DIY beeswax beaker candles
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.

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1. Isn’t this brushstroke upholstered bench gorgeous?
2. These honeycomb sugar cookies are super cute (and would go perfectly with my hexagon coasters).
3. I just posted about paint-dipped decor, and here’s a dipped frame to go with that theme.
4. Wake up with this neon coffee set.
5. Wouldn’t these flower combs be perfect for a summer wedding?
6. Got something to say? Get it off your chest with a custom wall banner.

Totally coveting this romantic lace dress.

Swedish Dream sea salt soap smells amazing, so making a candle version was a genius idea.

Time-saving tips for how to get great hair in your sleep.

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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 ginger lime cooler cocktail

Cucumber Lime Cooler Cocktail

Makes 1

1.5 oz gin
1 oz lime juice, freshly squeezed
3 oz ginger ale (or ginger beer)
2 oz soda water
2 inches cucumber
crushed ice

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.

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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.
paint dipped decor
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

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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.

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