Where do you fall on the “Power Tool Spectrum”?
I want so badly to be one of those girls who wields a circular saw like it’s no big deal. I am not that girl. At all. I know my way around a drill…and that’s where my knowledge ends. I’m totally intimidated by a circular saw and nail guns seem more like weapons of mass destruction. I watch home improvement shows, somehow thinking that I’ll learn through osmosis. The same way I hoped I would learn calculus by sleeping on my textbooks. Turns out neither strategy works. Shocker. I still don’t know how to use a nail gun and I still don’t understand calculus. The ship has sailed on my advanced math skills, but I am bound and determined to conquer power tools. Fact of the matter is this: a girl with a power tool is cooler than all the other girls. She just is. It’s science.
In the meantime, I’ve got a tip for all you would be power toolers. If you see a power tool project that you love – give it a shot – but on a smaller scale. That’s exactly how I tackled today’s DIY. The original version of this project is a patio planter constructed with 2×2’s and cement pavers. It’s a beautiful project. You can check it some examples of it here, here and here. But, me? I’m in the business of doability. I want to make this as easy as possible, which means shrinking the paver planter into something that I can create on my craftroom desk. Instead of 2x2s? Square dowels. Instead of cement pavers? Ceramic bathroom tiles. Instead of power tools? A plain ol’ saw. Instead of a trip to the emergency room? Movie night at home with me, the hubs and all ten of my fingers.
Supplies not pictured:
- Gorilla Glue
- Spray paint in your choice of colors
- Soil & plants
- Heavy duty trash bag
- Use drill and screws to attach one 4.25″ dowel between two 5.25″ dowels. Attach the dowel so that 1/2″ legs extend beneath. You will repeat this step to create two of the pieces pictured.
- Use Gorilla Glue to adhere another 4.25″ dowel as shown.
- Glue the remaining two 4.25″ dowels into place until you have a frame like this. Then take the remaining three dowels and screw them into the bottom of the frame to create a slatted “floor”
- Tape off the tiles as shown and spray paint them in your choice of colors, making sure that the finished edge will be on top.
- Allow the first spray paint application to dry completely, then tape off again and spray paint in another color.
- The finished tiles will look something like this.
- Use gorilla glue to adhere the tiles into each side of the frame. Allow to dry completely.
- The finished planter will look like this.
- Place a piece of a trash bag into the planter then use scissors to trim to create a clean edge. Fill with soil.
How’s that for doable!? But you’re not off the hook – and neither am I. We still need to conquer our fear of power tools, which is why you should get your butt over to The Home Depot this Thursday, April 16th where you’ll learn how to make the full-sized version of this project and have the chance to try your hand at power tooling.
This is a sponsored conversation brought to you by The Home Depot. All ideas and opinions expressed are my own.
While the blog is under construction, I’m pretty excited to let you guys know that I’ll be doing a little construction of my own. Live & in the flesh.
Damask Love is partnering with Home Depot to co-host four Do-it-Herself Workshops during the remainder of 2015. Do-It-Herself (DIH) Workshops are held monthly at all The Home Depot store locations and empower women to tackle home improvement projects. DIH workshops are held on the third Thursday of each month and this month, we’ll be demonstrating a doable DIY paver planter.
In the meantime, clear your calendar for Thursday, April 16 6:30 – 8:30pm and if you’re in South Florida, come hang out with me at the North Miami Beach store located at 1245 Ne 163rd Street North Miami Beach, FL 33162.
I can promise you – it’s gonna be a party if I’m involved. Guaranteed. And if I have anything to say about it ,there may even be prizes. Consider yourself warned.
You can also attend this workshop at any Home Depot nationwide – just be sure to register HERE and reserve your spot!
So the moral of the story is this: Register and get yourself to the nearest Home Depot for lots of creativity and learning on April 16th. If you are a South Floridian, you’d better high tail it to the North Miami Beach store to hang out with me for a couple of hours. I’ll be giving out unlimited hugs and high fives.
…and as always, be sure you are part of the Damask Love Instagram inner circle. I’ll be sharing some behind the scenes photos next week when I travel up to the Home Depot headquarters to kick off this year long partnership.
When you are a one woman blogger-mom-psychologist-wife-lady-who-likes-her-eight-hours, there is constantly juggling going on. I’m not complaining. Busy feels good. But sometimes, something’s gotta give – lest it be my sanity. In this case, I’ve become a little lax in my regular blog posting. On purpose…and for very good reason:
Damask Love is undergoing a pretty sizable overhaul with the help of my beloved web gurus at Roundhouse Designs. We are working behind the scenes to develop a great new site. The new home for Damask Love will include all your favorites plus a few exciting additions.
There will forever and always be your must have craft & DIY tutorials – because that’s what I do best. You should see the state of my craft desk right now. Hot. Mess. Express. There are so many projects waiting in the rafters. Get excited, people. Trust.
As for the new stuff, I’m taking a plunge. And, I’m scared. I’ll be sharing more about me. About my life and about my journey as a blogger. Here’s the dealio: I feel like we’re friends. Is that sad? Pathetic, maybe? Well, it’s true. Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye. I feel like we are homies. Buds. Amigos. Partners in crafty crime. So naturally, there are so many conversations I want to have with you that go beyond the 1-2-3 of how to make a stationery organizer (although, I think we can all agree that organized stationery is of the utmost importance). Let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Like, why do people leave hateful blog comments ? Or, how I am still figuring out how to feel like a human after having a baby. The struggle is real.
It’s all in the name of keeping it real and stoking the fire of my creative passions. Let’s keep this ride going. We’re homies, afterall.
Yes. I’m alive. Yes. I’m still blogging. Yes. I’m exhausted.
All of the above are very true and you’ll be happy to know that my exhaustion is not only the result of mothering a 3 month old baby – but also because there is a brand new Damask Love coming your way in a matter of weeks, which means a whole lotta behind the scenes planning, designing and creating is happening over here.
But that’s not what I’m here to talk about today. Today I’m here to talk to you about a little obsession of mine: desks. You know how most people go snooping around in your medicine cabinet? Well – I’ll go snooping around in your office – because I want to see your desk. I want to see what it looks likes and mostly, I want to see what kind of cool doo-dads and knick-knacks are sitting atop your desk. I won’t steal them from you or anything. I just wanna see them. I suppose this obsession is the result of too many hours in blogland, stalking the beautifully styled desktops of creative bloggers. It probably has something to do with the fact that my desk looks like I threw everything up in the air and let it stay wherever it landed. I look up to people with pretty desks the way most people admire couponers…or the lady who always has a nice manicure. People with pretty desks just seem to have their act together…and maybe one of these days I’ll get my act together too. For now, I’m taking it one step at a time. Well, one DIY at a time really. Something easy to make for my desk. It’s pretty. It’s trendy. It’s totally doable.
The supplies for this project are simple enough – but you’ll want to get the right things:
- for the vessel, I used this acrylic tray from The Container Store. The sharp, crisp edges of the tray make for a very sleek and modern look. It’s also a great size for your desk. Not too big. Not too small. If you want something a bit bigger, just scour the aisles of The Container Store and you’ll definitely find something. If you stop by before March 22, 2015 – you can take advantage of their Office Sale which includes tons of acrylic items like the one in this project.
- for the metallic tape, I strongly suggest this one (similar here). It’s the stuff of dreams. It’s mirror gold. Like gold, gold. Like Willy-Wonka-I’ve-Got-The-Golden-Ticket gold. Get some in your life. Immediately.
- Use the chipboard strip as a guide to cut strips from the metallic gold tape
- For this acrylic tray, you will need about eight 11″ strips
- Begin covering each corner edge of the tray with tape
- Cover all the corners of the tray and you’re done!
I filled my tray with a little dirt, some pebbles and a couple of succulents – since they are the only plant that I can’t kill. You desk will thank you for this pretty little thing.
Now it’s time for me to tackle the rest of the mess!
This post is part of the Dress My Desk series with The Container Store. For lots more Dress My Desk inspiration, be sure to visit the other participating bloggers to see their creative spin on Container Store products. You can visit each blogger by clicking on the links below:
Did you hear the news? I won Cricut Design Space Star…which means I’m taking home $10,000 in prize money! How awesome is that?
First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you to all the people who voted for my Playroom in the Sky project and put up with all my campaigning! I truly appreciate the support and I’m still riding a huge wave of excitement!
Second, let me give you guys a few tips and truths about what happens when you win $10,000:
- When you find out that you’ve won $10,000, all people at the airport should beware. I guess I should give you the backstory on this one. On February 9th, I flew into Salt Lake City to work with Cricut on a separate project. When I met the Cricut team members outside of the airport, they said “How would you feel if we told you that you just won $10,000″…I’m sure you can imagine what happened next. There was screaming, jumping hugs…and a teensy bit of potty mouth. I also ran up to random strangers telling them, “I just won $10,000.” There is video evidence of this. I’m still embarrassed for myself.
- When you win $10,000 you will have no clue what to spend it on, but you will come up with lots of ideas. You will probably spend $500,000 in your imagination as you think of all the possibilities.
- One of the possibilities for your $10,000 is buying the Chanel handbag that has been on your wish list for years. But then the following happens: While in Salt Lake City, I had the chance to hang out with the one and only Anna Griffin. We were talking, shooting the sh** and the following conversation went down:
Anna: Congratulations on your win!
Amber: Thank you! I still have no clue what I’m gonna do with the money but I keep thinking about getting a Chanel handbag
Anna: No. Chanel will always be there. It’s not going anywhere. Chanel will come…
Amber: That is great advice. You are totally right. I’ll feel much better about investing the money in myself and my goals for Damask Love.
Anna: …and as a matter of fact, how would you feel about a gently loved Chanel tote? I have one that I haven’t used and would love to send to you.
Anna: Just write down your address and I’ll get it out to you when I get home.
Yes friends. Anna Griffin sent me her beautiful Chanel tote. How kind and generous and awesome is that?!
- So, as promised to Anna, I’ve already started investing the prize money into some really great improvements to the blog. Stay tuned over the next few months to see what I’ve got up my sleeve!
Thanks again, friends for your love, support and kind words. You are awesome. But I already knew that.