Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Back to School

Teachers start back tomorrow... goodbye BlogWorld!!! It was a great summer! :)

(I'll still be here, just not as often!)

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Weekend Wrap Up Party w/ Tatertots and Jello

Remember the metal tiered thing I referred to? Well, here's the wrinkling I was talking about...

(I failed to take a before picture... let's just say the thing was the old tarnished gold with rust spots! But a $4 deal at my local flea market.)

(This is the part where I got mad and sanded it off for the second time!)

Now... the transformation...

Added a ribbon and an old skeleton key to the top...

Stickers from a scrapbook pad and then covered over with a few coats of Mod Podge...

(I chose the word 'beloved' for the top because that's what Amy means :) )

Okay, so I LOVE words that mean something... so I just started putting them wherever there was missing paint or bubbles/wrinkles...

(I couldn't get the stickers perfectly flat since they were on a curved surface, but I feel like the wrinkling gives character- more so than the wrinkled paint!)

Side 1:

Side 2:

Side 3:

Side 4:

This is my finished project in all it's glory! I'm going to use it to hold my jewelry :)! I'm super happy with the end result, especially considering how frustrated I was with the spray paint!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

Painting Blahs

I've been trying to paint two shelves, a metal tiered thing, and some terra cotta pot saucers and wooden dowel rods. Spray paint and I are not getting along. It keeps running because it's drying uneven and I'm impatient. Then I ran out of the cheap white so I decided I'd just use the good ivory... but it's taking TONS of paint to get an even finish! The metal tiered candy dish thing... well in certain areas the paint is wrinkling up like it's going to crackle! I sanded those spots and wiped them clean and tried repainting and the same thing is happening again! I don't understand!!! :( So for now I'm angry with the spray paint and the metal tiered dish. Anybody know why it's wrinkling? It's stupidness. :(

Thursday, July 22, 2010

WWIW: What I Wore Wednesday

Here's how the conversation started:
Me: "MOM! MOM! Look at this mirror! It's only $29.99! I've been looking for one I could afford EVERYWHERE!"
Mom: "What? Why? Where would you even put it?"
Me: "In my room after I rearrange the furniture! I need it so I can do What I Wore Wednesday!"
Mom: "What?"
Me: "On my blog! This lady does it every week and takes pics of what she wore! I want to do it too, but I needed a mirror that was long enough!"
Mom: "Okay then..."

Here it is... The What I Wore Wednesday mirror!

And my dog... with what he wears almost every day (some days he wears his tshirts). I realized I've never had a mirror at his height before... he's a little self occupied.

Cami: Lane Bryant
Shirt: Kohl's
Jeans: Vanity Fair @ Edinburgh Outlet Mall (the are plus size Angel brand jeans... I can't find them anywhere now and they are the only brand that fit all over!)
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Premier Designs

Shirt: Walmart
Jeans: Fashion Bug
Shoes: Nike
Necklace: Me (kit from Joy Made Jewelry whose blog link I'm having issues with)

Sunday (didn't get dressed Saturday!)
Shirt: Fashion Bug
Jeans: Vanity Fair
Shoes: Nike
Necklace: Premier Designs redesigned by me
Watch: Walmart

Monday (working hard moving into my new classroom)
Shirt: Old School
Jeans: Vanity Fair
Shoes: I believe I don't have any on at this point LOL
Necklace: Lisa Leonard From Up Here (won via a giveaway!)

There's an obvious stomach issue with this shirt...
Shirt: Walmart
Tank: Target
Jeans: Vanity Fair
Shoes: Nike
Necklace: Heart from Walmart, Beaded by Me

Shirt: Disney Store
Tank: Family Dollar
Capris: Fashion Bug
Necklace: Lisa Leonard
Dog Butt: Charlie

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Handkerchief to Scarf Tutorial

Here's another awesome flea market find:

$4.99 for four pink Shabby Chic handkerchiefs!

I decided they were screaming: PLEASE! PLEASE! Make us into a beautiful scarf! (Later decided they could have made some awesome curtains, but too late :) )
First: I cut these bad boys in half. I only used three of the four because I wanted one left over in it's original Shabby Chic-ness!

Second: I ironed each one and pressed over a seam of about 1/4 inch on the raw edge that did not have embroidery and had been the center of the handkerchief.

I don't know about you, but I'm a little anti-sew! If there's an easier way- I'm taking it! So I just used some Fabri-Tac to glue down the new seam. If you haven't tried this stuff it's $9.99 a bottle at Joann's and super awesome. I've had mine since high school (nine years ago!).

I ended up not liking the unfinished look and was worried the edge would fray that I had glued down so I bought some frilly ribbon from Hobby Lobby and glued it over the edges with the Fabri-Tac as well. I later realized it was elastic and if I wasn't lazy this could have been a beautiful scrunch scarf.

But, here's my lovely finished product anyway (ignore the mess in the background!)

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Burlap Tray

Alright, I've been redoing (or actually taking the time to DO) my bedroom. I decided I needed a tray for my dresser to sit all of my trinket boxes on and had no luck finding a picture frame that fit my idea. Then it struck me...

These are two wood "screens" (they look like shutters to me) that I picked up at the local flea market for $1.99 each last year. I had planned on just putting them up on the wall as is because I love everything about them, but that never happened and they just sat around neglected.

I suddenly decided one of said screens would make a great tray! So... I whipped out my leftover burlap from my magnet boards and cut myself 8 strips about 1 1/2 to 2 inches wide each that were as long as the screen. Then I wove them through like so, alternating every other row. After I had woven all of the strips through I just used my trusty hot glue gun to secure the ends to the top and bottom of the screen after I pulled them tight.

Finish project:

Beautiful tray to hold my little treasures!

I love it! I want to do it to the other one too, but I'm thinking maybe ribbon and lace? We'll see!

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