Leather Accents

Winter and the holiday season seemed to make things crazy around here.  From November on it seemed like we had visitors every few weeks. Which we love, but also makes for some crazy times.  Add that to the normal hustle andd bustle and it’s hard to get my creative juices going.  But recently, I had the idea to take my crochet business/projects in a different direction.  I thought…why not start incorporating leather.  Leather!  Best idea I’ve had in a long time.  And I’m not stopping at crochet.  Check out the new items.  I will be making more colors and more variations, but it’s a start.  I even think I’ll start selling locally (I get so much interest whenever I’m out wearing and using my pieces).  Best advertising, right?  I got 3 orders just from going to get my hair cut!  Tell me what you think.

Sunglasses Storage

Is it just me or am I doing a freakin’ DIY project every single week.  Last week, it was revamping my fruit basket situation in the kitchen.  The week before it was staining our new trash can cabinet (which came out amazing).  This weekend, I had to get this one done…my DIY sunglasses storage.

I have been looking on Etsy for a while now for a great way to hold ALL my sunglasses.  It just isn’t practical to keep them in the ginormous cases that they come with, and I have different glasses for different occasions (too much?).  I found some really great ideas on Etsy and was more than willing to support a small business owner, but then I decided to just do it myself.  

So, about $12 later, this little creation lives on the wall of my “command center” inside my pantry.  Perfect!

  
How’d I do it?  Easy Peasy and it took me about 10 minutes.  

* Rectangle Canvas (thought about wood, but ended up with this for the ease of hanging it on the wall).

* Washi Tape in a fun color that coordinates with my kitchen

* Mod Podge

* White craft rope

I had most of this on hand, which is why it was $12.  If you have to go out and buy it, it may cost you up to $20-$25 depending on if you have those coupons from Hobby Lobby or Michaels.  I just spaced out my washi tape how I liked it.  No measuring for me, just eyeballed it.  I covered the whole thing with Mod Podge to set it.  Once it was done I stapled my craft rope in place.  I threw some 3M picture hanging strips on the back and stuck it up on the wall.  Done and done!  Fun and functional.

Do you have an abundance of sunglasses?  Where do you keep them? 

PS.  Is it scary that I have another pair on my wish list?  

Valentine’s “treats”

When I was a kid, I remember how fun Valentines Day was at school. A classroom party, fun valentines to pass out, and ALL THE CANDY! When I was in the classroom, I loved the idea of Valentines Day treats for the kiddos, but not really the reality of it (hello sugar high). Now that my mini is in preschool, and her Valentine’s Day party is approaching, I wanted to do something different. Not because I don’t like the idea of the treats of candy but, really, because she’ll get enough of that from her classmates AND my mini doesn’t like candy…or sweets. Surely she’s not the only one (even though I think she is) that thinks, “this is so yucky”. So, I had to come up with some other fun stuff.

This is where I search Pinterest, and see what I have in my old classroom supplies in the garage. A quick Amazon order, and a raid of my fun decoration/craft/art supplies, we have a fun candy free Valentine for her friends at school!

Here’s what I did: Cute saying printed on a heart, mounted onto colorful foam sheet and cut out into heart shape with fancy scissors.  I taped it to a lollipop stick, and added the Love, Sammie sticker tag.  I had all of these supplies in my stash.  I then just filled a plastic mini flower pot with crinkle paper (again, I already had this), stuck in our heart “flower” and included our seed paper Valentine.  I got the pots and seed paper Valentine from Amazon.  Cheap…easy…cute…and candy free.  I just put it into a cute little bag so she can pass them out.

 

 

The little seed paper valentines even have the directions on the back of how to plant them.  Cute, right?

 

What do you do for your kiddos class Valentines?

 

Are you a DIY or buy at the store type of person?

 

 

 

 

Windows

We have 37 windows in our house…37!  Well, 39 if you count the 2 little windows in our front door.  And that doesn’t include the back door that is almost all glass, and the office doors that are also almost all glass.  That means a LOT of window treatments/shades/blinds, whatever you want to call them.  When we moved in, we immediately purchased and had our window treatments installed because, even though we were 1 of 2 houses on our street with corn fields around us, there will be more houses built and we like our privacy (and also to not be blinded by the sun at certain hours of the day).  The treatments we chose are great, but the window spaces themselves are BORING.  Other than my mini’s room (she has blackout curtains in front of her blackout shades…to much?), we have done nothing else to the windows.  They. Are. Plain.

Enter in Pinterest and another DIY project.

I looked and looked.  I’m not a curtains person, but they just needed something.  A valence, a roman shade (which he have on the glass doors of our house), a cornice, something.  PS.  Why do I know what all these are now?  Then I found it.  It’s cheap, it looks easy, and is just enough to make our windows more interesting.  I found this tutorial (so not $10 for me) and off to the store I went.  Let me know what you think.

Materials:

  • foam board ($9-I used two for this project and have some leftover)-I got mine at Hobby Lobby, but they have the SAME stuff at Dollar Tree
  • quilting batting ($6)
  • material of choice ($25-I used a curtain panel that I got on sale at Kohls)
  • duct tape
  • staple gun & staples (totally not necessary, but I have one at home)
  • 3M picture hanging strips

I got started with cutting and assembling my valence.  Isn’t the duct tape classy?

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I got to wrapping and stapling the fabric and batting.

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And done!  I attached the 3m picture hanging strips to the back so I can take them down easily and vacuum the dust out.  And done! (sorry for the horrible picture…it just doesn’t do the bright aqua color justice).  I am so happy with how it came out!

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