2013 Favorites

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Another quick year gone. Is it because I am growing older that the years are flying? 😉

All the same, 2013 was a decent year. I dipped my toes, left my comfort zone. I was encouraged and I learned. I was inspired by some very clever folks, homegrown and professional. Here are just a few. Hats off and thanks to all of you (check them out!):

Old Pearly Jenkins

DIYPassion

Hello Scarlet

SUZIK

For Those Who Love Dresses

Pretty Handy Girl

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. . .And then, some of my own personal DIY favs that made me happy:

DIY Vintage Rustic Outdoor Wedding

DIY Blended-Family Outdoor Wedding

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Doggie Biscuits

Doggie Biscuits in a Jar Gift

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Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room

Dream Art Workspace aka Craft Room

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What a year, right?  Thank you for visiting my humble blog. I look forward to another fantastic 365 days of sharing with you. 

May you have a happy and healthy 2014!

— Joanne

Repurposed Jeans :: Child’s Paint/Craft Smock

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 I can’t wait to give this to my little niece. I repurposed a pair of old jeans using a converted (Simplicity #1234) pattern into a cobbler-style paint smock.

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Craft Room -aka – Art Dream Workspace

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Come in to my workroom dubbed Art Dream Workspace. It’s a dream that is now a reality. Oh, more still needs to be done (curtains, more storage, etc.) but I am ecstatic!

Where to begin?

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The two biggest priorities were that family could spend time together in this room and because this is a very small room, and as you can see every inch is used, storage and organization was a must!

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The breakfront secretary cabinet was a $25 USD Craigslist find that I painted with MMS Linen and Luckett’s Green Milk Paints. It’s full of jars and baskets that hold bits and pieces, glue guns, hole punches, stickers, yarn and crap galore.

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Even the top of this cabinet is used for storing driftwood finds.

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Tin Can Repurpose: Organize Art Tools

Me thinks summer is at end. It was 70ºF (21ºC) this morning, a bit breezy, Saw Man wants to cover the pool and winter coats are on sale. *sigh*  I guess it’s time to de-clutter, organize and start putting things away; especially in my Art Dreamspace room.  I need to organize my small hand-held tools and Pinterest has a TON of ideas.  I decided to repurpose tin cans – my favorite old “go to” standby. I’ve used tin cans for art projects, wedding décor, punched lanterns and now to organize my small hand-helds.

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Clean vegetable tin cans and a worn Lazy Susan I purchased from the Goodwill Store fit my needs. For the cans I needed decorative papers, a ruler/pencil, Washi tape, brush, scissors and Mod Podge.

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The Lazy Susan was spray painted with Valspar Satin Whipped Apricot, a buttery yellow. It was in such bad condition, that it took four coats.

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I laid the can on its side, measured how much decorative paper I’d need to wrap completely around it and glued it on with a lot of Mod Podge.

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I added cutouts and Washi tape for contrast.

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I like to remove a can now and then to use at different work areas.

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But, they could be glued or screwed to the Lazy Susan for stability. This is such an inexpensive, creative and great way to repurpose – not to mention that this room is getting a much needed Fall de-clutter!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Weekend Finds: Desk Cubby, Wire Pool Baskets, Tool Box

So, I had a can of Rust-Oleum Satin Green Apple that I’ve been itching to use.

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It has been pretty hot. What you’d call ‘dog days of summer. 😉

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To beat the heat we went ‘thrifting’ this weekend. Found a cute shabby desk cubby/organizer. Love the pigeon holes and little drawer. I freshened it up a bit with that Satin Green Apple – just wish I had a better ‘before’ photo. You can get an idea of the wood condition with the image of the back.

Before and After

Before and After

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Couldn’t pass up these two 1950s wire gym baskets. Rusty, bent and full of oxidized charm. Pool towels, flower arrangements, craft tools . . . Endless possibilities! And . . . who could resist being #1?

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Even Saw Man was eyeing this rustic old toolbox. I might store paperbacks in it and set it by my chair. Or . . . use it as an art caddy, a garden tote, a desk organizer – – or use it for its intended purpose! LOL.

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What did you do this weekend? Hope it was a good one.

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Soda Can Angel

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Looking through blogs, I found lots of inspiration (One Lucky Day and Indestructibleson how to repurpose my saved soda cans and scrap pallet left over from building two tables (see Pallet + Plywood Workspace Table and Pallet Project:  Kitchen Island/Worktable here).  Using supplies I had on hand, my main goal was to construct layered wings by recycling soda cans and somehow attach my completed piece to a pallet scrap.

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