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2012 Pinterest Challenges I Actually Accomplished : Post #1

January 8, 2013 10:21 by ehouston

Much to my extreme embarrassment I will admit right here and right now that my original, self-imposed Pinterest Challenge involving the frame collage in the shape of a heart remains unfinished.  I will say that it is at least mapped out on the wall and about half the frames are hung.  They still do not have any of the final photos added, but we are getting there.  I hope….

Since that project turned out to be such a bummer, I decided to share posts of a few projects inspired by things I saw on Pinterest, that I actually finished.  Just for fun, I will be including the failures along with the successes, so enjoy Post #1!

Halloween Door Décor

That’s right, I said Halloween!  What did you expect after a nearly 6 month hiatus?  Seasonally appropriate posts- hahahahahahahahahahahaha………..  But I digress……

I pinned this cute pumpkin idea from BHG.com.

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Then talked to a friend about it a few days later.  She mentioned how the gauze on a wreath might make for a cool mummy inspired door decoration.  On the long ride home from that visit with her I had plenty of time to think and ended up deciding to go for the door décor instead of the pumpkin.  Thanks for the idea, Whitney!

While browsing the $1.00 bin isle at Target I found these small foam wreath forms sold in sets of three.

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Combined with some muslin that I had in my fabric stash, I figured I could come up with some mummy rags.

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Tearing 2 inch strips from about 2 yards of muslin proved to be just the right amount of clothes for these guys.

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I wrapped, wrapped and then wrapped some more.  During this part of the process I also wrapped the three together in a layout that I thought looked right for our front door.  I secured the ends with glue and added sewing pins at the ends of the pieces that held the different rings together just for extra security.

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I dug around in my button stash for some extra large eyes.  I ended up using dark green, brown and black 1.25 inch buttons for these goofy guys.

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After wrapping the fabric around each wreath I just wrapped random strips around the wreath centers to help create the rest of the faces.  This takes some rearranging until you get just the right angles for the look you are going for.

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Once I thought I had it all figured out, I glued the buttons in place.

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The resulting wreath is a bit more jovial than scary, which is pretty much what we are going for around here with the little ones.

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So, here is the first success I had in a while with Pinterest projects and it got some good laughs during the month of October.

Yeah!

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Organizing Has Really Gotten Me Down

February 3, 2012 00:43 by ehouston

Actually, my inability to do it effectively is what’s the matter here!  I guess that’s the conundrum of the unorganized person, right?  I type this while simultaneously holding up piles of junk on my desk with my elbows.  Hey, I have to make room for my arms and hands to type somehow, ya’ know?

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I challenged myself a while back (will I ever learn?) over at Chic Tweaks Alterations to organize my craft and sewing supply closet.  It’s a mini-walk-in with hanging bars and shelves on each side; the contents of which had begun to spill out into the floor area making it almost impossible to get to the large shelf of vintage fabrics I store along the back wall in between said hanging areas .  After trying to get to some pieces and fearing an avalanche that would have me buried for days with my family wondering where I had disappeared to, I decided it was time.  Time to pull it all out and start over.  Of course, with it being the holidays when this epiphany hit me I knew that task would have to wait until now.  Well, now is here and I have since added two more closets, my desk and the garage to that organizing list.  I know I will get there…eventually.  ;o)

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In the meantime I am curious about how other people organize their spaces and keep them that way.  I have found myself gravitating toward pictures of these masterpieces on Pinterest and dewy-eyed dreaming of the day that I get to live in such uniformly stacked and labeled bliss.

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Cough it up now folks!  How do you stay in the know with your piles of junk?  Do you somehow avoid the mountains and keep a nice cleaning rhythm throughout the year?  Not me!  I’m a pile until I can’t find it any more kind of person. 

I’m sure there is a therapist out there just dying to talk to me.

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PS- To find out more about my sewing and craft life please click over to Chic Tweaks!


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Pinterest Challenge : Must You Mock Me?

January 27, 2012 06:56 by ehouston

Don’t laugh too hard.  I am still working on this project.  Really, I am!  It’s all just in stages.  Yep, that’s the story I’m going with.

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(from Milly Bee)

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(Heart Shaped Photo Collage, I believe from the blog, Click It Up a Notch.)

I finally pulled together enough frames to get the size and basic shape I was looking for.  Since I did not go with all the same sized frames, as in the inspiration photo, this presented a whole new challenge I had not even considered.  Big DUH, over here.

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And then I changed it all…

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…several times.

I’m still not settled on the middle frame, but the size of this one seems about right.  What I am not settled on is whether I will go through the pain of painting this one or just shell out the cash for a new frame.  I will definitely need to purchase a custom mat for the handprint picture, so I am leaning toward being cheap and just painting what I have.  The time needed to paint everything for this project is what really slowed me down with this whole challenge.  I started this project just as the weather began to get cold, so I felt I did not have a choice in painting by hand versus spray painting (I have to do all spray painting outside in the elements).  If I had known then how many warmer days we would still have left in the year, I never would have pulled the can and brushes out in the first place.  Lesson learned.  Now back to whether I can stomach painting that middle frame, or just throwing in the towel to buy a new one???  I’m thinkin’, I’m thinkin’.

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In the end I nixed the idea of all black and white shots and here is why.  First, there are a LOT of frames to fill here!  Second, I have a ton of cute shots and artwork to put some where!  Since this arrangement is going in our master bedroom, and is all about family, I figured it’s the best place for all those sentimental things.

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With an impending visit from the grandparents this coming weekend I had to make a decision on the layout which was on the guest room floor.  Or, risk another several weeks of frames stacked in the closet.  I think I am good with this and there is still a little space for adding smaller frames to round out the heart shape even more.  Although, I do kind of like that it’s not going to be a perfect heart.  So, they got post-its with numbers to aid in getting them back into this arrangement and I will pray I can get them on the wall in a somewhat smooth process.

Now, I will spend another whole bunch of time hemming and hawing over what to put where, just as I did about which frame looks best in which spot?  Once more of those decisions are made I will bore you guys with one final post so you can ooh and aaahhh!

Oye, remind me to pick a much easier challenge next time, okay?

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Pinterest Challenges

October 28, 2011 06:56 by ehouston

By now most of you know about Pinterest, the online “bulletin board” for pinning neat things you find while web surfing.  As usual, I have been slow to the game, but like most internet activities it’s a total time-suck.  If my laptop was up and running I would probably be able to do more Pinterest damage, so to speak.  Right now it is so infected that I can’t even open the browser without it slowing to a crawl so that a million pop-ups can load first.  I’m waiting for my tech guy (big HA!) to help me fix it all up.  With the popularity of pinning for DIY ideas many bloggers have started to submit challenges for themselves (and others) to make something they find.  The most well-known is probably over at Young House Love.  The challenge is to use the images as inspiration, or a direct plan for trying to knock-off something much more expensive, but way outside of the budget.  It’s a good idea, really.  At least it helps to get some of us away from the internet for a while.  ;o)  My few little pins so far have been more of the latter.  And, while I have not been interested in jumping on the Pinterest Challenge bandwagon yet, I did stumble upon something this past week to help change my mind.

Here is a recap of the circle of events to bring me to this place:

Months ago a friend of mine mentioned having seen an image of a wall with family photos arranged in a heart-shaped collage.  The first image to come to mine was that of an outline of a heart in photos pinned to the wall with thumbtacks, and it did sound like a really cute idea.  My friend said she liked it, but wanted something more permanent and would rather do one with small framed photos.  Later I realized the idea was to have a collage of photos making, not just outlining, a heart shape.  DUH!  Again, I thought it was a cool idea and then I promptly forgot about it. 

Fast forward a few more months and I’m sitting on my bed staring at the large blank wall that I have to look at every morning when I get up and every day as I pass through to the office.  I’m thinking to myself that I would really love to do a family photo collage of just the three of us, and wouldn’t this spot be nice to house it since it is such a large expanse of open space?  After these thoughts passed through my mind they were followed with a little laugh in realizing how FAR down the “To-do” list this wall and that photo collage would be.  Oh well, back to reality.

Over the course of the last few weeks I started noticing a large number of small wooden frames whenever I browsed at the local Sal. Army store.  I never have time to really look through them because stopping means the Little Guy, who is usually in tow, will begin rummaging crazily through anything within reach.  To avoid having to pay for broken hideous tchotchkes I usually take note and quickly move on through.  When I ran in to purchase the mini-hutch that is still drying down in the garage, after a second coat of stain, I took some time to look through the frames.  I was happy to see that many were wood and still had decent glass.  I was also happy to see that they were all $.99 and about half of what I wanted had mats too!  Score!  So the collecting started and I figure after a few more weeks I should have enough to put together a nice collage.

Then I was sifting through Pinterest and I found this image,

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Heart Shaped Photo Collage, I believe from the blog, Click It Up a Notch.

I had already pinned this image earlier,

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from Milly Bee.  And, the thought of centering our handprints and surrounding them with lot’s of fun family portraits had me over the moon!

So, I’m doing it!  I’m taking on a Pinterest Challenge.  Just me…lil’ ol’ me.  Hey, I’m gonna do it anyway, so why not make it a challenge?

I have the frame collection started, I just need to get the handprints completed ASAP, since The Mister is about to embark on a record breaking amount of work travel over the course of the next few weeks.  Yeah, we know, who makes people travel all over the country right during the holidays?  The company my husband works for, that’s WHO!

For my version I will be using mismatched frames painted out in white with black and white photographs.  At least I’m leaning toward black and whites right now.  I have a pretty good idea of what pictures I plan to use already since I have been wanting to do a family collage for a while, and once I figure out all the sizes I will need I can order up the prints.  I think the handprints will be white on dark gray paper with the Little Guy’s in red.  We will have to play around with that part. 

As per the norm around here at Kitsch Designs, I’m keeping this project on a retro sort of budget, collecting the frames from junk stores and sale racks over the course of the next few weeks.  The challenge ends the week after Thanksgiving, unless I somehow finish before that time and I will keep you posted on the progress over the next month.

Do you have anything pinned on your “To-do” boards that you would like to knock out over the next month with me?  Please share!

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The Tray Search Continues

October 21, 2011 06:51 by ehouston

I managed to make the thrift store rounds earlier this week, at least the ones close by.  There are so many consignment and thrift stores in Richmond that it would take several days to get to all of them and actually see what they have to offer.  Since I am trying to find some table trays for very little, or even an idea to DIY, I don’t think wasting gas to drive all over Timbuktu makes any sense either.  I also had the chance to check out a couple of smaller consignment shops right near my neighborhood that I have seen, but just never had the time to browse.  I drug the Little Guy with me on a yucky rainy day and despite the crummy weather he behaved very well at each stop.  We were pretty disappointed in a couple of the stores because they just looked like someone had dumped all their garage sale leftovers out on a table and then walked away.  But, in a way I am glad to know now that they are not worth the stop because that means I can knock them off my list next time I am on the hunt for something in particular.  Since my shopping trips this week yielded nothing I have turned my attention to surfing the net.  So far this is what I am admiring…

Burlap Bed Tray!

Woven Burlap Tray by Cherished Bliss

I have some furniture webbing that might look really cool used in this way.  Hmmmm….

Cork Tray by Secret Garden Cottage

The Mister might kill me if I take any of his cork collection for this project.  He is obsessed with filling up our decorative glass cylinder with corks…to the point of regularly drinking a lot of wine!  ;o)

Design Sponge, Etched Map Serving Tray

I had thought about using old windows, but I wasn’t sure about the breakage factor.  You know, with a two-year-old running around that might not be the best idea.  Oh well, it sure is cool!

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Vintage Ruler Tray

I looked all over to try to find where this image came from, but I did not have any luck.  I found it on Pinterest and while I am not into the rooster and country vibe going on here, I definitely like the idea of using the old rulers for the base.  Pretty cute idea!

These are just some of the things I have come across through my Pinterest searches.  I hope to make a decision by the end of the weekend and be on my way to making something.  That is if Halloween costume creation does not take over my life!

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