Domestic Dabbling

Slow progress..but progress just the same July 30, 2010

Filed under: DIY,Home — Jessa @ Sparkle @ 9:48 am

I’ve been working on the sparkletots’ room for months now. Actually, it’s more like once a month I get some bright idea, start it and then never finish it.  That’s just how I roll.

One fine day I was perusing the internets and came across this.  This artist,  Debee Campos does such beautiful work and I love the colors she uses.  This little corner was so inspiring and I knew something like it would work in the girls’ room.   I went to Ikea ( love that place ) and found the paper lanterns on sale for a whopping 99¢. I hung them up with baker’s twine since there is no need to use them as lights.  Then I made a garland out of white thread and colorful round paper punches.   Actually I made two garlands.  The first one got all tangled on itself and ended up as I picked it up. Not my finest moment.



Here is what it looks like now.  I’m thinking of adding some large poms, either tissue paper poms or poms made of yarn.  It’s hard to see the depth of the garland in this picture, but it looks really cool.

Here are the sheets I bought the girls.  I used a gift card for Williams Sonoma that was supposed to be just for me.  I guess it’s a mom thing to do to spend the money on the girls.  I can’t help it.

Sparkletots' Linens

What do you think? I still need to get curtains and an actual bed to put the mattress on.  Any suggestions or thoughts would be totally appreciated!!


Fabric Tape Part II May 23, 2010

Filed under: DIY — Jessa @ Sparkle @ 5:26 pm

Lisa at the red thread posted about her idea of using double-sided tape to make the fabric tape that was inspired by annekata’s post here. I love the even more simple idea of double-sided tape.  I think that I will use both ideas but expand on annekata’s version and use craft punches to make shapes that can be used as homemade stickers! I’m going to the store tomorrow to get soon.


Make Your Own Decorative Tape May 19, 2010

Filed under: DIY — Jessa @ Sparkle @ 12:41 pm

The best ideas are so simple… Click here for an awesome tutorial for DIY fabric tape from annekata.


DIY Custom Drawer Liner May 18, 2010

Filed under: DIY,Home — Jessa @ Sparkle @ 11:16 am

Bathroom drawers can get really gross, and they aren’t that easy to clean.  I had three criteria for the perfect drawer liner: removable for cleaning, water resistant and stylish.  So after looking at my drawer liner options at home improvement stores and Target, finding nothing, I decided that I need to make my own.



Some of the drawers (there are 10 in this old vanity) had no liner, and some had this red and white grid contact paper, reminiscent of 1986.

So I gathered my supplies.


1. Clear contact paper

2. Wrapping paper – the higher quality (thicker), the better

3. Craft knife

4. Ruler

5. Self-healing mat (not shown)

After measuring and re-measuring my drawers, I cut the wrapping paper and then placed it in the drawer to make sure it fit…then I cut it again so that it did fit.


I then cut the contact paper so that it overlapped at least two inches on each side of the wrapping paper.  Then I placed the wrapping paper face down in the center of the contact paper, making sure that it was smooth and there were no air bubbles.  I cut squares from the contact paper on each corner and then folded the contact paper over.




Super easy! And they can be taken out and wiped down.

Sadly, I’m not truly in love with this wrapping paper. It works for now, but I found some that I really *heart* here and here.