Friday Favorites (3/29/13)

Happy Good Friday to you..

It is that time again..  time to showcase some of my favorite things from the week:

1).  My new Chevron Print Washi tape..  (awesome!)

2).  The Easter Egg Themed Place Settings and Picks I made using plastic spoons, ribbon, and my new washi tape.

3).  Decorating a Charger for some simple and lovely Easter Décor using Washi Tape (again),
     did I mention washi tape is awesome..? :0)

4).  Sharing how I recently got my Linen Closet Organized and I had enough room for my nail polish storage to fit neatly inside..  Wahoooo.

5).  My absolute favorite part of the week however is...   EASTER ~  Jesus is Lord!

 I hope you all have a wonderful & blessed Easter holiday.

linking up at:
From my Grey Desk Blog

Linen Closet Organization Before and After

I started working on reorganizing our linen closet and giving it a makeover,
and it has made quite a transformation over the last few weeks..

Here is the somewhat scary before picture..

Ok.. it wasn't too scary.. it had some organization, but it definately had been overtaken
by things that didn't belong.. (like the cute scarecrows which I considered removing before taking
that photo.. but decided i would keep it real.)  :o)

So I emptied the entire closet, and then decided I wanted to paint it.
So I also removed the shelving.

I painted it white, and then when it had dried I placed the shelves back inside.

Then I purchased a variety of containers at the dollar store in fun lime green and aqua blue shades, as well as a over the door hanging shelf that I found online.  I thought it would add some much needed extra storage to this space.

I went through everything and worked on organizing items into the new containers and my new shelf..  Then  of course placing some fun chalkboard labels and tags throughout the space.
Oh, and I can't forget to mention that I  put the scarecrows somewhere else... :0)

 Here is the after..

What a difference a few containers and an inexpensive extra shelf can make..   and of course my DIY Leaning Ladder Shelf that I made recently that fits in nicely right beside the linen closet.
It adds a little extra organization as well as a big look.

Here are some more photo's of my newly organized linen closet..

I now have a fun organized space with plenty of room for my nail polish storage, and I added a fun chevron simple artwork design to the wall, just because I thought it needed a little something there..  I think it adds a little touch of unexpected whimsy. 

 Most of our extra items are in clear containers on the top shelf, but I placed easy to reach frequently used extra items onto the over the door shelf.  A shelf for first aid items for quick access, including a little red zipper bag that is ready to go, so we can grab n go whenever we go on a trip etc., another shelf for toothbrushes/floss etc.. one for soap which holds one of my Re Purposed Jars.. and so on..

and because we all like that before and after shot...

Such a huge difference with just a little bit of effort..  I am ready to tackle another project. :0)

linking up at:
The shabby Creek cottage, Chic on a Shoestring decorating, April before & after party, I heart organizing

Candle Jar Turned into Cloche Jar

If you follow my blog then you already know we use a lot of jar candles.. :0)

Well, we used another Jar candle up and I decided to make a glass cloche jar with it,
so I cleaned it up.      (Here is the link on how I  re purpose Jars.)

Then I decided what I would use to complete the project:
My cleaned up Jar from a candle, 2 magnets that I had that actually came with a magnetic wipe erase board, glue, and then for a base I just used a glass base. (purchased years ago by the candles)

I turned the jar upside down, glued the magnets on.. let it dry.. and
now I have a lovely (FREE) glass cloche jar.

DIY Easter Egg Picks with Washi Tape

I was putting groceries away yesterday after a quick trip to the store, and when I
saw the plastic spoons.. I thought to myself.. that they would make a cute Easter egg pick
with some washi tape..

So I had to try it..

I got out some washi tape.. in pink, aqua, and lime green chevron print..
Placed some on the spoon, and added a bow.

So simple!

You could tuck them into a floral arrangement (like I did), you could put them in a wreath, and I
think they would also be cute as a place setting card on your Easter Table.. just add a little name tag.

Adorable, and a Great no mess project for kids as well.

linking up at:
Chic on a Shoestring decorating,

Easter Decor with chevron washi tape and a Charger

I decided to give a Charger Plate a quick change to add into my Easter decor..  using washi tape.

I decided to use Pink, Aqua, and Lime Green Chevron Washi tape, and a tiny rhinestone cross accent.

In less than 5 minutes.. I had a lovely decorative piece to add to my Easter decor.

I layered the pink chevron washi tape onto the aqua blue.. and I just added little pieces of 
the lime chevron tape scattered about.   I  then used a glue stick to add the tiny rhinestone cross to the center of the cross.

It fits in nicely with my  Easter Vase, and my  Cloche Jar that I made from a 2 liter soda bottle.. but I really like the pop of color of the aqua blue  Glass Base that I have a small votive candle placed on.. it really brings out the aqua blue in the cross, as well as the other items.

So far so good.. It looks bright and cheerful on my sofa table.

linking up at:   Craft o maniac,
Keeping it Simple Crafts, Sew Much Crafting,  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday The Scoop

Friday Favorites (3/22/13)

Friday Favorites.. showcasing a few of my favorite things from the week.
This week has went by fast, probably because it was Spring break for us. :0)

Here are a few of my favorites from the week..
(although there were many, many more)

1).  Our St. Patrick's Day cake that I made and 'attempted' to decorate all fancy like.. everyone liked it, so I will call that a win.  :0)

2).  My recycled pop bottle turned Cloche Jar for some thrifty Easter décor.

3).  Another recycled project.. my bargain bins from Ice cream Plastic Containers.

4).  Coffee and lots of it.

5). Craft projects.. like my DIY Jewelry Display, and several others..

My all time favorite.. getting to spend extra time with my kids since they were on break, and car searching with my son. It has been a great week!

I am looking forward to the weekend.. even though it is officially Spring, we are suppose to get snow.
I do believe I am ready for some spring temperatures, but ya never know what kind of weather we will get in KS. :0)

Have a wonderful weekend.

linking up at: From my Grey Desk

My Bargain Bins for Craft Storage

I have been spring cleaning and organizing in several area's of our home..
and one of those projects has been my craft space.

I have been working on organizing it a little better, and wanted to find some containers
for my shelves.. and then realized the container that our ice cream comes in would
be perfect.  They are a square shape with a lid.

So I started saving them.. and whenever we have emptied an ice cream tub.. I wash it up, dry it, and decorate it.

My Bargain Storage Bins.. :0)

I use decorative Scrapbooking Paper, Modge Podge, and a sponge brush..
I simply cut the paper to fit over the label on the front, as well as to fit in the lid and simply brush modge podge on, place the paper on, and after it is dry.. a light layer of modge podge over the paper.

Then I can fill it with some supplies, add a fun chalkboard label, and place it neatly on my shelf.

So cheerful.. and organized! (and basically free)  Love...

I can think of a lot of things to use these containers for.. and I don't mind "having" to eat ice cream
for them.. :0)

linking up at: The Scoop,
I heart organizing,
Mums make lists,

DIY Jewelry Display using a frame

I noticed I wear the same jewelry pretty much most of the time..
I have a few 'go to' favorites.. and then the others are kinda hidden away.

Well, I decided I would like to display a few pieces of jewelry on my dresser, but wanted a stand type of display.

I knew I wanted to use Cork, so I picked up a package of cork board sheets at hobby lobby a while back.

I was debating whether to build an easel or frame, but I went for simple on this project and decided to use a picture frame.. so I got a 8 x 10 photo frame, and my exacto knife.. (and scissors - not shown)

I took the glass out of the photo frame and placed it onto my cork to get the exact size I needed.
Then I scored the cork with my exacto knife, removed the glass.. and then cut the cork with my
(I thought I would have to use the exacto knife to cut it, but my scissors worked just fine, so
I didn't need the exacto knife for this project after all.. I could've just used a pencil to outline the glass for the size needed, then cut it with scissors.. oh well, live & learn) :0)

Then I placed my piece of cork into my photo frame.. and placed it on my dresser..
a few push pins and some jewelry.. :0)

Just what I was looking for..   I  really like how I can change it up, and display different things just
by moving some push pins around.     :0)

linking up at:
Coastal Charm,
The Scoop
Style Sisters Wow us Wednesday DIY by Design

Friday Favorites.. 3/15/13

 Friday is here.. that means it is time to showcase some of my favorite things
from the week..  it also means that we have spring break next week.. WAHOOOO! :0)

1). My DIY Leaning Ladder Shelf.. It is exactly what I wanted, and I am
     thrilled with how it looks.

2). Updating a Mirror with gray/white chevron and my cricut.. love how a simple
     change, and a couple minutes of time, can give such a different look.

3). Finding this wire basket while looking in the craft department. It is adorable. :0)

4). Snacks.. just because.

5). Changing out my purse for one of my favorite pink bags.. bring on spring!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

linking up over at: From my grey desk blog

A large Burlap Bow for a rustic wreath

I thought I would share the basic idea of bow making in case it might help someone
in their own bow making adventures..

I am using a large size 5" wide roll of burlap for this bow.. while generally a bow will be made with much smaller ribbons.. hopefully using such a large scale for a tutorial will make it a little easier to show you.

Let's get started..

I have my supplies ready to go.. a wreath, floral wire, wire cutters, scissors (not in photo), and roll of burlap.

First, I unrolled a couple feet of the burlap..  (leaving it attached to the roll for now)
Lay it flat on the table with the end folded over about 6.5 to 7 inches.

Next..  take the other side of your burlap, and fold it over leaving slightly less length (about 6") from the center point, leaving equal length on both sides of center point..   (see photo below)

The starting point of the burlap was placed a little longer so that it is pass the center mark..  it needs to be longer than the center point, so that when you pinch it off to secure your bow the end will stay put and keep your bow nice and neat.  The black dotted line in the photo below shows where the starting point
of the burlap is.. to show you how it is overlapping the center point.

Now is where it was hard to take photo's while working with the burlap at the same time, my apologies.

At this point you take the burlap that you are holding and hold it up from the center of what you have done so far... this is basically to get an idea of how long your want your "tails" to be for your bow.. so just decide how far you want the ends to hang down from your wreath.

When you have decided you are happy with the length.. cut the end piece only.. from the roll of burlap.

Now you take that piece and fold it over to overlap with the rest of the burlap you have on your table.. being sure the end is inside and there is a loop. (see next photo)

This is what it should look like at this point.

Now cut a piece of wire about 15" long..  place it under the entire bunch of overlapped ribbon in the center.. (I left the wire attached to the spool, but it is easier to just cut a long piece)

Pick it up from underneath and Pinch the bow section in your fingers with the wire, (being sure to keep it laying the way you had it laying on the table) and then take the loop that is there for the
tails of your bow and stretch it out a little so you can see where you would like to cut it.  (be sure to keep the bow part pinched tightly)

Then use your scissors to cut the tail loop in half however you would like.  (angled, straight etc.)

Now you just twist your wire until it is tight.

Now you can attach it to your wreath with the wire..  by just twisting it around or through your wreath.

Love this look..

You can also use any size of ribbon to make this style of bow, you will just need to adjust the sizing..
The smaller the ribbon, the smaller you will want to make the loops.. and so on.

Hope that helps give you an idea at least of how to make a basic bow and secure it with floral wire.

I thought I would show you where I put it..
I placed my new 'rustic' wreath at the top of my Leaning Ladder Shelf that I recently made, and I also gave that boot (shown in above photo) a light wash with aqua blue paint for a pop of color. :0)

I am really liking the Aqua blue pop of color.. adds a touch of whimsy I think. :0)