Sunday, January 29, 2012

DIY Stationary Organizer from an Oatmeal Cereal Box

Hello all! I hope you had a fantastic weekend! It was snowy, cold, snowy, windy, snowy and...snowy here. My Florida friends (you know who you are) keep telling (and showing, via skype) how lovely and warm and beautiful it is down there... Cruel.

There's my rant for the evening. BUT! THIS.... is me RAVING about how I now can't wait to buy oatmeal cereal for my 8 month old. Yep! I'm really anxious. Want to know why??? Well... Because you can turn THIS...

into.... THIS!

 Yes!!! It really is one oatmeal cereal box!!! You don't believe me do you...

Nope... you don't.

 How about now???

You better believe it! Isn't it amazing!? I'm going to put my incoming and outgoing mail/bills to pay in it. It will be awesome. 
I can't take credit for this amazing idea, though. I got it from Pinterest (LOVE Pinterest). 
And Pinterest got it from Katydid and Kid. <-- click for tutorial.

You will see that I tweaked it a little to fit what I had and my style, but she has an awesome tutorial to get the gist of it. Customize away! When you join my site (which I know you will... teehee), Follow Katydid and Kid as well! 
Hope you get inspired!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

DIY Dining room chair re-do

My chairs have been needing to be revived. Our dining room table is a GORGEOUS dark red wood with 4 chairs with cushions that my husband's grandma made herself. They were pretty, but outdated and did not really go with my 'future kitchen' ideas. :)

One day I was blessed to be able to look through about 12 or 15 TUBS of FABRIC!!!!!! Mostly upholstery! Ahh! I was so excited.... I picked out this GORGEOUS green and ivory pattered fabric that I knew immediately would be the one I would use for my chairs.

It took a couple months to get started...I had to pull out all of the million staples in the old fabric, connecting it to the seat itself. That was fun.

Then measuring the new fabric, cutting, finding a staple gun, and setting aside a time that I could have help doing it! (It is a 2 person job....for sure...)

My good friend Kathy offered to let me use her staple gun (she's also the one I got the fabric from :) ) and staples AND helped me hold the cushions so they could be re-done!!! Thank you so much Kathy!!!

So here are a couple of pictures of my new lovely chairs. (I didn't take any pictures of the old fabric, or the steps in doing it, because my camera died. So- in a few months when I have to re-do them again, (I have an 8 month old...) I will post detailed pictures :)


I love them :) Not perfect, but I love them.

A close up of the fabric. Isn't it pretty? :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My friend, Jillian.

So I have this friend. Her name is Jillian.
She is pretty nice. Until you get to know her.
She makes you do what she wants. She pushes you.
She yells at you. She has all of her friends push you too.
She tells you to work harder.
She tells you not to take a break.

I guess... she's not a very good friend...
But she's an amazing workout instructor ;)

Doing the 6 weeks to a 6 pack... yeah... we'll see how it goes.
I about died today. Thank you, Jillian.

Monday, January 16, 2012

DIY Button Photo frame

I have fallen in love. with CRAFTS! I take an interest in every type and style of craft. This is awesome because I am learning a TON of new things!! Also dangerous... I should have bought stock in Joanns or Lowes...

The next few posts will all revolve around things that I have been working on over the last few months. This first one being a photo frame. Hope you enjoy!

Things you will need:
A photo frame (make sure it has somewhat of a actual FRAME, not too thin, so the buttons stay on)
Hot glue gun and extra glue

I recently 'inherited' an enormous amount of buttons! I mean a TON of buttons!! My husbands grandmother has been saving buttons off of every piece of clothing, furniture etc.. since way before I existed... Probably 60-70 years or so... So she had about every kind and color imaginable! I was anxious to do something with them, so this is what I decided on.

It's really simple actually, all I did was place the buttons on in an order (or lack thereof) that I liked and then hot glued them in place. An easy project for you all you new crafters! :)

I kind of did a layered bunch of buttons in the bottom right hand corner to kind of 'anchor' it. I like how it gave it some weight.

Not the greatest pictures, but this is what it looked like finished. :)

I put it on the piano to see how it looked.

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