DIY Sunbust Mirror {Free Paint Sticks}

DIY Mirror
We are at Home Depot a LOT during the week. We’ve been building two houses for the past few years so Dan basically lives there. We were perusing through the paint section the other day and I remembered a fun DIY project I had seen online – A mirror made with paint sticks! I had done one of these mirrors in the past (here) with shish kebab sticks. It turned out nice, but this one is a whole different look! This baby is beefy guys…make sure you hang it on a stud. This project was basically free! I had most of the supplies around the house, but here is a list of the items you’ll be needing if you don’t already have them at home.

150 paint sticks from Home Depot…
Lady: “They’re free!”
Me: “But I need so many of them! I feel bad. Let me pay you…”
Lady: “Nope, we get millions of em. Take as many as you want!”
^^^I hope your experience was as awesome as mine.

Here is a list of some other items you’ll be needing:
120-150 paint sticks
Glue (I like this one)
1 Round mirror with frame
Spray paint
17 Wooden shims
Hanging hardware
Hanging wire

DIY Mirror
DIY Mirror
-I separated the paint sticks into 17 groups of 7 (you’ll use less or more depending on the size of your mirror. Stack and glue each bundle like this (above). Let each bundle rest on its side until dry. * I love that the Home Depot paint sticks double as a ruler so you can measure each pattern perfectly. That was convenient!

-Optional: I cut my stick bundles with a Miter Saw because I wanted to make them shorter.
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-Arrange the bundles in a circle on top of a shop towel or something you won’t mind getting glue on (I started mine on the garage floor…husband was not happy with glue spots. Oops). Place a wooden shim between each bundle (thin side pointing towards the middle of the the circle).

-Measure the distance between each bundle, making sure they are equally spaced around the circle.

-Glue! This process is going to take a few days. make sure the top side is completely dry before attempting to flip the mirror over. Glue the other side as well as in between each bundle and shim.
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-Glue mirror to frame. Let dry over night.

-Protect the mirror by taping newspaper over the glass. Spray paint mirror.

-After everything is dry, remove the paper and fasten the hanger hooks and wire.
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Not too shabby! Something is still a bit off… I heard mixing some brown, black and silver acrylics and blotting with a paper towel + sanding once dry can create a fun mercury/antique metal look. I think that will make this mirror pop a bit more on our light wall color. Still in progress!
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Here are a few more DIY mirror for some inspiration Citysuburbsanity and Crazy Wonderful
Mirror DIY
I just love this one by Piecedpastimes. That stain is gorgeous! I’m a little tempted to sand and stain my own!


Marbled Jewel Cups

I’m so excited to put these little babies in my shop! I’ve been having fun dabbling in ceramics again. I’m pretty stoked on how these turned out. My morning coffee routine just got a lot more exciting — goodbye ugly mug, hello little beauty! These jewel cups are magical little vessels…transforming treats into something special. I make them myself and they’re available here. I hope you like them as much as I do!

This earthenware Jewel Cup  is made from white and blue cone 6 slip which has been poured and marbled by hand, creating an organic and fluid movement. Each piece is 100% unique; no two marbled designs will ever be the same!

Each cup has been hand painted with a clear glossy non-toxic food safe glaze inside and out, to keep it functional and easy to clean.
If you like them, feel free to check out my shop A Bit of Bees Knees.

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Gifts for Her

Gifts for Her
Pullover sweatshirt
/ Vero Moda long coat / Sweater coat / Genuine leather handbag / Jules Smith gold midi rings / Nubian Body Butter / Bobbi Brown Polish / It’s A 10 Hair conditioner / Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Extreme Eau de Toilette Spray, 1 fl. oz. / Bodum Pavina Double Wall Glass, 12-Ounce, Set of 2 / Hario Ceramic Coffee Dripper / Stainless Steel Drinking Straws / Wreath Magnolia Leaf 30 Green / Deliciously Ella Cookbook / Marbled Jewel Cup by ABitOfBeesKnees on Etsy / Crystal Allies Gallery: Pair of Small 1lb – 3lbs Polished Agate Geode… / Farm House Fresh Bourbon Bubbler Scrub / Trapp Candle Fresh Cut Tuberose (7 oz.) / Aveda Comforting Tea Jar 4.9oz. / Navitas Naturals Organic Goji Powder, 4oz / AYL Portable Mini Capsule Speaker System with 3YR Guarantee with… / NOW Foods, Rose Absolute oil blend, 1 Ounce / Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque Aesop / Hand Face Towel 100% Turkish Cotton

Thanksgiving

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I’m deeply thankful for this holiday that helps me pause and take notice of my blessings. To savor every moment and express gratitude for all the details in life – to all the pieces of this puzzle. I love that.

I’ve learned that one of the very best gifts I can give myself is finding gratitude and joy in what and who is around me. I’m thankful for my warm home, good health and my faith. For my freedom to write and create. But especially for my family, my loving husband and our friends. I look at these people every day, my people and I just wanna pinch myself. I’ve got the greatest crew. Life is all about relationships – being with them, listening, hugging, loving them.

I wish you the most wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones and a magical start of this holiday season!
PS. Today was that last day in our little home. Dan and I are moving into one of the houses he’s been building. I’m thankful for those 3 amazing years in that tiny house…the coziness of that kitchen (you could only fit one person in it). And for our squeaky washer and dryer and the heater you had to kick to get working. At least it worked Ha-ha. I’m thankful for all that time spent with you in that little house. It was small, but it was all that we needed. It was perfect. I’m a little sad that we’re leaving our first place, but I’m excited for the next chapter… looking forward to the new memories we’ll make in our new home. One that you built.
A few more photos and a short video from our day…

What a fun chapter of life this is. It’s a good one.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, FOLKS!
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^^^My mom went all out with the table decorations. It’s fun watching her get so excited about throwing a party. She really enjoys making things special for everyone. I think she has a real talent for it, not to mention she’s the most hospitable and loving person I know. And my Dad is a whiz in the kitchen. He really loves cooking…together with their powers combined, my parents are the ultimate hosts. Mom even found these cute little plastic animals and transformed them into place cards/ thankful cards. She cut them in half and used a dremel tool to hollow out the inside of each figurine, then glued in a magnet on each side, painted them silver and mounted them on wood wafers. Whatttt!? Yes she is pretty amazing.
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Love my fam! We have a huge family and it’s only getting bigger! I can’t wait for all my cousins to get married and start having babies too! Oh lordy then it’ll be about 50+ at the table…
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What a beautiful day.


Shan’s Bridal Shower

My best friend is getting married and I am her Matron of honor! So neat. She was my Maid of Honor and now I can be hers. I can’t wait to see her get hitched to the man of her dreams in a few short weeks. Here is a little clip of our French Bridal Shower we threw for Shan {they are honeymooning in Paris – Ahhh si fabuleux}. We all love you so much Shan and we are excited for you and Justin to begin your grand adventure together. I am blessed to have you as my friend. You really are the crème de la crème.
My Best Friends Bridal Shower