I have a heap of different projects to share today and as per my usual M.O. they are kind of all over the place.
But I'm okay with it, if you are.
I figure you're getting used to me.
Let's get to it, shall we?
I thought we could start in the Mudroom.
I'm going to call this montage "The Dumping Ground":
Also, Bella's stomping grounds.
Bella is our pooch.
She's kinda sheddy, not all that smart, and totally neurotic.
But we still love her.
This is usually what I have to work around in my scrapbook room:
And you people with cats think you have it tough when kitty wants to sit on your keyboard.
Here's a layout I did a while ago of Bella wearing J's clothes:
Instead of college funds in our house we have "Future Therapy Funds" (and a swear jar).
Anyway, back to the mudroom, remember, this is me being organized in my thoughts.
I hate things on my counters and things that don't have a place to live.
I didn't want a big bag of dogfood (the forest green bag completely clashes with our house decor) just laying around crappin' up the place.
So I used a big empty dog treat container (Costco). Bella was very happy to help me empty the container.
She likes food quite a lot.
Something else she and the husband have in common.
So I decorated the front and top with some patterned paper and punched a couple of holes in the lid and threaded some ribbon through to act as a handle.
The other idea I had (after someone (husband) put wet boots in the cabinets we have and ruined the bottom of the slide out drawers) was to use patterned paper to frouf up the place (frouf: meaning to spiff).
I just took 2 pieces of 12x12 paper, pieced them together and taped the seams on the backside. I have since found a large roll of clear sticky vinyl at the Walmart that I'm going to try and laminate the pieces of paper with (I'll let you know how that goes. Me + large sticky anything = fiasco written all over it).
I still had some thrift store scores left over so I used this shadow box (I shared the before photo in the previous post), painted it black and made the inside using some little scrapbook tokens that I've had probably since the early 2000's).
It's hard to see, but the tokens have a fire hydrant on them (though I've never seen a dog in real life use a fire hydrant as a bathroom. Weird.) a bone and the word "woof".
You can see them better here:
And the quote I chose was because of the previous photo of Bella on her back in my scrapbook room.
She is a shameless hussy.
My friend tells me it's all learned in the home, but I plead the fifth.
I hung her leash and the poop bags from it.
That way my kids will ALWAYS know where the poop bags are and can't plead ignorance (all learned in the home...I'm starting to see what she means).
The quote I printed on photo paper and adhered it to a piece of wood that I had painted black and I put the hooks on afterwards. I also used a bit of black craft paint to touch up the screws as they were silver instead of black. Dollar store screws, I tell ya.
Chapter Two: Bathrooms and Laundry Rooms: No One is Going to Get Punched in the Face
I made these pieces a couple of years ago using an AMAZING tutorial that Linda Barber had online. It showed you how to iron on freezer paper to the back of muslin type fabric and then run it through your printer. Or something like that. I kind of forget. But it was brilliant! Linda is awesome.
I wrapped them around a couple of dollar store canvases I had laying around:
I don't know if any of you eagle eyes noticed, but that is a remote control on that stack of towels and yes we do have a tv in the bathroom.
If it were up to cable-guy, we'd have one in every room of the house, and I fought him like crazy (crazy being the operative word, a TV in the bathroom? Really?) but I have to admit, I really like to take baths and now I can totally get my reality on while soaking in a big soapy tub of water. Sometimes crazy is as crazy does.
And this is the other stuff I have in my laundry room.
And by stuff I mean thing:
I downloaded a font that had the laundry symbols and put it on a digital paper in PSE and printed. Another cheapo frame jazzed up with Heirloom white. I found (pilfered) a piece of velcro from the garage and hung the frame on the old washboard.
Chapter Three: Short and Sweet. Well, short.
Here is the other piece of the metal tiered cake rack I promised I would share today:
Way better for my necessities and bedtime stuff.
And yes, that's dental floss.
And yes, I floss my teeth in bed.
And yes, I know many people think that's gross.
But my dental hygienist thinks it's awesome.
Well, I didn't tell her about the "in bed part" but I know she's proud that I'm getting the job done at all.
Chapter Four: Some Random Stuff (Organized-schmorganized)
The reason I like spray paint so much is that I don't have to clean (let dry by accident and then throw away) brushes. Imagine my delight when I found chalkboard paint in spray form.
I used my gluegun (who I hate because she burns me and makes a mess on my floor, but sometimes I have to take the whole no pain, no gain thing to heart and plug her in) to glue the little Making Memories clip on and then wrapped a piece of chalk with patterned paper (I scalloped the edge first), strung it up with twine and capped it off with a decorative brad that I used my good (why do I do that?) scissors to nip the prongs off of.
That's me jumping on the Keep Calm bandwagon.
This is for our trailer.
I adhered it to a piece of chipboard and used some Tim Holz clips on a canvas, so I can remove it when the next bossy trend comes along telling me what to do.
I know I tease my family and joke about them, but they're okay.
I made this one in a similar way to the butterfly one I shared earlier this week.
The only difference is I glued these little knobs (heh heh) to it and then strung the baker's twiner across them and used little clothespins (dollar store) to attach some photos, a tag and a metal flower.
You know the story.
Chapter Five: Recycling Bags and Stuff
Three things that have brought me a small amount of joy:
1. Starbucks sugar free vanilla syrup (with a free kraft bag!)
2. The most awesome of watches from the most awesome of husbands who really DOES read all those "if you're looking for a present to buy me, check this out" links that I email him (with a free kraft box!)
3. Scrapbook paper. KI Orange Peel White mostly (can you guess what goes here? Free bag!)
All these free bags go into a big tub in my room for future use.
Here's what I did today (also I had a lot of free butterflies from the murder flutter I cut earlier this week):
The butterfly garland was super easy:
Fold over and punch small hole through back butterfly:
String them together (I used more of the baker's twine. It's my binge today.)
Add to bag in whatever way pleases you.
Just a note - on the large bag, I folded the top over, pushed a large brad through a punched brown circle and then through the top layer of the folded part. Then I glued a tiny magnet under the folded part and this holds the top shut.
Here's my free box.
I used more of the old book that I made the nest stuff out of and used this tutorial to make the bow:
And here's another idea for gift bags - I made these for Valentine's day for my boys. I have about 400 lunchbags (remember when paper bag mini books were trending? Yah. Me too.)
And, now I shall close the curtain on this week.
Thank you for joining me, I hope you got inspired to make something. Or at the very least gather up some of your 50 centses and hit a thrift store to see what kind of treasures you can find.