Jun 29, 2011

Gone Interviewin'

Hello lovely readers!

Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom

Thanks so much for swinging by my blog today, I'm glad you came!  I'm not going to be doing a lot here today, but pop on over to Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom, where I'm sitting down with the hilarious Suzy for an interview.

We'll be back to regular programming here on Friday, see you then!

Be blessed,

Jun 27, 2011

Thrifted Chair Re-Do

Remember my $1.00 bargain chair?

I've been working on refinishing it over the past week.  Working on it a little here...a little there as I had a few extra minutes.  And, can I tell you, I just love it?  Seriously, my finished bargain chair just makes me smile.  And the best part?  The entire project cost me ONE dollar.  All the paint, sand paper, clear coat I had right here at home left over from other projects.   That's what I call a bonus!

Let me walk you through how I finished my chair.

I started by giving that baby a good sand down.  I used an 80 grit sand paper to make short work of it and to 
really get all those layers of old paint off.  

(Let's pretend there is a picture of a sanded down chair here...I took one, but I think I accidentally deleted it...oopsie!)

Then I dusted the chair off and applied a coat of good ol' primer. 

I taped off the legs of the chair and painted the seat and backrest a beautiful muddy brown color.  The color is called Northern Song, by Beauti-Tone, in case you're wondering.  Have I ever mentioned I would love to be a paint color namer?  I won't deny that when I'm picking paint colors I am easily swayed by the name of the color I'm considering.  

After two coats of Northern Song, I removed the tape and retaped on the seat and backrest so I could paint the legs.  I applied two coats of, get ready, Rosie's Gardenia, also by Beauti-Tone.  Isn't the name simply divine?  Rosie's Gardenia is one of my favorite shades in the white family, it's so soft and creamy, ugh, I've used it for a few projects in our current house as well as our previous house, and Rosie hasn't disappointed me yet.

After all my paint was dry and the tape was removed, you better believe I did some distressing.  Me and my handy-dandy sanding block distressed the edges of the seat and back rest on the chair, letting the white of the primer peek through ever so slightly.  Once I was satisfied with the level of distress my chair was in, I sealed it in with a few layers of satin clear coat.  And here is the finished product:

Now my biggest problem is deciding where to put my lovely little bargain.  Initially I thought I'd paint it a bright bold color and have it out in my garden with a big pot of flowers on top.  In the painting process I ended up going a completely different direction, and I'm not sorry I did.  Now I'm not sure though, should I still go with my original plan and have my chair in the garden, or perhaps it would make a nice bedside table, with a little basket and a magazine on top?  What do you think?  

Thanks for stopping by, I'm so glad you came!

Be blessed,

I'm linking up!

Jun 23, 2011

Before Blogging Throwback

Just recently I was invited to join in a Before Blogging Throwback link party at Sugar & Spice in the land of Balls & Sticks.  The idea behind the party is to share a picture of something you made before you started blogging.  Isn't that a fun idea? 

My very first blog post was back in January, but before that, in December of 2010 Zach and I made a bean bag toss game for Boden as a Christmas present.  We had a lot of fun working on this project together.  

Just in case you're questioning my ability to paint cars, I copied the cars from the fabric I used to sew the beanbags.  I know they look a little wonky!

Be sure to head over to Sugar & Spice in the land of Balls & Sticks and check out the other entries as well!

Be blessed,

Jun 22, 2011

The Beer Bucket Redo (Painting a Galvanized Steel Bucket)

I stole this charming beer bucket from Zach's work van.  He got it last week when he was doing some work for a local business and had his hands full on the way out of their store.  The manager gave him this to carry a bunch of 
computer parts in.  

I love a good galvanized steel bucket, but did not love the gigantic beer logo...I know, picky, picky, right?  I figured I'd try to spray paint the thing and see how it worked.  

First I removed the handle, scuffed it up lightly with a fine grit sand paper, then went to town with my pistachio green spray paint.

One coat...

two coats...

three coats...

I did one more coat of paint yet, just for good measure, and then I forgot to take a picture of it, oh well, I'm sure you get the idea.

All I can say is, thank goodness for spray paint, that sure made painting my new bucket a whole lot quicker, and more fun too!

In case you're wondering, I used Krylon Indoor/Outdoor spray paint in Satin Pistachio. 
After my lovely bucket was all painted up it was a little blah, you know?  So I decided to play around with some stencils I bought at Walmart the other day.

I bought a pack of Plaid reusable stencils, and they were beyond simple to use.

Just peel,

Place where desired, sparingly dab paint over stencil,

 Then while the paint is still wet, peel the stencil off.

Then just wash the stencil off in warm, soapy water, replace it on the clear plastic film it came on and store it to use another day.  You can reuse each stencil up to 20 times before the stickiness wears off.  Pretty impressive, no?

I had so much fun playing with these stencils, I'm already looking for an excuse to whip them out again.

And finally, here is the wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am, finished product:


What do you think?  I'm really liking the cool, creamy shade of the pistachio spray paint.  What would you use this bucket for?

Thanks for coming by, I appreciate your visit!

Be blessed,

Jun 19, 2011

Adventures in Thrifting

Garage sales, thrift stores, freebies,
they're all wonderful.

Wonderful, I tell you.

I've recently found a few fun items that I just can't wait to transform.  The other morning I was on my way to the grocery store when I saw the tell-tale balloons at the end of a street, practically begging me to at least drive by and see if there were any treasures for me to take home. 

 I saw this little beauty as soon as I pulled up, but with a $5.00 price tag, I just wasn't sure.  With some fantastic bargaining though, I walked away having invested $1.00 in this solid wood chair.  I can't wait to share the finished product with all of you!

I also stopped by the thrift store this week, looking for some old drawer pulls.  I didn't find what I had in mind as far as drawer pulls go, but I did find this brand spankin' new lamp!  It still had the plastic wrap over the shade and everything!

I really like the lines of this simple little lamp, but it's a little plain, so I've got a great plan to add some awesome girlieness to my new lamp.

And, the last fun find of the week was a total freebie...but it needs some mondo lovin'.

 I generally don't care to decorate my home with beer merchandise, but I just love the size and shape of this galvanized steel bucket.  I'm thinkin' some bright paint and perhaps a fun stencil will effectively transform my beer bucket to something worth keeping.

Stay tuned for finished projects and a couple of tutorials, too!

Be blessed,

Jun 18, 2011

Father's Day Round Up

Father's day is coming up this weekend, and the blog world is ripe with great ideas to celebrate the Dad's in your life.  Here are a few of my favorite ideas:

If you've got a dad who is a coffee connoisseur, then this coffee sampler from Homework would be perfect.

I just love how Carolyn put everything together, the packaging, naming each of the different coffee's, it's so well thought out. 

If you're guy is hard to buy for, maybe a gift card would be better suited.  And, if you have to give a gift card, then you'd better wrap it up with style.  How about this shirt pocket gift card holder? 

I found this cute card at Holiday Crafts and Creations, where there are tons of great father's day crafts, printable's and ideas

Or perhaps the Dad you're celebrating is a bit of a kid at heart, 
Simple Simon & Company would be sure to make him smile.

Liz has flawless style, and it shows in her attention grabbing Cereal Specimen.

And lastly, for those Dad's with a sweet tooth, how about this 
gorgeous pie in a jar?

Pure Joy Events put together a fantastic tutorial to make this ever so thoughtful pie in a jar, and doesn't the necktie around the rim of the jar just put it over the top?  

How about you?  What are your plans to celebrate this father's day?

Be blessed,

Jun 16, 2011

Planter Love

Remember these birdhouses?

I used them earlier in spring for this centerpiece.

I've since relocated the centerpiece to my piano, where it's sat to be enjoyed by all...and now it's time to move on.

Outside the flowers are blooming, the summer sun is warming our faces and my freckles are starting to merge together to make it look like I actually have a tan.

I recently planted some daisies from my friend's garden into a lovely wooden barrel planter in my front yard.  The daisies haven't quite filled in the planter just yet, I'd imagine by next year it will look much fuller.  In the mean time, I decided to add a little birdhouse love to my not-quite-full planter, you know, to give it a little oomph while I wait for those daisies to really kick it up a notch.
Wanna see?

I marked the center on the bottom of each birdhouse.  I asked Zach to drill the holes while I took the pictures.  He used a 3/8th's inch drill bit to make the holes.

I initially was planning on using wooden dowels as the bird house stands, but the dowels I had on hand just weren't long enough.  So I took a little walk around the backyard and trimmed a few fairly straight, long branches off an unsuspecting tree.

I then slipped the birdhouses onto the branches, stuck them into the dirt in my planter, and voila,
Some charming planter love!

So that's it from me for today.  Simple?  Yes.  Just what my little planter needed?  You betcha!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Be blessed,

I'm linking up!

Friday Flair @ Whipperberry
Sundae Scoop Weekend Wrap Up @ I Heart Naptime
Lolly Jane
Made with Love Monday @ Sew Chatty

Jun 14, 2011

Dresser Organization

You can ask my mom, I've always had a hard time keeping my dresser top tidy.

My dresser top is like a magnet to all the things that have 
found their way into my pockets at the end of the day.
It's the perfect spot to let down my hair, and subsequently, pile up the bobby pins.
A wayward sock?  Meet the dresser top.

All the little odds and ends that seem to follow me around the house tend
 to pile up on my dresser...and I'm sick of it.  
I'm ready to get cleaning!

In an effort to keep my dresser somewhere in the realm of tidy and organized, I made a little spot for all my jewelry to hang and be accessible.
I'm kinda excited about it.


Gracious, this was such a quick fix, and it works so great!  Plus, it was F-R-E-E!  I had everything I needed on hand (love that), and this little project came together in a flash!

Here's the how to:
(Sorry for the lack of pictures!  I was having some grief putting them up, thankfully it's a simple project!)

Take any picture frame and remove the backing.  Trace the frame onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out.  Make sure the cardboard fits into the frame, trim it if necessary.

Cut a piece of eyelet fabric large enough to cover the cardboard.

Lay the fabric out on a flat surface and put the cardboard on top.  Wrap the edges of the fabric around the cardboard and glue in place.  I just used a plain old glue stick, though hot glue would work too!

Fit the cardboard into the frame.  You can replace the backing for security, though I didn't since my cardboard fit in nice and snug and the backing wouldn't fit over the cardboard properly.

Hang up your all your pretty little things by looping the earring posts through the eyelets on the fabric.  To hang up necklaces I stuck corsage pins into the fabric and looped the necklaces over those.

If you have any questions, please go ahead and ask them in the comments section below, I'll answer them the best I can!

Thanks for popping by!

Be blessed,

I'm linking up!

Wednesday Link Party at Tea Rose Home
Penny Pinching Party at Thrifty Home
Your Whims Wednesday at My Girlish Whims
Show Off Your Stuff at Fireflies & Jellybeans
Friday Flair at Whipperberry
Daughter By Design

Jun 13, 2011

100 Followers Giveaway - The Winner!

Monday is here!

If you don't like Monday's (by the way, I love me a good Monday) then maybe today will be your day and your name will be pulled from the hat for those sweet little baby booties I've been raving over all week!  

I won't drive you crazy by going on and on, I'll just get right down to it!

With the very technically advanced method of writing each commenters name on a slip of paper, and drawing one out of a jar, I proudly announce the winner of the Lil' Stitches booties:

Congratulations Stacey!
Please email me at icantstopcrafting@hotmail.com for details on receiving your prize.

Thanks for stopping in!

Be blessed,

Jun 9, 2011

Giveaway Extension

So, I'm still super pumped about reaching my goal of 100 followers, yeah!  
And I'm also super pumped about the fantastic giveaway I've got going on!  
However, I'm not pumped about the problem I've been made aware of with leaving a comment here on my blog.  

My sister in law was trying to leave a comment the other day and my blog just wouldn't have it.  She tried again and again and still, no comments were posted.  So I changed a few settings and now have a new comment form for you all to try out.  Hopefully now there is no comment discrimination from the blog!  

Since there has been trouble with the comments, I've decided to extend the close date for the giveaway to Monday, June 13th.  I hope if you've tried to comment and have been denied access that you'll have a chance to put your name in now.  Thanks for you patience!

If you'd like to add your name to the draw, please do so in the comments on the original post, thanks!

Be blessed,

Jun 8, 2011

Boys Treasure Belts

Earlier this week I shared about Boden's treasure hunter themed birthday party.  The treasure hunt Zach and I planned out was a huge success and all the little boys had a hoot running around our yard following their treasure map.  

In preparation for the treasure hunt, I sewed each of the boys a quick belt with spots to stash their loot.  I'd like to apologize in advance though, since I forgot to take some of the step-by-step pictures.  Let's just pretend I did and you can use you imaginations, works for me!

I used 1 inch wide polypropylene straps I bought at Wal-Mart to construct the belts.

I cut each belt into 26" lengths, but go ahead and measure your little one's waist to make sure the belt will work for them.     

Then I cut a 3" section of Velcro, pinned and sewed it in place on the belt.

Here's where you'll have to use your imagination.  Using some scrap flannelette I had on hand, I cut two 7 x 6" squares.  Really, most any fabric should work for sewing the pocket.  Place the squares right sides together, sew along three side, leaving one side completely open. 

On the open side of the square, fold a 1/4" of the top edge over twice and stitch in place.  Trim the bottom two corners and turn the pocket right side out.  I added velcro as a closure on the pocket so the boys' treats wouldn't fall out, but that's totally optional.  I also added a button purely as decoration.  Pin the pocket to the belt wherever desired and sew in place.

Using some 1/2" wide grosgrain ribbon, I added a couple of loops onto the belt for a place to slip the flashlight and fishing net into.  If you'd like to do the same, measure the circumference of the handle of your flashlight, fishing net, or whatever you'd like to be able to hang from the belt, and divide your number in half, then add about an inch for seam allowance.  For example, if I've got a flashlight that measured 4" around, I'd really want a piece of ribbon 3" long.  Fold the cut edges of your ribbon under and sew it in place, making sure your flashlight fits in the loop before you stitch.  

Is this confusing?  I feel like I'm talking in circles.  This project really is super simple to whip up, I promise.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask them in the comments section below, I'll do my best to clarify any confusion.  

And here are the finished belts!  

These were such a hit at the party, I'm glad I put in the effort and made one for each of the boys.  Really, it took about a half an hour, so that's not bad at all!  

We're getting closer and closer to the big draw for those adorable booties I'm giving away.  Be sure to enter your name in the comments section here!

Be blessed,