DIY MID CENTURY INSPIRED HOOP LOG HOLDER

 
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Now that Danny and I have a fireplace, and actually have weather where it's practical to use it, we have been accumulating tons of firewood and not really having a decent place to put it in the house. So, I have been searching for cute, mid-century-esqe log holders, and, of course, I found one, and, of course, at a price that was NOT practical. So, I did some digging to try and re-create my own.

What you will need:

Steel Log Hoop
Brass Spray Paint
Twine or yarn
Steel wool
Microfiber cloth
Gloves (optional)

 

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Place iron hoop on a surface outside that you can get messy. Using a steel wool pad, brush over the hoop to smooth out any bumps or imperfections. Then, wipe down with a microfiber cloth to remove any dust or debris. Make sure your hoop is dry before spray painting.

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Then, smoothly and, in a steady left-to-right-right-to-left motion, paint the entirety of the hoop, holding the can far enough away from the hoop to avoid any patchiness and dripping. Let dry before flipping over to spay back side. 

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Once dry, wrap yard or twine around the bottom portion, creating a basket, and secure with small knots on each side.

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Wrap a small amount around the handle to tie in the basket design and...

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Look at that! Your own DIY mid-century inspired hoop log holder! 

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DIY LAPTOP CASE

 

So, I finally bit the bullet a few weeks ago and bought myself a shiny, new macbook pro after struggling with my seven yr old model.  SUCH a difference!  Now with it being slimmer & lighter in weight, it's easier than ever to bring it with me almost everywhere. But I didn't want some boring run-of-the-mill laptop bag or case, but something a little more personal and something that can withstand the beating of commuting in my purse.  I did and little research and fell in love with Almost Makes Perfect's awesome DIY.  I am typically terrible at doing any DIY but this seemed simple enough.  I bought the supplies and got started!  Thanks, Molly.  You're kinda the best (and congrats on your baby!).

What You'll Need:

1 yard fabric of choice (I chose a faux leather from Amazon, because prime..duh)
Sewing Needle
Thread of choice (Vinyl is also a good, durable option)
Button
Scissors
Exacto Knife
Fabric Glue
Ruler

I ordered a yard of fabric because I wanted extra in case I messed up.  And I did.. a lot.
 
Measure out your size including enough for the flap depending on the size of your laptop.  

Cut fabric as carefully as possible.
Clamp top side with binder clip to keep in place.
Place laptop in bag to see if it fits right before sewing. (Yeah... I should've done this..)
Begin sewing using an overcast stitch. 

Repeat on the other side.  I sewed the all the edges to give it a more finished look.

Using the exacto knife, cut a small slit in the middle of front and flap where you want your button to be.

Cut a small square of the left over fabric to cover the back of the button to keep it from scratching your laptop and adhere using a small amount of fabric glue.

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And you're done! 

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PROJECT BOOKSHELF

 

A few years ago, Danny and I embarked on what we affectionately called, "Project Bookshelf". We hand drew and rendered 3D sketches, bought materials, and began execution. Well... it didn't work out as planned.  

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Danny and I are both design-oriented and pretty handy, but we are neither engineers nor physicists. On paper, we had created something very pretty, but it lacked the structural security necessary to stand. We quickly realized that our perfect-DIY-corner-mid-century-inspired bookshelf would not become a reality.

A bit discouraged, we put the project on hold, and 2 years later, we've found ourselves with the same disposable Ikea bookshelves that we purchased almost 5 years ago to flank a faux fireplace in our former Koreatown apartment. With the recent event of becoming husband and wife, I think it's time we have some real, adult bookshelves, damnit! I suppose we do have a lot more time to focus on other things now that the wedding planning is over.

So, it's back to the drawing board, and I'm currently gathering inspiration for the next idea.

I love the idea of floating shelves. They are so clean and minimalist. Unfortunately, we live in an apartment and don't have the freedom to make holes as we please. These might have to be placed on the back burner until we buy that real, adult home.
(Also... I missed the chance to buy one of those adorable wooden birds by Danish designer, Kristian Vedel, on our recent vacation to Copenhagen (more on that later) at the Danish Design Museum, and I'm kicking myself over it. Sure, I can get it here, but it won't have the same nostalgia later. Luckily, we got the Eames House Bird as a wedding gift... whew!)
 

Floating corner shelves would be cool, too. We have the perfect corners for them.

So, for a less-messy-when-we-move-out, money-saving route, bookcases it will have to be. This also allows freedom to rearrange and move our furniture around later!

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Feeling this minimal mid-century inspired shelf!

And WHAA!! Such a fun Ikea hack of their Expedit line! Danny and I have a source for cheap spindle legs and discovered how easy it is to switch out the ugly block legs with them. You can also stain them whatever color you wish! This could be a winner, but since we are trying to break up with Ikea furniture, let's see what else we might come up with! Stay tuned!

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