Monday, March 25, 2013

Another Workbench Item from Haleighanna's Hands

I am not what anyone would call a neat freak...especially in my shop. I have purchased a lot of baskets and label makers over the years and sometimes they get used but I am not sure that my version of organized matches anyone else's. I also work at a really long table and usually half is the space I am working on and the other half is the "put it away later" or project drying area.

I felt a bit overwhelmed by the "put it away later" side (i.e., it was starting to list a little under the weight) so I decided to clean it up. At the bottom of the pile was an unused paint stir stick. I have no idea why it was there since I haven't painted anything since November when I lived at my old house. And before you say, "Are you sure it can't be from your last paint project? You know it's been awhile since you've organized your space!," I have moved since that last paint endeavor.

So I starred at it a long time, pondering how it came to be there and where it should go to wait to be useful. Then it hit me. Use up some paper scraps and make a photo/note holder. Here it is!

Paint Stick Note/Photo Holder. A low cost way to use up scraps!

I used a few things I had lying around:

The paint stir stick
Craft knife
Distressing ink
Acrylic paint
A scrap of paper large enough to fit the stir stick
A scrap of fabric
A couple of left over paper flowers from another project
Three clothes pins (a pile of which I found in the "put it away pile")
Wall hangers
E6000 (my favorite glue)
Mod Podge Matte

Step 1: Cut the stir stick. I used my craft knife and ruler to score the wood just before the little curve starts in the handle. I kept scoring it until I had cut through about half. I broke it apart and cleaned up the edges with the sandpaper and craft knife. Don't worry about if it breaks a little because Step 2 will cover up any issues.

Step 2: Use the scrap paper to cover the stir stick. I used Mod Podge to glue the paper to the wood.

Step 3: Distress the edges of the stick (if desired)

Step 4: Paint the clothes pins (if desired)

Step 5: Glue the fabric, flowers, and clothes pins to the stick with the E6000

Step 6: Glue the hangers to the back with the E6000

In the end, I had a charming and super cheap piece that I could hang pictures from and an excuse not to finish the my initial task of cleaning. Such is life...

Clothes pins from the Dollar Store

What do you do with your scraps?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Haleighanna's Hands: What's on the Workbench

Last week, Sheila graciously agreed to share her cork board upcycles. I was so inspired that I had to run to Hobby Lobby (right after I got off the plane from South by Southwest) and
get some supplies. Here's how my project turned out.

I bought a 4x6 resin frame that was on sale ($7.50). I couldn't find a fabric that I liked for a price I liked so I found a pillow cover that I could use a coupon on. So I am up to about $11.00. The most expensive thing I had to buy was the cork board because I was in a hurry and my selection was very limited. I found the pinheads on the clearance aisle. They are meant for jewelry but they were pretty, so...

Turquoise paint with black metallic distressing

My first step was to paint the frame in my favorite color. It took several coats but it turned out great. The next step was to distress it. I used some Anita's Metallic Black paint and mixed it with glaze. Then I swooshed it all around and then wiped it off with a paper towel. Lastly, I put a couple of high gloss acrylic varnish over the frame.

I took the hanger/stand piece out of the frame and used it for a template for the cork board. I cut the board with a craft knife. I wanted the cork board to have a "puffy" feel so I used some batting I had lying around and cut a piece large enough that I could fold it over. I took apart the pillow cover so I could keep the really cool flower that was on the front and the cut my fabric out. Since no one but me would see the backside, I hot glued the fabric to the cork board.

Pinheads from the Michael's clearance aisle
I then used my clippers and cut the pinheads at a angle so they could stick into the cork board.

I was inspired by the Plum Doodles blog that I had to do this...I am sure you know the feeling. What have you done recently that you really couldn't rest until you did it?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Guest Blogger: SheilaG of Plum Doodles

I subscribe to a lot of blogs because I love all the ideas that are out there. Plus, I need a lot of inspiration!

Sheila is the author of Plum Doodles blog. I love her style and wanted to share one of her latest posts with you. I think you will find her cork boards as inspiring as I did. (As in I really need to do a thrift store run for frames and really don't need sleep!)

Posted: 05 Mar 2013 05:45 AM PST
Framed-Eiffel-Tower-Graphic.jpgHowdy, doodlers! What’s up? Today, I thought I’d show you three ways to pretty up your memo boards. The least expensive way to make one is to buy a cork board and a frame from a thrift store and cut the cork board down to fit the frame. The cork is pretty easy to cut... (Read more)

Monday, March 4, 2013

Using Collections to Decorate Your Home

Last week, when I was in Tampa, I saw this beautiful collection of sea shells on a wall. I thought it was so lovely, I wanted to share it with you. This first one is a nod to "specimen art." I love the symmetry of this display.

Of course, collections don't have to be this regulated. Below is a collection of plates in an arch published by mmmcrafts.

mmmcrafts blog
Then, there's the approach of random placement. What I love about this is the pops of color amoung the white plates. This is from
Lastly, I love the idea of taking different, but related items and using them to create a collection. Take a look at this beautiful example from

How have you used collections in your home decorating?