BOTB 10.16.11

By Kate Riley October 16, 2011

Oh hello.  Amanda and I are back this week, teaming up with another round of our favorites from blogland, so kick back, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy these inspiring links in our ‘best of the blogosphere’ series!

Simple stripes and an inexpensive store bought bench transformed Desirée’s blah closet into a stylish mudroom closet over at The 36th Avenue

diy mud closet the 36th avenue


Consider this inventive and inexpensive applique for your next furniture makeover – PVC pipe!  Check out Mandi’s PVC pipe dresser over at Vintage Revivals

vintage revivals pvc dresser


Want to create an iPhone charger like no other?  Learn how to make this tree branch iPhone dock at ManMadeDIY.

tree branch ipod charger


Sometimes we forget all the cool stuff we can do with a photocopy machine.  You can make this unique chain link tray with a step by step by at Erica at PS I Made This


psimade this chain link tray


Yes Beckie, we agree, everything is cuter with flowers!  Pay a visit to Beckie and see her no sew felt flower tutorial over at Infarrantly Creative

felt flowers infarrantly creative


We love the way Kim at Newly Woodwards thinks. Instead of paying retail, she hunted down the fabric of her dreams and made her own window panels for ¼ the price. Then she hemmed them in place, love that!

ironed drapes newly woodwards


Here’s a great idea for all of you party animals. Inspired by The Sweetest Occasion (left), Chelsea of Lovely Indeed created some fun DIY animal birthday candles (right) with the power of spray paint (via Lemon Drop Life). 

gold animal birthday candles

Oh by gosh by golly, who knew fancy buttons could make such fabulous push pins?  This clever idea is brought to you by Aubrey + Lindsay

aubrey and lindsay push pins


Total awesomesauce right?  Oh I just love the blogosphere!  Thanks Amanda for helping me round up some of these picks this week!  Be sure to say hello to Amanda over at her blog Serenity Now

amanda tag

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday.  Peace, love, and pumpkin pie to you all. 

(Because it’s never too early for pumpkin pie.)


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  1. Love the Concentric Coffee Table!
    I miss Z Gallarie! We had them in Altanta and Dallas when we lived there, but none in Charleston, SC! I used to just love to wander through and look at all the great stuff!

  2. Ahh, that IPhone charger is soo cool! I wish I had an IPhone so I could make it. I have a little old school flip phone. Wonder if it’d still work for it? Hum…

  3. Thank YOU… thank YOu, thank you! It is awesome to be featured here at your AMAZING site!

    Love all the other projects too.

  4. I’ve been thinking about how to improve my mudroom — I love the stripes. And what a genius idea to make use of a closet!

  5. I love these! My favorite is definitely NewlyWoodwards’ homemade curtains! I’m getting ready to make curtains myself and I’m on the lookout for all the inspiration that I can get! Thanks!

  6. Thanks for all the wonderful inspiration.

    Right now, the DIY curtains are most certainly on my to-do list!

    Take care,

  7. Love that mudroom! I’ve been trying to get up the nerve to take the doors off my hall closet and make one myself.

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