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brown paper packages: June 2010

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

{mini bathroom makeover}



When we first moved into our house two years ago, I wasn't quite sure what to do with the kids' bathroom. I loved the tile, but since it had such a distinct pattern, I was somewhat limited with other patterns and even colors. So, I threw up a white curtain and white towels, and called it good. Over the past month, I have been working on it--adding in a dark chocolate brown through towels and a shower curtain, vinyl for the walls, and a new wall hanging.

Here's what I did:

1. FRAMED TWINE WREATH



Because of the prominent vinyl lettering already on this large wall, I knew I couldn't do anything else with writing. So, I took a frame that I already had, and painted and distressed it. I made the twine wreath using a styrofoam wreath and about 3/4 roll of jute, then hung it with a thick polka dot ribbon.

Sometimes you'll have a frame that has a really slick surface, and you may not be sure how to refinish it. Well, it's definitely still possible, and you don't have to sand it to death, either! If it's going to be hanging out of the way, you don't need to worry about priming it. Just spray it according to can directions, let dry, and hang. It might have a slightly more shiny look to it, so I would suggest a flat paint if you want a more matte look. If it is going to be on an easel, or somewhere that little hands can reach it, I would suggest using a primer specifically made for laminate surfaces. I like the one by Kilz, or by Bullseye 1-2-3.
If you want the distressed look, this will only work if the original color is the color you want peeking through. After it's painted and dried, take a piece of sandpaper and carefully remove the paint where you want it to be distressed. It won't be like normal sanding--you're basically just peeling away the paint, since the original surface was too slick to let the paint adhere to it.

This would be darling in a million different places...over a master bed, in a dining room or family room...the sky's the limit!

2. TOWELS & HOOKS


Hooks are a must for me in a kids' bathroom. It's just so much easier for them to hang up their towel, and I like the way it looks. We already had done the hooks, but I designated a specific hook for each child. Hopefully now I'll know whose towel is on the floor. :) A friend gave me the idea of using a different colored towel for each child, and I love that, too. I just had this vinyl sitting around, and it ended up being perfect!

3. CANDLESTICKS

These are the candlesticks I made a few months ago, and they're perfect here! Click HERE for the link.


I didn't have to do a lot to change the look completely, and I love how it turned out!

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Monday, June 28, 2010

{super fun giveaway...tickled pink paper +ink}

I cannot tell you how excited I am about this! A couple of months ago, I really wanted to find a cute address stamp. I looked and looked for one that I loved, and that was reasonable on top of it. As soon as I found tickled pink paper + ink, I was thrilled. Teresa was fabulous, and made it just the way I wanted it. I absolutely love it, and I couldn't wait for this giveaway today!
Teresa actually has two shops--the first is tickled pink paper + ink, where she sells custom rubber stamps, address stamps, mailing labels and more. Don't you just LOVE these stamps?
So, so darling.



Her other shop is tickled pink paperie,where she specializes in photo announcements, invitations, and stationery. Thank you cards, graduation announcements, birth announcements, shower invitations...she can design the perfect thing for any event, any occasion.




And...she is giving away to one lucky reader not only an address stamp of their choice (up to a $22 value), but also a photo announcement (she'll send you the completed template, you can print as many as you'd like)! How fabulous!

Here's how you enter:

(be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry)

1. Go to tickled pink paper + ink, and tell me which address stamp is your favorite---one entry.

2. Check out her second shop, tickled pink paperie, and leave a comment telling me which the type of photo announcement you would choose---one entry.

3. Blog about this awesome giveaway, or put it up on your sidebar---one entry.

4. Be a follower of brown paper packages--one entry.

The giveaway will be open until midnight, Sunday, July 4th, and the winner will be announced Monday the 5th.

Good luck!!

P.S. Links are fixed!!! Sorry about that!


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Friday, June 25, 2010

{super saturday search}

For the past couple of years, I've been involved in planning an annual all day crafting extravaganza...otherwise known as Super Saturday. (but in our case, Fabulous Friday) It's held in the late fall, and it's one of my favorite days of the year--friends, food, and really great projects.

We've now started "the list"--which includes all the projects we'd like to include that day. I know, it sounds early, but with sign up sheets going out by late August/early September, we've got the summer to make all the displays.

So, I'm enlisting your help, because I know how creative you are--I need all your best Super Saturday ideas!

Here's the type of project I'm looking for:

1. Able to make 30-40+ at one time, in the same area
2. Materials are easily accessible, in bulk (no one-of-a-kind projects)
3. Needs to be completed in one day--but some things can be assembled ahead of time
4. Something that will appeal to many people
5. great gift ideas
6. relatively low cost--I'd like to keep it in the $5-$15 dollar range

For those of you who are also planning a Super Saturday, I'd love to know what you're doing!

I'm so excited to see all of your projects, and I'll be sharing my favorites.

This party will be open until August 1st, so please keep adding to the list as many times as you'd like. *No businesses/advertising please.*


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

{burlap chore chart}


The summer arrived, and I knew I must get going on the chore chart I had been wanting to do forever. My love of burlap, clothespins, and ribbon came together in this project, and I am just thrilled about how it turned out. Hopefully my kids will be just as excited. :)

Burlap Chore Chart


Items you need:
  • art canvas, desired size (Michael's is a great place to get these, because they are often on a 40%-50% sale, or you can use one of their 40% off coupons. I spent $5 for this 12x24 canvas. You could use wood (plywood or MDF) cut to size, but it will be much heavier.)
  • burlap, cut to size, with an additional 2-3 inches overlap
  • nail gun
  • 7/8 inch ribbon
  • cardstock
  • 2 inch circle cutter
  • distress ink
  • clothespins
  • 3/8 inch ribbon to cover clothespins
  • double stick tape
  • foam stamps
  • craft paint
Directions:

1. Lay out your burlap flat, then place your canvas upside down on top of it. Fold over the edges of your burlap, and using the nail gun, nail the burlap to the canvas. It is really helpful to have two people doing this--one to use the nail gun, and the other to fold over the burlap and stretch it tightly. Be generous with your nails, making sure there are no gaps in the burlap. Fold the edges over neatly, and staple those in place.




2. Using a ruler, figure out how to space your ribbons evenly across the canvas. I needed three ribbons (one for each child), and my canvas was 24 inches wide. I placed the ribbons at 6 inches, 12 inches, and 18 inches, leaving 6 inches on either end and in between each other. Nail these in place. You want them to be fairly tight, and not too loose, but they do need to be loose enough that you can get the clothespins off and on.



3. Print the desired text on the cardstock, then cut them out with the circle cutter. I did circles for each chore, and then I also did more circles with "well done", "good job", etc. for the other side (to see when they completed the chore and turned the clothespin over). Distress all the edges.


4. I LOVE these ribbon covered clothespins! It is much, much, easier than cutting out paper and mod podging them on. I discovered that 3/8 inch ribbon fits perfectly on a clothespin, so I just attached it with double stick tape on each side, and cut the excess on the back side of the clothespin to get as close as possible. Using fray check on the ends will prevent your ends from fraying.


5. Using double stick tape, adhere the chore circles to one side of the clothespins, and your praise circles on the other side. Clip them to the ribbons on your board.





6. Stamp your desired text directly on to the burlap, using the foam stamps and craft paint. I have found that it's the easiest to just use my finger to apply the paint to the stamp--it lets you control the "gloppiness" that can sometimes happen. Remember--it's going to look cutest if it's not perfect--the charm comes with the imperfection.


And you're done! This method will also let you change the chores very easily, just removing the current chore circles and replacing them with new ones.



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Saturday, June 19, 2010

{drab to fab shutters}

If you haven't ever been to a Habitat Re-store, look for one in your area and go check it out...soon! It is a treasure trove--full of items just ready to be refinished, recycled, and refurbished. I could spend hours there (and I do!), just browsing and imagining all the fantastic projects that are possible.

A few weeks ago, I found the most fabulous shutters there for $8, and then it was just a matter of deciding where I wanted them to go. Since I was in the process of decorating the laundry room, and there was a big empty wall that needed to be filled, I thought it would be the perfect spot.

Drab to Fab Shutters


I do have a new computer (YAY!), but I haven't been able to retrieve any of my pictures yet, which means I unfortunately don't have any of the before or process pictures to share with you. The shutters actually started out as a cream color, which ended up saving me a ton of time. I wanted them to be black, but with some cream showing through, along with the wood. So, since they were already cream, I was able to skip that step!

Here's what I did:

1. Wiped down the shutters to remove dust, lint, and cobwebs.

2. I sprayed them black, using Rustoleum's flat black spray paint. It took one full coat, with some touch-ups.

3. Next came the power sander. I was pretty liberal on these shutters, taking quite a bit of the black paint off until I could see the cream showing through, and in some spots clear down to the original wood.

4. Once I was finished sanding, I took a lint-free cloth and dusted them off well. Normally this is when I would use a stain to give it an even more aged look (Minwax Dark Walnut), but it actually didn't need it. For further aging, a hammer & chains work well to get some dents and chips in it.

5. Done! I used a wood glue to adhere the two sets of shutters together, to make it easier to hang on the wall. Then I was able to wedge a nail in between the shutters for the wreath. LOVE it!







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Friday, June 18, 2010

{project highlight...placemat scripture bag}


How darling is this? Creative Urges shares a fantastic and user-friendly tutorial on how to make these totally cute scripture/tote bags. And that flower? LOVE it.

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{featured blog...I heart naptime}


I am delighted to have Jamielyn, from I heart naptime with us today! She has such a darling blog, and I'm so glad she's here to share with us this fun, summer project.

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Hello Brown Paper Package Readers!!



I'm excited to share with you a fun and easy summer project!

Summer Blocks!



First you'll need a 2x4 piece of wood. I have Lowe's cut mine for free. Then bring them home and sand them smooth.


Next is to paint your blocks! I ran out of a few colors, so I had to get creative and start mixing! I just used a sponge brush.


When the letters were dry I put on the vinyl and added some white paint around the edges. I tried a few different ways, and the EASIEST way to do this is with a sponge brush.


Here is a block with the distressed edge, and one without. I like it better with! Also, don't worry about it looking perfect...sometimes I do that a little too much!


Next I added a fun wood piece. If you have wood glue and more patience you may want to use that... ;)


I took some thick wire and wrapped it around a pencil, then hot glued it to the back.


I was going to drill a hole, but decided my wire was too small...so I nailed a hole and stuck the sun in.



So there they are all completed on my new craft desk!! What do you think?!

Here it is with flip flops! :)


Hope you are enjoying your Summer!!

*Don't forget to come by and say hi and join us for our Sundae Scoop party. It is up Sat-Mon & enter your projects here*


Thanks for having me today!!


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Thanks so much, Jamielyn! Those blocks are darling!

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