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brown paper packages: July 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

{friday favorites}

Okay guys, still no projects. However, I've been getting other things done that really needed to be done, and I've had time with my kids enjoying the summer...which is what I love!

Today is a good day, for several reasons. First of all, it's Friday, and who doesn't love Friday? Yay! for a husband coming home early, and a fun weekend to look forward to. Secondly, I scored an absolutely fabulous find today. I spontaneously stopped at a garage sale, and found something that I have always wanted...for cheap!

These vintage Ball canning jars were calling my name in a major way, and I was able to get all of them for only $10. My mind is already spinning with the possibilities...LOVE them.


I have been looking forward to tomorrow all summer---we are headed to our favorite beach to spend the day. It's on one of the Great Lakes-- the sand is soft and smooth, the water stretches out forever, and you can see the sails of the boats out in the distance. Afterward we stop for ice cream at this cute little shop, then walk the boardwalk and enjoy the boats and water. It is always a perfect day with family and friends.

One of my best beach tips and MUST HAVES for your beach bag is baby powder. It removes sand quickly and easily, and you will love having it. Just sprinkle it on (great for babies--changing diapers), then dust it off, sand and all!

Have a fabulous weekend! I have a really great giveaway coming on Monday, and projects coming, too!


Thursday, July 29, 2010

{what a week!}

It is most definitely one of those weeks. I have several major commitments and responsibilities this week, so there hasn't been much creating going on. I'm itching to get to one particular project, because it will hopefully make my life a little easier.

It involves this:

So...maybe tonight I can get a few minutes to start it. If I'm lucky.

P.S. I'm also looking for adhesive ideas that will dry absolutely clear. Any suggestions?


Monday, July 26, 2010

{poor man s'mores}

I don't know about your house, but we love, love, love S'mores! Almost every weekend we have a campfire in our backyard, and many times we'll roast marshmallows to make them. We have tried several variations, including our favorite--using Reese's Peanut Butter Cups in place of the chocolate bars.

I love this idea of making them, too. They are super yummy, and only require two ingredients. If you don't have chocolate in the house, or if you're looking for a simpler, less expensive way to make them, this is the ticket! Going camping? Think about these instead--they would be perfect!

The only ingredients you need? Fudge striped cookies (I used generic brand), and marshmallows! Just use the cookies in place of the graham crackers and chocolate, and you have a simple, delicious, campfire treat.

So tell me, what's your favorite way to eat S'mores?

P.S. Thank you so much for all your input on my foyer ledge! I am LOVING all the ideas!


Sunday, July 25, 2010

{foyer ledge inspiration}

I need help. And some inspiration. We have lived in our house for over 2 years, and the ledge in our two-story foyer is still completely empty. It's a space that I have found daunting to fill, and so have just avoided doing anything with it.

I did find an old, big window at Habitat this weekend for only $3 (thanks to my bff who let me know they were there), and I think it's a possibility. But what else, if anything?

So, I'm coming to you, my fabulous readers, to give me some ideas! I'd love to hear what you've done, or what you've seen, and if I end up using one of your suggestions, you will win a special prize. (I'm not sure what yet, but I'll think of something good!)

P.S. I'm not a fake plant lover. :)


Friday, July 23, 2010

{his & hers key holder}

This project was made out of desperation. We had another one hanging by the door, but it just wasn't strong enough for the weight of keys, which resulted in the nails pulling out of the drywall and looking terrible.

We don't have a lot of keys--just one set for each of us--so I thought "his" and "hers" would be perfect.

His & Hers Key Holder

  • frame OR piece of wood
  • beadboard, cut to fit frame, or slightly smaller than wood piece
  • sheet metal, cut to fit desired space
  • 4 metal carpet tacks
  • subflooring adhesive or Gorilla Glue
  • old-fashioned nails
  • vinyl

I decided to use a frame, but you could definitely use a piece of wood (pine boards come in many different widths, and they can be cut to the length you want right there at the home improvement store) instead. You would just layer your pieces: painted board on the bottom, beadboard cut just a little smaller (depending on how much of a border you want), and the sheet metal smaller than that. A similar project would be my FHE board. Or, you could purchase/re-do a frame you love, and have the beadboard cut to fit right inside it. This is super easy, but definitely sturdy.

This is what I did:

1. Frame came first--made it to wall specifications.
2. Cut beadboard to fit inside frame.
3. Cut sheet metal to my desired proportions, leaving room at the bottom for the nails.
4. Using Gorilla Glue, glued the sheet metal in place, then let dry.
5. Tacked the corners down with metal carpet tacks. (You have to glue first--the tacks won't keep the metal in place.)
5. Added nails to the bottom of the beadboard.
6. Applied vinyl.
7. Tied fabric on the nails for an extra touch.

And now you have a darling and functional key holder!

P.S. Don't mind the pink walls in the background--it was a very rainy, dark day, and my girls' room had the best light!

Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

{laundry shelves}

Finally. Organized shelves for my laundry tubs. I feel like singing! I have been wanting to do this forever, and after seeing THESE shelves over at Show and Tell, I bumped them up on the priority list. I don't know why I didn't do it sooner, because I'm in love.

They're not only practical, but pretty darn cute! I didn't want them underneath my washer and dryer--not only do we already have the pedestals, I wanted to fit more tubs than could go under there. But...we had the perfect space where my cloth hamper was, so we just made it to fit that space. Perfect for four tubs!!

They were built out of MDF and particle board. Since the box would be hidden under the counter, we could get away with using less expensive materials to cut down on the cost. The tubs were bought make sure that they would fit, and to know how big the face frame could be for the vinyl. This is a really easy project, and once you have your measurements, any large home improvement store could cut all the wood you need.

A spray paint job using Rustoleum's flat black was next, followed by a little distressing and stain.

Have a great day!


Monday, July 19, 2010

{broken chair = darling nightstand}

I am in the very slow process of decorating my guest room/craft room. I think I have finally decided on colors, which is major progress, let me tell you! The vintage sewing machine I found a month ago was the inspiration for the color palette, and I've finally been able to start on a few projects in there.

The first item of business was a nightstand, but I wanted to do something a little different than the usual. This broken chair from our old dining set was the perfect answer. I am so pleased with the way it turned out. It was super easy, and the cost was less than $10 to complete. Let me show you how I did it!



1. It actually started out with only one broken spindle, so I removed all the remaining spindles. I used wood putty and a putty knife to fill the holes, and let it dry for 24 hours.

2. Once the putty was dry, I sanded it until it was smooth, then wiped off the dust and let it dry.

3. I wanted to stay with the current cream color (which I had first refinished many years ago), so it was pretty easy to paint it with Rustoleum's Heirloom White. Because I wanted to stay a true cream, I decided not to stain it or distress it. (Shocking, I know, lol.) Once it was dry, I was ready to add the finishing touches.

4. I wanted to hang something from the top of the chair, and to fill that open space of the back of the chair. I decided to use a cream frame, three mini wreaths I found at Michael's for 79 cents, and a fabulous brown ribbon I picked up at Walmart. The ribbon is not a wire ribbon, but is made of 100% polyester, and perfectly holds its shape. Next was the old-fashioned looking clock, and a few magazines. It's simple, but exactly what I wanted! I am keeping my eye out for a fun tray I can re-do, for the clock and magazines.

And here we are! I love it!

Look for more in this room!


Linking up...

The Girl Creative


Friday, July 16, 2010

{rolled fabric flower tutorial}

After posting my ruffled headbands a few days ago, I received several requests for a fabric flower tutorial. So, I was happy to take the opportunity to make a couple for one of my girls' dresses--they were in need of a little something, and I thought this would be perfect.

This particular technique is simple, and using only your fabric and a hot glue gun, takes less than 5 minutes to finish. There are many types of fabric flowers out there, but this one is more of a rosette style that you can make as big or as small as you'd like--just keep rolling! I especially like that each one turns out so only adds to their charm.

Rolled Fabric Flower

  • fabric of choice, cut into a strip about 1 1/2 inches wide, and as long as you want it
  • hot glue
  • felt

1. Lay out your piece of fabric, then roll it up so it looks like a tube.

2. I put my foot on one end of the tube to hold it still, then I pick up the other end, and start winding it around itself, using my fingers to hold it from falling apart.

3. Every so often, apply a little hot glue before laying down the piece you're winding.

4. When you get to the end, glue your final piece of fabric, but leave a little "tail".

5. Fold this tail to the bottom of the flower, and glue in place.

6. Adding a circle of felt to the bottom of the flower will not only give it a more finished look, but will make it much easier to apply it to wherever you are placing it...on a piece of clothing, headband, hair clip, craft project, etc.

And you're finished! You've got a darling fabric flower!

I loved this red and cream ticking against the denim dresses.

Happy flower-ing, and have a great weekend!