Shading with Stain… Giant Sunflower Art!


I think I’ve teased you guys long enough about this giant sunflower ‘stained art’ I’ve been working on. It’s finally done and ready to share! I used inspiration from the beautiful photography by Michele at Simplify Live Love. I’ve actually met her in real life, and she’s as lovely in person as she is on her blog... where she shares all the details of organic gardening, living green, homeschooling, and building a passive aggressive house! Be sure to follow her on Instagram to see more of her stunning photography of her acreage. Simplify Live … [Read more...]

Fall / Autumn Related DIY Projects and Recipes


I’m finishing up a few things that I’m suuuuuper excited to share here. But alas, as I mentioned last week, I’ve not been so productive or motivated lately... so things are slow moving. Here’s an example: Nick and I went to bed at 9 o’clock last night. And then we woke up at 6. That means we slept 9 hours for no reason that is real. I painted the girls nails just now, and they’re watching an episode of Veggie Tales... so I have a half hour of down time! So I shall share a little roundup of fall-related posts from the archives. Because fall is … [Read more...]


Paisley and Cypress {Sawdust and Embryos}

Gosh you guys... I’ve been trying to write a post all week about a question I get asked a lot... HOW ARE YOU SO PRODUCTIVE?! But I keep laughing and snorting, and spraying coffee out of my nose at the very thought of having any authority on this subject. It just comes down to this: I only blog about things that I DO. I’ve never written a post about the MANY afternoons that I spend doing this: Or that day I fed my kids plain tortillas for lunch because I didn’t feel like preparing an actual meal. SO THERE YOU HAVE IT! And … [Read more...]

Decorative Mosaic Tray

Make an old tray into a gorgeous decorative mosaic tray using just about ANYTHING as the mosaic! {Sawdust and Embryos}

Heyyyyyy dudes! Happy Friday one and all! We survived the week, yeah?! I’m especially excited for this weekend, because we have nothing planned. Zilch. Those are my favorite of weekends, because I feel like I get to truly unwind and spend time with my family. I used to be such a people person... WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ME?! Anywho! I have another fun-slash-simple project today... Contain your excitement! Ever since we shared the tutorial for our Leather Tufted Ottoman, we’ve had people asking where we got the white/aqua tray. Well … [Read more...]

One Board Challenge and Giveaway!


Good morning beautiful friends! Today I have a SUPER FUN contest to share with you. I’m not talking about a giveaway where you enter your name and email and hope for the best. We’re inviting you to roll up your sleeves and get some sawdust in your hair. Remember earlier this summer when I participated in a One Board Challenge with a handful of other Buildy Bloggers? We each used the same sized board (1” x 8” x 8’) and built WHATEVER THE HECK WE WANTED OUT OF IT. You guys were so excited about the ‘one board’ concept that many of you … [Read more...]

Vertical Succulent Wall Planter Tutorial

Make your own simple vertical succulent planter using hose clamps and tiny terra cotta pots {Sawdust and Embryos}

I’ve been noticing a pattern in my creative projects... I’m either working on big projects like focusing on a room transformation (like the kitchen or ‘Laundry Suite’), or I’m going through phases where I kick back and work on lots of smallish projects here and there. Whenever I get comments like ‘that’s awesome, but I could never do that’ makes me feel so defeated. So throwing in some simple projects that you could go knock out in an afternoon does us all some good, right?! Group hug? (source) I’m glad we had this talk. Today I’ve got … [Read more...]

Styled x3 Challenge… THE WOODEN BOWL!


One of my fave blogging buddies, Stacy from Not Just a Housewife, has a monthly series where she sends a couple bloggers the same exact item to do with whatever they want. Each month it’s a different item, and each month it’s different set of bloggers... and each month the outcome of people’s creativity always astounds me! Stacy calls it Styled X3. So obviously with such a fun premise, I’m super excited to be a part of this collaboration this month! I was so anxious to see what item would show up in the mail! And then it came... THE … [Read more...]

Conquering a Crippling Fear

Helping kids (and ourselves) overcome a fear of bugs {Sawdust and Embryos}

I’ve talked about my crippling fear of crickets here on the blog before. It had gotten to the point where I would despise summertime and look forward to winter just to be able to breathe easy and not constantly fear coming upon a cricket. You guys made me feel a lot better when I wrote that post by sharing your own irrational fears in the comments. Isn’t it crazy how our minds can take over all logical thought? source I’m completely aware of the fact that crickets are harmless and couldn’t hurt me if they wanted to. I’m aware that my fear is … [Read more...]

Shading with Stain on Dining Table {Succulents}

'Shading with Wood Stain' technique by Sawdust and Embryos

So lately I’ve been keeping my eye out for old tables at yard sales. The only stipulations I have is that they be sturdy, solid wood, and dirt cheap. This 90’s honey oak pedestal table fell into that category at $20 buckeroos. First order of business was to strip the top surface. I used the same techniques from my stripping tutorial to completely remove the finish down to the raw wood grain. It’s a messy job, but somebody’s gotta do it! The beauty about this is that it also removes the tint from the previous stain... so no more … [Read more...]

Upholstered Ottoman (Diamond Tufting}


There’s just something about posting ‘After pics’ in the Part 1 post that takes all the fun out of writing the Part 2 post. I need to quit doing that! You already know how awesome our Leather Tufted Storage Ottoman turned out… and I have a sneaking suspicion that some of you are actually going to build one of these for yourselves… so I must persevere and  knock out this Part 2! *Deep Breaths* Now that we taught you how to make the base, let’s talk about the tufting of that cushy glorious top! In the same fashion that I glued … [Read more...]