Winner: Getting Your Crap Together

Thank you to everyone who supported me and took on their own “challenged” space in January!

I used random.org to draw the winner for a $15 Starbucks gift card, which happened to be Amy! She linked up this polished craft room after shot:

Congratulations Amy!! Thank you again to all who participated!

Tutorial: Coffee Filter Flowers and Valentine’s Decor

I know I don’t usually post on the weekend, but with Valentine’s Day coming up soon I wanted to share a project I did before it was too late!

A little while ago I posted about my coffee filter wreath, and some of you had questions about the process of making the flowers. I did get the tutorial here, but I thought I’d post some pictures of me making them as well.

First, gather your supplies:

  • Coffee Filters
  • Paint (color/s of your choice)
  • Clothes Line and Pins
  • Plastic Cups
  • Paint Brush
  • Scissors
  • Masking Tape (1″ or 1 1/2″)
  • Hot Glue
  • Wreath or other form of your choice

To dye your coffee filters, mix up your paint in the plastic cups. I usually use about a 1 tsp to 1 tbs amount of paint and a few splashes of water to get something saturated enough to leave color. But really it’s just about experimenting with the paint/water ratio until you get the color you desire.

I lay a stack of newspapers on the counter and paint the filters with a brush.

I like to make up about 20-30 and hang to dry on a line in my house from my the kitchen to the hallway. I change up the paint color each time I go back to paint another set.

It looks kinda pretty, right? Like bunting.

After they dry-about 30 minutes- gather your tape and scissors. You can change the size of the flower by using more or less filters, but I use 3 for most of my flowers.

Fold them in 4 to make a cone shape, then cut as shown below:

When you open it up, you should have 3 small circles and 3 rings. Cut the rings open on one side.

Next get a strip of tape about 14″ long. Grab one of your small circles and twist like you’re making a figure 8. These will become the center of your flower.

After you’ve put your 3 centers on the tape, attach the rings to the tape like ruffles. You really don’t have to be perfect, just create some interest in your “petals.”

Overlap the sections a little bit when you add a new piece on until all 3 rings have been placed on the tape. Rip off any excess tape.

Then starting with the “center” roll the tape onto itself to create a flower. You have a lot of control here over the shape, so just play around with it until you like what you have.

Now, repeat as necessary! For anyone who wonders how many filters these kind of projects take, I bought packs of 200. For the wreath I used about 175 and for this project a little less.

Hot glue your flowers to the form of your choice, I decided to make a heart so I cut one out of a cardboard box :)

And here it is complete on my Valentine’s Day foyer buffet.

I don’t usually decorate for Valentine’s Day, but I was inspired by my heart project and gathered some things around the house to put it all together. It started with my fat quarter table runner instead of my usual burlap.

I found this cute printable here and put it in a frame.

Some faux berries still hint at winter, which really only just showed up today.

That white bird is a Goodwill find, I’ll show you how he looked before I sprayed him with white glossy paint in another post (let’s not spoil the “after” fun, eh?)

My friend Amy gave me a pink/red horse show ribbon (which she won!), so I hung on the lamp for fun.

Did any of you decorate for Valentine’s Day? Don’t forget to link up to this week’s Lovely Crafty Weekend, still going on!

Lovely Crafty Weekend #59

Phew it’s been a crazy week! I have upgraded my server, so hopefully there won’t be anymore crashing for awhile!

Let’s take a look at this week’s features:

This candy heart wreath at Our Life In A Click is so cute! I love that when you get up close you can read all the little sayings.

{Our Life In A Click}

Sarah from Dumped And Discovered shared a vanity/desk makeover, you know I love a good furniture makeover!

{Dumped And Discovered}

This simple ruffle scarf tutorial at Creative Chaos is a quick project anyone can do!

Kimberley from The Brown Eyes Have It shared this Valentine’s Kissing Ball how-to:

{The Brown Eyes Have It}

Thank you to everyone who participated! If you were featured, grab a button from the sidebar :) Now onto this week’s party!

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Guest Post: Knife Block Remix

My friend Amy recently told me about a small makeover with a huge impact, so I asked her to write it up for you guys to enjoy :)
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My Kitchen Aide Knife Block, though it started out as very nice seven years ago when I got it as wedding gift, has apparently had a hard time of it sitting on the kitchen counter. Take a look:
 
I guess I’d look pretty bad too, if I was repeatedly stabbed. Yikes. I had noticed it had seen better days, but when I took the knives out of it and moved it to the craft room for a make-over, I was shocked at how truly bad it looked. Has that ever happened to you? When something had to be taken out of its original context to see the true horror of it? Anyway…
My first inclination was to paint it white because it sits next to my white kitchen aide mixer. So, I gave it a good sanding and put on a few thin coats. And it started to look like this:
Already a marked improvement. Then I got to thinking…wonder what I could to to jazz it up…since I was going to all of the trouble to refinish it and all. I considered distressing it, but decided that I was trying to remove it from that ‘distressed’ look. I thought about mod pod-ing something to it, but a knife block needs to be a pretty durable thing (as evidenced by the before picture) so I scrapped that idea. I even considered a monogram, but my husband has put a moratorium on “E’s.”  It’s not that he’s demanding, it’s that I got a little aggressive with our moniker and was slapping on “E’s” on anything that was holding still in the house. I even monogrammed the dog’s bed. It was getting a little out of hand.
Then I remembered the brilliant advice of my dear friend Rachael, “When in doubt, chevron it out” (or something to that effect). So, I finally decided to get out the painters tape and slap some stripes on this piece. [Rachael here... it's so nice to know all my sage advice is remembered]
I had some chevron experience from the headboard that Rachael helped me with. Using the corner of a piece of card stock and a ruler, I taped off the design.
I remembered a handy trick that Rachael taught me and painted white over the tape edges to help prevent color bleeding. Then I added two quick coats of my favorite color blue and it looked like this:
 
I removed the tape while the paint was still a little damp. This is how it looked before I touched it up and waxed it:
Here is the finished beauty back at home on the counter top. SO.MUCH.BETTER!
And, though it pains me to look at the before picture again, just for the sake of comparison here we go we the side by side showdown!
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Thanks Amy for sharing that sweet makeover! Have any of you given your knife block a new look? Or chevron-ed anything lately?

New Sponsor Spotlight: D’Arcy with Thirty-One!

I am so excited to introduce you to my newest sponsor, D’Arcy! Here she is:
Hello, my name is D’Arcy and I am a Thirty-One Consultant, a stay-at-home-mom, blogging enthusiast, and volunteer at our local Food Pantry!
This past year we moved from our beloved home state of Oregon and drove across the country to live in Massachusetts.  I was thinking of a way to get out there and meet people, but didn’t want to take time away from my family and home to work at a traditional job.  My younger sister had been buying Thirty-One products for awhile and when she introduced me to them, I knew I had to find out more.  Being a lover of purses, totes, and bags I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a catalog.  I soon realized that with my love of purses and totes and friendly-outgoing personality, I could easily sell these and make new friends at the same time.  It didn’t take long for me to sign up, and I have loved it ever since!
I love helping people pick out great gifts and personal items; I love that a lot of our products can be used to organize your home!  I have two teenagers and I can use every bit of organizing help out there.  A lot of our prints change seasonally, so my home is always looking fresh and updated.
If you are looking to buy Thirty-One, host a Thirty-One Party, or take advantage of the Thirty-One career opportunity contact me today, I would love to help you!
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Thank you D’Arcy! I have to say that before D’Arcy contacted me I had never heard of Thirty-One, but I checked out her site and loved all the products! I couldn’t believe the variety of purses, totes, storage, organizational goods, and fun accessories. And, they offer personalization! Right now there is a February special, so be sure to check out D’Arcy’s catalog and place an order with her soon!

Chev’ On Chev’

So I have a confession.

Remember ohhhh about 6 months ago when I shared this Chevron Door-Headboard that I completed for the Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape Party? It lives in my friend Amy’s house.

Well all those pictures were shot with the headboard sitting on the edge of the bed. So after its photo session, it was relegated to the floor until it could be installed. And by that I mean until I got off my butt and figured out how to attach it to the bed frame. See typically I like to attach headboards to the wall, but in her case the bed is against a window-leaving me without my usual option.

Finally last week we went shopping for some supplies to get ‘er done. I was sorta flying by the seat of my pants  (translation: no time for photographic evidence), but I’ll explain what I did.

Here’s a list of what we used to mount this headboard to a queen size metal bed frame:

  • (2) 1x4s cut to length (floor to almost top of headboard, one 8′ board cut in half at Lowes was perfect)
  • Box of 1.5″ wood screws
  • (4) 5/16-20 x 1 1/4″ bolts
  • (4) Nuts to match the bolts
  • (4) Washers to fit
  • Clamps
  • Drill with bits large enough to make a hole for the bolt

First we marked the height of the headboard by standing up the 2 “legs” while holding the door up from both ends and marking the top of the 1x4s on the back of the door. If that sounds confusing, you should have seen us trying to do it. There are plenty of easier ways- including just using a tape measure and skipping the whole hoisting of the door bit (solid core, btw). Now clearly this marking exercise did not yield a level result, but basically I was just trying to get in the ballpark. Her board ended up about 1 1/2″ higher up the door than mine did, so we just took an average and made that the official height. We then measured the distance between the two sets of holes on her bed frame, which came to 58″.

Using the height and the length measurements, we clamped our boards at the intersection. The holes on her bed frame are basically 2″ long ovals, so we just placed the boards roughly center-to-center 58″ apart. The clamping was really key- you get the best “bite” for the screws as possible. I chose 1 1/2″ screws partly based on science and partly based on some limited experience. You just want to add up the widths of whatever you’re attaching and then undershoot. But I recommend putting your first screw in a hidden area just in case it goes all the way through. Remember to drill pilot holes, it will make your life easier in the end! I used 6 screws on each leg, but I definitely recommend more if you can. The panels on the door limited the area I had to screw into.

Once the headboard had legs, we stood it up against the frame and traced the holes onto the board. I started drilling holes through the center of each traced oval (there were 4 total, top and bottom on each side), gradually sizing up my drill bit size to accommodate the bolt.

Then it was just a matter of hoping the holes lined up. Generally speaking, my methods of doing things involve a lot of hoping or “let’s just push through this awkward part and hope it looks good in the end….” It’s something I’m working on-you know-being more precise. But hey, we all have our issues.

In the end, I only had to make one of the holes slightly larger because it was not quite perfect enough to line up. The order of assembly went like this: bolt through the steel frame, through the wooden leg, through a washer then into a nut. Once everything was tightened, the door was pretty solid! Here’s a look at the more permanent set up (pics taken with my new cam!).

January Sponsor Wrap Up!

I cannot believe it’s February already! It feels like this year is flying by! It’s time to thank all of my January sponsors for their support, so please visit their sites and show them some love :)

Truly Lovely

Last month they hosted a Blog Critique Party, which I thought was a great idea! I hope they do it again so I can join. And Kassi managed to do something I have tried and failed at several times-etching glass…guess I need some lessons :)

{Truly Lovely}

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The Letter 4

As always these ladies share the cutest ideas from fashion to recipes.  This project is at the top of my list to complete: the necklace iPhone/iPod case (click image for details)!

{The Letter 4}

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Measured By The Heart

 

Connie just announced the  new selection for her book club, so if you want to join you can check it out here! She also shared a free Valentine’s Day printable (click image to be taken to the download).

{Measured By The Heart}

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Knick Of Time Interiors

 Angie shares free vintage graphics every week  for you to download! How cute is this pup? Click images to be taken to the post.

{Knick Of Time Interiors}

I love this one as well…wouldn’t it be great in a laundry room or vintage-y bathroom?

{Knick Of Time Interiors}

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Thank you to all my January sponsors!

Do you have a small business or blog that you would like to advertise on LCH? I am putting together a press packet which will be available soon!

January Stats:

  • 187,000+ Page Views
  • 739 Google Followers
  • 694 Facebook Friends
  • 568 Feed Subscribers
  • 397 Email Subscribers
LCH averages 115,000 page views and 55,000+ unique visitors per month (numbers from the last quarter), that’s almost 4000 per day! Just this month LCH reached a record high of 18,000 views+ on a single day.
Please contact me today for more details: lovelycraftyhome@gmail.com

Lovely Crafty Weekend #58

Ok, so apparently I can’t count. We’ve been having LCW #54 and #55 for 3 weeks now. Oops! In any case, I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been having some server issues. It turns out that my record traffic month of January was crashing my host’s server. Sorry about that! I have been moved to another one that will hopefully be able to handle the traffic better. So what I’m trying to say is 1) THANK YOU for reading! and 2) I didn’t have time to get features up.

Let’s get straight into this week’s party!

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Easy Weeknight Recipe: Turkey Meatloaf

So I accidentally discovered a super awesome meatloaf recipe using ingredients I had on hand, and several people have said it’s the best low fat meatloaf they’ve ever had!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 packets italian dressing mix/seasoning (like Good Seasonings)
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs (or 1/2 cup eggbeaters, what I used)

Mix all ingredients well, form in loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees uncovered for 60-75 minutes (I check it after an hour, sometimes it’s done).

Enjoy!

Did You Get Your Crap Together?

At the beginning of the month I posed a challenge to all of you with a closet crap room to clean up your act. And now it’s time to fess up, did you get your crap together?

Nine of you brave souls entered the linky party and committed, and now I want to see your clean spaces!

Oh, you want to see mine first? Ok, I’ll bite.

I started by cleaning everything off the desk and assembling 2 more storage cubes (I had one in a box, and purchased another one). My goal was to use materials I had on hand and not spend a lot of money on this project. With that in mind, I painted the desk Dutch Boy’s Sweet Sage (also seen in Ryan’s room and my antique booth).

I used some scrap fabric to make a little skirt for the desk. I swear I didn’t shove all my stuff under there, but it does help add more storage if I need it. I used some $1 ribbon to cover the top edge of the desk and skirt. The cute basket was $5.99 with a coupon at A.C. Moore.

Two Rubbermaid pre-fab shelves and brackets gave me even more storage and only ran me about $35. The photo boxes were $3.99/ea at A.C. Moore. Gotta love that covered storage :)

I revamped my pegboard a bit, but it’s still a work in progress. I finally found some baskets for it and turned one of them into a ribbon dispenser with a dowel rod.

I keep other frequently used tools on the pegboard as well like paintbrushes, a staple gun, scissors, etc.

One of my favorite little details is this little “R” hook I’ve had in my stash since last year. It was one of those $1 impulse buys from Michael’s. I have tons of paint swatches, and I plan to hang them here.

Now this is the view from the stairs…

Instead of this…

Ok, now it’s YOUR turn! Let’s see what you’ve done! Remember I will draw a winner who linked to the before and after parties and they will get a $15 Starbucks gift card. I’m going to leave the linky party open for one week (till the 7th) to give everyone time to wrap it up!