It goes without saying with pregnancy come lots of changes. One of those being my skin. The cold winter weather isn’t helping much as my normally sensitive skin is now also dry. I thought I’d share some of my winter skin care routine – the pregnant version….
Last Friday morning I awoke with a mission. To paint a shelf and spruce up my office. The sprucing up of my office involved rearranging some books and tackling a dress form I had leaning against a wall because it was somehow broken in our move.
It wasn’t bothering me as you really couldn’t tell it was “leaning” because the skirt of the Book Fairy costume I had on it kept it up right. However it was taking up serious real estate and I knew I either had to fix it. Give it away, or find some new purpose for it. I chose the latter and I got to recycle my costume as well.
It was super easy to do.
Here’s how you can create your own DIY Decoupage Dress Form.
If you have a beat up dress form like I did, simply remove the soft fabric cover and foam. Scrape away as much if not all of the foam you can. I used a sharp knife for the areas that were glued on and wouldn’t just pull away. Once you’ve cleared away as much as the foam as possible you’re ready to begin decoupaging.
I didn’t have enough Modpodge left to complete this project, and waiting the 10-12 days for Amazon to deliver it to me just wasn’t an option. So I turned to Pinterest and discovered a ton of recipes for Modpodge, the one I used was so simple. I can’t believe I’d not made some sooner. I found the recipe on this delightful blog called Lulatastic.
To make your own decoupage glue you’ll need:
PVA Glue AKA Elmers Glue and water. That’s it. Nothing else.
I used 1 cup of Elmer’s Glue All and 1/3 cup of water. Mix them together in a jar via a vigorous shaking and voila! You’ve got your very own Modpodge glue to decoupage to your heart’s content! This formula produces a matte decoupage which is just how I prefer it.
Once you’ve got your glue you’re ready to begin to decoupage your dress form.
In addtion to the glue, you’ll need paper or fabric of your choosing to decoupage with, a brush and something to “smush” out the bubbles.
When decoupaging I prefer to use a sponge-brush but you can use whatever sort of brush you like and something to flatten out the air-bubbles. On this particular occasion I used my fingers but a silicone spatula works great too. If you don’t mind glue all over your fingers do it my way. If you’d rather not be taken back to elementary school, use gloves.
Grab your paper dab the back with glue. Brush some glue onto your dress form, place the paper glue side down and brush the air bubbles away, any that don’t come out smooth with your fingers or what-ever device you choose. Continue in this manner until you’ve completed your project. Overlapping as you go.
Don’t have a dress form? You can make your own. Grab and friend and some duct tape and head over to this page for the instructions on how to make your own DIY Dress Form.
Today’s DIY Upcycle post is brought to you by my long hair and lack of hair ties.
Way back in high school I worked at a shoe store where I had to dress up. In the mid 1990’s that equated to having to wear pantyhose.
Panty hose and going up and down ladders to retrieve shoe boxes always didn’t work out to the benefit of my stockings. As a result I went through quite a few pair.
I can’t take credit for this ingenious and rather industrial idea, as it actually came from my mother who had used her own pantyhose to create hair ties. She offered up this wisdom to me one day when I found myself in without a scrunchie.
Way before blogging, when scrunchies were the go-to hair accessory I was using pantyhose to tie back my long locks.
Panty hose actually make for a really good hair tie because it won’t pull or damage your hair.
All you need are a pair of scissors and pantyhose.
Step 1. Cut off the toe portion of your stocking.
Step 2. With a sharp pair of scissors (preferably one used only for fabric) cut the stockings, move up in thick bands. I prefer 2-3 inches.
Step 3. Gather the edges of the cut pantyhose to make rings.
That’s it! Now tie back your hair!
Allow me to preface this post by saying, I feel dumb even including “Halloween” in the title because I have, like…5 Halloween related decor pieces that make up the sum of my ghoulish decor. I know I had more, and I’m positive it got lost somewhere crossing the Atlantic. Sadly I believe this to be the case for my Autumn decor in general as well as some of my Christmas cheer!
Getting on, I began taking photographs of my living room to share with a friend, when I thought “Oh blog post!”
I think it’s cool to see what other spaces look like, and homes in other countries. Here is a look into my Italian living room.
This is actually a garland I made from old sheets, and a dress from Old Navy that had a stain I couldn’t get out. I’m using it as a radiator cover and a nesting place for some Fall-ish things. Above that sign used to hang my collection of vintage plates. However the walls hate me and they (mostly) fell down.
I purchased this Halloween themed pennant banner at Target a few years ago. [I miss Target.] The white round table in the corner I thrifted when we lived in Virginia and painted it white. The table and chairs (and pretty much everything else in this space is via Ikea). I’ll show you the tiered tray I made and the cutting board I stained in a future post as I failed to snap those details.
This console table I scored at a bargain here in Italy from another Air Force family who was PCS’g. Those grey buckets were a thrift store find from Pottery Barn Kids, originally they were pink. The starfish dish is a gift for my Mom I’ve not yet sent. I really love the silver candelabras with the burlap shades that have script on them. I scooped those up when I had a coupon for Hobby Lobby online.
The walls in my home are concrete a.k.a. my Kryptonite. My husband spent all day drilling the holes. I only got one chance at this arrangement and so it had to be just right. I plan on sharing how I got it so in a future post. As for the pictures they are all pretty dated 2009, right before we sold our home in Virginia. I do have to admit that it’s sort of sweet to have the reminder of when my boys were teeny-tiny. I’ll update a few of them. The center “eye chart” I made in about ten minutes. I used one of my favorite E.E. Cummings poems.
I love these pillows. The green ones I scored on clearance at Target [have I mentioned that I miss Target?]. The chevron pillowcases I purchased at Hobby Lobby online. I found the pillows to go inside them at a local grocery store called Coop.
I am very pleased with my Ikea Ektorp sofas. They are so easy to maintain, and really don’t get all that dirty, even with my bouncy boys.
This is a very SPOOKY porcelain pumpkin set on some very good books. I love using books as decorating pieces.
My haunted house. It’s filled with things that go bump in the night. I brought down a few scary stories from my library to set the mood. I figured I couldn’t go wrong with Anne Rice.
This lovely vintage dresser I purchased a few months ago for $25. I painted it a lovely shade of grey. I’m still debating on the knobs. Party of me likes them just the way they are because up close they have a nice patina to them, and part of me wants to spray paint them white. For now it serving it’s intended purpose as linen storage quite well.
That’s it for my living room and dining area. Hope you enjoyed it!
When we moved into our Italian home one of the first things I asked my boys was if they would like a particular theme for their bedroom. They did and with out question they proclaimed Star Wars!
Yay. I love my little geeks!
So I set about finding things for their room that would bring Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, aliens, and distant galaxies to life in their bedroom. It’s definitely a work in progress as finding Star Wars themed items here in Italy is a lot harder than I anticipated it would be, so we are slowly deciding on things and ordering online.
This summer as I was going through my youngest son Evan’s clothes I came across an old Star Wars t-shirt I’d gotten for him at Old Navy. I knew immediately I had to incorporate it into their bedroom some how.
As it turns out I had a few old canvases that were perfect for this project and this DIY Star Wars Canvas Wall Art Upcycle was born.
Once I gathered my supplies it took me about five minutes to complete.
So easy. So cute. My boys love it. I am even debating taking one of my Star Wars t-shirts and using it to make another.
The best part about this project. It cost me absolutely nothing to make. You can easily make one of your own using fabric (think pillow cases, sheets, anything really) and even an old piece of wood or a cereal box would even work for this project. If you make one of your own please come back and share your creation with me!
de·cou·page – the art or technique of decorating something with cut-outs of paper, linoleum, plastic,or other flat material over which varnish or lacquer is applied.
I’ve been searching for a cover for my laptop for well over a year, but couldn’t find anything I liked at the price I wanted to pay. A few weeks ago while browsing in Best Buy I came across a clear cover I liked. It was $50 which was still more than I wanted to pay, so it stayed in the store and I went on my way.
That cover stayed in the back of my mind, until one day a few weeks ago I was at a Starbucks and I saw a woman with the same case in pink. Seeing it in action I got an idea for a craft project.
I came home and searched Amazon and came across this clear case and instantly I knew, if I couldn’t find a case I liked, I’d make one! The best part, it was only $20.
When it arrived I was momentarily disappointed because though the description said “crystal clear” it wasn’t. It was sort of foggy, I thought I’d have to return it, but a quick check proved that it would be suitable for my idea and I went about gathering the items I would need to craft a personalized lap top cover for my Mac.
- Lap top cover. I used this one from iPearl.
- Mod Podge I like the matte version.
- craft scissors I use these by Martha Stewart
- flat paint brush – a good size for this is about 1 inch.
- Paper, photos, post cards, what-ever you fancy, so long as it’s paper.
- A printer if you’ll be printing the images you use.
Then be sure to seal the outer layers -the ones on the inside of the cover with more Mod Podge.
I suppose one could use any lap top cover they chose, if they decoupaged on the out-side, but for this project I wanted all of the crafting done from the inside.
If you’ve never decoupaged before check out this tutorial. Here is a tutorial specifically for reverse collage -which is essentially what this project is. It’s also a good idea to practice on something first, to make sure you’ve gotten a feel for the technique, before you begin work on your cover. The good thing about this -if you’re not 100% satisfied with the end result, or you eventually get bored, you can soak your cover in a bit of acetone.
These are the products I recommend for this project:
In case you’re wondering what/why I chose the things I did. I’ll tell you.
Comic book strip -For it’s melodrama and color. There are three references to my favorite book, Pride & Prejudice. Swans are probably my favorite bird, and it’s got some meaning to my first novel. Rhett Butler & Scarlet O’hara, because these two characters, are probably among the best ever written. That little mirror graphic with “Yes you’re the fairest of them all.” I love Snow White, and I think it’s a good thing to look in a mirror and like the person you see. A snowy owl, I also love owls-but the vintage kitschy home decorating type. This one is to pay Homage to J.K. Rowling. Unicorns to remind me of magic. Freckles…because I’ve got them. “Corner of awesome…” -because I am. “Tell you’re story” and “you’re a writer”-just because. Finally, my husband and I-because he is my very own, story book, Prince Charming, come to life, romantic novel, drives me crazy, love at first sight, leading man.
I was tinkering around on Pinterest the other day when I came across a link to make your own laundry detergent. My curiosity piqued, I checked out the post and a few others, then I Googled and found this recipe was quite common, with a few variations, some that add in Oxy-Clean for instance. I also found recipes for a liquid version which required boiling water and other things that sounded like cooking. I wasn’t particularly in the mood to cook soap, so I opted for this version which did not require the use of an oven. You can check out my “home-made” board on Pinterest for other versions of this recipe or just conduct your own web investigation.
Needless to say I was intrigued by the notion of making my own laundry detergent especially since the cost was a lot less than the laundry detergent I buy.
After dropping my son Michael off at school one morning last week I dashed on over to Wal-Mart with my iPad cued into this post on DIY Suds for guidance. It actually took me longer to search for glue-sticks (which they did not have!) than it did to find the ingredients for this recipe. I whipped up this batch in my Mother-in-law’s kitchen that morning in under 10 minutes.
With my fresh batch of homemade laundry soap in hand I put it to use and found that it worked great! This soap doesn’t get all “sudsy” like one would expect from your usual laundry soap, but the amount of suds in the water doesn’t relate to how well your clothes are being cleaned and I could see no notable difference in the cleanliness of my clothes using this soap when compared to the store bought soap I usually use. I’ve since used it a few other times and will continue to do so. This detergent doesn’t imbue any scent to your clothes, but I do use a fabric softener which does. Keep that in mind if you like your laundry to be scented.
To make your own laundry soap here is what you’ll need:
Homemade DIY Laundry Soap Ingredients:
- Fels-Naptha Laundry Bar Soap (1 bar)
- Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda (1 cup)
- Borax (1 cup)
- Cheese grater or similar to “shred” the bar of soap
- Canister or something to store your detergent in.
To Make Your Own Homemade Laundry Detergent:
Gather your Fels-Naptha soap and cheese shredder thing. Shred the bar of soap-I read that any soap would do such as Ivory but this is what I used. The scent of this soap reminds of me of Pine-sol. However when the clothes are in the wash it smells very lemony and not at all like your toilet bowl.
Soda and the Borax. I used a “really” big container I found at Wal-Mart. You could easily fit this into a smaller container or jar.
Use one to two tablespoons of the mixture per load of laundry. (I use two).
I think I’m going to give some of this stuff away as gifts.
I’ve got plenty of Borax and Washing Soda left over!
Love & making things yourself,
Originally posted on 10, October 2011
Check out this cute little wreath I made today.
I was in the Dollar Tree the other day looking for (what else) some craft supplies when I came across these cute little mini-cupcake wrappers and thought they would be perfect for a cupcake wreath.
This entire craft was made using items purchased at the Dollar Tree for a total of $5. Florists’ pins and the purple ribbon I had on hand. This is a great inexpensive wreath that you can make for any occasion, gift etc.
To make this 8 inch wreath here is what you will need:
1. 8 inch foam wreath
2. 2 packages of 100 each mini-cupcake wrappers
3. Ribbon. Depending on how wide the ribbon is you will need less or more. The ribbon I used was about 1 1/2 inch wide. I used one role of ribbon totaling 3 yards.
4. Wire embellishment (optional) feel free to use what other embellishment items you like!
5. Glue gun
6. 4 Florists pins or straight pins. You can pick up a pack of 100 at Wal-Mart for $1. I had these on hand. This is optional you can use glue gun. I like to use the florist pins because they really secure the ribbon to the foam.
To make the wreath:
Plug in your hot glue gun.
Begin by wrapping your wreath with the ribbon. Secure one end of your ribbon with one of the florist’s pin. If you are using one of those green foam wreaths leave the plastic on it and just cut out the centers. It’s less messy that way.
Once you’re wrapped your wreath secure the other end with one another florist pin.
Next take your cupcake wrapper and fold it in into a quarter: fold it in half and then in half again.
Gently fold over the tip of the wrapper to create a tiny base for your glue to go. Dab on a small amount of glue onto your wrapper and place it on your wreath. Continue placing the wrappers creating clusters that are close together.
Once you’ve covered your wreath in the cupcake wrappers (I used about 120 individual wrappers.) turn the wreath over and secure a piece of ribbon for the hanger. Use your judgement for length based on where you plan on hanging the wreath. Take the remaining two florist pins cris-crossing them over each other to form an “x”. By doing this you firmly secure the pin in place. I leave a little “tail” in the ribbon to fold over and hot glue to cover the pin.
Next create a bow and secure another pin by pushing it through the back.
That’s it your done!
You can hang your wreath practically anywhere of course there are doors, but other nice places include over mirrors and windows.
This wreath is currently for sale in my etsy shop.
Love & Making Pretty Things,
If you’re looking for my post on the DIY DECOUPAGE Laptop Cover please click the image to be taken to it straight away!
In fashion certain things are timeless like a really nice pair of jeans. I can think of nothing more comfortable than an old beloved pair of denim jeans. It just so happens that distressed denim is rather fashionable these days. If you were like me and lacking that old pair of jeans, but long for the look of distressed denim and really didn’t want to fork out the cash for a pair of ripped pants, I’m here to help. Distressing a pair of jeans you already own that sit in your closet right now is easy and free!…