upcycle (Amy, this is for you)

28 01 2012

My friend Amy is the most amazing recycler I have ever seen, not to mention a great mom and teacher. For their family of 5, they only have 1 bag of trash a week and they have a small child in diapers.  AMAZING!! (Umm, we have way more trash than than I hate to admit)  So in honor of Amy, I recycled some pop-tart boxes, you know, the ones you get at Sam’s with smaller boxes inside, the ones that totally waste cardboard with multiple packaging. They were the perfect size to make some baskets for my super unorganized shelf.  The result is pretty awesome and I’m planning to make a few more for the T’s rooms.

I have another basket project I can’t wait to do out of this wire fabric stuff.  I will eventually get that bookshelf under control.

The following two pictures are just for fun, but sometimes I can’t help but share.  What happens when T3 & 4 are quiet in their bedrooms for an hour? The Avenger happens.  The decoration on this costume is notebook paper they colored, cut out and TAPED to T4s shirt and face.  They taped a yellow t-shirt around his middle to make the diaper looking thing.  Yes TA stand for The Avenger.  Makes me laugh that they included the T.

This last photo is from T1.  She pinned this little note to the wall above one of my craft tables.


sharing at :: Tatertots & Jello :: Craft Envy :: Be Different, Act Normal :: Lolly Jane ::

craft wall

24 06 2011

We have been working in our basement, helping the Mr. T put on the window facing and trim. Between cutting, nailing, and painting trim,  I’ve been working on a cork board, magnet board, dry erase frame, a chicken wire frame as seen at A Very Dandoislion Life, and a peg board for my craft area in the basement.  I need a little something on the left still, but overall I think it looks good and I can’t wait to get the rest of my craft room organized so I can craft more efficiently.

$2 frame from a garage sale and 40% off cord roll from Hobby Lobby. You can see in the pic above that I made some fabric rosettes and glued them to thumbtacks.  I need to make a few more of them.

This was a frame I already had and left over sheet metal.  I painted the metal to take some of the shine off, but I don’t particularly like it. The vinyl {create} makes it better.  I love that I can cut vinyl whenever I need it with my Silhouette.  I got my vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. I love that I can get a lot of colors for a low price.  (Sorry for the cruddy pic. If you read my blog often, you know why!) I plan on making more rosettes and gluing them to magnets.

I got this frame for my MIL’s birthday party but the matte I bought didn’t fit it, so I am reusing it as a dry erase board.

This may be my favorite thing on the wall.  I got this ideas from A Very Dandoislion Life. I used a frame that used to be purple and was part of the art wall in our previous house.  It took A LOT of paint to get it orange, but I love how it turned out.  I do need to paint a few more clothes pins.

This last frame was also in my stash, as was the peg board left over from T2’s window frame project.  I bought a pack of peg board hangers and the Mr. T can use the rest in the garage.

Here’s the shot of the whole wall again.  I will post the whole area when it’s “done.”

Sharing at ::  Thirty Handmade Days :: Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo :: Simply Designing :: Fingerprints on the Fridge :: The Shabby Nest :: Whipperberry ::

Snow Day -sick :(

1 02 2011

The first snow day this week was spent sick.  What a waste of a day.  I did get some cleaning and organizing done inT4’s room on Sunday so I have some storage boxes with some fun vinyl labels to show you today.  I hope snow day 2 is more productive and I have some more to share tonight.

lables - army guys, treasure, legos

They were really hard to photograph at night, with little light, and the flash bouncing off of the plastic.  The important part of the storage project is being used and last night he put the legos back in the bucket before going to bed. Yay!

Oragnization for spices

20 09 2010

This was my husband’s super great idea in our last house and I moved it with us.  I need to have him cut filler pieces (since my cabinet is a little bigger here) but the idea is still great.  He took 2 x 4’s and ripped a few to make them 2 x 2’s and then we stacked the combination to make stair steps.  They are the perfect size for the little spices.