diy: trashy to treasured tray

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Memorial Day weekend was a great time for this hard working girl to get some fun projects done. This project included a $1 find from the thrift store a few months ago. It is a perfect treasure during a time when trays are so hot!

First, I sanded down the old holiday red (220 grade) and spray painted the prepped tray with glossy white. After a few hours of dry time, I sprayed adhesive on the inside of the tray and placed the burlap that I cut to fit the shape.

The end result is great! Even if I spill a little liquid on the fabric, it can easily be replaced. You can find other great tray rehab projects here, here and here.

diy: twine solves all craft problems

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My love for green has gotten out of control. I recently realized this when my once favorite green ball lamp didn't fit in the livingroom against the green wall or in the spare bedroom next to the green West Elm duvet. That leaves little real estate for this pretty little thing.

Obviously, I'm not going to buy another lamp when I have this working version. My update options included spray painting or leafing, both of which I wasn't stoked about. But Pinterest gives me a third, hidden option - wrapping the lamp in twine!

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Twine is not a simple product to find. My local Ace Hardware store had what I was looking for and with the need for sand paper and spray paint (that's another project), I picked up light load twine.

The project was a little more work than I thought - three hours, two blisters and one sore back later (thank you Real Housewives of Orange County for keeping me company), I was finished. I used about 203 of the 208 feet of twine and I think it looks great in our livingroom.

guest contributor: budding blooms

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Michelle is headed to Arizona this weekend to her bachelorette party in Arizona and this horrible friend is missing out on the festivities! Although I can't spend time with the girls this weekend and the bride-to-be is super BEEsy, she was able to submit her awesome Pinterest-inspired project!
Today I am headed to sunny Arizona for my bachelorette weekend! While it's pretty surreal this is MY bachelorette party and our wedding is two short months away, I could not be more excited for both. I choose Arizona because the spring in Colorado can be hot one moment and snowing the next. I wanted to go somewhere we could count on warm and sunshine for some quality pool time! Good news - AZ forecast is low 90s and sunshine.

Since everyone will be traveling to celebrate with me, I wanted to do something as a thank you/party favor. A few months back I bookmarked Plum Pretty Sugar because I loved these bridesmaid blooms for a gift idea. Since I can't brainstorm with my normal crew (since they're all coming!) I discussed with my crafty coworkers, who suggested we make them! We headed to, duh, Pinterest and found this tutorial for an 8 pocket jewelry pouch from Sew4home.

One Sunday we made one of the pouches to see how it would turn out and if it was really possible to make 10+ of them for favors. It took a little longer than I'd like to admit, but the outcome is pretty adorable:

I brought the sample into work and convinced the four other crafty girls to help me make more of these. Over two evenings, using four sewing machines and consuming good snacks and wine, we sewed 15 of these pouches. As noted in the instructions, with the amount of fabric suggested you can make two pouches. This is what I did, only I alternated the materials to have two different styles:

Some of the stitches aren't perfect, but I really think they turned out so cute! I look forward to handing them out as a heartfelt and handcrafted thank you.

If you decide to make one or more of these yourself, I recommend following the instructions linked above. We used quilting fabric, but a silk fabric would be really nice too.  -- Michelle at the Whole EnCHELLEada

home: inspiration boards for every room!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

A long time thrifter, I have spent my entire adult life picking up inexpensive decor and furniture for my homes and have ultimately collected a hodge podge around the house. Pinterest has allowed me to finally identify a style and take the time to think and firmly decide on meaningful purchases. And ultimately making better decisions.

That is the case with the two changes to our house. I have spent months looking at rugs in different stores, going online searching for the best deals and returning a few in the process. After seeing in person the rug that I was coveting for months on Pinterest, I was disappointed. I walked into Ikea to see what they may have had, assuming that I would find nothing.

I spoke too soon. Not only did I find the right rug but had enough money left to pick up an ottoman for a coffee table! The perfect beachside look! (The flamingo pillow was impulse. Stop judging.)

There is a set of mirrors that I have pinned a few times on the same board and I have patiently waited for Pottery Barn to have a free shipping promo so that I could bring these girls home.

The problem with Pinterest is that it exposes you to the finer things in life so the not so fine things start looking a little dingy. A few leftover gift cards and these babies were mine - over the bed!

The lights are also new! A style that I've been eyeing for a long time and finally found the perfect matches at Target - a little bit of thrift and a little bit of expense. Next on the list: nightstands. Any ideas?

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

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

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