Saturday, May 29, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Writing this blog has allowed me to get around to things that I've always wanted to do. I hope as the summer goes on, I am able to complete some of these assignments, and empty my folder (or at least put a dent in it). Each spring, as school begins wrapping up, I make a summer to-do list. Since moving in with Will, he has helped not only add to this list, but scratch things off.
Currently in my House WIP Folder:
1. Clean out spare bedroom, get a desk, and turn it into a hobby room.
2. Over the cabinet decoration
3. Wall décor in kitchen
4. Clean up study
5. Get all unnecessary furniture out of house
6. Put together IKEA furniture
7. Learn how to use sewing machine
a. Sew at least one item of clothing
8. Find some sort of seating for the backyard
10. Find some sort of mail filer
11. Figure out shutter situation in dining and living room
12. Create a table setting on the formal dining room table
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Its the FREE alternative to Photoshop.
While I've never actually used Photoshop, or any other photo editing software for that matter, this is amazing! I just downloaded the software, saved it to my computer and began! Its super user friendly, and as you can tell, I was able to quickly add some pizazz to the blog! There is a button for paint.net on the right side of the page, so be sure to look for that! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Maybe when you learn some of the features, let me know! I'd love to hear some tips!!
Sunday, May 9, 2010
For Christmas, BF received quite a few tools. He got a table saw, jig saw, hand saw, see-saw... Just kidding on that last one, but you get the idea. He's more of a 'wire' guy, and doesn't have a whole lot of experience using power tools. Recently he became intrigued with the idea of having a hidden room in our house. Lucky for him, we have the perfect spot- the closet right under the stairs. This closet houses all of the gadgets and gizmos that come along with living with a guy who loves electronics. As you can see from the picture, he has a lot.
He decided he wanted to build a bookcase to cover the room. At first, he couldn't choose whether he wanted to have the bookcase on hinges or wheels. BF has never tried to build anything using these tools; I knew this was going to be interesting. So, with sort of an idea of what he wanted, and somewhat of a plan, he began the demolition. He was very careful not to worry about the damage to the wall, because he knew I would be able to fix it.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Personal Accomplishment- I was able to figure out some of the settings. Now you can quickly email each post to your friends AND post comments without being a blogger! So bring on those comments!!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I said free. Most of these materials are things you should have lying around the house. If you don't, you can pick them up at the craft/hobby/home improvement store nearest you.
I saw a picture of these darling necklaces here (scroll down) and thought, "I can do that!" I used left over scrapbook paper from this project, and had recently picked up the other supplies.
Here is what you'll need:
triple thick (aka diamond glaze)
You will need washers large enough that the print from your scrapbook paper can be seen. You want to pick a print that isn't too large, because when you cut it out, you want to be able to tell what it is. To begin, trace the inside and outside of your washer onto scrapbook paper and cut out.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
flat wooden picture frame
While paint is drying on your frame, cut out squares of scrapbook paper. Because the edge of my frame was smaller, I cut out 1/2" squares. If you have a larger frame, you might want to do 1" squares.
Now, spread a thin layer of MP over a small area on your frame. Place squares down like a tile pattern.
Finish frame, then coat with 2 layers of MP all the way around. This keeps the edges sealed and pretty. Do the same thing with your embellishments- cut scrapbook paper to size, thin layer of MP, glue down, then 2 coats of MP after.
Glue down embellishments. Insert photo of ridiculously cute baby and voila! Precious gift!
Saturday, May 1, 2010
First, disassemble and paint all the pieces. I spray painted the hardware silver and painted the wood black. Notice the block of styrofoam? Great way to keep all those tiny screws from rolling away! I used leftover black paint from our kitchen makeover, so no expenses there!
Let paint dry and spray with a sealant. I used a matte finish, because I didn't want my box to be too shiny. Carefully cut out pieces of scrapbook paper to the size of the box that you want. Use mod podge to attach to box, and then use mod podge again for a coat on top. Reassemble and enjoy!!
Here is the before picture. I used that crummy thing for years because I couldn't find a jewelry box I liked. It clearly doesn't have any hanging room, so I couldn't put any necklaces with a chain in there for fear of tangles.