Monday, March 7, 2011

Here's to Easy Peasy!!

Well, spring is on its way, the tulips are poking out of the ground, daylight savings is coming...and here I am again!! I am getting a desperate yen to spray paint something, and I have a ton of fun projects to tackle and share, so hopefully warmer weather and shorter work days will be here soon!! ;-))

In the meantime, I have an easy peasy project to show you that was SO fun!! I've always wanted one of these bed desks...last fall I was given one that had been in a basement and just needed some TLC.

This photo really highlights the basement cruddiness that was on the tray part of the desk...the tray has a heavy cardboard piece that was covered on top by glass. The glass was dirty and just needed a good clean...and the cardboard had water stains, but wasn't warped or damaged in any other way.

So I decided instead of replacing it, I would cover it...I used some spray mount that I had that was about a thousand years old (but still seems to work!), and a roll of wrapping paper that looked like lace over a paper a cool way...;-))

I also had to clean the desk really well as it was filthy...and replace a little corner piece for stability...

I also decided to go with the distressed look for simplicity's sake...just cleaning between all those little slots drove me slightly batty...I shuddered at the thought of sanding (which I hate anyway) all those tiny, awkward surfaces...shudder, shudder!!

When it is not cool to distress stuff anymore, I will mourn deeply the passing of the trend that is so loved by those of us who don't like work and have the attention span of a three-year-old (or an actual three-year-old ;-))).

So here is the adorable finished product...

Now if I could just get someone to serve me something in bed...;-))

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Here's to Dinos (and other old, slow things!!)

Oh, groan...It's been awhile!! I am starting this year out at a dinosaur pace...:-))

Partly because I am working more outside the home, and partly because I am kind of in a winter of creativity...but sometimes we just have to sit quietly and let the seeds of new things do the great work of preparing to grow!! And in those times it is paramount to hold onto the belief that Spring will come!! :-))

So I have a little project to share with you that I did a while back and never posted...

I started with this picture that I bought years ago at a church garage sale for $1. It was a little 80's-ish, (OK, a LOT 80's-ish) but I thought it might fill an empty space with color!!

So I had it for awhile, didn't really use it, gave it to Mom, she didn't really use it, she gave it back to me, it sat in the garage...then I got a great idea!!

I had this cool dino picture that I got at the local art institute end-of-semester sale and wanted to frame, but just hadn't found the right frame (size- and price-wise). I wanted something that would really highlight the picture and be, well, free...:-))

Oh, how I love it when things come together so serendipitously...:-))

I just disassembled the piece and removed the picture and mat, then spray painted the frame black. (I probably should have primed it, but just did a couple of coats.) Then I took it to my local Hobby Lobby and got the dino top-mounted on a medium-grey mat. The mat plus assembly fee was inexpensive (like, under $15), and saved me the trouble of putting it all back together!! :-)) This picture is closer to the true colors of the piece...

But it's fuzzy, which drives me nuts, so here it is one more time in lovely clarity!! :-))

Of course, the dinosaur craze in our household is now waning, but there is still enough interest that this will be relevant for awhile!! And it's just cool 'real' art for a kid's room!!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Here's to the New Year!!

Oh, how long it has been!!! I know, I know, a month since my last post...I guess it just goes to show that I am NOT Superwoman!!! :-)) I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season...we are off and running into 2011!!

I will start out the year with a little project that I did in December, and used as a gift!! So I thought I would wait until after the gift-giving was actually done to post about it, so as not to ruin any surprises! :^)

I started with this little guy as inspiration...I found him at a flea market as is...

Then I assembled some complimentary fabric, some buttons, and coordinating trim...

And using the bits and pieces, I covered a little cardboard box...I thought it turned out darn cute if I do say so myself!!! :-))

I tucked some jewelry into this little lovely as part of a gift, and it can be re-gifted, or kept to hold jewelry, keepsakes, office stuff, etc, etc...

Here's to a GREAT NEW YEAR!!! Looking forward to lots of wonderful things to come!! :-))