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March 31, 2011

Boy Dresser

Just in case you're wondering what I did in my toddler's room since I moved out his dresser.  We had this other dresser in our toy room which I cleared out when I redid our Playroom. I painted it blue and sprayed on a clear coat which gave it a nice sheen.  I got the handles from CSN and love the huge change they brought to the dresser.  This is a dresser that can transition into a big-boy room for sure!  Now, to transition the rest of the room.....
I don't have a before picture, but it was *lovely*  - you can tell just from a glimpse of the drawer fronts, which I did take a picture of -
Oh, and I might take pictures/blog too much when my toddler requests random things be photographed - "Picture of Woody", "Picture of Me", "Picture of my Blanket" - how could I say no  :)

Foil Dresser

Yep, foil - you read that right.  Not "foil leaf" or something fancy - just regular ole foil I keep in my kitchen.  Makes for an awesome dresser, right?!
I saw this idea over at DeJa Renew and knew it was for me! My son's dresser was a little on the small side so I moved it to my craft room - here it was before:
Obviously fine for a baby's room, but definitely needs some sprucing up if it's going to live in a fabulous craft room.  First cut a really long piece of foil from the roll and wadded it up - don't squeeze the ball too tight or it will be a beast to undo.
Undo the ball - now it will have those nice wrinkles.  Smooth it out flat.  Then spray the drawer fronts with glue.
Next press the foil sheet onto the drawer - be sure to press and press everywhere.
 I had overlap all around - I just cut in the crack and pulled off the excess.
 When I had all the foil attached, I painted over it all with Mod Podge so the foil would be more protected over time.  So far it's held up great for me - I'm not sure how it would do somewhere in daily use (like a kids' room) but for a craft room it's perfect.  Love the pizazz!!
 And I love that I redid a dresser with stuff I had around the house, so total cost was nothing (well, I did end up buying new handles, on clearance for $0.50 each - not quite what I was looking for but it was too good of deal.  It took me a week or two to realize one of the handles doesn't match the others - it must have been in the wrong bin - whoops!)

March 30, 2011

Showing Off - and Sponsor Spot Giveaway

A few things:

--Don't forget, I do lots more features over on facebook:

--I just started a Pinterest thing - you can see (and follow?? not sure how it works) all the projects I have marked as to-do:

--It's almost the end of March - who wants a free sponsor spot for April?? - leave a comment on the bottom of this post and I'll draw a winner around noon on Friday - -

Moving on - let's see some of your fabulousness!

I am in awe of this scarf - such a great job!  See it at Cheri Quite Contrary:

Look at this fun hat from Little Country Bumpkins - Love the Red/Aqua!

I am mezmerized by quilts lately - this one from JAQS Studio is no exception:

She Wears Flowers shows an easy way to make a puppet theater with PVC pipe:
Puppet Theater 9
I Heart Naptime convinced me I need a doll bed for a photo prop - so cute!
new born props

I have to give a shout-out to the Buttercup Bag by The Crafter's Apprentice - it's one of the first things I made when I started browsing the craft-blog world - love her lining:

Super cute Peep Tree found over at Nat Mac's Knick Knacks - fun!

I've been in love with these chevron box lids wall art from Spunky Junky ever since I saw them on OMTWI  - great job!

A Little Bit of Everything made some fun cake balls that I think we all need to try:

I have seen a lot of subway art, but never Monogram Subway Art so I like this from Preppy Girl on a Farm:

Thanks for linking everyone!!  If you were featured feel free to grab the button:


It's working!  I think I'm actually getting *a little* style - - yesterday someone said "I'm just so excited to see your house - I know it'll be great because you have a great sense of style and always look so good" - what?!? Are you talking to the right person?!?  Anyways, there are still MANY days I sport this look:
but I try to make the effort a few times a week.  Here's some effort looks:
 Above - I think this was a good look - it's what I wore to playgroup.  The boots are always popular (Target, $30) and the turquoise necklace brings some color to the brown.
 Above - this is what I wore out-to-lunch.  Funny that someone pointed out that Kate and I matched - I hadn't even noticed! I found the sweater at a local resale shop for $2 and think the fuschia compliments it.  I ventured into Forever 21 for the first time and bought the necklace and earrings for $2 each.  A friend left the flower at my house and I last minute grabbed it and shoved it in my hair (hope that's okay Renee!) - my 4 year old wanted a turn at the camera:
 Oh, and someone mentioned I could try a darker pair of flats - I only had a silver pair, so I bought a darker pair from Paige - love them:

NOW - - thanks so much for the opinions on last week's dress - so fun to hear what you all think (I'm going to see if I can get a resale shop to buy it off me).   I want to do more of that - - so each week on What I Wore Wednesdays I am going to pull some things out of my closet and see if I should keep them or give them the boot.  Fun, right?!?  Here's a start:

It seems like lace is all the rage lately.  So when I saw this lace-ish shirt at the local resale shop, I bought it ($5, I think).  I think it works under a jacket (again from Paige - she was selling a bunch of stuff and I grabbed some) like here:
 But I'm not sure on it's own.  It has this elastic running through a weird spot - right at the waist - and I'm not sure what to do with it - do I floof up the top or pull it flat or what?  I feel like it kinda makes the top frumpyish.  Maybe I could take out the elastic?  Maybe it's not worth salvaging? I loved it when I bought it, but now I'm not so sure.....thoughts???  Sometime it will warm up (it will, right?!) and so the jacket won't be an option - can I wear it alone?

March 28, 2011

Take-A-Look Tuesday

Time to Take-A-Look at what you've been up to -  Can't wait to see what comes this week - and who will be the most viewed link - maybe you?

- - just a run down- -
  • Link to a Specific Post, not your whole blog (to do this, click on the title of the post you want to link and it will open on it's own page, then copy that url)
    Please don't link up a post that you've already linked here before - since we've been getting so many linkups (great!!) let's keep it to a maximum of 2 links per person - thanks

    Grab my button below - you can post it on your post, on your sidebar, on a page of a list of link-ups, wherever.

    Try to visit a few other people on the list - it's fun to support and encourage fellow craftiness - and everyone LOVES comments
If you're new to link-ups and have questions let me know and I'll do my best to help


 I just wanted to do a quick show-off of the cute suspenders I made the other day - -I was pattern-testing for Little Lizard King (one of my sponsors - see her button on the sidebar)
 My model wasn't too cooperative, but I got him to stand still with a cookie bribe (funny how he eats it like a ring!) - - a couple more shots:
I made the bowtie on a whim by just sewing 2 rectangles wrong-side together (leaving a hole) and then turning it right-side out.  I wrapped the middle with a strip of fabric, hand sewed it together in the back, then slid an alligator clip through it to attach it to the shirt.  Super quick and wonky, but it worked.

He got lots of compliments at church - I think this would be super cute to make for Easter, matching sister dresses or something....

Style Stitches Bag #3 - and a meetup!

 I finished another bag in the Amy Butler book Amy Butler's Style Stitches: 12 Easy Ways to 26 Wonderful Bags - it was the zipper pouch.  I made the "small" and it was much bigger than I pictured - here it is in comparison to my hand:
But still, it was cute.  And I liked the challenge of making something with a zipper (side note, I just found 30 zippers at a thrift store for $3 total - score!)  - -
Fun and cheerful - I thought about adding a ruffle or a few fabric flowers, but I ended up keeping it plain.
 Now, want to know something weird - - last month's bag (found HERE)I entered in the Sew Along and randomly won the prize - wahoo!
Well, that's not what was weird - this is:  I sent my address to Bree and it turns out we live less than 15 minutes from each other - who knew!?!!  So we met for lunch at a local crepe shop - me, Kate (my cousin and behind-the-scenes blog support), and Bree (check out Her Blog HERE)
It was a fun time!  I have yet to make something from my prize of fabric, but when I do I'll let you know  - - oh, and another challenge on a different blog, using the same book:
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