Saturday, March 30, 2013

"C" is for Contributor

News: Pretty Handy Girl Brittany wrangled up a few contributors and I'm honored to be one!

Pretty Handy Girl Blog

If you haven't already visited Brittany's blog Pretty Handy Girl you are missing out on some great DIY tutorials, tips, tricks and tons of handy information anyone would find useful.

I'll be joining four other great bloggers - Jeff from Home Repair Tutor, Jacque & Matt of The DIY Village, Cristina at Remodelando la Casa and me:

Every Wednesday you can expect a new project post complete with a tutorial from one of us contributors over at Pretty Handy Girl.

The pressure is on, hope I can MacGyver up some good projects!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

"H" is for Hand Towels

Sew: monogrammed hand towels

Personalize hand towels with an appliqued monogram and simple bias cut ruffle:

Monday, March 25, 2013

"B" is for Build It Party

A build-it birthday party:

 A birthday party for my now 7 year old girl.  

I brought up the idea of a build it party where the girls would construct a piece and paint it, Emma agreed and now I'm sharing the build it party details with you!

I went solo on this one so we kept the party to six guests.
The table was set, ready for construction:

Each guest had her own place setting including precut and predrilled wood pieces, party blower, cupcake placecard, foil paint tray, plastic apron and 4 - 1 1/4" wood screws:
(I also added two paintbrushes for each girl not pictured.)

I purchased these palm sized cordless drills which are the perfect size and weight for kids:
(I found the drills online here.)

These girls were 7 and 8 years old and could handle the drill fine:

I did look for tiny 4 oz. size wood glue bottles which would've been perfect for each girl to have their own but I was not successful.  So we shared two larger bottles of glue amongst the table:

We added some simple decorations with the giant 'disco' balls above the table and also strung matching shiny ball ornaments above the archway:

Emma helped me make the garland one day while she was home sick from school.
Simply string the ornaments onto clear monofilament, tie a knot about every 10" and hang with small clear command hooks:

The treat bags fit perfectly on our artwork ledges:

Inside each bag was a boxy pencil pouch and cupcake paper pad:

And we set up the pencil holder favors near the snacks:

Each guest received a pencil holder:

The girls got busy constructing their build it project: bookends.

Here they are painting their projects:

I prepared multiple colors of acrylic paint in small plastic deli containers so all I had to do was remove the lids and we were ready to paint:

Each guest put their painted project on the foil tray and we placed them outside to dry.
The tray also made it easy to carry home as some projects had multiple layers of paint :)

The girls also made kool-aid playdough thanks to a great recipe from Desiree at The 36th Avenue:

1. I prepped all the ingredients in separate bowls ahead of time.
2. The girls picked their kool-aid flavor and added the packet to the bowl.
3. I added the hot water.
4. They stirred and kneaded.
5. Finally we packed the playdough in small plastic deli containers to take home and keep fresh.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

"M" is for Mini Wheelbarrow

Build: mini wheelbarrow

Build your own wooden mini wheelbarrow to make the perfect Spring table decor. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

"A" is for Armoire Makeover

Paint: armoire makeover

A fresh coat of navy paint and a little distressing made this armoire beautiful again.

My friend inherited this armoire at her last move and had it painted when her first son was born 8 years ago.  It was cute for a little boy but really, really bright blue and the finish wasn't doing justice to the curves and carvings:

We made it a little more mature with navy paint, distressed edges and aged brass hardware:
(Please forgive these pictures, navy blue is really hard to capture especially in bright daylight!)

The hinges had been completely painted over with royal blue:

 I stripped them down to their natural brass finish with Citristrip and steel wool.
Now they compliment the piece again:

I found new (old) hardware at United House Wrecking in Stamford, CT.
The hardware is aged brass and has a really great worn feel, definitely not as shiny as it appears in this picture:

All surfaces got a good sanding, especially on the edges and what would be exposed:

I filled the existing holes where there had been two wooden knobs and replaced with more appropriate brass hardware pulls:

The paint is Benjamin Moore 1 part midnight navy and 1 part black.
Distressed and stained with Minwax provincial.
Sealed with 2 coats clear satin polycrylic.

I'm linking up to:
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
That DIY Showoff @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
The Scoop @ Lolly Jane
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now

Friday, March 15, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"C" is for Cupcake Placecards

Craft: mini cupcake placecards

Use cupcake candle holders, wood and skewers to make simple and cute party placecards.

Monday, March 11, 2013

"B" is for Boxy Pencil Pouches

Sew: boxy pencil pouches

Easy to sew boxy drop cloth canvas pencil pouches with rainbow print lining and rainbow colored zippers.

Friday, March 8, 2013

"H" is for Hardware Cloth Easter Baskets

Craft: hardware cloth Easter baskets

 A grown up Easter basket made from hardware cloth scraps, plywood and apple basket parts.

Monday, March 4, 2013

"H" is for Hardware Cloth Containers

Craft: hardware cloth containers

I finally found a solution for all those leftover small scrap pieces of hardware cloth.

Friday, March 1, 2013