Recycle and Reuse Bulk Packaging

     We live a few blocks from Costco which is a dangerous place to be!  We frequent the mega store like it is a corner market.  We buy a lot in bulk since huge seems to be the only size Costco sells.         Last year we got a popcorn machine as a family Christmas present.  This turned out be be a perfect gift for our movie loving family.  Shortly after Christmas we had to put the popper up high in the pantry because we were popping corn 2X a day (not good for any of our figures)!  Now it is a once or twice a week popcorn fest.  With all that popcorn being consumed we stock up on the kernals at Costco.  They happen to come in the greatest packaging!      These are the perfect container to recycle and reuse! I place the whole container under a slow drip of hot water and the label peels right off.   Read more [...]

Grocery Shopping the Easy Way

     A few years ago I decided there had to be a better way to go grocery shopping.  I was tiered of trying to read a scribbled scrap of paper and walking from one end of the store to the other only to realize that I had to go back to the begininning because I forgot something.  So, I took matters into my own hands.          I made a grocery shopping list.  I organized it based on the store I shopped at most.  Each section is broken out by isle or catagory.  I filled in the list with the items I buy most.      I also made a section for listing out the dinners I planned to have that week.        Now when I am getting ready to go to the grocery store I first grab a highlighter and mark all of the items I need to purchase for each of the planned meals.  Then I read each of the items on the Read more [...]
Nov 12, 2011 - Recomendations    4 Comments

Crafted Niche

A few weeks ago I ran across a blog that I loved.  It's called Crafted Niche.  Dana has some crazy talent and style.  I'm going to feature some of my favorite projects of hers. Wine Bottle Tiki Torches Check out these awesome diy Tiki Torches for your backyard! I'm ready to hang out in Dana's yard right now.  Awesome idea. Encyclopedia Page Silhouettes Dana takes you step by step through this adorable project.  I've been on a hunt for an old encyclopedia since I first saw these. What's even cuter is that these silhouettes are her pets!  She teaches you exactly how to make silhouettes from your own photos.  Spool Side Table I drooled when I opened my Ballard Design catalog and saw the spool side table.  Perfect for a crafter.  Crafted Niche teaches you how to make your own. And all for around $20, Read more [...]
Nov 11, 2011 - Design Steps, From Scratch    3 Comments

Wall Mural Drama: Part 3 Paint By Numbers Delicate Arch

If you haven't read the other Mural 101 series, check them out first.  Part 1 & Part 2   Have you been to any of the U.S. National Parks?  We have several here in Utah, but one stands out amongst the rest.  Arches. It is so beautiful with the red rock, arches, and blue horizons.  It is so loved here in Utah that it is one of the options for a license plate (perfect for our 3 Jeeps and Discovery)! I've taken trips there with roommates, my hubby, and a few years ago my kids and sister's family.  There are easy trails and beautiful scenic drives that all ages can enjoy.  It's very hot in the summer with temperatures easily reaching 100 degrees in the summer.  This brings me to my mural.  In my basement we have a "storage" room that we converted into a workout room.  There are no windows, it is rather Read more [...]

Amp Up a Faux Chandelier

If you couldn't tell by now, I heart funky lighting.  When I saw this fixture at Urban Outfitters, I knew I could make something of it. At just $39 this little beauty can add a lot of punch for not a lot of cash. I purchased the white version at our local Urban Outfitters.  12X12 scrapbook paper is almost large enough to cover each 1/8 of the chandelier so I bought 16 papers total.  There are so many amazing colors and designs that it was difficult to chose the right 16, but this was going in a teenage girls room so I let her tastes dictate the final selection.  We decided on a bird theme with an Anthropologie vibe.  The orange, brown, and hot pink trees were painted from a stencil Urban Outfitters used to sell. Before assembling it I laid the chandelier so that 1/2 of one side was on top of the paper.  I Read more [...]

Midnight Beach Kitchen

Welcome to my kitchen open house!  I call it Midnight Beach.  Growing up in San Diego, and then moving away for college, I love and miss the ocean.  I decided to bring it to my Utah home.  This is the color palette for our kitchen.   Black, Dark Dusty Blue, White, Warm Wood, Stainless Steel, Light Blue, Cream, and Dark Chocolate An inspiration for the scheme came from the black rocks found on the beaches of So. Cal.  While at first glance they appear solid black, when dry, they have beautiful gray and blue tones. The color scheme rolls on into the nook as you can see in this photo.  I actually painted the entire space a light blue but when mixed with the warmth of the cabinets, it looked ice cold and cheap. It only took a couple of days before I couldn't stand it enough and had to repaint the entire Read more [...]

Momma’s Hot Chocolate

'Tis the weather, at least around here, for some yummy Hot Cocoa.   As soon as the first snowfalls my kids are hitting me up for some cocoa in our Cocomotion machine.  Tell me you have one of these, if not run out and get one!  They usually carry them at Costco in the winter, but Target and Walmart have them too for around $20.  It heats and whips the hot chocolate to perfection. OK, now that we all have a Cocomotion machine, lets make some cocoa.   Meet my friend Kara from Talkin' Chow Playin' House. Kara is an amazing chef, yep its official, she went to culinary school!  She says to put away the Swiss Miss (yuck!) and make room for her family recipe (mmm). Pin It Kara's Momma's Hot Chocolate 1/2 gallon whole milk 2 cans evaporated milk 1/4-1/2 cup dry, unsweetened cocoa 1/2-1 cup granulated Read more [...]

Ruffled Ribbon Dust Ruffle

I'm excited to introduce you to Burlap & Denim's first guest blogger!  Meet my sister, Amy Felin and follow along as she makes a beautiful Ruffled Dust Ruffle. So I finally got the bedding of my dreams, the Urban Outfitters Waterfall duvet cover in white. I am redoing my bedroom and have had my eye on this particular duvet for a few years and they decided to finally make it for a King size bed. Urban Outfitters, Waterfall Ruffle Duvet I only ordered the duvet and not the dust ruffle because I already had a pretty, white one that I really like.  But when the duvet came, it was much more cream than white.  They really didn’t match (and I love to mix creams and whites, but it was just too far off). I liked what Urban Outfitters had to match the duvet, but it just seemed a little too much and expensive.  Read more [...]
Oct 28, 2011 - Design Steps, From Scratch    6 Comments

Wall Mural Drama: Part 2, Star and Stripes

Hopefully you were able to read Part 1 of this mural series before you landed here.  OK, now that we are all on the same page, here is Part 2. Is that a mural?  Well yes, to me it is.  When I first moved into my house I had two boys that would be sharing a room.  I knew I wanted something totally boy.  We had visited a U.S. Air Force museum with my husband's family earlier that year and I was in love with the old graphics found on the airplanes.  This one especially. It was so clean, crisp and vintage.  I later found out they put this symbol on the airplanes to make sure our allies didn't shoot us down at war.  I decided on a vintage airplane theme.  Yes, I do theme kids rooms.  Why not?  After all, I have four boys, they can switch rooms and have a whole new feeling.  It drives me crazy when a TV designer says, Read more [...]

DIY Barrel Shade Chandelier

Seven years ago when my husband and I built our house, I was in love with this chandelier. It is a Kathy Ireland entry chandelier from Lamps Plus.  Well, seven years is a long time in my design eyes and the love has faded.  Even my husband was ready for a change.  I decided that what I really wanted was a barrel shade over a chandelier.  Maybe I could buy a shade and slip it over the existing chandelier.  I searched the internet high and low but the largest shade I could find was 18" in diameter.  My chandelier is 30"!  That was not going to work.  Even if there was one that was large enough, with the standard top X it would be too high to expose a little iron above and below the shade like I had imagined. I'd have to make my own, a DIY barrel shade for my chandelier.  What would I use for my stiff circle for Read more [...]
Oct 20, 2011 - Design Steps, From Scratch    33 Comments

Wall Mural Drama: Part 1 of 4

There is nothing like a mural or accent wall to give life to a stale box bedroom.  I am kind of obsessed with them, partly for their drama and partly because they can be so easy and cheap!  I currently, as of this post, have 4 murals in my humble abode.  I have painted each one.  Now, don't get the wrong idea.  I am not some fabulously talented artist, painter or magician.  What I have learned over time is how to make murals simple, funky, and dramatic.  Anyone can do this, seriously, anyone.  I am going to do a 4 post tutorial, one post for each mural I have done.  I will start with the easiest and they will progressively get more difficult.  Ready for round 1?  Here we go.   The Pottery Barn Kids World Map Outline Mural I love opening my Pottery Barn Kids catalog and seeing what their set geniuses have come Read more [...]
Oct 17, 2011 - Recomendations    4 Comments

Dot & Army on Etsy

One of my best friends, growing up in San Diego, was Jennifer.  From sleepovers, first days with drivers licences, playing Nancy Drew, to knowing all the thrift shops in a thirty mile radius!  She taught me all the ins and outs of thrifting and decorating with vintage finds.  Fast forward twenty years and she is still thrifting and crafting.  She opened up an adorable shop on Etsy called Dot & Army.  She named the shop after her amazing grandmother Dot and grandfather Army, so cute!   She has incorporated her sewing skills from a childrens clothing business she started where she upcycled clothing and fabric into childrens wear. As of October 2011, these items are all for sale!  Vintage napkins that look straight from Anthropologie.  Beautiful antique hand made glass vases from the 60's.  A faux bamboo frame with Read more [...]
Oct 14, 2011 - Recomendations    7 Comments

Burlap & Denim’s First Giveaway!

Congratulations to Danielle Bernard for winning these awesome pillow shams! Thanks to everyone that entered and made this a successful giveaway.  It was so much fun you'd better check back later for another giveaway. Yay!  We've been online for one month!  To celebrate I'm giving away 2 of my Bleached Out Pillow Shams.  Click the link below to enter to win.  Rules- Enter through our Facebook page and get an extra entry by SHARING your entry! The winner will be selected at random and notified via the email address provided. USA residents, 18 years or older only. Sweepstakes ends October 23, 2011 at 10pm MST. Good Luck! The shams are labeled, packed and ready for shipment!  Don't miss out, click the fb link above to enter! In case you aren't sure what you are entering to win, check out my post Read more [...]