DIY Lamp Re-Haul

It’s happened again, my restlessness to leave things be has encouraged me to re-haul another one of my past projects. Specifically, my DIY Mosaic Lamp. After its makeover last year I wasn’t very convinced that using resin was the best option for the lamp. However, I decided to live with it for a while before deciding to completely ditch the new design. Well, I lived with it for about 6 months, moved it from room to room (it even lived in the basement for a bit), and now, a year and a half later, I decided it was finally time to fix it.

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A Dab of Paint Here…

With little extra money to spend on projects and updates around my tiny bungalow, I have been sitting on my hands for the past few months ignoring the creative thoughts in the back of my head. See, I am one of those people that is constantly surrounded with possible projects. Others, a.k.a. my boyfriend, may not notice these small projects but they’re all I can think about. So, to satiate this desire, I decided to complete a few simple projects using supplies I already have! Meaning I didn’t have to spend any money plus all three projects only took an hour to complete!

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DIY Painted Doormat

It’s official! We have lived in our house for a year! In that time, so much has changed. I planted a garden, handcrafted a chandelier, organized the recycling, tiled a side table, began composting, redecorated my home office, trained my cat, and much more! Our first week in town, I picked up a simple rug to adorn my front porch. However, after a year, its cute pattern has faded, wiped away by happy paws and feet ready to step into the warmth of home. 
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Painted Terra Cotta Pot

I prefer to purchase plants that are going to be very difficult to kill. Not because I fear that I will kill them, I’m actually quite good at caring for my plants (thanks Mom!), it’s because, like most people, I don’t need one more thing to take care of everyday. After working, cleaning house, running errands, cooking, feeding all the mouths in my house, and taking care of myself, I don’t need to worry about watering the plants. So when I decided to add new plants to my home, I chose the most easy-going, low-maintenance plants that I could find. Enter succulents!

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Anyone Can Be a Superhero: DIY Superhero Capes

Last week, I made and mended children’s superhero capes for a family friend. Her sons wore them everywhere as kids, one of them even suffered through a bike accident, and she requested that I make her several new capes to give as gifts. These make fantastic gifts for a two or three year old. Their imagination’s are just beginning to develop making for some excellent playtime. When I was a kid, I used anything, sheets, pillowcases, or blankets, tied around my neck to become a superhero. My inspiration came from these two well-loved capes.

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Down Shannon Lane Style: Complimentary Colors

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Art was always my favorite class in school because it gave me the chance to wind down, relax, and create in silence. Yes, the teacher often had lessons planned or new techniques to teach us but the time was most often filled by creating. I still enjoy creating art through my DIY projects, decorating my house, and getting dressed in the morning. So today, when I was getting ready, I decided to use the principles that I learned from the color wheel in art class oh so long ago.

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