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Handmade Butterfly Mobile

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In one of my last posts I mentioned that for a baby shower I attended I made a butterfly mobile as my gift to the expectant mother. It’s no secret that I prefer handmade over store bought, and when I saw that this mobile from Pottery Barn Kids had been registered for… the wheels started turning in a pretty much irreversible way. I thought, “I wonder if I could make that?” and it was all over from there.

I set out on this project with no real plan in mind, because 1) I’ve never attempted a project like this before and 2) there were no helpful step-by-step tutorial that I could find. I pillaged on. I purchased some paper, a butterfly die cut punch (this project was pre-Silhouette), and just started.

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

I punched a lot of butterflies. I don’t even know how many.

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

I found that translucent beading thread was the best way to hang the butterflies. I used one of my quilling tools to punch two tiny holes in every single butterfly and threaded each butterfly onto the string by hand.

I adore meticulous projects like this. I just get lost in the details in a beautiful way.

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

The mobile top was a wooden hoop like you use for cross stitching. They are very inexpensive. I painted it light pink to match the butterflies. I must admit that the whole time I was working on this project, I had no idea how it was going to turn out. It was definitely the kind of project that you just have to do.

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

I strung the butterflies on alternating lengths of string — from 14″ to 22″. I used our two stools to suspend the mobile. I liken this part of the process to arranging flowers. You just have to start sticking things in the vase and move them around to see how everything is going to look.

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

 handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

I love, love, love how the mobile turned out and it was a humongous hit at the shower. A lot of people I work with don’t know I craft-by-night, so that was fun. I will definitely be making another mobile in the future — I have plenty of ideas, and now that I have the Silhouette Cameo cutting out more die will be a breeze

butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

Lovely, lovely, lovely.


Our Coffee Table Saga

living room copy

The definition of ‘bare bones.’

So… I don’t know if I’ve told you this yet or not, but up until a month ago, our coffee table was a plastic container. You know, like the ones you buy from Walmart to stuff linens in, or old t-shirts, or whatever else you seem to accumulate? Yeah. We moved into our new apartment in May, bought some awesome furniture and used a $8 storage container as the focal point of our living room for almost five months.

That’s just how we roll.

In all seriousness, I just could not stomach spending $200 on a regular looking coffee table when I knew we could make something similar and love it even more. Decorating and nesting has been an interesting journey for me — I love getting inspiration from different stores and Pinterest boards, but I’m learning something about myself: I’m stubborn when it comes to this stuff. If I have even a tiny inkling that I can make something instead of buy it, I refuse to spend any money. I have definitely learned you have to pick these battles, even with yourself, but in the end… I always love homemade anything over store bought anything.


Over the summer, Shelton came across this DIY from Mr. Kate (ah — such a cute blog — love her s.t.y.l.e) and I became obsessed (read: OBsessed) with the idea of a coffee table with Tiffany-blue legs. Couldn’t get it out of my head. We stole some pallets, but it turns out it’s easier to embark on a project that requires lots of tools + space if you have a garage to work in. We had to scrap the pallet idea halfway through because it was just too labor intensive (pick your battles, remember). Plus, once July/August kicked in and we were both working 6 days a week/10-12 hours a day… the idea of wrestling with pallets in the North Carolina humidity just wasn’t appealing. At all. We kept using the plastic container.

Then it was announced that Mom and Janie would visit in October! We knew we had to get our booties (or is it bootys?) in gear and start doing some real work to make our apartment a cozy home. In a stroke of luck, earlier in the summer we had contacted Ashley Furniture about a blemish in one of our end tables and they gave us two replacement tops. Since the endtables are quite large, we decided it made sense to use one table top as the top of the coffee table. Then all the wood would match, too.

After a few trips to Lowe’s and a few evenings of work, our coffee table was finished. In the end I estimate that we spent around $70 on supplies. I am so happy with the result though — it was worth the wait!

Scroll down for list of supplies we used.

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

We bought a long piece of wood and had Lowe’s cut it down for us in 4″x4″ squares. We used wood glue to adhere the wood squares to the underside of the table top. This helped reinforce the table legs.

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

diy coffee table | sweetandsavorylife.com

Just in case you were wondering, the answer is no. I don’t miss the plastic storage container. Not one bit.



Valspar 12-oz Tropical Oasis High-Gloss Spray Paint

Waddell 15-1/4-in Country Pine Traditional Wood Table Leg

Blue Hawk 2-Count 5/16-in x 2-in Zinc-Plated Hanger Bolts

Waddell 3-in Table Leg Straight Top Plate

We Chicken Wired A Wall

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Because, well, why the hell not?

If you ever have the opportunity to walk into our apartment — this is the first thing you’ll see.

It makes me so happy, and I love how interchangeable it can be.

Inspired by Under the Sycamore.

A Visit From The Queen & Princess


My mom and sister visited last weekend! It was epic. For many, many reasons.

First of all, any time we’re all together, there is never ever really a plan but somehow we always have a kick-ass time.

pallet headboard | sweetandsavorylife.com

Secondly, Mom and Janie visiting meant that Shelton and I were forced to get our apartment whipped into shape! How do you like my make-shift pallet headboard? It was painfully easy to make. You just take two pallets… and prop them up against the wall. Set some pictures on top that you are too lazy to hang haven’t hung yet and wah-lah! All done.

My mom says that everyone should have the “Queen” come once a year. She’s right. It does wonders for your home.


We promptly went for drinks. Sup Crushes at Sup Dogs — our favorite Greenville haunt.


Rocked some blue hair. Got shitfaced tipsy. Had a conversation about Frasier and the importance it is to have a burger without interruptions. Don’t ask.

Moral of the story: Don’t drink and then talk nonsense with your eyes closed, because people that say they love you will record you and make you watch it the next day after you’ve sobered up.


As always, the trips are too short. But the family time was just so needed. I enjoy my mom and sister oh-so much. They’re my everything. And I’m ready for Christmas! I am so Texas homesick these days. Which I will have you know is worse than being regular homesick because Texas is a magical place.


Speaking of magical… Our last night was spent sipping wine at Maggiano’s, musing about a Vegas wedding (we’ll see!) and eating the most incredible tiramisu. I pretty much wanted to lather the cream all over my face. Too delicious. So worth it.

So, this is my little hello update for you. After Mom and Janie left work sucked Shelton and I in like a vortex (someone please tell me that working this hard will pay off one day…) and I’ve enjoyed being unplugged this week. The apartment is a mess, the air mattress has been set up in the living room for over a week now, and you know what? I’m fine with all of it. All of it.

Happy Weekend.


Make It: Monthly Checklist

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Every month, multiple times a month, Shelton and I have the same conversation. It goes like this:

“Has AT&T pulled yet?”

“Did we set aside money for next month’s rent?”

“How much did you put to your credit card?”

“How much money have we saved?”

We are so busy, that sometimes keeping track of our monthly expenses feels like a chore. I am a lover of checklists, especially ones that can be used over and over. So, I created a simple monthly checklist so that we can see what has been paid, what is coming up and how much money we have saved. You can make one, too!

All you need is:

* Old frame (Any size will do! I used an 8×10.)

* List of your monthly bills (We break up our expenses in two parts: the first half of the month and then the second.)

* Dry erase marker

Jot down your expenses  (or type them up and print them out) and place them in the frame. Display the frame somewhere you can glance at it often — ours is on our kitchen counter — and as things get paid throughout the month, check them off! When the month is over, wipe off and repeat.

Now, wasn’t that easy?

You are welcome.

xo – Sarah

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