DIY CLAY CHIMES

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I’ve been thinking about this project for quite some time now and finally decided to give it a go!  I wanted to create something that could be used in our baby’s room but also something that could be used as home decor as well.  I decided I would be using this for a baby mobile but could double as chimes or home decor.  Below you will find what you need and the steps to make this project.  You don’t have to be a craft expert for this project, it’s pretty simple but takes a little bit of time.

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Here are the items you will need for your project

  • Clay Roller 
  • Sculpey Clay was the easiest to work with and can be found at your local craft store.  I found that 3 blocks Sculpey’s 2 oz Clay made about 8-9 circles.  You can purchase as many blocks based on how many clay circles you want to hang on each cord.  The most I had hanging on one cord was 10 but the amount you have is totally up to you!  DO NOT get Sculpey Souffle clay!  It was hard to work with and hard to shape.
  • Leather Cord (found at your local craft store)
  • Needle Point Clay Tool
  • 1/2 measuring cup or something similar to measure circles

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First, roll out the clay until it is a little less than 1/4″ thick and place your 1/2 measuring cup on top to trace and cut the clay by using the Clay Needle Tool.  This will create a perfect circle.

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Next, you will cut out a few triangles, they don’t have to be perfect but by doing so, you are able to create a bowl like shape (see picture below).

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Bring the sides together until they meet.  Once you do so, begin to pinch the sides together to get rid of all lines and to slightly increase the overall size of the bowl.  If you are having a hard time getting rid of the lines, softly drag your finger over each crease to smooth it out and repeat.  It should get rid of all creases.

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Your finished product won’t be perfectly smooth!  That’s what I love the most about these little guys; they have texture and aren’t perfect.  Once you create a small bowl like shape, poke a hole into the center using your Clay Needle Tool.  Be careful not to smash it while doing so.

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Once you have finished your mini bowls, set the oven to 275 and place them onto a glass baking dish.  The Sculpey Clay packages will have the directions for baking your clay but what I found worked for the size of my clay was to bake them for 10-12 minutes and let them cool completely before taking them off of the baking dish.

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Once your clay is cooled completely, string them onto the leather cord and tie a knot under each to keep them in place.  Make sure to go far enough up the cord so that you have enough room for all of the clay to fit.  Once you get to the final piece onto the cord, tie two knots to secure it into place and cut the excess cord so it doesn’t show underneath.  Don’t cut it too short so that your knots come undone, just make sure it isn’t visible.  Lastly, leave enough leather cord so that each chime can hang at the desired length you want before cutting.

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Repeat these same steps for however many colors and chimes you want.

Then voilà!  You’re done!  Leave any questions you have in the comments below so that I can get back to you.

Let me know your thoughts and how this DIY turned out for you!

Happy crafting,

Paige

Kitchen essentials and timeless pieces

I get a bunch of questions about my kitchen so I figured it was time to do a post about it.  I like to save as much money as possible when it comes to decorating but I think that each room deserves a few staple pieces that cost a bit more but still don’t break the bank.  Not everything needs to be pricey but sometimes furniture, lights or art can be worth it.  Especially if it’s good quality and timeless pieces like you will find below.

You can find direct links to each of the items below and at the very bottom of this post.

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If you are on the search for some timeless, leather BARSTOOLS, these simple and modern ones won’t disappoint!  I first bought them because I loved the look of them but once they arrived, I couldn’t believe how comfortable they were.  They are formed almost like a bucket seat so you pretty much sink into the chair

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These metal cafe CHAIRS are the super practical.  They don’t break the bank, can be stacked so they’re easily out of the way, and can handle a good wipe down.

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This TABLE was one of the very first things that Ben and I bought when we were married.  We debated on a table that had pink, green, blue and yellow painted on the wood (you know, when the distressed, bright colored Anthropologie look was in).  We are SO happy we went with this timeless table.  We found this table at a shop in Arizona but I found a similar one here.

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I get a bunch of questions about this RUG and I was so happy when I found one almost that’s almost identical.  We’ve had this rug for over four years now but you would never know it.  My kids have spilled all sorts of things on it but because it’s dark and has a little bit more of a busy pattern, you would never know how much it’s been used and abused.  The best part about this rug is that it’s a good price!

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I couldn’t believe the price and how cute these SHELVES were when I found them.  They were exactly what I was looking for and they are such great quality.  They also come in a few different sizes.

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I don’t think I could type out enough reasons as to why I love these PENDANTS.  I’m a sucker for pottery and these lights are handmade from terra-cotta clay.  I knew I wanted something that popped a little more with color and yet were simple enough that they didn’t take away from the entire space.  These pendants have ridges from top to bottom but they also have a smooth option and can be purchased in size small or large.  These ones are size small.  I’m obsessed!

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Happy Shopping, friends!

Paige

Ruckus’ Room

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Finally owning a home again feels amazing. We loved our home in Arizona and are really sad it’s now for sale because we feel like it is closure that we really don’t live there anymore. We were sad to be leaving our beautiful home in Arizona for a rental in Utah, but we just wanted to be able to spend some time in the city and really get a feel for what living there would really be like before buying again. And I can definitely say we love Utah! Our rental was great and we really lucked out because it was already so cute, but we definitely didn’t feel like it was “ours” and weren’t able to add touches that really fit our personalities and design style! We love the outdoors and we love bringing those elements into our home. I posted about Milo’s room here, and we have finally finished Ruckus’ room!

When Ben and I decided to design and decorate Ruck’s room, we wanted it to be simple, have clean lines, but still practical for him, Milo, and us to all play in. We started by picking a paint color because I knew I wanted to do an accent wall behind his crib. We lived in California for a while and we all love the ocean, so a calming blue was an easy choice. We ended up going with Behr in the color Ovation. I had this crib and this dresser before moving into our house, but I loved them so much that we kept them!

We wanted all of the elements in his room to be pretty kid-proof and easy to maintain. I found this amazing metal basket that I knew belonged in his room. I fell in love with the mountains when we moved here and I love the way the lines totally look similar to mountain range. This kid-safe cactus was a no brainer; we are all Arizona obsessed.

Mixing patterns and textures is something I love about designing a space. We really like natural materials so I use a lot of linens and leather and patterns with lines, dots, and geometric shapes. I would definitely say we try to go for a more mid-century modern feel, but with our own Christensen touch! And same goes for the toys. We try and support small shops and beautiful hand-crafted toys made from natural materials; they add a design element, just by themselves! We are definitely more minimal than most. We try and keep our spaces organized and I love that his room is so easy to clean, because if you have little boys, I bet you understand how quickly it can go from clean to a complete disaster!

This room would definitely be achievable even if we were in a rental, but I would have probably just used an easy, semi-permanent wall paper for the accent wall. We are all so happy with how it turned out and we love having spaces that our kids love to play in!