About a year ago now I started a diy project that has majorly, majorly stalled. On a weekend trip to the country I decided tree stumps would make beautiful side tables and stools and proceeded to lug them into my backseat. I know West Elm sells them at $199 each, so that means I saved $800 (sort of). We spent the day  driving around off road (poor car) turning over tree stumps and checking for decay, termites and other creepy crawlies. I had a fear I’d be the cause of the great Sydney Termite Infestation of 2009, and they’d trace it back to one overly ambitious girl’s diy lightbulb moment. Also, the stumps weighed 8 tons each.
Finally I found 4 that met my bug-free standards, and they had some character too!
The beginnings of my proudest diy yet. Too bad the trunks are still sitting in my downstairs storage. Since we got them in there I haven’t found the strength to transport them up to the bedroom or balcony, where I intend for them to look magnificent as bedside tables and outdoor seating. I’m officially adding it to the to-do list for next weekend. For now, here’s some inspiration.
Cristina V. Cleveland

Cristina V. Cleveland is a senior beauty editor based in Austin, TX. She has been exploring personal style and decor on Fuji Files since 2009. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, To&From Magazine, Coco+Kelley, CamilleStyles and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.

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  1. woaaaaah!! that’s a DIY project!!
    I love it!

    BTW, nail charms are so weird, I would never pierce mine!

    You have a great blog, I’m following you 🙂


  2. ahhh i love the whole log thing going on! and to answer your question i have no idea who makes those shirts, i just stumbled upon it in my pictures but ya i would wear that shirt everyday if i owned it

  3. Thank you for all your comments! Major motivation to finish this project, I’ll try to post pics of the final product!

    Emma – I use a free program called Gimp which you can download. I use the “Paths (pen) tool” to cut images. Hope this helps!

    xx Cristina

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Fuji Files was started by Cristina Cleveland, the Managing Editor of NaturallyCurly, the largest hair and beauty content platform. Her work as a writer and editor has appeared in publications like Refinery29, Teen Vogue, CamilleStyles, Blavity, Birchbox, TradHome Magazine, Coco+Kelley, and ads in Glamour, InStyle and Lucky.