Mistakes: Knocking Off a Pottery Barn Mia Faceted-Crystal Pendant

Forgive me, Blogland, for I have sinned.  It has been exactly 15 days since my last blog post.

Being pregnant is the greatest miracle I’ve experienced in my life.  I do my best not to complain.  But you can safely assume that when I go significant amounts of times without writing, it’s because things are a little rough.

But I’m writing today!  So that means things are okay.

Except… I’m in a funk.  Do you ever get in a DIY funk where everything you do seems wrong?  And all I have to say about it is this:
I’m so grateful my blog isn’t big enough to be on GOMI, because they’d for sure be hatin’ on this junk-fest.

I used to not share my major failures on my blog.  1- I was too embarrassed.  2- I didn’t think most people cared.

But at Haven, I was in a class taught by Mandi of VR, Lindsay of Makely School for Girls, and Ashley from The Handmade Home.  They each shared their worst DIY failure stories, and then had the room go around and share theirs.  Hearing some of my big blog idols talk about things not going as they planned made me feel SO much better.  It happens.  Things suck sometimes.  But we were all in tears laughing with each other.  Because it happens to everyone.  DIY bloggers are risk takers.  Sometimes it’s more amazing than you can imagine.  And sometimes it’s poo.

Here’s my poo.

I fell in love with this light fixture from Pottery Barn.

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The price is $250.  Which isn’t horribly unrealistic for a light fixture.  In fact, I bought a more expensive light to hang over our Restoration Hardware table.  (It hasn’t been hung up yet though, so you don’t know what it is!)  But I like to play the high/low game.  I feel like at times it’s worth being spendy on the things that need to last, and things in high traffic areas.  But… this was just for a nursery.  So I wasn’t really keen on the price tag.

I had every intention to knock it off and make my own version.  I scored this beauty at Habitat for Humanity for $1.  ONE DOLLAR.  I spray painted it “Antiqued Brass” (which I am positive will be the new ORB… just wait and see!).  I had the highest of hopes.

Mia Faceted Crystal Pendant Pottery Barn Knock Off

I started hot gluing some beads to the fixture… and it quickly turned into a tacky mardi gras necklace holder.

Mia Faceted Crystal Pendant Pottery Barn Knock Off

And then, all the tears happened.  Because I was sad.  And frustrated.  And bummed.  Honestly, if it wasn’t such a weird shape, I would have drop kicked it in my back yard… like I’ve been known to do with other failures.  In my head, this was going to be the PERFECT knock off.  Just like the glorious wingback rocker.  The good news is, I was only out a few dollars.  The bad news: we still needed a light fixture and I didn’t want to pay $250.

I ended up finding this light at Home Depot for $60 (it’s cheaper in store than online), and thought it was close enough to the same style without breaking the bank.  And flush mount really was a better option for this room.  Keep in mind that Aaron and I are VERY tall people.

Mia Faceted Crystal Pendant Pottery Barn Knock Off

Here it is, on the ceiling… proud and appealing.  (Look out Dr. Seuss)

Still pretty.  Definitely not as lush and divine as the Pottery Barn light.  But I don’t think Evelyn will mind.

Pottery Barn knock off mia faceted crytal flush mount

And if you think I’m done sharing my mistakes, you’re wrong.  There is a part 2, which will be the next post I write.  Lucky you!  I get to make you feel better about yourself 2 posts in a row!

Now, would anyone like to step forward and tell me about a DIY flop?

Woodland Pumpkins

Pumpkin Parade

Well, I guess I’m next up in line for the pumpkin parade.  I’ll be sure to throw some taffy at your face as I pass by.

The first pumpkin decision: real or fake.  What it comes down to is cost vs durability.  Do I want these to last more than one season or not?

JoAnn’s had their fake pumpkins 50% off, plus the coups I had for them.  So the cost wasn’t too bad.  I got all 3 for the price of 1.

Woodland Pumpkins

I decided to go with a “woodland” theme.  Maybe because we watch a little too much “What does the fox say” at our house.  (Is there even such a thing as TOO MUCH?!)

I just spray painted the front of the pumpkins only, because once I got the design taped on, I was going to spray them a difference color.  For those of us not cool enough to have a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, we do the hoodrat thing and cut some FrogTape into a pattern.  Yeah?

Woodland Pumpkins

Then you spray paint it a different color of course.  There is no other way to be creative. ;)

Woodland Pumpkins

And then you peel the FrogTape off.  Except, it really screwed up the fox.  Which I was sad about.  I’m not sure why the tape peeled paint off the fox, but not the other 2.  I was really excited about that fox.  I thought the feather would look the worst and the fox would be the king.  But turns out I was way off with my hypothesis.  Like that time I thought 1/3 cup siracha would be yummy to cook chicken in.

Woodland Pumpkins

And the last step is to put them somewhere you can see them.  I, predictably, put them on the hearth.  Because that’s what fireplaces are for.  Seasonal decorating.  The thing I suck the most at… as you can see by my staging a crooked tower of woodland creature pumpkins.

Woodland Pumpkins

Remember, the Pumpkin Parade Link Party is tomorrow!  And I WANT to see all your pumpkin crafts.  So please please come back.  And be sure to check out all these rad-action blogs for their wicked pumpkin designs.

Shift Ctrl Art
Primitive & Proper
Decor and the Dog
A Little Bite of Everything
A Swell Place to Dwell
Newly Woodwards
Boxy Colonial
Wills Casa
Cuckoo4Design
Bliss at Home
Go Haus Go

 

My Life

Hi there. The internet’s worst blogger here!  Where have I been, and what have I been doing?  I bet  those questions literally haven’t crossed your mind.  Out of sight, out of mind, right?  I knew it.

You know when you want to see some REALLY inspiring DIY project, but you turn on HGTV and all you see is re-runs House Hunters?

My life.

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I’m not complaining at all.  Showing houses is a hoot.  I love it.  I love helping people find houses to make homes.  It’s great.  Real estate is BOOMING.  But you know, I work my full time job, then go show houses after.  So, DIY projects haven’t been moving forward very quickly.

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We Fear The Scale For Good Reason

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We’re on the final push finishing the basement.  It’s a whole new level of excitement.  Back at the beginning of the summer I bought the light fixtures.  The 2 sconces and the pendant for the nook.  We installed the sconces after we painted, but the nook wasn’t ready for the new light.  So it sat in storage.

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Trim, Traps, and Pee

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Adding Character to the Fireplace

If you’re friends with me on Facebook, you’ll know that I didn’t post yesterday because of a Mario Kart & Cheez Its hangover.  Turns out, you all love when that happens.  Just imagine stuffing your face with as many Cheez Its as you can, racing your best friends, sitting on the world’s most comfortable couch (Did I ever tell you the cushions were filled with DOWN?  Yes, down-filled cushions.) with the most pixelated game you’ve seen on a projector.  If you counted 4 boxes of Cheez Its in this picture, you’re right.  Bliss.  I’ll make sure to invite you all next time!

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Cuz She’s So Hiiiiiiiiiiiigh!

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There are times in my life where common sense does not prevail.  It’s in-explainable.  In retrospect I’m always like, “Kenz.  You didn’t think that through.  How could using a car GPS in a plane ever be a good idea?  How could a bag of ice be used as an anchor?”   This weekend, I had another “moment.”

It began with my desire to put up the Christmas tree.  However, this is not a tale of decking-the-halls.  “Before I put up the decorations, I should really paint the mantle.  The stockings would look so jolly on a fresh piece of mantle.”  (If you give a Kenz a cookie…)

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Home Tour: Master Bedroom

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Welcome back to the home tour!  I hope you brought a fanny pack full of treats.  Did you have an underbar tid with the Ikea Lack Hack yesterday?  I hope it was underbar-tastic for you.  I enjoyed your feedback!

If you’re new, let me catch you up on the haps.  In honor of one year of living in our house, Green Meadow Manor, I am taking you on a home tour.  And I am being extremely transparent.  Several rooms are untouched, and I am brave enough to show you the ugg factor.  I trust you to have faith in me!  So far we’ve been through the eclectic living room, dining room fail, piggy-kitchen, and trash-tastic bathroom.  Today we’re going to step into the magic-making master bedroom.

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Home Tour: Kitchen

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When I tell people that Green Meadow Manor has 6 bedrooms, they say, “Wow, your house is huge!”  Well, that’s an untruth.  Our house is not big.  It’s 2200 sq ft.  And yes, they squeezed 6 rooms into it.  Like squeezing into a pair of skinny jeans 2 sizes too small… our house has a muffin top, in the form of a kitchen.  Which makes sense.  Muffins come from kitchens.

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