DIY Twist on Mini Ginnie Pencil Cup

world market mini ginnie pencil cup

Obsessed. With. Industrial. Style.

Yes, I am.

If there was All Addicts Anonymous meetings for Industrial Style, I would be there keeping it real.

Industrial pieces are pretty hot right now. Industrial projects are all the rage on Pinterest and in home decor. I have been on the hunt for some unique pieces of my own lately. And when I came across these mini ginnie pencil cups from World Market, well let’s just say I was immediately sold! Add to shopping cart and deliver to me, please.

I was inspired by my blogger friend over at It All Started With Paint. She created this amazing industrial style work space with pieces from World Market. It is everything drool worthy.

mini ginnie pencil cup

Mini ginnie pencil cups: I have to say, the quality is amazing. They are solid, heavy and substantial in size. Ordinary pencils just won’t do to fill these beauties!

metal pencil holder with wood pencils


world market pencil holders

Chunky, rustic bark-on pencils were the cherry on top! Functional and pretty.

But, what if I want a bit more pretty you ask?

industrial flower vases

Just add some mason jars to the mix along with pretty flowers.

mason jar vase liners

The mason jars fit into the mini ginnie pencil cups nicely. I was so excited to find that they can be used for organizing the home office and also function as a pretty centerpiece vignette on the dining table or the fireplace mantel.

flower vase world market


flower vases with industrial style


industrial style flower metal vases


industrial metal vase


pencil cups from world market

Aren’t they fabulous as vases? A great DIY twist on the mini ginnie pencil cup!

And the flowers….I love the bright yellow. We definitely all need a bit more sunshine these days.

And if you are like me and can’t get enough industrial style,

you may like to DIY this end table and lamp.

Add this to your home office.

With all the extra layers of clothing needed this winter another place to hang your coat is a must. And these have got to be the cutest wall accessory I have seen.

If you are like me and seem to misplace that favorite cooking utensil in the kitchen, this has got to be your solution.

And, to be honest, I need a new one of these in the bathroom.

Whew, that is a ton of industrial inspiration! But, if you are like me and can’t seem to sleep because of all the thoughts running through your head, this has got to be the answer to more peace and relaxation.


*All opinions on industrial style, happy yellow flowers, and mini ginnie pencil cups are my own. 



Comforts Of Home Fall Front Porch 2014

comforts of home fall front porch dandelion patina


Hey there Dandelion Patina readers! Today I am so excited to share our front porch all decked out in the comforts of home!

The front porch is the first impression of what is to come once you open that door. I wanted the first impression of our home to be comfortable and cozy. Warm and inviting. Welcoming.


I incorporated 4 decorating must haves for a front porch.

COLOR: What is Fall without a bit of color? Yellows, oranges, reds.

NATURAL ELEMENTS: If you’ve been following along, I love to use natural elements in my spaces. I love to bring the outdoors indoors, so it was natural for me to have these elements right before you come in the door.

TEXTURE: Texture adds dimension to a space or vignette. Texture gives oomph to the palette.

LAYERS: Along with textures, layering gives added dimension and a finished look.


So with those must haves in mind, please, take a look around. Get comfortable with a mug of hot apple cider and enjoy the front porch tour! Any questions…please ask. Enjoy.

comforts of home fall front porch by dandelion patina

The front door is painted in ASCP Duck Egg Blue. I re-purposed old wooden garage doors for my apple cider signs.

apple cider sign by dandelion patina

An old wagon wheel hub was used to create the wooden pedestals. It was cut into three sizes to show off these beauties.

apple cider sign from re-purposed garage door


comforts of home fall front porch

I love how the original paint had chipped and cracked. It gives the panels awesome texture and patina.

fall vignette in comforts of home fall front porch

I picked up the ceramic pumpkins at a thrift store and gave them a facelift in Annie Sloan Duck Egg Blue. Some neat texture formed from painting these that was not really seen prior.

corn stalks with horse reins

Parts of vintage horse reins were used as tiebacks for the corn stalks.

horse reins and corn stalks

I love this shot. There is so much character and texture of the leather.

yellow mums and twig pumpkin

I love pops of yellow. It is like the sun came down and kissed each flower.

perfectly imperfect orange pumpkin

A perfectly imperfect orange pumpkin.

cedar rocking chairs

Cedar rocking chairs to enjoy watching the falling leaves. An old desk was separated to create tables for in between our rockers.
yellow mums and pumpkins

cedar rocking chair all decked out

apples on vintage wooden spools

vintage license plate

I found an old license plate from Wisconsin that had gorgeous patina.

baby boo white pumpkin

And baby boo pumpkins are just the cutest!

apple close up photo
Getting hungry? Doesn’t it look good enough to bite into?

chalk board apple tree

I adore this little rustic chalkboard on my rustic hay bale lounger.

indian corn and candles

And what is Fall without a bit of indian corn? I went the non traditional route to display the corn.

indian corn in vintage bottles

A vase of hydrangeas and birch branches make me smile.

dried limelight hydrangeas

delicate petals of a limelight hydrangea

The petals are so delicate on these limelight hydrangeas.

simply scrappy pumpkins

A front porch wouldn’t feel like Fall without a lantern. The simply scrappy industrial pumpkins look right at home sheltered inside.

Simple tissue paper leaf wreath

I went the simplistic route with my wreath this year.  A few tissue paper oak leaves and chevron burlap on a grapevine wreath.

And there you have it, my comforts of home fall front porch! I hope I inspired you to bring all the comforts of home into your spaces this season and seasons to come.

Happy Fall Y'all

Rustic Hay Bale Lounger

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina


Show of hands….who loves a good old fashioned hayride?

Fall is one of the best times of the year: pumpkins, hayrides, cider, colorful leaves.

Our family has been enjoying the crisp autumn days at the apple orchard and pumpkin patch. We usually do the traditional pleasure ride of an open wagon with hay bales and a pair of horses pulling us through the corn fields.

This year the girls came up with their own version of a hayride……

cow style hayride

With smiles on their faces and giggles echoing through the field, the girls buckled their seat belts and bravely took the ride through the corn field all on their own.  I must say it was bittersweet…to see them be independent and willing to do the ride alone. But, I missed the snuggles and hugs that went along with our traditional hayride.

At that moment, the light bulb went on. Why not create the hayride experience at home on our front porch-a place to enjoy the crisp air and snuggles any time we wanted to…..

…..I needed hay bales! It was quite the adventure rounding up the bales for this project. We found a farm selling bales on Craigslist and it ended up being someone my husband knew. So, off we went to the farm to gather these bales. The farm had cattle and it proved to be a fun time for the entire family. The girls chased the kittens, fed the cattle, and got to experience the sights and smells of the barn.

I really enjoyed it as well. Each cow and steer had its own personality. Some cattle were quite shy and reserved. Others were very curious and had no problem munching on my pants or sweatshirt sleeve! If you are interested in seeing a picture of feeding the cattle, please hop over to my Instagram account and follow there for behind-the-scenes photos of what we are up to.

So, I guess you are ready for the tips on how to create the rustic hay bale lounger, hey? (pun intended)

rustic hay bale lounger

Start with purchasing your hay bales. Our bales cost about $2.50 each and we needed 5 bales.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

 Center two hay bales vertically in the area where you would like the lounger to be.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

Then place a bale horizontally flanking each of the two vertical bales, as pictured above. Notice the gap in front of the two vertical bales? This is where you will place your last bale for the lounger seat.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

Add a warm and cozy throw to the seat area. I used a plaid blanket that adds that rustic and seasonal feel.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

Add some accessories to create an inviting seating area. I placed yellow mums wrapped in burlap on the arm rests along with some honey crisp apples we had picked at the orchard.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

I stuffed a few pillow forms inside these cloth feed sacks. It was a great no sew option! I love that the sacks are from Wisconsin businesses.

rustic hay bale lounger by dandelion patina

I hope you enjoyed how I created this rustic hay bale lounger. I can’t wait to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa and get those snuggles from my girls that I missed this weekend. Be sure to get outdoors and have some great family fun this Fall!


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Simply Scrappy Industrial Pumpkins

simply scrappy industrial pumpkins


Hey friends! I wanted to share this sweet and simple way to create some unique pumpkins for your fall decorating.

I love using objects from around the house as I did in my fall tablescape. This is another project where shopping your home doesn’t cost a whole lot (just some time and creativity) and you can make room for some new fall items in your closet too.


Step 1.

galvanized metal orbs

Galvanized metal orbs. I had these sitting on a bookshelf in my office. They were originally purchased from Hobby Lobby. If you really wanted to get your DIY on, these industrial pumpkins were constructed by hand.


Step 2.

scraps of fabric from flannel shirts for simply scrappy pumpkins

Search the clothes closet and drawers for some old flannel shirts that have a fall color scheme. I chose three different patterns of plaid for my industrial pumpkins. You could also take a drive over to your closest Goodwill or thrift store and find a few flannels. Scraps of fabric would also work just the same if you have those lying around your craft room.

Step 3.

industrial pumpkin tutorial by dandelion patina

Once you have your fabric/shirts selected start cutting up scraps and stuffing them into the galvanized orbs. As you fill, shape the fabric inside the orb to maintain the round shape.

Step 4.

leaves and branches for scrappy pumpkins

Now it is time to create the stem, vines, and leaves. I used a thick pine branch and cut it into several pieces. The pine is easy to cut and gives a nice aroma. The faux leaves were left over from my fall tablescape project. The floral wire was found in our craft room, but can be purchased at any local craft supply store. I curled the wire by wrapping it around a pencil several times.

Step 5.

industrial pumpkins by dandelion patina

Step 6.

simply scrappy industrial pumpkins

Add a bed of spanish moss to a wooden tray and place the industrial pumpkins inside. This now becomes a nice centerpiece for a dining table or coffee table. And when the pumpkin season is over, just remove all the fabric and supplies (as none of the supplies were glued down) and return those galvanized orbs to the bookshelf.

simply scrappy industrial pumpkins by dandelion patina


What projects are you working on for this fall season?

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