Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Repurposed Hooks

I've had this kitchen utensil hanger for years. Like 14 years.

I've carried it from house to house every time I moved.

I use the spoons and fork. I've even used the whisk to make the expensive gluten free waffles that require whipped egg whites that my daughter wanted even though she can eat wheat because does not have celiac disease. I truly feel for people and the lengths they have to go to avoid gluten.

But, I have never used the hooks. I did not want to drill holes into any backsplash, so this never got hung. Until now. 

This is the mess we dealt with trying to find a belt. And in the morning rush, most of them got left on the floor.

I spray painted the hooks purple because I had purple paint. I know I could've dressed it up more with a cute plaque behind it or something, but it is in a smallish closet so I didn't want it to stick out too much from the wall.

 Now, with more hooks, it is much easier to find a belt in the morning. No more mess on the floor. Well, no more belts on the floor. We'll tackle shoes another day.

Headbands live on the flower hooks now. 

I knew I kept this hook thingy all these years for a reason!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Canton Loot

I recently went with friends to the flea market in Canton, TX and came back with some pretty good loot.

The best score? An old sled. Because if you are from Louisiana, you just don't find sleds. It doesn't snow much here. But a lady from Connecticut had these and I'm excited to use this for my front door Christmas decor. 

My friend found this candle sconce and asked the booth owner how much it was and I thought he said $110 so obviously I said no thanks. Turns out, it was ten dollars. It's going in my craft room.

Love this guy. It's a snowflake made from a tin ceiling tile. Paid way too much for this one, though. I know because at a different store it was $10 cheaper. Doh! That is not a mistake I make very often.

Actually, this frame came from Goodwill, but I snuck it in here. This recently received a makeover, so stay tuned for that.

This little brassy shelf is bent and rusty, but it was only $3 and a girl can never have enough shelves. Am I right? You know I am. I will probably spray paint it. Not sure what color.

I have absolutely no idea what I am going to do with these metal basket tray thingys, but it's going to be awesome.

Brass is all the rage right now, so I couldn't leave this basket in the booth.

Alas, this one really didn't come home with me. Pooh. And it wasn't even at Canton. It's in a local antique shop. And to be honest, I'm not positive it is even old. I'm suspicious. It may just look old. BUT, I love it!!! I love all the cubbies. I love the numbers. I love the chippy paint. And I really want to take this piece of furniture home. But it is pretty yellowy which is not the right color for my other stuff. But I am willing to change everything else.

Annnd these are the friends I rode with. Annnd we ran out of gas on the way. Yes we did. Coasted downhill, then walked uphill to the gas station, bought a gas can and left it there so we didn't all get high from the gas smell.

Note to self: Don't listen to the girl in the back who wants to wait for the good gas station with the Sonic inside so she can get fruit water. Just stop when the Empty light comes on. Definitely when the alarm goes off. 

I can't wait to go back to Canton! With gas.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Skull and Crossbones String Art

                     I really wish I could say this was all my idea, but of course it isn't. 


                  I'm sure you've seen string art all over Pinterest, but not this cute, right? 


I LOVE it! It was pretty easy, but it sure did take a long time to create. The best part? It cost six bucks!! I know, right?! String $3. Nails $3. The wood came from the construction site across the street. (The builder said I could have scraps.) I already had paint because my husband came home with a whole gallon of orange paint because "it was only $7." Now I know what to do with it. 

In case you haven't seen a tutorial, here is what I did to create this bad boy. First, I  searched skull and crossbones, found one that I liked, and resized it (right click) by trial and error until it fit my board. I printed each piece on a separate page to get it bigger. 

Then, I painted orange and white stripes with Frog Tape. I had absolutely no idea what to do with a whole gallon of orange oops paint until I realized it is the perfect pumpkin orange. (Oops paint is the paint people have mixed at the store and then leave it because they don't like it or got satin when they wanted flat, etc. So they sell it really cheap. They have pretty decent colors sometimes. Maybe I shouldn't give that secret away.) 

Next, lay the picture where you want it and nail all around it with small nails. Make sure to put a nail anywhere the edge changes direction. 


That part takes awhile with a picture like this one. When you are done nailing, pull out the paper carefully. 


Now you are ready for string-the fun part!


Tie a knot around a nail and trim excess string. I went around my design first to define the edges then started zig zagging from nail to nail. The key is to keep your string taut! Seriously. Do not let go once you start. It doesn't end well. 

Totally worth the time and effort!

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Chore Chart

Around here it is pretty hard to get little people (or big people, for that matter) to do chores. Especially without complaining. 


After searching through heaps of chore chart ideas, I finally decided to go with the "work for hire" idea. There are some chores that just need to be done because you live here and you are part of this family. Like putting clothes in the hamper, not on the floor and walking the dog and picking up toys. I don't want to raise a child who grows up to be a dissatisfied adult because life doesn't hand her everything she wants. Also, this way I don't have to nag. Visible cash is a pretty good motivator.

                                                         had a good list of chores and prices that I got some ideas from. I used a receipt holder to clip chore tags and cash. The chore tags were decorated with a Cosmo Cricket scrapbooking kit that had tons of little letters. I also use my mini alpha stamps again.

Help enforcing chores:
  • Don't expect perfection. This one is hard for me. I believe if it's worth doing, it's worth doing right correctly. See what I mean?? I have a hard time not correcting people.
  • Give praise for good work. 
  • Be consistent. Even if you are tired. I promise it is less work in the long run to make sure your child follows through.
Maybe now my house will stay clean so that when someone stops by and wants to see my craft room I can say yes, of course, and not have to cringe at every dirty sock and ding dong wrapper on the floor.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Halloween Teacher Gift

The teachers are getting small tokens of appreciation for Halloween. I was a teacher, so I know how unexpected gifts made my whole day and frankly, helped me survive. Anyone who talks smack about teachers should have to sub. That's all I'm saying. 


***OH. MY. GOODNESS. I just drove by a sign that says we are getting Hobby Lobby five minutes from my house!!! No, I am not blogging and driving. I am waiting on my daughter to get out of gymnastics class.****

Guest towels are a gift I would have liked. There are so many cute ones out there and I love letting my guests use paper towels instead of sharing a hand towel. Why, oh why didn't I buy myself a package of these?? I might have to go back and get some from Marshall's.


I made the tags with leftover cardboard packaging. (No, I am not a hoarder. If it doesn't fit in the one drawer, I don't keep it. It's amazing how often I use this stuff. The thin cardboard is perfect for tags and embellishments.)


I stamped the back instead of writing with pen, because the stripes were embossed and shiny, so ink would run.


Staz-on ink is perfect for surfaces where ink would run. It goes on dark and stays on. 

 I purchased this ink pad myself. I am recommending it because I truly do like it, but if you click the link and buy some, I do get paid a small amount.


The tiny alphabet stamps can be found in dollar bins at Michael's. Love these!!

If you give a Halloween gift to your teacher, she will love it. I promise!

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Halloween Home Tour

My ten year old daughter says yesterday, "It hurt so bad! It's like a ghost came up and tased me!" 
Hmmmm. I can totally relate. 
No, I can't. 
She was referring to...a paper cut.

Not even sure how she knows what a taser is. Probably listening in the car to the Walton and Johnson Taser Report with her Dad, which is probably not appropriate for kids.
But it is pretty funny.

Now on to the Home Tour. Where you won't find any ghosts. Or tasers. 

As much as I hate the TV above the fireplace, it just had to be placed there. I decided to opt for more seating, so the only blank wall has a chair and cobbler's bench. You can see the post for how to make the BOO banner here.

I got the old books from the FREE bins outside the new store in town called 2nd and Main and just tore off the covers. They are vampire books, which is cool for Halloween, but no one will ever notice. Mwah mwah. On the candlestick, I layered more copper scrubber from Dollar Tree over the black netting that was formerly packaging for mini skulls and added a silvery pumpkin on top.


Here is a secret I learned from my days as a Display Designer for Stage Department Store. (Yea, I got to dress the mannequins, too. Pretty fun job. Except the part where you have to carry a REALLY tall ladder around the store without taking out any customers.) 
Your items should form a triangle. 


If your display seems a little blah, it may be that all of your objects are too similar in height and you can't place them in a triangle formation. It they are all tall, or all small, it just isn't as pleasing to the eye.

My daughter loves this witchy Halloween vignette on the cobbler's bench my husband's grandfather made. She read the potion book and added her own touches like the poison apple that she took a bite of , mummy dust in the vintage vials from my father-in-law's days as a Chemistry teacher, and old hag's cackle (aka red kool-aid.)  Of course, every good witch needs apothecary jars and drawers full of creepy things like skulls, scorpions, and centipedes (also from Dollar Tree). EEK!

I found an old book with an orange cover and black spine at Goodwill to make the witch's potion book. Tim Holtz distress ink was used to make it look old after spray gluing the printed spell pages over the book pages. This idea came from g*rated with a printable.

It's not Halloween without pumpkins and big ole spiders. Especially glittery and gold leaf pumpkins.

These metal spiders look like the ones in the Pottery Barn catalog, except I only had to pay $4 for these because I found them at Ross. Preeeetttty excited about that.

Here is where the chalkboard lives from an earlier post and even earlier post. And you can see the tutorial for the skull centerpiece here.

This display is a little bit of lagniappe (a little something extra.) I had a small brass tray that I found at Goodwill for $3, another pewter goblet from Goodwill stuffed with old dictionary crinkle paper topped with a Dollar Tree pumpkin, a raven also from Dollar Tree, and miniature flags that I made years ago.

Don't tase me, Bro!!

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Outdoor Halloween Decor

Have you decorated for Halloween yet?

I saw a post here about a chair decorated for Halloween and remembered that a) I have a chair and b) I like Halloween. It's kismet.

Several chairs are living in my attic and garage right now, actually. And they are already black which is a good start for Halloween. My original plan was to build a new bench to go in my entry alcove, but that didn't happen, which is OK because now I have a Halloween chair! The seat was recovered in a nicer fabric that happened to be in my mom's leftovers stash and a sharpie took care of a few scratches in the paint.

Before, the chair had previously been reupholstered in thin fabric not good for seat cushions. The original fabric hiding under that was a yellow damask that was even uglier if that is possible.

For now, it lives in my entryway and I love it! Not bad for a free chair from my mother-in-law and free fabric from my mom. Another got refashioned for my office, but you will have to keep coming back to see it.

What says Fall better than burlap? And pine cones?  The burlap is leftover from a wedding I helped plan which you can see here. I bought the letters that spell "EEK" from the craft store and stenciled them at the Birthday Craft Party I threw for a friend and thought they might be cute layered in my metal basket.

The door arrangements my sister Jordan made got a little update as well.

I added fall leaves and bats from Dollar Tree to make them more coordinated with the rest of the Halloween vignette. Let's see if she approves of the change to her design. I originally planned to make coffee filter wreaths.

Got about halfway finished and decided this was much too springy because I used white filters instead of natural. I thought I could spritz it with Glimmer Mist, but I didn't have anymore brown and I needed two because I have two doors now and I would not have nearly enough time or filters. SO. Not sure what I will do with this now.

Walking up to the front door, you pass by the cemetery sign. Maybe I should get some fake gravestones, but for now, I like it just like this. But I can't promise that I won't keep moving the other stuff around.

Stick around to see my indoor decor!

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