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striped wood shim vase {diy}

March 7, 2014

Don’t you just love when a plan comes together?  You know the feeling…you have something in mind, you have a space to fill, you have a style you are looking for and then all of a sudden, the solution is right there?  While pawing around the basement, I found two packages of wood shims, I am sure reserved for some project or another.  Naturally, I helped myself to one of the packages and decided to do a quick wood vase with them.  I love the look of wood vases, and I have a slight (well-known) obsession with stripes, so this is what I made…

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Oh, black and white, how I love you!

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Since easy and quick is key for me, believe me when I say you can do this so super fast!!!

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A pack of wood shims, a large tin can, paint, and hot glue are all you need.  If you don’t have a large tin can, I can send you one.  I hoard those too so I probably have an extra one…or 10.     (Really though, I probably won’t send a tin can in the mail…)

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Sand you shims just a bit so they are mostly smooth.  Then paint the shims, half the number black and half the number white.

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Once dry, start gluing the shims around your can.  I alternated skinny/fat side up.  See…

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And that, folks, is it!  Right now it is sitting on our fabulous shoe cabinet in the mudroom.  Really, why shouldn’t a mudroom look fancy with flowers.  It may end up in my “office/craft room” because it matches perfectly.  Costing practically nothing, I might even make another, maybe ‘dipped’ in my other obsession…metallics!

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My challenge now is to find the perfect flower/plant to put in it.  Maybe some tulips for spring?  What do you think!?!?

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kids’ abstract art finger painting {& the finished office gallery wall}

February 28, 2014

If you have kids (or grandkids, nieces and nephews, friends’ kids, etc) and you have an empty space on your wall you are hoping to fill, I have an idea for you.

We were in that situation a bit.  I have been working on getting my husband’s front office finished up for, well, over a year now.  (Baby steps, don’t judge…!)  A gallery-style wall has been in the works and I wasn’t sure what to hang in the last spot.  Mr. Circus Berry is a sentimental man, and loves being surrounded by happy memories, family, and our kids’ projects, so I thought that a finger painted piece would be the perfect addition to his wall.

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It was fun for the kids, it filled the empty space, and with me simply controlling the colors they used, it fit with the decor.  Perfect!

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Here is a little glimpse of our artistic process:

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And the finished office wall!

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What kids’ art would you decorate with?

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paper & paint table runner {diy}

February 27, 2014

I am so excited to share one of my go-to entertaining items with you today.  I use this, or some variation of this, almost every time I am hosting a gathering where my food will be set out on my kitchen island…family dinners, parties, small gatherings with friends…you name it.  It is frugal, it looks great, and it makes cleanup a breeze.  It’s…

Kraft paper-or in this case, contractor’s paper.  I have had a huge roll of it since we moved in and I use it all the time.  This last time I fancied it up a bit with some metallic paint.

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Just roll out your paper onto your surface that you will be covering.  Or, if it is a nice table you are thinking of putting it on, measure, cut, and roll out on a protected surface before painting.

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I used a pretty large, round sponge to apply my dots.  I started with a lot at the ends and fewer in the middle.

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I must say, it’s very glamorous looking for contractor’s paper, don’t you think?

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I promise your guests will be impressed!

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When you are done, just toss the paper into the recycling bin.  If you find that it doesn’t have food splatters or messes on it, go ahead and use it again!  I would!Signature_zpsbf29e5311

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painted citrus boxes {upcylce}

February 21, 2014

I am sharing, yet again, another fabulous up cycle for you.  Last week I posted how to make plain old boxes fabulous with fabric. This week I am sharing how to up cycle those awesome wooden boxes that your clementines or other citrus might come in.

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I have been holding on to these, and putting them to good use, for forever! They are sized nicely and sturdy enough, and have been holding on to my precious craft supplies for a while. The only problem was the bright blue “clementine” label on the outside. Sorta clashed with my other colors and decor. We took care of that, didn’t we.

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I convinced my husband to cut the awkward tops of of the boxes. Then I broke all of the spray painting rules and painted them in 27° weather.  (I am kind of impatient.)

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With some stamp embellishments, some fabric, and some ribbon, I have some awesome boxes that look nice and function very well too!

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You can see some boxes hold my ribbon…

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And some boxes hold my paint supplies.

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I am SO happy I finally have up cycled some of these.  It has been on my to-do for a while!

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giving new life to old boxes {with fabric}

February 15, 2014

I love up-cycling and today I am sharing yet another way to reuse the old!  This week, I have been working diligently on shaping up my craft area in our basement. We got the most fabulous Ikea Expedit Shelves back in July of last year for that area, and they have sat there, cluttered and unorganized, since I put them together. Not very good. One of my projects on the docket was to take the hoards of boxes I have saved over the years, that were bare or sitting in stacks, and fancy them up for some sweet storage.

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I know, saving boxes.  It is probably a sign of some sort of disorder.  Don’t judge.  I had a very specific plan for them!  And I don’t save just any box.  They must have some durability and be just the right size to be useful.  Check out the before:

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And the after:

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Spray adhesive is your best friend, I think, when covering boxes with fabric.  And if you have a box where the lid completely covers the bottom, like a MacBook box, then you only need to cover the top with fabric.

I am in love with that black and white thatched-patterned fabric from JoAnn.  Love.

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Here is my progress on some of the squares so far.  I am hoping for a non-cluttered look in simple black, white, and grey.  You might spot some silver, gold, and pink in there too.

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I am so eager to get this space finished!    What do you think so far?

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