Candy Corn Necklace

I have never been a big fan of Halloween. The decorations and costumes are just too scary for me. This year I wanted to make something that was in the Halloween spirit, but not at all scary, and all I could think of was candy corn (my niece calls them acorns).

I bought a bag of candy corn and started stringing them with a needle and thread. It was a little frustrating, because a lot of them broke. But I ended up with a long enough strand for a necklace!
I tried it on, and it looks cute. Not scary at all!

Keeping track of good ideas

Pinterest is fantastic for keeping track of good ideas for recipes and craft projects, but I also like to keep track of the good things I find in magazines every month. Instead of keeping stacks of whole magazines, I tear out the pictures and articles for things I think are cool.A few years ago I bought a simple black sketchbook with about 200 pages, and ever since then I have been clipping good ideas and sticking them inside with double-sided tape.So any time I am looking for a new dinner or dessert idea, planning a party, decorating a room or itching to do some crafting, I look through my idea book for inspiration.It’s so much easier than searching through complete old issues of magazines, and I don’t have to keep the extra space on my shelves for months and months of back issues.

Tiny things are the best

I have been working on some dollhouse furniture for the I am a Giant challenge. My old dollhouse needs a ton of work, and I am trying to use up paint and fabric that I already have before buying anything new.
My first project was these cute slipper chairs, using some Liberty of London fabric that I had left over from our bedroom. I’m planning on painting the living room the same light blue as our bedroom, so these will be perfect.

I also made the little coffee table, tiny pillows and round rug. Today I am working on some bookshelves and a big comfy couch. At some point my dollhouse needs a major front porch reconstruction, plus some new floors and paint in every room. This is going to be so much fun!

Craft Room Pegboard

I have a craft room! It is coming together slowly, and the best thing about it so far is the pegboard.
I ordered the pegboard and all of the hooks and accessories from a website called DiamondLife. The board itself and all of the stuff was not more than $50. When I was placing my order, I started out with a 2″ x 4″ board, and made a diagram of all of the pieces as I was placing them in my cart.The layout was great, because otherwise I would definitely have ordered too many or too few accessories. It also helped me think about the stuff that I needed to store and where it was going to go.

The board I ordered started out brown, and I used some paint I already had to paint it turquoise. The painting process was the hardest part, because the tiny holes kept filling in with paint. I also used a foam brush, which started deteriorating because of the uneven surface. If you plan on painting a pegboard, spray paint might be easier.

It looks so great over my desk, and I can already tell that I am going to be spending a ton of time in the craft room.

Painted Chevron Tray

We made it through the storm this weekend, mostly cuddled up on the couch watching TV and eating way too much junk food. Somehow the electricity went out, but the cable (and internet) stayed on! Thankfully my mom’s house has a generator, which is fantastic because it means we still have power. Since we are out in the middle of nowhere, it may be a few days before they get the fallen power lines back up again.

I added a new item to my Etsy shop today, a hand painted chevron tray that I made last week. Chevron (the zig-zag stripes) has been super popular online for a while now, but I still LOVE it, and I might make another one of these for our house.

I also took advantage of the quiet weekend at home by finishing up the new curtains for our living room. I am going to work on hanging them today – my goal is to have the kitchen cabinets and bathroom painted, plus curtains hung in every room by the time the movers come next Tuesday. Keep your fingers crossed for me – I might just be able to get it all done!

Perfect Patterns

Our apartment is painted and ready for us to move in, but I am having a little trouble finding a mover to take our stuff out of storage and bring it up to the third floor in the next 2 weeks. I’m really anxious to get settled again, and there are several projects that I can’t wait to start.

The first thing that I will tackle are curtains. Our old house had nice wooden blinds on all of the windows, so we didn’t have to think bout curtains. This apartment has really tall old windows, and I am thinking of making curtains for every room. I spent some time today looking for fabric, and it seems like lots of sites are having great sales right now.

Here are some of my favorites so far:

1. Dwell Studio Sketch
2. Dwell Studio Gate
3. Amy Butler Daisy Chain Bouquet
4. Thom Felicia Citysquare
5. Premier Prints ZigZag
6. Amy Butler Daisy Chain Clematis
7. Robert Allen @ Home Binaria
8. Braemore Fioretto Sprout

Pretty Paint Cans

My sister is having a party for my nephew on Saturday, and she was looking for cute, cheap centerpieces. Since I have lots of free time on my hands these days, I decided to make some. I bought some small paint cans from Home Depot and some polka-dot wrapping paper.

I had a serious Mod Podge addiction when I was in college, and I decorated everything in my dorm room with pictures from magazines. It is seriously the best stuff ever.

I started by cutting out a piece of wrapping paper in to fit the can.
Then I painted the can with the Mod Podge, and carefully placed the paper over it. (Be careful while you are doing this, because the paper will get wet and wrinkle if you move it around too much).

Once the paper is in place, I painted over it with more Mod Podge.

Once the cans dried, they looked nice and shiny.
One of the things I like about Mod Podge is the brushed look of the finished product.

You can reduce the texture by adding more coats, or by using a foam brush, but I like the way it looks.

We’re going to put small potted plants in these over the weekend, so I’ll take more pictures then.

State Love

Anthony lived in Connecticut since he was 5, so our move to Pennsylvania is a big change. He’s already in Scranton and loving it, and I wanted to make him a little present for his new office.

I used my Silhouette to cut out our two states and the &, then used little heart stickers on our home towns. I mounted the pieces with little foam stickers to a printed background pattern, and the framed it in a shadow box.

I love it and will probably make another version for our house, since this one is going in his office. I made another one for my friend who just married a boy from Maryland.

Kids are Awesome – what do I do with them?

At the beginning of August, I am going to be babysitting for my niece and nephew for a few days. They are hilarious and super active, and I have been looking around for a few projects and games that will keep them occupied and happy.

This is an amazing idea from Tokketok for a M&Ms color game.

We’ll definitely be making our own bouncy balls, following these instructions from the Idea Room. Who knew you could do that?!?

If it is as hot in August as it has been in July, this water balloon pinata from ohdeeoh might be perfect.

I also love to bake with the kids (my nephew is great at cracking eggs!), so I already bought some small condiment cups to make little muffins or cupcakes, like these ones from Holiday with Matthew Mead.

It is going to be so much fun!

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