DIY Chess Clock
A DIY chess clock is a great gift to give your chess loving kid, or keep it for yourself, it will look great in any room.
My son had his 16th birthday on Sat! Where did that time go? I am sure that all moms ask that same question, but it is so true. Time just goes too fast and when they hit 16 you know that they are almost grown. *tears* He will always be my baby, even though he is taller than me. lol.
This year I wanted to make him a gift that he would really enjoy. He loves to play chess! It is one of his favorite hobbies, so I thought a Chess Clock would be right up his alley.
- Chess pieces
- canvas board, paint
- clock kit
First thing I did was paint the canvase board in a gradient, with it being lighter in the center. I used a few of the cheap acrylic colors from the craft store. My son tends to like things on the simpler side, so I didn’t do my usual bling and mixed media. (he was grateful that I restrained, lol)
Once everything was dried add the clock kit to the center of the canvas.
For the chess pieces I added a circle of paper to the whole in the bottom. The pieces I used were just random ones that I had, no I didn’t steal any from my son, lol.
Then you glue the chess pieces to the canvas board. Try and do it in a circle. I did the best I could, but I think next time I will make a template to make it easier. But overall I think it looks great.
He loved it! I am glad that he enjoyed his gift! This would be cute with other game pieces like dominoes or checkers! Let your imagination go wild.
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Sewing Craft Project Burlap Pillows
Used burlap coffee sacks make for a great sewing craft project… they also make make great pillows. They are fun and unique and perfect for any decor.
Finished burlap pillow case
Today is a cold, wintry day and I am inclined to stay inside all day (I do have to go to work, but when I get home I am going to snuggle down and say warm) anyway, as I think about staying home I am reminded of this sewing craft project I did where I made pillows from Burlap sacks. I did this a while ago, but I still love them so much. I think they are perfect for my decor.
- You will need the used burlap sacks that is used for coffee. I originally purchased mine on eBay, but I did find some on Amazon. You can use this link: Burlap Coffee Sacks. There are a lot of vendors for these sacks so you have your pick! But they usually come with random patterns, I don’t think you are able to pick your pattern. So keep that in mind when purchasing.
- Pillow form. I found mine at Ikea, they have the best prices for pillow forms
- Needle and thread, or sewing machine.
This sewing craft project starts with burlap bags
Cut your sack to the dimensions of your pillow form. If you want the pillow to look more full then cut the sack a bit smaller. (I have to be honest here, I didn’t actually sew these pillows. My fabulous mom sewed them for me. haha, I don’t know what I would do without her.)
Once it is cut, pin the right sides together and sew the right sides together. Leave a little hole so you have room to put your pillow form in.
Stuff your pillow and stitch the hole.
Here is another finished pillow
That is it, very easy to make a custom pillow for your home. You can use this technique for almost any fabric. I love how easy it is to update your decor, and reusing items that might otherwise land in the landfill is a double awesome!
BTW if you are wondering how I painted my couch green you can check out this old post: Painted Couch
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Guest Post By Kim- DIY Sugar Scrub
Today we have a great DIY for your dry skin. This is a great way to replenish the moisture and exfoliate at the same time.
Once again I have my sister, Kim, doing a guest post, which I love!! She is sharing a diy Sugar scrub, which is awesome. When I read this post I giggled because it is similar to the recipe that I use all the time. You can tell that we are sisters, haha. I will post my version at the end.
It has been a while since I have done a guest post, you can read my last guest post here. I have a few in progress but this is one that is a great gift idea for the holidays. Also with so much focus on politics something to pamper ourselves is good.
This is what it will look like when all is said and done.
First let me give you a little background on beauty products. Many exfoliating skin care products contain microbeads for the abrasive properties. These are plastic spheres that are less than 5mm in diameter. These are rinsed down the drain and cannot be captured by water treatment plants thereby they make it into waterways and interfere with fish and other wildlife. President Obama did sign a ban on these but it will not take effect until at least mid 2017 and only covers beauty products You can read about that here. They can also be found in cleaning products but that is another post.
I wanted to share with you one way that you can stop using micro beads right now and have great skin.
Disclaimer: I am not a dermatologist and have no skin care training. I just know this works great for me and I love how it leaves my skin.
About a year ago I started to switch out some of my beauty products for more natural versions. I wanted good results but to be friendly to my skin and the environment. I have some issues with skin sensitivity so I am careful what I use.
Here is what I started doing for an exfoliate.
A sugar scrub with coconut oil. I love it and it leaves my skin hydrated and soft. I use it 1-2 times a week I like to rub it on my face and neck right before my shower and then rinse it off in the shower. If you use this route you need to be careful because some of the oil can stay on the floor of the shower and be a little slippery. I have also used this as a full body scrub and it is great on feet and elbows.
I have used to different recipes and I have provided links to them here. Also I have pinned a bunch more on my “Go Natural” and “Skin Deep Beauty” boards on Pinterest.
The first one I tried was very basic as I wanted to see how it would work. Just 2 parts regular sugar and 1 part Coconut Oil. You can read about it here.
I don’t have any pictures but it was great and now I am excited to try different scents and combinations. Maybe a salt scrub also.
Next I tried another recipe for vanilla scented. You can read about it here.
This was a good recipe but I found The ratio to be off and I needed to add more sugar. I do love the vanilla scent when I use it. A better quality vanilla would probably have a stronger scent but I wasn’t going to use my good vanilla for a scrub and this was plenty for me.
These are the materials you will need.
Be sure that you melt the coconut oil before mixing with the sugar but you don’t want the oil too hot. I live in a warm area of the country so I only needed 10 seconds in the microwave to completely melt the coconut oil.
After mixing your ingredients it might look like this.
Then mixed together you can see that there is a lot of oil. So I added more sugar and the vanilla.
A less oily mixture.
Next time I will be using the first recipe but adding vanilla or whatever oil or extract i am in the mood for. Also Coconut Oil is great as it doesn’t go rancid quickly. I had my last jar in the shower for a couple of months and it was still fresh and great to use to the last bit I could scrape out of the jar.
As we approach the holidays and the craziness of the end of the year remember to take time for you.
I love doing sugar scrubs. Here is how my version is slightly different than Kim’s
- I don’t use any vanilla, I like the scent the way it is
- I don’t even melt it, lol. (I try and stay out of the kitchen as much as possible, lol)
- I just dump equal amounts of coconut oil (I don’t melt it before hand because coconut oil melts in your hand and I am lazy as well, haha) and granulated sugar and brown sugar. I used brown sugar as well because if I use too much granulated sugar it is too rough on my skin. (I usually make up my scrub as I wait for the water in my shower to warm up)
- Then in the shower I just take a scoop and smear it all over, but be careful it does make the shower slippery.
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Gift Idea- Mini Canvas Photo Magnets
Can you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? With Christmas so close I thought I would start showing you some easy DIY gifts.
Today I am going to show you how to make these really easy, really cute, mini canvas magnets. These are perfect for Grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends, and even for your self, lol.
- Mini canvases
- Mod Podge, brushes, scrap paper, magnet, glue
- Paint, photo
First pick up some of these adorable mini canvases. I couldn’t resist, they are so cute. At just 2″ x 2″ they are perfect for magnets.
After you are finished admiring the cuteness of the canvas paint is all in a neutral color, including the sides.
Now it is time to cut out your picture. To help with this make a template by cutting out a square in some scrap paper the size of your canvas. Then use that template to find the best image for your magnet. You may even discover that the picture you chose won’t work because it is too big or too many details get lost. (on a funny side note when my teenage son saw me doing these magnets the other day he laughed and said that he was freshly dented in that pic. He still has the scar to this day. ahhh kids, they do keep us on our toes)
Then glue the picture down using Mod Podge. You can add a layer of Mod Podge to the top if you wish. Then I sponged some of the same paint color I used previously to add a nice boarder. Glue a magnet to the back an you are done. A great gift that can be done in 10 min.
Are there any gifts that you would like me to do a tutorial for? Let’s make this a DIY holiday season!
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Make a Basket Out of Wine Corks
The question of the day is what to do with left over wine corks? Disclaimer: I did not drink all of this wine to make this craft, lol. I got a big box of wine corks from eBay for really cheap! I just love all the crafts people are doing on Pinterest with the corks so I thought I would try it out.
This is a really simple craft that probably won’t take more than 30 min to complete. This basket is perfect for just your desk or table. It is a really cute way to store just about anything.
Gather your corks and start to assemble them. Try to get them all about the same size, it will make the basket look better.
Then start hot gluing them together. Hold the pieces together for a few seconds to make sure they stick, but the hot glue should be strong enough to hold it together.
I did 2 rows of 5 for the bottom of the basket and 24 vertical corks for the sides. And I stacked the sides 2 corks tall.
Once I was gluing all the corks together I thought it looked a little plain so I added a ribbon and a flower to jazz it up.
So what have you made with wine corks? Next I think I will make a trivet and a cork board for my office. Stay tuned to the tutorials.
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Meet Issac. He is my new friend that sits on my desk at work. It was a simple task of transforming an old figurine from a golden owl into something amazing. Why is his name Issac? No particular reason except I asked my son what his name should be and Issac as suggest, and the name stuck. Perfect name for an owl.
Now, I will admit I particularly like birds, especially Owls. But, when I saw this disguised looking owl at Goodwill I knew that he had to come home with me.
I just love how professional he looks with his suit and tie, He looks so serious. And the fact that he is a bust of an owl just cracked me up. But he was gold. I didn’t think he really liked being a 70s fantastic golden owl, so I decided to help him out. As I looked him over I noticed that he was white under his label so my thought is that he was originally white, which would be really cute as well.
But he needed to be Oil Rubbed Bronze.
Protect your work space and spray in light, even coats, repeating as necessary. When he is completely covered let him dry. Once he is dried he is ready for display and he is ready to impart his wisdom.
I love covering my thrift finds with spray paint. I painted this Candle Holder, and these Porch Lights, and these lanterns. You never know what I will paint next.
An office chair has got to be one of the most pieces of furniture that a person can own. You spend a ton of time in your chair so it should be comfortable and good looking. I had a chair that was wonderful, it worked great and I had it a long time. But it broke. So I had to search for a new one. After searching high and low I found one at a surplus store. It was in great condition and for only $15, I thought it was a steal. The only problem was the green fabric covering it. The color was ok, a dark green, but it was itchy and that was not ok. So I decided to recover so it didn’t drive me crazy sitting on it for 8 hours a day.
I think it turned out very cute. I found the fabric at Who Gives a Scrap. I talked about this awesome donation center last week. You can revisit that post here. They had this great upholstery fabric for only $2. Can’t beat that price. Here is how I went about recovering the chair.
~Chair (this one wouldn’t be too bad if it wasn’t for the itchy fabric. Now I know why they had it for sale at the surplus store.)
~ Fabric (The stripped patter is cute and for only $2 I could pass that up.)
~ Staple gun, screw driver, glue gun, ribbon for edging
~ The first thing I did was take off the arm rests with the screw driver. I could have taken the whole chair apart and this might have made the process easier, but I decided to work around everything except the arm rests.
~ Then I measure the fabric and started stapling it on. The way this chair is constructed is a little weird. It has a plastic back and the original cover was Velcroed on, but I didn’t want to go that trouble so I decided to staple over everything.
~ I got the top part done then I went to town on the seat of the chair. The stripes made it easy to match the top to the bottom. I stapled everywhere then I went back and added more. I wanted to make sure everything held.
~ Once everything was secure and stapled on I hot glued on a tan ribbon that coordinated with the fabric. Then I put the arms back on that that was it. It took me a couple of hours to complete but it was worth it to not have an itchy chair.
Once I finished my son loved it so much he has asked me to do a chair for him. But if my chair is ever missing I know who to took it.
Happy August to you! Is is just me, or is this year flying by? Now that it is August I just realize that I am waaaaay behind on my crochet temperature blanket. You can read about it here. Time to start working on it again, but that is not what this post is about, lol. I am going to show you how to do something completely different
These DIY agate coasters are an easy project that make a perfect gift.
~ Sliced Agate. You can find them online in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes.
~ Paint Pen
I have had these agates for a while, they were my Grandfather’s, I found them in his stash of rocks. He was a rock hound and had something of everything. They are a little smaller than I would have liked, but I like to use what I have on hand. The neutral color is perfect for me, but you can get them in almost any color of the rainbow.
Then you paint around the edges with a paint pen. I picked mine up at Wal-Mart for a few bucks. I painted around the edge twice.
Put felt squares on the bottom to help protect your furniture and that is it!
Easy project to add interest and spice to your home.
I wanted to take a few minutes today to do a TBT. I made this chandelier about 4 years ago and I still love it! Here is the original blog post: Restoration Hardware Chandelier
The DIY took me a while to complete, but it still is one of my favorite projects! I hope you all enjoy the walk down memory lane.
I have a lot of new readers so I wanted to share this DIY with everyone.
When I saw this RH chandelier I fell in love! I mean it is a perfect blend of sparkle and fancy with rustic, industrial elements. But I did not fall in love with the cost.
The Full instructions are in the original post, but here are the abbreviated instructions
I found this old light fixture and added some hoops that I found at the craft store.
After adding the hoops I spray painted everything with Rusteloem Oil Rubbed Bronze (my favorite spray paint)
Then I added all the crystals and light bulbs
Then we hung it up and it looks awesome! People are always surprised when I say that I made it!
What DIY projects have you done that were inspired by Restoration Hardware?
The other day I was working on my laptop and just kept getting distracted about how boring it is. I mean, the laptop is just black, no color at all. And you all know me by now, so you know that this just won’t do. I had to fix it!
See much better!
~ Laptop or any electronic
~ contact paper (I found mine on Amazon)
~ Letter stickers (I found mine on Amazon)
~ Exacto knife and scissors
~ Cut your contact paper a little bigger than the laptop
~ Slowly and carefully peal the back off the contact paper and adhere to your laptop. Try to keep it straight and try and keep the bubbles out. I still ended up with bubbles, but that is ok. I think it adds to the creativity
~ Once the contact paper is on then carefully trim the edges with an Exacto knife. Smooth it all down and make sure it is secure
~ I love the chevron pattern, but I felt like it needed more so I added the purple, glitter letters. I think that was the right touch.
That is it! It is a great way to add character and personality to you electronics, and I already feel more productive!
And the best part is this was easy enough that you can change your design often. I have seen some really cute contact paper designs at the dollar store.