Anthropologie Lamp Shade – A Possible DIY Project

I am still in Kenya, in Nairobi at the moment, hanging with my husband and his colleagues while they check out some urban farming ideas. Because they have work to do; I have been able to spend some time on the internet, which is how I came across these beautiful lampshades.

I saw this first lamp shade when I was looking through Pinterest and from there it took me to Anthropologies website and of course made me think about how I could replicate this at my house. I am excited to try.

Please give this a try and if you do, send me a photo or link to your website so I can see your amazing work!

Beautiful Kenya

I am in Kenya! I will be in Kenya for the next two and a half weeks. We landed in Nairobi where the traffic is horrendous, a 40km drive was 2 hours. We are now on the coast in Malindi for a week and than to Mombasa, another coast town and than back to Nairobi for a few days and finally we will get to see the great Wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara. It will be a very busy trip but one I wont soon forget.

This was taken in the airplane over the coast of Kenya.

I will share more photos as the days go by.

Enjoy your weekend!


Recycled Painted Glass Jars

I love to recycle, hence the name “Recycled Lovelies”, I will admit not everything that I recycle is lovely but I really enjoy how these turned out.

I started by putting stickers on them and than painted them with a glossy paint. Let the paint dry and than peeled off the sticker.

It was that simple! You might want to run an exacto knife around the stickers so the paint doesn’t get pulled off with the sticker.

DIY Anthro-Inspired Hip Cinched Blouse

I saw this:

And I made this:

All you need is: a shirt(t-shirt would even work), a piece of fabric, a ribbon, and a sewing machine.

1. find a shirt and turn it inside out.

2. lay your ribbon down, then cut a piece of fabric big enough to cover your ribbon.

3. pin the piece of fabric over the ribbon.

4. sew on the fabric, making three long stitches, between the ribbon and on each side.

5. cinch and tie and your all done!

DIY Paint Chip Cake Bunting

To stick with the theme I figured I would try a little Cake Bunting. I always thought they looked cute on cakes and my girls birthday is coming up so I made this Cake Bunting to see if I would like it and guess what I really do!

What you need:

Paint Chips

Hot Glue


2 Skewers

1. Fold your paint chips in half.

2. Cut connecting triangles out of each section, depending on how many you want.

3. Glue the triangle sections together, leaving a space at the top for the string to go through.

4. String through each color. Tie the string to the skewers and stick in cake.

Pretend this is in a cake! I will post photos of it being used soon.

DIY Paint Chip Garland

I was at the store last week and buying paint for my Toilet Paper Roll Painting job and I had the idea to take some paint chips to make some pretty garland and bunting. There are NOT a lot of choices here in Mozambique for fun party decorations without paying an arm and a leg for some ugly plastic garland. So this is what I came up with.

What you need:


~Paint Chips

~Circle Paper Punch

~Hot Glue Gun

1. Punch out your circles.

2. Hot glue two circles together with the string in the middle.

3.Hang and enjoy!


Hello’s and Goodbye’s

Yesterday I had to say goodbye to my daughter and send her back to the states for university. It is one of the hardest things for mothers, at least so far in my experience it has been the hardest thing. I see my youngest growing up faster than I would like too, she will turn 14 in less than two months and I don’t really know life without kids, so not sure how the after kids thing works.

On the 6th of September I will be traveling to Kenya for a retreat with my husbands work. We will get to go to Malindi on the coast, than spend some time in Nairobi and than off to see the Wildebeest Migration in the Maasai Mara Reserve. I am very excited but for those two weeks my youngest daughter has to stay here for school. Another goodbye, at least with a shorter time span.

Being in this foreign country has been tough, I have hit the culture shock zone and saying goodbye yesterday to my daughter is really making it harder. I have to keep reminding myself that tomorrow will be better…. sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn’t.

Toilet Paper Roll Painting – Finished Project

Painting little circles with toilet paper rolls really is an easy way to accessorize any room in your house. I love how this looks. I used a black gloss and than used a grey to add some interesting effects. It kind of blurs when you look at it. Its very strange how using the grey on the outside causes it to do that. I would do this again. All you do is dip the toilet paper roll into the paint and press against the wall. Super simple!

Forgive me – the quality of the photos is not good due to the fact that my wide angle lens is in the states being fixed,

so I am using my point and shoot.


Toilet Paper Roll Painting

I saw this;

courtesy of House Tweaking

And I was totally inspired to do this in my bedroom.Can you believe it was done with toilet paper rolls?

My room has circles and dots all over it, and the wall is so boring that adding a nice sweep of circles will make my room complete.

Now all I need is to buy some paint.


Check back in the next couple of days to see the my new bedroom wall.

Easy DIY Pinecones (or Pineapples)

I saw these on Pinterest and instantly fell in love with them. I think these would look great in a basket on the table, but I was thinking I would make mine more like a pineapple since we live in Mozambique and the pineapple would go better with the surrounding decor in my house and the warm weather that is coming.

Knitty Gritty Thoughts has an easy, no glue, no sew tutorial. Click here to see the tutorial.