Oh, look at you cute little pumpkins! For some reason, whenever the holidays roll around (pretty much from October until January) I get extra crafty. Mainly, because I love any excuse to put up decorations. I saw these adorable little paper mache pumpkin luminaries at Pottery Barn and thought they were perfect for fall and also – perfect to recreate. Especially since they cost between $30 for the smallest orange pumpkin and $40 for the larger ivory one.
Usually, when I decide to start a craft project, it’s because I’ve seen something online or in a store that I really want, but don’t necessarily need. In this case, the need came first. While I LOVE my calendar on my smartphone, and use it on a daily basis, I still need a physical calendar so that I can see my month as a whole all at once. I started looking around and found this “Rustic Wall Organizer” at Pottery Barn. The dry erase calendar seemed like it would be perfect, well except for that pesky $199 price tag.
This is going to be a quick little knock off that cost almost nothing. The inspiration from Anthropologie are these cute little wooden chalkboard clips. Now, I’m not really sure what they’re supposed to be used for. I’m guessing they’re meant to be used as place cards for dinner, or maybe labeling dishes at a party, or even just around the house. And for an item that I’m not really sure what its purpose is, I’m definitely not paying $10 for four of them.
I’m fairly new to ModCloth, but I can pretty much always find something on there that I want desperately. If you’re a first time visitor – you might get little scared by some of the more costumey retro clothing. There is some seriously authentic ’50s and ’60s apparel on there that initially made me a bit wary. But when you look around a little bit, there is a TON of modern clothing and home decor that has just a bit of a retro twist. Like this little recipe box. The top has a neat little 1950s diner logo, and the card dividers are photos of vintage diner signs and menus. So cute. The only problem? It’s $40 for the box. Unless you’re going to personally transfer all of my scattered recipes to the recipe cards, I think I can handle this for WAY less.
I don’t know if these frames were meant to be for a kid’s room or for adult’s, but I love them. The mixing of colors is neat, and I like how they’ve framed semi-serious, adult photos with children’s art supplies. Now, for the larger 4″ x 6″ frame, Apartment 48 is asking $45 dollars. Seriously – for a frame made of colored pencils?
I’ve had these jars pinned in my “I Could Make This” board on Pinterest for awhile now. I have a little thing for containers. I’m constantly organizing and reorganizing, sometimes just as an excuse to use cute new containers. Now, the little jars my spices come in work fine for me, but I was pretty sure I could find some use for these somewhere. But at ten dollars a piece, that wasn’t going to happen.
Apparently, the good people at Anthropologie do not find stolen bar coasters appropriate for protecting their precious wooden tables from water damage. Well fine, Anthropologie, I’ll look at your marble coasters painted with spines of vintage books. Okay, I’ll even like them a little. Alright, I want them. But there is NO WAY you’re getting forty dollars from me for four coasters. Marble or not, that’s insane. They are super cute though….
Oh, Restoration Hardware. How I love your “Stinking Rich Hamptonite” aesthetic, and dream about being able to move into one of your showrooms. But, there is no way, short of winning the lottery tomorrow, that I can afford to even shop in your store. Look at these awesome little shadow boxes holding vintage skeleton keys. I love them, but they run $99 a piece, so with a collection of five, you’re looking at about $500 for this teensy little collection.
Are these not the absolute cutest mugs you’ve ever seen? I saw them over at Apartment 48 and LOVED how bright and happy they were and that they looked hand drawn. I’m a tea drinker, and I can never resist an adorable little mug to drink it out of. Well, unless they’re $18 plus shipping. Then I can resist. Besides, I’d seen a tutorial on Pinterest that I was dying to try, and for a grand total of ONE dollar, I thought I’d give this a shot.
Sometimes, don’t you wish you could just move into a magazine photo? I want that WHOLE living area to be mine. But especially that awesome vintage Paris street map on the wall. The map itself is so unique, with cherubs and so many flourishes that add to the specialness. But then they’ve broken it up and mounted each piece in a gold leaf frame. I love everything about it, except for the $999.00 price tag.