Sunday, February 23, 2014

The kinda-free tie/belt hanger

One winter I dragged my kids out of the house during nap-time to go to a "free house." The residents were moving and offered most items for free starting at 1pm. Usually I'm a stickler for nap-time since its also my nap-time. This mommy turns into a grumpy bear by four o'clock without her rest. Anyways, the bag I brought was too small to hold all my goodies, including this tie/belt rack. To free up my hands I entrusted my then very young kiddos with the awesome responsibility of holding their own winter jackets, the puffy, snuggly, warm coats, not the thin jackets which could easily be tied around their waists. Didn't my children understand that I needed to the ability to carry more free stuff?????? My two year old boy did not get this. Like most two year old boys he was more interested in checking out all the new "toys" to "play" with and at some point dropped his coat...which of course someone else thought was free and took off with it. No joke.

The "PRICE" of the now-not-so-free-stuff:
Its winter, its cold, we're short a jacket and this causes a meltdown (the IRONY here, a meltdown in the snow). He won't freeze walking from the house to the car but let's just scream about it anyways.
Its well into normal nap-time, two kids are cranky and upset (there weren't any free toys like mommy hinted that their **might** be -- my bad for "promising" something that was out of my control to deliver).
This Mommy's arms are FULL of stuff that I REFUSE to let go of and said kids are frustrated that I won't carry them to the car, especially the jacket-less one.
After a diligent search of the house top to bottom, and another arm load of stuff, the jacket never surfaces. Yeah, now we gotta buy a new coat.
Not sure if the items I grabbed equal the cost of a new coat or the therapy I may need from the experience...but lets just say it does. ;)

Enough ranting and raving. On to the crafty part.

Being short on ties, belts, and scarves (we're not an accessory type of family I guess) we had no real need for this hanger. It came in handy, or so I thought, for the kids small jackets and umbrellas. That was the hope, but it was difficult getting to; our jackets blocked the hanger, the rod didn't go up any higher and moving the tie\belt hanger would only lead to the jackets slumped against the floor. ~sigh~
the best of intentions...

1. All items free (the wooden tablets were from a craft box at a curb alert)
2. Used Lake Girl Paints drag and paint technique.
3. Attached a paint stick with E-6000 glue
4. Sketched out bubble letters with chalk, Mod Podged on

love how the paint
blends together

love the sparkle in the paint

Yes, we're home. Now hang up your coat!

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Love-You-to-(puzzle)Pieces & Twine Wrapped Star

The puzzle piece LOVE garland at Exquisitely Unremarkable was the inspiration for this project. She does the most wonderful things with old puzzle pieces. Totally worth your while to skip over to her page and peruse.

Here is my take on her project in celebration of Valentine's Day:

I followed the tutorial at Exquisitely Unremarkable for the puzzle heart and used gloss enamel acrylic paint in Tuscan Red.  
Twine Wrapped Star:
The twine wrapped star was inspired by this photo via pinterest. 
My twine wrapped Popsicle star! Just need hot glue!
Her version used Popsicle sticks, mine was made with paint stir sticks and hot glued as I went.

Took a couple hours for the wrapping part. The DH was watching Big Top PeeWee (he has a thing for 80's movies) and all I can say is that I'm glad I had a project to occupy the other half of my brain that wasn't being used. (I'll admit, I did laugh, but not something I could just sit through.) 

Totally love the star as-is and it usually hangs by itself. The puzzle heart adds a nice "lovely" bit of color ~~ a cheesy pun, yes. It'll match the v-day card my DH gets. Maybe one with PeeWee and Winnie? Just kidding. 

Think I'll go with these "pieces" of love (oh, I can't stop with the corny puzzle/love puns).
lloyd dobler and diane court | Lloyd Dobler in "Say Anything."

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sprucing up Stale Spices (yes, they do expire)


While I don't usually jump on the New-Years-Home-Organization-Challenge-Bandwagon, this year is different. After four years living in the same home (a record for my adult life), the clutter is starting to verge on early-onset-hoarding. You won't find this diagnosis in any professional psych journals but I assure you its real! Most of my de-cluttering occurs during moves and now the opposite is happening. Time to purge, organize, and clean the grime out of the corners.

I hung this up last year after an internet search on the shelf life of spices. The idea was that I would slowly purge my spices over a few weeks during cooking/baking. Yeah, right. That was an idea FAIL! lol This note went ignored for 365+ days.

current look:
yes, you do see 4 containers of cinnamon
this is what lack of organization leads to: unnecessary multiples

My inspiration came from Pretty Handy Girl. Her glazed technique on her own spice rack turned out amazing! I tried to copy her color as much as possible, but used a different aging technique with stain. Click Here for Pretty Handy Girl's tutorial.

What does one use whole mustard seed for????? 
And no clue what Savory is and too lazy to google it. 
These and 2 others never opened in the 6 years I've had this spice rack.
That's almost embarrassing to admit, almost. But I can't be the only one who never uses all the spices that came with the spice rack, right?

let the kids use a hammer to help ding this up

wiped with Minwax Stain in Dark Walnut

Ta - Dah!

This isn't sealed yet because I'm toying with the idea of adding script to the top. Inspired by this pic from Pinterest (source):
 Antique Victorian 1890's Tin Spices Box in by kelleystreetvintage, $72.75 
When I do seal it, I'll use polycrylic.

I am quite happy with the current results!
AND, now I have a spice rack with spices/seasonings I actually use! 

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