inches cucumber
Slice cucumber and thoroughly muddle in a shaker. Add gin and lime juice, muddle a little more, then strain into a glass. Add ginger ale or beer, soda water, and crushed ice, stir, and garnish with a cucumber slice.
I wasn’t sure whether to call this color-blocking, paint-dipping, or dip-dyeing, but whatever you call it, I’m intrigued by two-tone furniture. It’s by no means a new trend, but it’s a great way to freshen up plain furniture, and I’m thinking of giving it a try. Here are some helpful instructions for painting wood furniture, and if you want to dip a basket, Martha Stewart has you covered. It looks pretty straightforward, so I can’t wait to give my furniture a dip.
1. Design*Sponge 2. House and Home, via Centsational Girl 3. Urban Outfitters side table 4. SF Girl by Bay 5. Verhext 6. Better Homes and Gardens, via Little Green Notebook
Lately I’ve been visiting my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore a lot. I love that place for many reasons, one being that I get all kinds of DIY ideas while I’m there. On one of my visits I noticed these cool hexagon tiles, and started thinking about what I could do with them. I realized that they’d make great coasters, which would be perfect because we didn’t really have any. And everybody could use a few coasters, right? Right.