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...]

Magnets from junk

I bought this sign for my Easter Decor: After I popped the flowers off the sign I didn't want to just throw them away, but honestly they really aren't that cute so I knew I'd never use them for any of *my* projects. However, my 5-year-old daughter LOVES the flowers so I decided to take a few magnets and glue them to the backs. It was so easy and took me all of about 2 minutes from start to finish. Cute? No? She loves them. And of course in typical 8-year-old-son fashion, he was jealous that she got magnets and he didn't, so I pulled a few legos out of his … [Read more...]

Cheap & easy Easter decor

Anyone else feel like you blinked and now it's Easter? I figured I better hurry and put out a few Easter decorations ASAP or I might miss the holiday entirely. Better late than never, right? So I went over to the Dollar Store yesterday and found a few little Easter decorations. Before I primed any of them, I had to prep the Welcome sign because I'm just not feelin' those flowers. They were so easy to pop off. Then I just sanded a little bit where the flowers were glued on. Then I took all the little decorations outside and primed them. After they were all … [Read more...]

Cheese Dome turned Cloche

Total.Score. I finished my cheese-dome-turned-cloche. Isn't she purdy? I am so in love with how this turned out. So in love. I bought the cheese dome and candlestick at goodwill. I removed the top of the candle stick (I've used it for another project that I'll post soon!) and also removed the feet of the cheese dome and puttied up the holes with wood filler. Then I used Gorilla Glue to attach the base of the candle stick to the bottom of the cheese dome base. I used painters tape to hold it all together while it dried. I glued this project … [Read more...]

Pine Cones & Ribs || I broke my ribs snowboarding

Aren't these the most awesome pine cones ever? They are HUGE! I can't wait to do all sorts of awesome crafts/decor with them. I've got tons of ideas floating around in my head for them, but pine cones are so Fall and Winter so for now they'll go in a box. Sniff. But I just HAD to do something cute with them so I would know I didn't waste my time trudging through the snow to collect them all. Okay, cool, they pass the decor test. Whew. So I've got a pretty great entertaining story about how I came into possession of these totally fabulous pine cones… We went s … [Read more...]