Sunday, August 10, 2014

Bookshelf to Dollhouse

I always try and think outside the box, by seeing what I can do with something about to be thrown away or just no longer useful.

For years, we had the plain old boring bookshelves that every box store carries.  They are inexpensive and frankly, they serve a multitude of purposes.  But I really want to rid myself of them and find more unique/different, more personable ways of displaying my chachkies (trinkets).

Time for this plain ole shelf to go.  You can see in the first picture, where I had already tried to change it by, adding fabric to the back.  Yuck, Eww, Phooey.  Time to find another purpose for it.  After spending hours and hours on Pinterest, I decided to make a doll house for my youngest granddaughter.  While ridding myself of something I know longer want, I in turn, make her a unique and personable doll house. 

Plus, imaginary play is so important.  And it is not easy to do.  That is why some people have trouble playing with kids, they don't know how to pretend.  With the doll house, she can work on her language skills, her thinking skills, her social skills and just having fun by herself.

At first I thought about making doll house furniture from odds and ends, but with her being two, she would have it destroyed in no time.  So, I settled on inexpensive doll house furniture.  I did try and add some personal pictures and wall art from my craft box. 

If she continues to play with it, then I can buy her more furniture.   By tomorrow, she might have moved on to something else.

But for now, she has a new toy, made with love, especially for her by her Gma.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

DIY Backyard water pad

I have seen the pictures on Pinterest of a water pad.  A large piece of folded plastic that the kids can play on.  Easy and inexpensive.  This seemed like a perfect way to spend an afternoon visit with the granddaughters.
 4 mill plastic folded over
 We used duct tape to secure the edges.  Sometimes 2/3 layers. This took us a couple of hours. We left a small opening on one corner, to slide in the water hose. .
 Filling with water
 I bought 2 large bottles of blue craft paint and poured it into the opening where the hose was.  As the pad filled, we noticed small leaks.  So, we had to constantly walk around, putting duct tape on the leaks.  At one point, we said enough.  They leaks were miniscule and the girls would have a few hours to play.
  The girls had an afternoon of fun, before ripping it apart and flooding the yard.  All in all it was a great success.

Fence Post Flag

I knew eventually we would need to replace some of the privacy fence posts.  I was simply waiting in the shadows for hubby to start taking them down.  Finally the day came, when he replaced about 20 of them.  Yay!!   He was able to provide me with about 15 good ones.  That was enough.  I knew I would mess up one or two...maybe 3 or 4.  :)

My plan was to make a flag to prop up on the backyard hill.  Here is my project.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Quilt Rack

A couple of years ago, I decided to do away with blankets and only have quilts.  I simply like quilts better than any other bed cover.  Even though today's quilts are made by machine, they still make me think about a time when women sewed them by hand.  Although that was way before my time, I like to imagine sitting in a circle with friends all hand quilting a quilt for yourself or someone else.  The talk, the laughter, the sharing that must have been talked about....well, priceless.

The ones I have are not expensive.  They aren't numbered, nor do they have names.  Most are just simply bought at the big box stores. I have a couple that I have made..again, nothing fancy, with more mistakes than straight lines.

I only have one that is not usable and that's because it was hand sewed and belonged to my grandmother.  If I had to wash it, it might just fall apart. The rest, we use on beds, outside for picnics, or thrown into a dog crate. 

My house is small, with very little storage space.  So, all bare space is like prime real estate.  One day I noticed the bare wall space behind the front door.  I also collect inspirational pictures.  Looking through pictures I saw where someone had an old ladder and had layered several quilts on the ladder rungs.  Loved the idea.

But....couldn't find an old ladder just the right height at just the right price. So, off to Home Depot we (hubby and I) went.  We bought two pieces for the sides and several dowels.  Hubby did the work, in drilling holes and gluing the dowels to the sides.  My job is to come up with the ideas. ;)

The cost was about $20.00.  Not bad at all. 

The true test is....does it make me smile every time I walk past it.  And as of today, yes it does.

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Monday, August 26, 2013


Most of us have these bookshelves that you can buy at Walmart, Kmart or Target. They are inexpensive and very plain.
I have never liked how you can see the folded lines in the back piece. You can just tell that it is a piece of thin cardboard.
Soooo, I decided to put some fabric over the thin back piece. I used a hammer and pulled the nails off, being very careful not to rip the cardboard. It will tear very easy.
I used a spray adhesive and pressed the fabric down a little at a time, making sure to smooth out any wrinkles. This chosen fabric is not my favorite, but it was in the scrap tote and it was the only piece I had that was large enough. I then hammered the nails back into place. 

It looks so much better and adds a little bit of color to an old boring bookshelf. Since I like it, next time I will buy a piece of fabric that will add more of my personality.

Viola, I like it alot. 
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Frosted Mirror

I got a Lowe's creative ideas catalog in the mail, and they had this very pretty and creative mirror project.

Frosted Mirror

I have a mirror above the mantel and thought...hmmm, I could do this.  Plus, I only needed two items from Lowe's.  Everything else, most crafters all ready have on hand.

So, I went to Lowe's and got:
  • Valspar glass frosting spray paint
  • Loctite acetone spray adhesive

  • Cost for those two items, less than $10.00  I followed the Lowe's instructions step by step.  No problems at all.
     I love it.  In fact, I like it so much, I do believe I will keep it up even after the holidays.  It adds a bit of personality to an otherwise plain ole mirror. 
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    Sunday, June 10, 2012

    Chair for Maggie

    From this.........

    To this.......