12.04.2011

No Sew Tree Skirt!


Here is a my tree skirt at work underneath the tree. I love the ruffles. You can see how I made it here.

DIY Pets * No Sew Dog Beds

Hello again! If your dogs are anything like mine they love love love their dog beds, but they also just love love love to rip them to shreds. duh. Makes sense right? Yeah. If you are anything like me spending $50 a pop on those darn little beds isn't the funnest thing in the world. I can think of 397423874 other things I would like to spend $50 on. I happen to have 2 dogs so anytime I have to buy a dog "something" the cost is doubled. Make that $100. crap. They make "chew proof" dog beds you say? Tried 'em. Twice. They are also extra expensive because of their "chew proof" qualities. double crap. The manufacturers also are full of it because these special beds can very well be chewed up just as easily as the regular old non chew proof beds. My sweet little angels have been without beds for a while now since I refused to buy more after their last shredding party, so I decided I would try to make my own today. I am under no illusions they won't try and rip these apart one fateful day even though they will love love love to lounge and nap on them. At least my DIY beds are super cheap and I won't feel so guilty making my poor babies lay on the hard floor. So sad for them huh?


For each bed I used 1 yard of burlap. I chose burlap because it is wonderfully cheap from any fabric store. I folded the yard in half and cut it into 2 pieces.



Since I don't think these beds will make it too long, I didn't even try and make the effort to sew them. If these pups can destroy a factory made heavy duty chew proof expensive bed, then they can absolutely destroy my best efforts at sewing. Hot glue it is! My hot glue gun is one of my favorite possessions. Little sucker just comes in handy all the time. Each piece of your fabric should be identical in size. Lay one on top of the other and hot glue 3 sides together and leave one side open to allow for stuffing.


This large bag of fiberfill cost $8 and I used probably $.75 cents worth for 2 beds.


Stuff the fiberfill in through your open side to the fluffiness of your liking. I didn't get too fluffy with it since I am prepared to be picking this up in a million different pieces off my floor one day.


Once you have fluffed till your heart's content, hot glue your 4th side together.


If you are happy with the simple look then stop there. If you want to dress it up keep going. I didn't want to spend too much time trying to make these pretty so I kept it simple. I had a paisley press on laying around ($3 from Hobby Lobby) and some extra black paint I used to paint my front door last year.

I didn't want the prints to look to heavy so I used a foam brush to lightly cover the paisley with paint instead of full on dipping it into the paint.



Press the paisley to the burlap and start prettying away.


Tada! A quick and easy dog bed. It only took about 30 minutes and cost $4. And the best part is they are no sew! I like the variation in shades of the prints, but that is up to you. You can use heavier/lighter/different paint to suit your taste. Or your sweet puppy's personality.


My sweet Jessi girl waiting patiently for the paint to dry so she can try her new bed. She loves them, so why must she destroy them?



Jessi and Bella enjoying their fabulous new beds. Wonder how long it will be till the little angels tear them to pieces?

Bye bye for now!
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11.29.2011

DIY Paint * Kitchen Edition

Hi there! This past week was filled with food, traveling, food, family, napping, football, and more food. I didn't have a whole lot of time to work on much, but I did manage to paint my kitchen accent wall somewhere in all the madness. This is not a full blown project, really just a peek into how my kitchen is different today than it was last Saturday. When we first moved into our house it was full of delightful bright overwhelming colors that we have had to bring down a peg or two. The kitchen started out as a bright green seafoamy color that we were NOT fans of. Not to mention it had milk wash stained cabinets. bleEEEeeeeeccchhh.We painted the surrounding walls a Sherwin Williams shade Latte. The other colors are below.


Cabinets: Sherwin Williams Creamy in semi-gloss finish (This process is a whole other blog that I will post one day. I unfortunately did NOT whip out some beautiful new cabinets in one day. That my friends was some woooork.)
Accent Wall: Sherwin Williams Fired Brick in eggshell finish
I don't mind the red at all, it was just a little strong for me and I wanted something more soothing. It also brought out the oranginess in my Pergo floors that I would looovvvee to change but just don't have the cash to do so anytime soon. Until then I will keep making changes to make that darn orangeiness less noticeable.


Since the Fired Brick is such a dark rich red a primer was a must. I used Kilz to get a better painting surface and it worked like a champ.


After Accent Wall: Behr Cloud Burst in satin finish


All finished and decorated! The kitchen feels so much bigger and brighter just from that one wall being changed. (and the orangeiness factor has gone down a smidge. point for me!)

11.17.2011

DIY Paint * More Spray Paint and More Lace

Since I had some lace laying around. And some spray paint laying around. I had the bug and decided to continue along the sames lines as the coaster project I did earlier. I had some random pieces laying around that I was not really fond of anymore. I liked the pieces, but needed a change in colors. So, I got to spraying to see what happened. I figured I couldn't mess them up since I wanted a change anyways.


Before: Vase with orange and brown shades. Not really my cup of tea at the moment.


After: Sprayed vase with black satin spray paint. Wrapped in lace and spray painted in light blue satin paint. I was not trying to get a perfect print so you will see some fading of the lace and uneven colors, but that's what I was shooting for here. If you want a more even lace print it will be difficult with this shape.


Before: green lamp shade


After: Spray painted shade in off white satin. Wrapped shade in the lace and spray painted with the black satin. I did wrap the lace tighter here to get more coverage.


Before: Gold frame. Again, not really my cup of tea at the moment.


After: Sprayed in off white satin finish. Much cleaner looking.

I love spray paint. I just love it. It is so easy. So fast. And makes such a big difference.





DIY Coasters * Lace, Spray Paint, and Pictures

Hello again! For this project I decided to make some personalized coasters. These are super quick and super easy and SUPER cheap to do. A great way to make something personalized just for you or a gift for someone else.


I started with black satin spray paint, a yard of lace (but you really just need a tiny bit), foam protectors, and white tiles from Home Depot. These tiles cost .16.....SIXTEEN CENTS! You just can't beat that. If you want to get fancy with it you can get the rounded edge tiles for like 86 cents. Big money.



I chose to make a set of 4. But you can do whatever your little heart desires.


Spread the lace out evenly over the tiles. Make sure it is as close to the tiles as possible or you will get a blurry look.




Spray over each tile. I didn't make an effort to get super even because I like the somewhat messy and distorted look.


Immediately remove the lace and let the paint dry. Spray paint dries pretty quickly so you should only have to wait 30-45 minutes max.


When the paint is dry seal with 2 coats of Mod Podge.


Put a foam protector on each corner to guard your surfaces.




Finished set of coasters. Takes about an hour and costs $4! (and that's only if you have to buy the spray paint).


Another method of personalizing I tried was adding a picture. I cut the picture into a square to match the tile.


I used Mod Podge to glue the picture down and to seal it.


Let it dry for an hour. And there you are- another personalized coaster!

I love these because as with so many of my projects there are so many options to try. You can use all different types of colors, textures, stencils, pictures, scrap book paper, tons! I have plans to try a resin finish to give them more character. Stay tuned!

11.13.2011

DIY Holiday Decor * No Sew Tree Skirt

Hey there! Christmas is quickly approaching and I have tons to do. I haven't bought one.single.gift yet. eek! I better get after that AND decorating. This will be the second Christmas in our house and I really wanted to be able to have cuter holiday decorations up this year. Last year we just used the hand me down stuff we had from our apartment days. Worked just fine but not near as fun as getting to make and buy new stuff! I started with a no sew tree skirt I have seen done a few different ways. You can see the tutorial I most closely followed here. I will repeat the fact that it is NO. SEW. This is amazing news for me as I have not mastered the sewing machine yet. I am working on it, but until then this will have to do! This was a fun DIY project and one of my favorite that I have done yet, but it is a bit tedious in parts and does take a good chunk of time. Great news is that you can do it in bits and pieces if you don't have a big chunk to devote to it.


The materials needed are:
- 4' x 4' of canvas. I bought 1.5 yard of duck cloth at Wal Mart. Duck cloth is what you will find at many fabric stores as a subsitute for canvas. Another option is painter's canvas from any Home Depot or Lowes.
- 4 yards of linen or cotton. As a super cheap option for this I bought a twin cotton flat sheet from Wal mart.
- grosgrain ribbon
-sharp scissors (fabric scissors are best)
-Hot glue gun and glue sticks
-Tape measurer


Depending on the method you get your canvas, lay it out flat and make sure it is a square. Cut as needed.


Fold canvas into quarters


Then fold into a triangle


The next step is to cut the base and top of the canvas to get your skirt shape. To make this easier I drew a line to follow.


Cut the base of the triangle into a quarter circle.


Cut the point of the triangle into a quarter circle.


Unfold the canvas to where it is just folded in half. From the middle of the canvas cut a slit all the way down to the bottom. This will create the skirt opening to be wrapped around the tree.


On each side of the slit fold each side over about an inch. On each fold make five one inch cuts down the canvas. This will create spots for you to be able to later lace the ribbon through and tie the skirt.


This is what my prepped canvas looked like before I started with the ruffles.


Next cut the sheet into 3 inch strips. You will want to make a lot of these strips to get you through the skirt. Only a bit time consuming.


Now begin hot gluing the strips to the canvas. Do this in about 6-8 inch increments because hot glue dries super fast.


Ruffle the strips with your fingers as your pressing them to the canvas. This is the longest part of the project, but you can break it up. Be careful not to glue over the cuts you made on the slit for the ribbon.


First layer of ruffling. Only a few more to go!


After all the strips have been glued on flip the skirt over to add the ties. Thread the ends of the ribbon through each cut to be able to tie the skirt together. Other methods suggest gluing ribbon to each side of the slit and then tying them together to secure the skirt. Either method will work. I prefer the lace up method so I don't have to worry about the glue coming undone.


All laced up! You can do this the reverse way to have your ties on the outside of the skirt if you prefer. 


And we have a Christmas tree skirt! Total cost $16. I will post pictures once I have my tree up.

I went with a cream color scheme, but there are tons of ways to try. After doing this once I envision incorporating different color fabrics, tulle, glitter, sparkles! The options are endless. This skirt is not machine washable so you may want to try darker colors depending upon where your skirt will be....or if you have black dogs who shed a ridiculous ton of fur every 5 seconds....Like I do. oops! An excuse to try another!


Speaking of black dogs....here is one of mine snoring on my leg as I blog this. Rough life.