Monday, October 20, 2014

Pallet Display Boards

I made these cute pallet display boards for our MOPS raffle this week. This week's topic is "Be Significant" with a video message from (check out her blog if you are a momma up to your ears in kiddos) The C.S. Lewis quote, found here, succinctly sums up the message and pairs nicely with a picture of your kiddos, or, in my case, my son's hand print fish card (the inside reads: I'm hooked on you!). 

 This one is my I'm keeping it. 
I love the color variations between the boards, the holes and knots. 

This one has a fun beveled edge on the middle plank.

Pallet boards Pre-Stain

 Pallet boards Post- 2 coats of homemade stain

LOVE this Tacky Spray! The can does not lie, it is Fast! I found it easier to work with than Mod Podge...mostly because I tend to wrinkle paper when I use MP. 
The Crystal Clear was used to "seal" the paper after the Tacky Spray dried. There was some curling of the paper's edges which had to be re-Tacky Sprayed and then covered with books while it dried...which probably wouldn't have happened with Mod Podge...but I'll take the extra time just to avoid wrinkles. 

Hopefully the door prize-winning-mommas like these. Who doesn't like to display pics of their kids, or hang up their latest masterpiece? 

DD's toilet paper pumpkin from Kindergarten and DS's hand print. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

"bonus piece" re-purposed

To toss or not to toss was the question with this piece leftover from turning a sofa table into a mudroom bench. Originally I called it a "bonus piece," and placed it in my craft room/hoarders corner, where its awkward shape became majorly annoying to shuffle around. It had no home. 

 Is it possible to have too many crafting/re-purposing items shoved into one corner? 
After months of dancing around this weird leftover, I was left with 3 choices: 
1. Actually craft/re-purpose with items in hoarders corner. 
2. Purge items shoved into the dark recesses of the basement or are covered in spider webs. 
3. Organize craft room/hoarders corner...which closely resembles #2. 

"Bonus piece" was re-purposed into a chalk board wall hanging. 
(yes, the fireplace tile is just as ugly in person as it is in the photo. someone once asked me it it was covered in mold. 
nope, its just ugly.)

Given that the name of my blog is "renewed projects" (only because it is less a mouthful than reduce, reuse, renewed), it was very fitting not to give up on the awkwardly shaped leftover. And they look so cute together. :)

 yea for mottos!


One table: two off-spring.

And it isn't over yet,  there is still the very bottom of the legs....

Friday, August 22, 2014

Jewelry Box makeover Frozen-style & a "Sea Stick" upcycle

Hello Blogland! I missed you all during my summer hiatus and was tempted more than once to log back on and linky-party-away. It was a good break, though, filled with play dates, road trips, some crafting (minus the blogging) and spider squishing --- we seem to have extra spiders this years. ewwww ~body shiver~
jewelry shelf before
One of my craft projects on my summer-to-do-list was to update my jewelry shelf. My husband found a beautiful "sea stick" aka, driftwood, while in Connecticut. ("sea stick," a phrase that reminds us of a funny trip to the beach during our dating days) I'll show you that at the end.
luckily the glass didn't break during the fall! 
In the meantime....I set my old jewelry box on the window seat (this was a $3 garage sale find, new in the box!). While redecorating, a storm came through, the wind picked up, blew the window shades fiercely, and knocked the box to the floor. :( I'd already had plans to fix it up for my little princess, so this was a time consuming set back. Thank goodness for Gorilla glue.
love her girly jewelry in her girly Frozen style box
1. Gorilla glued it back together
2. Sprayed with Kilz ***essential step for painting laminated wood
3. Painted with two coats acrylic paint ***Kilz primer REALLY helped the paint stick
4. Mod podged glitter where wanted
5. Used two snowflake rubber stamps and white acrylic paint for the side
6. After curing, sealed with polycrylic

Found this 32 oz container FULL for FREE
at the local Hazmat disposal. SCORE!!!!
And here is my updated jewelry shelf:
Inspiration came from: I love the vintage style postcard my hunny also picked up in Connecticut, along with the sea shells and a smaller piece of driftwood. Makes it a very unique and personal shelf amongst my book hoarding.

Both my little girl and I are happy with our upcycled jewelry holders. :)  

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Summer Hiatus

Gonna take a summer hiatus.
To just be. 
Be with my kids.
Be with my friends. 
Be present. 

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Clear your mind here

have a wonderful summer! 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

be YOU tiful sign & whiteboard gifts

In some ways the end of May has the overtones of Christmas; parties, formal celebrations, traditions, and presents! While our immediate family didn't celebrate any big graduations we had four teachers to gift for and I had the end of MOPS, which includes a Favorite Things gift exchange for Of course I wanted to be crafty and upcycle and a whole month to prepare seemed feasible, and then all three kids came down with a low grade fever and had to miss school. :(

Time management took a flying leap out the window as I tackled these homemade-with-love-gifts. Forget housework. Forget dishes. Forget changing out of my pajamas. Totally could rename my blog "Crafting instead of Housework."

And showering regularly is overrated, right?  
A nurse's shower. #Autoclave #Nurses #NurseHumor

Last year, for our Favorite Things, I gave out coffee singles and hot cocoa packets, which are still favorites but I wanted to give something more substantial and meaningful. Our MOPS theme this year was "A Beautiful Mess." Part of this included seeing ourselves as beautiful. While "be YOU tiful"  isn't a very original idea, it fit the theme and gave me a chance to create signs from paint sticks. Oh, and to practice my favorite weathered wood technique from Cherished Bliss.

mix-n-matched acrylic paints for the hand painted letters
made doubles of some color combos

I was hoping there would be an extra leftover for myself....but some wanted two! I'll take the complement 
and then go home and make another one. It would be perfect above my full length mirror where I most need the encouraging reminder.

dark walnut stain

 weathered wood technique from Cherished Bliss

spray painted back of signs to cover store logo
then, twine Gorilla-glued on as a hanger 

Anyways, from the Dollar Store and craft stash I made these adorable dry erase message boards for my son's teachers. (Yes, plural. Two aides who rotate through + the teacher.) My only regret is that I didn't make one for myself. 

The marker/eraser canister was made similar to a chalk holder for my fridge. Supplies pictured below. For the whiteboard, ribbon was hot glued around. The tricky part was pattern matching the two ribbon strips, but the guazey bow distracts enough from any errors.

Marker holder hot glued to frame.

A square of rolled turquoise fleece is the eraser, and a lovely pop of color. 

My favorite thing about making gifts for others is that I get to play around with colors and patterns that I wouldn't normally use for myself. Its a fun break from the "usual" craft supplies.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sweet Little Side Table

This is as close to a wordless Wednesday as I'll ever get. 

Can I tell you how much I adore the legs on this table? They are my favorite part of this darling little garage sale find. 

$1 Garage Sale Find

that hideous busted basket is going in the trash! 

homemade chalk paint
some distressing

click here to see this recipe of DIY stain

color variations between
stained and unstained


part of the "mudroom"

click here to see the mudroom bench transformation