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Berry Centerpiece { Driscoll’s Berry Craft Contest }

December 1, 2012 in For the Holidays, Gettin' Crafty

I was contacted a few weeks ago by Driscoll’s, asking if I’d like to participate in a Berry Craft Contest. They sent me a crafting kit with a $25 gift card to Michael’s, $25 in Driscoll’s berry coupons, a berry shopping bag, a berry strainer, and some instructions on how to begin my crafting.

What’s a girl to do?

Go shopping!

I wanted to create something that was a bit less crafty and a bit more traditional home decor. I think I ended up with a great classic look!

I purchased 2 clamshells of blackberries, 2 clamshells of raspberries and 1 clamshell of strawberries. The hardest part was not EATING all of the berries while I put together this EASY centerpiece.

Assembly was a cinch! I started with a chunky, square glass vase. I stood a pillar candle in the center and then layered the berries around it. I think this could be a FUN Fourth of July decoration too!

I love the deep color the blackberries bring into the room. Plus – the centerpiece smells AMAZING! It’s a win-win-win… the centerpiece looks great… smells great… and TASTES great. I’ll admit, I stole more than one berry in the taking of these photos.

Yummmmmm. De-lish!

Have you ever tried crafting with berries? I’ll admit, I never would have thought to use fresh berries in my decor. I think we’re all programmed to automatically think of plastic berries!

So what would YOU make with fresh berries?

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Thankful Turkey Craft Tutorial

November 14, 2012 in For the Holidays, Gettin' Crafty

I’m a sucker for crafts. There. I said it. I’ll admit it. I love craft paint, pipe cleaners, googly eyes and styrofoam. Yup… love it all.

So when I was asked to run a staff meeting at work, I instantly thought – “How can I incorporate something crafty?”  Haha… No, I’m not kidding. That really was my first thought. I know… I’m pathetic!

I decided we could make turkeys… but not just any turkeys…  we could make turkeys to show the things we are THANKFUL for in each other. Yes, now I’m pathetic AND cheesy.

How’d we do it? Well duh – of course I’ll show you how!

  1. Purchase large styrofoam balls (to cut in half for body) and small styrofoam calls (for head).  Using toothpicks, attach head to body and paint with brown acrylic craft paint. At first I tried spray paint, but it was melting my turkey bodies! Insane!  (and makes me realize I really DO need to wear a mask when I spray paint… no telling what those fumes are doing to my lungs!)
  2. Make the beak – Fold a piece of orange scrapbook paper in half and cut an arrow shape along the fold.
  3. Unfold the arrow and cut notches into the straight end…
  4. …this allows the beak to line up perfectly when folded and ready to glue!
  5. Hot glue the beak to the head.
  6. I had this oversized pipe cleaner on hand (found at Michaels) so I cut about a 1″ piece.
  7. Pull the fluff off one end to expose wire.
  8. Insert the red pipe cleaner under the beak.
  9. Not pictured – hot glue the googly eyes above the beak.

Repeat steps 1-9 to make SEVEN turkeys!

To make the feathers, fold your scrapbook paper in half (so you can cut double the feathers with half the effort). Cut out desired number of feathers and then hot glue toothpicks to the ends.

 

I did all the prep work at home and brought the turkeys and feathers to work. Yup… it was a LOT of feathers!

I think my coworkers might have thought I was at least 83.5% nuts… but they humored me… and we all walked away from the meeting with a token of appreciation. I had fun reading my feathers and smiled at the things my coworkers appreciated in me. :-)

…and the yellow feathers are blank because they were “my color”. I gave everyone their own color to write on. That way people could identify who the feathers were from. I didn’t want my turkey to be without yellow so I stuck a couple blanks in.

I think this turkey craft would be GREAT to make with kids. They’d have a great time assembling and painting them. How cute would they be on your Thanksgiving table!

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Workbench Makeover {aka The Night I Forgot my Lifetime-Movie Education}

November 9, 2012 in Building and Repurposing, Furniture Makeovers, Gettin' Crafty, Thrifty Thursday

Do you watch Lifetime Movie Network? Odds are, you’re shaking your head yes. That is… if you’re a girl. OR – if you’re a married man. Face it guys… you’ve watched it too.

After logging countless hours of lifetime movies while killing time on the couch or painting rooms, and I like to think I’ve learned some valuable life lessons…

…or have I?

You know me… I love to find my men on Craigslist!

I saw this hunk-a-hunk-a-workbench-love and sent the guy a text. This just might be the workbench makeover I’ve been looking for! He responded with the photos above. Hmmmm For $30, what do I have to lose?

When he told me I couldn’t GPS his address, that should have been a warning to my Lifetime-watching self.

When he told me to follow the gravel road for three miles…

When I arrived after dark at the house and it sat a quarter-mile off the gravel road…

But as I pulled up and saw how flippin’ gorgeous the house was… and then turned my head and was instantly, insanely jealous about the uh-mazing workshop big enough to EASILY fit 8 cars inside…  my worries fell aside.

…and then Steve walked out. Old enough to be my Dad and walked with a bit of a limp. (He later revealed he recently had a wart frozen off his pinkie toe. Yup, Steve was an over-sharer… more examples to follow)

So Steve and I started yappin’. He lit up when I told him I like to tinker with power tools.  LIT. UP!

“You wanna see my pile of junk?”

Gee Steve, I thought you’d never ask. Heck yes!

Next thing I know, Steve’s digging in his shop for a flashlight because he wants to show me the pile on the side of the building. Yup… pitch black over there.

Did I follow Steve into the darkness?

Why yes, yes I did.  I’m sorry Mom. I know I shouldn’t have. But he said “pile of junk” and that’s like telling a 4 year old you have a lifetime supply of candy in your creepy van.

And WOW!  What a great pile of junk!

We got the workbench loaded in the car and as he helped me BUNGEE CORD my back hatch down, he says quite possibly the best thing he said all night.

“Ya know, if you’re gonna go junkin’, you gotta getchurself a truck.”

Wise words, my Steve. Wise words.

Side note – Santa, I could use some bungee cords for Christmas. Apparently those things are infinitely handy!

After not so securely fastening my hatch, Steve-O turns to me and says -

“You wanna come inside and meet my wife and see the house?”

My inner-Lifetime-Movie-watcher should have screamed “STRANGER DANGER” and jumped in my car… but did I?

“Ummmmmmmm Sure!”

Sorry again Mom… I know…. I know better. But the house was SO pretty and I could see a gorgeous kitchen through the windows!

So we head inside, I meet the wifey, and next thing I know, I’m getting a room-by-room tour of their home. Admittedly – I think the wife thought I was crazy… and between us, I probably was.  What the heck was I doing IN THEIR HOME?! Every time I was about to politely leave, I’d see something in another room that would suck me in. Gah. Gorgeous house!

So an hour later, I finally left.  But you should be proud of me…. I consciously made it a point to NOT allow myself to be cornered in a room. Ha! See – I told you I learned something from my Lifetime movies!

…and Steve wants me to call him so I can come back for him to teach me how to weld. Will I call? Probably not. :-(   But MAN I’d love to learn how to weld!

Steve might be right… if I’m gonna go junkin’, I need to getmyselfuh truck.  I laugh every time I see that workbench hanging out the back. It’s like my hatch flew open and my car threw up a workbench!

…and YES – I got that thing out of the car ALL. BY. MYSELF.  A wise man once told me -

“You’re strong like a small pony.”

I think he’s right.

The awesome people at Minwax sent me this can of stain to try out.  Have you heard of CLASSIC GRAY Minwax Stain?  Oh man… It’ll knock your socks off. It’s the perfect greyish grey without any red (rusty) undertones.

I flew home the next night to sand the top of the workbench and put a coat of classic gray Minwax stain on top. This stuff is really easy to work with!  Just brush it on, being careful to keep a wet edge. Then I let it sit for about 15 minutes. After that, I buffed it with an old t-shirt to remove excess stain. All of that happened well after dark… but this is what I saw in the daylight the next morning:

Yup… I’m liking it!  I concocted my own homemade chalk paint like I did on my last Craigslist Beau and gave him two coats of paint on the base.

Without further ado… what do you think?!

Not too shabby for a $30 workbench makeover, eh?!  He cleaned up right nice. I think Steve would be proud. He did build this with his own bare hands after all!  I love the time-worn dings and scuffs on the workbench. So authentic!

…and I think this workbench will be PERFECT for my craft room… paired along side my vintage lockers. Stay tuned… and update on those COMING SOON!

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