One of my New Year’s resolutions was to start sprucing up my kitchen, and within the first week of the new year, I already have a couple of projects done. Go me!
This DIY wooden rack was my first order of business; it’s something I’ve been wanting to make for quite a long time to hang my aprons on. It was inspired by something I saw at an indie craft fair a while back, and I just kinda winged it – but it turned out pretty good anyway!
I had already picked up the three large nails I used as hangers at the Pasadena flee market a couple of years ago, not knowing what I would use them for. Each is stamped with a different number of significance in our lives (my daughter’s birthday, the year we married, and the day we married).
I’m still working on how best to document yearly events – like pumpkin carving – through photography. I like to make sure I capture the entirety of the event, taking pictures throughout. I tend to take less artsy photos of the details and focus more on my kids, and I think that’s ok. Here are…
My husband and I plan on spending this weekend building this coffee table with plans from the amazing Ana White. If you’ve ever been interested in building your own furniture, Ana has tons of plans and instructions on her website.
I want our table to look pretty similar to the one above, except I think we will be using regular rubber casters because steel ones are so expensive! I did extensive research online, and couldn’t find any below $12 per piece. $12 x 4 wheels plus shipping just isn’t in our budget… So instead, I will probably be picking up some 5″ casters from Harbor Freight Tools for only $6.99 a piece.
It was time for me to breathe some life back into this old skirt. I’ve owned it for a couple of years now, and recently decided to pull it out of my closet on one of those days where I felt like I had nothing to wear. After checking out the silhouette, I decided the a-line shape was boring and outdated, and that it definitely needed to be updated to a tulip skirt.
I planned on doing so many things this weekend (inlcuding my book storage tray), but this display is the only crafty thing I actually accomplished. Oops.
Anyway, I’ve been collecting photo strips for years now; the first one being when my husband and I first started dating. Now we get them taken with our kids when we visit the fair, or anywhere else we run across a photo booth. I haven’t been able to figure out a way to display them until now.
My husband and I gave up on any kind of cable or dish service a few years ago when we could no longer afford it. Lucky for me, my husband is super smart about these things and a bit of tech-nerd (but a cute tech-nerd!), and he figured out ways for us to still enjoy some of the perks of cable and DVR without having either.
Since then, we’ve shared our secrets with lots of friends and family so they, too, could happily get rid of their cable bill. I’ve been seeing a lot of people asking questions on the internet lately about how to make the transition, so I thought I would share what we do.
I am such a big fan of the Target $1 section (is that what it’s still called even though they have $2.50 objects?).
This last Christmas I found the perfect wooden manger to add to my existing nativity for only $2.50, and I’ve also scored several vases that I have upcycled with a little spraypaint for only $1. We live on a tight budget and buying home décor is usually last on the list, so when I can take these little shortcuts, I get a little overexcited – just ask my husband.
I’ve had these on my to-do list for a loooong time, but since I have some leftover PUL fabric from making cloth diaper covers, I think it’s finally time to whip some out. This tutorial from Just Another Day in Paradise uses vinyl tablecloths, but either fabric would work. I prefer PUL because I can throw the bags in the wash machine for a quick cleanup when they get really messy. A quick handwash with soap and water will work too.
I’ve been so busy with life lately that I haven’t had time to craft or sew. I have a laundry list of projects I want to work on, at the top of which is a stash of cloth diapers… but that isn’t really fun, so I have been putting it off for obvious reasons.
But I’ve come across so many adorable sewing projects on the web lately, that I’m itching to sit down at my machine and create something fun.
Here are some of my favorite tutorials as of late: