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Drywall Repair Magic with Lowes and The UpSkill Project

Posted in DIY, DIY AND HOME DECOR
on April 24, 2018

Are you looking for drywall repair for a hole in your wall? In this post, I share the simplest method of repairing a hole in drywall without using a mesh patch, as taught to me by the team at Lowe’s! 

This post is sponsored by Lowe’s. All thoughts, opinions and rave reviews are my own.

Drywall Repair - lowes truck

Last weekend I was lucky enough to spend the afternoon at one of my favorite places with a fantastic group of people – the place: Lowe’s in Richmond, Virginia and the people: A few of my favorite Virginia Bloggers, as well as The UpSkill Project Team!

About The UpSkill Project

The UpSkill Project is a Lowe’s sponsored program with a goal towards giving homeowners the confidence to say “I can do this!” The program teaches home DIY skills that help homeowners realize their home improvement and maintenance dreams confidently and successfully.  The project has two components: a contest
and a community workshop. Area residents enter by submitting a video to Lowe’s sharing what they hope to tackle in their home and the skills they’d need to learn.  Residents selected received a professional design consultation, side-by-side teaching instruction in their home over two full days AND $2,000 to purchase the materials for their project from Lowe’s. My friend Liz was fortunate to participate in the project and transformed her backyard by installing a gorgeous patio area with help from the UpSkill team. Yes, I’m jealous!! To see if The UpSkill Project is visiting your area be sure to visit their website!

The UpSkill Project Community Workshop

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - sign

I was excited to attend the community workshop event along with Liz and Ashley from Attempts at Domestication.

Drywall Repair - The UpSkill Project - Blogger Friends

The focus of the workshop is to provide tips and guidance on the most common projects a homeowner will encounter. There were four different stations with local Lowe’s employees on hand to teach the basics of plumbing, tiling, painting, and dry-walling (one word is correct).
These men and women in Red Vests know their stuff!

The Workshop Stations

I can’t say I had a favorite station because I gained a tip or two at each one, making them all my favorites!

PAINTING

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - paint station 2

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - paint station 3

The painting station had a fabulous demonstration on painting cabinets, both laminate, and wood, as well as how to use a bonding primer for a perfectly smooth finish. The bonding primer is something new for me and something I’ll be putting in my back pocket for future reference. I love knowing that Lowe’s store employees are available to help select the right products for my cabinet painting projects.

TILING

The tiling station had some great tips on spacing tiles and explained that many tiles have a built-in spacer. I wish I’d known that when we tiled our bathroom, as it would have saved so much time.

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - Tile station

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - Tile spacers 1

There was also a discussion on sanded versus unsanded grout and when or where to use each type. Our instructor shared the importance making sure the grout gets right down between the tiles. Not doing so is apparently the number one reason for cracking in the grout line – good to know!

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - tile grouting

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - tile grouting1

PLUMBING

The plumbing station led us through replacing a bathroom faucet and hooking up water lines and where I got hands on – Jim and I were fast friends!

Drywall Repair - Jim and I Plumbing

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - Plumbing parts

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - Plumbing

Replacing a faucet seems like a difficult task, but anyone can do it with help and about an hour. If you want to take on a faucet replacement, let a Lowe’s associate guide you in selecting the proper size and type of faucet. They are also there to provide knowledge on anything else you might need to get the job done.

DRYWALL

Drywall Repair - The Upskill Project - drywall

Drywall Repair - hole in wall

At the drywall station, Doug shared a simple solution to filling a large drywall hole without a mesh patch. Such a simple thing that makes life so much less overwhelming, and I would NEVER have thought of it! It was SO easy and so valuable that I recreated the steps in picture form for you below. It looked a little something like this:

DRYWALL REPAIR

Drywall Repair Hole

Learning this tip made the idea of drywall repair much less intimidating, and possibly even easy!

 

Huge thanks to Lowe’s, and the local Lowe’s associates,  for allowing me to be a part of The UpSkill Project! I learned so much and had such a fun time. It is nice to know that DIY guidance and technique tips are just a Red Vest away! Be sure to check out The UpSkill Project website for a list of dates and locations and see if they will be visiting a city near you!

 

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How to Make a Majestic Peacock Costume

Posted in DIY, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on October 27, 2017

Make this majestic peacock costume with layers and layers (and layers) of stiff tulle, all attached to a modified long skirt with an elastic waist.

peacock costume

 

Halloween is a BIG deal around here! We throw an annual Halloween party and spend the entire month of October preparing for it. Putting together fun tablescapes and making props and costumes is my jam and each year, I look forward to hearing what my kids have dreamt up for their costumes. The year my daughter decided on a dressing as a peacock, I didn’t even bat an eye (well, maybe one), before diving head first (into what, I had no idea) into making her the most majestic peacock I could!

peacock costume - side

PS. Don’t let the number of steps intimidate you – it’s not difficult, I just wanted to make sure the tutorial was very clear!

peacock costume - full back

How to Make a Peacock Costume

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To make the skirt, you will need:

Other accessories for the costume: 

Adding the plumes

  1.  Cut your tulle “plumes.” Double each piece by folding each piece of tulle in half lengthwise.
  2. Turn your skirt inside out.
  3. Starting about 6″ down from the waist, attach the fold-line of 11-12 full-length tulle strips on the INSIDE of the skirt. Alternate colors and overlap the edges slightly.  Your plumes should reach somewhat below the hem.
  4. Attach a second row of 4 or 5 full-length tulle strips about 6″ below the first row, from the right side hem toward the center. Repeat on the left. Mark these rows with chalk – you will use this row in step 12.peacock costume - attach side pieces
  5. Starting 10″ from the hem, attach a row of short length tulle strips (about 11-12) on a diagonal to the right side seam. Repeat on the left.
  6.  Add a second row of short length tulle strips (about 11-12) on a diagonal, starting 12″ from the hem, near the center skirt, down to the right side seam.  Repeat on the left.
  7. Attach a row of (10) strips along the side seam from the bottom up on the right side. Repeat on the left.
  8. Turn the skirt right side out and lay flat, back of the skirt facing up.
  9. Attach the fold-line of 11-12 full-length tulle strips to the waistband line along the center of the BACK of the skirt. Alternate colors and overlap the edges slightly.  Your plumes should reach somewhat below the hem.

Finishing up

  1. Turn your skirt to the front.
  2. Starting at the center, and ending at the side seams (halfway), pull the hem of the front of the skirt up to the waistband and attach (the inside of the skirt will be visible), gathering as necessary.  Turn your skirt over.
  3.  On the right, attach the front to the back, by gluing or sewing the hem of the tulle strip marked in step 4 to the center of the back of your skirt. Repeat on the left, meeting the two sides in the middle.peacock costume - attach to center
  4.  Attach a row of tulle around the entire waist of the skirt.
  5. Cut the foam ball in half and poke the peacock tailfeathers into the top of one half.
  6. Glue the foam ball half, flat-side in, to the back of the skirt, using the flap where the two sides meet as a pocket.

You’re done! 

peacock costume - front

Fluff and arrange the tulle “plumes” before wearing. Add a mask and gloves and strut around like a peacock! I know that’s exactly what my girl did – as did I for making it!

peacock costume - mask

peacock costume - mask on

I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful – please, let me know if you have any questions, or, if you make this costume, I’d love it if you shared your final result with me!

peacock costume-back

 

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The Potted Ladies {Potted Hand Halloween Prop}

Posted in DIY, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on October 24, 2017

Looking to make a fun and creepy Halloween prop for your upcoming party or Halloween decor? These elegant potted hands are simple to make and will surely be a conversation piece with everyone who sees them! 

Halloween Prop - creepy potted hand

Everyone who knows me – or anyone that walks by my house – knows Halloween is one of my FAVORITE holidays. I love Halloween so much that we’ve hosted a large, annual Halloween party for our family and friends for the past seven years! After seven years it’s important to me to keep my Halloween decor fresh while still reusing props from year to year – I’ve not won the lottery lately! This year was no exception. This year, I have a super fun, ridiculously simple, insanely creepy Halloween prop to share with you – my elegant Potted Ladies – Potted Ivy, Potted Jasmine, Potted Daphne and Potted Belladonna.

Hand Prop - Halloween Prop

 

They’re all happy to meet you and are all dying for you to make some friends for them!

Are you ready? On with making our potted hand Halloween prop!

How to make a Potted Lady Hand Halloween Prop

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Materials Halloween Prop

For this project you will need:

A coffee can
Some burlap or distressed looking muslin
Floral foam
Potted lady labels printed on white cardstock
Two craft sticks
A plastic hand
Black acrylic craft paint and a brush

Here is how to make your Potted Hand Halloween Prop:

Prepare the pot:

1. Remove the coffee from the can if it’s not empty and put aside for later use. Remove the label from the can.
2. Roughly measure the burlap against the can and cut a strip long enough to wrap around the circumference, leaving about an inch of overhang on the top.
Halloween Prop - add burlap pot cover
3. Use your hot glue gun to glue the burlap to the can.

Prepare the hand:

4. To you prepare the hand, begin by painting the fingernails a coordinating color to the plant. For example, I used Green for the Potted Ivy and blue for the potted Jasmine. Allow the polish to dry.
5. Using black acrylic paint, randomly paint streaks on the fingers and hand, then remove most of the paint with a paper towel. Allow to dry.
6. If you would like to change the position of the hand, use a heat gun to mold the plastic hand. Be sure to use safety when doing this! The plastic is usually very thin and melts quickly.
7. Insert a craft stick into the bottom of the hand.
Put it all together:
8. Insert a piece of floral foam into your burlap covered can, ensuring that it has a snug fit.
9. Insert the craft stick into the bottom of the hand, then into the floral foam, arranging your hand until you’re pleased with the position.
Hand Prop - Halloween Prop - add moss
10. Arrange the spanish moss around the hand, covering the floral foam.
11. Print and cut out the labels onto heavy card stock. Attach each label to a craft stick and insert into the floral foam.
12. Enjoy your prop!
potted ladies Halloween Prop - Jasmine
Of course, I made some labels for these beauties for you. You can download them here by subscribing to my monthly newsletter – no spamming, I promise!
halloween prop labels
So what do you think of my lovely ladies? I hope you enjoy them! These props take very little time at all and are perfect for Halloween parties – they were a huge hit in my Halloween display!
Potted Hand Halloween Prop
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