Wednesday, July 30, 2014

My cat is a whiner, sooooo.....

Yes, my cat is a major whiner. He meows every step he takes, everywhere he goes. Unless he is asleep. And he prefers to sleep in my recliner. Well, we can't be having that! After all...where in the world would I sit if not in my recliner!! Haha!

So a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a cheap dresser. Once I got it home and get a good look at it, I knew it would be something I did silly stuff with; experiment with, or trash altogether. It has been sitting ever since.

Good thing it was only $5!

Today I finally decided what to do with the dresser itself and once complete it will serve a purpose here in my house. And lucky for whiny Pepe, it meant I would have a drawer left over for a kitty bed.

The drawer is in poor shape at best and I apologize but no before pics. It does have dovetail joints but they look to have been remade and whomever did it, did a poor job. Even better for my idea to make Pepe a bed!

 I slapped on a coat of almost no paint and some old knobs, tossed in an old towel and set it on my cedar chest. I have some yarn I am going to make a ball of to tie onto the knobs for the cats to play with and will cross my paws the darn cat stops whining and stealin' my chair!

I chose to leave the inside unpainted, because after all, it is just a cat bed. I also opted not to add legs although I did give it some thought. 

This cat is so spoiled he won't lay on the towel alone on top of the cedar chest. But once I  put the towel in the drawer, he clearly was instantly comfy and finally content! 

Pepe is about 7 or 8 years old. I got him when he was around 2, from my son who is who named this cat. Pepe was named after the cartoon skunk due to his white stripe down his back. My mom calls him a skunk because of that stripe too. 

I am still working on that dresser to repurpose it. Between some serious dental appointments, work and the intense heat, I am struggling to stay motivated to do much of anything. 

Thanks for being so incredibly patient with me! 

Be back soon!!! 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

My craft room

My craft room is starting to take shape finally!  When I first moved into this house, I had a vision for the 'pantry' as my landlady calls it. I knew it would be perfect for a craft room. It has taken time to get to a point where I was able to move things around and make it just that. 

I was hoping to replace the flooring in that room first but circumstances haven't provided (cheap enough) flooring to do that with and it was time to get the room set up. 

I use my buffet for craft supplies so it got moved into the pantry today. The cupboard sitting on top is also filled with supplies. Eventually that will get painted to blends in and provide better inspiration. 

I moved my kitchen table into the pantry a few days ago to make room in the breakfast nook for a portable air conditioner. 

The table provides good work space for my printer and Silhouette. I also have a fan to set my laptop on for those heavy duty cutting jobs ;) Above the table is a set of windows that look out onto the back porch (it's an enclosed porch) and beyond that is the dogs yard, with windows to watch them out of when the weather is cooler for them to even be out. Now I am excited to get busy with my Silhouette and start creating something FUN!

There are the pantry cupboards that I honestly do not need for food storage, so as time progresses they just might be filled up with more craft supplies! 

This room has just enough room for all of my supplies to be in one place and convenient so I am pleased with it. Now my breakfast nook has a new table that I scored today for $20! It came with 2 stools. I have to move the red cart and the portable AC around but I was super stoked to get this fits the space sooo much better. 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

From cabinet door to cute and quick project!

I have been MIA for quite some time and for that I apologize. It has been tough being back to work and trying to keep up with things. The drive to work is anywhere from 10 to 85 miles, one way, depending on where I am going.

Today I got a wild hair and grabbed an old cabinet door. I had started to make it into something awhile back but it didn't feel right so I never finished it. Today's project felt right!

No before pics :( but you can use your imagination .... a plain wooden cabinet door, lacking luster. It actually came off of an entertainment center.

I used General Finishes Persian Blue for the outer edges, a true white on the raised edges and a specially mixed pink for the center. Then I broke out my trusty Silhouette Portrait and cut the wording, using a shape from the Silhouette store.

I will be using Mod Podge to seal the vinyl down and a General Finishes top coat for the rest. There is a spot on the right for a knob that I will paint white and reattach, which will be a perfect place to hang an apron! 

So not a complicated project at all! A little paint, and a Silhouette is all it took to put together a cute little sign, just in time for the celebrations on the 4th of July! 

Hopefully I will be back sooner than later, depending on my schedule for work. I strongly dislike how my blog has taken the back burner and not having time to let my creative side out! 

Check back to see the final shot of the sign! 

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