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DIY Washi Tape Light Covers

Lookie at what I did today! 

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And you should, too! Here’s how I did it! 

Well, I started with my plain light covers…..many of them in a 1-bedroom apartment!

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And that’s boring! So….Washi Tape to the rescue! 

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I collect ’em when they’re on sale!! 

I have lots of Christmas and Valentine’s Day themed ones, too…but those stayed on the shelf for this particular project 🙂

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And so I went to town!! Grab your flat head screwdriver and take the plates off of the wall. Then you get the Washi Tape and just stick ’em on where you want ’em…and fold them over the back! You can see that I used shorter strips over the switch rectangles. And it’s Washi Tape…so it’s super easy to reposition it!

If you want to go diagonal over a switch rectangle, you just have to cut diagonally into the corners and fold it down! Like so…

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Here are my completed works!

And here they are in their natural environment. Much cheerier than they were this morning, that’s for sure!

Watch for when Washi Tape goes on sale, and start building up your stock!

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DIY Organizer

Check this ouuutttt!!!! I took empty formula containers and made them into organizers!

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I’m currently in Romania visiting my best friend – she works at an orphanage as a psychopedagogue (educational psychologist) and I get to go to work with her…which, for me, consists of playing with children while she does all the work work!!! And I also got to help her move her office into a different room and reorganize along the way.

She had saved these formula cans for me because she knew I would do SOMETHING with them…so I did! 

There’s a video at the end if something doesn’t make sense…enjoy!

Here’s what you need to do this:

 

Supplies

  • Empty formula cans (or something similar)
  • Towel
  • Duck tape
  • Glue Gun
  • Scissors – optional, but I use them because you get a cleaner finish on the tape instead of tearing it. 

Ok, so first you have to take off the labels!

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Then you gotta rinse those little things…well, you can wash them with soap, but I just rinsed them out well. 

Now, time to dry them! Dry them WELL!!

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And now you should have a good little collection…

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Now, pick your tape and START TAPING!!

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I found it easiest to put between my knees and line it up with the bottom, then take it around. Then do another layer on the other part, making sure to line it up against the lip of the container. 

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Now, lay them out how you want them to be glued, and get out that hot glue gun!!

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Can you see the clear/white line of hot glue between them?? That’s right where you glue it. Wherever the cans touch, add glue. I just did it on the taped part, not on the lip/edge. That way, you don’t see the glue when you look straight at it. 

I found it easiest to set flat on the table and glue it, that way you can ensure that it’s straight.

If that doesn’t make sense, then watch the video at the bottom. If you just want to watch the video at the bottom, then watch the video at the bottom. 

Check them out! I even make some baby ones. 

Here is the video that shows more of the process and better explains the gluing!

Now, go forth and create!!!

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Don’t Let the Muggles Get You Down

I saw a cool Harry Potter sweater on Pinterest, and decided to make my own!

It says “Don’t let the muggles get you down”

That’s a quote from Ron’s letter in Harry’s birthday card from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. 

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You’ll need…

  • a blank sweater (I got mine for $3 from a thrift store)
  • fabric paint
  • freezer paper
  • an iron
  • a Cricut machine with a font cartridge you like OR a stencil, a pencil, and scissors
  • cardboard (to place in the sweater while you paint)

Here’s what you do!

Lay out your blank sweater. 

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Cut the freezer paper to say whatever you want….when you cut it, have the waxy side down (don’t throw away the insides of letters – you’ll need those!).

DSC08323Iron the letters onto the sweater! Make sure the waxy side is on the sweater. 

DSC08324Because I was using spray fabric paint, I didn’t want it to get everywhere…so I took FOREVER to cover the outsides in painter’s tape…

Oh and make sure you put the cardboard in between! I used an old box from Amazon.com

DSC08328Then get your paint of choice…

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And spray/paint your heart out!

DSC08331You’re supposed to wait until it dries before you peel it all off….but I am impatient, so I took it off while it was still wet…which proved to be a big mistake, because it splattered…

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And so to fix that….I made some purposeful splashes…

DSC08333And here it is! As it dried, it got lighter….unfortunately…but I still love it!

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  • Put the letters closer together
  • Use a darker color

And remember…

Don’t let the muggles get you down. 

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Melted Crayon Creation

I had some time yesterday, so I made this!

Here’s some pictures of the process… (if you want detailed instructions on how to make your own Melted Crayon Canvas, click here)

First you hot glue the crayons to the canvas…

Then you cover your work space with newspaper…and you plug in your hair dryer…and you keep it on LOW the whole time.

Here is the first corner done!

Here is the second corner done!

Here it is with three corners done!

And here is the final product!

I wasn’t sure where to put it…the other one I made (which you can see here) is downstairs, so I opted to put this one in mine and Carolyn’s room upstairs…specifically…over the closet door…

Apparently I’m not very good at centering things…whatever! I still love it!

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Melted Crayon Art

Total cost: $8 (canvas and Crayola crayons)

Total time: 1 hour and a few minutes (from start to finish)

My friend Samantha needed a ride to Hobby Lobby to get some supplies for an art project she was doing…so I of course gave her a ride…and joined her in the adventure of doing the art project! Ours each turned out a bit differently, so I will be able to show you how to do it either way! The exciting things is that it will turn out different each time you do it!

The inspiration for this Melted Crayon Art project came from Pinterest…but as far as exactly how to do it, I used these websites…

I didn’t like the look of this one with the wrappers off the crayons.

This is another one with the wrappers off that I didn’t like.

I provided those links just in case you like them better with the wrappers off….you can go there for instructions! 

I LOVED the way this one looks.

Ok so here’s how we did it….

We used 58 crayons for each canvas. 

We used a 15×20 canvas

Start time: 9:30pm

The supplies you will need include:

  • Canvas (we bought a two pack at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon! Sign up for the weekly Hobby Lobby e-mails to get deals mailed to you each week!)
  • Crayola crayons (I only like Crayola) (We bought them at Wal-mart)
  • Hair dryer (we had two because we had 2 people)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Newspaper (enough to cover working surface)
  • Scotch tape (to tape the newspaper together when it starts flying everywhere from the hair dryers)
Let’s get started!
 1. Lay out the crayons in the pattern you want them!
This is the beginning of mine…
Lay them out lower than the top of the canvas so that when you go to glue them, you don’t have to move them out of the way!
Time check: 9:34pm

Samantha was struggling choosing a pattern…she ended up just choosing mine….it was good-looking!

2. Time to hot glue them on!
Time check: 9:42pm
Here’s the best technique for gluing…put a lot of glue in a few inches of space across the canvas and then put a few crayons over that place. WORK QUICKLY!
I didn’t glue them on straight because they weren’t all the exact same as far as where the wrappers were placed on the crayon…some had more sticking out at the top than others. So I staggered the crayons. But I did try to make sure that the side of the crayon that said “Crayola” was facing the top. 
I DON’T suggest doing them one at a time…it takes too long. Also, don’t put glue all the way across and then put the crayons on, because the glue will be dry by the time you get to it…
Time check: 9:49pm
3. Lay newspaper all over the floor (or whatever working space you are using. You will want to use something to lean the canvas against so it can stand upright at an angle…gravity will help the crayon art be created! We leaned them against the frame of my butterfly chair.

4. Melt the crayons! Turn the hair dryer on high and go across the crayons! Hold it it one spot to get it going. 

This is when I realized that the hair dryer was blowing the newspaper up and it was exposing the carpet on the floor…so I simply took the scotch tape and taped the newspaper down to itself so it would stay put!

Time check: 9:58pm
Time check: 10:02pm
Samantha was able to keep hers flowing straight down in lines by holding the hair dryer directly on the crayons. 
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I held my hair dryer at more of an angle, which caused it to splash more, which is how I got the splash marks at the bottom of the canvas, and it’s also why my colors ran together. 
Time check: 10:12pm
Time check: 10:13pm
Time check: 10:30pm

My completed canvas!

Samantha’s completed canvas!
Time check: 10:32pm
And of course, it is necessary to clean up at the end….but that was fast and easy!
Time check: 10:34pm
And there you have it. A simple, cheap ($8) project! And it only takes an hour! Enjoy! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me, and I will try my best to answer!

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Some of my creations!

Hello world! I want to share with y’all some of my creations! These are some scrapbook pages I’ve done…
(click on them to see them bigger!)
 

I have like a million scrapbook pages I’ve done, but I asked Sheila to just take pictures of random ones and send them to me…she’s so sweet! 
Okay,well maybe not A MILLION scrapbook pages…but I have at least 10 scrapbooks that are full! I love it!

 And there’s also just some projects I’ve done……The pictures are in chronological order as to the process I went through when making them.

Here’s what’s in that photo gallery…
1. scrapbook page layouts
2. The birdhouse I made for Twisha
3.  A clock I made!
4. A mirror I found at a thrift store and I decorated it for my friend Lauren for her wedding gift!
5. A frame thing I found at a thrift store and also decorated for Lauren!

6. A lamp I got from a thrift store..I decorated them for BF2 to be picture holders!!!!!


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Do You Want Some Sick-Awesome Shoes?


Taco gave me some white shoes to decorate for her…and here’s what I did with ’em….

here’s the front of ’em…

here’s the outside of the right shoe….

here’s the inside of the left shoe…

here’s the inside of the right shoe…

here’s the outside of the left shoe….

here’s the back of them….

I think they turned out AWESOME! I kinda wanted to keep them…but I didn’t…because they had HER name on them…haha

If you want me to make you some, give me $10 and some white shoes like these! They’re just the Mossimo Supply Co brand…from Target. They’re all fabric that I colored on….it was awesome. Oh and if you want some, I’ll not only need $10 and the shoes, but I’ll also need to know some things that you like.

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