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21 Jun

Earlier this week I debuted my repurposed shabby chic tablescape utilizing items from around my apartment. Turning picture frames into unique centerpieces may look simple, but there’s more to it than you think. Here are some tips and steps to follow in order to create a tablescape that is truly eye-catching.


1. Depending on the size and length of your table, begin with an odd number of frames. I had a small circular table so three frames fit perfectly.

2. Variety is important so play with size, shape and color.

3. You want your frames to look mismatched, but coordinated at the same time so try to establish one main color. I went with gold.

4. Add some texture to your frames by framing some fabric. Not only will this add a color to your tablescape, but if you’re using a solid colored tablecloth like I did, the fabric helps to incorporate a pattern.

IMG_6257IMG_62715. In order to create a three-dimensional look, layer your frames on top of one another.

6. Add any votives, candle holders or vases to complete your look.

IMG_6278IMG_6292 By using picture frames that you already own, not only are you saving money  but you’re creating a custom centerpiece that is unique to you and your personal style. repurposed-shabby-chic-table

23 May

DIY Silverware BagSilverware Pouch

1. Begin with an 8 1/2 by 8 1/2 inch piece of card stock.

2. Measure 5 inches from the right side and fold over.

3. Fold the access card stock over the bottom layer and make a crease. Fold the bottom end up about 1/2 inch and make a crease.

4. Measure 4 inches from the bottom of your bag and draw a line. Cut off everything from the 4 inch line up so you have a place for your silverware to peak out.

5. Use hot glue (or a stapler) so your folds stay put.


I used Martha Stewart stencils to monogram and personalize my silverware bags. Even though my card stock had some great prints on one side, I used some old sheet music to copy one of my favorite songs on the other.

IMG_5588Please note that I measured my bag for plastic silverware and the measurements might be slightly different for real silverware.IMG_5580

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