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Day Care

I have been working at a day care and no longer have time to do projects of my own, but these are some of the cute things that I have had my kids do. 

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“Fluttering about Spring” Butterflies

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hand print caterpillar

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Cherry blossoms on a tree using soda bottles and paint

 

 

A Touch of Spring

A few “springy” things around the house 🙂ImageImageImageImage

Happy Spring!

I made this cute “Happy Spring” sign to celebrate the new season! Here in upstate NY there is still snow on the ground, but I know that the warm weather is right around the corner!

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All I did was print off these letters in light grey and then I cut them out with my tiny, sharp scissors.

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Next I gathered “spring” colored paper from my paper supplies and I cut them and then glued my letters on.

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Tape a string to the back of the letters and hang them on a frame!

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“I could do that!”

This is one of those situations that I like to call an “I could make that!” moment.  I was walking around Target with my hubby and we saw this canvas and he looked at me and said “you can make that” so I took a picture for inspiration and I went home and made it!

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I want to inspire you to go out and make something, even if you think you can’t, just try it. Find something that draws you in and take a good look at it, decide what you need in order to make it and go home and make it!

For this project you will need:

– stencils

– stencil brush

– paint brush

– yellow, white, blue and black craft paint

– paper

– scissors

– a square, blank canvas (I used a 12×12)

– patience 🙂

1) Paint your canvas black with your paint brush and then let it dry

2) You can either make stencils or use stencils. I made my own because I didn’t want that “stencil look.” To make stencils, make a template on word using the “ABC’s” (make sure you leave a space between the “Q” and the “R” for your heart 🙂 Print off your letters and then cut the letters out so it looks like the picture below.

3) Place your letters down on the canvas. You may want to tape your letters down so that they don’t move around when you stencil. I did the first line and the last line first so I could make sure the spacing was correct.

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4) Now you can start stenciling. Use a round, stenciling brush (you can find these in the stencil aisle at the craft store). If you made your own stencils, make sure to keep the “insides” of your letters and place them on the canvas in the appropriate spots before you start stenciling.

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5) When you stencil the “I” and the “U” you should use a separate brush or make sure to wash out your brush thoroughly so you don’t mix your colors.

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6) I did the 3rd line last so I could make sure the heart was in the right spot. I cut out a paper heart and taped it down.

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7) the last step is stenciling your heart. Again you can use a different brush or you can use the same one, just make sure you wash it out.

And here it is, my finished project! What do you think? It’s not perfect, but it doesn’t need to be! Remember that when you make yours or something else that inspired you! The fact that you made it is perfect in and of itself! Never say “I can’t do that!” You can do anything you put your mind to, have a lot of fun and a little bit of patience 🙂 Send me your pics, I would love to see what you’re up to!

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Trash to Treasure

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We bought this nightstand at a Thrift Store and I knew instantly that there was a treasure waiting to be uncovered! All I had to do was sand the top a bit by hand, prime, paint and poly!

Tools for the job:

– Sand paper (if needed)

– Primer

– Paint

– Polyurethane

– Sponge roller

– Paint Brush

– Screw Driver

First thing before you start painting:

Take out the drawers and take off the drawer handles. Then assess if your furniture needs to be sanded.

Now you can start painting!

I used two coats of Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Primer. There was no sanding needed for this primer and it covers well! Image

Next I used “hail a cab” yellow by Valspar. I didn’t need much so I got a “sample size” from Lowes. I did two coats of this color.

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The last thing I did was two coats of polyurethane. Poly helps to seal everything in and makes your furniture scratch and stain resistant. My suggestion (and what I did) is use water based poly because its easier to clean and oil based can “yellow” your furniture. Remember to NEVER shake Polyurethane or you will get tiny air bubbles that will not go away.

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This can be a long process, but just be patient with it and before you know it you will be done and have a gorgeous piece of furniture so stick with it, I believe in you 🙂

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Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

Thanks to the inspiration from my good friend Jeana Mckenzie, my mom and Pinterest, I finally made these Mason Jar soap dispensers! This is an easy decorating idea that takes just minutes to make. It’s easy to turn a mason jar into a lovely soap dispenser for your kitchen or bathroom. I made two for my kitchen (one for hand soap and one for dish soap).

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For this project you will need:

a jar with lid

an old soap dispenser

and a drill.

Drill a hole in the center of the lid about a half inch wide. You want the hole to fit the width of your dispenser, but you want it to be snug so it’s not loosely spinning around. Make sure your pump is long enough to reach the bottom of the jar. If it’s too long, just cut it to size. Fill your mason jar with soap, insert the pump, and tada! 

That’s all there is to it. If you already have these items, then this project is basically free! No more throwing away used plastic soap dispensers, for now on you will have a permanent dispenser and you will save money by buying the big refill bottles! 

Rusty Pumpkin

There are so many ways to make pumpkins but this one is definitely my favorite. Its super easy and really cute!

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Here is what you will need:

-12-24 mason jar lids        -orange paint

-string                                -hot glue

-paper leaves                    -a stick

*dont worry about the mason jar lids, you do not have to go out and buy 24 mason jars and steal all of the lids off of them, you can actually just buy the lids. 12 lids come in a box and this is enough to make a pumpkin, it will be a little loose though. If you get 24, your pumpkin will be really tight. I used 15 lids to make my pumpkin.

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lay out your lids and use a small brush to paint them orange

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Once you are done line up all of your lids in the same direction and put a piece of string through all of the holes.

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Set the lids down and pull the string really tight. When the string is as tight as you think it can get, tie it.

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Now you can line up all of your lids and fan them out so it looks like the picture above.

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Place a dab of glue on the sides of your stick and shove it down into the hole.

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Now you can cut out some paper leaves and glue them where you want them and you’re done!

*some paint may get scratched off of your lids while you are making them so you can either leave them to give them some character or touch it up with more paint.

I hope you enjoy your mason jar pumpkin! If you make one, send me pictures, I would love to see them 🙂

Gettin’ Crafty in the Craft Room

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I bought this peg board from Home Depot that measures 24 inches wide by 48 inches high.

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I spray painted it yellow and added these hooks that I also bought at Home Depot!

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I then added my craft stuff and there ya have it, hanging wall storage with easy access to everything that you need!

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New Shades!

I had bought and cleaned up old milk glass lamps (as you may recall from my post Rustic to Chic Lamps) but they did not come with lampshades and so I have been keeping my eyes open for nice black lampshades to finish off the lamps. This proved to be harder than I thought it would be and I could not find lampshades that were black and big enough for my lamps. I decided that I would widen my search by looking for cheap shades that were the same size and could be redone. I found two of these lampshades at a thrift store for $4 each and I said “hmmm I can work with that!” so I bought them and got workin!

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This is what they looked like before I had my way with them….they are genuine floral! how fancy right 🙂 I only get the best of  the best haha! Unfortunately I could not just  cover them with my cloth because the floral showed through so I had to cut the leaves and grass out.

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This is what it looked like without the grass and such.

To follow are the steps that you will need to take in order to take an old or plain lampshade and make it look updated and new!

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Step #1: Find a big piece of paper and trace the lampshade. To do this you will lay the lampshade on the paper and using a pencil you will trace the lampshade while rolling it over the paper. If your lamp shade is bigger at the bottom then the the top, then it should look something like this (below), otherwise if the top and bottom are the same size then it should be straight all the way accross.

Note: Make sure that you leave a little bit on the top and bottom so that the template is a bit bigger then the lampshade it self.

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Step #2: Lay out the template over the fabric and cut out your fabric

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Step #3: You will want to iron your fabric so there are no creases

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Step #4: Make sure that your fabric fits over your shade.

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Step #5: Put a line of hot glue down so that your edge is secured to the lampshade.

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Step #6: Then lay the other side overtop and turn the shade upside down. We are going to start working on the edges. If you have a lot of excess fabric, you can cut it off, but remember that you need enough to fold over the inside of the shade.

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Step #7: Place a dab of hot glue on the inside of the shade and fold your fabric over on the glue. Now, work your way around the shade until all of the bottom of the fabric is secured to the shade.

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Step #8: Now you are going to take the other edge piece and fold it over and secure it in place with the glue so it looks like this.

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Step #9: Before you start gluing and folding the fabric over the top, you may have to make a few cuts like so to make them lay flat. If your shade is all one size, then you may be able to skip this step.

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Step #10: Now you can do the same thing you did to the bottom of the shade. Put some dabs of hot glue on the inside of the top and fold over the fabric edge

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I am so glad that I finally have cute, black shades on my milk glass lamps that have been sitting naked in my dinning room for weeks!

A Little TLC

Do you have a chair that needs some tender loving care like this one? I will show you how to take an ugly cushion and make a brand new one using little materials and time. (Please pay no attention to the ugly chair attached to the cushion we will be attacking that animal next time 🙂 for now we are just focusing on the cushion.)

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I will be explaining how to do this in 2 ways because either you have a chair that has a cushion on it like the one above and so all you want to do is cover up the ugly, or you have bought a chair that has no seat in it or is a woven seat like the one below and you want to create a seat cushion for it.

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First I will explain how to make a new seat for your seatless chair (above) and then I will explain how to cover your cushion for both kinds of chairs since the process is the same.

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If this is similar to what your chair looks like then you will have to take it apart and then with some spare wood and a jigsaw, you will have to cut out a seat for your chair.

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So I had my brother cut two of these out for me since I have two chairs (btw, yours may not look like this and may be perfectly square which is great! My chair needed this because its got weird square shaped things on top.) Make sure the wood fits in your seat. It can either sit on top of the chair, which is easiest or you can make it sit down inside of the chair. If that is the case you will need to make a brace for it otherwise it will fall through. To make a brace, cut out 4 small pieces of wood, about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long and then screw on the underneath/inside of your chair with the new seat on top to make sure that it is flush. Mine are just sitting on top of the seat because for mine, it was too complicated to make the seat fit down inside.

Now you will either need to get foam or quilt bating depending on how cushiony you want your chairs. I used quilt bating because I didn’t want these ones to stick up too high and look funny. But I used foam for chair type #2 so if you chose foam then stayed tuned, we will come back to you, if you are using quilt bating then here’s what you do.

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Cut out a piece of quilt bating that is a bit bigger than the board.

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Start by turning over the board, folding over your quilt bating and stapling it to the board. Start by stapling one in the middle and two on either side (but not the corners) and then work your way in until the whole side of it is stapled on. Don’t worry about excess quilt bating right now and we will do the corners when all the sides are stapled on. Next, do the side across from you. Pull the quilt bating tight so that there are no ripples and then staple in the middle and then one on either end, then fill in the rest.

Now you will pick another side, and repeat the process. Make sure that your corners are free and that there are no ripples or folds in the center, we want this as smooth as possible. Now do the opposite side and finish the process.

At this point you can cut off the excess, except on the corners.

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If your corners look like mine then you will cut into the corner diagonally like shown above. if they are perfectly square, then you can fold the corners up and back and then staple them. kind of like what i do below except not to the side, instead just take it straight back and staple.

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This is what your seat should look like once you have done all of the corners (my quilt bating was not big enough to cover the entire seat so I had to use 2 pieces thus the staples in the middle lol).

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If you have a chair like this, (one that already has a cushion) you are in luck! This is a very simple process, all you have to do is flip over your chair and locate the screws that are holding your seat cushion on the chair. Unscrew the cushion and remove it from the chair. Then you can either remove the cushion cover on your cushion or you can cover it. Mine was vinyl so I just took it off because it was hard and falling apart. But if yours is cloth, then you may just want to keep it on.

EVERYONE:

Now for the pretty and fun part!

Okay so now we should all be back on the same page, either you have a cushion on your chair, you bought a piece of foam, or you just used the quilt bating and have already done the steps above.

Now we are going to cover our chairs with a pretty and new piece of fabric so we don’t have to look at old ugly chairs anymore!

Here we go…

You will need to buy some fabric. To cover my chairs, I bought a yard of fabric for each chair because that is what I was told when I did this. But that proved to be way to much. However, it ended up being great because then I had enough for the two chairs I bought later and then added to my dining room. My suggestion would be to measure your seat cushions and then add 4 inches to either side if you are using foam and 2 inches to either side if you only used the quilt bating. So if you have 4 seats that are each 16X14″ then you should buy 4 pieces of fabric that are approximately 18X16″ or 20X18″ depending on the thickness of your seat.

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Once you get your fabric, lay it over your seat cushion to make sure it fits then iron out the wrinkles in the fabric.

Next, lay out the fabric on the ground (upside down) and place your board on top. If you have foam, lay it out first and then place your board overtop of the foam and fabric.

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Start by folding over your fabric and stapling it to the board. Staple one in the middle and two on either side (but not the corners) and then work your way in until the whole side of it is stapled on. Don’t worry about excess fabric right now and we will do the corners when all the sides are stapled on. Next, do the side across from you. Pull the fabric tight so that there are no ripples and then staple in the middle and then one on either end, then fill in the rest.

Now you will pick another side, and repeat the process. Make sure that your corners are free and that there are no ripples or folds in the center, we want this as smooth as possible. Now do the opposite side and finish the process.

At this point you can cut off the excess, except on the corners.

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Once you have stapled all the sides- and left the corners alone, this is what your cushion should look like. Your corners are probably not like mine and are probably straight across so you should take that excess fabric on the corners and pull them straight back and staple.

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If yours does look like mine, then make a cut diagonally like above

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Then pull them the side on the back and staple them

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This is what is should look like once you are done

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Now that you are finished, you can attach the seat back onto the chairs and this is what they should look like! the top is with the foam and the bottom is without.

Like i said, next time we will be painting our chairs so they don’t look so worn out!

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