painted pots {guest post with Julie}

Vacation has officially begun at this point and while I am away, I have a couple of lovely guests sharing some projects and recipes with you.

Today I am happy to introduce my friend Julie.  She is a friend of mine from college who lives states away, but I have been admiring her home style DIYs she posts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.  Naturally, I asked her if she would help me out while I was away, sharing some of her talent with the Circus Berry readers, and she agreed!  So, without further ado, here is Julie:

I was super excited when Anne asked me to contribute a little something to her blog while she was away in Ireland. I have been doing little projects around my new home for about a year now. Below are some examples.

ImageImageI have been thinking of something I could contribute and realized have 3 peace lilies that really needed a home. Initially, I was looking for containers to put them in but all the ones I liked were $40 plus and that was not in my budget. They were still in the baskets they came from the florist in and I would have to take them outside to water them because they would leak all over the hardwood floor. After awhile they would just stay out there but the extreme heat was really starting to hurt them; I really needed to do something to find them a permanent home.

I went to the local hardware store and picked up some terra cotta pots and was going to paint them all in various colors using all the latex paint samples I have amassed over the last two years.


I started by cleaning and priming and all was going well. Except I started this project on day one of a week long heat wave and the heat and humidity was starting to get to me. I did manage to complete one though.


I was still determined and tried to do a stencil on the second pot and it turned out ok but the curves prevented me allowing the pattern to match to allow me to go all the way around. It turned out ok.


For the final pot, I was just going to paint it one color and call it a day. By this time I moved to the garage but it was too late; the paint was getting thick and gel like. I knew I needed to do something else and the answer came to me later that day after reading the latest HGTV magazine. Decals.

I went to Target and picked these out.


It was so easy, I am mad that I did not do this a long time ago. So easy, my two year old could do it.



I ended up painting the last one and the one that had the stencils I really was not feeling. And this is the final product.




Eventually I will put some sealant on it. Since the plants are not outside and not exposed to the elements I am not too concerned with sealing it at the moment.

This seemingly simple projects got me thinking on what other projects I could do with minimal supplies, times, and that can be done inside with little to no mess. Below are some links of projects that can be done inside with minimal supplies. Enjoy!

I have been wanting to do an indoor teepee for a while now. Madison (my assistant from earlier) and her dog will be fighting over who gets to play in it.

I recently bought some chalkboard contact paper and the possibilities are endless with it. Below pictures of simple project I did with it.




You can also use it as a table runner for and then roll it up for the next project as it is done here.

Thank you to Julie!  You can check her out at JaechaStyle and on Facebook.


layered necklaces {diy}

There was a time when I was on a DIY jewelry kick.  In that time I accumulated a LOT of beads, findings, etc. to make stuff.  I intend on donating a bunch of it because, after all of this time if I haven’t used it chances are I won’t.  However, I recently I revisited my stash of goodies that I set aside to keep to fashion some quick and easy layered necklaces.


Necklace number 1:


Necklace number 2:


The last necklace was made with some gold chain and a little leaf charm off of some other piece of jewelry I dismantled ages ago.  On that topic, the wood beads were off of an old bracelet.  So lesson here?  If you like part of a piece of jewelry but don’t wear it anymore, take the findings off to use on updated pieces…

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skirt revamp {diy}

Ever have a really great, comfortable piece of clothing but you were just tired of it?  I have a whole pile of clothes like that…plain, comfy, but I am just tired of it.  So I never end up wearing it.  There it sits, in my “I will do something awesome with that, someday” pile.  Well, a while back my sister upcycled a pair of leggings with bleach and ever since I have been inspired.  (Check out her post about it at Glitzy_Business and be inspired too.)  I have been wanting to do it to this skirt for a while.  I finally picked up a bleach pen and did it.  The nice thing about this diy is that you can do any–any–pattern/design you want.  Just draw it on.



Just a little awesome for a plain knit skirt, now perfect for (very) casual summer afternoons…or cocktails on a patio.  Thank you Sophocles (aka Stephanie) for the wonderful idea.


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glitter shoes {diy}

Sometimes I do a little revamp or DIY for my daughter and I end up wanting to do the same for myself.  This is one of those…


Moira had some busted shoes.  They fit, but no lie my husband and I were embarrassed to send her to school in them because they were all scuffed up.  I hated letting a pair of shoes that actually fit go to waste, since they fit for such a short time to begin with.

So we went from drab…


…to fab.



Her momma glittered those shoes up and now they are just sparktacular!  I started with clean shoes and used painter’s tape to mark of the shoes and cover the soles/elastic.  Then the shoes got a generous coat of Tulip Fashion Glitter Bond and an even more generous sprinkling of some Martha Stewart Glitter from my 24-pack.  I let them dry and banged the shoes together over a box to shake off the extra glitter.

NOW, I probably should have ‘sealed’ them with something, but Little Miss was so excited to get them on once she saw them that I didn’t have the chance.  No matter…for the 20 minutes it took me and the fact that we are getting a little bit longer wear out of these previously “busted” shoes, I am perfectly happy…and so is Moira.




home office style {part 1}

Moving into a new home has been thrilling.  All those new spaces to spruce up and decorate!  As it could be imagined, I have several home-decor projects going on right now, but have been (trying) to prioritize setting up our home office.  So far it is a room crowded with boxes and files and papers and boxes, but it is getting there…slowly.  My first order of business was  repainting a very inexpensive (read: cheap) filing cabinet we have had for years.  

I actually covered the artificial honey oak with spray paint years ago, to match some of the darker furniture we had in our “office”.  It did the job, I guess.  But it didn’t do much else.  Ok, it was hideous.  With the move into a shiny new house and a shiny new home-office, we talked about getting rid of it and getting something much nicer.  Then my DIY instinct took over.  And this is what that ugly file cabinet turned into:






I am loving the green trend right now so I saw this as a perfect use it.  And although we have polished nickel, chrome, silvery colors everywhere, I like the idea of mixing metals.  So burnished brass it was.


I used tips from Centsational Girl on how to brush paint furniture.  It was so easy, turned out beautifully, and now I am thinking of what else I can rescue with a coat of paint!


I am looking forward to sharing more of this room as it comes together!


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