Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Pretty bathroom organizing

Happy Snowday! We are snowed in here in central Indiana with a slim chance of getting out tomorrow either. Tomorrow will be day 3 of no school! Ahhh!!! What's a snowed in momma to do? Clean and organize her home of course.
Today I bring you a quick and simple idea for your bathroom products like makeup and moisturizer and such. 
I've had the tiered plate try in my kitchen for years and all it seemed to be doing was taking up counter space. I found pretty white plates at the Dollar Tree. I'm sure you've seen the brush in glass marbels idea before, look I did it. Good ideas are meant to be copied!!! Found the glass and pretty blue glass marbels at  Dollar Tree too.
So there you have it $5 dollars at Dollar Tree and my little corner in the bathroom looks pretty and everything is within reach. If you don't already have a tiered tray I have seen them fairly inexpensive at Hobby Lobby and The Christmas Tree Store. 
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Friday, January 3, 2014

Lacey earring organizer

Happy New Year friends!!! Are you just going nuts trying to get your home cleaned and organized? I am!!! All of January's post I will be sharing how I am getting our house in shape for 2014!
Do you remember my Knobby Jewelry Organizer? Today I'm sharing how I store my earrings. 
I found this frame on a garage sale page for a whopping $3!!! Score! It is just hard plastic but I loved the shape and the little roses on it seemed perfectly romantic.
The picture just isn't my style so it's bu-bye in the trash. I saved the glass though, who knows when I'll think of something to do with it. 
Spray paint
Rub 'n buff
Hot glue

I wiped down the frame to have a clean surface to spray. I spray painted it with Krylon Island Splash. I thought it looked similar in color to the knobby jewelry organizer.

Then to highlight the roses I used some Silver leaf Rub 'n Buff.

To add the lace I just applied a small line of hot glue then using the eraser end of a pencil tapped the lace into the glue. The pencil really will save you from having burnt fingers-trust me (Youch!!) 
Then add your beautiful earrings and hang on your wall. 

I love it!!!

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By Stephanie Lynn
The DIY Dreamer

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Menu chalkboard from dresser mirror

I finally jumped on the chalkboard band wagon. And now I want to turn every mirror into a chalkboard. Can we have too many in our house?
I found this mirror on trash day well over a year ago. I believe it goes with a dresser but there was no dresser on the curb. Believe me, if there was a dresser too I would have stuffed it in my car somehow.  I forgot to mention it was a rainy trash day, yeah that was fun-NOT!!! The mirror had stickers and fingernail polish on it that I cleaned off before this pic.
The mirror is on my car because it was about to be loaded up again to go to a fun painting party. 
Back story on painting party: So, I had heard about this blogger in our local paper.  Well actual I was already aware of her blog and projects etc., just didn't know she was local. So I stalked followed her until I couldn't take it anymore- I just had to introduce myself to her via email.  She was so sweet, she replied right away and then invited me to come to a mom's group at her church and a painting event that she was doing to try out chalk paint. To say I was excited is an understatement!!! Wanna know who the lovely blogger was? Well it was the fabulous Beckie from Infarrantly Creative!!! Beckie had arranged for the group to try Cece Caldwell's chalk paint. Everyone brought something to paint (everything from dressers to chairs to mirrors to tables... you get the idea) to paint with a color we had selected when we registered for the event. 
I had selected a gray color but after a short demonstration decided to borrow another momma's Maine Harbor and then used my Pittsburgh Gray over. I loved the paint and can't wait to use it again. It was easy to use and clean up. After the paints dried I then used a wet rag to distress and bring the beautiful blue color out.
I would love to show you during pictures but I forgot my camera and the phone pics are terrible. I did remove the mirror to make painting the frame easier. Before putting the mirror back I sprayed it with several layers of chalkboard paint.
Here she is:

I have to tell you all too that writing out the week's menu has made life a little easier for this momma of 4. It makes grocery lists and grocery shopping easier.   So glad I rescued it from the trash that rainy day.
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I'm still here!

Well I hope at least one reader out there has been wondering where I've been. It has seriously been since Thanksgiving that I have posted. Oh My!!! And the reason why I have been in hiding is right there in my last post. That pregnancy kicked my bootay! My OB explained all the complications as being from having 3 previous C-sections and being left with lots of scar tissue that doesn't quite stretch liked we'd want. So, I focused on trying to keep up with my sweet Nolan and trying to be as comfortable as I could be until.... Sadie came!!! We now have a beautiful baby girl. She came 3 weeks early and was the tiniest baby I've had or even held. And we had some troubles with weight gain, the poor girl spent about 3 weeks only weighing 5 lbs. Yikes!!! So, I kept my focus on my family working hard to get Sadie chubby and helping Nolan not to feel left out while trying to keep up with pre-teen Lissy and almost ready to drive Jackson. Whew!
Now Sadie is 3 months old and getting chubby as in too many chins to count. Nolan is 2 years old and lots of fun. Lissy and Jackson are back in school. I've done a few projects that I hope to share soon. Not sure when I will be a good blogger and post regularly but I really must put my family first. I'll leave you with some photos that my dear friend took of Sadie.
Thanks for stopping by At Home with Sweet T -Tracy

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Exciting News...

First, let me apologize for my absence. It has been way too long since I have posted. Lately, I just haven't even been on my computer which means I haven't even been visiting all of your lovely blogs either. Ok, so here's why: I'm EXPECTING!!! The news came as a complete shock to my husband and I. In fact, we've know for about 3 weeks now but haven't said anything to anyone until today. It goes without saying this was not our plan to have another child, but it must be God's plan :) We told our family the good news today at Thanksgiving. We got Nolan (now 18 months) a shirt that says "Big Bro" and he wore it as we visited our families today. I loved seeing everyone's reaction as they figured it out. So, now the cat is out of the bag and I can stop saying "oh I must be coming down with something," or "I must have eaten too much." Yes, I have been using those excuses. And yes, I have been feeling very nauseous and extremely tired. It doesn't help that Nolan is not a good sleeper and is in a "not sleeping through the whole night" phase :(. Now can you see why I haven't been crafting or blogging? I have some big plans with Christmas coming up so stay tuned... Thanks for stopping by At Home with Sweet T -Tracy

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sports Ribbon Display-Option 2

Do you remember the free crib I got from Craigslist? Do you remember the 1st project from it? The Sports Ribbon Display I made for my daughter from the free crib? Well, today's project is the same but different. Using the same free crib I have made a sports ribbon display for my son.

My son, Jackson is our track star and has a ton of ribbons from his 2 years of middle school track. He did like his sister's ribbon display, just not for himself, "it's too girly." So, instead of using the side of the crib I used the bottom-springy part that holds the mattress. I can't find my before pictures so just imagine the above photo in black. It would have been fine to hang it without painting it but he wanted to use a school color, so it got several coats of royal blue spray paint. My advice to anyone wanting to paint one is to spray a couple coats, let dry, then move it. Turn it upside down or something to get the springs to wiggle just a little or you could end up with unpainted lines under where the springs attach to the frame.
My husband hung the whole unit on the wall using 4 "L" brackets. I think you could hang it with 2 brackets at the top and let the bottom rest on the wall if you wanted. I like how the whole thing stands out from the wall. My son is 15 and in high school, if he hurts himself on the screws or any part of it then I might have to take the display away from him. (kidding) Seriously, if you do make this for a younger child it would probably be a good idea to put caps on the screws and have a no climbing rule.
None of the ribbons he earned came with a string to hang them with so we punched small holes in them and added some string. While I added the string Jackson put all the ribbons on his display. It was his idea to line them up, I think I would have just randomly put them here and there. He's already asked me to paint some frames to put certificates in around the frame-that's my boy! 
Now 2 of my kids have reminders in their rooms that hard work pays off and that Mommy is very proud of them. 
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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Zipper Bracelet

What's a blogger to do when her husband finally gives up a badly tattered pair of shorts??? Salvage every last thing she can from them. Am I right? I could not believe how long it took for him to give up on these shorts, in places they were bare threads. Wish I would have thought to take a picture of the shorts before they were tossed. The left over fabric was so thin, it couldn't be used for anything. I kept all of the buttons (cargo pants have lots of buttons) and the zipper. As soon as I cut the zipper off I knew I wanted to make a bracelet from it. So here's what I did:
I cut as close to the teeth as possible to remove the zipper. I wanted the bracelet to mainly be the teeth and the pull. I loved this bronze-y color to the zipper.

Insert a jump ring at the end of the zipper between the last of the teeth and the stop. I used a pair of pliers to open the jump ring (I don't have jewelry tools yet) and it worked fine.
This mess is supposed to show you that I sewed another jump ring onto the other end of the zipper. It was sort of like sewing on a button.
From here I added a clasp to one of the jump rings. You could use the hole in the zipper pull instead of one of the jump rings but then you would have to wear the zipper open or closed depending on where you put it. I wanted to have an option.
Which way would you wear it? Zipped?...
Or unzipped?...
I ended up wearing it zipped for the evening.

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