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Flower Power DIY

I love it when I pull up to a “nothing-looks-good tiny little garage sale“ and I find that one item to bring home.  Large or small, it’s just fun.  This time I found a step stool, I think originally from IKEA, around the $20.00 price.  I paid $2.00.  I knew it was a good item to find because I had just told the hubby I needed one.  You know what happens as you get older?  You get shorter!

I sanded it, primed it, then spray painted it white, but it still needed something.  Then I gave it some flower power!


I’m no stranger to adding duct tape to wood.  I’ve been a true fan of the decorative tape since I used it on my white dresser in the woman cave.  It’s a simple as laying on strips of the tape down, overlapping slightly.  I decided since flowers in the  gardens aren’t matched up perfectly, the duct tape shouldn’t be perfectly aligned either.

Stool 3

Stool 4

How abouta Before and After?

Before After

If you want more ideas for Duct tape or even washi tape, check out my For The Love of Tape post.

So what about you?  Have you had a chance to get creative with duct tape?


DIY – Lamp Shade Blooper {Confession}

My best ideas seem to happen late at night.  The worst ones do to.  That’s why I wanted to tell you about my gray lampshade.  It was very plain and I thought some little shiny sticker baubles I found in a drawer might dress it up a bit.


So I added a few, then I added more and then I got carried away.  I was obviously tired.

After  All

By now it’s midnight on a Saturday night a couple of weeks ago so I left it and went to bed.  Maybe it would grow on me?  In the morning, the lampshade looked like this.

3 left

I picked the shiny baubles up from the floor, walked away, and a little while later, I saw this.

on the floor

Here’ s the funny part.  We have a big shoe basket by the front door.  My hubby works on Sunday.  When he got home,  he was limping and his foot really hurt.  He said it had been bothering him all day and even took his sock off several times.  He took his shoe off and guess what fell out?  Yep, one little sticky pearl bauble that was stuck inside the shoe toe  area.  Ha Ha!  I laughed so hard that my hubby had to laugh too.

In fact, I’m still giggling about it.  And there you have a true story of a DIY gone bad.


Metal Shelf and Craft Pen Holder {Updated}

On one of my recent thrift trips I found a cut two tier metal shelf at the Goodwill and knew it was mine for a mere $2.99.  I gave it a little update last weekend.


Spray Paint is my hero!  Rustoleum Gloss White to be exact.  I used a little Simple Green to clean the metal, then wiped it down good to make sure it was dry.  I gave it 2 coats of primer and 2 coats of gloss white and this is how it turned out.

before after

Then I grabbed 3 empty (and clean!) pickle jars, a jelly jar, an apothecary jar, and a canning jar and sprayed them all white again using the gloss white Rustoleum spray.

Jars jars painted

I have a “large” supply of painter pens, scrapbook pens, metallic markers, well, you get the picture.  The jars are a perfect way for me to keep them together in one spot.  I found a wonderful spot for the metal shelf and containers in my ever evolving woman cave.

full close up

close up 3

close up 1

close up 4

shelf 1

I gave my spray painted giraffe a turquoise ribbon collar.  The box is part of a set of cell phone boxes that were empty and I decorated with some scrapbook paper.  The turquoise vase was a find from last year, I think on the clearance aisle at Marshalls.  I don’t remember the cost.  I just remember I was having a turquoise thing going on.

I love my addition to the woman cave and it also means I’m one step closer to getting all my crap {she said with a smile} organized.  How do you organize your craft supplies?


{Faux} Tile Table Top

Yeah, it’s hump day!  Better known as Wednesday, but it’s a day that I am taking off of work so I’m loving it!

A few weeks back I picked up a 3-drawer side table at the Goodwill for $9.99.  I think it’s an Ikea or Scan Design type.  It’s the lighter/blond wood, 3 drawer with the frosted glass centers.  Do you know what I’m talking about?

DIY Table Improve

Anyway, I’ve been using a 3 drawer Rubbermaid tote to corral my make-up and personal items in our bathroom and thought this would be the perfect replacement.   Especially for the price and I didn’t even mind the wood.  I had no plans to change it, just clean it up and put it to use.  There was one small water spot on the top and I thought I might be able to just remove that with a Mr. Clean sponge.  It didn’t work  Sad smile  and I didn’t take a picture of it so you’ll have to trust me.  I lightly sanded the top and added two coats of white primer and no, I didn’t take a picture of that.  When it dried, we brought it up to my craft room and it sat for a couple of days while I pondered on what I wanted to do.

Grout-paper squares

Are you thinking I tiled the top?  Nope, what you are looking at is scrapbook paper that I cut into squares.  The white lines that appear to look like grout is the white primer.  Can you believe it?  I .love simple projects.  This one was as easy as my duct tape dresser which has been flying around Pinterest.

I first cut 4×4 squares and placed them, then trimmed where I needed to.

DIY Primer and Paper

I used glossy Mod Podge to glue the paper on and let that sit for a couple of hours.  I used a roller to make sure all the bubbles were out and the paper dried flat.  Over the course of 3 days I added 10 coats of glossy Mod Podge to the top of the paper, making sure the glue dried between coats.  It really did turn out to look like tiles.

Top Finished

Top View 2 530

Have you done anything like this using scrapbook paper?


I’m linking this simple project to Monday Funday, Wow Us Wednesday, Tutorials and Tips Tuesday, and House of Hepworths,

Holiday Craft–Signage

You’ve all seen the cute signs on the web where they say inspiring words and it looks really cool?  I thought I’d give it a try, but it seems like I end up spinning it my way just because it doesn’t turn out the way it’s supposed to.  Whew!  I certainly hope that makes sense because my brain is fried.  I just got off work, the day job, and this post should of gone out last night but I was too busy lazy!

When I updated my spare room in to my “woman cave” I hung this  little white shelf which later fell off the well.  I was left with multiple pieces of white board and I kept them because I knew someday I would need one.  Well, today’s the day!  Because you just have to believe!

Believe Sign

Believe sign close up

I first spray painted the board gold, then took Elmer’s glue and made the word Believe and left it to dry over night.

sign gold w glue

Once I spray painted it white, it all kind of blended and after I hung it the word could barely be seen.


See what I mean?  So I outlined the letters in green glitter glue and I like it much better.  Side note:  Any tips on how to clean brick?

Believe Sign

Isn’t it cute?  I love this little corner of the fireplace hearth now.  I’ve had that snowman for years.  It’s probably as old as my son and he’s 21.  I did a post  not to long ago on the pinecones and cinnamon basket.  Since then, I changed from the basket to this tin.  If you want to see what I did to paint the old bucket like this go here.

This is my first of many crafts I’ve got to get done.  I’ve got little projects going all over the house and my sweet hubby asked me if I could possibly keep them confined to one room.  Lol!

I’m joining a couple of linky parties today, Hi Sugarplum, Beth @ Home Stories A 2 ZBetween Naps on the Porch and Be Colorful.  Be sure to check these awesome sites for inspiring ideas.

I wanted to also get another  post out because Layla is having a mantel decorating party, but that just might not happen until tomorrow.  Check back to see or subscribe and you’ll get an e=mail notification of all my posts.  Click on the button at the top to become an “avid follower”.

Hope you’re having a wonderful day!


For The Love Of… Buttons

Do you love buttons as much as I do?  They can be colorful, unique in size, shiny, flowery, and yes, I kind of think buttons are a bit classy.  I first fell in love with buttons when my mother-in-law passed away 18 years ago.  She was the crafter of all crafters and always had plenty of stock of everything one would need to be creative, including buttons!  When we cleaned her home out I found so many and that’s the day I fell in love with buttons.  I ran to Thrift stores for old jewelry and used that with the buttons to make pins.  It may sound crazy but I love to organize them by color, store in Ikea jars, and just look at them.

I’ve used buttons in my crafts on and off over the last year or so and that my friends is what I’m sharing with you today.

Collage - Fot The Love of Buttons

  1. Button Flower Art
  2. Button Covered Initial
  3. Button Boxes
  4. See 3
  5. Button Wreath
  6. Button Halloween Bookmarks

If you want more ideas click on over to my Pinterest   Button board.  For similar posts see For The Love Of…Contact Paper.

So, will you being doing any button crafts soon?


October 2012 Monthly Recap

Happy Friday!  Before November slips away I wanted to revisit October in one fell swoop.

Oct Monthly Recap Collage 1

I really strrrrrectchhhhed out the Fall decor posts!

Fall Floral

Before and After Dollar Store Pumpkins

Fall Porch

Fall on the Mantel and In the Kitchen

Fall: Dining Room and Entry

Oct Monthly Recap Collage 2

Hanging Pictures with the Incredible Hook

Glossy Black Side Table

Decorative Cell Phone Boxes

Bridal Shower

October Recap Collage 3

Organized Recipe Cupboard

The Divot Diary 10.12.2012 and The Divot Diary 10.31.2012

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Same Hutch, New Look

Oct Rcap Collage4

Words To Live By Part 3

DIY Painted Pinecones

Wall Stripes and Pics

Hoping your weekend is fabulous!


For The Love Of… Contact Paper

Have you checked out how many different patterns and colors of contact paper are on the store shelves lately?  It’s not just flowers and fruit anymore!  There are wonderful checks, stripes and toile patterns.  Contact paper has become one of my go-to items for a quick craft project!  I went back in my blog post archives to take a closer look that my friends, is what I’m sharing today!

Collage - Love of Contact Paper

  1. Front Porch Tables
  2. Faux Granite Desk Top
  3. Updated Photo Boxes
  4. Contact Covered Storage Boxes
  5. Tray With Reversible Liner
  6. Covered Light Switch Covers

Hope you are able to look at contact paper differently now!  Enjoy…and please, remember to vote today!


Linking up to House of Hepworths.  Check it out for lots of ideas!


DIY – Striped Candle Holders

Happy Monday!  How was you weekend?  We had such a grand one!  Our son was home from Florida for his cousins wedding, which was absolutely gorgeous by the way.  She looked like a princess.  And the groom isn’t bad either.  Okay, I just have to show you…

B & K, wedding pose

After 3 days of chaotic bliss and putting my son on a plane back to college this morning, it turned into a quiet Sunday.  I got the DIY itch and went on a house search of possibilities.  I ended up inspired with  a post by Cassie {Hi Sugarplum}.  She made some simple and cute gold striped vases and I though I’d try it to.

The items needed are simple; rubber bands in various widths, empty glass containers and spray paint.  You can really go cheap by getting your glassware at the Dollar store or even better, use an empty BBQ or juice bottle.  Just make sure the labels are off and the bottles are thoroughly washed inside and out.

Start by placing the rubber bands on the containers. I chose a straight line, repeatable pattern. And, fyi, I did a few more the these 2, but did not snap the shot.


Then just spray paint with your favorite color.  I’m into both silver and gold so I used both and also placed them on a silver tray from the Dollar store.

Painted stripes

Side View



Cassie called these vases and I’m renaming them candle holders.  Can you tell I have tea lights inside each?  I’m thinking bunches of these for the Christmas Decor.


I’m linking to Home Stories A2Z for Beth’s Tutes and Tips party.


DIY – Decorated Empty Cell Phone Boxes

I love quick DIY projects, especially when I already have all the supplies and don’t have to go out in the rain.  When I was doing some rainy day organizing on Sunday I came across several empty boxes our cell phones came in, a Flip video box and another box I couldn’t tell you where it came from.


Here’s what I started with:

Before Phone Boxes Final Product - Phone Boxes

I bought the scrapbook paper several months ago on a clearance rack at Michaels.  The package had actually ripped open and the papers were loose.  I bought 10 sheets for $1.00.

I used a scalpel to cut the paper to size and used spray adhesive to glue it to the boxes.  I spent the hour after I finished the boxes walking around the house taking pictures of them in different settings.

boxes with candles

Vase and Box


Close Up 2 boxes


Check your drawers!  Do you have any empty boxes that need decorating?


I’m linking to the following parties.  Check them out!

Between Naps on the Porch

Home Stories A to Z

Be Colorful