24 Dec

Stupid Cute Christmas Creations

no sew trees

Tomorrow is Christmas.

Because I’ve run out of time and more so because I usually don’t decorate much for the holidays, I am a huge fan of stupid cute and crazy easy crafts. For some odd reason, this year I’m obsessed with trees. Partly for a blog post but mainly because we are hosting our church small group party later this week, I decided to get in the spirit and do some DIY decorating. I thought a mini-forest in the dining room corner cabinet would be a cute way to display my latest obsession.

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13 Dec

DIY Air Freshener

DIY Air Freshener

This morning I had to get up extra early to clear off the dining room table and move all of the furniture because the flooring guys had to come back (again!) to repair our laminate wood floors. Since my pup has crazy dust mite allergies we had the carpeting (except in the bedrooms) replaced. While the floors were installed a good 5 months ago, something about the squooshiness of the underlayment and our needing to walk from room to room doesn’t jive and the joints between the boards keep failing. This is the second time they’ve been out to rip up and relay the flooring and the main guy swears he’s never seen this happen before. I suppose that makes me special. Let’s just hope what *they* say about the 3rd time is true.

As I was prepping for the contractors I remembered an idea I had a few nights ago during a frequent bout of insomnia. I was laying in bed looking at my very empty scented plug-in nightlight and wondered if I could refill it myself. (The prices of replacement bulbs are steep!) So during my pre-contractor clean-a-thon, I grabbed two empty Bath & Body Works Wallflowers to test my theory. By the way, if you use the nightlight kind be prepared to wipe away some dead bugs from inside the pretty flower part. I wouldn’t recommend washing them since this is the part that connects to the plug and water and electricity don’t mix.

I unscrewed the glass bulbs from the plastic plugger-inner thingy and with a butter knife popped the plastic cap (that holds the filter) off and rinsed the bulb out.

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Originally, my thought was to refill them with Febreeze but I didn’t have any on hand so I surveyed my bathroom closet with the assumption that B&BW didn’t reinvent the wheel between body and home spray making.

Since I have an overabundance of Vanilla Bean Noel body spray (hey, it’s my favorite and when your birthday is the day before Christmas you take advantage of those ‘Buy 3 Get 3 Free’ specials – don’t judge me) it was an easy choice to make.

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I poured the spray into the glass bulb. Here’s a tip – don’t fill it all the way up or it will overflow when you insert the filter. (Unless the goal is to have your countertops smell perty like mine do now.) Twist the bulb back into the plug-in component and…

TADA! For absolutely no money and very little time you can get your place to stink pretty again!

DIY wall flowers @deeconstruct

About 10 minutes later, both flooring guys commented on something smelling nice. Since I hadn’t showered yet I knew they weren’t talking about me. Success!

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And the best part is that free looks as good as it smells!

As they finish up the floors, I’m holed up in my bedroom in a make-shift office (nevermind that I have an actual office…it is in complete disarray) putting the finishing touches on my craft fair goodies.

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I feel like a teenager again. All curled up on my bed writing….I just have to keep myself from laying back and napping. Thanks for popping in – now, go refill all of your plug-ins!

10 Dec

‘Tis the {Craft Fair} Season

DIY painted dishes

Is it seriously Monday again already??

These last days of the year are whipping by and I wish I could say I’m lounging around lazily enjoying lattes and foot massages but I most certainly am not. Instead, I am going freakin’ crazy {my fave state of mind btw} preparing for a craft show this weekend.

Back when I schlep’d Tupperware I participated in a few of these but the preparation was so simple: 1. Set up a table. 2. Pull out the plastic. 3. Drink coffee. Now? Yeah, not quite that easy. I sorta forgot that *making* my own products would need to be factored into the planning timetable. Whoops!

Anyhow, I’m running at full steam whipping out uber awesome things. I’m not quite ready to post them but I will give you a few sneak peeks and update later this week with the full reveal. (how’s that for tossing out a meatbone of anticipation ~ I’m learning, I’m learning!)

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05 Nov

DIY Magnet Board

DIY Message Magnet Board

There are {a lot of} times I have absolutely no idea what day it is. I wake up and look over to the hub’s side of the bed just to figure out if it’s a weekday. That works more than half of the time. Knowing which day of the week it is another story.  Apparently, staying up until the wee morning hours amid paint fumes has affected me. Needless to say, I’m not always in a huge hurry to sprint out of bed and start my day.

Unless it’s Thursday.

On this magical day I am out of bed before my French alarm goes off eager to see what goodies were left out overnight. Can you believe it? Every week people put things I will most definitely fall in love with outside for me to take. Free of charge. No conversing, no haggling price, just a complete “here you go Dee!” right there at the curb perfectly positioned to toss into the back of my truck. And so toss I do.

I swear, Thursdays are better than Christmas.

Not too long ago during a mad dash to beat the trash truck I stumbled upon these lovelies patiently waiting for me to take them home. I’m pretty sure my mom once drooled over these exact mirrors at someone’s Home Interiors party. I googled “Home Interiors gold mirror” and found an Ebay auction where these puppies are priced at $60!

While horrendously gaudy in gold, the top mirror was in perfect condition. It’s twin didn’t quite make it so I opted to split them up, give them individual identities and bring them into the new millennium. The original hardware was in tact (including hangers for both directions) and the backing came off easily. Underneath however, I found several multi-legged castaways. Thankfully, none were alive so eviction measures were swift. (Cue the shopvac & grab the sani-wipes.)

Both frames were then treated with a bleach bath followed by light spray primer. The mirror got all dolled up in a *custom* (and by custom I mean let’s pour some of this paint into that can to see what happens) pink color.

This little beauty quickly found a new home in a spunky 3-year old’s new ‘big girl room’ (hooray for online garage sale sites!}. I decided it’s misfit twin find would stay with us.

DIY Message Magnet Board

Grabbing my tin snips and some sheet metal, I set to work making an edgy magnet board for the kitchen. Between the pantry and laundry room, directly across from the fridge is a small wall. I figured this guy would fit in perfectly there.

Some swipes across the surface with a wire brush created texture. A couple of peel ‘n stick magnets added to some leftover back-splash glass and slate tiles finished the ‘bad boy’ look I was going for.

DIY Message Magnet Board

VOILA!  Not too shabby for a Thursday morning curb surfing session huh?