Tuesday, May 1, 2012

guest contributor: can I get a little crafy, please?


There is no one I trust more in this world than Cece. I mean, I would put my life on the line knowing she would save me. But there is one instance that I would prefer to call on others to save my butt -- when it comes to getting crafty. So imagine my surprise when she sent me the following projects. Hooray for Cece and now I can ask you to paint for me!!
So this is the craftiest that IHB is going to get me. I worked on three projects this month and to be honest, they weren’t difficult at all. The first two projects have been on my to do list for quite some time and I am happy to cross off my list.
The first one was painting my IKEA tray that bought a few years ago, but never got around to giving it a makeover. I was inspired by the following pin:

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I painted the tray yellow and used chalkboard paint for the inside of the tray. You can easily tape the sides to keep the colors from bleeding, but my handy boyfriend took the tray apart which made it very easy to paint (read: I'm not a neat painter). I love the chalkboard paint because I can label food when I set it out for guests or use it as a “honey to do” list to remind my BF of the things he needs to do while I’m out J


If you do decide to take the tray apart, you might have to sand the sides down because the paint does get a little thick, but again the boyfriend took care of it and then put the tray back together. One thing that I found difficult to find was just plain white chalk! I went to three different stores and all I could find was colored sidewalk chalk (clearly, not the same). Alas, I will continue my hunt for white chalk.

The second project was to cover my boring work clipboard. IHB created a very cute “quiet” sign a few years ago and I wanted a cute clipboard to go along with it that my clients can use when signing forms.  This was super easy to make and I got use my favorite art supply Mod Podge. I used left over paper and ribbon. I was inspired by the following pin:
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Spring time is one my favorite times of year not only because my birthday but because April showers bring May flowers. I went to my local market and got a bunch of flowers and created my own flower arrangement. I followed directions from Lauren Conrad’s pin onflower arranging tips. I used scotch tape and created a clear grid at the top of my clear bowl which helped keep my flowers up, but it was fun to just stick them in different places and create a pretty arrangement.  
Thanks for reading and following IHB.  Have a great day!  -- CeCe

1 comment :

  1. Cece - SO PROUD OF YOUR CRAFTINESS!!!!

    All caps totally necessary.

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