Project House Mantle Plans

February 21st, 2012

Since the kitchen has been finished, we’ve taken a little break from house projects. This has been a nice respite after 7 solid months of house projects. It’s also been nice to just enjoy the house. We love our little house and how comfortable and beautiful it is.

We’re really done with most of the work (yay!) with the exception of a few things…

The fireplace mantle.

It’s boring and was just old dirty brick when we bought the house, here’s a before:

Once we were finished with the majority of the renovation, Mr. Project took out the wood stove and primed the existing brick:

Which took a much longer time than we thought it would… and a lot more primer. Then we dove into painting it a dark charcoal gray…

And apparently decorating it for Halloween.

This is how it’s looked (minus the Halloween decorations) for the past 7 months.

But we have a vision for what we want it to look like… we want to create a big white mantle and then built-in bookshelves next to it. I drew some rough sketches, and Mr. Project translated them into this illustration:

So… if all goes well in the next several weeks, we’ll have a beautiful hearth area which will turn the existing blah fireplace into a beautiful focal point in the house.

Next up after the built-ins are the closet organizers. Right now we’re living with a $15 ikea clothes rack. I’ll be so excited when I can actually organize my closet and unpack my coats!

So that’s what we’re up to on the house. Hopefully I’ll be able to update sooner rather than later.

So Sophie Giveaway winners

February 18th, 2012


Thanks everyone who entered! We have two lucky winners – Amanda & Rhonda! I’ll contact you for your address so I can get those shipped out next week! I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day!

amanda says:
02/14/2012 at 12:21 PM

LOVE those colors!!!

Rhonda says:
02/17/2012 at 12:10 PM

Love this line of fabric; thanks for chance to enter.

Material Girl

January 25th, 2012

Don’t mind me, but you will be seeing some Christmas in this post.  :)

One of my Christmas presents was a little organizer, typically intended for use in a shop or garage.

But my mom had a grand idea.  She thought it would be great for me to store some of my crafting ‘stuff’ in it.

And she’s right!

Check it out.

Space galore!

I liked it and all.  Great storage for buttons/brads/clips/etc.

But….. it still seened too shop/garagish for me.

So I jazzed it up using some of Jen’s fabulous fabrics.

I believe the fabric I selected is from the Lost & Found line.

Really, making over this organizer was easy!

I cut a strip of material so it would would fit around 3 sides of the organizer.

I then applied Mod Podge to the organizer. {1 side at a time until it was dry}

After I got the material attached to the 3 sides, I tried to trim any loose threads.

In the end, I decided to add more Mod Podge to the edges to make sure it won’t fray.

Had I thought ahead, I would have used some stitch-witch and folded the rough ends under.

Mental note for next time!

Just wait!

I have one more craft involving this material.  :)

How about a custom mouse pad?

Yup.  I made one of these for myself for the office, as well as one for my mom.

You can find the original idea for this HERE, via Pinterest….of course!  :)

What fun crafts or projects have you done where you use material in a way that isn’t typical?