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Concrete Table D.I.Y.

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So I was perusing through Apartment Therapy when I came across a post for this stool that I thought looked pretty nifty.  But I wasn’t really in need of a stool so I forgot about it.

Until a couple weeks ago.  R and I have been looking for a round side table to put in between our couch and chair.  Try as we might, we haven’t been able to find one at the thrift stores.  And I’m most certainly not about to pay nearly $100 for a new one.  Mama don’t play that game.  So I thought we have to make one.  That’s when it hit me, let’s turn that stool into a table.

The original tutorial used a 5 gallon bucket, but we needed something bigger.  I rummaged through my parents garage and found a tub that they used to put drinks in at my high school graduation party.  Talk about repurposing, that tub is now being used as a pot for my fledgling tomato plant.

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Anywho, we used the same concrete, but made our legs longer.  We also stained the wood legs instead of dip painting them.

05091321080512131224aI must say that we are both pleased with how it turned out.

P.S. The lamp in the photos is a $12 find from a thrift store.  Not too shaby.  I want to change up the shade a bit.  Any suggestions?

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Psychodelic Horn

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I have had it in my head for quite some time now, that I wanted an antler to hang on the wall.  Not real antlers mind you, just a fake one.  I do not condone hurting animals.

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I do condone fun ways to hang items, like hats or scarves.  That is something I can dig.  So I made an antler out of Crayola Air Dry Clay (pretty fun stuff if you get the chance to play with it).  I then painted it.  I still wanted a little zing.  I mounted my faux antler to a piece of wood from Michael’s and painted it.  This is where the zing came into play.  I decided upon three different shades of blue and used the rings of the wood as my guide.  The end result is pretty trippy, but I like it.  It adds color, character and dare I say pizzazz to an otherwise boring wall.

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The only downside is that it’s not as mighty as I originally envisioned.  It’s a few tines short of being impressive.  Perhaps in the future I shall mold another, making it a pair.

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Peeping Eyes: Project 8 of 52

In our little abode, R and I have a teeny bathroom window.  I like having a window in the bathroom because it lets light and fresh air in.  However, this window has a flaw.  It overlooks a neighboring parking lot, not to mention it is directly across from another buildings window.

Case in point:

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and let’s not forget the window across the way.

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Don’t let the screen deceive you.  It is a clear shot into the bathroom and to where I hop naked into the shower.  Who knows what kind of Peeping Tom or Voyeur is out there with high-powered, long-range binoculars.  Leering at me while I try to undress behind the shower curtain.

So I came up with an idea.  I would creat a screen to place on top of the screen.

I started out by measuring the window.  With dimensions in hand, I used some leftover lace my mom gave to me.  I liked this lace, because the pattern was dense.

I added a half inch to each side to allow for a seam and cut.

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I then got to sewing, nothing fancy.  I wanted a simple panel that I could tack up to the window.

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Once the panel was finished, I used a few beads of hot glue to glue the panel in place.  And just like that it was up.

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Now, I know you are probably thinking, “Lady you can still see through it.”  Exactly.  I wanted light to still shine through without it shining on all my lady bits.  I feel the lace makes the window translucent and not transparent, which is what I wanted.

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You too can keep those peeping eyes at bay with a little lace.  And if you don’t have any on hand, check your local thrift stores.  They sometimes have it.

Later.

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What’s To Come

I have big plans and ideas for this blog over the next few weeks.  Hopefully I achieve them all.  I tend to take on too many projects and become overwhelmed, and then one or two or three fall to the wayside.  Case in point the afghan.  But I’m feeling ambitious!  Anyways to keep your interest peaked, here are a few sneak peeks of what is to come.

  

There you have it.  So stay tuned.

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Craft Projects

I have been neglectful the past week.  Visitors and activities can be a good distraction, so I put a few things on the back burner, one of which was this blog.  But I am back.

Inspired by the recent change in season, I created and upcycled a couple autumn themed projects using warm colors and natural looking elements.

The first is a leather arrow barrette.  I had some leather scraps left over from a jacket I repurposed and I did not want them to go to waste.  This is what you will need.

Disregard the felt in the photo and the extra floss, I started out with something else in mind.  First cut a rectangle out of the leather and sew it to the barrette.  This will serve as a base for the arrow.  Draw and cut out an arrow slightly larger than the barrette.  Using your choice of floss and with a few straight stitches attach the arrow to the base and you have your leather arrow barrette.

For the second project I took some bangles and wrapped them with floss in different fall colors and patterns. I left the silver ones alone to maintain a natural element and also add some texture.

Not that difficult, but I think it will add a touch of autumn to whatever I pair these bangles with.

I’ll be back later with some more updates and projects.  I hope you have a lovely week.

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M.Y.O. Mulled Cider

One of the best things about this time of year is cider.  Sure you can usually get it year round, but it is not the same.  This time of year with the apples in season, the cider(depending on where you get it) is the bees knees.  I would drink it multiple times a day if I didn’t care about a few rotten teeth.

I like it cold, hot, and spiced.  But today I’m going with spiced.  There are a lot of recipes out there to make your own mulling spices. Some recipes call for cardamom and orange peel, or some may call for whole cloves and whole cinnamon.  But I like things easy and quick, so here is what I came up with.

1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground allspice, 1/4 tsp ground clove, 1/8 tsp ground ginger.

Mix all the spices together and add, depending on your preference 1/2 to 1 tsp of the mixture to 1 cup cider.  You may be thinking WHAT?!?! You aren’t going to use a sachet?  You’re just going to let all those spices float around while you drink it?  Yes.  Although it would be nice to make your own bags, I think it’s a bit too time consuming and wasteful.  But if I were giving this as a gift, I would totally make my own sachets.

Once you mix your spices and cider, let it simmer on the stove for about a half an hour or you can utilize the microwave, the choice is yours.  Enjoy!

Organization update: Life happened this weekend, as it usually does.  I didn’t get as far as planned with my closet purge.  No worries, I am not detoured.  I did a little and hopefully throughout the week I will do more.  Until next time….

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Handmade Goods

My sister asked me to make her a couple of things after I showed her some of the work I have been doing.  I happily agreed.  She wanted a coin purse size of the love birds I posted a little while back.  I switched up the colors and changed the color of the zipper to give it a little more color.

She also asked me to make her a sunglass case to fit her large and eccentric shades.  So I came up with this little ditty.  I liked how it turned out and I am thinking about expanding and including these into my product line.  Whenever that happens.

I am excited to give them to her, and get her feedback.  Have a lovely day.

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Make It Yourself Monday: Necklace

Recently my sister wore a necklace that I really like.  The main focal point of the necklace is a large turquoise stone,  some smaller beads and charms hang around the larger stone.  While looking at it, I thought to myself, hey I have a stone like that.  I think I can make it myself.

I made this spur of the moment and I didn’t think about posting it until I was finished.  I like it so much though, that I just have to share.  I hope you will like it too.

What you will need:

Large Turquoise stone, smaller beads of your choice, charms( I used some fancy head pins that I got on clearance), head pins, jump rings, silver chain, and lobster claw clasp, tools: flat nose pliers and round nose pliers.

What I did, was make make 4 small chains out of the silver chain.  Once I strung the beads on the head pins I created loops at the top with the round nose pliers and attached them sporadically along the small chains.  I also made the fancy head pins into charms and did the same with them as I did with the beads.

Once the small chains were complete I attached them to a longer chain using jump rings.  I used two jump rings to attached the lobster clasp to the chain.  That is all I did and I got this.

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Goals Update

I have begun working on my 4 goals before 2013.  I finished a couple bags this weekend.  Two of which my sister A ordered.  I will have photos later.  It sounds silly, but I really love making these bags.  Sometimes it can be stressful, but for the most part when I get in the zone it calms me and even gives me energy.  I am so excited for what is yet to come in this regard.

I also began research into turning my crafts into a small handmade business.  I bought and started reading this book today.

I am almost done.  I appreciate the writing.  It’s quick and witty, making for an enjoyable and informative read.  It provides a lot of useful information for turning your handmade wares into a business.  Plus it doesn’t sugar coat things.  I will continue to refer to it as I embark on my own business journey.

I hope your weekend was rad.  Later.

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Goals

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Elsie at A Beautiful Mess issued a goal challenge the other day.  Well Elsie, challenge accepted!  If you want a detailed description you can head over to the site, but the gist is to pick four goals that are action oriented, focusing more on the process than the end result, although hopefully the result will be a more enriched life.  As an added bonus you can reward yourself after you accomplish each goal.

So here are my goals that I plan to accomplish before 2013.

1. To further my sewing skills. I have enjoyed creating and crafting handmade bags lately.  I want to hone my skills and advance in my current craft so that the bags I make are kick-ass and  become treasured pieces for those who own them.  I don’t want to put an exact number on it, but I want to make fifteen-twenty bags to sell on Etsy.  I’m not sure how I will reward myself just yet.

2.  To live a kinder life.  I want to live a life that is kind towards animals, people, and the earth.  I want to   eat a more plant based diet for my health, the environment, and the animals we share this earth with.  I want to practice sustainability in my personal life and my handmade goods.  I also want to spread love and kindness to those I interact with.  I think a sweet pair of vegan shoes will make for a lovely reward.

3.  To save more money.  This goal is a little more “responsible adult” than the others, but R and I look forward to having a love nest of our own.  I want to speed it along by saving more green.  Hopefully by continuing to budget we can make it happen.  The reward will be our own place.

4.  I want to learn more about owning and operating a small business.  I plan to read books and ask questions of those who already own their own business.  I want to know what there is to know because I dream of one day being able to support myself by selling my handmade wares.

Here are my goals.  i highly suggest you make your own, because goals are fun and when you accomplish them you feel very accomplished!

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