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{DIY} earring holder


diy earring holder

this is so easy, i’m sure you don’t even need a tutorial. we are still working on a little corner in our bedroom that will be a “dressing area”…basically that means a counter with some drawers and a mirror… but we’ve already hung up this part of it because i just needed it to be organized!  and every time i hang up my earrings on my new- organized- earring holder i relish the fact that they aren’t piled in a messy drawer. ha. it’s the simple things in life, right? so, without further adieu…

earring holder

i started with a metal sheet panel from lowes that i cut down to size and an empty frame.

earring holder2

then i spray painted the metal white. i debated on whether i should just spray the frame too, but i decided to wait. i kind of liked the wood look for now.

then i just used some super glue to glue the metal into the frame.

earring holder back

then i added a picture hanger on the back of the frame

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and i admired how easy that was!

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then i postponed taking the final pictures because we were supposed to get more of our “dressing area” done by now. but it’s not and i don’t know when we’ll have the cash to do so, so for now, here is the finished earring holder + octopus necklace hanger{love these from young house love!}

earring holder6

hopefully someday soon i can show you more of our little dressing area!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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the adventure of side tables

this is about the longest post ever written on bedside tables. who knew i could find so much to say about the process of finding side tables! well. i just did.

you may have noticed, during the super-long post on our headboard, that we don’t really have much room for side tables. we have 18″ max on each side of the bed. and i thought this was ok, because we could just wait and find some antique tables. antiques are always smaller than the side tables on the market today anyway, so i thought it would work out. i was just going to wait and see…

but that was before i realized that i was literally killing husbuddy slowly by making him wait for it.

i was willing to be patient, but to him, i was messing with his system…every. single. day. oi.

don’t judge the man too harshly. we all have the things in our life that we just need to be just right to be able to function at a respectable level of stress.

that’s what i get for having a totally type A spouse. don’t get me wrong, i LOVE IT so much- most of the time- like when he gets us places on time, and when he organizes our to-do lists with spreadsheets, and how he works hard so he can schedule time to spend with me and i think it’s super cute that he writes everything he does on a calendar so he can keep track of his day… but then there are these times.

so what’s a gal to do? we headed off to the used furniture store in Ephrata.

i was *hoping* that we’d find the perfect set of side tables that fit perfectly and we could end all the moaning… {ha. ok he really wasn’t complaining that much… i may be exaggerating for the sake of the story…}

i was *hoping* that they could be some pretty antique wood tables.

or even if the wood was bad, it could be something that i could paint.

i was searching for something that was narrow.

we needed something with drawers–> not open shelves.

and i was armed with about 80$ left from my birthday money. which, i reminded him, i could be spending on clothes or something just for me, but nope, i was willing to spend it on something we needed…lol. haha, let’s be honest, i’m having way too much fun using it for house stuff …but anyway… that was our limit. we knew we didn’t have anything else to spend!

so after searching through the hundreds of pieces of furniture on two levels…we came up empty.

until, right before we were going to give up, i saw these:

cabinets -efore

now i know what you’re thinking, “oooo, you found metal filing cabinets…whoopdedooo.”

but hear me out.

they were in great condition. they were 30$ each.

they were only 15″ wide {WHICH FIT WITHIN OUR 18″ max!}

and i turned to him and said, what if we spray painted them? and what if we added a wood top? they would be plenty of storage, and they’re the perfect size…and they could be “temporary” until we can find the perfect ‘antique-ish’ bedside tables!

he was game. either that or he just REALLY wanted something today.

but i love that he was able to trust me to try out this little adventure!

we got them.

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and started priming them that day.

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the spray painting took longer than we’d hoped. mostly because nap-times didn’t quite lend to perfect timing.

cabinets after closeup

we completed them and we love them. i’m not so sure they’re really “temporary”. we’ll see in a few years!

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we are going for a green/blue/ocean theme in the bedroom, so we painted them a dark blue. it’s going to take a while to pull it all together, but i think the palette will work. it’s just going to be slow. for now, we have a headboard, curtains and side tables!

cabinets after

they fit perfectly! actually, 18″ probably would have been too tight!

cabinet other side cabinet drawers

we spray painted the handles with polished nickle color and we painted the inside of the drawers white to make them feel clean. as you can see, we also really upped our game by using cardboard boxes as space dividers until we can afford baskets. aren’t we fancy? hey, it works! and i don’t know why i haven’t thought of that sooner! no cardboard box is safe in this house!

cabinet top

for the tops we used leftover plywood from making our headboard. we stained it a dark walnut color. it’s really hard to tell with the lighting going on here, but they are actually really pretty…not the weird yellowish brown… more of a dark dirty brown.

and  i kind of love that it looks like poor-mans-version of zebra wood. lol. ok, maybe not really. oh, interior design friends are rolling their eyes at me…but i think it’s fun!

cabinet inside

“it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” THANK YOU NESTER! i talked about her book over in this post last week. i know, you’re already sick of me talking about it…but  let’s just say, it’s really inspired me lately!

cabinets puppy approves

puppycakes approves of our new side tables. husbuddy does too. phew! what do you think? i’d love to hear!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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the project that took 3 years {on over-engineering a headboard}

ok…so actually, it only took a couple of days.

but i’ve had this headboard in my head to make for over 3 years ever since we lived in Princeton!!

with all the moving around we just have never been in a place where we could make it the way we wanted to. as in… completely over-engineering it

lol. here we are, an architect and a pastor {who TOTALLY would have been an engineer, let’s be honest, if he hadn’t been called to ministry} who drew and discussed this headboard design UP THE WAZOO and now i’m here to share it with you.

first off, i found THIS tutorial on pinterest. we only loosely followed it. you’ll see how we made it our own…by completely over-engineering it. 

then i hemmed and haughed over the color of the fabric. oh, i wanted a nice teal, blue. but the practical-person inside of me kept suggesting white. then my sweet mother suggested yellow because that way we wouldn’t see the lint on it as much. then i thought a cream or white again would just be neutral and go with everything. then i wondered about gray. but really, my heart wanted blue.

SO. i decided to follow my heart. a blue tufted headboard it was to be.

diy tufted headboard_kimberly renee design

{btw, for those of you who guessed on my instagram: good job Lynn! hee hee}

first we measured about a million times. {good thing too, husbuddy still had to add a little foot to each post to make it tall enough lol}  did you know you could get your wood cut at Lowes? we just had all of our measurements and got the plywood and a couple 2x4s and had them cut right there! so easy so that 1) we could fit it in the car and 2) so we didn’t have to buy a saw and cut it ourselves!

so, step 1 of over-engineering this thing… we built a sturdy headboard. that is (2)2x4s as legs with a piece of plywood screwed in. we also planned (2)ex4s as horizontal supports at the top and bottom of the headboard. this thing is hefty!

frame2 frame

we had to do this project at night and during nap times so some of the pictures aren’t the best.


then we got padding at JoAnns. this was a little more expensive than we had anticipated. but since we’d been saving my birthday money for a couple of years, we went for the 4 inch foam. we glued it on and then wrapped the batting around it.

foam on frame batting

then the fun part started! {excuse the mess in our guest room!} i got the fabric from a pair of ikea curtains. the way i figured it, i wanted blue velvet and to buy it by the yard was a prettttyyyy penny. but to buy two 89″ long curtains was about the cost of 1.5 yards! so it was a deal!

fabric layout

we didn’t get a good picture of us “tufting”. let’s just say that this is where we TOTALLY CHEATED. and it was the 2nd step of over-engineering. instead of using the buttons as the tufting agents,{like you’d see in a normal tutorial like the one above} we used nuts and bolts and washers. yup. we just screwed those suckers in! this way we didn’t have to fuss with the upholstery thread going through 4″ of foam and plywood and depending on the thread to do the work. we are just letting the screws do the work.


{this was totally husbuddy’s idea btw. i think it was brilliant because we weren’t sure how to get the tread to stay once you pulled the buttons and tufting on. lots of people just stappled the heck out of it on the back of the plywood in their tutorials but husbuddy thought this would be more secure} 

basically, those tufts aren’t going anywhere!

then we stapled the fabric around the back. then i went and took this awkward picture:  headboard tufted

next step:  i “upholstered” the legs. basically, i just wrapped the 2x4s with fabric. genius? i know.

upholster legs

the next step was installing it on the wall. this step is called: over-engineering part 3 

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we screwed the horizontal 2xs onto the wall into the studs. then we fit the headboard over those and attached the headboard to those 2xs. see, husbuddy was worried about just hanging the headboard like a picture {the way normal people do…}on our plaster/uneven walls. let’s just say, this thing is on there goooooood. we only covered the top horizontal piece with fabric because that is the only one you can touch when the bed is pushed in. it actually creates a nice little shelf about the bed.

engineer screwing it in

obligatory picture of my handsome husbuddy screwing in the headboard. he’s my super engineer mind behind the whole thing. {please note, he even was brilliant enough to account for the face that our baseboard sticks out 1/2 inch! good job hun! in my dazed-sleep-deprived state i totally didn’t think of that!} 

headboard attached to bed frame

then we attached our bed frame to the legs. people, this is the first time IN YEARS that we’ve had a real headboard! yay!!!

then we glued the fabric covered buttons on top of the nuts and bolts!

headboard side view


i love it. i love that it’s a pretty teal blue. i love that it’s tufted. i love that it’s velvet. i am SO glad that we finally made my dream for a headboard come true!

{please note, we do not have any semblance of matching bed-sheets yet…we’re working on it! ha one thing at a time!} but i did make some quick pillow covers from the fabric that matches our drapes! woot woot! really, i just did it because i was going to be photographing our bed and i wanted it to look semi-put-together.

headboard complete

and puppycakes approves. phew. we were worried about him.

ok…maybe not. he just insisted on getting in my shot.

next up: side tables!

so have any of you ever made a headboard? did you tuft it the correct way? or how did you hang it? did you “over-engineer” any part of it?!  i’d LOVE to hear!!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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framing an old dress {nursery DIY}


well, don’t say i didn’t warn you. this is a cheater’s guide. not a real-professional-or endorsed guide on how to do this AT ALL. this is how i did it. i know it’s temporary so i didn’t worry about it.

why is it temporary you say?


  1. i had a limited budget…i think to do this right, i’d want a shadow box with glass to keep the dress safe.
  2. this dress is too beautifully vintage to be hanging so close to baby’s hands for too long.
  3. i plan to use this frame for other things as baby girl grows older

so there ya go.

cheaters guide for cheap and easy… ha!


i started with a $2 frame from the Re-Store. have y’all found a Re-Store in your area?? GOLD MINE, i tell ya!! i do find you have to visit it frequently because items change so fast and what may be a “gold-mine” type day one day will be a “womp-womp” type day the next. but it’s a great place to look for used items…when i bought this there was a pile of frames and old pictures just sitting in a corner without a price on it. i asked how much they were and she said 2$ a piece! eek! i bought as many as i could!

laying out dress

in my head i had this vision of a dress hanging. i wish i had the other little bootie. that’s the only thing i’d change.

painting frame

then i painted the frame bright pink. yay! since baby girl’s room is turquoise, i’ve tried to limit the amount of pink to bright splashes here or there. it was easy to paint and i didn’t worry about it being perfect. i figure this too will change with time.

dress background

then, (this is the part i forgot to photograph) i taped fabric onto a piece of cardboard that would fit in the frame. YUP. you read that right. tape + cardboard.

i wanted to keep it light. and reusable.

and i wanted to be able to pin the items on so i didn’t ruin them in any way.

so, that’s a piece of cardboard with fabric wrapped and taped on the back. i guess i could take a picture of the back, but i’m too lazy at the moment (call that too lazy to get this prego belly up off this chair! lol) 

framed dress

you can see all the baby diaper pins- but those are just for show. behind the top layer of each piece are ten more safety pins holding the clothing in place. again, we’ll see how long this lasts… but for now, it’s really cute and goes with my vintage theme. it’s a little memorial of Husbuddy’s grandmother and i love that we have her little outfit.  and, as you can tell, with the low ceilings in this room, there wasn’t much room to hang the dress higher,  so it may not last more then a month or two over the dresser/changing table. oh well! life will go on and the room will be in constant change… i’m a designer, remember? i live for the change. lol

framed dress

thanks for putting up with this designer who is constantly “cheating” and changing everything. it will just continue… i promise.

in other news… if this has posted and there hasn’t been a post about baby girl’s arrival… you could all pray that she come soon!!!!

xoxo-kimberly renee

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a vintage ornament


my mother in law shared some sweet vintage clothing for baby girl’s nursery. she has a bunch of stuff that was saved from her mom. it’s pretty amazing that she still had it! anyway, one of the things that she gave me were a cute sock+mittens set that her mom wore. i didn’t think baby girl should be wearing them, so i suggested dividing them up and each creating a Christmas ornament out of them!

hence, this post.

it took me a while to figure out how to hang them. i could have just attached a wire and called it good. it still would have been cute. but i wanted to play up the girly-ness of it and the vintage-ness. so…i added ribbon.

made perfect sense to me.

ribbons seem vintage to me. and so do bows. big bows. so cute and vintage!

anyway. here’s how i did what i did.

vintage mittens and socks

start with the pair. it might have been a little cuter to have both the same-either sock or mittens- but this is how we split it up.

make bows

make the bows. i used left over ribbon from my baby showers. i thought it was kind of cute to connect baby girl with her great grandma!

hanging ribbon

find another ribbon that will work as a hanger.

sew on hanger

tie a knot at the each end and sew the hanger into the mitten and sock. i used the knot to give me something to sew into. and since i’m sewing everything instead of gluing, i can always cut the thread and start over if i decide i don’t like the look of this one day.

sew on bow

sew the bow on the back of the mitten. sew through the knot so the bow will stay situated.

vintage cuteness

cute, yes? now do the same thing to the other sock/mitten on the other end of the hanger ribbon.

finished ornament

and then you get this.

deck the halls

which is super easy to hang. just loop over a branch!

there ya go. how is that for a super easy and vintage project? i’m sure there are a million better ways to do this. but i like the sweetness hanging on my tree for now.

wouldn’t it be fun to see how my mother-in-law hung her half? i think we should all bang on her door and demand she show us a picture of hers too. lol. hee hee. ok…maybe not the banging part. we could always start with christmas carols and try to sweet talk her into sharing.

if you didn’t have vintage items, i also think this would be a cute way to save some of your own baby’s darling mittens or socks… how cute would it be to be hanging little baby girl’s socks on the tree when she is 18? just saying… hee hee.

xoxo-kimberly renee



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a baby book {DIY}

so…i’ve spent the last 6 months looking for a good baby book.
i finally gave up.
they were either WAY over my price range or too … i don’t know… silly. baby-gibberish-barnyard animal-type stuff.

so i decided to make my own! it took a couple hours one night. but that’s it. super easy y’all! so here is a little tutorial so you can make your own, if you so desire.

how to diy babybook

i saw that YHL made theirs so i knew that i could make mine. oh young house love, giving such confidence to the rest of us. when they made theirs, they typed a bunch of pages on WORD and have downloadable versions and even have downloadable pdfs if you’d like to go that route. but i didn’t want it to be that constrained and i didn’t like the word-processed look. i wanted my own thing and i wanted it to be pretty. aka… i decided to make an art project out of it.



  •  8×8 scrapbook from michaels {40% off holla!}
  • a refill package so that i had 20 pages(40 really when you count front and back) total
  • decorative insertable cards, like these from project life Baby edition:  {SO-if you do project life– i imagine it would be a lot easier to use their set up of just sticking it in the sleeves! but this was my first time trying it out… i have to say it was SO much fun to have little pre-made cards with fun words and colors!}
  • scissors, stamps, stickers, glue dots, pretty paper…whatever else i already had and whatever else you need to put your album together the way you want.


this picture of the project-life cards pretty much sums up how awesome they are! i ended up only spending about 20$ total on all my supplies because of the michael’s coupons and sales going on. that’s WAY cheaper than any book i found online or in a store and i love that it is so much more personal.

how to do it:

first i cut out pretty paper to put in every sleeve. there is no perfect way to do this and i use a different pattern on each page. i’m pretty sure the graphic-design police would arrest me… but oh well. i still think it’s cute.

i made a list of how i wanted the book laid out. here’s how it went:

  1. baby name + footprints
  2. announcement pics/ultra sound
  3. baby bump photos
  4. showers and predictions
  5. hospital pics and info
  6. birth announcement and more characteristics
  7. welcome home/meeting puppcakes
  8. first time(s)
  9. (12 pages total) month by month
  10. 1st year photo

then i added a couple of cards to each page. some of them i taped on, some i just stuck in the sleeves loose to tape on when i actually have a picture to lay out in there.

here’s the first page. why yes, sweet Miss A (my sister who hates surprises is dying for me to tell her baby girl’s name) i blurred out her name! lol.


as you can see, i just have a little sticky note in place where i want the footprints. i am bringing one of the larger decorative cards to get her footprints at the hospital. then, when i get home, i can just tape it in the book!


i ordered copies of some of my photos from the past nine months. like this one where we announced we were prego and this one when we announced we were having a girl. i’ll paste them in here when i get them. you can also see that some of the cards are just floating in the plastic sleeves. i figure when i get all the pictures, i can tape them down how i want to. i don’t have to do it all right now.


our predictions page. {we better make some of those predictions! it could be too late soon! lol}


a hospital page with room for photos.


more baby info page. and hopefully i get around to making a birth announcement sometime in January… we’ll see!


a page for firsts… with room for some pictures.


here’s a close up for the month by month cards. this is probably the part that took the longest. i didn’t do much else for these pages but i wanted them all to have a stamped title.

month example

so i taped down the title in the corner of each page and then threw in some decorative cards…again, to be organized when i get the pictures printed. i also have a big card for each month where i  plan to write important things about that month like, a funny thing she did, what she likes, how much she weighs, etc.

month example2

and that’s it! super easy! {especially with the decorative cards!} and i think i love that it’s a little LOT more personal then anything i could have bought for her.

so have any of you ever made a baby book? i’m thinking this would be a pretty awesome gift for other expectant mothers… what do you think?

xoxo-kimberly renee

{ps, i was not paid or solicited to talk about project life. i just wanted to try it out and share it with you guys!} 


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how to make a {totally imperfect} pine-cone wreath

so, today i have another wreath tutorial for you. funny, that when i want to avoid actually working on something on my to-do list, i make wreaths. it makes me happy though! what can i say?!

how to make a {totally imperfect} pinecone wreath

at first i wasn’t going to share this because i was afraid it was rather ugly. but really, it’s just TOTALLY imperfect, and i kind of love its imperfectness. it makes me smile. and when we walk through the front door, both Husbuddy and i smile. i’ll get to why.

cheater pine cones

has anyone else noticed stores selling cinnamon scented pine-cones at the grocery stores and Michaels? i guess it’s a total waste of money for those of you that can just walk outside and get a big pile of pine-cones from your yard. but for those of us who don’t have any pine trees near by… it’s pretty fun to get cinnamon scented ones! i got these when Michaels was having their black-friday half off sale. yay! {YES, i’m crazy for going to michaels on black friday. but luckily it was late in the afternoon so there really weren’t that many people there}


  • pinecones {i used 2 bags because a lot of the pine-cones were broken}  if you’re scavaging in the wild{of your backyard} i’d say have 24 or so of various sizes to choose from.
  • cardboard form {just cut out from a cardboard box, as explained how to make here}
  • hot glue
  • wire
  • burlap fabric for bow/hanger

wreath base- cardboard

i started this like i did my yarn wreath. just traced a bowl within a larger bowl to cut out card board circle. so cheap and easy, thank you very much. that’s what we’re going for here.

i was going to lay out the pine-cones perfectly to see where i wanted them…but soon abandoned that idea and just started with the big ones and placed the smaller ones around them.

i just started attaching my pine-cones with wire and hot glue. big ones first.

attaching pinecones


i was just going to hot glue, but thought it could be a little more secure with a little wrapped wire on the big ones.

back of first pinecone


i just wrapped and twisted. totally imperfect.

gluing small cones on

then i just used hot glue on the smaller ones. i squeezed them next to the big ones so that the little prickly pieces could kind of hold on to each other. does that even make sense? it did in my head at the time… ha.

half way

this is what it looked like half way done. i kind of just made it up as i went. but thought it would help the look to have some on their side or upside down. i think the bottoms are the prettiest part of the pine-cones anyway…is that weird?

i don’t mind seeing the cardboard behind the pinecones. if that bothers you, you may want to try to do this with a wire wreath form. but i was going for cheap cheap cheap, remember? and i was ok with TOTALLY imperfect! hee hee. at this point though, i thought it was looking pretty ugly.

back half way

this is what the back looked like half way through. see, i didn’t wire every pine-cone. just the big ones. and you can see, i got hot glue everywhere!

fun times.

finished wreath

when i had the pine-cones placed the way i wanted, i just added a wide strip of burlap for the hanger/bow. {to hang it at the top without having it twist, i used a little wire loop} as you can tell, you can’t really see the cardboard in between the pine-cones anyway. unless you get up really close. it doesn’t bother me at all that it’s TOTALLY imperfect.

i hung it on our front door, in between the screen door. i love that because it’s an enclosed space, it saves the cinnamon smell for when we come home. this is what makes us smile. LOVE it.

so there ya go, friends! now you too can make a TOTALLY imperfect pine-cone wreath that will make you smile with its quirkyness and smellyness. hee hee. enjoy!

xoxo-kimberly renee




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