Monthly Archives: December 2011

A Pinterest Inspired DIY mirror..Finally COMPLETE!

Its finally complete, whew..7 weeks after I got an idea from Pinterest, I am finally looking at MY version on my wall 🙂 I came across this mirror while wasting countless hours creating mood boards on Pinterest, and I thought, I think I could do something similar! and for less moolah than $650! 
This is what I needed:
Paint Sticks
Gorilla Glue
Thin plywood board
Just in case you are interested, The paint sticks were FREE at Home Depot, I  told the paint counter man that I wanted to do a project for cheap, could I have 25 Paint sticks, and I will pay for them. He gave them to me, no nice! The Plywood board (you need for stability under the mirror, and to attach the paint sticks to) you could totally get at Home Depot, but I got mine at Michael’s, already cut down, it was $6.99,  worth it, because I didn’t want to cut it! I also got the mirror there, they had a million different sizes and shapes, but I decided on the 8″x 8″ beveled square.
I used Gorilla Glue to adhere everything and it was AWESOME! You have to do as the instructions say and wet down the surfaces first! I didn’t do this with one stick and it set me back 3 hours! I finally got smart and used a spray bottle!

The first thing I did after cutting the paint sticks into random sizes, is,  I began to lay them out into a pattern. I thought I would copy the Pinterest mirror as close as possible, but as I began to lay everything out, I didn’t love it. So I decided to stack the paint sticks instead, and I LOVE how it turned out!! (pls forgive the first few awful photos..this was PRE awesome Santa gift..aka  new Olympus Pen Digital camera! Love it!!)

Laying out the Mirror and the paint sticks

Mmmm…Maybe?? no

Painted! little did I know it would be 6 weeks form this picture until I would actually do this post!
I should mention that there is NO reason other than being busy, that It took me so long.If I ever had even one block of like, 6 hours, I could have gotten this thing done in a day 🙂

All my pieces out and ready! ( aaaannnd ENTER new Camera!! )

Gorilla Glue rocks!

The last pieces are finally drying! I had a hard time finding heavy objects to sit
on top of the glued pieces!

A dramatic “reflection” picture for your viewing pleasure 🙂

I decided on even edges, but stacking the sticks to create some depth, and a few different levels!! I was so pleased with how it turned out 🙂 Finally, A Pinterest Success!! 😉


And a Candid of my beautiful new camera that I love!

The space I chose to hang her, is a tiny little nook in our bedroom, its hard to photograph because there is Zero Light, but I think I am happy with it there!!!

Lots of love to you!! Gearing up for an amazing 2012!! Woo-hoo!!


Happy Holidays from Design Thoughts!

I totally dropped the “Christmas Card” ball this year..or so I thought! As I kept receiving beautiful family photos, and amazing hand pressed Delicious Christmas cards, I grew overly guilty that for some reason, I just couldn’t get it together this year!!( I should mention that I DID send out a few real cards..but no pics)  I am usually the one, who sends out that Christmas letter that you all hate, but I love, AND a photo card! I do this knowing full well, that people open them, take a look, ooh and ahh, and then toss em…there may be a very FEW friends that actually hang them up, either way, you know how I love to be included!! So as the guilt grew, I received an E-card/letter from my dad and Step mom, which they actually do every year, in fact, I would like to think of them as the “Pioneers” of  Christmas I opened the email, I ooohhhd and ahhd over all the family photos, then I closed the email, and opened it like 5 more times!! it occurred to me, this is the BEST idea EVER!! and I can totally do it RIGHT.NOW!!! So I did 🙂 Here is this years SALTER FAMILY PHOTO CARD 🙂
Happy Holidays!!
Ps…is that pic of my husband at the beach not the most SPECTACULAR ? that, is some major ups right there!! Liam has the coolest daddy ever!


Real Life

Happy Sunday!! I hope your home is filled with warmth and cheer and amazing holiday
 smells (cinnamon, pine, cookies) like mine is today..and I just wanted to give you a small glimpse into my REAL world..on any given day, THIS is the tornado of life, that is my home 🙂 and I wouldn’t want it any other way !
( Don’t you just LOVE seeing in other peoples homes?? me too!!)