Domestic Dabbling

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.


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!


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.


Prize Poppy May 18, 2010

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


I won this beautiful example of fine handiwork from a giveaway at  Bugs and Fishes by Lupin. It is a felt poppy brooch that is absolutely divine. Lupin has all kinds of craft tutorials and fun eye candy on her blog and she sells gorgeous brooches and tons of colors of glorious felt in her shop, and also her Etsy shop.


Thanks Lupin!


DIY Custom Drawer Liner

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!


Cute Cards From Nicoletter April 28, 2010

Filed under: Wanted — Jessa @ Sparkle @ 7:54 pm

I bought these sweet little cards from the Nicoletter Etsy shop.  They are sooo darn cute.  The shop is based in Germany, and oh how I love getting mail from Europe.  They arrived within a week of ordering and they were packaged so sweetly.  She also has an awesome blog that is written in both English and German.  I know the purpose of cards is to send them to friends and loved ones…but these will be hard to part with.