{diy} globe pendant light

Last night I posted this photo on Instagram

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I used to sell these lights at colton+cadence, but have run into a low supply of globes at my local thrift shops, so today I figured I would give a quick tutorial on how to make your own!

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It’s much like my tutorial for the mason jar pendant light, but easier!

Supplies:

  • globe
  • pencil
  • exacto knife
  • light kit (i get mine at IKEA)

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How to:

1. Cut globe in half…most globes are made of cardboard or chip board and are put together as two pieces at the equator. You can cut along the equator with an exacto knife, but there usually a supporting ring of thick chipboard at the equator that you cannot cut through. I actually put pressure on the equator (with my hand, elbow, or knee) like you do with those pop open cans that cinnamon rolls come in. I do it all the way around the equator…careful not to crush the globe…and it usually comes apart on it’s own without any cutting!

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2. Trace around your light socket at the top of the globe and cut a hole with your knife. There is usually a metal ring in between the layers of the chip board at the top and bottom of the globe (where they usually attach to their stands). This is usually the same size as the socket, so if you hit metal, just cut to the outside of the ring and you should be OK.

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3. Insert your light kit into the hole and secure.

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4. Insert light bulb. I always use a low wattage (40 watt) or fluorescent bulb for safety since the globes are made of paper.

You can also embellish you globe on the inside or outside like I did with these…

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home is…lighting up the world.

{our home} summer kitchen project

shortly after i returned from whatever craft weekend (which i promise to write about soon), i decided it was time to paint the red walls in our kitchen white.

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i asked my instagram friends what whites they have used, but was too impatient to wait for all of the suggestions and decided to go with the pot of cream from behr (the sample on the far left).

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reece was still in school, so lorelai and i got to work.

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it was an instant transformation on the walls, so i thought, “why not paint EVERYTHING white?!”

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soon, i was testing the paint on the cabinets and drawers…on the hallway walls…and in the playroom.

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and, i LOVE it!

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it has already made our kitchen seem bigger and brighter.

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it’s been A LOT of work, though. i will not be posting any kind of “how to” about this project because i am winging it…i’ve watched videos, read numerous how to’s on my own, but until i actually got into it i had no idea what i was getting into.

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the good news? the bases and drawers are all painted.

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the cabinet doors have been tricky for me to get a smooth finish on, but i’m working on it…one door at a time.

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i think we will be adding new floors to the first floor, too.

think oak laminate plank flooring.

this is one of those BIG projects that we didn’t have time or resources for that i wrote about in our home tour on life made lovely.

sometimes, you make the time and find the resources to get it done.

and, we are.

home is…hard work and patience.

{collecting} vintage playroom

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When I started thrifting less than a year ago I also started some new collections.

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My collections are of items that I have always had a fondness of, but never knew how to find them…until I started thrifting.

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One of my favorite collections is my vintage fisher price collection.

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These toys come from the days of my youth. I am not sure I ever had any of them, nor do I recall playing with any of them (although I am sure I did at some point), but they take me back to when I was a little girl.

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I say it is my collection, but it is really for all of us…as are most of my collections.

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The toys fill the shelves in the playroom (remember the playroom…something I thought we would never have).

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The kids, most days, will pull the vintage fisher price off the toy shelves before they choose any of the newer toys.

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For me, I love…

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…the simplicity…

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…the graphics…

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…the bright colors…

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…it all just makes me happy!

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I imagine that these toys will go into the attic (or my creative cottage) to be stored until my own kids have children of their own.

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And, just like my kids do when they visit their grandparents in New York, they will play with the same toys that generations before them have been playing with.

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When I come across duplicates of what we already have I put them into colton+cadence or post them for sale on instagram.

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If you are interested in starting your own collection you can follow @coltoncadence on instagram or visit the vintage playroom section of colton+cadence on etsy!

home is…collecting something that makes you (and your home) happy.

color my world valentines and a giveaway

Valentine’s Day is this week, and while I feel it is a bit of an over rated holiday (we SHOULD love our loved ones EVERYDAY) I still decorate for it and get excited about it.

More for my kiddos than anything else.

I wanted to go ALL OUT for Reece’s first Valentine’s party at preschool when he was 3, but held back because he was only in preschool.

Not to mention, I was an exhausted mom of a 3-1/2 and 1-1/2 year old and could only handle buying what was cheapest at the dollar store (is there such a thing?!) and MAYBE sign his name.

Last year, same story different year.

Although, I think I made HIM sign his name.

This year, I decided to do something fun!

Around here we are fans of maps and color, so I decided to combine the two…

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I found these adorable crayon packages at Target…

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Tear pages out of the atlas.

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Cut out heart shapes…about 6″ large.

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Glue a crayon pack onto one side of the heart.

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Write “You color my world, friend!” on the other side.

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Sign your name.

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Share the love!

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and a giveaway

In the same section of Target where I found the awesome packs of crayons I also found the fun felted heart garland.

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I swore that I could and would make something like it on my own, but gave in and bought TWO for our house.

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Then, I went back and bought one more…for one of you!

I know you won’t get it in time for Valentines Day, but this is something I may keep up in my house year round!

And, you can too!

To enter leave an answer to the following question as a comment:

What are your plans for Valentines Day?

Deadline is Wednesday, February 13th at 9pm Pacific.

Winner will be announced on Thursday, February 14th!

home is…sharing the love.

{hello friday} 2.8.2013

Where did the week go?!

We spent ours…

drawing and writing: the kids love to make books. Reece draws the pictures and then sounds out the words to write what the picture is about. It is amazing to see him learning so much! Lorelai mimics her brother and likes to draw “naughty scribbles”.

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cleaning: Inside and out. Ryan cleaned up the yard last Sunday. The kids and I cleaned out their playhouse…the stinkbugs had taken up winter residence in there!

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thrifting: Treasure hunting for the shop. Treasure hunting for us. Enjoying a solo morning thrift while the kids were in school.

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playing: The kids absolutely LOVE all of the vintage Fisher Price toys I have collected.

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creating: New items for the shop and for our home. It fuels my soul to create.

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savoring: Moments like these. Holding little hands will only last for so long. I cherish every moment.

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trying new things: Sewing a doorway puppet theater. This was my second attempt (the first one was tossed because the striped fabric was going to give me a migraine). The third attempt turned out much better…after we added a second tension rod at the bottom of the “stage”.

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building: I bought a bunch of cups at Costco. Reece just started stacking…and stacking…and stacking. They played with these for hours…together…not squabbling (who doesn’t love Charlie and Lola?!).

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home is…a weeks worth of activities.

west elm spring social and paper flowers

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you know I love flowers.

I’ve made button flowers, love sunflowers, have made rose hairclips, and, most recently, made paper flowers for Lorelai’s room.

So, this event at West Elm is right up my alley…

we-spring socialIf you are local in Portland you can attend this event at their store in the Brewery Blocks:

1201 NW Couch Street
(Corner Of Couch St. And 12th Ave)
Portland, OR 97209

I love their new collection of paper flowers…

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home is…flowers, flowers, and more flowers!