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Kitchen Herb Planter

September 10, 2013

It’s Tutorial day! Anyone excited?

I LOVED making this project. Why? 1) I got to use my power tools. 2) It was EASY. 3) It was cheap.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Alright lets get right into it…

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

First things first, we need to get our wood. Boy’s roommate found a great pallet for me from his work and I’ve been saving it for a project. When this idea popped up I just knew it’d be perfect. Unfortunately it meant I needed to tear that pallet apart. I broke out my hand jig saw and cut through the board on the end on both sides of the pallet.

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Tearing a pallet apart is NOT an easy job. If you have a better way PLEASE TELL ME. I was pretty frustrated trying to tear it apart. By cutting off the sides I basically only left the center support beam. After that it was easy to use a hammer to tap the pieces out the of center beam. After tearing it all apart, I cut my boards down to the sizes I picked out for my table. After everything was cut I screwed together my box.

TIP: ALWAYS drill pilot holes This helps prevent your wood from cracking when you screw everything together.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Now, the box just needs a bottom (otherwise what’s the point, right?) I used another piece of the pallet wood to make a quick base for the bottom of the box. Since this was a Kitchen theme, I decided that the handles for my box needed to be silverware. I found a great spatula and serving fork and used a hammer and an unused piece of wood to bend them into handles for my box.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

To attach the handles I used shorter screws, but ran into a small issue with the heads being too small. To fix this issue I took nuts from my stash to extend the screw heads allowing them to hold the utensils onto the box.

After the box was built I needed to add the plants. Keeping with the kitchen theme I bought four containers from my local Salvation army to hold the herb plants. I think the old coffee pot is my favorite. It truly brought the theme home. The other containers are  an old dry measuring cup, an old wet measuring cup and a canning jar. The total cost for all the jars and utensils was $7.

I filled each of the containers halfway with rock to provide some room for drainage of the water. You don’t want your plants to sit in water as it will rot the roots. But by adding rocks the plants roots will grown down into the rocks allowing them to absorb water as needed. We planted each herb into a “planter” and then added them to the box. At this point I noticed that if I moved the box at all the herb planters would shift and possibly tumble (knowing my luck).

Wanting to avoid an accident at all cost, I bought some white rocks off Amazon (here
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Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Lastly, I decided to make some “name tags” for each of the plants. I have about a thousand corks just hanging out (no, I didn’t drink all the wine… only half…). I grabbed some BBQ skewers from my kitchen and stuck corks on the pointed end and used a sharpie to write the name of each plant on them. And that folks, is all she wrote. The whole project couldn’t have been more simple.

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

Kitchen Herb Planter from an old pallet! Great Idea. // Creative Life Antics

What do you think? Would you make one? I think the box is great because even after I end up killing the plants (which will eventually happen. I don’t have the greenest thumb on earth) I can use it to hold a ton of other decoration for Fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s very versatile.

What herb project/ pallet projects/ kitchen projects have you made? Link them up below so I can go check them out.

**Just a reminder that until Thursday at 7pm EST you can vote for your top 5 Upcycle Project on SYTYC. Hopefully you pick mine as one of your favorites!**

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Until next time… Crafter Justynn, out.

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Hi everyone! Welcome to Tuesday, the least exciting day of the week. The day that I promised my reveal & tutorial for my wood mat for my front porch. Which, Spoiler Alert: it’s not done yet. Why? Well, friends came into town, Mom’s birthday happened, and on top of all that I failed miserably at this project. Why? Well, smart Justynn took a last-minute summer vacation it looks like. Oh well, I’m going to try to fix it tonight, we’ll see how that turns out.  Basically, I wanted to color block stain, which doesn’t seem like a bad idea, right? Wrong.

Raise your hand if you know why…  (I’ll keep mine down, since I know, but for whatever reason– it didn’t occur to me until after I had attempted it.)

Here’s a helpful little sketch I just made to explain… Hey, at least it’s not stick figures…

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And this is where the project currently stands.

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Yeah, lovely. I know. You should have seen my hands after my fit of *This sucks I’m just going to rip off all the painters tape and throw the whole damn thing away*. But I didn’t, and yes, I’ll be fixing it tonight. I’m going to try the stain thing one more time. If that doesn’t work out we’re going to move on to paint.

In other news, my weekend was a blast. It started off Friday with a walk after work with my two favorite boys.

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They really are too cute for their own good. This picture was completely staged but I don’t give a crap. It’s still cute. Saturday I ended up hanging out with some ladies all day, we ended up in Eastern Market where I bought the largest zucchini ever for a buck fifty. Right? The thing is the size of a large infant. Then last night my mother dropped off four more HUGE Zucchini. So I will be spending my free time today looking up recipes to make with them… since you know, I have FIVE.

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I bought a really cool print while in Detroit for the Eastern market as well. Can wait to get that baby in a frame and share it!  Oh! and lastly I attempted the “button gift wrap” thing from Friday’s post for my mom’s gift. Super simple and it looked really good. So that one has my stamp of approval!

Starting my already LONG list of this to get done over the long weekend coming up:

— Get Etsy shop up and running
— Start week 4 SYTYC Project
— Complete Week 3 Project
— Send out #BLOGPAL emails! (TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY TO SIGN UP)
— Clean my room and finally get all my laundry put away
— Finish some ENMNetwork Reviews and Posts for next week.
— Hit up Eastern Market on Saturday Morning

Here’s to hoping that make 2 of those items actually get finished!

**Oh, and a PSA since people have been asking… SYTYC will start NEXT MONDAY the 2nd, Some stuff got moved around and everything was pushed back a week.**

Tah tah for now,

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Monday Morning Mashup

August 5, 2013

SO MANY THINGS TO TALK ABOUT… WHERE DO I START?!

I need a list…

ONE// Today is the VERY first day to vote for Season 17 on So You Think You’re Crafty! I’m auditioning and today until Thursday at 7PM EST you can vote for your top five favorites here. Now, I’d be lying if i said I DIDN’T want you to figure out which one is mine and make it your FAVORITE, but I’m not going to force you… (hard, at least). 

I cannot tell you which project is mine, but hopefully you’ll be able to figure it out.

SO GO VOTE! (please) and spread the word!

TWO// The very lovely Lizzy from Lizzy’s Luggage has not only been nominated for the Liebster Award (it’s an award passed around bloggers of smaller blogs) but she has nominated Creative Life Antics for the award as well! I’m so honored, cant wait to answer her questions and nominate some of my favorite small blogs too! I’ll be answering all her

questions on Thursday, but until then please head over and give her some love and congrats!

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THREE// I’m adding a really sweet new button to my sidebar. This makes things feel SO
OFFICIAL. Today marks the end of The Bounce Back Campaign. I’m so very proud to announce that we raised over $138,000.00 more than the goal of $500k. To say that this is the start of something big and wonderful for myself and many other bloggers is a complete understatement. I’m close to crying, this is a huge journey and a HUGE step for bloggers in general. Thank you to everyone!


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// Today my other very lovely blogging friend is another year older! A very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the wonderful LEEANN of Join The Gossip.

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FIVE// Don’t forget to enter The Nectar Collective Sponsor Giveaway (I’m a sponsor) get all the details to enter HERE.

I’m pretty sure there was supposed to be another item… but at the moment I can’t quite remember what it is…

Either way, Happy Monday!

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Last weekend… was a bit crazy. To say the least. Saturday morning I got up early and ran the Warrior Dash. I’ve ran it three years in a row and really love it (even thought I hate it for a whole week after, hah).  For those of you that don’t know what it is… The Warrior Dash is one of the “really popular” 5k races across the US (and maybe Canada?) Basically it’s a 5k race with obstacles. Obstacles that kick your ass. Obstacles that (in my case) leave you banged up and bruised afterwards. I’ve ran it with friends the first two years, but this year was the first year I ran it on my own. Which is MUCH harder to stay motivated. At the end of the race, you get a medal, a warrior helmet, a beer and a t-shirt… oh and you’re covered in mud, dirt & who knows what else. 

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So after running that I was basically ready to lay in bed and watch movies the rest of the day. I might have done some laundry. I think…

But SUNDAY… whooo wee. Sunday I got my butt up and got some seriously work done. I’ve been hinting that there was something big coming up and I think I can finally talk about it.  A few months ago I signed up to participate in a 10 week craft blog challenge series called So You Think You’re Crafty (cool name, right?). Well shortly after emailing the host I was informed that I could audition for Season 17. I did a lot of happy dancing, some screaming, called the boyfriend, mom and my friends. I know, I’m weird. 

Ok, so here is my official announcement. I’m participating in the SYTYC Audition round where the top 10 out of 12 bloggers move on (which I think is next week?). If I make it past the auditions I get to participate in a TEN WEEK competition. Each week has a different theme that the crafters create a project based off of, the round is posted on Monday and the winner is announced on Friday. Each round is done anonymously, so I can’t TELL you which one is mine, but hopefully you’ll be able to figure it out. I’m promising to only do projects that would be something I would create for myself ordinarily, which hopefully will set my projects apart. After they post the winner of each week I will share with you on CLA which project is mine and a tutorial!

So anyways- back to Sunday, I was working on my round 1 & 2 projects (I’m optimistic) which only proceeded to add bruises and cuts and scrapes to my already bruised, cut up, and scraped body. Then I popped into IKEA for some new storage ideas and staging bits and pieces, popped into Home Goods, because who can drive past Home Goods without stopping in? Not this girl. And at about 8pm after I returned home I decided it would be a good job to get my garage/ workshop in order (because taking it easy after warrior dash just didn’t seem important).  

This is it’s current state: (please don’t judge, it was messy and I NEED to be able to pull my car in this winter. I’d show you the other side, but it’s got SYTYC projects)

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So that was my weekend. Projects Galore. 

Oh! what also happened this weekend? THIS.

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Yep, The Bounce Back not only went over $500K this weekend, the funding got extended a week courtesy of Indiegogo –they want to see this jump up the rank of MOST CROWDFUNDED FUNDED FILMS (currently we are sitting pretty at #4)– AND we are currently sitting at just over $600K with new perks coming today and tomorrow. Completely awed at the amount of love Shemar’s fans are giving him and this project and I’m so excited to not only be a part of it now, but continue to be a part of this project through the end. Can anyone say RED CARPET PREMIER PARTY? Yep, I’ll be there. Maybe I’ll even get a smooch from Shemar ;).

Lastly, but certainly NOT the least, giving my second blog buddy from July a HUGE shout out. LIZZY from Lizzy’s Luggage. You heard a little about her here. Thanks lady for a really sweet & custom gift.

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This is my first branded ANYTHING and I absolutely love it. I literally wore it the day after getting it. 🙂 If you havent done so already (and if you haven’t, get a MOVE ON) please go check out her site, facebook & twitter… leave her some love. She’s super inspiring to me. I tried to channel some of that inspiration into this post (how am I doing?) by being more me and writing a bit more about my life.

Ok, That’s it for this Monday. More projects, potential bruises and new stuff coming up in the pipeline! Are you guys excited?

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DIY Map Art Tutorial

July 11, 2013

Good morning evening friends! In the last two weeks there’s been a lot of buzz from you guys about my map art I made for my Craftaholics Anonymous Gift Swap partner and I PROMISED a tutorial. Well here it is… FINALLY in all it’s glory!

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Woo hoo! Now lets get to that tutorial!!

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Not too hard right? It’s something you could do for sure! If you don’t have a miter saw, ask them to cut your boards at the store! It’s fun to watch them with their cool big saw!

Well that’s it for tonight guys! Hope you liked it. See ya in the morning!

PS: I’m still going through everyones sites from Monday’s link up!! You guys amaze me! I’m tweeting and giving shout outs of anything and everything that I love to you might see one from me!

Ok, GOODNIGHT!

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It’s almost here! The big SUMMER HOLIDAY. Well, ok, one of them. Are you excited? Doing anything fun? I’m planning on hanging out with the family. Eating some delicious foods and probably indulging in a few adult beverages around a campfire.

Holidays always brings out the crazy crafty side in everyone and this year I feel like my interest and blog feeds just blew up! Here are some of the cool ideas I pinned.

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SOURCES: Cupcake // Cake // Rockets // Letters // Push Pops // Cookies

So of course I jumped on the crafty bandwagon myself and came up with this easy festive wreath (my first wreath ever, btw).

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Here’s how I put it together:

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Pretty simple right? Try it out, If you make one I’d love to see your take on it. Have a WONDERFUL Wednesday and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for a wishlist!

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Just a quick reminder that I’m participating in the “Simply the Best” DIY competition right now and could use your votes! Please go vote for my mirror makeover project here. If you want to see more about this contest check out my post from yesterday. Thank you!

Ok, realtalk. I’m not a DIY genius. In fact I probably fail on at least a third of the projects I try to make. Mostly the cooking ones… Because well, I’m human. I’m impatient. Waiting on dry time is the bane of my existence (but I’m practicing at getting better (mostly by distracting myself with another project)). So I’m going to be real with you guys. I had in my head this really cool 4th of July candle holder that I was SUPER geeked about. It was gonna be repurposed with wood and aluminum cans and it was going to be different!

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And then it failed. And I stabbed myself with a nail, and it ended up looking like a little kid’s craft project gone horribly wrong. Not to mention that I STABBED MY PALM WITH A NAIL. It hurts. When I told boyfriend about it he promptly asked “Well, are you up to date on your tetanus shots?”.

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I don’t think my projects and bruises and scratches from the projects even phase him anymore.

Anyways, back on topic. So I had this great idea, attempted to make it. failed miserable and gave up on the idea for a few hours while I worked on something else.

THEN, as I was putting the cans back in my recycling bin I found a glass jar. Perfect! So I changed my project around, and now I’m happy I did.

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See? Epic fail turned out all right! What are some of your 4th of July crafts? I’d love to see them!

Have a great night!

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Happy…. uh… Wednesday people. Yep, Wednesday. two whole days after I promised this tutorial.

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Oops. Well, not really oops… on Sunday I noticed that my power adapter for my laptop had a cord that was nearly decapitated so I ordered a new one from Best Buy online that I could pick up near work on Monday. Well, then it stormed. And took out blocks of power containing the Best Buy I had selected. Long story short, I couldn’t pick up the cord till yesterday right before class, leaving me with no laptop since Monday morning.

So, on last week’s Friday Five List # 5 was the Love List from One Fine Day. I noted that I really loved the “Believe in Good People” print from fife du vie. Well, I used that print as inspiration for today’s tutorial!

(check out my new graphics for tutorials… what do you think?)

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So there it is! My first tutorial in my new template. I kinda like it. Let me know what you think. Also how cool and easy are these paintings? I’ve done so many that I can’t even count anymore. But they really make a statement!

We’re supposed to get some really big storms tonight! I hope everyone stays safe!

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Hey guys! It’s a GORGEOUS Saturday in Detroit so I’m popping in to writing up this post and then heading outside. 🙂

Raise your hand if you drink wine? (yep, I see those hands… glad I’m in good company). Now raise your hand if you drink a lot of wine (don’t be shy… I’m raising mine too.) Ok, last question… what do you do with your leftover bottles?

Now I know that a majority of you are going to say “we recycle, duh”. And to those I commend you. However, I bet there are some people out there like me who live in a private neighborhood that doesn’t have recycling. So, while I wash out my recycling and do put it in a bin… It generally sits there for months on end until a day when I bag it up and hand it over to my mom to add to her recycling. So, imagine how many wine bottles I have hanging around. Yeah. That many.

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I’ve been wanting to try my hand at cutting glass for a while now but I’ve heard the horror stories about how HARD it is. I’m here to tell you people that it’s not that hard. In fact, after the first bottle of two you really get the hang of it. 😉 Continue Reading…

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Happy Friday night everyone! Are you excited for a long holiday weekend? I’m looking forward to the extra day myself, since school started (last class yo!) I feel like I haven’t had enough time to actually get my house in order for spring/ summer. Which, probably doesn’t matter much since today was 47 degrees in Detroit.

Yep, I’ll repeat that… 47 degrees, in Detroit, on May 24th.

I was so frustrated coming home form class last night in the cold. I’ve been waiting for the flowers in my vertical garden to root a bit before I can tip it up (supposed to wait three weeks! I’m super impatient…) and I’ve already had to replace two rows once due to a random frost. Needless to say I last minute threw a paint drop cloth over the bugger last night in hopes that it would prevent yet another frost kill. We’ll see in a day or two if I was successful.

ANNNNNNNNYWAYS….. Speaking of school, our project this week is to recreate our faces, out of clippings from magazines in a complimentary color scale. Our prof suggested that we test our glue out prior to doing this project for real (I guess some glues warp the paper or something). So, last night I decided to cut up a bunch of strip of text and create my own little version of this project. I present to you…. my skull-face with sunglasses art!

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Kinda cool huh? Well there’s been a few things floating around on Pinterest kinda similar like this and I found this and also this one from Sarah. So I decided to “test out my glue” and make something along those lines.

First I drew out my design on one side of a piece of printer paper (you could also just print something… you know… if you weren’t out of printer ink like me ;)). Make sure it’s a simple shape like something you’d pick for an easy pumpkin carving.

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Ok, got your drawing/ print? Flip it over (yep you read that right) we are going to glue on the backside of the print. Next I cut up a whole bunch of thin strips from magazines. I tried to keep it mostly black and white text with some hints of color. After I cut the strips I glued them down a few at a time you know, to “test” my glue.

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After they grid I flipped the image back over so that the sketch was face up and then cut out my image with an Exacto knife.  Tip: To keep lines smooth while you’re cutting use fluid movements. Some people like to move the item they are cutting vs. moving the knife too much too.

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Cool beans, all cut out. I cut out some sunglasses and glued everything down onto some mount board with spray mount. After I glued it I realized that I wanted the glasses to stand out a little more so I went over them with some craft paint.

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Then just cut down the mount board, pop it into a frame and you’re ready to hang. Easy right?photophotoA

The best part? I actually had everything already in my craft supplies so the cost for this quick DIY art? $0. You can’t beat that.

What do you think? What other easy DIY projects have you seen lately? Anything that costs almost nothing?

I will be back periodically over the weekend but if you don’t stop back I wish you all a happy, safe and relaxing Memorial Day!

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It’s reveal day for my Spring Pinterest Challenge! This was my first time doing a challenge during the actual challenge time. Even though I’m late to do my reveal. Next challenge I promise I’ll be better! The Pinterest Challenge was the creation of Katie Bower from Bower Power and every season Katie and Sherry (from Young House Love) challenge themselves, two co-hosts (this challenge it’s Emily & Renee) and their readers to stop pinning and actually create something by finding inspiration and putting their own twist on it. But anyways… to the good stuff…

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Last week I show you my inspiration here. But to recap I’ll show my mood board:

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I attempted my hand at making a starburst-ish mirror. And I am proud to say that I accomplished my goal with all fingers in-tact, only minimal amounts of swearing and for only $10.

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Tah dah! It still needs to be hung, I know… I’m a bad blogger. With school starting this week I was pushed WAY farther back than I had really even imagined.

UPDATE: Here’s the mirror hung up in my bedroom!

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Below is a gallery tutorial on how I was able to accomplish this. I’m pretty proud of myself I must say. It’s not perfect, but I love it. I made a ton of mistakes and was super frustrated at times but it’s done and I’m happy.

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So, what do you think? I’m anxious to hear your thoughts! Did anyone else do the Spring Pinterest Challenge? If so share your link in the comments. I’d love to see the results!

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Linking up with East Coast Creative for the Creating with the Stars Contest!!

Challenges

May 2, 2013

So, when I decided to start this blog part of my goal was to start challenging myself to actually create the things I’ve been “pinning” or have been thinking about for a looooooong time. And since we all know other bloggers have this same issue it’s nice when we are forced coerces into actually doing it.

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The lovely Katie Bower from Bower Power Blog and Sherry from Young House Love have been issuing what they call the Pinterest Challenge for a while now (each season they challenge themselves and their readers to stop pinning and start doing) and this will be the first time I’ve actually participated. They ask the participants to find a project you’ve pinned, cite the sources of inspiration for it and then put your own twist on it. They give you about a week to get your project done, and then you share it on their sites with other readers and bloggers. Then people comment, tell you you’re amazing and we all live happily ever after. Well… thats the way I see it.

So, for my challenge I have decided on remaking over my old ugly bedroom mirror into something new. These are some images that inspired my project…

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So, as you can see I have my hands full this week.

BUT WAIT…. THERE’S MORE…. (in my best infomercial voice).

I have also decided to sign up for The Rookie DIY Challenge posted on Challenge Loop by “The Rookies” themselves Casey & Bridget from DIY Playbook.

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Luckily this one ends May 29th, so I don’t have to get it done right away. But I’m equally Excited for this one too! I’ve got some ideas swimming in my head but nothing too solid just yet. I’ll be sure to keep you in the know though.

On top of all this, I think next month I’m going to start my own little challenge series. Challenging myself to take on more than just an itty bitty craft project and more of a redo-rework project. Still working that idea out.

So what do you think? Are you going to join these fun challenges too? I’m excited to see what everyone is planning. If you have a blog and have posted your inspiration I’d love to see it. Leave a link in the comments, and good luck!

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It’s in the Numbers

April 22, 2013

Whew, has it been a LONG Monday. I was super busy at work today and boy am I glad to be home. I think this calls for a Summer Shandy and an hour or two checking out some project ideas. Doing the same? Then check out my super easy and quick gas station number art below. And since it’s Earth day, this project just happens to fall into the “reuse” category. 😉

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Like it? It’s super easy! First thing you’ll need is some numbers or letters. I ordered some old gas station numbers from Our Own Big World on Etsy. Once they arrived I cleaned them up with some dish soap and let them dry completely.

I found a frame that fit the design I wanted (from my hoarding stockpile), cut some mount board sown to size and sat down to tediously glue the numbers (just kidding! I used double sided tape).

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You could also use those fancy pants glue dots for scrapbooking, which would have been my weapon of choice if I had any on hand… Glue those puppies down, frame and done. Probably the easiest project yet.

Psst. I also bought letters from Lake Michigan Vintage. Looking forward to getting those into a frame for my wall-o-art (pictures to come soon! I promise!).

Both vendors were great and items shipped fast. Check them out! I spot another purchase already… I love tax money season…

What quick and easy projects are you working on? What do you do after a long Monday?

That’s it for now, I’m off to grab a beer, make dinner and maybe my famous apple pie… (by special request of course ;))

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HAPPY FRIDAY.

I’m super glad its Friday, even though it’s a rainy Friday here in Detroit. Which pretty much pushes back my plans for some of my outdoor projects (aka vertical garden). ::Sigh::

So, that means I need to get started on some indoor projects. Luckily I’ve got a few ideas in that department. First up: Did anyone happen to check out this really cool DIY gold leaf  project from BrittneyMakes posted on the 6th Street Design School blog?

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Well I fell in love with how easy and simple it looked and thought it would make a great addition to my art wall (picture of that to follow soon!) As much as I loved the ampersand and wanted to make the same exact thing for myself, I also wanted to try a more complex shape to share with you. So I started looking around the home for inspiration. And boy, did I find something cute.

Meet Lily, my roommate’s 2 year old red doberman.

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Seriously how cute is she? My rooms is gone on a cruise this week and I’ve been able to have Lily all to myself (muhahahah) and have enjoyed every moment of it. Plus since she misses her mom I’ve been getting extra cuddles. Not complaining.

So how do I turn this cute face into art? Well I’m glad you didn’t ask.

First I found a shape that resembled my muse. Who doesn’t love Google? Then I printed it out, carefully cut it out, taped it down and traced the bugger onto some black mount board I just happened to have lying around. Yes, I stock pile craft supplies. Michaels and Jo-Ann coupons are like GOLD in my house. Or maybe in this case copper.

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Once I had my image traced out I took a small paint brush and some regular Elmer’s School Glue and painted the areas I wanted foil. Now, here’s a tip for all you first time foilers like myself. Paint a thin coat, and do the ares with the LEAST amount of detail first. Why? Because likely by the time you do the detailed parts, the original areas will be almost dry. School glue dries fast, and you don’t want to have to redo the detailed parts again.

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After you’re glued you want to take your foil and put down a whole sheet over your drawing. If you have to use two sheets try not to overlap them much. Then you wait. You want the glue to be 100% dry before you go to brush off the excess. Dont get excited like I did and have to redo it. Oops. It was about this time after I placed the foil down on the glue that I realized that I had purchased Copper foil instead of Gold. Hence the name of this post. For a split second I was pissed and then realized that if I could pretend mistake it for gold, maybe everyone else that walked by it could too ;).

Meanwhile while it dried I had to figure out what I was going to put them in. Luckily my lovely mother has what I call a “Garage Sale Problem” (and I mean that in the nicest way possible 😉 ). Meaning if she sees a garage sale sign she will whip a U’y and pull that truck over. Why is this lucky? Well at one time I mentioned to her that I was looking for frames of all shapes and sizes and details for my art wall. So now I have a hoarding size collection of old frames with ugly artwork that I clean up and paint and put my new artwork into. See exhibit A below. That’s right, 50 cents. (THANKS MOM!) Anyways… I found two that fit the size I needed and ripped out the old junk and painted the frames white.

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After 24 hours, my glue was dry, I used a soft brush to lightly brush away the excess foil, feed a few touch up spots and my artwork was ready to go. Popped that baby into the painted frame and called it done.

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What do you think? Do you see the resemblance? I plan on passing this copper doberman to my rooms when she arrives back home, but I’m keeping the ampersand for myself.

What projects are you working on lately? Have any good muses or inspiration lying around your house? How adorable is Lily?! I love this little bugger!

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