Scrap Happy Hot Glue Stand

My sew/craft room has become Distance Learning Central (it’s a mess). I was tired of dripping and stringy strands of hot glue stick getting everywhere. So, my husband’s thoughtfulness is the star of May’s Scrap Happy project. Ingenuity, pine scraps, nails from the garage and wood glue later: tada! A Hot Glue Gun Stand.

Mind you, this isn’t perfection; but it certainly is sparing my nerves and work space. This little project gave him something to do (Mr. Wanderer is going batty 😉 with ‘shelter in place’).

I’m sure you’ve seen multiple images like the one below. But what harm just one more? Sharing a little positivity created by fellow faculty members. 🙂

Scrap Happy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything and is hosted monthly by Kate and Gun. Check out some of the projects others have create for Scrap Happy:

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancyAlysKerryClaireJean,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawnGwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline,
Sue L, Sunny and Kjerstin

Have a good week and stay well! — Joanne

Old Lucketts Store

George and I traveled to northern Virginia to visit Old Lucketts Store. Yep, THAT Lucketts you’ve seen in Country Living, Flea Market Decor, Southern Living and other magazines.

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The drive there was quite picturesque; the Blue Ridge Mountain Range in the distance and the burbling Potomac.

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Styled as “vintage hip,” Lucketts is full of unique treasures and antiques. 

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Goodbye 2014 :: Welcome 2015

Happy New Year! We’ve been enjoying a long and lazy holiday break. I finished my last project for the year just in time for Christmas: 16 quilted table runners for family and friends.

Quilted Table Runner
Quilted Table Runner

Over the past year, George and I learned a lot of new tricks and techniques, received much appreciated advice and made a few friends while doing what we love: creating, building and crafting. I am honored to share a few of my favorite blogs with you; knowing you’ll find something to enjoy from their posts as much as I: Fox and Finch Antiques, Hello, Scarlet, and Ol’ Perly Jenkins.

I look forward to attempting new projects this new year. I did not realize how “crafty busy” we had been until I looked back over 2014. Indulge me as I share a few with you:

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Well, I have three, actually 😉

Salvaged Wood Shelf
Salvaged Wood Shelf

DIY Farmhouse Night Stand
DIY Farmhouse Night Stand

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Architectural Wall Art

easy

By far, the easiest project!

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DIY Necklace Holder

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Though, not a 2014 project, this was the most viewed one for the year.

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Pallet Kitchen Island/Work Table

Anyone see a pattern here? I guess we like creating with wood. 🙂 I’d love to know your favorite 2014 post or project.

Here’s to a fantabulous New Year to you and yours! – – Joanne

Recycled DIY Wreath :: Crazy Easy

It’s still warm out, but I’m getting that fall-like feeling. The trees in our yard are trying to tell me to put away the daisy wreath. 😕 One problem: I don’t have anything “fall-ish” for the entry door.
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With wire and a glue gun; anything’s possible, LOL. Right? What I had was a faux fall leaf stem that I had already cut up, a grape vine branch and old left over Indian corn. No matter how I grouped them, nothing clicked. They just looked plain tired.

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wreath-fall-supplies

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Looking through my stash (junk), I came across the wood seat I had saved from another project (Sweat Equity Chairs). Hmmm. Possibilities. . .

After wiring and hot-gluing the floras to the wood seat I had a presentable – well maybe eccentric – wreath for our entry.

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You can see the old nail and screw holes in the seat if you look close.  I didn’t have to drill. Yea! It was very easy and took only 30 minutes!

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wreath-fall-first done

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What do you think?

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Reuse ~ Repurpose ~ Upcycle


So just WHAT does it all mean? I find these terms all over ‘blogdom’.

 I decide to do a little sleuthing…

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Well, we all know what it is to REUSE. I try to reuse shipping materials from my Etsy shop whenever possible. When reusing, the value of the products remain the same.

  However, I am saving time, money, energy and resources.

 

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  When I REPURPOSEI am no longer using a product as originally intended. I have given it a new purpose;  increasing its aesthetic and monetary value. Before repurposing, these items are usually considered junk or garbage.

I’ve repurposed discarded items into art and functional pieces.

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Soda Can + Pallet Scrap Angel and Pallet Kitchen Island/Work Table

 
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 To UPCYCLE is to reuse an old item in an altered and innovative way giving it more value. This results in better quality and higher environmental value.

I’ve upcycled architectural salvage with a new function in mind.

Repurposed 'Bull's Eye' Wall Art  and  Door Coat Rack
Repurposed ‘Bull’s Eye’ Wall Art and Door Coat Rack

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 So . . . in a nutshell:

 

Reuse-Repurpose-Upcycle

View Posts on the above projects here:

Soda Can Angel

Pallet Kitchen Island/Work Table

Repurposed Door Coat Racks

Have a great week! – – Joanne

::Easy-Peasy Repurpose Project::


One way to use up some of the junk I have is to make this really easy and simple storage organizer.  I’m sure that you’ve seen variations of these on Pinterest.

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Supplies

2 enamelware pans of varying sizes

pie tin

rolling pin cut in two pieces

E-6000 glue

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Cut the rolling pin in two pieces (1/3 the length).

Glue the upside down pie tin to the bottom of the large enamelware pan. 

Then, glue the ends of the long rolling pin piece: one end to the inside of the large enamelware pan and the other end to the bottom of the small enamelware pan. 

Top off the organizer by gluing the small rolling pin piece inside the small enamelware pan.

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WORD OF CAUTION:

Use E-6000 glue in a ventilated (preferably outside) area


Tada! Fill with supplies!

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I plan on making a few more of these organizers for friends.


Have a great week! – – Joanne