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Now That It’s November

Now That It’s November

I can’t tell you all how excited I am that is is finally November! I absolutely love this time of year. From the beauty of the changing colors of the leaves, to the crispness in the air, to the start of the holiday season, there […]

“W” is for Wine

“W” is for Wine

“W” is for Wine, well not entirely. It’s actually also the first letter of my future last name once I get married next year, but when it’s an accessory for the wine & coffee bar it works either way. For this quick weekend afternoon project […]

Wine Bottle Scones

Wine Bottle Scones

I have struggled since we moved in to our house to commit to decor pieces that go on the walls, but when  saw a version of this project on Pinterest I was excited to give it a try. It was the perfect tie in for our wine/coffee bar and added some dimension beyond just putting more flat artwork on the walls.

I started with 2 pieces of wood that are about 1/4″ thick by 5″ wide, and 1 piece that is about 1/4″ thick and only 1″ wide. You can use different thicknesses to get different depth to these sconces, so that part is all personal preference. I made sure though that the 2 larger pieces were long enough to provide wood for both the shelf portion of the sconce as well as the back, so they needed to be about 5-6″ longer than a wine bottle is tall (super technical measurements here I know!).

20150809_163913Once I got my wood, which cost in total about $4 at Lowe’s (these were all pre-cut pine pieces), I picked a stain color that tied in with other furniture in our house. I actually had a little bit of this dark stain left from another project so it was a perfect way to use up something I already had. I used a brush to apply the stain to all the pieces, and a clean cloth to wipe off the excess. Allow to dry completely.

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20150809_170206After the stain was dry I used a sponge brush and stencil found at Hobby Lobby to decorate over top. It tied in the white color from our new coffee bar cabinetry in the room, and added some visual interest to the sconces. I only wanted the patten to end up on the back of the scones, so I left the portion of the board that would become the shelf just bare stain, about 4-5 inches.

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20150815_220655Once all the stenciling was dry, I cut the shelf portion (bare stained wood) free from the back portion of the sconces (stenciled portion). I also cut the other thin strip of 1/4″ x 1″ wood into two pieces that were the same width as the larger boards. These two smaller strips got glued to one end of each of the larger boards for added support before attaching the shelves. I clamped the pieces after applying wood glue and allowed them to dry.

20150816_133608Once the support pieces were dry, I used a right angle and wood glue to add the shelf portion to each sconce. Again, I clamped and let the shelves dry in place. Once dry, I turned each sconce over and put two screws through the back and into the shelf on each sconce to make sure they were very secure.

20150816_150738Then it was time to hang them up! I didn’t want to have any obvious hardware and wanted the scones to sit flush to the wall, so to install I used 4 finishing nails (2 towards the top and 2 down near the shelf) and tapped them in flush with the sconce. They have just tiny silver heads and the pattern of the sconces makes them completely unnoticeable.

20150816_154920Once in place, it was time for finishing touches. I soaked two wine bottles (yes, this project requires that you drink 2 bottles of wine! I love projects like that!) and used a kitchen knife to remove any stuck on residue from the labels. If you let them soak in soapy warm water for 15+ minutes the labels should come off pretty easily. I filled each bottle with coffee beans from Fresh Market and a few floral stems from Hobby lobby.

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20150827_203720I absolutely love how well this project came together. It ties in our coffee/wine theme so well and in a really unique and subtle way. I also love that I’ll be able to change out the decor I put on the scones for holidays as well. I’m thinking pretty candles at Christmas time or more colorful flowers in the Spring! How versatile!

I hope this makes you think about the simple things you can DIY to add some personal style to your home. Let me know what you are working on and and if you modify this idea to make it unique to your space! Go Do It!

 

The Working Girl

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Makeup Organization Made Better

Makeup Organization Made Better

I’ll start by saying on this one, that while I do not have an enormous amount of makeup to organize, this type of system can work for those that have a much larger collection. It just comes down to finding a system, container, basket, bin, […]

Flaunt Your Fitness

Flaunt Your Fitness

A quick share to show off one of my new favorite fitness trends. Since I started working out more in recent months I’ve become obsessed with active wear. Why not feel stylish while working out, or at least enjoy those cloths you sweat in every […]

5 Tips To Be Healthier Everyday

5 Tips To Be Healthier Everyday

Let’s get really honest for a minute. It’s hard to focus on your health and fitness when you work a full-time job, or at least it sometimes feels that way. If you’re like me and spend the vast majority of a 40 hour work week sitting at a desk in front of a computer it can be really hard to prioritize your personal health and fitness goals.

I’ve started to spend a lot more time thinking about this lately as I found myself feeling consistently drained, lacking energy and motivation, and just feeling kind of crappy about myself in general, both physically and emotionally. Life is draining, work is draining, and it can be difficult to get out of that rut. I decided that things needed to change.

While I’ve started to make some pretty significant changes in my personal health and fitness habits that I’ll share more about soon, there are some simple things I’ve found that make a big impact on my mood and how I feel physically that really don’t take all that much effort at all. If you need somewhere to start, I think these 5 actions are a great place:

1. Don’t hit the snooze button.

I used to hit the snooze button 3 times everyday before getting out of bed. 3 times!! What a waste of time! Not only was I not getting any extra restful sleep, just 30 min or so of groggy waking and dozing, but I would end up getting up after those 3 alarms feeling worse than when the first one went off. If you can, just set your alarm for the latest time you should get up and actually get out of bed at that time, or better yet, keep it set for an early time and give yourself some always pleasant spare time in the morning. I’ve now found a time kind of in the middle, that allows me not to feel rushed on most mornings and allows me an extra few minutes to iron a shirt if needed and grab something for breakfast before I head out the door. How much better is that than running out the door feeling rushed before the day has even begun?

2. Start the day with breakfast.

Although I often have a few extra minutes in the morning, I don’t have time to fix and omelet and squeeze fresh orange juice (a girl can dream though). Most days breakfast has to be something that can be carried out the door and that I can eat without spilling on myself in the car. My go-to has become Shakeology brand protein shakes. If you haven’t heard of Shakeology, check it out. It’s a low calorie, high protein shake with a ton of other great nutrients that fuel me for the day. If you want to learn more about them, please let me know. No matter what you prefer though, find something with great nutritional value that can get you fueled up for the day, otherwise I guarantee you’ll crash sooner than later.

3. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

If you work in a large office or somewhere that the elevator is an option, don’t take it! I find that most of the time I can walk up 4 flights of stairs in less time than it takes to wait for the elevator, plus (regardless of how many times I’ve done it) it raises my heart rate for a couple of minutes, which is great for  your health. Why not work in a little heart healthy exercise on your way in to work, on your way to and from lunch and on your way out.

4. Walk to the furthest restroom you reasonably can.

I work in a big office, so I’m not talking about taking a 20 minute stroll across campus every half hour to do what you need to do, but why not move a little more when you have to get up anyway? Instead of using the restroom that is 20 steps from your desk, why not walk an extra 100 feet to the one just down the hall. We’ve probably all heard the standard mantra that it is healthy to get 10,000 steps in a day. For the average person that is approximately 5 miles of walking a day!! If that seems like a lot to you and you need some more advice on how to build up to more steps, check out this great, concise online resource for more ideas on how to reach that goal.

5. Drink lots of H2O.

I’ve gone back and forth on how well I stick to this one a lot. We all know its healthy to stay hydrated, and although research doesn’t agree on an exact amount of water you should drink a day, the standard tends to land around 2 liters (or about 8 8oz glasses) a day. I have to say, when I really just try to drink more water, I genuinely feel better. I keep a reusable cup at my desk and try to fill it 4 times a day. Not only does this help me stay hydrated, but it helps be achieve some of these other simple tips as well by helping me get more steps in from trips to the water fountain and the restroom!!

I know this stuff isn’t rocket science, and likely you’ve heard it all before. It’s all simple and it’s all changes you could try to make starting tomorrow if you choose to. So pick one! Try it out and then add another when you’re ready. One step at a time can help get you on the right track. Go Do It!

 

– The Working Girl