Thanksgiving 2021 is gone and Christmas is across the street.
2022 will be here in a blink. Another year to meet.
I love hunting a good bargain, but this one may go down in history as one of the greatest!
According to Wikipedia, Heriz rugs are Persian rugs from the area of Heris, East Azerbaijan in northwest Iran, northeast of Tabriz. Persian Heriz rugs are typically crimson red and Persian blue, combined with varied neutrals. It’s featured pattern include a central medallion motif surrounded by rectilinear vine-scrolls (as cited by Nazmiyal Antique Rugs).
Here’s a side-by-side of my thrifted Persian heriz rug and a similar one found online.
Finding an authentic, vintage Persian rug is beyond exciting. I can only imagine it’s journey and whether it had been passed down for generations. I certainly plan to do so. The history of this rug was only the part of this amazing find. The other part was the price! Brace yourselves…
As soon as I eyed this magnificent piece I drifted towards it. I had to blink several times to make sure I was reading the price right! I immediacy dragged the entire rug stand over to the cashier to make sure it wasn’t a mistake. Priced for $24.99!! * Nearly faints* but not before I paid so no one else could grab it.
My thrifted Persian Heriz rug in my home.
Don’t throw away that cardbox box!
Turn it into an eco-friendly planter instead. I purchased a new patio umbrella and couldn’t help but notice that the box it came in was pretty sturdy. I immediately had the vision to create a plant box. As far as knowing how to actually make one, I wouldn’t say I was an expert! Because of my obsession with succulents and cacti, I signed up for a Home Depot DIY workshop (pre-pandemic, of course) on how to build a succulent wall planter. With determination and my basic skills, I got started building my own version. Lowe’s provided a great selection of succulents! I grabbed a bit of everything, including portulaca, aloe vera, and Portulacaria Afra also known as Elephant Bush. I also used a few cacti that I already had around the house.
Designing the box proved to be the easiest part. I used matte black generic spray paint as the base. A few months back I found a few packs of beautiful tile in mosaic patterns. At under 2 bucks each, I had to have them. Maybe not so surprisingly, they ended up collecting dust in my garage until I figured out what I was going to use them for. The time has come…mosaic tile, Suit up!
I used E6000 glue for the tile. Halfway through I switched to Gorilla wood glue-I just preferred it better. I also tiled the sides of the box but didn’t have enough out of the 3 packs to tile the back. After letting it dry overnight, it was time to cut the plant holes. Let me start by saying there was no strategy. I figured creating one huge hole would cause the box to lose support, so I opted for multiple, smaller versions. I also added wood sticks on the inside of the box, opposite the tiled side, for extra support. For some reason, I was most excited about the next step-adding the soil! Pouring the soil into the box was my most favorite part. Maybe because soil and plants are what makes it an actual planter. Now came the tough part.
I had no idea that designing cacti was so difficult! I mean, I guess floral arrangement is a special talent for a reason. It took a while to figure out which pieces would like cute paired with the other. Should I place the Portulaca next to the Aloe vera or the Ferocactus? Shrugs shoulders. In the end, I went with my gut and every plant had a home.
DIY Succulent & Cacti Planter
I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I took a leap of faith and became a homeowner! At that time, the only thing at the forefront of my mind was to put down roots so my son could have a neighborhood to grow up in just like every classic tv show. I remember after closing going into a deep depression wondering if I had taken on too much. We went from a 600 sq ft one-bedroom apartment to a 1600 sq ft three-bedroom home of our own in what felt like overnight. Even though I sacrificed and saved in a small apartment for nearly 3 years, nothing prepared me for the anxiety felt on closing day. Is it really over after months of searching through dozens and dozens of houses? Signing the huge stacks of mortgage documents definitely made it all real, but nothing felt better than knowing I was DOING it despite my fears. Let me change that, nothing felt better than knowing I DID it!
5 years later I have zero regrets. My home has hosted countless house parties, backyard cookouts, and Sunday dinners. Our extra bedroom has turned from a game room to an office to a welcoming spot for our exchange student turned Moroccan daughter, and now a place for my kid brother who’s permanently visiting. The joy I have felt in my home has been immeasurable. The best and most rewarding decision ever! With that, here’s to 5 years that went by in a blink of an eye and to many years to come creating unforgettable memories in a home filled with peace, love, laughter, and lots of friends and family!
The minute I saw these midnight black champagne flutes at an estate sale I knew it was perfect for my wine cabinet. I guess you can call it a house swap!
A short time later I found matching wine glasses…I guess you can call that a gift from the universe!
A quick and easy way to store and display your fav or most precious greeting cards is to FRAME them!
I received this Blue Mountain card, titled Don’t Ever Lose Sight of the Wonderful Person You Are, in 2014 from my former supervisor/mentor. I now keep this card framed with a photo of me in primary school. These are the words I needed to hear as a little girl. These are the words I need to read every day to continue to become a better me.
Turn to your fav magazine for more quick, easy and FREE art! This beautiful African model rocking jumbo gold metal earrings was ripped from the pages of a Harper’s Bazaar magazine. High fashion turned high quality framed art!
A kitchen island has been at the top of my Gotta-Wanna-Needa list since hosting Thanksgiving for the first time. With three cooks in the kitchen, you can imagine the chaos and lack of counter space. My host daughter literally sat on the floor to prep her Moroccan cookies. Although it made for fun memories, more space was needed pronto. When it comes to kitchen carts/tables/islands, there are many possibilities. I felt like Goldilocks while searching for the perfect piece. This one is too bulky. This one is too short. That one is too expensive. While watching two of my favs, Chip and Joanna Gaines, I spotted the perfect kitchen island cart. This one is just right.
Finally, I knew what I wanted existed but the price tag was a big no no. Determined to save $300 and create the desired look on a budget, my son and I set off on a new DIY project. Not sure where to start, I originally attempted to find a counter top from local home improvement stores but many were way too heavy and needed to be supported by cabinets-too bulky. I then thought to use a pub table in place of the island-too short. In the meantime, I searched high and low online for kitchen carts with a wood or granite top-too expensive.
While shopping in Ikea one day, my son (yes, he gets all the credit) noticed a table top that was a perfect size for our kitchen. Turns out to be a Linnmon desk table top for only $4 on clearance. We grabbed it! The table top was originally for a desk, so the IKEA legs available in-store weren’t tall enough to match counter height. A quick trip back to our local home improvement store resulted in us combining the table top with pine table legs ($19 each). We opted not to paint the legs and show it’s natural beauty!
After a fun afternoon of trials and errors, the table leg plate didn’t work as planned and had to use gorilla wood glue, our kitchen table was done!
No need to add wheels (not sure how it would’ve worked anyway) because the table is very lightweight and so easy to move around, yet sturdy enough to stand up to daily use. After nearly a year, it has held up against spilled coffee, spaghetti sauce and everything you can think of! It wipes off clean time after time. I couldn’t be happier with this mother and son Do-It-Ourselves.
I loved the kitchen table so much I decided to do a quick and easy DIY rug to go with it! Using an old roman shade from a local thrift store, shelf liner and a hot glue gun-voila! Can’t take full credit for idea-stole it from Pinterest but it works. Certified Do Try This At Home!
Swipe to see the transition from blah to glam in my master bathroom. This budget friendly makeover required only a few DIY projects, which included painting the cabinets and matching window cornice turned plant shelf a vivacious Hunter Green using Krylon COLORmaxx spray paint. The kilim rug was originally for my kitchen, but noticed it would match better in this space. A gold shower curtain ($13.99 from Amazon) and colorful geometric curtains ($23.99 from Amazon) pulled everything together, giving my master bath Afro-bohemian vibes.