Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hanging Herb Garden

Remember earlier this month when we showed you our hand stamped metal tags for our herb garden? Well we're back to finally share the garden itself! Can you guess what it's made from...?

It's an IKEA Vurm wine rack! So I guess you could say this is our first official IKEA Hack! We purchased this wine rack 3 years ago at a yard sale and have had it hanging in our kitchen ever since. The only problem was that wine doesn't stick around very long in our house, so 99% of the time, the wine rack was completely empty.

It didn't make sense to keep the rack hanging in our kitchen, but I didn't want to get rid of it either. We decided to repurpose it for our hanging herb garden and I am SO glad we did.

We only needed a few items to complete this project:
- IKEA Vurm wine rack
- Tapered drinking glasses (tapered so they stay in the rack; we got ours from Dollar Tree)
- Potting soil
- Seeds or herbs
- Beads/pebbles for water drainage
- Screws/screwdriver
- Hand stamped metal tags

We removed the wine rack from our kitchen wall where it was hanging vertically and re-hung it horizontally outside our back door. We planted all of our herbs (from seed) in the drinking glasses, added the tags, and popped them into the wine rack!

As you can see, our cilantro and basil are doing great, but the oregano and lavender... not so much. We'll see if they decide to pop up eventually. One of the really nice things about our hanging herb garden is that we can move around the plants or bring them inside if need be. We actually had a bit of frost in Pittsburgh last weekend, so we brought the glasses/planters inside overnight to keep the herbs safe.

So, let us know what you think! Is a hanging herb garden something you'd be interested in? I think it would be super pretty with some colorful flowers too. Leave us a comment and tell us what you would plant!

Sarah & Nick

Monday, May 4, 2015

Hand Stamped Metal Tags

We have a few posts brewing here at TSCR, so here is a taste of a larger post soon to come! We see a lot of metal stamping happening all over the internet, so it was high time for us to give it a try. Turns, out, it's super easy, and we love the handmade look.

Here's what you need:
- Metal letter stamps (Ours are c/o DoreenBeads)
- Metal tags
- Hammer
- Metal plate or block (you can buy metal blocks for stamping, but we used a piece of scrap metal hardware we had)
- Sharpie
- Rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover
- Cotton balls
- Tape

Here's what you do:
- Attach your metal tags to your metal plate or block with some small pieces of tape to hold them secure.

- Place your letter stamp and give it ONE good hit with your hammer. (Don't be shy! If you don't hit it hard enough, you've lost your chance. Two hits just won't work.)

- After you're done with all your letters, fill the indented letters with your Sharpie.

- Rub away the excess Sharpie with a cotton ball and nail polish remover. This helps your words pop out by providing contrast between your letters and your background.

"Oops." - Nick regarding the placement of the "D"
And it's that simple! These will serve as some herb garden labels (obviously). We glued some toothpicks to the back so we can stick them in our potting soil.

Sure, the world of metal stamping can be very in depth and particular, but it doesn't need to be. We love the imperfect look that we get from this method - the slanted letters, the varied depth of each stamp, etc. It gives each tag some great character.

This project has been a lot of fun. Think you'll give some metal stamping a try? Be sure to show us anything you come up with!

Sarah & Nick