Thursday, February 18, 2010

Something Pretty for My Desk!

I like pretty things. I cant help it. I am the only girl (first born) with four brothers. I had being girly all to myself.

Two weeks ago, I went with a co-worker to our campus surplus. This is an area that houses all the furniture and unwanted nick knacks go from other offices. You basically walk in and shop around. If it is large furniture items, the guys will deliver it to you, but if it is basic desk items you can take them yourself.

I work on the computer all day. My main function is working on websites. I like to print out changes and check off items on my list as I go through them. So on this trip I was in search of a copy holder. A copy holder is a stand, metal or plastic, that will hold the document you are working on at about eye level so that you can glance at your documents rather than looking up and down. I'm sure I have one somewhere, but It never hurts to look.

Well, I found one and it was in perfect condition. It was a creamy beige color. Now to make it pretty!

This is the copyholder. See how dull.

First I took some paper out of this stack called: the Mariposa stack. Some of the most beautiful paper I have ever seen. I measured the width of the copy holder and used a paper slicer to cut to size.

Next, I ran the paper through the Xyron. I love this baby!! It puts a sticky back on the paper and you do not have to mess with Modge Podge to adhere the paper.

I fit the paper over the front of the copyholder. I took some coordinating paper and used a punch to create the scallops and ran the strips of paper through my small xyron.

Once the paper was attached I made some brads. I took my newest toy, the ITOP Brad maker and used the same butterfly coordinating paper and made some brads. I have not found the brads with the magnetic backs so I used my e6000 glue to add magnets to the back.

Last, I took a round plastic fragment from the Tim Holtz collection and glued it to the butterfly paper. There was a hole already pre-drilled in the fragment so I added two flowers and attached them with a gold brad. I glued the fragment to a bow that I attached to a magnet that came with the copy holder.

I am linking up to,
Make it for Monday @ Cottage Instincts

There you have it! Something pretty that will be sitting on my desk tomorrow!


Monday, February 15, 2010

Chalkboard paint and picture frame

Not long after Jeff and I were married I bought this picture frame. I loved it. The photo was of a distressed vase of roses. The frame was a light wood. It never really matched anything we have, but I hung it in our guest room. The guest room eventually became a nursery, and now my 5 yr -old's room. I recently found the frame in the garage and gave it a face lift.

I love this frame. I love the little ledge on the front. First I spray painted the frame with an heirloom white. While I had the back and glass out, I painted the back board with Chalkboard paint. I really didn't want to throw away the glass. I remembered I had bought some window markers on clearance with all the back to school clearance. I ended up putting the glass back in the frame and just write on the glass. The markers stand out against the black chalkboard.

The star hanging beside the frame was a 70% Halloween star from Joann's. I used some black spray paint and tied an Harlequin ribbon around it. Hanging on the hook is a tassel I bought at Hobby Lobby for 7$. It was during a 50% sale and I knew I couldn't buy the ribbon and finial for that price. I am going to start adding to the ledge. I have some 1$ picture frames that are drying from being painted that I am going to add along with some other Dollar Tree finds.

I have linked to Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch, Make Your Monday@ Twice Remembered, It's So Very Cheri: It is so Renovated, Make it for Monday: @ cottage instincts! , Making the World Cuter and Made it Mondays @ The Persimmon Perch

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Its So Very Cheri Give-a-way week 2!

Hey! If you haven't already checked out Cheri at Its So Very Cheri, then all I can say is you are missing out!
Go check her out!


Sunday, February 7, 2010

End of another long week

It is quiet in my house. I have got to focus and start studying for my classes. I can not help that all I want to do is craft!! It also does not help that my SIL is an enabler. : )

Here are some of this weeks accomplishments:

Thursday Night Jennifer and I had a craft night at her house.

Here we are with our fabulous .50 find from Michael's.

I used my cricut and Jennifer's StoryBook cartridge to cut out letters. I wanted to make a plaque for my kitchen. Here I had cut out scraps of letters to find the right fit before I cut with the vinyl.

Next, I spray painted the plaque heirloom white and once it dried I painted on some cracking paint. I did not like the color and I could not tell if I had applied the cracking paint on right so I repainted it white again and let it dry.

I took my dremel sander and went over the board scuffing it up and finished up with distressing ink. Lastly, I took my vinyl letters and added to the plaque. Here is the finished product. I love it!!!!
When I hang it up, I will post the pictures.

This week I also accomplished making:

I took a $1 picture frame from Michael's and a 1 inch punch and took another page out of my hymnl. The paper insert that was in the frame was perfect for the back ground. I just can not get enough of the Hymns.

I also added this burlap wreath to my front door. I made it today.

I added a wooden heart I bought at Joann's . I think I will just change the middle piece to change
with the seasons/holidays.

I have linked to Make Your Monday at Twice Remembered, Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts, Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, Made it Monday at The Persimmon Peach, Mom's the Word, and Making the World Cuter.

I have a few more, but I really need to go study! Take care!


Saturday, February 6, 2010

Its So Very Cheri Giveaway!!

Hey!! If you have not already entered yet you must go and do so now! The very talented Cheri at Its So Very Cheri is having an incredible week full of giveaways. Drawings will be tomorrow! You must hurry and go now, and don't just enter the giveaway look through all the amazing decor and crafts she makes.


Friday, February 5, 2010

I see blue.

I know that looking at blogs everyday overwhelms me. I see awesome decor, accessories, and crafts that you talented women make and I get so excited and ready to make things. Being that I am very impatient, I seem to start 2 or 3 things at a time and end up having 2 or 3 things unfinished for days. Life happens and the next thing I know almost a week has gone bye.

Well, this week I was supposed to go with Mr. Hollywood to Charleston while he was on set of Army Wives. I was soooooo excited. This was the first opportunity for me to be able to go. I had my Mom keeping the kids and I had taken some days off of work. Then on Saturday we found out that he would be needed for an extra day and that caused me to cancel my plans. OH well.... maybe next time (I say that every time).

Here he is with Wendy Davis (Joan Burton) and Veronika Dominczyk (Brenda Foster) on the set.

While he was gone, I did manage to get Kayla's bookshelf finished.

I had first seen the bookshelves here by Traci at Beneath My Heart.

Then I found the plans by Ana at Knock Off Wood . I took her measurements and sent Mr. Hollywood to HomeDepot to get the wood. I was able to use my jig saw having so much fun.

I let Kayla pick out the color for the shelf. This was so easy and so much fun. I bought the letter K at Joanns (with a coupon) and took some paper I had and glued it to the front. Tomorrow I am going to add cup hooks to the bottom for Kayla to hang her book bag and coat. I will add new pictures once the shelf is on the wall.

I will be linking this up to others posts shortly. Going to go spend what is left of the night with my family!

I have linked to My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday and Saturday Night Special at Funky Junk Interior.

Congratulations to my SIL Jennifer at All things pink and crafty for winning the Just Simply Southern giveaway over at Beneath my heart