I recently started buying Babybel cheese. And right away, I found myself annoyed. There's SO MUCH PACKAGING. The Babybels I bought (say that three times fast) came in a cardboard box. Within the box was a plastic net bag. Within the bag were 12 cheese rounds, each individually wrapped in plastic. Beneath each plastic wrapper was a wax wrapper. So you have to get through a box, a bag, a plastic wrapper AND a wax wrapper to get to the actual product.

And you're left with a pile of garbage bigger than the product itself.

What a bummer.

So I started thinking about what I might be able to make with Babybel wax (if not ALL Babybel packaging).

Here's are a couple of inspiration photos I found on the interweb:
Wax seal by  ttstam from Flickr.
Or I guess I could always melt the wax down and make a candle or something.

But I dunno. Nothing's really jumping out at me. What should I do? I love this cheese, but I hate the waste. Any ideas?
I bought a new/old coffee table book at Goodwill last weekend. The dust jacket is in rough shape, but even with a few tears and wrinkles, the cover is iconic.
This is one of those books I don't really plan to read. Once in awhile, I may flip through it, but from what I hear, Mailer wasn't really the expert on Marilyn he claimed to be. And besides, his prose is irritating.

I expect I'll just look at the pictures from time to time and use this bad boy as a conversation/coffee-table piece.

I used to have many more coffee table books, but alas, they were lost in the great schism of 2007 (which is to say, my move to Toronto). My ex, well, sucks... so my old tomes probably went into the trash, which makes me sad. But here are just a few of my old faves:
Okay... I'm cheating. That Tom Ford book came out in 2008. But isn't it PRETTY? I wish I had it, but it's pretty expensive.

Coffee table books are kind of a silly thing to love. I have tonnes of them and I never look through them. I just move them around my house from vignette to vignette. They resemble general clutter. Or do they? I can't decide.

Once upon a time, I had a clock. A wee Big Ben alarm clock, that hadn't worked in years.

And because I am a weirdo, I took the clock apart.

And now I don't have a clock anymore. Now I have this:
I also have no idea what to do next. Can this project be salvaged? Do you have any ideas?

I feel like a clock-murderer. Help me make something of this hash, blog friends. Save me from myself.
Hey friends. I know I haven't gotten to the dark paint makeover yet (be patient!) but in the meantime, I didn't want to leave you hanging with nothing to read. So I thought I'd post about the adorable little bit of vintage depression glass I snagged last weekend.

It's a Fenton piece and it's opalescent, which means that it's a bit milky looking. My research tells me that this opalescence was achieved by a combination of adding bone ash to the molten glass and repeated firing.
This piece was made during the late 1800's and early 1900s. Have something like it and want to know if it's real? Here are a few tips:

1. Hold it up to the light. Experts say you will see a red or fiery gleam, regardless of the colour of the actual piece.

2. Check it out under a black light. Opalescent glass from this period was made with uranium dioxide, which glows green under black light.

3. If your piece is an early Fenton, it will likely be white, blue, green or amethyst. I've read that these were the most common (possibly even the only) colours Fenton issued pre-1930.

I feel great about this find because from what I've read, it's rather uncommon. It appears to be an authentic 1911 Basket weave Open Edge Bowl, which, in the Fenton catalogues is sometimes called a "basket" or "flared bowl". Of course, after 1930, more of these bowl were produced, but I think mine is one of the old ones. Hurray!

What should I do with it? Nuts? Candy? Jewellery? If it's gonna stay in my life, it's gotta be USED. That's my motto.

Anyone else snag anything interesting lately?
I have decided to paint my bedroom dark. You weighed in and I listened and I decide to go for it. I have the colour all picked out. I'm going with Behr's "Night Shade" which, in practice looks like this:
No, not the colour on the left! The colour on the right! The DARK colour. (So dark.) (The image is from the Hostetler's blog.)

Oh man. I'm terrified.

Just to give you an idea of what it's going to look like, I'll show you a couple of things I've got already, like my IKEA furniture (from the Engen line - now defunct):


And here's a before shot of my bedding (or at least, some of my bedding) and accessories:
If all goes well, and I can get the room finished and dressed, I'll have a reveal for you next week. Cross fingers!
I want my 2012 IKEA catalogue so BAD. Lookit' all the cute stuff!
BÄRBAR bird tray is $4.99.
Mid-century-inspired BLOMSTER candle holders ($19.99/set).
Practical, enviro, hand-powered LJUSA flashlight.

That said, it's not going to be all chocolate and roses at IKEA in 2012.

Consider this $9.99 LEKKAMRAT doll.

Creepy, hideous, odd.

Oh well. Not everything at IKEA is a winner.

*Edited to add: apparently, a friend bought the bird tray YEARS ago, so the IKEA website lied to me when it said these products were brand new. Oh well. The doll is still creepy.
I've always wanted to and I've finally done it... I've made a pallet headboard!

You can do it too!

Here's how: get a cast off skip or pallet (you can pinch these curbside, or find some warehouse or industrial area in your city/town and beg for one). Look behind the local supermarket, in the loading area. You'll probably find a few.  And the dudes who work in trucking will likely be happy to give you some, gratis.

Separating the boards is the hardest part of the project. You'll have to take apart the original pallet in order to reuse the boards. Admittedly, this is no fun. It's grunt work. But once the grunt work is done, the rest is easy.

Here are my admittedly amateur building instructions. (Note that I'm calling the dismantled boards "pallets" here.)
The vertical boards will be the headboard itself. The two horizontal boards are for support only. They are what will keep the vertical boards together. Get it?
In addition to the glue, I drilled two screws through the back of the horizontal supports into EACH vertical board. This meant using LOTS of screws. More than 24. Keep this in mind and buy the right number of screws (plus some extras) before you begin.

Also, be careful to buy the right LENGTH. Even though I measured, I actually bought screws that were too short. (I had been worried about getting screws that were too long and having the tips poke out the front of the headboard, which would have been very bad.) Alas, I overcompensated and the screws were too short. I solved the problem by countersinking them through the supports, which took extra drilling, but saved me a return trip to the hardware store.
Confession: I cleaned this baby like a mofo (because the pallets I used had been VERY dirty), but I did NOT stain or seal the wood. I treated it with orange oil only. I wanted it to look rustic. So for this step, just do what feels right for you.

Anyway. That's it! Done! Pallet headboard complete! I gave this baby to Pete, and since his bed is currently a mattress and box spring on the floor, we just propped the headboard up behind. (Later, when he gets a frame, we'll raise the headboard and secure it directly to the wall with additional screws.)

Now... for the reveal!

See how I deliberately preserved the "Product of Canada" stamps that appeared on some of the pallet boards? More character!
And notice how the colour of the board varies. Gives the whole thing a weathered quality.
Alas, Pete is not the sort of man who makes his bed. So I doubt it will ever look quite as I hoped. Nonetheless, I think it works.
Not only does it work, it's cool, right?

This past weekend, in a fit of what can only be described as insanity, I decided to rearrange all the furniture in my already-perfectly-arranged bedroom.

I don't know why. I just felt like it. The next thing I knew, I was sweating like a pig, the dust bunnies were everywhere, and everything was where it shouldn't be.

And now I'm thinking I need to take the change further. After two years in this bedroom, I'm ready to paint. The walls need it. They are irregularly primed and kind of stained, but I've put it off because I just wasn't sure what I wanted.

And now I think I'm sure. But I'm still nervous.

I'm thinking of going dark. REALLY dark. Deep, midnight blue, or peacock green. But maybe this is too wild? What do you think? Too bold?

Here are a few inspiration shots to get you in the mood. Please weigh in! I need some support (or discouragement, as the case may be).