Sunday, December 30, 2012

Top 5 Posts of 2012

I started this blog in July out of shear boredom  My husband was gone for fourth months training with the Army and with all the extra time on my hands (that wasn't sapped by the kids) I started this blog. I have so enjoyed the Blogging Community and the inspiration that comes from such talented people (yep, that's YOU!). Thanks to all who have visited, left comments, and became GFC followers.

I look forward to a whole new year meeting more of you as we share together and inspire one another! 

Here are the Top 5 Posts based on number of viewers:




Number 5: Recovering an Old Ironing Board for less than $5


Number 4: Customized Pallet Slat Sign


Number 3: DIY Cinnamon Essential Oil and Jar


Number 2: Beatrix Potter Juice Lid Ornaments


And the Most Viewed, at Number 1: Peppermint Candy Crafts






Chalk Board Magnets

Found this idea posted at My {re}Purposed Life. Such a simple and fun idea! I love RENEWING those almost annoying magnet advertisement/calendars that come in the mail, stuck on the phone book, or in the Christmas letters from the tax person.





I've been squirreling away these magnets with no idea what to do with them...but just couldn't toss out a perfectly good magnet! These two came from our Realtor...no offense intended Cherise! (We really do love our realtor.) These were the biggest magnets I could find on the side of my fridge.



The chalk holder was an old Pumpkin Pie Spice tin. Again, plenty of magnets lurking around on the side of my fridge and in my junk drawers (yes, drawers, plural, how can you just have one?). I glued two magnets to the back...one might have worked but this will see a lot of traffic and I don't want it shifting all over the place.



wanna come over for dinner?


my little pony fridge 




Saturday, December 29, 2012

TV Tray Makeover

flowers from my hubby
the chocolate brown accents
their bright colors so well!


Christmas goodies from the neighbors


Pooh Bear wearing his ghost costume from Halloween
My four year old just had to take a pic! 





Step One: wash off
Step Two: lightly sand and wipe off

Husband "borrowed" these from
his mom...about 11 years ago.

Safe to say they're ours now. 
Step Three: spray paint until satisfied with coverage. I used 1 and 1/2 cans for both trays and the stand.

Dual™ Paint + Primer
Krylon Duel Paint and Primer:
Leather Brown 

Well worn top. 
Step Four: Decorate!
Step Five: Seal (I used polyurethane since we'll be eating off of these.)


Mixed some acrylic paints that I already had on hand. Then dipped the brush into different parts of the container to create the painted effect I was looking for. 



Map and Compass
This was the inspiration for my tv trays. Found here.


Did I mention that I'm a novice painter? Thought of making a stencil...but it was just easier to attack it right out. Not to shabby.


TV Tray #1 

TV Tray #2

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

DIY Lego Table: Curious George Style


My three year old son LOVES Curious George. They have so much in common, too, mischievous,  curious, with a hands-on approach to the world. He mimics George's monkey talk so well, too! He's our little monkey man. 


 We have a couple of kids tables and chairs, this one was just sitting in the basement unused. Thought they'd play with it in the dramatic play area with the kitchen but they just ignore the table and take to the floor. The table and chairs were a curb alert from Craigslist. I thought my son would enjoy the Cars theme but he isn't really interested in the movies or its characters too much.

He is interested in his Duplo blocks, though. I've wanted to get him a lego table but we just don't have the room for more kid furniture. After seeing several ideas for DIY lego tables I was inspired to create one, too.


Paint & Finish:
Behr's Licorice Stick
Behr's Bright Star Yellow
Homemade Chalk Paint Recipe from Elizabeth & Co.
Satin finish Polyurethane

Duplo Blocks set: $3 garage sale find (more under the table)
Duplo Base Plate: $15 or so from Target
(instead of gluing the base plate down I velcroed it so we can transition this table to the smaller legos with greater ease. those base plates I will glue down. We'll see how long the velcro lasts! He hasn't figured it out yet.)

The chair was a matching Cars chair to the Cars table. I have NO artistic talent when it comes to drawing free hand so I printed off a coloring sheet from online and traced it onto the chair. Same with the Curious George logo. Used a mixture of acrylic paints and colored sharpies for the balloons and George.

***** Colored Sharpies RUN when polyurethane is applied. Luckily I caught it while it was still wet and was able to wipe up the runs then lay the chair flat to finish drying. Use colored sharpies with caution.****



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Rocking Horse Makeover: My Little Pony Style

Rainbow Dash
My daughter is in a full swing addiction to My Little Pony's,  the new revamped version. She especially adores Rainbow Dash because she shoots rainbows out her tail. 
In keeping with my theme of a "homemade Christmas," I snatched our old rocking horse out of the basement and took to it with some homemade chalk paint. I use Elizabeth & Co.'s recipe for homemade chalk paint and LOVE IT!

Craigslist find: $25

the pony came with some ratty, nasty,
disgusting hair which was promptly taken out
Introducing... Rainbow Dash! 






cutie mark

How the tail was put in: 

used a hammer and small flat head screwdriver to 
bust up the wooden plug that
held the original tail in place. 

the tail was as nasty and ratty as the mane

one of my Top Five favorite household/craft supplies


The wood glue worked great on the felt mane and tail. Its been given a firm tug and seems to hold fast. Whew!
                      


My Life's a Treasure  Click Here to see the party at My Life's a Treasure.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Peppermint Milk Bath and Matching Tag

Found this wonderful idea at Smart! School {House}. I added more Peppermint Tea to my mix out of preference. I also included an peppermint ornament that doubles as a gift tag with instructions.


Smart! School {House}  offers a clear tutorial on how to make the Peppermint Milk Bath. See her cute idea below: 



Following is how I made a Peppermint Tag/Ornament to accompany my gift (which I placed in a jar instead of an ornament only because its what I had on hand). 

Two juice lids
Acrylic Paint in white and red (used a sparkly red)
Mod Podge
Brushes, scissors, red marker and pen (or print out on computer for a more polished look)
One strand of twine (mine had three strands twisted together, just unwound them and cut a length)
Step One: Paint white, when dry, add red peppermint strips
Step Two: Cut out circles for the middle, add words
Step Three: Use a nail and hammer and put a hole at the top of each lid
Step Four: Mod Podge paper circles to the center, dry.
Step Five: Use a nail and hammer and punch a hole at the top of each juice lid
Step Six: Mod Podge front and back
Step Seven: Tie together with twine.