Friday, September 30, 2011

Easy Editing To Blog Width

You may notice my blog looks just a little different today. I changed up the width to eliminate some of the wasted space and allow for wider pictures (and I think it just looks better). I don't know why this change had eluded me in the past because it is really easy. I followed these simple instructions from Studio Waterstone. I didn't want to change up my template so I just followed her instructions for width adjustments (just scroll down a bit in her post). The hardest part was adjusting my header to have it look right with the new width. All in all though, I think it took less than 10 minutes.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Up Next - Master Bathroom Re-do

So this is my master bathroom. It's dated and ugly and I'm so over it that I've pretty much given up even keeping it tidy. So it's getting a face lift. In addition to everything listed above, I'm also going to try to re-grout my shower. And add new accessories and art. After pictures to come (hopefully) soon. But in the meantime, here's a little peak at my inspiration photo:

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Last Bit of My Kitchen Project ---> DONE!

I finally finished up the last little bit of my kitchen project thanks to my dad's assistance. Remember my ugly breakfast bar area:

As I mentioned, I didn't just want to paint it white. With kids in the house that was just asking for trouble (dirt, nicks, scuff marks).

Well here it is now -

I saw this idea here and thought, "hey, that might work". And I love how it turned out. The kids should be able to kick it all they want without doing much damage.

We used salvaged wood (fence boards from our back yard) and my dad built the white wood frame that goes around it.

Here's a little step-by-step, although my dad built the frame so I don't really have details about that part:

Cut your salvaged wood to length. I also lightly sanded the front side to remove any really splintery bits. Then I used Liquid Nails to apply them.

The frame was built out of 1X8's and painted the same color as the cabinets. Here's my dad nailing it into place-

Replace outlet covers and any necessary trim pieces and you're done.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Easy Faux Antique Pewter Vase

I had been looking for an antique silver or pewter vase for a while and been unable to find one - so being both resourceful and crafty, I decided I could make my own. I started with this glass vase that I found for 50 cents at a thrift store:

my vase was milk glass but I'm pretty sure this would work with clear glass as well - let me know if you try it

You will need 2 products to create your pewter look:

Metallic Silver Spray Paint

Antiquing Glaze - I found mine at Lowe's. It's a little pricey but it will last a long time and there's so much you can do with it.

Step 1:

Cover your entire vase with a coat or 2 of silver spray paint. Let dry.

Step 2:

Brush on your antiquing glaze, making sure to get into the grooves.

Step 3:

Use an old rag to wipe off the glaze. It will pool in the grooves and you want to leave most of that there. Rub and wipe until you have a look that you like. If you wipe off too much, add some more on. The glaze I have allows you to work with it for about 15 minutes. Once, you're satisfied with the look, let dry completely.

And done . . .

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Thank You Aunt Ann

My aunt recently passed on to me a shoebox full of vintage jewelry that she had found at a garage sale. It was full of fun treasures just waiting to be re-made. Here's my first piece made out of that box -

(It looks like the flower is on opposite sides in these 2 photos - 1 was taken in a mirror and 1 was not)

This was made from a vintage daisy brooch and a multi-strand chain - probably the easiest jewelry making method ever - just slip your brooch onto the chain and then use a pliers to pinch the brooch clasp tight to keep it from slipping on the chain. Here's what it looks like on the back side:

Thank You Aunt Ann!

Monday, September 19, 2011

My "New" Kitchen - The Big Reveal

Cabinet painting is DONE! I really do feel like I have a brand new kitchen. It's so much brighter and fresher. And cleaner - wow, those wood cabinets can hide some grime!

So here's what it looked like before:

And now:

It was a lot of work but I think the end result was worth it. You can see my basic cabinet painting tutorial here.

And I do still have this little area to take care of:

It's our breakfast bar area and I didn't just want to paint it white because I'm pretty sure with little kids sitting there it would end up nicked, scuffed, and very dirty. I have something a little different and (hopefully) very cool planned but I need my personal handyman (my dad) to come help me with it next weekend. So stay tuned.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Scrunchie Wreath for Fall

I took a break from my massive painting project the other day to create this little fall wreath for my front door. All of my supplies came from the thrift store (other than the crocheted flowers which I made from supplies I had on hand) and cost less than $5 to make. And it's fast! Love those cheap and quick projects. Here's how to do it:

I picked up some navy blue fabric ($3) and an large embroidery hoop ($2) at the thrift store. You will only be using one ring of the embroidery hoop - you can save the other for another wreath. A word about your fabric choice - you want it to be fairly lightweight or the weight of the fabric will weigh down the hoop too much and you'll end up with an oval shaped wreath - shear-ish fabrics would work well. Also you will need more fabric than you would think - probably at least several yards although this will vary on the size of your embroidery hoop.

You will need some sort of tool to cut through your embroidery hoop. I found this little mini saw in my husband's tools (really I don't know why I still call them "my husband's tools" because I'm pretty sure I use them more often than he does). Embroidery hoops are made out of pretty flimsy wood so this isn't too hard - no heavy duty sawing needed.

Now cut your fabric into 12 inch strips - cutting as long of strips as possible. I was able to cut fairly long strips so I ended up cutting 4 of these - this number will vary depending on how long you're able to cut your strips and how big your embroidery hoop is.

Fold your fabric in half length-wise, right sides together and sew a seam. Basically you're sewing a long tube. Do this with all of your strips. Turn tubes right side out.

Using the opening that you cut in your embroidery hoop, you can now slip your tubes onto your hoop. After you have them all on, use duct tape to put your hoop back together. I wanted my wreath a little smaller than my original embroidery hoop so I overlapped the pieces a bit. This gives it a little extra strength when hanging to avoid the oval-shaped wreath problem as well.
Adjust your fabric tubes where you want them and use a little hot glue applied to the embroidery hoop to hold your ruffles (or scrunchie bits) in place.

Attach your embellishments using hot glue - I added some crochet flowers but you could use fabric flowers, artificial flowers, or pretty much anything.

Now hang your wreath and enjoy!

***And finished kitchen cabinet photos coming next week. I put the finishing touches on yesterday and just have to tidy up to shoot some pics!***

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


I'm often amazed and intrigued by the many and varied crafty uses for paint chips but this has to be the coolest I've seen -

paint chip flower mural (seen on pinterest)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


Saw this the other day and it was so odd I just had to share -

Custom Pet Nose Print Necklaces - priced from $240-$270. You are actually sent a kit that allows you to make a mold of your pet's nose print. Then it is sent off to the artist to be made into a necklace. Just in case you need one, you can fine them at Uncommon Goods

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fall Inspiration

Things I am loving for Fall
(and hope to try when I find the time) -

homemade Butterfingers - made from melted candy corn - recipe here

Antique Mercury Glass Pumpkins from Pottery Barn - I'm pretty sure this could be a DIY project using Krylon's Looking Glass spray paint and this technique

LOVE the bold colors of this wreath for fall - tutorial

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies - yes, please!

doily + spray paint

table runner tutorial - this is linen but I'd love to try it with burlap


Hershey bars + crepe paper + googly eyes - full tutorial here

and finally an easy refashion - cutout skull tee made from an old black tee or tank, wear a white shirt underneath - tutorial