September 9, 2014

Thrift find Makeover: Boys Desk





This vintage hall phone table was a $15 thrift find that I decided to turn rustic chic and make into a desk for my eldest son.

 I consider this an extremely easy project as the table top was already stripped and a white coat of paint had already been applied.

      I simply stained the top with a walnut stain and three coats of varathane.  Then I triple coated with heritage blue paint, distressed it with sand paper to show the raw wood and white paint and then triple coated  it with varathane as well.

 I love how it turned out and so does my little guy!  All the supplies I already had on hand so for $15 this frugal Mumma is thrilled!

Fall is in the air!

It has been awhile...and what a wonderful Summer we have had!  With a handful of Summer festivals this year we have been exceptionally busy.  But busy is good and after taking some time to tackle home projects over the last few weeks (posts to come shortly) it is time again to start getting geared up again for our Fall/Winter shows.

Today I am planning at trying my had at making some rustic stockings out of some old Roots Sweaters.  I have a few on hand that I have been hanging onto trying to decide how to put them to use and with Christmas just around the corner (yep, I said it...) I think that Stockings would be a great idea!

I know, why not just knit a few rather than cut and sew...but I am a huge fan of upcycling and these fabulous sweaters are screaming to be made into something functional.  With their cozy warm and chunky design I can already visualize them hanging over a cottage fireplace with the fire popping and crackling.

Wish me luck!

February 10, 2014

DIY: Easy Paper Pennant Banner (No Sew!) Tutorial

This will probably be one of the easiest crafts you will ever make!   I few months back I was in a time crunch and needed to make a banner asap, knowing that sewing one wasn't an option I decided to try my hand at making one out of paper.

Years ago I stocked up on scrap book paper that was on sale at Costco, so luckily I didn't even have to leave my house to create my pennant banner.  All the other supplies you should probably already have on hand as well.

                      You will need:

                      Scrap Book Paper
                      String or Ribbon
                      Hole Punch

With designing a paper pennant the possibilities are endless, the size and number of flags are up to you.  I chose to use 12 flags measuring approx. 5" wide and 5" long.

Try to limit waste and make the most out of your scrap paper by rotating your flags, it works out nicely and actually creates less work by using one line for two flags like in the photo below.

 After cutting out all of the flags it is time to punch the holes.  Using four holes per flag works well with keeping the flags flat.  Use your discretion on where to place the holes or measure it's up to you, I just eye balled it.  Once you have your first flag punched, use it as a guide for the other flags by placing it on top of the next flag and punching through the existing holes, that way they are all equal.

Now you are ready to string your flags!  You can use a pattern to place them or place them randomly.   I used three different designs and repeated it after every third flag was placed.  Make sure you measure correctly for the length of your string and give yourself some extra in case you need to tie your ends.

Voila!  How easy was that!?  These pennant banners can be a lot of fun, they are great for parties especially birthday parties!  You can easily add lettering to the flags, or double the scrap booking paper with two different patterns.  I have since made another banner using squares instead of triangles and it turned out really well.  

 Imagination is key when it comes to creating, have fun! 

January 16, 2014

DIY: Spring Project, Painting Outdoor Urns

 This is a project I had been meaning to get around to for quite some time.  I really enjoy the  look of outdoor urns,  they compliment the curb appeal of any style of home.  We have had these urns for a number of years and they were really starting to show their age.  I also wasn't keen that they were black.  Black was a great with our old red brick home but since moving, our new house consists of earth tones and on a wooded lot so I was thinking of going more along the lines of a monochromatic colour scheme.

  Items you will need:

Paint Brush
Paint Tray
Drop Cloth

The colour that I chose is almost a blend between a real earthy green and a warm deep chocolate.  I purchased a gallon of exterior paint from a local hardware store and decided to go with a "satin enamel" finish.  I wanted a bit of a sheen but wasn't looking for high gloss.

I started by first off washing down all four urns.  Make sure you wash them really well as you don't want any leftover debris getting caught up in your fresh paint.  After washing thoroughly set in direct sun to dry.  Once all the urns are completely dry you are ready to start!

You want to start by first laying down your drop cloth.  Make sure you have all your supplies near by.  Pour your paint into your paint tray and start painting.  You want to make sure you get in all the small crevices, this can be quite tedious so patience is key.  Also make sure you paint inside the mouth of the urn as well, this way you can guarantee you are covering the old finish.

 After applying one solid coat on all four urns let them dry overnight, I suggest throwing a sheet over top to keep the moisture off of them.  Then repeat the steps on day two by applying a second coat.  Again let them dry thoroughly.  Once dry you are ready to place them where you desire and start planting!

 This was a Fall project that I have finally gotten around to posting.  I am excited about designing my own flower arrangements this Spring and will follow!

January 15, 2014

Cable Head Band/ Ear Warmer

I have been addicted to making hats and ear warmers this season.  One of my favoutites is this head band/ear warmer that I designed.  I love the use of cables and think that adding the detail of dimension  is sometimes needed when designing a simple project.  I also decided to attach one of my hand made tree branch buttons, I think it completes the earthiness of the look.  Love it! 

January 9, 2014

Upcycled Owl Plushie

I love making owls.  I have made lots in the past and can't seem to stop, there is something magical about them!  I'm a bird lover all around.  I always make sure their feeders are full on our property and love nursing my little one while watching the birds fly about steps outside the window, almost within arms reach.

This is a great project to make on a chilly Winter afternoon, the heavy texture from the sweater I hand cut and the layering of the fabric scraps for his little wings makes this guy perfect to snuggle up to on a cold Winters night.

I have a pile of old  sweaters from a closet purge I did a few months ago, now it's just a matter of finding the time to put them to use.  I chose a soft knit sweater to use for the bulk of his body.  His eyes and beak are made from felt that had been recycled from plastic water bottles.  And the wooden button has been hand made from a fallen tree branch.  He's the perfect eco-friendly companion.

What are some recycled, up-cycled, eco-friendly projects you have made?