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DIY Jewelry Organizer

26 Mar

I needed a way to organize and display my jewelry, in the hopes that seeing it out would inspire me to wear more than the same necklace every day, but I couldn’t find one that fit my needs. So I took matters into my own hands and made one!

So here’s the sitch, I have no counter space in my bathroom. None. Zilch. See?

Not exaggerating. So I needed a hanging jewelry organizer, but I had a hard time finding one that I liked. Most of them were only for necklaces, or for necklaces and earrings. I wanted something to hold everything, and it had to be big. So I made my own.

Here’s how it went down. I started with a plain wooden frame, some screen (from the woodworking aisle of Micheal’s) and a staple gun. But then it turned out my staple gun was broken, so I just used thumb tacks. Once I had the screen attached to the back of the frame, I used E600 to attach small wooden cubes to each corner. I did this because I want to hang earrings from the screen, and I wanted them to be far enough away from the wall so that the frame wasn’t moving around and jostling everything when I put earrings on or took them off.

Then I painted my frame off-white and used more E600 – damn I love that stuff – to attach wooden balls around the edge to hold bracelets and necklaces. I also cut down a dowel rod and used, you guessed it, E600 to attach it to the top as a ring holder. And of course I had to paint the accents in varying shades of green.

I used white mug hooks to hang the frame to accommodate the depth, and then put up on the sparkly stuff! The good stuff is still in my fire safe, and I haven’t figured out what to do with my stud back earrings yet, but overall I’m so happy with the way this turned out!

It cost about $27 to make, which was the same or less than anything else I could find. Plus, this way I get exactly what I want. Oh, and if you have any suggestions about the stud back earrings, I’d love to hear them!

Christmas Tour 2014

23 Dec

I don’t know what’s wrong with me this year, but I just haven’t been able to really get into Christmas. Usually I love carefully decorating every inch of my home, and crafting new decorations. This year, I just kind of threw stuff up. But, tradition is tradition, so I’m posting my holiday home tour. (Another sign I’m not really into Christmas? This sucker is usually up the first or second week of December.)

Let’s start in the living room. I put up my lighted wreath and garland that I made a few years ago, along with stocking for Teddy and me. And I think I showed tremendous emotional growth by not swapping the stockings.

I had to put up my gingerbread puppy frames.

I did a small whale tree with these great glitter trees that I bought last year.

And of course I had to break out the Christmas blanket for Bear.

The other couch got a similar holiday treatment.

Moving across the apartment, I had to add my adorable “Baking in Progress” sign to the front door.

Of course, my pink gingerbread tree and little village took up residence on my dining room table, where it goes every year.

And in the kitchen, I put out special Christmas bowls for Teddy. This picture reminds me that my baseboards could use a little touch-up paint.

I saved the best for last. I really am obsessed with my big tree this year. I got a new 7.5′ tree and decorated it in a theme I’m calling Vintage Shimmer.

For the topper I used an antique looking birdcage.

Seriously, LOVE this tree.

I know I never repeat themes on the main tree, but this one may have to come back at some point. (Not next year, I already know what next year’s theme will be.)

Label Your Life

16 Dec

This is a sponsored post. All opinions and craftiness are my own.

Do you need a last minute gift? Have you considered a label maker? I know, I know, it sounds like a weird gift. But it could be perfect for the OCD Type A in your life. Of course, you’re talking to a woman who was once thrilled to receive a laminator for Christmas. But back to label makers. I recently had a chance to play with Brother’s PT-D200 and it did not disappoint.

There are four different fonts, tons of emojis, and more text and font treatments than you can imagine. Plus, there are tons of different tapes that you can use to create unique and personalized crafts. It’s an organizer’s dream. And this is not your grandfather’s label maker. My grandfather labeled everything (gee, I wonder where I get it?) and his label maker was this old school typewriter style thing. It embossed vinyl strips with one font of all caps letters. This is not that label maker. It’s like a tiny computer, and I haven’t even begun to tap all the different things it can do.

Of course you know that label makers are a dream come true for organization. But did you know they’re also great for crafting? I had so much fun with this baby!

First up, I made this adorable custom garland for my gingerbread tree. I used the berry colored tape with white ink to print different Christmas sayings mixed with cute little Christmas-y icons.

Gingerbread Dreams and Cookie Wishes! How stinking cute is that?!

*Infomercial Voice* But wait! That’s not all! I also made an Advent chain. You can use different colored tape and customize chains for each of your kids with fun treats and helpful tasks for them to do every day.

Just print the tasks and treats on different colored tapes, then tape them together in loops to form your chain.

There are so many things that you can do with Brother’s PT-D200. Place cards, gift tags from Santa (for the year your kids inevitably notice that Santa’s handwriting looks a lot like Daddy’s), holiday cookie labels, return address labels, scrapbooking labels, and so so much more. So finish your last minute shopping by putting a label maker under your tree!

Disclaimer Part Two: A label maker is indeed a great gift, but guys, please do yourselves a favor and make sure it’s not the only thing you get for the lady in your life. Trust me, and you’re welcome.

Halloween Caramel Apples

27 Oct

You know what’s good? Apples. You know what’s better? Apples covered in candy. (It’s true of all fruit really.) So I made some fun Halloween inspired caramel apples to satisfy my sweet tooth and get some of my fruit allowance for the day.

Here’s how I did it, and how you can do it too.

First gather your ingredients. Mainly caramel and apples and sticks, but you’ll also want to grab a bunch of different fall themed candy. It doesn’t really matter what you get, just walk through the candy aisle at Target and grab whatever catches your fancy.

Then follow the instructions on the caramel to melt it, only use vanilla almond milk instead of water for a richer and creamier caramel. If you don’t have a double broiler for melting, and I don’t because I don’t have space for that nonsense, you can use a small pot and a stainless steel mixing bowl.

Melt the caramel until it’s a gorgeous, silky texture. Then stare at it for a while and inhale the scent of happiness.

Then coat the apples.

Now the fun part – adding the candy! Do it however suits your fancy. But a tip – the peanut butter M&Ms are hard to stick. Make sure you have clean hands, because you’ll need to cup the apple in your hands and squeeze a bit to get the nuts and candy to really stick in to the caramel.

Then melt your chocolate and white chocolate chips for drizzling, and be sure to add food coloring to make the white chocolate orange! If you add a teaspoon of vegetable oil to the chip, they’ll melt with a smoother texture.

Now drizzle them and add sprinkles! But do it with more patience than I had. If you take the time to put the melted chocolate in a Ziploc with a small hole cut in it you’ll have more control and a prettier drizzle. Instead I used a spoon and ended up with globs.

And here’s my final assortment! These were fun to make, but even more fun to eat. You’re definitely going to want to use a knife to cut these – with all that deliciousness on them it’s going to be way too hard to take bites out of.

DIY Sleeping Beauty Ear Hat

15 Oct

So here’s the deal, I love Sleeping Beauty. It’s my favorite Disney movie, Aurora is my favorite princess, Merryweather is my favorite fairy, etc, etc, etc. But Aurora is constantly getting the shaft. Take the ear hats. The other princesses have ear hats. Ariel has ears and I’ve seen Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, and Tiana too. But no Aurora. Well if Disney won’t make them, I’ll make them myself.

Making my own Sleeping Beauty ears has been on my “to craft” list for a while, but I’d been procrastinating. Then the fabulous people at Holster Brands reached out and asked if they could send me a Hobby Holster. It’s a silicone mat that clings to the side of your table and holds your hot glue gun. So then I needed a hot glue project, and my Sleeping Beauty ears came to mind.

Now, you may be wondering why my Hobby Holster is hanging over my dishwasher. Fun story. I used to have a dining room table. It wasn’t anything fancy, but it did its job, which more often than not was holding crafts. I can count on one hand the number of meals that were actually served on that table. And after several years, the table was kaput. It had scars from Exacto knives, and globs of hot glue that just wouldn’t come off. Since I have yet to replace the table, I’m using my kitchen counters to craft.

And craft I did. I didn’t take as many in progress pictures as I would have liked, because I was trying not to burn myself with hot glue.

Here’s how I did it:

Start with some basic Mickey Mouse ears.

For the back:

Use one sheet of purple craft felt. Play around with it a bit to get the positioning the way you want it, then hot glue it on and trim away the excess.

Use one sheet of black glitter felt. Measure along the band of the ears and cut to the desired height and length, then just free hand cut some jagged vines and hot glue it on.

Here’s a fun tip: Do you have stray hot glue strings on your project? Like these?

You don’t want to pull at them, because especially on felt you run the risk of messing up your finished product. Hit them with a hair dryer, and they’ll go away. See?

Next, hot glue your Maleficent patch on.

For the front:

Use one sheet of white craft felt as your base so no black shows through. Use the same method you used for your purple felt to hot glue it on.

Use one sheet of light blue craft felt to cover the white – again, use the method that works for you, hot glue it on, and trim away any excess.

Use one sheet of glitter paper to trace the outline of Aurora’s crown and cut it out. (It’s basically an obtuse triangle with offset circles cut out halfway up each side.) You can get glitter paper at any craft store, it’s usually with the scrapbooking papers. Don’t peel the backing off of the glitter paper, just hot glue around the bottom of the crown. This way it will stand out a little and give you a three dimensional effect.

Then, add your fairy godmothers patch to one of the ears.

And ta da! You’re done!

Here’s what I love about the Hobby Holster:

1. Your projects will be neater, because the glue doesn’t stick to the silicone. I hate putting my hot glue gun on newspaper on the table and then you go to pick it up and end up lifting up the newspaper and it’s just a whole ordeal.

2. Your table (or kitchen counter) will be saved.

3. You cannot pull this thing down. Trust me, I tried. I don’t know how it works, but it sticks really well to the table top without leaving a mark or any residue.

4. When you’re done, the hot glue will just pop right out of the holster. And your glue gun stays cleaner, too.

Here’s what I love about my Sleeping Beauty ears:

1. There’s glitter.

2. Merryweather

3. I AM SO CLEVER FOR PUTTING AURORA ON ONE SIDE AND MALEFICENT ON THE OTHER.

4. I used blue, because even though all of her merchandise shows the pink dress, the blue is far superior.

Disclaimer: Holster Brands provided me with a Hobby Holster free of charge. Opinions, crafts, and table destruction are all mine.