Tag Archives: Home and Garden

“Twine” Wrapped Wine Bottle

27 Oct

As you know I have been playing with leftover wine bottles from my sisters wedding and I decided to try a “twine” wrapped wine bottle. I’ve seen these around on pinterest, facebook, and other blogs but I’ve never really been much of a fan of them. That is, until I spotted a gorgeous natural tan colored twine that looked so elegant my jaw dropped!

This comes from from Create Cousin and it made me realize that I do love wrapped wine bottles! I can totally imagine this as part of a table centerpiece for thanksgiving or on a mantel of someone who loves rustic style decor. So I decided to make one myself, but of course if you know me at all – I don’t follow instructions well at all.

I grabbed a wine bottle, some macrame chord and modge podge and got to work! Be warned that this project is not easy to start and kind of messy! I started of slow and let the macrame chord dry before I kept going to ensure it to stay in place.

After that it was quick and easy! I kept wrapping and glueing and wrapping and glueing until I got to the top and realized I needed to stop and let it dry again. Patience is not the easiest thing for me when I’m doing crafts – but in most projects it’s the most important part so I while I was waiting I worked on other projects to keep me busy 😉

Then once it was finished I added on a final bow for that last touch! This project was not only easy, but it was fun! I would recommend this project to anyone and could even been done with school aged children. For the younger kids – I would suggest starting it for them! My next attempt will be to die the macrame chord in other colors – because my Dad is crazy about dying things, so I’ll let him have a go with that 😉

What do you think? If you are interested in seeing some other wine related items that are must haves – check out The Collectionary!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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A New Set Up

16 Oct

My studio room has been needing a new set up for quite some time but I never got around to figuring out a plan. What I needed was to get rid of that big square table and find a skinnier one to take it’s place. Once the table was out – rearranging the space was SO much easier!

 

I can’t tell you how much this frees up the floor space in this room. With the ironing board able to fold up and be against the wall and the small 4×2 table folded up – it gives me even more floor space. I love being here but one of the most difficult things about it is working up here with Emma. There are some days where I just chose not to come here because I’d rather spend time with her but other times I have her with me and try to get as much work done as I can.

 

Now that there is more floor space for her she can easily play with her toys and not be right at my feet. I also love the fact that I can set her up at the second table and let her color and play there. She loves to imitate me these days so I can just picture her pretending to sew or paint 😉 I’m going to give it a for the next few weeks and see how it goes!

 

One of the things I am most excited about is my new mini shelf on my desk! This is the third one that I purchased that isn’t going with me to the show. As you can see it’s already over-flowing with goodies so after the show I will be definitely using at least one of these to store things in when I’m in-between shows.

Is it just me or do other people rearrange their spaces every couple months?

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

New Shelves!

8 Oct

So most of you know that I got my new storage shelves in this past weekend and spent this weekend putting them together and checking out how I’m going to use them!

 

I ordered three ClosetMaid cube shelves to use as storage in the studio room as well as to put on the table to use for craft shows. It took me about 45 minutes to put one of this little shelf together. Mainly because I don’t read instructions – I skim them, which results in having to pull things apart and try again!

 

Once I put it together I was so giddy I couldn’t stand it! They are so cute and each shelf holds two baby blankets perfectly! After putting one together, I got so excited that I decided to go ahead and put my table layout together to see what it would look like at the craft show. After setting up my first table I came to the conclusion that I’ll be using two for the show and the third one will stay home to store other supplies 🙂

 

This is the first trial set up for the show. I’m editing the hangers that hold the infinity scarves and the blankets and pillows laying in front of the new self will be off to the other side. Once I get the second table set up I’ll show you how it’s going to look! The second shelf will be holding the hand painted frames I make. I love how it’s turning out 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

Kicking Fridge Clutter Goodbye!

26 Jul

I’ve been looking for ideas to get rid of my fridge clutter but still be able to have my grocery list, meal ideas, and what I’m going to make that week schedule. As you can see my fridge could use a little TLC:

I finally found one that peeked my interest.

 

Painting a cabinet door with chalkboard paint! ❤ It took a couple coats of paint but each time I got that much more excited.

 

Then after three coats and time to dry it was ready to played with!!

Ahh!!! I love it! My favorite thing about it is I can close the cabinet door and you can’t see any of the chaos 😀 I do need to get a little better at writing with chalk though – that’s obviously not my strong point 😉

 

My fridge looks happier too 🙂

 

Thanks for stopping by.

 

Love Always,

J

 

Frame It!

20 Jul

When you don’t know what else to do – FRAME IT! I love these little frames and I’ll continue to make wonders with these things. What better way to show off things you love than framing them for all to see? My little girl is getting her name framed for her birthday party 🙂

Here’s the start:

I’ll be adding ribbon to hang them from – now I just need to decide where to hang them 😀 That’s the best part!!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Love Always,

J

Give Me Some Space Please <3

29 Mar

One of the things that I’ve been trying to do these past few months is work in an area with limited space! I’ve spent months after months setting up the ironing board, pulling out tubs from storage with fabric, clearing off as much table top spaces as I can find, and attempting to make projects that take hours and finish it in a two-hour timeline so that I can pack it all up, put everything back, and make it look like I was never there. After a while that’s exhausting. It’s especially frustrating when you don’t get to finish the project but you know you’ve got to pack it up anyways.

For a few weeks now I’ve been trying to figure out a solution. I’ve been dreaming about magically making an extra bedroom appear out of thin air in this apartment!! Finally, my husband and I came up with a solution. We’d figure out how much money I could put into studio space without paying so much that I only broke even.

Problem.

Solved.

I now have a studio to make all my projects in. I never have to set up and break down an entire studio within a two-hour window! I can leave my projects half-finished, close the door, and get back to it when I can! I don’t have to worry about waking up my daughter while I’m trying to sew during nap time! I have set hours to get work done without interruptions. I am on my way to being a successful small business!

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’ll show you the pictures of my awesome space tomorrow 🙂 because right now I’m so exhausted from moving in, my body can barely handle it!

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

 

Taking Advice Never Hurts!

6 Mar

Thanks to some wonderful advice from my readers I started small with some of the tasks I was facing. Apparently starting small worked miracles because not only did I get what I wanted accomplished – I surprised myself and got a heck of a lot done!

For those of you new readers: I have been having major problems accomplishing things around this household due to the fact that I don’t have my own space away from everything. All the spaces available to me that I had to work were either in view of all the other chores I needed to do (completely distracting me), or in the middle of our families common area. Little 2-year-old hands and questions, plus my husbands TV and video games were the entertainment that kept me accomplishing anything!

I had recently taken over my parents dining room while they were out-of-town and quickly realized what I needed. A space to call my own, away from TV’s, dishes, laundry, toys, 2-year-old hands, chores, projects, or anything that moved really. (I’m easily distracted – don’t make fun of me!) It was a huge table of success and probably the biggest DUH moment I ever had. I’ve never given myself any place to really call my own except for my side of the bed. I share everything!

Here is the nice big old space I had at my parents place:

So in case you didn’t know: My dilemma is making something like this – happen in my little apartment. The advice that I got from a super intelligent reader was to Start Small. Okay this shouldn’t be a problem for me but apparently it was! I think and dream wayyyy to big to be boxed in the small category. Since the apartment is a completely open space – the only closed off areas are the two bedrooms, the bathroom, and the storage (which is a disaster of a chore needing tlc). Emma’s room and the bathroom were out of the question. That leaves me with my room and the storage. There’s no way I can work in the storage so my room it is!

Funniest thing ever – there is a little desk in my room tucked away in a corner piled high with … crap. So again – I start small. I cleared off the top of the desks, headed to the drawers, and bam! It’s like a brand new desk ready for work right? No. Not exactly. It’s tucked in a corner that’s completely unworkable. I’d never function there. I sat on my bed and decided it was time to re-arrange the room anyways. I have a big old habit of rearranging furniture every couple of months and this was way past due time.

I decided then – If I am going to move all these pieces of furniture I am cleaning out all of them.

Under the bed – cleaned out.

Side Tables – pretty and clean!

Dresser – Clean and rearranged! Love it!

Next step was moving everything around to put my desk in the prime location. In-between the windows!! I absolutely love natural light and this room is the one place during the day that gets the most gorgeous sun – so why not take advantage of it, right? Oh I did! I moved that sucker right in between two huge windows and set up shop.

Now this is where starting small really means the most to me. No I can’t fit my entire craft collection in here – I have way to much stuff and a huge table that would never make it. So I left all my crafting things where they are in the “dining room”. I moved all my books, paperwork, computer, camera, and small things in here. I also got rid of a pile of things that were in our box in our hallway that keeps bills, recipes, and miscellaneous things in it.

Welcome to my new office! A huge part of my crafting life now dedicated to my own space. So who cares if I have to craft next to all my chores – at least I’m getting all my busy work done away from all the chaos!

I’ll have to take a picture during the daylight so you can see how gorgeous it is in here 😛 Oh Oh! Check out my clean drawers. I don’t think these drawers have been cleaned since we moved in here (three years ago).

Ahhh I love organization! I will say that doing projects like this just makes me want to go full-out crazy and makeover the entire room! I’ve had this color palate in my head for a while now. I’m slowly transforming this room into something similar to this:

Not necessarily that bedspread – just the color theme! Here’s another color theme example:

I’ve pretty much already headed in that direction! My wall colors are the second color down, my comforter is the light gray and black, and my bedside lamps are the first yellow color. I want to paint my side tables white and line them with some sort of yellow patterned paper or vinyl like this:

Then I want to paint my desk white and line the drawers the same way.

I’m also in search for a thrift store dresser. I love ours – but it’s a family  hand me down and it comes in a huge set so there’s no way I’d want to paint it. But since I’m changing all my other furniture white – I want a white dresser too! So I’ll be on the look out for a cheap new one!

Then to top off my room changing – art. I want something on these bare walls and something much prettier to hang above my desk 😉

Maybe something like this?

But maybe framed since we aren’t living here forever and I’d like to take it with me 😛

Well enough daydreaming for now! I’ll keep on the look out for things to upgrade around my room and then maybe we could do a room by room budget friendly update! ❤ Now I’m really dreaming! As long as I start small – these should all be do-able things!

Note to self: Listen to all advice given by amazing readers 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

Jennifer

Tuesday Tutorial: Paint Swatch Chandelier

17 Jan

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easy tutorials for you – now go get crafty 😉

This crafty tutorial comes from: HeyGorgeous

Thanks for coming by!

Love Always,

J

I Love Lamp: Someone’s Trash becomes My Treasure!

15 Jan

Thanks to an amazing neighbor I got these amazing lamps! So far I’ve only done two but there’s six total. But if it wasn’t for my dad I would be at a complete loss because taking these things apart and putting them back together are a puzzle! The first thing to know about disassembling a lamp is take the lamp shade off, bulb out, and then start from the bottom and work your way up. Also take it apart in order so you remember how to put it back together 😉 After it’s all apart make sure you take over all the threading (the holes with the ridges that you put a screw into) and also tape over anything you do not want painted.

The beginning lamp!

All the pieces taken apart (both lamps).

The tools you’ll need. The little driver you will use to undo the wiring to the top pieces of the lamp. There should be a little square or rectangular opening in the bottom of the square pieces you put the light bulb in. If you press down lightly with the driver it will pop the wires loose so you can pull it out. If they don’t release (some old lamps are finicky) you’ll need to use the wire cutters at the bottom left to cut them off and buy a new piece (about 50 cents) for the light bulb.

Spray Paint!!!!! The best part about this project 😀 If you notice that I bought the nice brand in all the colors and the EL CHEAPO one in white. Since white is only going to be used as primer there is no need to buy an expensive brand.

After you’ve taped all the pieces necessary get on with painting!! I did two priming coats in white.

Then two coats in yellow! I’m redoing my room in black, gray, white, and spot colors of yellow! Once I see if I like it or not I’m either going to leave it or spray paint them gray. We’ll see 😉

The base of the new lamp!

The top piece.

and TADA! The picture is a little dark but I did add a new lamp.

So this whole project cost me:

$7.88 cents for a lamp shade

$3.89 white spray paint

$5.69 for Silver & Yellow Spray Paint (so x2)

Lamp Free

Total cost: approx $21.00

So if you can find a lamp that has an awesome shade that’ll save you $8 bucks and another $6 if you only buy one can of spray paint for the color which would total to approx $9.00. Still not crazy cheap but then again lamps are pretty expensive and it’s so much fun!!

Other lamp ideas:

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Thanks for stopping by! Next change I get I’ll be working on the little rocking chair from the post before this 😀

Love Always,

J

Tuesday Tutorial: Fleece Alphabet Pillows

29 Nov

Welcome to Tuesday Tutorials – where I find awesome easy tutorials for you – now go get crafty ;)  

This crafty tutorial comes from: craftynest.com

DIY fleece alphabet pillows

Thanks for stopping by!

Love Always,

J

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