Domestic Dabbling

Insert Four Letter Word Here August 5, 2010

Filed under: Home — Jessa @ Sparkle @ 9:50 am

Consider this. You think your adorable little toddler is being a good girl and is taking a nap, ah the joys of parenthood… Silence is deceiving my friend. You go in to the room she is “sleeping” in and to your horror discover this:

Bad bad bad

The crayons say okay. So that didn’t work at all. What do you do?

First thing..take a deep breath. Then walk out of the room and pour yourself a large glass of wine ( ignore the fact that it is only 10 in the morning ). Grab a rag and some of this magic-in-a-can:


Spray some of the WD-40  on the rag and wipe.  Like it was never there.  Breathe.  All clean before the Mr. gets home. Disaster averted.

According to the manufacturer, WD-40 has over 2000 uses.  Magic indeed.


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!!


Ohhhh this lamp July 29, 2010

Filed under: Home,Lustworthy,Wanted — Jessa @ Sparkle @ 5:53 pm

Image Credit:

This lamp is called Random Orbit, designed by Christopher Moulder.  I love you Christopher Moulder.  It’s supposed to look like fireflies..I think it looks like heaven. It costs 1850 ducketts. Ummm…maybe next year.

See more of Christopher Moulder’s amazing work here.


Modern House Numbers May 21, 2010

Filed under: Home,Wanted — Jessa @ Sparkle @ 12:01 pm

I’ve been on the hunt for some modern looking house numbers to adorn the front of our home.  Here is a round-up of what I like so far..


House Numbers

1. Mod Plexi Address Plaques by modplexi on Etsy

2. LED House Numbers at Chiasso

3. Paragon Modern House Numbers at Atlas Homewares

4. Natural Satin Aluminum at West On

5. Domicile House Numbers at Chiasso

6. Neutra House Numbers at DWR

7. House Numbers by HouseArt

I also found some cool ones at and custom ones can be made at  Ideally I am looking for a plaque that has vertical cut-outs of the number. I know it’s out there, now I need to find it…

PS. The cute tape strip up top is part of a free download from Katrina at Thanks Katrina!


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.


Another SWEET Online Mag May 7, 2010

Filed under: Cooking,Home — Jessa @ Sparkle @ 9:57 am

Sweet Paul

Here in the the sparklepants household we love our magazines.  Honestly we receive way too many.  It’s pretty easy to find free subscriptions here and there on the internets and I’m a sucker for them each time. Sadly, within the past few years there has been changes in the mag industry and we’ve lost some of our faves. A moment of silence for Metropolitan Home, Blueprint and Domino…

And we’re back! So with the new outcropping (is that a word?) of online magazines makes the heart go pitter-patter.  Sweet Paul magazine is just plain awesome! It is chock full of great recipes. The one for mac and cheese is making me fatter just thinking about it. The are great articles and the photos are amazing. Also check out Paul’s home and design blog here. This guy is great!


For the Love of Mari April 28, 2010

Filed under: Home — Jessa @ Sparkle @ 3:20 pm
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A wonderful package arrived in the mail today full of Marimekko remnants.  I love myself some Marimekko!! They are all different sizes and the colors are amazing.  I really like the spots of color with the white walls.


I am thinking of making pillows, placemats and maybe updating a chair with some of these.  I recently purchased Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, and I’m gonna put it to use!


A special thanks to grandmasparklepants!