Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas treats

On pinterest I saw a cute reindeer cake pop. And made some Oreo truffles to pass out to neighbors. The truffles were only 3 ingredients: 1 bag reg. oreos crushed and mixed with 1 (8oz) bar of cream cheese, then rolled into balls and dipped in Almond bark melted chocolate. I must have been extra good this year because Santa (aka husband) made me a cake pop stand for Christmas!

spiral scarfs

This year for Christmas gifts I made some spiral (circle) scarfs, it was pretty easy. I found a demo here and decided to change it and use lighter material, I couldn't figure out how to not let it fray a little but otherwise I think they look great.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ring toss

This year for my church's Halloween Carnival I made a Ring Toss I saw here. Couldn't find the paint Martha suggested to use in Orange so after a few misses used Home Depot's Color Sample paint tinted to orange. It didn't peal off the glass I think because it had primer in it. I thought it would be a good game for the little kids but turns out the older kids had a hard time with it too...bonus! I used the glow in the dark necklaces for the rings, gave a nice effect at night.

Ruffle Bag

Ever since I've been seeing these all over Pinterest, I've been dying to make one, I just got called to a new calling and needed an XL bag so I adjusted the "How to" to accommodate a large bag, so glad with how it turned out, my only worry is if I used to light of fabrics that will show everything???

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Necklace redo

Bought a necklace on sale, it was a bit too big but it was only held all together by ribbon tied in knots, for some reason I thought I could untie the knots and take some beads out. Ha, ha, don't know what I was thinking the knots were pretty tight, ended up cutting it up and getting some new ribbon and making a shorter necklace. I'm very pleased with the end result, plus added bonus I can used the leftover beads to make a matching bracelet...someday that is ;)

Cake pops

Last year for my daughter's birthday I attempted to make cakepops and failed miserably! After much support & encouragement from my friend, Brandi. I attempted to try again. I just made some baby blue chicks for my son's teacher's surprise baby shower, and Jack o-lantern's for a kid party we just had. I've still got a lot to learn, but at least now I'm willing to keep trying. I feel like the the little train..."I think I can, I think I can"

3 Tierd Platter

Recently I needed to make a similar 3 tired platter for a church activity. This time they wanted white plates with crystal candle holders, they were going for a more french country look. I went to about every dollartree store I could find, still with not enough plates found myself at the goodwill and got exactly what I needed. With E600 glue I glued the plates to the candle holders and this is what I got. Total cost roughly $5.50.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween garland

Needed to make some decorations for my kids Halloween class at school, came across this on Pinterest. Luckily my friend has a silloute machine, wish I did! Made it super simple to cut. And then just used some thread and needle to string it along...Love it!!!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Congrats banner

My kindergartner's teacher is prego with her first, so we're putting together a surprise shower, I made this pennet sign out of scrap paper and sewed ribbon on the top. I hope it'll be a big hit, plus it's neutral enough I can use it for other events.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Framed Earing Holder

For a church activity I was putting together framed earring holders, it was really quite simple and cheap to do. First I went to Walmart and got a cute frame for $5, and sawtooth picture hangers for $1, then went to Lowe's and found some sunscreen material you can buy by the foot, and got my trusty staple gun. I took out the glass and cut out the back of the frame with a box cutter knife, then cut out a piece of sunscreen material to cover the back and used my staple gun to secure it in, just pull tight and staple at an angle so the staples don't go through the top of the frame. For only about $6, it turned out really cute. I've also gotten a old key hook to hang my necklaces and bracelets from (Thanks Anna for the idea), I hooked on a child's fabric belt that I attach all my clips to that way I see what I have instead of digging through a drawer for it ;)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bottle cap necklaces

Been itching to make some bottle cap necklaces for my daughter. So went to Hobby Lobby and found the bottle caps in the scrapbooking section and the epoxy stickers. I cut out of card stock the image I wanted to use with a 1 inch punch and glued it to the bottle cap with E6000, don't use too much glue or it will seep through the image and leave a watermark. Then placed the epoxy sticker on top to seal it. I drilled a hole at the top to put a jump ring in and attach the 18in ball chain necklace, and a hole at the bottom to attach some beads. So easy and cute!

Tiered Cake stand

Recently on Pinterest Click Here I saw a cute 3 tired cake stand someone made from things at a thrift shop. With my daughter's birthday looming I thought I'd attempt to make one. Unfortunately I wasn't as lucky as the original she made it for $6, I however found the candlesticks at the local Goodwill, and 2 cake pans at the Dollar store but had to buy the big one so my total was $16. I think it was totally worth it. I'm sure I'll be using this for baby showers, and game nights, etc...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Canning Chicken again!

It's that time of year again, well basically I ran out of my canned (jar) chicken. Luckily this time my brother had bought a pressure cooker I could borrow. Thank goodness it fit on the stove...just barely! It's funny it only takes hour and half to cook the chicken but the total prep time of getting the pressure cooker ready makes it more like 3hrs. It's worth it in the end homemade canned chicken beats the stuff they sell in cans any day!!!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sofa Table

Big debate about whether or not we needed a sofa table behind a sofa that butts up to a wall. But since it was an empty weird space I decided to get one anyways. Found this one on Craigslist, sorry didn't take a decent photo before sanding...oops! First time using Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint with the primer in it, have to say it was just fine, went on a bit thick, but that is good for the coverage, used color: Anonymous, then Ralph Lauren glaze in Smoke to give it more antiqued look, then top coat of polyurethane to finish, I think it turned out great, and fills the awkward space perfect!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Flower vase redo

So I found this really cute french tin vase for flowers at HomeGoods, only it is mustard YELLOW! Since it was cheap I didn't mind spray painting it a color (Valspar, Exotic Sea) that would go better in my house. I love the yellow peaking through from the inside, I taped & covered it so it wouldn't be painted.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Cork board

I've been wanting to make something out of a cabinet door since I got some from family that was remodeling their bathroom. I had a baby shower coming up, so found some cute fabric and used liquid nails to hold it down and attach it to the door, distressed the door, added a cute letter to cover the hole the door knob was screwed into. So proud how it turned out, I love repurposing!!!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Camra Strap

I've been seeing these cute camera straps everywhee, and been itching to transform my camera from a "male" looking strap to a "female" one. Here is where I got the instruction.

Apple of my eye

I saw this on a blog and thought that would be cute. So I ran to the dollar store, bought an apple cut it in half and hot glued it on some scrapbook paper, framed it and doesn't it look so cute on top of my cabinets? Love 3-D art!!! I got the bird cage from Homegoods and filled it with lemons.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Old desk


My daughter needed a desk in her room so we found one on Craigslist, not so pretty. I sanded it down, primered, rolled the purple on, then handed it over to my brother with his fancy paint sprayer, I think it's time I invest in one for myself. I painted the base with "Creamy" from Sherwin Williams, since I had some left from my bedroom set, and the top is from Home Depot, used it in her room for a border stripe. Got some glass knobs from Hobby Lobby and ta-da!!!! She likes it so that's really all that matters. I didn't glaze the desk, only the chair this time.

Desk chair


I bought a desk & chair off Craigslist for my daughter, it actually was a great condition chair, but since I was painting the desk I wanted to paint the chair too, so I sanded it down lightly, then painted on primer, used a paint sprayer, then glaze, then sealer. I think it turned out soooooo cute!

New Old chair


We bought this chair 11 yrs ago from Rob & Stucky, unfortunately if I want them to make me a new slipcover it is anywhere from $600-$1400. So I bought some fabric on clearance for $50, all they had was 8.5yrs. Luckily that was just enough to make a new one, no cording/ or anything fancy. I did velcro instead of zippers on the cushions. It took me more time to figure out where to sew first then to actually sew it together. What do you think?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Lamp shade redo

Broken before

On the way home from buying this lamp, my youngest kicked at the shade till it broke. Saw this tutorial, thought I'd give it a try, it wasn't as easy as she made it sound, and I used a foam brush that was rounded, that seemed to help. It was a nice cheap alternative. The true test will be if my husband even notices a change ;)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Bedroom Set Makeover!





Just decided to paint my 13yr old bedroom set, the first furniture we purchased together. We just weren't into knotty pine anymore. So my sweet brother came over one day with his fancy paint sprayer/compressor and primered the entire set after I had lightly sanded it with 150grit. Once it was dried I used a cheap paint sprayer with Sherwin Williams' Creamy Pro Classic paint, the sprayer worked for the most part, but a bit temperamental. Let it dry and then moved onto the glaze. I just wanted a slight antiqued look so I painted it on in the creases with a cheap $1 brush where the bristles are stiff from Walmart. Then used a wet rag to wipe it off. Once I was done and let it dry for rest of day lightly brushed on polycrylic sealer. Didn't use polyurethane because had heard it turns cream/white paint yellow tint. And then went to Hobby Lobby with their amazing 50% off sale for knobs getting these porcelain ones for $2 a piece. Not bad for a quick fix don't ya think?

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Candyland Party

Still getting the hang of my new camera, sorry for the dark pics. This party entailed lots and lots of cardboard. Cut up cardboards to make the figurines and all the Candyland steps, got the kids involved in the painting, think it turned out pretty good.