Archives for March 2010

Hanging plant container

A few weeks ago I blogged about finding a bunch of random stuff at Goodwill. One of the items I found was this plant container: I loved the shape of it and I really liked the texture design on the front but I was not loving the color and I definitely was not feeling the little colored rocks glued to it. (Do you like my cloche in the background?) I guessed that with a good coating of spray paint this plant holder would look pretty good. If not, well it was only a buck or so anyway! I washed it up and scrubbed it really good with a toothbrush to get it ready for painting. First I spray … [Read more...]

A can of beans? || DIY pencil holder

So the other day I made this jute ball out of a basketball and a floor mat. Remember? So I have a HUGE amount of jute floor mat material left over... ...and I'm trying to figure out what the heck to do with it all (besides make another large jute ball for a future giveaway - check back frequently for deets!). Okay, so anyway, I'm trying to figure out what else I can hot glue this stuff too and the closest thing within reach was a just-washed can from beans or something. So natch' I grab the can and start gluing. Wound you expect any different? You know what? I … [Read more...]

The Great Soap Makeover || painted soap pump

So, is there any way I can make this look better? You betcha! Check this out!! (Look familiar? Yup, I'm on a vinyl tangent at the moment. Check out the knife block post for more deets on vinyl.) Yes, I know, I know. It's totally awesome. Don't hate! I'm gonna show you how you can make your own. YOU CAN DO IT. This project is EASY. ~*~*~*~*~*~ First: Wash the bottle out really well (I pored the soap into a little dish while I was prepping this craft). Also, use some Goo-Gone to remove all the stickers. Second: Find something for them to sit on while you … [Read more...]

Dish drying tip

Don't you hate it when you wash bowls or jars, put them out to dry, and then they are still wet inside a day later? If you put them upside down to dry no air can get inside them and they never dry. Boo. Next time you wash bows or jars just put them on a cookie cooling rack. That way air can get up inside and they will dry quicker. Yay! HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I've got several ah-mazing projects lined up for next week, so check back frequently or you might miss out!!! :) … [Read more...]

Coloring Book Storage, round 1

Since living in this apartment, I don't have a good place to store the kids coloring books. For two months now they have looked like this piled up on my kitchen bar: It's really not that bad looking, but only because I straightened it all up before I took the picture. If the kids want, lets say an orange sheet of paper, they just yank it right out and the rest of the paper falls all over the floor. Grrr. A few weeks ago I was strolling through Target and found this awesome basket! I think it's suppose to hold a garden hose, but I had a better idea. Or at least that's what I … [Read more...]

Crafting with a floor mat and a basketball…

Yes, you read that right. I crafted with a floor mat and a basketball, both purchased at the Dollar Store. Here's my mat and my basketball. Can you guess what I've got up my sleeve? The mat is made up of some type of cheap jute/twine. Here's a closer look. And here's the ball. It's a Nurf-style basketball so it's kinda squishy. The first thing I did was spray-paint the ball all one color - I used the closet thing to brown that I had in my stash. It's a metallic color. Then I took my rug and carefully started untying and unraveling it. Then I took my hot … [Read more...]

Monogrammed knife block

I'm just so so SO dang excited to show you my latest project!! I was going to wait until tomorrow to post it, but I just can't wait another second. Do you remember by Before and After post where I showed you my best survival knife Here's a refresher. Before - Plain ol' basic knife block: (Obviously it's the item on the far right. ;)) After - I spray painted it gloss black. No prep work at all; just spray painted it: Are you refreshed? Okay, so I liked the knife block much better than the brown, but I didn't LOVE the knife block. After staring at it for about a week I decided two … [Read more...]