Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Clip Board Chore Chart

This post was suppose to be up earlier in the day today and then life and rainy days got in the way so it is just making it onto the blog now. 

 It's the final day of February, (say what?!), and it is time for another Craft with Me post. 

 Today, I have a simple chore chart for you to create. 
My girls are still young, 4 and 3, but I wanted them start learning more responsibility and I wanted them to be able to visually see something in hopes that I won't have to nag them to get it done. 

 Currently, their chores are simple like pick up their toys and put their clothes in their hamper, but my hope as they get older will be to just replace simple tasks with something a little more complex.

 I decided to create the chore chart on a clip board to keep it on the smaller side, and just give each their own. Here's how I created them.

-Clip boards (found in the scrapbook aisle in Wal-Mart)
-Scrapbook Paper
-Mod Podge
-Paper Cutter
- Vinyl (optional)
-Acrylic Paint

Monday, February 27, 2017

Mudroom Update

Happy Monday everyone! 
I hope you had a great weekend. 

 Today I want to share with you a little update with our mudroom.

You may recall that back in December of 2015 I shared our mudroom with all of you. 

Here is a quick look at what the room looked like when we bought the house.

And here is a quick glance at what we did to the room.

It has been amazingly useful, especially in the winters with all of our coats and shoes, though it is messy most of the time and drives me bonkers, I am so happy we got this done when we did. 

Well, this was only one side of the mudroom. 
The original kitchen cabinets were still in the room but at the time when we built all this, we only did one thing on the other side of the room and it sat like that for over a year. 

This is what that side of the room looked like when we moved in, actually the day we closed. 
There was a sink and window in the old kitchen where there is now the pass through to our current kitchen. The previous homeowners added the new kitchen many years ago and at some point, not sure if it was when they were still using this as a kitchen, the previous owners cut out tin, the lady punched a pattern onto it, then they glued the tin to the fronts of the cabinets. 
Great for her style, not for mine so much! 

So when we added the whole mudroom area, we ripped the tin off the front of the cabinets and had to scrap away glue left behind. And then the cabinets sat, for over a year, with different colors, glue covered cabinet doors. 

We finally got around to working on them in January and the room is finally complete.

 It is so much brighter and I am sooooo thrilled that it is now complete! 
We use this side of the mudroom as our pantry, the cabinets closest to you in the picture, and the far side of cabinets I use for storing serving pieces, candles, we hide our wireless modem in there, and on the bottom we have pet food. 

We took the doors off and took them to our work shop in our basement and gave them a good sanding.
I then primed and painted the doors downstairs while working on priming and painting the cabinet bodies in the mudroom.

Once everything was complete we put the doors back on and added new knobs that were very similar to the original knobs on the cabinets.

The room is now so much brighter with both sets of cabinets painted bright white like the mudroom cabinets. 

I originally wanted to add a bead board insert to the doors but that was before we realized that the tin was glued on and we couldn't easily pop out the center panel so we left them plain and I am happy with it. 

At some point, a previous owner took off the original hardware and replaced them with simple curved pulls. You were still able to view exactly where the old hardware sat and we knew it was originally something just like this, just probably in a different finish. I love this look so when we ordered the knobs from D. Lawless Hardware for the mudroom area, I ordered enough for this side of the kitchen as well. 
I told Travis to install them directly where we could see where the originals sat and they are perfect! 

I took off the lace valances that were on the window while I was painting all the trim in the room and was going to replace it but after noticing how much brighter it was in the room without it, we opted to leave the window wide open to bring in all the light we can into the space. 

I love that this space is complete.
Always pleasant to knock something off the to-do list!

Friday, February 24, 2017

MHCT&M: Creative Outdoor Upcycle Ideas

Time for the last Must Have Craft Tip & More post of February! 

Hi! It's Allison from A Glimpse Inside back once again to share with you our last post on upcycling ideas for this month. If you have missed the other posts you can find them here: Tip 1, Tip 2, and Tip 3.

 Today, I am sharing some awesome and creative ideas on how to recycle and repurpose items for your outdoor space.

By using your imagination and some creativity, you can use something and give it a whole new life to add it to your outdoor space. There are so many unique ideas out there for repurposing furniture, household items, pallets and much more to make your patio or garden much more interesting.  

Furniture Ideas

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #142

Are you ready to get your party on?!  
Let's do it! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

We have just a few easy rules:
1. Become a follower of the blog where you linked up. Or you can follow all of us and that would be awesome too!
2. Share our button or party link in your post or wherever you share your linky parties.

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3. Have fun!!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

"Oh, The Places You'll Go" Graduation Gift Idea

I hope you are all having a great February...it's almost over!!! How is it possible that February is almost over? Crazy. Well at this rate it will be the end of the school year and summer will be before us. So here's a little idea of something you could do before the school year ends.

I thought today I would share with you a little something that involves a little bit of planning ahead but honestly almost no time at all to prep an awesome high school graduation gift. The earlier you start this gift the better but honestly it doesn't matter too much how far your kid is in school...just start!!

I bought a copy of "Oh, the Places You'll Go" for each child that is in school. I will purchase more for my other kids once they start school. So I have three copies of the book because three kids are in school. Each kid gets their own book that I have their teachers sign at the end of the school year. The key is, the kids do not know that I am having their teachers sign these books for them. It will be so fun to give these books filled with notes from their teachers at their high school graduation party!! 

Friday, February 17, 2017

MHCT&M: Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas

Hello friends! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! 
Kara from Mine for the Making here this week to share Creative Upcycled Craft Room Ideas with you. I love a good upcycle or repurposed project and I love a pretty, organized craft room. 
Let's check out these unique solutions.


Upcycled Furniture 

I love taking something 'old' and making it new and fresh again. Especially furniture! Just add some elbow grease and lots of love, and you can turn any dingy piece of furniture into a focal point of your room. Here are a few of my favorite furniture transformations that are perfect for the craft room. Some are used for storage and others are used for work spaces.

  Upcycled hutch  to craft storage 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #141

It's time for another Handmade Hangout Party! 
Share your fabulous ideas below or just explore and get a few new ones! :)

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Million Dollar Brownies

Hi friends! It's Rachel from Adventures of a DIY Mom.  

Today I'm sharing one of my all-time favorite desserts: Million Dollar Brownies! What exactly are million dollar brownies? They are decadent fudgy brownies filled with chocolate, crunchy nuts, and a creamy caramel filling.  YUM!

Million Dollar Brownies

Million Dollar Brownies are a recipe that I remember my aunt making as a kid. We got the recipe from her and made them occasionally. It was always a special treat, since we didn't get them very often.

Million Dollar Brownies Recipe

With most desserts, I love to eat them warm. However, these are definitely better when left to cool completely before eating. It's so hard to wait...

Monday, February 13, 2017

DIY Faux Barnwood Menu Board

Happy Monday everyone! 
  I hope you had a fabulous weekend. 

 We have finally been having pretty, warmer weather but we have been fighting a nasty cold in our house so unfortunately, we didn't get to enjoy it at all. 

But since we have been cooped up, I was able to get a quick project done for our kitchen.

We have been trying to do better and write out our menus for the week. Some weeks have gone better than others but we are trying to stick to it. We have a dry erase board on the fridge that I actually got from SNAP a few years ago. It is double sided and I wanted to use the other side to create a cleaning schedule for myself so I needed a new solution for our menu. And I will admit, I am super happy with how our new menu board came out! 

-Chalkboard with wood frame
-Barnwood Painted Finishes from Folk Art
-Painters tape
-Chalk marker and regular chalk
-Transfer paper or graphite pencil
-Paint brush
-Popsicle stick

Friday, February 10, 2017

MHCT&M: Creative Upcycled DIY Home Decor Projects

Hello and welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips! 

This month we're all about recycling and renovation projects - fun ways to give new life to vintage or worn out things. This week I'm sharing some fun tips for upcycling in Home Decor - with ideas for furniture, wall decor, pillows and more!



 DIY Furniture Hacks | Bed Turned Into Bench | Cool Ideas for Creative Do It Yourself Furniture | Cheap Home Decor Ideas for Bedroom, Bathroom, Living Room, Kitchen - http://diyjoy.com/diy-furniture-hacks:  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Handmade Hangout Party #140

Are you ready to get your party on?! 
 Let's do it! 

You can visit all of the hostesses at the links blow.

Allison from A Glimpse Inside

Becca from From Gardners to Bergers

Kim from Too Much Time on My Hands

Heather from Twin Dragonfly Designs

Alli from Made with HAPPY

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fabric Covered Storage Boxes

Hey!  It's Donna from Modern on Monticello again and I'm here to share a quick decorative storage solution using basic cardboard boxes.

A few weeks ago on my blog I reveal the first look at my new craft room, you can read about it here


This room includes a full wall of built in shelving which is fabulous for organizing so much of my random craft supplies.  I did have the problem though of not enough containers for all of my stash.  I didn't want to buy any more plastic containers and instead came up with a very budget friendly way of adding some storage - and color - to that side of the room.

I didn't need to search long for several boxes around my house because each month I receive the perfect sized storage box in the mail from Bark Box - an online toy and dog treat subscription for my dogs.  They don't pay me to advertise their product, but let me just tell you my dogs know exactly what is in THAT box when I bring it in the house.  They love it!  For months I have been letting the boxes pile up not only because they are good sturdy boxes and I hated to recycle them, but I have had this idea in the back of my mind for some time.

The next thing I needed was adorable fabric in the same colors as the tops of the plastic containers I already owned and in colors that matched the 31 bags hanging on the wall above my work table.  I actually found exactly what I was looking for in the fabric department at Walmart  - yes Walmart.  I wasn't even shopping for fabric but saw these 20" x 20" Waverly fat quarters on an end-cap and thought they just might work.  For only $.97 cents each they were a great option to try out.

Imagine how excited I was to find out they fix the boxes perfectly!  My boxes are 7 1/2" wide x 11 1/4" long x 5" high.  Not very big boxes but the right size to fit on my shelves.  I removed the top off each box.

After ironing each fat quarter to remove the folds, I found a easy way to attach the fabric to each box using spray adhesive and a glue gun.  I laid the box in the center of the fabric and made four cuts around the edges to make the fabric folds.

I then sprayed the outside of the box with the adhesive and folded the two ends pieces over the side of the box, smoothing out any wrinkles in the fabric.  Then I folded the long pieces over the first folds.

The fat quarter was a little taller than the height of the box and you can either fold it over to the inside or trim off the excess like I did.  I planned to wrap some white cotton fabric inside the box so I trimmed off the excess fabric.  But don't throw it away!  You might find a use for it later in this project.

I could have purchased white color fat quarters for the inside of the box - or any other coordinating color - but I knew I already had a few yards of white cotton fabric in my craft fabric stash so decided to use that instead.

I tried a few different methods to add the fabric on the inside of the box, but this is the one I found easiest to apply and work with for my final look of the storage box.

First,  I cut a piece of the cotton fabric to the size of the bottom of the box and secured it with spray adhesive.

I measured and cut a long length of fabric in the same length of all four sides of the inside of the box.  With two sides at 7 1/2" and two at 11 1/4" I cut the fabric at 36" with a height of 8" to make an overlapping cuff on the top of the box.  To make it very easy to attach to the inside of the box, I rolled the length of fabric in a tube and just rolled it around the inside of the box sprayed with adhesive.

The inside fabric doesn't fit tight and smooth but with things stored in it you really won't see the inside much anyway.  You need the extra length and give in the fabric to be able to fold it over the top of the box.  I tucked in the fabric around the top edge to make a cuff and secured it with hot glue.

I could have called this project done at this point but I wanted to hide the outside seams on the cuff so I dug around in my craft stash for some decorative trim to fancy up the boxes a bit.  Or, as I mentioned earlier, I used the excess trim that I cut off the fabric to make some creative flower petals.

I am thrilled with the pop of color on the shelves and the extra storage I now have in my craft room. One of the best parts, I get one of these boxes every month on the 15th so I can continue to make more decorative storage boxes as I need them.  In all, I have less than $2.00 in each fabric covered box and they are unique and one of a kind to match the decor of my craft room.

Thanks for reading and I'll see you next month.

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