Crafty

Paint Swirl Vases

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

Hello all, thanks for all the nice compliments on the courtyard project!  I’m going a little crazy this week coordinating all the details for our big weekend over at our Alma House charity project which starts on Friday.  There are three rooms to tackle and so much to do!  It may get a little bit slow around here this week, but I’ll have a lot of exciting things to reveal next week.

I was going through some pics yesterday and completely forgot to post this super simple DIY project.  I got asked by a few about those blue vases on the mantel so I’ll show you just how easy it was to make them.

paint swirl vases on mantel

 

It involves two things:  a glass vessel and some craft paint.  I ended up with a few very cool decorative vases for the mantel or placing around the house for a dose of color.

diy paint swirl vases

 

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Mother’s Day Memory Jars

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Hello hello all and happy weekend!  I have a fun project to share with you that’s perfect for Mother’s Day, one that I created for my own Mom with some old time black and white photos.  Today over at West Elm’s blog Front + Main you can find my how to on transforming bathroom stacked apothecary containers into personalized memory jars.

apothecary memory jars before and after

 

It involves a simple process of inverting and printing files to one of my favorite office supplies and then adhering them to the glass.

peel back label

 

Plus you get to see an old time pic of my Mom and Dad and me and my two brothers (my sis was not born yet) from the seventies, aw yeah a blast from the past!  Check out my Mom’s feathered curls and my chubby cheeks!

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Hop on over to Front + Main for the full tutorial here.

Have a fabulous weekend all!

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{Hardware Store} Chain Link Bracelets

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

I was browsing a local hardware store for some hooks last week and happened to walk by the electrical wire and chain link department.  Ordinarily, I never give those aisles a second look, it’s typically your mundane chain link and boring wire, but at my local Orchard Supply & Hardware they had about a dozen reels of chain link labeled ‘decorative’ that actually looked attractive enough to create something with.  I spied some brass plated and smallish silver link chain and all I could think was, you know what, those would make some cool looking bracelets.

Jewelry or handbag quality chain link is available from a lot of places and at all price points, but at that moment I was completely absorbed with the idea of making something pretty out of that decorative chain link from a home improvement store.  Plus I’m all about statement jewelry these days, I’m rarely drawn to dainty pieces anymore.  So here’s my latest crafty somewhat quirky creation: link bracelets made with decorative chain found at a hardware store.

diy hardware store chain link bracelets cg

 

To make these, you actually need some decent looking chain link, I happened to spy several that were pretty cool at my local OSH.

decorative chain link

You’ll also need some pliers and some jewelry making supplies too, specifically lobster clasps and smaller jump rings to pull it all together.  Glass beads add a little class to the edginess of the oversized (and cheap!) chain link.

jewelry making supplies

Cost per bracelet: Lobster clasps $2.79; jump rings $2.79, glass beads $5.99, 1½ ft chain link $2.  

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