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Quick Saturday DIY

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So my husband is recovering from a nasty cold this winter break and I have been doing everyting I can to fight it off.  Last night I had some sinus pressure and used a heated pack on my face to help.  I woke this morning thinking, I should make my own pack using essential oils and the face mask templete I had sitting in my office for another sewing project.  So here is my craft of the day, it took about 10 minutes as I had all the supplies already on hand.

First, I used my mask template I downloaded from this cool craft blog

Here the supplies I used:

  • Mask template from above, or trace some sunglasses and make your own.
  • Fabric (I used a cute cactus print fabric I had and a second soft fabric that happened to match)  You only really need one print.
  • Elastic (only need if you want it to hold on your head, you could easily do this without it if you just want to lay down and put it on your eyes)
  • Rice
  • Essential oils
  • Funnel
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder (optional)
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FIRST: I traced the template on my fabric and cut it out, you need two pieces.

NEXT: you pin them right sides together, I also tucked in some elastic and pocked it out through one side.

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THEN: I carefully stitched around using a sewing machine and leaving one area on the side of the mask open (this is where the other end of the elastic was sticking out.

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I then turned the fabric right side out and used a bone folder to help push out the sides,  you could use anything else like a pencil too.

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To prepare the filling, I put some rice in a bowl and sprinkled some drops of essential oils on it.  I used about 10 drops of lavender and 10 drops of the Young Living RC (my favorite!)  which is a mix of eucalyptus, cypress, and spruce.  Peppermint would probably work as well.  I was also going to put some dried lavender in there but I couldn't find it.  You can also use other items as fillers such as dried beans or lentils.  I let the rice sit for about 10 min.

I then used a funnel to fill the mask mostly full but not all the way.

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After filling it, I tucked the other end of the elastic in (after measuring around my head and trimming it, and folded over the edges.  I sewed the end shut and then lay the mask down to even out the filling.  Here is what the front and back look like:

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I tested it out and it worked perfectly!  

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I might make another one but just a stuffed rectangular pouch.  That would be a lot simpler and you don't really need a template.  It would be great for heating and using on your forehead.  

Happy Saturday . . . I hope you create something today!

-Amberleigh

Goal Setting Freebie!

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I am working on setting some goals as the New Year creeps up, I thought I would make a goal setting sheet and share it with others interested in setting some goals.  

I find that yearlong (New Year's resolutions) never really stick for me so I will be working more on monthly goals.

I wish you good luck on your goal setting and a Happy New Year!

Make this year a year of finding, of fulfillment, of joy, peace, and purpose.

If you are planning on hosting a New Year's Party, here are some fun decor and party ideas I've been looking at:

Oh Happy Day!

Repurpose Your Gift Wrap Scraps

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So this season I designed a simple green tree gift wrap and after wrapping a small gift I realized I had extra scraps that I didn't want to go to waste!  Here are a few ideas for things to create with extra gift wrap or scrapbook paper. 

Here are some helpful tools . . .

You can find the punches on Amazon or at Paper Sources, here is a link to the envelope templates: Paper Source

You can also find envelope templates by just searching online and then print them out and trace them.

Oh! Another tool I almost forgot but is really handy is a bone folder, I use this to smooth down the folds so they are nice and crisp.  To seal the edges of the envelopes a glue stick or double sided tape works great.

I love this tag punch, I use it to make tags out of everything.  I especially like making tags out of old Christmas cards and then using them later.  It works great for kraft paper and my gift wrap (my gift wrap is a little sturdier than most)  This might not work on more flimsy gift wrap.

I made these with the small envelope guide, they would be great for cute notes or to put on Christmas presents as well.

I also used the bigger template to make a larger envelope with the bigger spare pieces I had.

Here I used my triangle punch to create a tree card.  Super simple and cute!

I used my embosser to create the star cause . . . embossing is fun!

Want to purchase some of my tree gift wrap?  Check it out here: Etsy

Crafting a Birthday Brunch

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So my girl friend's thirtieth birthday was coming up and my friends thought it would be nice to surprise her with a birthday brunch.  We were going to try out a new restaurant and everyone was assigned something to take care of such as flowers, dessert, balloons, etc.  I was in charge of bringing a sign or banner and some decorations as I tend to be the more craftier one.  So with a few days to prepare something, this is what I came up with.

1. Easy chalkboard sign . . . I have this small square chalkboard sign that I bought at Joann's that I use for all types of occasions.  I just marked up a cute sign using a chalkboard marker and used some washi tape to add a little more detail and color to the sign.  The triangles I cut out of scrapbooking paper using this banner punch I just bought from Amazon.

2.  I created this cute banner for the table as I guessed we wouldn't have a large space to hang something.  I used the same banner punch and scrapbooking paper with some string.  To create the base I bought these cute little pots and used floral styrofoam glued in the bottom and skewers to hang the banner.

3.  I of course needed a wrapped gift that was just as crafty as the decor so I wrapped her gift in kraft paper and cut different floral shapes out of cardstock and glued it down.  This was pretty quick and surprisingly easy.

4. The last touch . . . I found this cute little party hats at target and had to get them!  They added a little playfulness to the table.

Just a few little projects made our brunch fun and beautiful. 

Lazy Girl Scrapbooking

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I love the idea of scrapbooking, mainly because I love paper, pattern, photos, and the idea of organizing things into pretty little pages.  I do not however have hours of time to dedicate to scrapbooking.  The main reason I have started to scrapbook is the fact that I have figured out a system and materials that make it really easy to scrapbook.

Supplies you need:

1.  Patterned paper:

I order occasional Messy Boxes from A Beautiful Mess because the paper they send comes in different sizes already cut to fit scrapbook pockets and they are coordinated to match.  They are also super cute rather than most that I see at the craft store.  Messy boxes are a subscription based product but they often run deals where you can purchase past boxes or a month's box for shipping only, sign up for their newsletter to get updates.

http://shop.abeautifulmess.com/messy-box

2.  Embellishments

I love washi tape which works great for taping down photos.  Letter stickers, cute cutouts, ribbon, anything that you can find in a craft store to add a little fun to the pages is nice but totally optional!

3.  Pictures

I sometimes print pictures at home, or send a sheet to kinkos, I even use mini polaroid pictures too.  If you want some nice ones you can print them pretty easily at Costo, but I am pretty lazy and don't care that much so I put them all on a document, print them out and cut them.

4.  Plastic scrapbook page organizers

The most important thing that makes this all easy are the page organizers!  You can buy these online or at craft stores.  Mine are the Simple Stories brand: Simple Stories , which I think I bought off Amazon but I know they sell some at Joann's and Michaels as well as A Beautiful Mess sells them.  What's great about these is they have different size pockets and you just plug in photos and paper and it creates an interesting layout.  The pages come in different layouts and you can buy a variety pack.

If you are a more computer savvy person then you might want to try and use in design to plan your photo sizes to fit the organizer pockets, I just started doing that and It makes the photo part much easier.

Here are some of my recent pages that I whipped together using the polaroids from my birthday.  They are super simple and didn't take long to construct.

Need some inspiration?  Check this out: http://www.abeautifulmess.com/scrapbooks/

Happy Scrapbooking!!

30th Boho Birthday Bash

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My husband and I love birthdays so we decided that we would celebrate our birthday months.  Planning my birthday is always a task and difficult for me.  I love to entertain and usually plan a small gathering with friends but find that I go into host mode and don't really enjoy my party.  So when my husband asked me this year what I wanted to do I thought about all my favorite things and decided I would spend a day doing my favorite things and whoever wanted to join me could.

So I made a list of all my favorite things and decided on yoga, tea, the ocean, movies, fuzzy socks, and PJ's.  My plan was, free yoga in the park in the morning with breakfast at the Dana Point Harbor (my happy place), then lunch and tea at the Royal Tea and Treatery (gluten free and dairy free!), then a movie, snacks, PJ's and fuzzy socks back at the house.  Here is how it went . . .

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In the morning, I had kits ready for my girls with water bottles, fuzzy socks, and supplies to make boho flower crowns.

First stop was Dana Point!  I love the harbor so we went down there to get some breakfast then went to I heart yoga which is a donation based yoga that is every day in a park above the harbor.  There is nothing like doing yoga overlooking the ocean!

The next stop was Royal Tea and Treatery!  This is a cute cafe in Costa Mesa that is completely gluten free and dairy free.  They have amazing sandwiches, homemade hummus, tasty tea, and delicious scones and desserts.

I brought some small fake flowers to put into our twine headbands during lunch.  Here is how mine turned out.

Finally, we headed home to watch a movie.  I transformed my living room into a boho lounge and my husband prepared snacks for us to eat while we watch our movie.  I selected "Sisters" to watch, a hilarious film if you haven't seen it.

It was such a wonderful birthday!  I loved sharing things that were important to me with my friends and family.

Valentine's Gift Ideas

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It's been a while!  Valentine's day has passed but I thought I would still do little post about some ideas for celebrating your significant other.  My Valentine's day was spent going to our favorite fancy doughnut place called Sidecar Doughnuts.  If you live in Orange County or plan to visit there I highly recommend this place, they regularly feature a gluten free doughnut which is the main reason I like to go and their butter and salt doughnut is my favorite.  

I also took my husband to see Deadpool at a luxury theater winning me major wife points.  If you haven't visited a luxury movie theater, I highly recommend that as well!  Reclining seats, tasty food and beverage options, and the ability to choose your seat are great perks.

Of course we also went to a nice dinner down in Laguna Beach, where there are several amazing restaurants to try such as Broadway by Amar Santana, Three Seventy Common, Watermark, Nick's, and 230 Forest Avenue, which is where we went.

As for my the Valentine gift I got for my husband . . . now I obviously like to make gifts and I have a thing for creating "kits".  I decided to create a date night kit which kind of benefits both of us and included fun things and handmade things.  I found several great websites that had cool ideas and print outs to help make your own kit which I will share.

Here is the tag I made, I just printed it out and used Washi tape to attach it to card stock.

Here is what I included in my kit . . .

1. A date night idea jar, this one I found from Uncommon Goods.  You can purchase it here:

Date Night Bucket List

2.  For a group date I bought a game since my husband loves games.  I bought "The Contender" from Amazon which is a fun debate game and works similar to Apples to Apples.

3. For a funny date, I created people bingo game cards. My husband and I love to people watch and often do so on dates.  Here are the bingo cards:

4.  For a sexy date night, this one is easy, you could do lingerie, candles, games, etc.  I have a thing for goofy boxers so I picked some clothing items and wrapped them in a bag.  There are some great ideas on these websites too: http://www.thedatingdivas.com/holidays/valentines-day/80-sexy-valentines-day-ideas/

5.  For a pampered date I found some cool printables here: Spoil Your Spouse

Some other things I included . . . candy for a "Movie Date Night" which I would have added movie tickets but we currently have a bunch of those.  I also wrapped some electric candles for a "Romantic Date Night".  You could easily add a bottle of wine or a giftcard to a restaurant.  U put everything in a tin and was done!

Found this one at Hobby Lobby:

I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's day!

A Wes Anderson New Years

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My friend and I have always talked about how awesome a Wes Anderson themed party would be. We decided that New Years would be the perfect time to celebrate Wes Anderson style.  Luckily, I had winter break to plan for the party and decided to make each room a different Wes Anderson movie.  Here is how it went . . .

My research included many hours of Pinteresting, watching movies and of course this wonderful book borrowed from my friend:

1. The Patio

The patio was Moonrise Kingdom themed with a teepee and fun props.

Props: Felt flag and raccoon patch, arrows, book cover printed and wrapped around another book.  Record player found outside my friends house, binoculars, shoes, and raccoon hat ordered online.

The teepee I made with my brother using this tutorial: http://julieblanner.com/how-to-make-a-teepee/

I also printed notes and pinned it n string along with an arrow garland I created using paper.

2.  The Kitchen

I decided to to the kitchen like The Grand Budapest Hotel, the details included a lot of quotes and printed images, Mendels boxes, cake stands, perfume, and keys.

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These were cards that my husband designed for people to fill out and share their New Year's resolutions.

Here is a recipe I found for Mr. Bean's cookies, they turned out good but I forgot to take a good photo of them:: http://www.vancouverobserver.com/food/recipes/2010/11/04/chefs-kitchen-gets-foxy-mrs-beans-famous-nutmeg-ginger-apple-snaps

3. The Living Room

This room was the Royal Tenenbaums' room filled with old books, photos, Scrabble and of course a tennis racket.

4.  The Hall

Here I just printed a bunch of quotes and pictures from the Fantastic Mr. Fox.

5. The Bathroom

Naturally, I had to do the bathroom inspired by The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou.  I printed quotes, images, created dynamite, and of course a leopard shark.

The party ended up being a blast and my decor was a hit!  Everyone's costumes were so great!  Here are a few highlights from the party:

Happy New Year!  I can't wait for what 2016 will bring!

Handmade Christmas

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This year my husband and I decided to make a lot of our christmas gifts, here are a few fun projects that made great gifts this year.

1. Handmade printed watercolor tea towels.

This project was my favorite!  I had created a watercolor of one of my favorite recipes, a mayo free potato salad, here is where I got the recipe from: Potato Salad Recipe

I scanned my watercolor and formatted it for a fat quarter then had it printed with 4 images to a yard through Spoonflower (spoonflower.com).  I found the watercolor printed very well!

I then cut the fat quarter pieces out and hemmed the sides to create the tea towels.  

I loved how they turned out!  If you aren't much of an artist you could also scan a handwritten recipe or a photo and have that printed.

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2.  Hand painted constellation

For this I did several variations, I hand painted a circle with blue watercolor and then painted the constellations of the astrological signs of my friends and family. I also painted some more detailed pieces that feature a tent or beach scene and then had them scanned and printed and added the gold constellation over the print.  

3.  Family Birthday Board

My grandmother is always worrying about forgetting birthdays so I decided to make a birthday board that included all of the dates of our families birthdays.  I started with a plank board that I bought from Michael's already stained and everything (the same one I used for the menu board in a previous post).  I then painted on the words using the transfer method for "Family" and did the "birthday" and months by hand.  I had some small screw in hooks that I attached along the bottom of the board.

Next, I bought a bunch of small wooded tokens from Michaels and screwed two holes in them to attach them to the board.  I used twine to attach the tokens and wrote the names of family members and the numbers of their birthdays. I then tied them to the board.

My gifts went over pretty well and I had a great time working on them.

Tin Can Project

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So I've been collecting tin cans for no reason at all but the assumption that I will make something out of them.  I finally decided to try something as I am running out of room to hoard cans.  I decided to make a desk organizer for my office supplies.

Step 1- Screw the cans onto a wood board.

Step 2- Spray paint the cans and wood. (I started with white and then decided I didn't like it so covered it with blue).

Step 3- Fill with office supplies!  Or eating utensils for entertaining? Or use as a vase for flowers?, or a planter, etc.

This was such an easy project! Now go start hoarding cans and make something cool!

Here are some fun links to can ideas:

Momtastic

Crafty Texas Girls

Knick of Time

DIY Menu Board

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So I am horrible at meal planning and thought I would craft a menu board to make it easier with the hope that I will actually use it.

Supplies:

Wood boards (I fount this pre-stained pallette from Michaels), clips, screws, recipe cards/index cards, a pencil

Step One:

Mark where you want your clips, I used my recipe card to help space them out.  I was planning on screwing in the clips using the screws but the screw heads were too small to hold the clips.  Instead I just screwed in the screws and use them to hook the clips on, it works just as good.

Step two:

I then painted on the letters to mark the days, you could use a transfer method if you don't want to straight free hand them.  Check out my tutorial in a previous post.

Step three:

Hang recipe cards or index cards with meal ideas.

DONE! Now let's see if I actually do it . . .

Gold Hanging Geometric Mobiles

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So I have been in love with these cool geometric shapes used as decor elements and decided that I could probably make my own with a few supplies.  This was my project this week and here is what you need to complete your own low cost geometric mobile.

Supplies:

 Gold spray paint, string, cocktail straws

Gold spray paint, string, cocktail straws

I basically strung the straws on some string and played around with creating different shapes.  I then spray painted it to look like gold metal.  

 I started with some simple shapes but I'm sure you could make some crazy stuff.

I started with some simple shapes but I'm sure you could make some crazy stuff.

Happy crafting!

A Product You Have to Try!

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I love this stuff!  Liquid gilding is like liquid gold leaf that you can paint on stuff.  I decided to play around and paint a bunch of stuff with the liquid gilding and this is what I did . . .

I painted some cute bee push pins:

I added some gilding to some watercolor paintings:

I updated my old whiteboard with some paint and gilding:

The brand I use is Martha Stewart and you can find it at Michael's.  Keep in mind it doesn't wash off like regular paint so I save two brushes especially for this so I don't ruin all my brushes.

I would love to see any cool things you create with liquid gilding!

Laundry Room Makeover

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Let me start by saying I am so thankful that I have a laundry room. That being said . . . i hated my laundry room!  I hated it because it was packed full of random things, it was crowded and hot.  My laundry room is actually located off the patio so you have to go outside to get to it.  Also, the  door doesn't really close all the way so it always gets dusty in there.  So I decided to spend some time on it to make it actually bearable.

Before:                                                                After:

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So the first thing I did was paint the one wall behind the washer and dryer a pale blue leaving the white shelving.  I had cleared out the shelves and then replaced some items in some cute bins I picked up from target.  I had an adorable water jug that the top broke on so I used it to hold the Oxy Clean and then added the liquid detergent to the shelf.  I switched to a small mason jar to measure the detergent and placed it on a coaster made by putting furniture protectors on the bottom of a white tile (check out my tile tutorial for more info).

Next, I moved the washer and dryer against the side walls so I could have some space in between to put some storage.  I would like to eventually put a cabinet there but for now I found this bathroom organizer that fits right into the space.

I also spray painted a tub I had lying around the house to hold my husband's stinky gym stuff and hung a car trashcan on the wall with "lint" painted on it for all that lint you pull out of the dryer.

I replaced my janky drying rack with this slightly nicer ikea wire rack that folds down so I can save some space.

Lastly, I added a few hand painted wooden signs, check out my tutorial on how to create your own signs: in a previous blog post.

and a few laundry reference pictures I bought at a Patchwork festival.  Here are some you can get off Etsy: Letteredandlined

I also added a vase with fake flowers from Home Goods and spray painted a can to hold some doggie bags.

I have to say I now smile every time i go into my laundry room!  I still have some more work to do such as switch out the over head light and put a new door on the room but I no longer dread being in there.  Please share any ideas or photos of your laundry room!  

DIY Painted Wood Signs

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I love creating my own wooden signs for the house!  They are so fun and easy!  For my most recent Craft Workshop I taught a simple technique for creating easy painted signs.

So here are some techniques that you can use:

1. Sticker Method

Basically, you paint your board, you place letter stickers down, paint over and remove the stickers and voila!

Okay, so here are some tips . . . this doesn't work great with stickers!  Mainly because the stickers sometimes get soggy and when its dry and you try to peel them they come off in chucks.  This requires a lot of picking.  

What works a lot better are vinyl letters!  Also, you usually get some bleeding of the paint through the edges in some places so I had to touch it up with a brush after. 

This is probably the easiest route but you are limited with the font and size of the vinyl letters.

2. Stencil Method

So on this one I painted my wood then used a chevron stencil for the pattern and then a letter stencil for the "A" using a foam brush.  This is another easier technique but has a few problems.  Make sure you tape the stencil down really well, as there is usually a little bleed through with this as well.  I did go back and touch it up with a brush after.  The limits of this process are that you are limited with the font and size like the sticker method.  This has a cool look though if you like that stencil appearance.

3.  Transfer Method

This one is my favorite!  I use this most often however it is slightly more challenging than the other two techniques.  

First I painted the wood block and set aside to dry.  I then printed out my letters on a printer.  You could do this in a word document or photoshop.  

 Here is my brother's sign, he painted it to look a little weather by not completely covering the wood board.

Here is my brother's sign, he painted it to look a little weather by not completely covering the wood board.

 

I then prep my letters for transfer, you can use a piece of carbon paper or transfer paper but I prefer to just use a pencil as it is easier to erase.  So to create your own transfer paper you scribble on the back side of your letter sheet using a regular pencil.  I sometimes will use a white charcoal pencil if my board is painted a dark color.

You then tape the letters on your board aligning them where you want.

You then trace over the outside of the letters using a pen or pencil.  The idea is that wherever you press down it will transfer the pencil to your board.  Her I did the same process using white charcoal on a black board . . 

It helps to peak to make sure it is transferring to the board.  After that you just paint in the lines using a small brush.  

Paint- tips on paint . . . you can always use acrylic craft paint from a craft store but I tend to collect "Oops" paints from Home Depot.  These are paints that they mixed up and someone didn't want or were mixed wrong and they sell them for around 50 cents.  I collect those and find they work really great for these kinds of projects.

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Finishing touches . . . 

Sometimes I will use sand paper to remove some paint on the edges to give it a more rustic look!

To prep them for hanging, you can purchase hanging brackets from a hardware store or a Aaron Brothers.  I tend to save the ones from frames I didn't need them for so I usually have a stash.  Home depot has some good ones you just hammer in the back.

Here are some fun signs i've created for my place using the transfer method:

Happy making!


DIY Covered Stool

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As a teacher, I don't sit much and find that my feet really hurt by the end of the day.  So on a quest to encourage myself to sit a little I thought I would make a teacher's chair for my classroom.  This is a little how to for creating any type of upholstered stool.

I started with a stool that I found out on the "magic" corner of our street where fun stuff shows up and disappears quickly.  I nabbed this stool a while ago and have used it as a plant stand in my garden until I decided it would make a good teacher chair.

I started by sanding and painting the stool.  I probably should have primed it but I was lazy and just went for the paint.

Next I cut a piece of foam the size of the top of the stool, I recommend cutting it a little bigger than the top so it will wrap around a little.

Next, I cut a large piece of fabric much larger than the size of the top of the stool.  I laid out the fabric and turned the stool and foam upside down on the fabric and pulling the fabric tightly I stapled the fabric to the underside of the stool.  I stapled by starting in the middle of each side and then stapled the corners last.  I then trimmed excess fabric off.

Then you have your covered stool!  It's not perfect but it will work in my crazy messy art room!

Tips on supplies:

You can purchase the fabric and foam from Joann's, the staple gun and paint from Home Depot.  Super easy!

Happy Crafting!

DIY Cake Plate

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I love to entertain and I am currently planning an end of summer party.  I created a cake plate stand a while ago and thought it would be fun to create a few more as part of the table setting for the party.  I also played around with some hand painted flowers to add a cute touch and tie it in with the decor of my kitchen.  

CAKE PLATE DIY

This cake plate pretty much cost about $2.00 to make!  So easy and cheap!

Basically I purchased a plate and a goblet, drinking glass, or bowl from either the dollar tree or the 99cent store.  I then glued the glass or bowl to the underside of the plate using E6000 glue.  I then spray painted them.

For the blue one, this was a bowl and a plate which I spray painted and then hand painted flowers using acrylic paint.  I then sprayed it with a clear acrylic coat to protect the painted flowers.

As for the red and white plate . . . the red one is an upside down goblet glued to a plate and spray painted red.  The white one was a cute bowl and smaller plate I found at the 99cent store that had some nice detail on it.  I glued it together and didn't even spray paint it because I wanted a white one.  So easy! 

So now I have a cute set of cake plates I can use to serve goodies at my next party!

DIY Jewelry Storage

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So . . . a friend of mine commissioned me to make her something to use as jewelry storage.  There are so many cute ideas out there!  I hang my jewelry on a frame with hooks on it but I wanted to come up with something that could be used for more than necklaces.  So this is what I came up with . . .

I love it because it can be hung on a wall or free standing.  So this is how I made it . ..

First I needed to gather a few tools and materials:

  • Crate (craft store)
  • Paint and brush, I used a teal chalk paint (craft store)
  • Spray paint for grate (home depot)
  • Metal grate (craft store or home depot)
  • Sheers that will cut metal (home depot)
  • Gloves for working with metal (home depot)  I found mine at Joann's
  • Wooden nobs (craft store)
  • Sandpaper
  • Screws
  • Hooks 
  • Mason jar
  • pencil
  • Screwdriver or drill

Step 1:  Sand and paint your crate

Step 2: Lay the metal grate over the top of the crate and mark where you need to cut it to fit inside.

Step 3: Cut the grate using the sheers while wearing gloves so you don't cut yourself on the metal edges.  Then spray paint your grate if you would like or leave it a nice metallic color.

Step 4: carefully place the grate into the crate (you may have to make a few trips to set it to fit better).  I then added a screw in each corner to lock down the grate to the crate.

Step 5:  Mark and screw in the hooks to the underside of the top of the crate.  I used both smaller hooks and larger ones.  These will be used for necklaces.

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Step 6: paint and add some wooden pegs.  I got mine from Joann's in the wood working section.  The side pegs are candle holders or something like that and the bottom peg is a wooden person peg.  I painted them and then attached them to the crate with gorilla glue.  The side pegs are great for bracelets and watches and the bottom one is for rings.

Step 7: I just added a mason jar with a little twine tied on it.  I didn't attach this in case you wanted to pull it out and look through earrings but you could also attach this to the base if you didn't want it to move.

You now have a cute way to store your jewelry!


Busy Bee Craft Nights!

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After attending a painting and wine event with my girlfriends they commented that I should host a similar night at my house where I could teach them how to paint.  Although, I liked that idea, I thought I would branch out and host a craft night where I could teach them how to make cute practical crafts instead of having everyone paint the same picture to take home and hide.  

Craft Night Checklist . . . 

Wine . . .

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Cute work area . . .

 Check! (kraft paper, sharpie, white paint!)

Check! (kraft paper, sharpie, white paint!)

Supplies . . .

Check!

Willing instructor . . .

Check!

So this was my first craft night . . . I decided to show a technique for creating custom coasters out of tiles.  This makes such a cute gift and it can be really simple or more creative depending on your interests.

Here are my instructions for creating the tiles:

DIY Photo Coasters

Instructions 

Supplies:

·      4 subway tiles 4”x4”(home depot)

·      Foam brush (craft store)

·      Matte Modge Podge (craft store)

·      Spray Acrylic Coating (home depot/craft store)

·      Felt furniture pads (home depot)

·      4 photos printed slightly smaller than 4”x4”

 

Steps:

·      Cut out photos

·      Apply modge podge using a foam brush to tiles

·      Place images onto tiles centering as best you can

·      Apply a coat of modge podge over the picture in one direction and let dry

·      Apply another coat going the opposite direction (do this several times)

·      When dry, spray with acrylic coating and let dry

·      Apply four furniture pads to the bottom corners of the tiles

 

You are finished!

 

Possible variations:

·      Use scrapbook paper and letters to crate monogramed tiles or holiday themed tiles

·      Use cut-outs from beer boxes

·      Create a collage using papers, magazine images or scraps to create an artistic look

·      Cut the images shorter and center closer to the top of the tile to make them look more like a polaroid

·      Paint on the tiles and then coat