{what a week!}

It is most definitely one of those weeks. I have several major commitments and responsibilities this week, so there hasn't been much creating going on. I'm itching to get to one particular project, because it will hopefully make my life a little easier. It involves this:So...maybe tonight I can get a few minutes to start it. If I'm lucky. P.S. I'm also looking for adhesive ideas that will dry absolutely clear. Any suggestions? … [Read more...]

{poor man s’mores}

I don't know about your house, but we love, love, love S'mores! Almost every weekend we have a campfire in our backyard, and many times we'll roast marshmallows to make them. We have tried several variations, including our favorite--using Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in place of the chocolate bars.I love this idea of making them, too. They are super yummy, and only require two ingredients. If you don't have chocolate in the house, or if you're looking for a simpler, less expensive way to make them, this is the ticket! Going camping? Think about these instead--they would be perfect!The only ingredients you need? Fudge striped cookies (I used generic brand), and marshmallows! Just use the … [Read more...]

{foyer ledge inspiration}

I need help. And some inspiration. We have lived in our house for over 2 years, and the ledge in our two-story foyer is still completely empty. It's a space that I have found daunting to fill, and so have just avoided doing anything with it.I did find an old, big window at Habitat this weekend for only $3 (thanks to my bff who let me know they were there), and I think it's a possibility. But what else, if anything?So, I'm coming to you, my fabulous readers, to give me some ideas! I'd love to hear what you've done, or what you've seen, and if I end up using one of your suggestions, you will win a special prize. (I'm not sure what yet, but I'll think of something good!)P.S. I'm not a … [Read more...]

{his & hers key holder}

This project was made out of desperation. We had another one hanging by the door, but it just wasn't strong enough for the weight of keys, which resulted in the nails pulling out of the drywall and looking terrible.We don't have a lot of keys--just one set for each of us--so I thought "his" and "hers" would be perfect.His & Hers Key HolderITEMS YOU NEED:frame OR piece of woodbeadboard, cut to fit frame, or slightly smaller than wood piecesheet metal, cut to fit desired space4 metal carpet tackssubflooring adhesive or Gorilla Glueold-fashioned nailsvinylDIRECTIONS:I decided to use a frame, but you could definitely use a piece of wood (pine boards come in many different widths, and they … [Read more...]

{laundry shelves}

laundry shelves close

Finally. Organized shelves for my laundry tubs. I feel like singing! I have been wanting to do this forever, and after seeing THESEshelves over at Show and Tell, I bumped them up on the priority list. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner, because I'm in love.They're not only practical, but pretty darn cute! I didn't want them underneath my washer and dryer--not only do we already have the pedestals, I wanted to fit more tubs than could go under there. But...we had the perfect space where my cloth hamper was, so we just made it to fit that space. Perfect for four tubs!!They were built out of MDF and particle board. Since the box would be hidden under the counter, we could get away with … [Read more...]

{broken chair = darling nightstand}

I am in the very slow process of decorating my guest room/craft room. I think I have finally decided on colors, which is major progress, let me tell you! The vintage sewing machine I found a month ago was the inspiration for the color palette, and I've finally been able to start on a few projects in there.The first item of business was a nightstand, but I wanted to do something a little different than the usual. This broken chair from our old dining set was the perfect answer. I am so pleased with the way it turned out. It was super easy, and the cost was less than $10 to complete. Let me show you how I did it!BEFORE:DIRECTIONS:1. It actually started out with only one broken spindle, so … [Read more...]

{rolled fabric flower tutorial}

flower 10--super close up copy

After posting my ruffled headbands a few days ago, I received several requests for a fabric flower tutorial. So, I was happy to take the opportunity to make a couple for one of my girls' dresses--they were in need of a little something, and I thought this would be perfect. This particular technique is simple, and using only your fabric and a hot glue gun, takes less than 5 minutes to finish. There are many types of fabric flowers out there, but this one is more of a rosette style that you can make as big or as small as you'd like--just keep rolling! I especially like that each one turns out so different...it only adds to their charm. Rolled Fabric Flower ITEMS YOU NEED: fabric … [Read more...]

{10 minute curtains}

Laundry room curtains have been on my list for awhile, and even though I had a piece of fabric already sitting up in my closet, I just kept putting it off. After posting about Linda's drop cloth curtains, I had an idea...and using my trusty glue gun, I knew it would be fast and easy.It proved to be just that. I made these curtains in about 10 minutes (which is good, because that's literally all the time I had!), and I think they turned out cuter than what I had previously planned!ITEMS YOU NEED:canvas dropcloth (I used a remnant of one I already had)hot glue gunfabric, or ribbonThis is seriously the easiest thing you will ever do. Canvas is perfect for hot glue--it's thick enough to not … [Read more...]

{monday’s featured guest…the painted cupboard}

Good morning, everyone! I am delighted to introduce you to...April, from The Painted Cupboard. When I found her blog, I spent a good long time looking at all her fabulous projects. She is very talented at refinishing furniture, and as someone who shared this passion, I was excited to see the many skills and techniques she shares with her readers, and couldn't wait to have her here to share a couple of her favorite pieces, along with her "can't live without it" tools and techniques.Make sure you go and check out her blog--it's a must see!----------------YAY!!!Kierste over at Brown Paper Packages was so very kind to ask if I would like to be featured on her blog!! Of course I said YES!! Who … [Read more...]

{ruffled headband}

ruffle emma copy

Okay, this started as a total experiment, and I'm so happy how it turned out! I had some extra fabric that I wanted to make something for the girls to wear in their hair, and since I love ruffles so much I started there. This is a fast project, even for me. So, if you're a non-sewer, and are thinking you can't do this, you can!! I learned a few things along the way, and I can't wait to make some more. I will definitely use more fabric, and make it more "ruffly", with more folds. I didn't cut a long enough piece, so I wasn't able to make it as ruffly as I would have wanted it. *Disclaimer*: I am in no way a seamstress, so if you are, please do not pay close attention to anything. :) … [Read more...]