Tuesday, August 31, 2010
After a coat of primer and paint...
I added some distress..
(Forgive the quality of this picture, I didn't use my flash, and tried to lighten it on the computer.)
I added a coat of polyurethane for protection, and I ended up with this!
Next Mission: Find some swanky lampshades to redo.
Monday, August 30, 2010
I decided a few months ago it was time to tackle my medicine cupboard. I was sick of all the bottles falling out, and I really needed to go through it and dispose of expired medication. While doing this I kept thinking to myself “there has to be a good way to organize this”. I was also in an organizing mood, so I was going through a few of the cupboards in my kitchen. If you anything like me you have oodles of Tupperware. I never am using all of it at once, and I have found that there are certain sizes I rarely use. I then decided that Tupperware would be the perfect way to organize my medications. I divided up the medications by category and then found the Tupperware that would work best, which also is the sizes I rarely use. I then used a dry erase marker to label the outside of each container for easy finding when you need it. The best part is I can always change the label by simply wiping it off. I no longer brace myself for a bottle eruption when I open that cupboard and I think it looks very neat and tidy.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
A fun website for you to check out this weekend is the Young Me Now Me blog. You can send in your original childhood photo along with your re-created version. The one above is one of my favorites. Browsing this blog is bound to make you chuckle, some of the people have gone to great lengths to authenticate their re-creation. My husband is still debating which one of his childhood photos to re-create, does anyone know where to get adult size footed pajamas?
Friday, August 27, 2010
Be sure to stop over to Sherbet Blossom today and see us in the “Project: Organize” feature. It is a great series, and a fun blog to read. There are lots of fabulous ideas on how to get organized, so stop over and check it out!
Thursday, August 26, 2010
I bought these fun silver trays~not too big, not too little. Pretty raised pattern around the edge. I knew I could do SOMETHING with them!
I took them outside and gave them a quick primer coat...
I used this leftover bedroom paint for my top coat and brushed it on with a foam brush.
While the paint was drying I got started on the second part of the project. The letters. (These are not from the Dollar Tree, but they were only $1.49, so pretty close.) I traced the letters face down, and then cut out the paper letters.
I attached the paper letters to the wood letters with Mod Podge...
I roughed up the edges a little with an emery board...
Added some ribbon, and buttons for embellishment...
attached them to my trays....
added a little 3M diddy....
and now the girls will know which bunk to sleep on :)
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
My kiddos had second helpings. They also have decided to take some tomorrow for school lunch! Love it. Hope you love it.
This morning, about ten minutes before their scheduled departure time, they announced that it was CRAZY HAT DAY today. I tried my hardest to plead the case of "no time to pull something together". They wouldn't buy it. So I did what any creative mother would do at the last minute. I threw a grocery bag on the boy's head, and a place-mat on the girl's head. (Mother of the year, here I come!) Luckily they were super excited about their new head-wear... what do you think?
I found this great little plaque at a yard sale for a quarter.
I knew it would be an easy gussy-up, with a trip to my "spray paint place". I did a coat of primer on both pieces, and the screws. A creamy white coat on the wood, and aqua on the metal.
I distressed it a little, and put it all back together. A quick 10 minute project, and I have a fun "new" piece to decorate my home.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I figured I needed two sides, two liners, two handle liners, handle stabilizers, a zipper, and bias tape. (NOTE: If I had to do this again, at a time when I could think straight, I would have traced the bag on paper first and then created the pattern from there).
Here's a quick how-to on how I made the bias tape. I fold my fabric to create a right triangle like this:Starting at the longest side I cut it into two-inch wide strips. This way you are cutting on the bias without all the measuring. You may be thinking that I am a lazy seamstress. You are right. Anyway, once you have all your strips cut, sew them together to form one long bias tape.
Then I sewed the zipper onto the handle lining.
Now it was just a matter of putting all the pieces together. I decided that I wanted the inside a little water resistant, so I added a lining of thin plastic sheeting (the kind you buy off the rolls at the fabric store). Anyway, at a time that I should have been safely in dreamland, I finished my sweet daughter's bag.
That is an now-empty bottle of Maple syrup in is sweet, sticky little hands. Luckily for me, he has pretty good aim, and the majority ended up in the bowl. Unlucky for those peaches, however.
What could I do? I had just convinced my hubby last week that we don't need to buy syrup from Costco, we don't go through it fast enough. This bottle lasted three days.
That's me in two stories and a few words. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to stop by Costco.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
Select your frames, a large one and a smaller one. (Mine are 11x14 and 4x6)
You'll also need two 12x12 pieces of scrapbook paper.
Remove the glass and mats from your frames, and get them outside to prime and paint. It's EXTRA hot this weekend, so your frames will dry lickety split.
While your frames are drying, trim your paper to fit within your frame's measurements. You can do three pieces like I did, but I also think a "four-square" pattern would look great.
Lay out your paper and get ready to glue it to the frame's backing. I attached mine with Mod Podge, but a glue stick would work too.
Glue your paper down, making sure to press out any air bubbles.
Your frames are probably dry by now. I decided to distress mine a little. I lightly painted on some brown acrylic, and quickly rubbed it off with a damp paper towel. It's a messy process, but I like the end product.
Select some embellishments to "gussy up" your smaller frame. I chose various ribbons and yarn, alpha stickers, and a metal tag.
After you've embellished your smaller frame, you can replace the glass and add your photo.
Your paper covered frame back is now dry. Replace the glass in your large frame, and add your backing.
Time to finish... glue your smaller frame directly to your large frame's glass. Don't use HOT glue. It will pop off eventually. I use E6000 for gluing on glass, and it works like a charm. **REMEMBER** measure first before laying down your small frame. E6000 is a messy, smelly clean-up.
You'll end up with something like this.
Have a super weekend!!!