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Handmade Butterfly Mobile

handmade butterfly mobile | sweetandsavorylife.com

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.


28 to Great Challenge: Days 2 & 3

28 day barre challenge | sweetandsavorylife.com

Woohoo! Days 2 and 3 — done! Yesterday was our two-year anniversary (aw) so I decided that I would take my rest day. We had a delicious dinner at a local gem and I savored every bite. I was sore from Day 1, so that made me happy. I know that I am still in the beginning stages of this program, but I just feel so inspired to keep going. I haven’t felt that way in a really long time and it’s very refreshing!

For Day 3, I did a 60 minute total body workout and wow. It. Kicked. My. Butt. I didn’t even have the exercise ball or hand weights required (on my shopping list). There was lots of stretching, pose-holding, and pulses. Sometimes the movements look small, but they feel humongous.

One thing I am grateful for lately is how mindful I’ve been about eating healthier meals and snacks and drinking water. I know it sounds cliche, but choosing to be happy leads to better decision making. At least it does for me.

25 more days to go!



Learn more about barre3.

* Read my previous posts about the 28 to Great Challenge.

28 to Great Challenge: Day 1


I had to write a quick post about my new favorite thing: barre3! Barre3 is a chain of brick and mortar studios across the US that teach the barre method (workouts based on the principles of ballet that also mix in a healthy dose of yoga and pilates). I’m sure you’ve heard about studios popping up all over the US that teach barre workouts, but if you’re like me, the nearest one is probably over 100 miles away…

But! There is hope! What makes barre3 awesome is that for a low monthly price (cheaper than your Starbucks addiction) you can access all their workouts online. Your membership also includes tailored workout programs and an arsenal of recipes. The website is clean and easy to use (pick your workouts based on how much time you have!), and not to mention… the branding is spectacular.

I signed up for a $15/month subscription last night and went ahead and started one of their regimens: 28 to Great. I did my first workout this evening and it blew me away. Only 30 minutes long, but wow, my legs are aching. I love being sore after a good workout! I really feel like I needed to jazz things up a bit and barre3 was just the fresh take I needed. If you’re in a workout rut and have been needing to try something new, I encourage you to poke around their website.

Tomorrow I have a 60 minute workout… this should be interesting! Here’s to 27 more days!


P.S. I think this goes without saying, but barre3 has no idea who I am and this is not a paid ad. I came across their website while reading a long-time favorite blog of mine (Eat, Live, Run) and the rest is history! Now I’m just hoping that the cellulite on the back of my thighs will be history, too.

I Just Love A Good Shower


One of the women I work with is just had a baby girl! Babies are so exciting. She announced her pregnancy soon after I was hired, and back in March I remember thinking, “Whoa, I will know so much more about  this job in November.” And truthfully? In many ways I wanted to talk to November Sarah just to make sure that I would in fact survive. Time really does fly, and it’s an exciting thing to see how far you’ve come in just seven months time. And now Baby Chloe is here!


My supervisor (a good friend of the expectant mother) threw a Pinterest-worthy shower. It was very bright and very pink.



See that mobile… Yeah, so… I made that. I totally have to brag about this one, because WOW did it come together. It deserves its own post.


And, um, hello, but is this not the sweetest little girls room? I am in love with this furniture. And paint job. And everything.


Congrats to the new parents! Can’t wait to meet Baby Chloe in person in a few weeks!


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

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