Lovely Crafty Weekend #55

Hello again lovelies! It’s time for another weekend linky party! I hope you’re all staying warm and enjoying the snow if you have it. We don’t have any snow yet, but I’m anxious to see what this weekend holds for us :) In the mean time, here are last week’s features:

Marilyn from 4 You With Love shared her recipe for homemade laundry detergent. I’ve never made the “powder” kind, but it looks easier than my normal liquid method, so maybe I’ll give it a go!

{4 You With Love}

Head over to Domesticated Nomad where Jen shares a sweet before and after kitchen makeover. I’m digging the backsplash tile!

{Domesticated Nomad}

If you’re looking to monetize your blog, Tales of a Trophy Wife shared some of her tips, what has worked for her, and what didn’t.

{Tales of a Trophy Wife}

Elizabeth Andree shared these GORGEOUS doilies that she crocheted. I mean seriously she has mad skills.

{Elizabeth Andree}

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If You Like It, Then You Better Put A Shelf In It.

I know it’s cliche, but this time of year I always try to improve a bit on our organization in the house. With 3 adults living here, it’s hard to keep everything in it’s place and pretty soon most of the kitchen cabinets look like this:

In any case, it looks like a bomb went off under there. The truth is that I really only use about 4 products on a regular basis, and we didn’t even have good access to those with all the clutter. So off I went to Bed, Bath, and Beyond and picked up a handy under cabinet shelving unit. This one is made with modular mesh shelves to fit around drain pipes. I cleared out everything but the most commonly used products and ended up with a much improved version.

There’s still a lot of action because of all the plumbing and electrical, but at least I’ve got a clear view of everything now!

After my small under-the-sink victory, I was feeling pretty good about myself, so I tackled another project…my measuring cups and spoons. We somehow accumulated multiple sets, but none of them are really complete. To say that they took up a lot of space in a drawer was an understatement. So I picked up some lightweight (0.5 lb) Command hooks at Home Depot and added them to the back of a corner cabinet door.

They fit perfectly, and the hooks are just deep enough that nothing goes flying even with a heavy slam of the door…not that I do that regularly, but I had to give it a good test. This $5 improvement added tons of space back to my drawers (actually, it just made them function without catching on something, but you get the idea), and it allows easy access when I need it.

You can see on the left hand side a little peek of some shelving units, so let me back out a bit and show you what else I added.

I bought 2 plain wire shelves (marked as “large” and ran about $6.99/ea) and two baking sheet organizers (about $4.99/ea) to help us fit all of our cookware without stacking. My brother is in culinary school, so we basically have two sets of everything that we have to store! The new additions are working out great so far, and it’s encouraging us to keep the kitchen clean and organized.

I pretty much have a “go big or go home” attitude when it comes to most things (wreaths, specifically), so I went back out to Home Depot and BB&B to see what other organizational products I could try. I picked up this over-the-door hanging pantry for the back of the basement door (right off the kitchen).

 It’s still in progress, I’m just trying to figure out what shelving configuration works the best. You’ll notice a lot of the clutter from under the sink has made this its new home. I am pretty much planning on using everything up, but not really replacing it. I can get by with some Mrs. Meyers, baking soda, vinegar, and Windex.

Heading on down the stairs, we finally put up a rack to hang things like brooms, mops, etc.

It is right next to the ironing board “holster”, so keeping everything on one side of the stairwell maximizes the space. I LOVE it so far because we used to hang the mop and broom on the back of the door (where the hanging pantry is now) and they would fall off and down the stairs. For years. Seriously. I mean talk about delayed reaction…

And that’s pretty much where I left off with my quest, aside from what I’m still working on in the basement in my craft corner. What about you guys? Are you January organizers?

10 Ideas For: DIY Mirrors

I got a lot of positive response from my 10 favorite things post, so I thought I’d start adding in a “top 10″ every week to jump start everyone’s creativity. My plan is to create boards on Pinterest and link to projects there (and add more over time!). I think Pinterest is such a great tool for connecting and sharing ideas, so let’s utilize it!

I’ve been thinking about adding a few more mirrors to our house, and having already created a wood shim mirror, I’m pretty confident I can find other neat ones to DIY. Here are some of the ones I found (click image to be taken to the board with all the sources).

Paper Flooring: Red Rosin Remix

Some of you have inquired about using different types of paper in the brown paper flooring treatment I’ve done throughout my upstairs. I have only used the brown contractor’s paper (found near drop cloths at Home Depot), but I have seen people use the red rosin paper (also in the same area of HD, I believe). My dad used the red paper in his house not too long ago, so this weekend when we were out there I took some pictures. He has concrete sub floors and followed the poly only method. 

They used Minwax Red Mahogany on the woodwork to compliment to color of the floor (which is not stained).


Lovely Crafty Weekend #54

Hello again! I hope you’ve all had a great week! Don’t forget to check out my “Get Your CRAP Together Party” going on until next week. Link up your messy space and commit to fixing it!

Let’s see what you’ve been up to, but first here are last week’s features.

Andrea from Decorating Cents shared some updates she made to her family/dining rooms. I love the pillows especially!

{Decorating Cents}

Head over to Two Thirty-Five Designs to check out this sweet upholstery job. That is definitely on my list of skills to acquire.

{Two Thirty-Five Designs}

You know Amy from California Dreaming stole my heart with her rendition of drop cloth curtains (no-sew!)

{California Dreaming}

Sarah at Dumped And Discovered showed off a beautiful hutch makeover which is currently at her shop.

{Dumped And Discovered}

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Ok, Who’s With Me?

Do any of you have a space like this?

 

Probably not because I’m sure I am the most disgusting person on the planet, and I’ve totally outed myself. My husband calls this my “crap corner”, originally intended to be a working space for me and storage for all my supplies. But what it actually is, is a place for me to dump approximately 100 bags from A.C. Moore, Home Depot, Hancock Fabric, and Michael’s. It used to work for me, like “I know I bought some of that…it’s in the Michael’s bag”…but then there were 5+ Michael’s bags and the system stopped working. I can’t find anything, and it’s causing me to waste time, money, and stresses out my husband every time he walks down the stairs. Yes, this is the first thing you see when you walk into our basement.

So, I’m committing to doing something about this problem. I’ve already started. It will require me to spend some money on organizational things which I have discussed with I’m-on-the-edge husband. So in order to save some face here now with you readers, I’m asking you to publicly join me in my quest. If you have a space that really needs a makeover (even if it’s not as bad as mine…), it could be a room, a closet, a cabinet, etc. then LINK IT UP. Let’s take care of it by the end of January. Then I’ll have another linky party for the results. And, I’ll even throw in a prize. Anyone who posts here and on the results post will be entered to win a $15 Starbucks gift card. From me.

In fact, I’m so looking forward to LOTS of participation that I made a little button for you so you can share the party if you want. Come on, you know you have some friends with a…errrr….problem…

Lovely Crafty Home

Check the sidebar for the code, for some reason it wouldn’t show up in the post.

Ok let’s see those messes (i.e. please make me feel better about myself)!

December Sponsor Wrap Up

Happy 2012 everyone! I can’t believe we’ve flown by Christmas and the New Year. I hope you all had fantastic holidays! I just wanted to take a minute to give a shout out to my December sponsors.

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Kassi and Kayli at Truly Lovely 

Kassi shared her recipe for Peppermint Bark…now I’ve always been kinda scared to make candy, but she makes it sound so easy that I may actually try this one!

{Truly Lovely}

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 Connie at Measured By The Heart


Connie just wrapped up her top 10 most popular posts of 2011, so check them out for some great ideas.

{Measured By The Heart}

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The Letter 4

The Letter 4 sisters shared some great printables, photography, and recipes this month- including these super fast cake-mix-based cookies.

{The Letter 4}

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Amy from This DIY Life

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Amy did a really comprehensive Pinterest tutorial, you should totally check it out of you’re new to the site or to learn some new tricks!

{This DIY Life}

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Angie at Knick Of Time Interiors

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Angie shared a couple of chair makeovers using grain sacks, I love the trim she added. Check out her other chair makeover and vintage style!

{Knick Of Time Interiors}

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I really appreciate you girls as sponsors and blogging friends!

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Top 10 Crafting Materials for 2012!

In honor of the New Year, I thought I’d share my top 10 crafting materials for 2012. These are things I always have on hand, and you’re sure to spot them all over my house! All of these images are linked to my Pinterest boards which share the sources and/or tutorials.

1. Drop Cloth

Need I say more? If you’re not already on this bandwagon, get on now. You won’t find another material as affordable, durable, and texturally awesome for things like curtains, upholstery, table linens, and more.

2. Book Pages

Stop by your local thrift store and pick up some cheap yellow paged books and get your craft on.

3. Paint Swatches

Does it get any better than free? These beauties come in every color of the rainbow and can be used for everything from bunting to coasters.

4. Burlap

 It’s earthy, textural, and oh-so-scratchy. While I wouldn’t want it on my face (or my butt!), I certainly want it all over my house.

5. Corks

 Eco friendly and dripping (tee hee!) with natural beauty, there are tons of ways to reuse these babies when the wine is oh-vah. And when you have a brother that works at a winery…well, let’s just say I’m always looking for ways to use that endless supply of wine corks.

6. Jute Twine

Is there nothing that can’t be improved by wrapping it with twine? It’s earthy like the burlap, but you can squeeze it into small places.

7. Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint

 When in doubt, spray it with Oil Rubbed Bronze. It will turn even the ugliest of things into a bronzed god(dess).

8. Scrapbooking Paper

 Speaking of transformative properties…if you can’t find that can of spray paint, you should totally just cover it with scrapbook paper.

9. Brown Paper

Did you think I forgot it? How could I? I covered the entire upstairs floor with it.

10. Yarn

I’m a knitter, but you don’t have to be in order to use this versatile material.

And there you have it folks, my top 10 material choices for your crafting pleasure. I hope you will check out some of the projects and add them to your to-do in 2012 list! And when you’ve finished your projects, feel free to link them up at my weekly party :)