Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Got old cabinet doors?

Mine came from an old entertainment center. I like the fact that these are lighter weight. But of course I forgot to take a Before picture ...

So all I can do is tell you all about this little project. I truly like how it turned out but plan on adding a little something to the right side to fill the space.

Well there ya go, crappy picture and all. I just cannot for the life of me figure out how to get a good photo! I think I need a real camera and a picture friendly spot in my house, so will be working on that this week.

The light paint in the center is a light grey, and the red is a chalk paint from Walmart. Some of the wording is painted (at the top), the tree is from the Silhouette Store, and the saying is mine.

I think...I know this one is a keeper! It reminds me to be humble.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Avantree Product Reviews

At the beginning of the year, with the knowledge that there would soon be laws about talking on our phones while driving that were more strict than before, I had a after market stereo installed in my car that was bluetooth compatible. Now, months later and a couple hundred dollars less in my bank account, I am back to square one and found myself in search of another answer.

Enter Avantree!

Did you know that Avantree has bluetooth speakers that you can clip onto your viser and still get clear calls? I didn't either.

I was looking on my favorite place, Amazon and came upon them.

What I liked about this particular set is the solar powered ability. You can charge it to start with on your computer, then use it in your car and charge it with solar power. It comes with everything you need to get started. I will say that the instructions are less than helpful. I went to YouTube and looked it up. They also have other products that are similar. For me, this was perfect. It pairs with your phone easily and you are ready to roll!

I have a need to be able to listen to my computer without bothering other household members, and today I received a pair of over the ear headphones.

As soon as they came today I plugged them into my laptop and tried them out, and I am impressed! Good sound quality, and the earphones are totally adjustable. They can be extended to fit the size of your head, and the earpiece itself adjusts so it doesn't squish your ears. This is a wired headset, but it does also have a built in mic that I am sure can be used for programs like Skype.

The price points are decent and makes a purchase from Avantree easy to manage for hard working families. The ear phones would make great Christmas gifts for kids this year! And the Hands Free Visor Car Kit would be great for those who have teens with an older car that does not have bluetooth compatible stereo's in their cars!

I tend to take a chance on the lesser known manufacturer's and this time, I think it paid off! So hurry over to Amazon via the links above and grab your Car Kit or Ear phones now!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Repurposed glass-less picture frames

If you are anything me, you have countless picture frames that are missing glass. I know I have a ton of them and I have a hack to repurpose them and make them cute, colorful and useful around the house!

Now this picture frame has been several colors. I finally settled on my favorite color, teal. It is bright and cheerful and fits for boys or girls, and any room of the house for a pop of color.

 I started out with the idea to use paint sticks (that you stir paint with) but i reality I had some other sticks that were a bit thicker that needed to be used up. I cut them down to size for my frame and glued them on with a glue gun, after I had painted the frame. I was going for a natural look, so I did not sand or stain them. I think they look good this way, and would look great sanded and stained too!

Next, I picked up some cork board, which you can get just about anywhere and in various sizes and glued it onto the wood stick backing. I wanted to add more color, and just happened to have some washi sheets on hand so I cut them to size and added the strips above and below the cork board.

For a finishing touch, I used my Silhouette cutting machine to make print and cut note cards for my cheery little bulletin board!

This project only takes about 30-60 minutes and adds a fun element to any room!

I would love to hear what you think about this cute and easy project so feel free to leave a comment below!

Thanks for stopping by~

Saturday, September 2, 2017

A little Fall Decor

Today is hot again, and I am stuck in the house, bored as usual. That's when I either spend money on Amazon or get busy and make something! I am so ready for fall, because these temps are just plain miserable. 99F today is the forecast. Blech!

So I made a run to the Dollar Store. I had decided to use an old Singer sewing machine drawer that I have had for a couple of years. I painted it yellow, and wanted to make a fall centerpiece out of it. 

At the Dollar Store I grabbed some of these flowers, and some moss. I already had everything else. Can you guess where the bottles came from? Answer is at the bottom of this post! Read on!! 

I used some burlap, Some lace ribbon, some leather like string, my glue gun and two colors of sand I had on hand. Wrapped the lace, leather string and burlap around the bottles and set in the drawer, then arranged the flowers in them. Next I tucked the moss around the jars. I also had some 'berries' on hand and used them to fill in the front. 

All in all this project only took an hour and brightened up the room! 

I drink Starbucks Frappuccino from time to time and saved the bottles for some future project and that's what these are! I peel off the labels, use Goo Gone to clean the sticker stuff off and wash. 

What say you? Would you make a faux centerpiece like this for your next Fall decor?

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Thank you DebbieDoo's!

This is a project that I am really excited about! It is so simple too!

 I want to thank DebbieDoo's for giving me the courage to tackle this one. You can find the tutorials over on her FaceBook page HERE.

Debbie is an awesome lady and shares so many fun crafts!

What she shared for this project is 1) making the slip cover for my body pillow. And 2) Using Rit Dye to use with a stencil.

What I used:
Canvas Drop Cloth
Heat and Bond
Tape measure
Red Heat Transfer Vinyl
Silhouette Cameo 3
designs from Silhouette Store
Rit Dye

Here it is...

I had a store bought cover to put over this body pillow so I used it for approximate measures to cut the drop cloth. Using the hemmed end for the opening, I used Heat and Bond to make the bottom and one side seam. Easy peasy! 

Then I used my Cameo to cut out the Roses, and ironed them on. 

Finally I picked up some Rit Dye after watching Debbie's tutorial. I picked dark green, but it must have been mis-labeled or maybe expired, because there was nothing green in there. That's okay. I cut out the rose stem using scrap vinyl and placed it on my canvas pillow cover, then used the Rit Dye to fill it in. 

The end result is sweet even if it did come out black. I had fun doing this and it didn't take long. Between cutting the vinyl for the stem, and applying the dye it took maybe an hour, and added a bit of dimension to the cover. 

I did the same thing on the other side, and am still debating on if I will do the same on the opposite end of the cover. 

Overall, it was a fast, fun little project that anyone can do! 

I hope you enjoyed this little project and thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, January 2, 2017

More Patterned Metallic Vinyl Fun!

Happy New Year, readers!

I hope that 2017 proves to be filled with joy, love, laughter, and prosperity for each and every one of you!

I am going to keep this post short, because I know most of you are preparing to head back to work tomorrow.

So if you came by to read my last post, you won't be shocked with this one. I fell hard for Patterned Metallic Vinyl. It has a special feel to it, and is really fun to work with.

Just before Christmas, I sent a picture to my Grandson, Kody of the sign I made for his dad. His dad, who, by the way, bought his first house just in time for Christmas! Kody had also seen a picture on FB that I had shared of this deer scene, and since he is considering buying a small house as well, he asked me for a sign for his place too and of course, I was thrilled to make it.

You have to look close to see the pattern in this photo. But check out the next one! 

And just because, here is a special order I had for Christmas, using paint. 

It looks great with that turquoise backing too, doesn't it! 

So, I have several patterns in this metallic vinyl and am now working on a new design to make with it. Because it is a different color, the backing will be painted or a dark stain, and the design will pop just as nicely as these do. 

Leave a comment if you have a great idea for a design to be done in metallic patterned vinyl, ok?

Gotta run for now! 

Thanks for stopping by and Enjoy!