Diy Sunburst Mirror

So I’ve been drooling over this sunburst mirror for a few years now. All the mirrors that I like are way out of my price range {such as this one}. Why in the world is this mirror $449!? I dunno. So I thought it was about time that I attempted to make one myself. Here’s what you’ll need.
Shopping list:
10″ mirror {I got mine at Target for $12.99}
metallic gold spray paint {Michael’s $4}
3 packs of shish kabob sticks {Target 99¢ each}
E6000 glue {$2 Michael’s}
scissors or clippers
glue gun {already had –>not pictured}
 
Total cost = around $22
 
Directions:
– cut your shish kabob sticks into various lengths. I cut around 60-5″ sticks, 40-6″ sticks, 40-7″ sticks and 20- 8″ sticks {place in separate labeled piles so they’ll be easy to grab when you start the pattern} 
-Fire up your hot glue gun and turn you mirror face down.
-I started by lining up 4 of the 8″ sticks with the lines on the front of the mirror. Dab a pea-size amount of hot glue on each point on the backside of the mirror 1/2″ from the edge. Place each stick accordingly. 
-start the pattern {see below}
-Once complete, squeeze E6000 glue over the sticks to seal any weak spots that the hot glue gun may have missed.
-Let the glue dry overnight
-spray paint everything the next day {be sure to cover the mirror}
easy as that…
Pattern ^
8″, 7″, 6″, 5″, 5″, 5″, 6″, 7″, 8″…
Sunburst Mirror DIY

Bar Cart Bliss

Ahhhh I’ve been dying for a gold bar cart! Alas I cannot find one that I love that is in my very limited budget. I have no idea why they are so expensive!!!? $1200? Why!? So, I will continue my hunt for the perfect {and affordable} cart. I just love how they bring a refined vibe into your home. I guess if a bar cart could talk it would say, “Yeah. I like to party, but I be classy.” Plus it’s a great way to display some of your favorite items… artsy glassware, flea market finds and pretty bottles etc. Daaaaarling, The styling opportunities are endless. It would be perfect for little get-togethers with friends. And the bar cart has been around since the mid-1930′s so you KNOW it’s not going out of style any time soon. Here are some carts from around the web + decorating inspiration!

 


Adorable Bridal Shower

One of my friends from college just had her Bridal shower. I absolutely love the fun colors and vintage books. What a beautiful party for the soon to be bride. Congrats Corrie and Ryan! I’m so excited for you guys — cheers to a lifetime of love and happiness!









Pictures: Corrie M. R.

10 Helpful Tips for the Kitchen.

1. For cleaning smelly hands after chopping onions or garlic, just rub them on a stainless steel kitchen sink or spoon. The steel is supposed to absorb the odor.
2. If you happen to over-salt a pot of soup, just drop in a peeled potato. The potato will absorb the excess salt.
3. Never put citrus fruits or tomatoes in the fridge. The low temperatures degrade the aroma and flavor of these persnickety fruits.
4. Burned a pot of rice? Just place a piece of white bread on top of the rice for 5-10 minutes to draw out the burned flavor. Be careful not to scrape the burned pieces off of the bottom of the pan when serving the rice.
5. If your salt is clumping up, put a few grains of rice in with it to absorb excess moisture.
6. An oldie, but a goodie – use cooking spray on plastic containers to prevent stains from tomato sauce, marinara, chili, or any sauce that might stain your Tupperware.
7. To easily remove burnt food off of a skillet, add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover the bottom of the pan. Then set it on the stove and bring to a boil to remove the burnt foods.
8. Mix 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract in a microwave-safe container, and zap it on high for five minutes. When it’s done, remove the container and wipe down the interior of the oven. Any gunk should slide right off + it smells nice!
9. If a tiny piece of egg shell falls into the bowl along with the raw egg, wet your finger with water before attempting to fish it out. You’ll be shocked at how easily it can be grabbed and eliminated.
10. Place a wooden spoon across the top of the pot to keep it from boiling over. (I tried this one last week…it totally works! I had to grab Dan to show him the cool trick! “Wow Britt, really cool.” Ha-ha. I think I was more excited than he was.)
There you go — 10 tips for the kitchen! What are some tips that you use?
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Tips compiled from (lifehackery, thenest and professionalrecipes)