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Wooden Welcome

August 22, 2013

Annnnd it’s thursday. You know, four days AFTER I last posted. I’m really good at that guys. This whole sticking to a timeline thing… NOT. It may seem that I’ve been very lazy this week and that’s only partially correct. Having the last two weekends away from home has left me with ZERO TIME to get any projects or post done for the week. Plus works been a madhouse. Oh and add-on top of that my cars been in the shop since Monday-ish so the addition of lack of transportation hasn’t helped. But that’s all past! Because I finally have a rental car, I can finally go to Home Depot and I’m FINALLY home for the whole weekend. Yep.

First, a small announcement: SYTYC competition has been pushed back a week, there was some miscommunication with contracts and paperwork being signed so Week 1 crafts will be features Sept 2nd, not August 26th like originally planned. Which is fine with me, I’ve been keeping lots of secrets from you guys… I have the first 3 projects done already. So this little setback neither helps nor hinders me. Oh well. Next week I will be featuring my tutorial for my memo board HERE. It’s already been featured over on SYTYC, but along with it will be MORE back to school goodies for your little DIY hearts.

OK I lied, there’s definitely a second announcement. BLOGPAL, holy cow guys! The response has been AWESOME. I’m so excited to start up BlogPal for September and am looking forward to it being a semi-monthly thing. Please please please take a minute to read about it here and sign up. It will be a super fun experience, I promise. If you have any questions you can always email me at blogpalcollective@gmail.com as well.

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A WHOLE WEEKEND TO DO PROJECTS: I’m flippin’ excited. What kind of things do I have in store? Week 4 theme for SYTYC project… this one has been the HARDEST to conceptualize yet. Also I’m going to make myself a new doormat. Mines looking a little… *used*.

I’ve really fallen in love with the wood ones that are plastered all over Pinterest and want to make a combo of a few of them. Here is a mood board to kinda show my thoughts…

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I really love the idea of using several different colors or shades of stain. you can see in images one and six that I picked out one with random patterns of color and I think I want to replicate that idea in my mat. I also really love the straight wood slats design, so mine will most likely be of that design. As far a the mat I have there currently, its made out of the same material as the rug in pic three. I bet I could just spray paint it and use it in the garage. THe only thing I don’t love about that type of mat is the amount of JUNK they leave behind. But maybe spray painting it will make it hed less? Who knows… worth a try though!

So that is that for today! I will be back tomorrow with some favorites and an update on monday of how my rug turned out and what my next project is. I’m going to create my very own self internal Pinterest challenge and challenge myself every month to making something from Pinterest. Maybe It’ll be my next big series? I really love the inspired design stuff that I’ve seen floating around too. So that might have to be a theme…

Until tomorrow, Lazypants OUT.

(ps, say goodbye to this signature, it’s getting an upgrade!)

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Friday Five #2

June 21, 2013

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Who can’t believe it’s Friday already? Me, I’m raising my hand. I wished every day this week would have been Friday, but now that it’s here I’m shocked. I’m going to roll with it people.

EDIT: psssssst… forgot to mention — I made a Pinterest board with pins to each item in my friday favorites directly click on the image to go there and pin the items you want! After all, you’ve had a long week… so I made it easy for you 😉

Here are some favorites this week: week 2-01One (DIY CARVED STAMP | Lovely Indeed)  so cute! //
Super excited to make cookies tonight with one of my best friends! Two (DOUBLE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES | Delish) //
Three (MIDCENTURY OASIS | Apartment Therapy) //
Four (DIY Corncob Holders (photo from Handmade Charolette) | Instructables)) //
These have inspired me to make some sweet door-stops for my home Five (DIY Cement Garden Balls | Creative Passage) //
BONUS (Keyboard Art | Paper Plate and Plane)

Pssst: Linking up with Whitney for the #backthatazzup Friday
Hugo: 99 Problems

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Also linking up with Lindsey for Friday Favorites!

Have a great weekend friends!

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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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It’s FRIDAY!! Woo Hoo. So, I’ve mulled it over, and I’ve decided that I’m going to start posting every friday my favorite five things from that week. These items can be anything… something from the web, family, friends…. anything that I’ve found or taken that week that means something. Hopefully you guys will like this!

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Beaded Cord Lamp Cord
Found via Riazzoli

Buy: Dottir & Sonur

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Concret Alphabet DIY
Found via Brit + Co.

DIY: Dot Com for Moms

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The Cocktail Chart of Literature
Find & Buy via Pop Chart Lab

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Hosted By: Just Between Friends

Note: Voting for the last challenge in the first Blog Wars ever is today! Go check it out and vote for your favorite. Then subscribe for future competitions!

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Note: Love LOVE the colors on today’s “Love List”. And man do I want that “good people” print.

Happy Friday! 🙂

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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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Well… it’s been a hugely busy weekend around my household and sadly there’s not a ton to show for it. I spent three days power washing, scrubbing, more power washing and staining my deck. Dealt with some anti-neighborly love from my association board, took out a few trees and FINALLY got my Christmas present out of its box. Oh and had a girls night out and celebrated Cinco de Tequila… (that’s the proper terminology)

So in a nutshell here is my weekend via photos.

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I’m busy working on my projects and reveals for the Challenges I’m participating in, and working on finishing up all the touch-ups and staging of the items on my deck for the final before and after reveal.

What did you get accomplished this weekend? Did anyone else celebrate Cinco de Tequila?

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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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ABOUT TIME

April 15, 2013

Those two words have been going through my head since the moment I stopped being a wimp and finally found a name and started this blog. It’ll be slow going I’m sure. And for the first few months in and out, nothing really regular.  But I’ve got a great support group of friends and family. They all know how much I love to craft, bake and create. So here I go…

But before all that, you’ll probably want to know who I am (and by you, I completely mean my mom, maybe my bf and a friend or two, since that’s all who’s probably reading this right now).

Well Hi!

I’m Justynn (as in ‘JUSTIN’. I’m a girl with a boy’s name. I know, it’s confusing), a twenty-something homeowner with a love for everything crafty, DIY, graphic and anything sweet tasting. I work full time as an office manager of sorts, but after my day job I go home and bake, create, craft and  get into all sorts of antics. I dabble in photography, acquire power tools and love the outdoors. I spoil my boyfriends dog like crazy, I LOVE Tigers Baseball, all things typography and have an unhealthy love of sharpies (This is beginning to feel like a personal ad… “I love walking sandy white beaches in the moonlight…”)

Ok, enough of that, moving onto what this whole blog thing is about…

CREATIVE LIFE ANTICS: (ta dah!)

A DIY craft-aholic, bake (and maybe cooking) and all around home décor blog (cue the trumpets).

Heard enough yet? Alright, I’ll stop chatting and start crafting. Things that are in the “on-deck circle”:

  • Vertical Pallet Garden (Already in progress, spring just needs to hurry up so I can actually PLANT in it.)
  • Gold leafing Art
  • Sharpie Art (I told you, I LOVE SHARPIES)
  • Chalkboard Wall Frame thingy-mah-jig…
  • Homemade Dog Treats

Ok, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading and I will see your pretty face soon!

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