Saturday, March 24, 2012

Some DIY and organization for today

So today I felt like doing some DIY and organization. Firstly, I reorganized our bathroom linen closet- got these cute baskets from the dollar store and made the tags myself.

I also made a quick and easy dry erase board. Dollar store frame, and dollar piece of scrap fabric from Jo Ann's. Tada! Super easy. Though I probably should of ironed it before I put it in the frame- you can totally see my fold marks in the fabric- will have to take it out and iron it when I have the energy and motivation to iron (I hate ironing!).

I also got my order from Vistaprint today. Hooray! I ordered business cards for the Newtown Arts Company, as well as made new ones for myself and my design work. I got a free pen, and a super cheap stamp for me to stamp on my projects (as I can't seem to find my custom stamp I got a while back, ever since we moved to our current digs). I also got some labels to put on the envelopes of cards I make.

I ALSO got these super cute and cheap keychains (below) made for Frenzified. I have an idea. I don't know if it would be something people would like, but I'm going to test it out when I go to a crop in April and at CHA. If it goes well, I'll get more keychains. Basically, I want to put the keychain on a jumpdrive that is filled with Frenzified images all loaded and organized, so if you want the whole package of all my images, they all come nicely packaged on a jump drive and you get a cute keychain to boot with the lovebird. Just an idea. Not sure if anyone would buy it, but I'm going to test it out before I invest a lot in keychains and jumpdrives. :D

Lastly, the hubs was nice enough to scrap and spray paint layer one to the bar cart.

 I picked up the fabric (see below) at JoAnn Fabrics for under $10. Once we get another layer of paint on the cart, I'll cut the fabric to fit in the inset areas and glue it to the panels, then modge podge overtop (I hope that works well). If all else fails, I can just add some kind of cording to the edges if I can't cut straight.

Any who, time for bed, but thought I'd update you on my current projects. I have one other project in the works, that if it all works out, I'll be making a whole lot of them for a friend's bridal shower.
Happy Crafting!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Obsession and planning

So as we wait to hear about the status of our hopeful future digs, I've been basically LIVING on Pinterest gathering ideas for the decor and blog hopping on people's blogs once I see something I like on Pinterest. Feel free to check out my Pinterest boards and follow me here:

Anyways, among getting ideas on what to do with some of my DIY projects I have planned, but am waiting on actually doing them till things are more concrete in home outcome, I came across this cool site called Olioboard. For those of us who LOVE Pinterest, it is just another step towards planning your dream rooms. It basically is a place to put together inspiration boards (similar to what most interior designers tend to do). It also can calculate out what it would cost to get everything on that board and a great way to see if certain things work together or not (you can also upload or add products from other sites to your own collections). Here are a few of my planning boards for some of the rooms I'd love to do.

Living room: light orangy hardwood floors, dark chocolate brown furniture, olive green walls, with white, green accents and tiny hints of orange to bring out the floors.

Dining room: light orangy hardwood floors, dark chocoalte brown furniture, golden mustard walls, with orange accents. Basically I'm thinking of taking a warm feel with the dining space.

Kitchen: So our hopeful home has nice wood cabinets, but very orangy. I'm thinking stain them a little darker, paint the walls mostly creamy white to match the cream white countertops (and maybe a creamy white tile backsplash or stencil). Then bringing hints of chrome silver hardware to match the appliances, and pops of black and lime green. Maybe a green accent wall where we'd add a shelf breakfast bar in that little nook with my chalkboard frame above it. I loved the two color of wood in the ikea kitchens on this board. I can't decide which tile I like best, so I put a bunch up there. Also, I'd love a roman shade- I'm thinking lime green and white.

1/2 bathroom downstairs: Our hopeful home has a 1/2 bathroom downstairs that I think would look lovely in rich purple, black and white. Very royal feeling with the damask prints. Yes please!

Craft room: Painting the furniture mostly white (except the chairs as red with a fun seat cushion fabric) with polka dot curtains and dot themes everywhere. Lots of red accents with white furniture. Red boxes and organization. I haven't decided on wall color- maybe a creamy white, light yellow, or light gray. Not sure on that part. What do you all think?

Master bathroom: Yellow, white and gray. Yellow walls, white floor, chrome/gray fixtures, curtains and accents a mix of the three. Either gray or white vanity. Bright and sunny!

Master bedroom: Black and white with red accents. I love bold colors and already have basically everything similar but the lighting and the dresser. I'm thinking a gray wall color, a red floor rug over white carpeting, black furniture (I actually have 2 black chairs that were my grandmother's that look very similar to this black leather chair, that I plan on using in the room). Red accents all over the place. I'm thinking red curtains or maybe red and white or red, black and white stripe curtains. I love bold stripes!

My husband always laughs that my dream home is a rainbow room house. To be honest, maybe that is who I am- I love color and I always wanted (since I was little) to have each room a different color. I still need to put together a board for my "blue room"- spare bedroom I was thinking, and I'll be set on colors in the rainbow. haha

I also started looking at some cool things online/blog hopping and such,  and came across The Real Housewives of Buck County blog. I remembered them being featured in our newspaper a while back, and for some reason just now got around to following them- I'm kinda slow on jumping on the bandwagon I guess, or just was so busy at the time, forgot. Better late then never I guess. Anyways, I'm enjoying going back and seeing all their redos. But there is a certain guest blog post about a bar cart redo here: that the conversation is very similar to what I had with my hubs about our bar cart. I still need to fix mine up (its sitting in our spare room till I get the proper tools to scrap and repaint it). I just got a kick out of the conversation over it, and chuckled to myself how close it was to the conversation over the phone (with sending a photo via text) to the hubs about it. lol

Another thing I came across was this cute tray redo over at A Place for Us blog. I think I'm going to have to make a tray I got from a yard sale down the street a while back into that lovely thing. lol

Ok, enough blog hopping, I need to actually get SOMETHING done this week. lol
Happy crafting!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Revamped and thinking...

So I haven't had much energy or time to do a lot of craft projects recently. I have however been spending way more time on Pinterest than should be humanly possible. haha
This has gotten me thinking on new DIY and revamp projects. Here are a few of my favorites that are on my To-Make list. The majority of them I have the stuff, I just gotta finish them! haha

1) Revamp/refurbish the old drink table cart I got- someone was throwing it out, can you believe it?! It is below. It is a little rusty and the one hinge needs some work, but overall it is doable I think.

Here is a link of someone's redone bar cart that is my inspiration for the colors. I love the white and orange, so I think I'm going to either paint mine all white with orange patterns on the main surface, or paint silver over the silver that is already there, and do a orange & white on the main surfaces. Enjoy Monica at craftynest's bar cart here:

2) Headband holder made out of oatmeal/drink mix can. I saw this on Pinterest and immediately thought of my massive number of headbands just thrown in a box right now. I swiped my hubs drink mix can and covered it. here it is below. I still have to add the "stand" part. I hope to make another matching one (so I have 2 total- I have sooo many headbands) once we go through more tea mix so I can steal the can. I thought ahead luckily and saved the paper for another matching one. haha

Here is my original inspiration for it from Lyssa Beth:

3) Make a lampshade out of old slides. I got the idea from here:  at the HGTV site. I have 2 whole boxes of old slides that my work was going to throw out, so I took them home in hopes that someday I can make one of these beauties. :D

4) Family/friends birthday wall art. I got the idea from someone's pin on Pinterest here:  I so want to do this awesomeness, so I don't have to rely on Facebook telling me people's bdays! lol

5) Sweater shoes made from old flats and an old sweater. I just recently cleaned out my closet (the newest closet cleaned below) and I saved a pair of old brown cheapo shoes that have started to degrade and a sweater that I don't like to wear much (fits funny) and I plan to make a pair of awesome sweater shoes like these awesome people here:;all

Hopefully the few other sweaters I saved I can make into something else cool and felted.

6) T-shirt repurposed bags. I have a boat-load of t-shirts that I don't really wear much, or just wear them to bed. I would LOVE to turn them into reusable bags or other fun stuff. Check this person's awesome t-shirt bags here:
Here is some other fun t-shirt repurposed ideas:

7) Sweatshirt pillows. I have a few sweatshirts that just don't fit nicely anymore or are starting to fall apart. My goal is to make some sweatshirt pillows (especially my 3 college sweatshirts). I got the idea from this person here:
I hope to get at least the 2 red sweatshirts made into pillows as they would match my futon nicely!

So there you have it. My top 7 to-make items (or in the process of making items). Hope this sparked something in ya'll to get creating. Happy crafting!