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Visual Journal Page 63: Hand Built Furniture


Nick and I were very blessed to received many amazing gifts on our wedding day. We were overwhelmed with the amount we received, and it helped us fill our house and start our wedded life together. However, while unwrapping gift after gift, we couldn’t help but notice a common theme, cutting boards.

While registering for gifts we found a cutting board we both liked. It was a nice medium size, had an interesting wood texture, and seemed like it would fulfill all of our cutting needs. Apparently many of our guests felt one cutting board just wasn’t enough. We were beyond grateful for all of the wonderful gifts we received, but by the time we opened the seventh cutting board, we couldn’t help but wonder what we were going to do with all of them.

I began hitting kitchen store after kitchen store trying to find possible returns, exchanges, any options to reduce our number of cutting boards. After many attempts, and failures, I finally returned the only one I could, the one we registered for.

Four of the remaining six found homes in our kitchen cabinets, one over sized one lives on top of our microwave, and the last of the 6, a beautiful, yet massive cutting board had nowhere to go.

It was obviously an expensive gift, and the pattern of the wood was beautiful. I loved it, but it was so large it wouldn’t even fit on our counter top. After throwing around ideas, Nick came up with a brilliant plan, turn it into a piece of furniture.

We both loved butcher block tables, but in our tiny kitchen adding one wasn’t an option. However, this particular cutting board was almost exactly as long as our counters, and perfectly filled the wall space between the end of the counter and a window in our kitchen.

We took off to our local Lowes, and began planning out the project. I wanted decorative legs, and after comparing prices and heights, we realized deck balusters were the perfect size, shape, and design. They also fit into our very meager budget. We gathered our supplies, and headed home to get to work.

Nick build out a frame, attached legs, built a lower shelf, added wheels for maneuverability, and a towel bar. Meanwhile, I went through paint color after paint color, trying to find the perfect shade of turquoise blue. After the seventh or eight layer of paint, I found the perfect shade. Our table was almost complete, the last piece was the cutting board.

After many discussions a variations on the original design, Nick decided he wanted to make the cutting board detachable. It was a great idea, but involved cutting holes in the bottom of the board, in order to use wood dowels to attach it to the table bottom, which allowed us to remove it.

I was terrified as we lined up the bottom of the cutting board with the drill press. I held my breath at the whirring drill bit made it’s way to the surface of the wood. What if it cracked? After all this work, what if we break the one piece we can’t replace. As the drill connected, it easily ate through the wood, and created the perfect hole. Three holes, and four dowels later, our table was complete.

We have received compliment after compliment on our homemade table. I love that it has a story behind it, as well as some blood, sweat, and tears. If we had only received the one cutting board we asked for, this table would have never come to being. I didn’t realize how seven cutting boards could spark inspiration.


  • Visual journal
  • Rubber cement
  • Hot glue
  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Colored pencils
  • Paint samples
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors
  • Xacto knife


To create this visual journal page I started with a base layer of paint samples. Since it took many layers before I was satisfied with the color, I thought it was a good place to start. I used hot glue to glue them down, which is a little more sturdy than rubber cement.

Next, I started drawing out our homemade table. I sat in my kitchen, did a quick sketch, then began adding the color. I lightly layered various shades of colors, until the layers blended together to create a solid look. Once I finished I carefully cut it out using scissors and an Xacto knife.

I glued my finished table drawing on top of the paint samples and added a few measurement lines with sharpie in the background.


Create a color base in your visual journal using paint samples from your local hardware store. Nothing beats the range of colors you can get and they are free!

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March and April Giveaway: Fused Glass Plate and Spoon Rest (closed)

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Fused Glass-Spoon Rest Shots

Thank you to everyone for participating in this month’s giveaway! I am waiting to confirm with the winners, if they don’t confirm in the next 24 hours, new ones will be selected. Keep checking back for my May giveaway in the next few weeks!

This month’s giveaway covers the months of March and April, which means you have two chances to win! The first giveaway this month is a small fused glass blue, yellow and gray plate. The small size makes this piece very versatile, it could be a cute decorative addition to a side table, a way to spruce up a candle, or a shallow dish for dips and candy! The second prize is a blue and gray asymmetrical bowl. This piece could serve as a spoon rest, candy dish, or decorative addition to your house.

Both of these prizes were personally made by me. I recently discovered how to fuse glass, and I am falling in love with the process. Every piece I personally pick out colors, plan the design, cut the glass to size, fuse the pieces together, and slump them in my kiln. I have also recently added a glassware section to my Etsy shop in hopes that I can fund my new love with glass sales!

To enter this competition all you have to do is complete three easy steps. You are only eligible to win one item, two winners will be selected.

1. Visit my Etsy shop here and like my shop or your favorite item!

2. Like my Facebook page here

3. Comment on this post with which piece you would like to win and what you liked on my shop (I can’t guarantee you will get your first choice, the first person drawn will get their first choice)

Good luck, I can’t wait to find out who are the lucky winners this month! Each winner is randomly drawn using the “And the Winner is” plugin. The winners will be drawn and announced Thursday, May 2nd. Thanks for visiting my blog and participating in my giveaway! Help me spread the word about my blog by liking, tweeting, sharing, commenting, and subscribing! Thanks for stopping by!



January Giveaway: Paperwallet Review and Giveaway!

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I am very excited to announcement my first ever giveaway! I was recently asked to review a company called Paperwallets, and yes, they make wallets out of paper. After I agreed to take a look at their company they mailed me two wallets, one for me to keep, try out, and review, and one to giveaway to one of my lucky readers! If you would like to enter into the drawing for this art inspired wallet all you have to do is comment below! I will randomly select the winner from the pool of commenters (using the plugin “And the Winner Is”) this Saturday, and will announce the winner the same day. I will keep my fingers crossed for each one of you!


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About Paperwallets by Paperwallets: “Exposing artists all over again in new incredible ways is exactly what Paperwallet is all about, we keeps things fresh by collaborating with emerging and established artists from all around the world.”

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“We are working with big name and new name artists, Paperwallet will give anybody a chance. Paperwallet crowd-sources designs from artists who submit their work to Paperwallet’s Facebook page. Designs are carefully selected by the art team and the votes on social media sites to be part of the next Limited Edition Artist Series. Paperwalletis the new ‘artist tee’ and the new way for artists to get their names and their work out there.” 

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“This month Paperwallet released the brand new Art SERIES FOUR and Card Holder SERIES ONE just in time for the holidays.  Already being picked up galleries, boutiques and high-end street fashion shops, you can findPaperwallet at an elite list of stores in Paris, Tokyo, LA and New York.”

About Paperwallets by Me: I love the concept of taking a work of art and transforming it into a product people can use. As an artist I am all about finding new ways to support the arts, and I think Paperwallets is a great company to look into. When I was first approached about writing a review I was slightly skeptical, always weary of crossing paths with yet another spammer. However, as soon as I looked at their website I knew they were legit. I spent a good chunk of time exploring their site, reading about their featured artists, and I became even more impressed when I realized they accept submissions for future wallet designs. Just the possibility of having my work of art on such an accessible product gets my creative juices flowing.

I excitedly accepted the offer to write about the company, and immanently awaited the arrival of my new wallet. One afternoon Nick walked in the door with the typical pile of junk and bills, but resting on top was a package, with my name on it. I ripped it open and found two boxes. I loved the design of both wallets. I continuously flipped them in my hands, paying attention to every detail.

PRO #1: The designs are so cool! They are created by artists and they look like it. They have a variety of styles, patterns, and colors. I think everyone, frat guy to hipster to white collared worker can find a design that fits their taste. The fact that they accept submissions for new designs means they are continuously expanding their design collection. I will be going back to check out new designs. In the near future they will also be releasing clutches, which I can’t wait to see.

After finally having my new wallet in my hands, I couldn’t wait to test it out. My current wallet was quickly emptied, the contents were spread out, and I assessed the situation.

CON #1: There isn’t a ton of space in a Paperwallet. The wallet has your typical opening to hold money, plus  two card holders, one on each side, and a space behind the card holder where additional cards can be placed. This isn’t much compared to my former clutch style Hobo wallet. I attempted to place a couple of credit cards behind the card pockets, but quickly discovered it was a great way to loose a credit card. A lot of time when I pulled out my wallet, the cards would slip out, one very honest gentleman pointed them out on the ground the first time it happened. After this I decided to double up the cards in the card pockets, which fits nice and snug, but limits the number of cards I carry.

For two weeks I have used and abused this wallet. The first week I carried it in my purse, but was disappointed with the small amount of damage that showed from this. I decided in order to convince my readers I actually used it, it needed to show some type of wear and tear, and I decided to keep it in my back pocket for a week. My wallet wore through hours of sitting, a rainstorm, and bleeding dye from my very wet, new blue jeans.

PRO #2: Because it is made of a paper like material it is a very slim wallet. I am a girl, I don’t want a bulky wallet sticking out of my back pocket, making my rear end look lopsided. But when I stuck this wallet back there I almost immediately forgot about it. For a week I sat on this wallet everyday during work, on my commute home, and everywhere in between. I was impressed how little I noticed it.

CON #2: It is made of paper like material, tyvek. While it’s not actually paper, it is made from tiny plastic fibers spun together, this is not a wallet that will last forever. At the rate I abused my wallet I would expect it to last 6 months or so. If I kept it safely tucked in my purse, I could maybe get a year-year and a half out of it.

PRO #3: It is tough for a wallet that is so thin and seemingly made from paper. Because it is made from tyvek, the plastic fibers allow it to be more felxible, almost like a thicker dollar bill. It is difficult to tear, I tried it, and it stretched without ripping. I think it would take a long time and a good bit of abuse to rip it, however I think holes in the corners are inevitable.

CON #4: It’s $20 for a wallet that won’t last longer than a year or so… something my husband pointed out a few times.

PRO #4: It’s only $20. These days it’s difficult to find a cheap wallet, and for a mere $20 you can get a very unique art inspired wallet.

PRO #5: It’s green and you are supporting the arts. It’s made from recycled materials, you can recycle it when you are ready to replace it, and you are helping a starving artist continue with their quest to fulfill their creative desires. It doesn’t get much better than that. As a side note the company will give you 15% off if you send in your old, worn out wallet for a new one!


Paper Wallet Before

Paper Wallet After

Overall I am impressed with their product and very interested in the clutches they have in the works. I would be willing to shell out $20 to get another Paperwallet, and I will definitely keep up with their new designs on their site. I wouldn’t mind switching my wallet out every year if it means having a new mini work of art I can carry around on a daily basis. Here is a link to their site if you are interesting in perusing their designs or submitting your own design! Click here to peruse.


Here are images of the amazing wallet I get to giveaway to one lucky reader! No charge, no shipping, completely and totally free! All you have to do it comment on this post and you are entered to win. The winner will be announced this Saturday!

Paper Wallet Giveaway

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