Make This: DIY Incense Holder, Plus the Lowdown on Aromatherapy

DIY clay incense holder

One of my favorite things about the autumn months is coming home at night and snuggling by the heater under warm blankets with candles or incense burning in the background. The heavenly scents help me to unwind after a long day at work, and incense holders are so easy to make that there's no excuse not to have a stick or two burning away while you cozy up and get stuck into that good book. Click through to learn how to make your own DIY incense holder, and head to the bottom of the post for more information about the benefits of incense!        Continue Reading

5 Painted Staircases That Will Blow Your Mind

created at: 10/27/2010

…Or melt your face.  Either one.

So, we live in a townhome right now that is covered with really awesome wall-to-wall carpeting.  And by “awesome” I mean “nasty”.  We have a staircase that’s covered in this unfortunate material as well, and I’ve always wanted to rip it up and see what’s going on under there.  In my fantasy world, it would be lovely wood in need of some minor sprucing up, which I could then go buck wild on with some colorful paint.   Continue Reading

How To: Make an Easy, Hand Painted, Delightful Doormat

Looking down onto her front porch, Jennifer had an epiphany. “It’s July,” she observed, “but that’s a Halloween-themed welcome mat.” So, she grabbed some paint and got to work.

The results? A fun and playful welcome mat that spans the divide between handmade and standing up to the elements. Using some soft fabric paint, she created a bold border, then used an embroidery pattern to give the whole thing some character.  

   Check out the full how-to at the Naughty Secretary’s Club. Continue Reading