Pinterest Challenge Update – #3 and #4

Posted in UNCATEGORIZED
on April 2, 2013

A while ago, 12 days ago to be exact, I signed myself up for a Pinterest Challenge, linking up with Merrick’s Art. The challenge was to complete six pins of my choice by today. I’m happy to say that I am DONE! This has been a lot of fun, and I so appreciate  having been able to be a part of this. Thank you to Merrick and her sisters for putting this together!

Without further adieu, let’s talk about pins 3 and 4!

Pin 3 was all about using shower hooks and an extensible-tension shower rod to store handbags.

When I first looked at this pin, I thought it was a fabulous idea. I still do, but when I went to apply it to my own closet, it wasn’t really something that would work for me – the main reason being, I already have a ton of storage in my closet – I just needed to clean, organize, and utilize the storage I had. I did use this idea in my closet, and I found it really useful to keep the handbags from slumping over, but what this pin really did for me, was to spark a few other ideas that I’d like to share!

First, let me start by saying that it has been a really long, long winter, and we’ve been really insanely busy – there is a reason excuse  for why my closet looks this bad, and that is what I’m going with – that it’s been a long winter. Regardless, this is what we started with – I had handbags here,

here,

AND here.

But the problems did not stop there.. no, no, no. I also had THIS disaster, along with 20 or so scarves, and 30 or so ties to deal with in a much more efficient manner. I had all of those stored on a tie ring, and although that technically stored them fine, it was impossible to maneuver – if I wanted a belt, I had to take them all off to get to the one I wanted, and put them all back on again to clean them up. It was a pain. Shay’s ties were all being stored on one hanger one on top of another, because he’d given me his tie ring to store my belts, because that is the kind of guy he is.
Our closet has wire shelving around and there is a ton of it. Shay has one side and I have two – it’s fair, really. So, with that in mind, I got to thinking.. what if I used the shower curtain rings to store his ties using the shelving I already have and a corner that it is hard to use? So. That’s what I did.
Everything is neat and tidy, he can see everything and he can get to it all without everything ending up in a pile on the floor. Much nicer!
The handbags ALL ended up in the closet, giving me a bit more drawer space. There was quite the shuffling around but it was worth it. But, with a shelf there, there isn’t really enough room for my handbags to “hang”, and so again, this isn’t something I could utilize without removing the shelving – I decided I’d rather have the shelving. What this solution does do, is give me a birds eye view of all the handbags I have, and it does keep everything tidy and in it’s place. No more handbags falling on my head when I’m trying to take something down off of the shelf! 
The belt solution is actually my favorite, and I’m so excited to again, be able to see everything I have, and be able to get at it without causing mass chaos in my closet. Because I have shelves all over, there really isn’t anywhere to hang belts or scarves except from the closet rod – I don’t have the room on the rod for this. My house was built in the 80s – Although at some point we plan on replacing the closet doors, currently, we have sliding mirrored doors, so, using the doors as storage seemed impossible given that they have what seems almost like a paper backing. It would be impossible unless..
For this project I used:
  • Two different types of shower curtain hooks, both of which I purchased at Walmart. The hooks on the right are actually DOUBLE hooks, which was perfect for my belts!

  •  Two swivel end sash rods
  • One value package of 3M Command Damage Free Hooks – for 5lbs and over. There were six hooks

What I did:
I attached the command hooks like so, placed the rod across. On the top, I used the regular hoop like shower hooks to hold my scarves, on the bottom, the open double hooks for my belts.

And this, is what the final result looks like. I’m not going to show you me doing my happy dance, but just trust that I am indeed doing one. Just look at the beauty that is my closet! Just because I can, I may wear every belt that I haven’t been able to get to in years – not at the same time, but one different one every single day!

On to pin #4.

Pin #4 is a quickie. I wanted to add a small cake or treat stand to my collection for K’s upcoming birthday party. Here, is my new cake stand.  Cute, no?

 
I can’t believe I made it. I can’t believe it, and I can’t wait to do it again! Challenge, anyone?

How to Make Eiffel Tower Picture Wall Tiles

Posted in DIY, WALL ART
on April 1, 2013

An easy-peasy tutorial on how to make Eiffel Tower Pictures Wall Art!

Eiffel Tower Pictures
Bonjour, bonjour! We recently re-decorated my about-to-be 9-year old (yikes!) daughter bedroom in a Paris theme. We recently created a behind door storage area and now we’re moving onto wall art!

At her age, it’s likely her tastes will change within the next few years, so I was looking for something flexible. I was searching high and low for pieces and wall art that would reflect the theme but wouldn’t break the bank. Of course, because my tastes are little more champagne than my soda pop bank book, I fell in love with this simple wall art over at PB Teen. Although I wouldn’t be able to pull off the stretched canvas part, I figured I could make something similar for a fraction of the cost.

How to Make Eiffel Tower Pictures Wall Art

 

For this project I used:

*affiliate links provided

What I did:

Preparing the wood

 

1. After I got all prettied up, I cut the board into five sections, each 10″ long. If you do not have a power saw, Lowes, Home Depot, or your local hardware store can probably do the cuts for you.

2. Lightly sand the edges with a low grit sandpaper. Mostly, I left the sides rough to add to the rustic-ness. I know, that isn’t a word, but you know what I mean!

3. Each piece received a few coats of the black spray paint, but again, I was not too careful with full coverage. Let dry fully.

Modifying the image

4. Modify your image. I found my free copy here. I decided my finished project would be 40″ long, so modified my image to 8×40″ in MSPaint. I then cut the image into five 8×10″ sections and printed them out individually on 8×11″ paper.

5. Carefully tear all four edges of each image, by grasping the side of the corner and pulling towards yourself. This gave me a rough edge to work with.

Eiffel Tower Pictures - Tear edges

Eiffel Tower Pictures - Torn edges
6. If the image overhangs the board, once applied, carefully tear any excess from the edge, or, feel free to just wrap the excess around the side to the back.  Use your best judgment. Be sure to line ALL boards and images up at once to check for alignment – I started this on board #2, and unfortunately, if you look carefully, you can see my finished project is slightly out of alignment. Learn from my mistakes!

Eiffle Tower Pictures-mounted on board
7. Following instructions on your decoupage medium, apply each image directly to the painted board. And smooth out. This was the first time I was not too concerned with air bubbles – If you’ve never used a decoupage medium or Modge Podge before, here is a group of terrific tutorials on how to use it.

Eiffel Tower Pictures-linedup
8. Let dry. Apply a second coat.

9. Apply your sawtooth picture hangers according to directions on package.

10. Hang your finished project!

Eiffel Tower Pictures - Full 2
This was an easy, inexpensive project that ties right in with our Paris theme – and our budget!

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Monday Madness

Posted in UNCATEGORIZED
on April 1, 2013

Happy Monday, Sweets! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing holiday weekend! We spent Easter Sunday surrounded by family, and all had a wonderful time – there was much gorging on jelly beans and chocolate. Now it’s back to Monday, and a two-foot jump into spring break! We’d pretty much planned to take it easy this week, but I’m hoping to slide in a few fun things for the kidlets, especially given that it starts on April Fools Day.

Around the house, with Easter over, it’s time to clean out the bunny gear, and move in to the spring gear. I need a new spring wreath for my door, and my pal Melinda, who’s always my source of inspiration, casually mentioned a fantastic burlap wreath she’d seen lately. I jumped on Pinterest and found many an example to go off of – so many, I can’t decide what I like best!

1. Spring Wreath over at Etsy
2. Another Etsy Find
3. Fantstic wreath over at DebbieDoos

In K’s Paris Room, I have a project to share involving PB Teen, some Modge Podge, and the Eiffel Tower. Can you guess what I might be talking about? Yes! My version of this PB Teen wall art that fit perfectly with her room theme! I can’t wait to share this knock-off tutorial!

My first Pinterest Challenge has a deadline of tomorrow and I have two items to finish up. I’ve had a lot of fun, and worked on some really fun projects that I hope you will check out here, here, and here!  

We also have some birthday party planning to start. K turns 9 at the end of this month and A turns 6 May 1st. We’ve decided on a 50s sock hop for K’s birthday party – I look forward to sharing the ideas I’ve come up with. A’s birthday party is still on the fence – I can’t decide between a farm theme and a zoo theme.

I have a GNO tomorrow night that I am SO looking forward to, a day filled with moving activities – my baby girl is moving in to her first apartment today!, and A’s room to paint – still haven’t decided on the colors. It promises to be a crazy week, as always, and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Enjoy your Monday!

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