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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Kitchen Bridal Shower - Apron Theme on: September 20, 2012 11:18:55 PM
I hosted a bridal shower for my niece, this past weekend.  I love all the paper pom poms, and garlands, I've seen lately.  So, I thought I'd put my spin on some for the shower.  The first was a cupcake line garland.  I wanted to do something just a little different with the cupcake liners:]

It's really as easy as it looks: red regular-sized liners (folded in half); white mini-size (folded in half); a white card stock "bodice" hotglued between the two liners; a small piece of white ribbon for the top tie, 2 scraps of checked card stock for pockets, and checkered ribbon glued at the waist to string the aprons out for the garland.  Super Simple!

For my niece's name garland, I wanted something slightly larger.  So, I decided to use paper napkins, and a doily, with letters I printed on Cardstock:

I simply made paper fans from the dark red, and gingham checked napkins, used the same white cardstock bodices and ribbons as the cupcake garland, and cut a paper doily in half.  I used white satin ribbon at the waist to string the aprons together:
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thrift Store to Craft Room: Gift Wrapping Cabinet on: October 24, 2011 11:27:43 AM
I wanted someplace to store all my gift-wrapping supplies.  I try to keep an assortment of basic colors, and brown mailing, wrap on-hand.  With a little embellishment of ribbon, or accessories, you have a beautifully wrapped gift for any occassion.  But, there was also the issue of tape, scissors, tissue paper, etc...Keeping all the supplies in one spot was the goal.  Here is a picture of the finished project:

I started with this cabinet that I purchased from the Thrift Store, cost $15.00

I removed the top drawer and the front door.  Then, I painted the entire cabinet, inside and out, white.

I had a "lazy susan" spinning mechanism in my stash, that had never gotten used.  I wanted to be able to put several rolls of paper in the cabinet.  So, I mounted the lazy susan to a wooden circle that I cut out of plywood.  I made spools for the rolls of paper, out of dowel rods, and scrap curtain rod materials.  I also wanted to be able to slide the lazy susan out of the cabinet, so that I could see the rolls, as well as, remove them from the cabinet.  I mounted the lazy susan to a slide-out piece of wood.  I used the drawer hardware from the original cabinet to make the slide-out:

I attached small tea cup hooks to the inside of the door, and placed a dowel rod across, to hold different tissue papers.  I put a couple of hooks in the door to hang bags of filler.  I stapled a couple of strips of elastic to the door; to hold scissors and tape.

I think it fits perfectly, both in size and functionality, in the craft room!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ironing Board Cover from a Goodwill Dress and Hat on: October 03, 2011 11:08:18 AM
I do not like to see an ironing board standing in the corner.  And the "built-in" wall units are so very expensive!  I wanted something to hide the ironing board, fit in a budget, and MOST importantly fit in with the theme of my craft room.  So, I decided to do something totally different...a Victorian dress to cover the ironing board:

I purchased a dress and hat at the local Goodwill store, for less than $10.00.  Then, I re-purposed, recycled, re-did them into something that would hide my ironing board. Very little sewing, very low cost... I wish I had taken pictures of the before/after dress.  It was a throwback "party", or maybe even a bridesmaid dress, that had a straight bodice, gathered shoulder-to-tapered long sleeves; 3 ruffles at the bottom of the slightly above-the-knee hemline.  I added the lace,waistband, sleeve bands, and pearl buttons,  gathered the ruffles into a "bustle", poofed the sleeves, and Voila! 
Here are the pictures:

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Boy: Traditional Pastel Blue and White Sock Wreath on: September 02, 2011 12:33:38 PM
Traditional baby blue/white sock wreath. The sock "rosebuds" were mixed with white baby's breath silk floral and pastel blue silk roses. An antique cut crystal cake pedestal was placed inside the wreath, with a honeycomb baby bear shower centerpiece placed on top. The honeycomb bear matched the baby bear invitations, and diaper cake topper.

And a close-up of the sock "rosebuds":
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Boy: Traditional Pastel Blue and White Diaper Cake on: September 02, 2011 12:25:57 PM
Traditional pastel blue Diaper Cake. This was the first Diaper Cake I ever made. The cake topper was a 3-D crib, with baby bear, that was actually an unused Shower Invitation.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Girl: Zebra and Hot Pink Diaper Cake on: September 02, 2011 12:21:12 PM
Created for the same shower as my "Pastel Pink and White" Diaper Cake...the nursery theme for this sweetheart was "Zebra/Hot Pink".  So, I wanted to do something different, and more in line with the modern theme.  Here's what I came up with:
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby Girl: Traditional pastel Pink and White Diaper Cake on: September 02, 2011 12:06:56 PM
I LOVE traditional pastel pink and white colors for a new baby girl!  This diaper cake was created with pink ribbon, miniature silk rosebuds, hand-pleated white ribbon base, and soft white tulle surround.  The topper was actually a small metal Christmas ornament "Gift-Box".  I painted the ornament white and pink, then over-sprayed with glitter.  I then placed another Christmas ornament of a small pink/white rocking horse in the box.

I only have one picture of this cake....unfortunately.
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Safari Diaper Cake on: August 15, 2011 10:53:35 AM
I made this diaper cake, this passed weekend, for a very dear friend of my daughter.  She has a "Safari" themed nursery.

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Texas Barn with a Fun Twist on: May 27, 2010 09:06:50 PM
Yay! We have finally finished our family project!  After Hurricane Ike did a number on our barn, we decided to replace it with a new one.  The ideas started flowing:  large porch, gameroom, craftroom, bunkroom...oh yeah, and we did still need a barn for the tractors, 4 wheelers and such.  We had a new 40' x 60' metal barn with a 20' x 40' covered porch extension built.  We carefully planned out our space and ended up using half of the barn for our "finished" rooms.  The results...

The Gameroom: 20' x 30' with 13' tall walls and a 16' cathedral ceiling:

All of the interior walls were built with rough-sawn 1" x 4" lumber.  The ceilings in each room were done in tin.  I absolutely hate throwing away anything!  I used some of our scrap lumber to make this tattered Texas Flag:

The Bunkroom is for our overnight guests.  The room features family antiques ranging from the bed and quilt, to my grandfather's leather holster.  I used a scrap piece of the tin ceiling to make the Texas Flag for the wall.

The Bathroom really turned out nice.  Although the room dimensions are small 10' x 6', the 10' tall ceilings give the room a much larger feel.  The tin walls on the shower and the tin ceiling really brighten up the space.  Because the shower was not a standard size, I made the Shower Curtain (and the clear liner) to fit.  Probably the items that get the most comments are the bucket sink, and hand-pump faucet.  Yes, it is functional!

I have already posted about the craftroom in another thread.  So, I won't repeat here.
The only room I don't have pictures of is my Brother and Sis-in-Law's bedroom/retreat.  They live about 100 miles from us, "in the big city"  Wink  So, the last room is their "home-away-from-home".  It really turned out nice!  I'll have to get some pictures posted of that one, soon.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / The Barn: Craft Room UPDATE on: February 25, 2010 07:22:18 PM
Since starting this post, a little over a year ago, I have just completed a great project in/on my Craft Room.  Originally, I had placed an extra twin size bed in the room. The bed was set up in the corner and used mainly as extra sitting space, in a daybed fashion.  Little did I know that in the year since our Barn has been "finished" we would have soooo many friends coming to stay, on a regular basis.  Thank goodness I had put the extra bed in the Craft Room.  We also had another extra twin-sized bed set that was being stored.  Whenever we had guests, we were setting up the stored bed, to make a King size bed in the Craft Room.  This was happening quite frequently...and getting very old.  So, I decided to purchase a pop-up trundle to put in the room.  Now, a regular bed-frame is not sized to store a trundle underneath...I had to get creative.

I could have purchased a daybed along with the trundle.  But, the daybeds I liked and thought would go with the Barn decor were quite expensive.  I decided to build my own bed.  Sounds pretty simple...I hate when I think I have it all figured out, then it goes wrong....

I had no idea that the clearances involved with the trundle would give me such a headache!  But, I eventually worked it out.  And, I am VERY pleased with the results!  Total Cost of material: $80.00  Time to build: 3 days.  I did this whole project completely by myself.  Not even one grandchild to hold a board in place! hahaha
Here are the pictures of the project:

Original Bed/Couch put in room.

The Project begins!  First Post being fitted.

Posts and Rails Set...

Original "Box Spring" that I removed material and padding.  As you can see, there really is NO spring in the "Box Spring".

I used the original Box Spring Frame as a top frame to the bed.  This frame was then fitted with plywood to provide extra storage on top of the Trundle Bed.

Spindles being  put in  place.

Plywood Base in place.

The mattress and trundle assembly.

Spindles and Top Frame trimmed out.

A Close Up of the Finished Post Detail.  I "wood-burned" the wooden star to give it more detail.

In order to hide the plywood storage area above the bed, I used 2 pieces of the tin we had left-over from doing the ceilings in the barn rooms. I then trimmed the tin out with 1" X 4" wood like was used on the wall of the room.

The Bed is Complete! I used a quilt that has been passed down from my Great Grandmother for the bedspread.  I think it looks nice and fits with the feel of the room.

Another View of the completed Bed.

Hi All, I just found this wonderful website.  What Fun!  I am in the process of finishing up my Craft Room...I know it will be a never-ending project!  The room is located in a newly constructed barn.  I live in Southeast Texas. We chose the rustic Texas theme for the parts of the barn that we are finishing out:  Craft Room, Bunkhouse, My Brother's "Home-Away-From-Home" Room, and a very large Game Room.  I'm super excited about the way things are turning out.  This space is giving me the perfect opportunity to mix all of the family heirlooms, a little bit of my creativeness, and a lot of heart and soul.  I'd certainly welcome any and all comments and recommendations!

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