Monday, June 27, 2011

Thrift Store Makeovers-2

Remember this silverware separator? This is the only before picture I took of it.
I originally wanted to paint it a sunny yellow, but Chad suggested doing a dark color in case it got dinged up from silverware hitting it. First I had to sand down some of the rough edges. Then Chad had to prime it for me. I have a fumes mask that I wear while crafting, but even that wasn't a match for the toxic primer.


Here is the before shot of our cluttered silverware drawer.


And after! Still cluttered, but at least its a lot more organized! I just used navy acrylic paint that I had on hand. After the paint dried I covered it with an acrylic gloss finish that is safe for things that will be in contact with food. 


Next step is to find something to organize all of my beloved wine bottle toppers.

Happy Monday!
XO- Jess

Thursday, June 23, 2011

DIY Nursery Art

This first idea I found here.
What you need:
Mod Podge
Card stock paper
Large wooden letter ($1.99 at Hobby Lobby)
Ribbon
Foam paint brush
Wooden frame
Staple gun
Wire
Clothespin 
Hot glue gun (optional)


1)Cover the wooden letter in Mod Podge and press card stock onto it. Allow time to dry. 
2) Decorate your letter with ribbon or more card stock. I used a small piece of brown card stock and then topped it with manly looking ribbon. To attach the ribbon I used a hot glue gun. You can just use Mod Podge since it is glue, but my ribbon was a little heavy so I opted for hot glue.
3) Staple the wire on the insides of the frame. Allow enough room for your letter to hang. I had to staple wire at the bottom too because the T kept tilting to one side. The wire at the bottom helped keep it straight. 
4) Using your clothespin, hang your monogram!


The nursery is owl themed and going to be done in shades of navy, light blue, brown and tan with   a splash or two of yellow. 
I'm not sure if I'm going to end up using these birdhouses or not, but they were cheap and easy to make. 
What you need:
Wooden birdhouses (From JoAnn's for $1 each)
Acrylic paint ($.99 each at Hobby Lobby)
Mosaic Tiles (Hobby Lobby... not sure of price)
Paint brush
Hot glue gun
1) Paint with acrylic paint.
2) Using a hot glue gun, glue the mosaic tiles to the roof of the birdhouses 



For these next two projects, I got the template here.

What you need for the felt owl embroidery hoop:
Embroidery hoop
Two buttons of the same color and size
Acrylic paint
Felt in 4 different colors
Piece of fabric
Needle and thread
Template show above

Step 1) Paint the outer ring of the embroidery hoop. Allow time to dry.
Step 2) Place your fabric in the hoop and tighten.
Step 3) Cut out felt using the template from here.
Step 4) Sew the felt pieces together to make your owl.
Step 5) Sew onto the fabric and ta-da!



What you need for the owl hand print picture:
Acrylic paint
Foam paint brush
At least 4 different colors of card stock paper
Hole punch
Glue dots
Owl template shown above

Step 1) Cut out card stock using template found here. For the eyeballs I used a hole punch.
Step 2) Piece together on a  piece of card stock and secure using glue dots.
Step 3) Paint the hand of an itty bitty using the foam brush and acrylic paint.
Step 4) Gently press the painted hand down to make the wing of the owl.




You likey? 
XO! Jess

Monday, June 20, 2011

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

This was pretty much one of the easiest projects I've ever done. 
What you need:
Mason jar
Clean lotion pump that is roughly the same height as the Mason Jar
Nail
Hammer
Needle nose pliers
Glue
Paint (optional)
Waterproof acrylic finish (optional)

Step 1) Hammer the nail into the center of the lid to make a small hole. 
Step 2) Use the pliers to make the hole big enough to fit the lotion pump through it. 
Step 3 Optional) Paint the lid. Mine was gold which I didn't like. I used cheap acrylic paint and when it dried sprayed on an acrylic glossy finish to protect from water.
Step 4) Glue the lotion pump to the lid. I used hot glue and it doesn't seem to be holding as tightly as I'd like. I may end up ripping the glue off and trying a different type of glue.

 And the finish product!!!!

Cost:
Jar- $.75 at a Salvation Army
Pump- FREE! I saved it after my last lotion bottle went empty.
Paint- Had on hand
Glue- Had on hand
Acrylic Finish- Had on hand
Hammer, nail and pliers- Had on hand

Total cost of project was a whopping $.75!!!!!

I love our new kitchen soap dispenser! 
XO! - Jess

Thursday, June 16, 2011

I No Longer Cook, My Giant To-Do List and the Most Naked I Will EVER Be Online

Remember the days I used to make stuff like crab stuffed orange roughy and parmesan crusted chicken? Well those days are over. We now eat junk like hot dogs and pizza bagels. And believe me.... that's good eating around here! Most nights you will find me digging around in the freezer for frozen chicken strips or in the local Taco Bell drive thru or eating cereal just because its easy. My feet are swollen. My back is KILLING me slowly. I feel like the baby is pushing apart my ribs one by one. I. Am. Uncomfortable. But I'm also starving. I will eat whatever I can get my hands on. 

My current favorite meal is this bad boy. First I carmalize a vidalia onion. Then I sit my ass at the kitchen table and instruct Chad how I want the rest of the meal done. I like my hot dogs cut in half and cooked in the leftover juices from cooking the onion.  Then I want a slice of American cheese ripped in half and placed on the bun before the hot dog. This is amazing! I had my first hot dog last August and I haven't looked back. 

Tuesday night, Chad went to his sister's house for dinner. I was too tired to do much of anything. Since I was completely famished and too lazy to do much about it, there wasn't much to pick from for my dinner. I came up with this. Egg bagel, pizza sauce, garlic powder and parmesean cheese. Not my best meal to date, but it worked. 

 Since I have been hitting up lots of thrift stores and yard sales I have a lot of craft projects in the works. I'm not letting myself hit up any sales until I finish at least 5 of these projects.
Here is my huge list....
1. Finish making the crib mobile
2. Finish painting the wooden high chair
3. Finish the "pee chair"
4. Make some onsies
5. Finish sewing the felt owl
6. Make an owl picture for the nursery w/ S's help
7. Finish cake stand #2
8. Start the process of redoing the vintage port-a-crib
9. Clean up my 2 thrift store lamps
10. Start and hopefully finish knitting a baby blanket
11. Make an owl blanket for the baby
12. Make a soap dispenser for the kitchen using one of my thrifting Mason jars
13. Clean up and paint the wooden silverware tray
14. Make pillows out of the thrifted cloth napkins I bought
15. Make a blue liner for the thrifted picnic basket

Notice how many times I used the word finish. I need to finish something before moving on to the next project!!

And finally............ the most naked I will ever be online.
My 26 week picture taken Saturday! I'm HUGE!

Happy Wednesday lovies! XO! Jess

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Adventures in Thrifting - Take 2

 Guess who made another trip to the Good Will Outlet? This girl! The deals weren't quite as great as the last time, but a deal is a deal! I found this funky picnic basket, a few mason jars, some cloth napkins, and some stuff for the baby. 



I also found a wooden silverware tray to replace the junky plastic one we own. And this picture for the kitchen. Not sure if I'm going to keep it as is or what I'm going to do with it.

This lamp matches the colors of the nursery. It just needs a new lamp shade.

I think these shoes are amazing! They won't fit him for a few years, but oh well. I couldn't pass them up.

Here is a few of my favorite finds of the day. 2 sweaters and an old Mustang shirt for the baby!



And this is the purchase of the day! Let's call it the pee chair. Man this sucker is GROSS!!!!!!! But at $3 I looked at it and saw major possibility.Its a child's chair in case you can't tell from the picture. I saw this bad boy and pictured it covered in a navy or brown color. I really like the idea of doing a chevron print, but I don't think it would go well with our couch. I'm still working on my final idea, but I will say that the pee covered yellow fabric is mostly gone! Any suggestions on what to reupholster this in????

XO!!! Jess

Monday, June 13, 2011

Thrift Store Makeovers

Started off as an ugly silver basket.
 Now its a cute aqua blue basket. I used a can of spray paint I had on hand for my still unfinished highchair makeover. Paid $.50 for the basket I believe.

See the white plate and the little green vase? I think it was maybe $1 for both of them.

Add a little hot glue. Press together. And ta-da! Homemade cake stand. I didn't have any cake on hand, but I did have some oranges!



Happy Monday! XO! - Jess