Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Chalkboard Wall

I've been wanting to do a chalkboard wall FOREVER! I've read some on line reviews & they all said they loved having a chalkboard wall, but it was a huge pain to paint over. So I had my Hubby cut a 1/4" piece of MDF board down to fit where I wanted the chalkboard wall to be.
It took 4 coats...I then had to condition it by rubbing chalk over it.

And Hubby mounted it to our half wall.

Peepers really enjoys it...

He wipes it off & starts all over...
It works out great to be right by his desk.

Thanks, Karla

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Rhinestone Bracelet knock off

There are so mane great rhinestone bracelets out there ( but some of them are ridiculously expensive).

I made one using all stuff I had on hand: existing cuff bracelet, rhinestone bracelet, rhinestone trim (from a sample same 13 years ago... the trim card is even yellowed), glue, bias cut silk & some clothes pins.

Using super glue I glued the rhinestone bracelet on on the center of the cuff bracelet.

I then glued the rhinestone trim to either side of the center rhinestones.

Pretty as is right?

I then added a drop fabric of glue & wrapped the silk fabric around the bracelet.

Held it in place with a few clothes pins & made a bow to conceal the clasp.

The Finished Product...
Thanks & Happy Thanksgiving! Karla

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Wine Bottle Cozy

Hi all, You may have seem these from other craft blogs, but here is my version.

I went to a party last night & I took a bottle of wine as a gift - But it needed to look more "gifty" that just a bottle of wine, so I made a wine bottle cozy.

Take an old sweater that you no longer plan on wearing (if it is wool you can felt it by washing it in HOT water & drying it on HI HEAT). Cut off the sleeve & stitch up the bottom (can be done with a sewing machine or by hand).
Tie a fun ribbon around the neck of the bottle. Voila - a fun little wine bottle cozy for FREE!
Or you can embellish it with other things if the wine is only part of the gift.

I made a fun SCRUNCHED BELT to go with my wine so my friend can show off her figure.
" Hubba Hubba "

Love, Karla

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Fall Wreath

I had enough newspaper bags left over from THIS WREATH that I was able to make a fall wreath.

Thank you, Karla

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Easy Art Wall

Here is how I did an easy art wall in our new craft space. This way I don't have to have all of Peepers lovely keepsake art hanging on the front of the refrigerator.
I used Command Hooks (seriously, I don't know what I did before this invention came along... they are literally the best thing since sliced bread & we use them in almost every room & closet in the house!!!) That can be a lazy day blog post...Hmmm... Maybe I should be a paid spokes person for these.
I had plans for this to wrap around on to 2 short walls so I figured out I needed 6 hooks ( 3 for each row). Since I planned to have the table nestled into that corner. So I measured how high up from the floor they should be (allowing room for the art to hang down).
I them measured the length of the walls & cut my ribbon a little longer (about 6") to allow for slack & the loops. At first I was going to use clothes line rope, but I liked the though of the thought of the extra pop of color (Plus it was left over from our wedding). I sewed the loops, but you could tie a knot if you want (allow extra ribbon/rope for knots).

Once hanging, I just started placing clothes pins & art along the ribbon.
From this photo you can see I folded my ribbon in half width wise so that it stayed on the hook. Once I had enough art & clothes pins hanging from the ribbon the weight kept in in place better.
I love this art wall... this could be fun way to display Holiday or Birthday cards too.
Thanks, Karla

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Autumn & Winter Blocks

Hi All,

Remember THESE BLOCKS???

Well, here is the Autumn/Winter version is hot off the of craft room table. I did the the exact same way as before & really think they turned out well.

This is in our kitchen above the sink.
For the Winter blocks, instead if using a brown ink pad to make them appear aged, I used GLITTER MOD PODGE for a glistening snow effect. Of which by February I will not be able to stand the sight of another snowflake. Don't get me wrong, I love snow for Christmas & for my Birthday, but if it melted away 3 months earlier & I would be happy as a clam!The glitter Mod Podge was fun for this project - give it a try.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sewing/Craft Room Makeover - Finally

Hi everyone,

You may remember my blog post from 6 months ago about the disaster my sewing/craft room was in. Well, last week I took off a week from work (sent Peepers to day care) & finally did something about it! Most of the stuff for the room had already been purchased, it was just a matter of getting it done. Here is the BEFORE POST

First off, I need to thank my Hubby for helping me sort thru all kinds of CRAP (I mean treasures) before the magic could happen. We had a keep pile, a toss pile & a Craig's List pile.

Two years ago I had Artie ( My handy guy) install new task lighting... it is wonderful & a must for a room in the basement. I started out by painting the ceiling. It was very dingy and judging by how much @#$%! popcorn ceiling texture came off, I suspect it was the first time it was ever painted (see nice white square).

I painted the upper half of the exterior wall Light Lichen (left over paint from the porch). I also used this for the toddler table & chair set that goes in the craft room. Four years ago I bought the paint that I wanted to use for this room. So I had to take this back to the store & get it shook. I can't tell you the color because it was a "mistake paint" for $5.00.



The wonderful wall of shelving.

the Closets ( I painted the trim too). What lies behind these doors still needs to be sorted thru & purged.

Anders Art Wall
Chalk board door, cork board wall & hooks.

Filing cabinets

Peepers & I are already enjoying the sewing/craft room. I'll post more photos about everything that is going on in the room soon. I just LOVE how it turned out. The color is pretty intense (yes, you feel like you are underwater) But, I like to think of it as being in a different world.

Thank you, Karla