Annie Sloan Barcelona Orange – or, the day I lost my mind {Sneak Peek}


Oh. My. Goodness.

It’s growing on me. I wasn’t too sure at first.

I’m not finished with this beast either.

I promise.


{Also posted over on RCHOTX}


Five minute wreath

Okay, I have a problem with wreaths. I love them too much. I have (probably) about 12-13 wreaths in my craft room closet at any given time. They are easy, relatively inexpensive, and make a big impact. What’s not to love?

My sister and I decided that this type of wreath should be called the “5 minute wreath” because it takes, well, about 5 minutes to put together.

Materials needed:

Straw wreath

Fabric cut into strips (I make mine about 3″ wide – 1 yard is more than enough. For a 12″ wreath, I used about 1/2 yard)

Flowers/embellishments/what have you

Hot glue/glue gun

Okay, so you are going to wrap the fabric around the wreath. I usually start by overlapping so I don’t need to use hot glue on the plastic-wrapped wreath. Overlap the fabric a little bit, and when you come to the end of it, put a strip of hot glue and attach the next piece of fabric. Keep going until the wreath is covered completely. (For a 12″ wreath, I used 4 strips of fabric)

Place an extra piece of fabric across the back on the top part of the wreath for hanging. I use a Command hook to hang my wreaths on my front door.

Glue your flowers/embellishments on wherever you choose. I prefer to do mine on one side near the bottom, but that’s just my personal preference.

That’s it! These are so easy to whip out for gifts,  and inexpensive too.

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Queen of Unfinished Projects/Keepin’ It Real

Y’all, my craft room is a hot mess. It looks like an episode of Hoarders in real life. Maybe there should be a show called Craft Hoarders? Now that I have my new badass curtains up, I need to get motivated and finish this junk that is taking up valuable real estate so I can move on to more junk. What better way to motivate than to put it all out there for the whole internet to see, a la my friend Dianthe? Don’t judge me.

On to the {scary} tour…

My awesome curtains form a lovely background for my very messy craft table/desk. This table was completely clean until Sunday, when I decided that it was time to switch out the old curtains for the new ones. Obviously, I am a child and cannot put things back when I am finished with them. Old curtain rods? Still hanging out on the table. Dowel rods from my stupid decision to try to DIY rig some cute curtain rods? Still chillin’, waiting to be returned to Home Depot. Mr. Lazy Wife wants to keep them and make something with them. I say no. He is not a project-type guy, and they will continue to sit on the table and collect dust, so off they go to the land of orange and sawdust. Also on the table is a Scout bag that I ordered on a whim called “Stand and Delivah“. It is very important, that is why it has been sitting there unopened. A real must-have, that bag. Someday. Seriously, though, I do love Scout bags. They are pretty awesome.

Awww yeah, the ultimate mess collector. My craft table/desk/bookshelves. What you see here is a bunch of sweet tea cups, a stainless bowl with popcorn kernels in it because I don’t know how to pop microwave popcorn, a buttload of pens and Sharpies, Post-It Notes, and ink cartridges that need to be recycled.  This is where I spend 90% of my time when I am at home, like a nerd. The Post-It on my laptop is a recipe that I wrote down in December. Yes, December. I do love having a table this large for projects, but it is a dining room table and I do most of my crafting while standing. I would love to have an actual craft table that is higher off the ground. First world problems.

Hi, messy printer desk. I bought this desk at Room Service Home back when they had a warehouse in Dallas. My sister and I each got one for $99, and I love it. I have 4 curtain panels folded up (those are my first curtains), things that people have given me that I just haven’t put on the wall yet, extra printer paper, crap I cut out on the Silhouette that I didn’t want to get bent, our router and modem, and my cool wireless printer. I like to keep the cords crazy, it makes it look artistic {not really}. I should bundle those or something. Also, that Scentsy warmer 1) doesn’t work, and 2) is fug. I need to chunk it. It does me no good.

 This beautiful piece of art is a crappy $12.99 lamp from Wal-mart that was bought in a mad frenzy because my craft room is dark, y’all. It holds 3 bulbs, but only has 1 in it now because Mr. Lazy Wife just takes them out and uses them in other lamps as he pleases. We can afford new lightbulbs, he just chooses not to. It also serves as a clothes hanger, as you can see. I’m gonna spray paint this beast hot pink.

This is an empty frame. It’s been empty since June 2011. See, the plan was for me to cut out the letters of our last name on my Silhouette and place them inside the frame to hang in the living room. My BFF even put burlap on the back so it would be all cute. As you can see, I have not done my part, but dammit, I HAD to have that frame because it was on clearance at the Hobby Lobby.

Ah, the Christmas light bulbs. Hundreds of them. I went to three Hobby Lobby stores after Christmas because I NEEDED bulbs for wreaths. I really need to just put them in a box until I’m ready to make the wreaths, but that would be much too easy and organized, wouldn’t it? I’d much rather have bags of them on the floor so they could be crushed at any moment.

This is my poor little chest of drawers. I am pretty sure this was in my nursery when I was born, that’s how old this is. Right now, it holds my scrapbook paper and supplies. The basket on top {that is covered by today’s work clothes} holds my many glue guns and mod podge and glue sticks. The two cute signs hanging from the handles were purchased on clearance a few months ago in a fit of random creativity. See, the plan was to make “welcome” signs out of them. I got as far as painting the wood white and printing out the word “welcome” twice on the Silhouette, but as you can see it was just way too much trouble to actually mod podge the words onto the plaques. That’s just kind of embarrassing. Five minutes is all it would take. Sheesh. Also, I really need to move my shoes because my dog will eat them.

Look! Two projects in one, and I didn’t even realize it until I put the picture up! That wreath will take MAYBE 10 minutes to put together. Have I done it? Nope. That little bench? We painted and covered that before I got married. I need to recover it with extra curtain fabric and repaint the legs in a bright color, but I haven’t bothered to do it. I think I actually have another bench just like this at my dad’s house. Hmmm…

Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnnn.This corner scares me. See, I try to organize things, and the rubbermaid shoeboxes do help, but what if stuff doesn’t fit in them? Then what? Then you get a mess like you see here. What I really need are Gadget Arms so I could utilize the top shelf properly, but that’s not gonna happen. The big rubbermaid tubs at the bottom are full of fabric, frames, pictures, yarn, felt, and other crap. I’ve obviously spent a lot of time at the mistint sections of Home Depot, Lowes, and Wal-Mart because you just never know when you are going to need purple, hot pink, or black glossy paint. I keep many cans of my favorite spray paint color because you just never know when they are going to discontinue it, or at least that’s what I tell myself. That white USPS box has letters in it that spell “WHATEVER” that my BFF sent me. Have I painted or covered those to hang up? Nope. Two stepstools from IKEA that haven’t been put together or painted? Yep. One of the kids that should be getting one is probably going to be in college before he actually gets it. An old wine crate? WTF am I going to do with that?

Well, there you have it. That’s my creative space. If I had money money money, I would organize the crap out of it with stuff, but I don’t, so I post it on the internet for you to make fun of instead. You are so freaking welcome.

PS: To my observant friend that pointed out the Genie Bra box – I do not recommend the Genie Bra. They are of the devil and will steal your soul while they smash your boobs.

No words.

OK, I lied. I do have words. I freaking LOVE my new craft room curtains! I want to paint all of my furniture in bright, obnoxious colors now.

Craft Room overhaul, Part One of many

Okay, so I jumped the gun a little when choosing my fabrics for my curtains in the craft room. I like it, but it’s not what I want anymore. Oops. I want to go more “MODERN” and less “FOO-FOO”.

So – here are the choices I’ve narrowed it down to. FYI, the prices are very similar so that does not make or break my decision. It’s good to have a husband who works in the biz. 🙂

I saw the pre-made panels as I was leaving the store. $12.99 – employee discount = pretty cheap.

However, I don’t know that they are my favorite.


Spring wreaths and Buttons

The other day I was talking to my sister on the phone, complaining about work stuff *again*. (It seems like this is the worst year for me at work – just one hit after another.) I told her I needed to go to the craft store to get supplies to make a wreath, and her immediate comment was, “Are wreaths your therapy or something?” I guess they are. They’re easy, don’t take too much brainpower, and I can watch TV while I make one. Making things forces you to calm down and concentrate on the task at hand. Well, at least it does for me.

Anyway, I wanted to make a spring wreath for my front door. I saw one on Pinterest and knew that I wanted to copy it, so I made a (short) list, grabbed my coupons, and went to Joann. While there, I decided to buy the supplies for another thing I’d been wanting to make for quite a while as well.

Source: via Heather on Pinterest

Source: via Heather on Pinterest

My versions:

Obviously, I haven’t finished the button monogram keyholder yet.
I have to find the perfect frame for it! Hopefully this week…

Oh man, I really suck.

Since my friends won’t send me their pictures from Pinterest Camp part 2, I’m just going to have to link to the best things we made from that weekend. I do have a few pictures, thanks to my sister, so I’ll use some of those too!

No-Sew Ruffled Tree Skirt

Pinterest version:

Source: via Heather on Pinterest

My version:

Stacked Paper Christmas Tree

Pinterest version:

Source: via Heather on Pinterest

My version:

Candy Cane Wreath

Pinterest version:

Source: via Heather on Pinterest

My version:

That’s about all I had time to make. That tree skirt took me about 8 hours total – looks great, but would I make one again? Hell no!

Here are a few pics of things the others made:

Fruit of the Spirit Pear Painting
Pinterest version:

Source: via Whitney on Pinterest

Our version:

Envelope Advent Calendar
Pinterest version:

Source: via Brittaney on Pinterest

Our versions:

Peppermint Wreaths
Pinterest versions:

Source: via Brittaney on Pinterest

Source: via Brittaney on Pinterest

Our versions:

Yarn tree

Believe Banner

Assorted Wreaths

Paper Dot Christmas Tree

Button Christmas Tree (will go in a frame)

All of our loot (we left out multiples – as in, they made 4 peppermint wreaths, 3 pear paintings, etc.)

The next one is tentatively planned for late January/early February! Can’t wait!