Preview! March 2014 Darby Smart to DIY for Box: Wood Burned Bamboo Cutting Boards

One reason that I’m rather fond of Darby Smart is that (it seems like) most of their boxes revolve around jazzing up your home (vs. mostly jazzing up your style).  These bamboo cutting boards are definitely going to be jazzing up my kitchen!


This month’s Darby Smart to DIY for Box features a wood burning kit intended for 2 gorgeous bamboo cutting boards.


Isn’t the wood grain on these lovely?  They are kind of small, though, so I’m imaging that these are less functional for everyday use and more for presentation.  Like presenting super awesome spread of cheese during ladies BYO Wine night.   Thankfully, there was a small piece of wood to practice with so I don’t mess up the bamboo on my first try.

This box also came with a stencil card.  Mine are a variety of lovely vine patterns (which match my wedding theme, oh DS!  You guys are too thoughtful) but I’ve seen some other really cool ones in other people’s boxes.  Feathers, stripes, super cool geometric patterns.


What’s interesting is that I got a tube of green pearl paint.  For what?  It’s not on the instructions card.  I think I might have gotten an unintended bonus (unless they meant for me to color the vines in?  I doubt this is food safe so I’ll be saving it for a future DIY project later down the road.

What do you guys think?  I love this box because it’s so versatile!  The wood burning pen opens the doors for future wood burning projects—I’m thinking gifts.  Am I getting a little too ahead of myself?  Christmas is so far away…(but a girl’s gotta start somewhere, right?)  I know TJ Maxx usually has all sorts of pretty bamboo items on sale—I think I’m going to collect the nice pieces and then customize them.  Hurray!  Thank you Darby Smart!


Wishlist: decoylab Bamboo Clocks

I have been obsessed with hanging things on our walls.  OBSESSED.  I went on a picture frame buying spree last week and now, I’m looking for other random things that can be hung: wall art/functional basket mail organizer things/clocks.   If possible, I would have loved for it to be handmade (vs. bought at Target).

Enter, decoylab.  Makers of super cool, rather cute, awesome laser cut bamboo (and other sustainable materials) things.  Mostly clocks.  But really cool things!   I love all of their products.  I think the floral ones would look great in my office and the fairy tail animal ones would look great in a kids room.  What do you guys think?

Small Houseplant Wood Ornament

Wooden Forest Animal Clock

Bouquet Clock

Floral Kirie Clock


Modern Deer Cuckoo Clock

Elephant Clock with Flowers and Butterflies

Kirie Bamboo Clock

Bamboo Birdies Clock


Bamboo Twig Berry Brooch Pin


Any favorites?  Handsdown, mine is the Bouquet clock.  It’s so pretty!  YAY for Made in the USA!  Please check out decoylab’s Etsy shop if you’re interested in checking out more laser-cut goodness.