Hangin’ Out w/ Rachel @ Holy Craft

Each Friday all summer long I’m inviting blog friends over here to hang out with me and all of you! I hope you’ve enjoyed the series so far.

Today I am excited to have Rachel from Holy Craft!

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I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be guest blogging here at HoH!

I’ve been following along with Allison since she started blogging and she’s been one of my favorite bloggers ever since! Allison is one of the most down to earth, hilarious, {real} bloggers that I know in the blogging world. We share a love of cheesy reality TV on TLC that just can’t be shaken! Now that you know that interesting little tid bit, let me tell you a little bit more about myself.

My name is Rachel and you can usually find me at my blog, Holy Craft. I’m a stay at home mom of three that likes to live well on less and I share my tips and tricks for a frugal lifestyle whenever I can. I also love to sew, craft and knock off any expensive decor that strikes my fancy.

You can find a little bit of everything from reading lists, to pottery barn, knock offs, to what not to buy at the dollar store.

We are still soaking up the last rays of sunshine on our summer vacation and while I realize most of you have packed your kids up with freshly sharpened number two pencils, we haven’t stepped into our new classrooms just yet. I know a big part of going back to school is back to school shopping trips.

While my youngest son hasn’t ventured into the world of caring what he wears {as long as it’s green and not stripped…oh, wait, seems like he does care!}, my older two kids are, let’s say, more opinionated than their brother.

Jeans are a staple in my kids wardrobe {as well as mine!} so finding the right pair is important. Getting the right color of dye for a jean is of utmost importance. The skinny jean has to be just skinny enough, but not too skinny {and no saggy knee}. The jeans have to be long enough to cover the back of the shoe, but not too long that they puddle. So do you see where we are getting with this?

I have found over the years, several tips and tricks to CREATING the perfect pair of jeans. Most of the time, working with garage sale finds that we have on hand in drawers, or future donated goodwill items that the kids have turned their noses up to.

My most popular method of jean transformation is taking an old pair of flare leg jeans and turning them into skinny jeans. Apparently, skinny jeans are what all the kids are wearing. You can find the full tutorial here, but promise me you won’t laugh. This was a post from two years ago and I picked the most hideous shirt to pair with my jeans. I’m pretty sure it was cool then… seriously, stop laughing!

It’s been a popular post, so I tired to update it with this post on how to make skinny jeans for kids.

My daughter is a much cuter model than I am!

Another jean transformation that is so simple, but that people pay big bucks for, is how to hem your jeans. I explain how to hem your jeans with the original hem without having to pay $15-$25 for the alteration. I scored and bought several pairs of designer jeans (Seven for all Mankind and Joe’s) for next to nothing and was able to alter them to fit my shortie petite frame. This is a tutorial you will want to pin!

And finally, I bought a pair of jeans off of ebay in the hopes of replacing my favorite jeans for WAY less than the retail price, but alas, the jeans came and were “mom jean” colored. In hopes of saving them, I bought a bottle of RIT dye and dyed my favorite jeans.

So there you have it. Next time you are searching for the perfect pair of jeans, sometimes you don’t have to look any further than in your very own closet!

In true Seattle fashion, why don’t you grab a latte and come and join me for a little while in my neck of the woods.

You never know what you will learn at Holy Craft!

Thanks again Allison for having me!

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Rachel’s blog is awesome and I enjoy it immensely. Aside from being hilarious she also has great projects.

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Hangin’ Out w/ Brook @ BeingBrook

Each Friday all summer long I’m inviting blog friends over here to hang out with me and all of you! I hope you’ve enjoyed the series so far.

Today Brook from BeingBrook is hanging out with us. Brook is a freaking DIY and furniture building rock star. Her site is chock full of amazing furniture builds and fabulous decor projects.

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Hi House of Hepworths fans! I’m Brook from BeingBrook and I have a craft blog full of tutorials and tips on home decor, furniture building, painting, crafts and sewing.

I have a container addiction. Bins, buckets, baskets and trays. I’m always optimistic that having more containers will magically make me more organized! So today I’m sharing my love of trays with you and have a tutorial on how to make a tray out of nickels!

Supplies:

Tray (I bought mine in the Target dollar section)
Paint
EnviroTex Lite
Nickels

I gathered my supplies and spray painted my tray with some Krylon Metallic silver paint.

I took my nickels out of the rolls and lined them up in the tray. I didn’t wash them because I liked how they were all slightly different colors but I did I pick out the really gross ones. Then I mixed up the EnviroTex lite. Read the directions carefully and I would recommend wearing gloves and opening a window. But it is pretty simple to work with.

Pour the EnviorTex Lite into your tray. I used the same plastic knife I mixed it with to smooth it into all the crevices of the tray. The cool thing is the EnviorTex self levels pretty well.

The package had a few suggestions on how to remove little bubbles and one of them was to use a propane torch. Since I don’t have a propane torch I used my crafting heat gun and it worked great. Carefully cover your project. I used a plastic bin. This will keep dust from floating into the resin while it dries.

It takes about 3 days for the resin to completely cure and be ready for normal use. Once my tray dried I put it on my nightstand to help me contain my mess! I figure having a tray there will limit how many things I can set on the nightstand!

Love how neat and clean my side of the bed looks now!

Thanks so much for having me Allison!

Come visit me at BeingBrook and check out some of my projects!

$35 Rustic Headboard

Board and Batten Entryway


DIY Craft Room

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Be sure to stop by and tell Brook Hi. And while you are at it, add her to your RSS reader because she’s a must read!

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Hangin’ Out w/ Jenna @ SAS Interiors

Each Friday all summer long I’m inviting blog friends over here to hang out with me and all of you! I hope you’ve enjoyed the series so far.

Hanging out this weekend is Jenna from SAS Interiors. I absolutely love her blog. She is such a fabulous Interior Decorator and I’ve learned tons of tips from her.

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I’m thrilled to be guest posting on House of Hepworths today! I’ve been a huge fan of HoH since I started blogging two years ago and I’m excited that Allison reached out to me to share a fun and easy DIY project with you on how-to create a personalized dry-erase calendar. Before we get started, let me introduce myself…

HI, my name is Jenna and I am an Interior Designer, Home Blogger, and DIY junkie of SAS Interiors, where I strive to inspire and deliver smart, stylish, and sophisticated design solutions for the home.

Even though I’m an in-real-life Designer, I love to get my hands dirty so my blog is filled with creative DIY projects, like the Play Kitchen I made for my kids…

…or the log centerpiece I made for my Thanksgiving table.

I also love to share decorating tips, like how-to create a photo gallery wall.

And of course I love to showcase interior design inspiration like my Teen Room Round-up.

So now that you know more about me, let’s get started with How-To Make a Personalized Dry-Erase Calendar

I started with an 18″ x 24″ frame that I purchased from AC Moore. The Portrait frames are always on sale for 40 or 50%, so I scored this for about $13.

At the time of purchase, I wasn’t sure how I was going to pull this calendar together, but I knew I wanted to add some color and pizazz. I found pretty scrapbook paper (which was also on sale) for $0.40 a sheet. I loved these modern designs and vibrant hues… a perfect compliment to the other spaces in my home.

Then using the Excel program, I was able to make a calendar and print it on 11 x 17 paper (looking for the printable? Click here to print). I also made a separate sheet for notes. Using the cells in Excel, it’s really easy to create. Are you an excel user? It’s one of my favorite programs to use ~ weird, I know.

Using my good ole’ imagination, along with my pretty paper and magic scissors, I created my personalized dry erase calendar.

To add a bit of personalization, I included our family name – Burger – to the top, using one of the stylish papers and my printer. No silhouette machine here… ( I would love one though!)

I have to admit, this vibrant red polka-dot paper wasn’t the best choice for writing our name on, but O well, it works. A quieter background would have been better – you learn from your mistakes, right? That’s what is great about this personalized calendar… I can continually change the background and it’ll only cost pennies!

Here it is, complete and ready to be used!

And that’s it – so simple, right? Every time a new friend comes into our home, they’re amazed at how awesome and useful this calendar is – it truly keeps our family on track! if you’d like to see the entire wall and my Central Command Center, you can read about it here.

Thanks again Allison for having me here at HoH today! If you’d like to see more DIY projects, read more about decorating tips, and be inspired about interior design, head over to SAS Interiors. xo Jenna

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How awesome is that dry erase board? I definitely need to make one for myself as well. Such a great idea.

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