Fabric Covered Letter DIY


Monograms appear to be popular again this year, or really for the past year-ish. I remember in high school they were super trendy too, I had a shirt or two with the initial L on them. They went away for a few years though, or at least I didn’t notice them quite as much. They are huge in the south however, especially with the collegiate and younger crowd. Its fun to see a comeback and how creative some people can get with the letters. You may have seen on Instagram my monogram pumpkin. 

I saw some fabric covered letters at Michaels a few months ago and thought they were pretty cool but I wasn’t going to pay for theirs when I could make my own that would compliment my studio better. So here is my version of the fabric covered letter DIY.



cardboard 3D letter from craft store (I found mine at Jo-ann’s)

Hot glue gun and glue

fabric of choice (scraps or a fat quarter should be just fine)


Fabric Letter DIY


Make sure you have enough fabric and heat up your glue gun. I had thought about adding a layer of batting to make it extra plushy, but it refused to be hot glued onto the letter. So I just went with the fabric.


Carefully glue the fabric taking care to wrap around the letter if you choose that look. Its best to work in sections and not glue it all at once.


Trim any excess. An L is pretty easy shape to work with – lucky me. I imagine an S or M might be trickier. dsc_0132

Wrap it up like a present!dsc_0133

Ta-da, a fabric covered letter DIY! Decorating my studio more! I may end up hanging it up on the wall later, but for now its just sitting on my shelf. dsc_0134


Curb appeal inspiration

Our new house is very… traditional. It’s a 1940’s bungalow, and it was flipped a few years ago so the kitchen and bathrooms are updated. The elements that they added when the house was flipped are very safe, traditional choices. My goal is to add some character and that starts with the curb appeal. I keep circling back to these two ideas on Pinterest. One is the wrapped post with the modern house numbers and the other is an updated railing with the pipes and wood. My dad actually did this railing design on my parents new front porch, and although I’ve only seen pictures I love it. I need to get him down here to build me this railing!

The first thing that really needs to happen for our curb though is a new front door and locks. Then, maybe this spring we can tackle the other updates. I’ve already purchased the house numbers and I’m going to attach them to a scrap piece of incense cider from the side yard fence project to hang up in the mean time.


Apparently I’m really drawn to the mid-century look when it comes to curb appeal. Although, ideally I’d love to be in a northwest contemporary home but you don’t really find those in SoCal. Maybe our next house hehe.

Also, I found the cutest doormat DIY by At Home In Love! I may have tackle something like this for the spring.


At Home In Love created this! Love it! Click the image to see her tutorial!

Back Yard DIY ideas

I have a confession. I’ve been on Pinterest way too much since we bought the house. As a result I have way to many ideas!! Today I want to share some of my back yard DIY ideas. Why back yard DIY ideas in October you ask? Because it’s endless summer here in SoCal or for those of you who live further north can start planning you spring projects already.



My list of things that would be nice to do for the yard:

Build Patio Furniture – Top Left. I still really like the idea of building my own patio furniture. But I actually just picked up a love seat from Lowes two weeks ago. Yay summer clearance.

Lattice work along the cinderblock wall – Top middle. I have a few jasmine plants that need room to grow. We had white lattice on the back wall that was being pulled down by the jasmine so we had to remove it. I’d love to replace it though.

AC Surround – Top right. I’ve seen a few ideas, but this is the one that stood out the most. We had white lattice around it but it covered the whole thing and had weeds starting to grow through it into the AC unit. Not the most efficient thing for an AC unit. We’ll need to service the AC unit now that its fall, or potentially replace it because its ancient (but hopefully not because that could get expensive!)

Outdoor Kitchen/ Bar – middle left. When we were looking at houses we fell in love with this one house’s outdoor kitchen. It was amazing. The house was just so-so, and a bit over priced for us. So we would love to build something simpler here.

More lights around the yard – middle middle. The piling design is really cute!!

Backyard Games – middle right. Star Wars corn hole? Giant Jenga? YES! We already have ladder ball (Sag Nuts) and Bocce.

Add lights to chandelier  – bottom left. I have this old IKEA chandelier thats meant to hold taper candles and I found some outdoor LED tapers from Pier 1.

Pot end table – bottom middle. How cute is that?!

Fire Pit – bottom right (see my DIY Fire Pit)

Stain the concrete. Could be so cool!

DIY fire pit


Happy end of September everyone! Can you believe summer is over, and here I am posting about making an outdoor fire pit. Endless summer here in SoCal I guess. I really wanted to get this fire pit done before our Oktoberfest party, but that just didn’t happen. It also would have been WAY too hot to use it that day. Its been really hot and windy the last few days so we haven’t had a chance to use it, but I’m hoping this weekend we can test it out and enjoy it all fall.

Supplies needed – I did all my shopping at Home Depot.

16″ clay wide rimmed pot          $11.47

8″ clay pot                                     $2.98

12″ wood lattice plant caddy     $12.98

Pea pebbles .5 CU FT                 $3.86

tin foil scrap


Chafing fuel                                 $1.50

Total cost:                                    $32.79 (you can make this for under $35!! *not including tax)


How to assemble:


Stack your large pot on your plant caddy. Trust me you’ll want the caddy. It’ll be really heavy if you don’t have one, unless you make it and don’t want to move it ever, in which case save yourself the money and don’t pick up a plant caddy. But we plan on having a more mobile fire pit. It’s important to note that the plant caddy I picked up has wheel locks so I can put the breaks on when we actually have the fire going.

Turn your smaller pot upside down and place inside your larger pot. Its important that you test this out in the store to make sure that they’ll fit!


Carefully place handfuls of rocks around the smaller pot. DO NOT DUMP THE ROCKS IN! This will damage your smaller pot and if you haven’t plugged the hole already, you’ll end up with rocks down there which would be a waste. Fill until just below the smaller pot. Then place the chafing fuel canisters.


Plug the hole in the smaller pot with foil so that no rocks end up in there. This will help keep it lighter and also you’ll use less rocks. dsc_0121

Now you can carefully pour the rocks around the chafing fuel tins until just to the lip of the tins. dsc_0122

Aw look, so cute in the new gazebo (never mind how horrible the Bougainvillea bush looks…). However, I would not recommend lighting fires underneath a structure like this! I just wanted to keep it in the shade. Always burn while supervised, especially if there are children or pets around. Do not leave unattended! Now go enjoy your DIY Fire Pit!


DIY Rustic Biergarten Sign


The other day I posted about hosting your own Oktoberfest party and I pointed out one of the decorations – the rustic Biergarten sign.


DIY Rustic Biergarten Sign

Chose your font and size. I used Canva.com to create my letters, but word or page would also work. Print out your paper and carefully cut out the letters. I used my little Slice ceramic blade.


Piece the paper together if you needed to and tape down to your plank. I used a scrap of leftover incense cedar from our fence building project. Maybe eventually I’ll do a yard tour so you can see the new side yard fence.


Carefully paint the letters. I only needed one coat of paint.



Touch up as needed with a finer tipped brush if needed.


Once the paint is dry, coat it with a clear coat to protect it – especially if its going outside.


It looked perfect on the mantle for Oktoberfest. I may end up drilling holes and adding a rope to hang it up in the yard. We’ll see.