I had some fun with the porcelain pens I bought before Christmas.
I picked these plain white mugs up at Value Village for 99 cents each.
So many things on Pinterest that I want to make; so little time to make them.
I loved this project the moment I saw it – it upcycles old mugs, involves typography, and is super quick and easy. Craft skills needed = minimal.
Basically, you write on a plain mug with a Sharpie or a paint pen (I used a paint pen meant for ceramic/porcelain), and then you bake it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350F. Easy peasy.
I got the mugs from a thrift store (4 for $3.99), and wrote four different quotes about winter on them (My fave? “Winter is nature’s way of saying, ‘Up yours.'”) I’m using these as stocking stuffers (with a packet of homemade hot chocolate mix tucked inside them).
This would make an awesome opening night gift – write the name of the show, maybe a quote or two from the play, bake, fill with chocolate, done.
So I bought this ugly, old Lazy Susan way back in July, and then just let it sit on the floor in my office for five months. I really had no idea what I wanted to do with it. One day, during my many hours of trolling the internet, I happened upon The Graphics Fairy blog. I’m a sucker for anything French, but especially French typography from the late 19th/early 20th century. Bingo! I Frenchified it.
Structurally, it was in great shape. Only one of the little posts had popped out, but a dab of superglue took care of that.
Step One: Sand and paint. I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra (primer and paint in one) in “Aged Parchment.”
Step Two: Printed off this graphic from The Graphics Fairy, and traced it onto the Lazy Susan using graphite transfer paper and a stylus. Then I used a small paint brush, and black acrylic craft paint to paint on the letters and embellishments. (This would probably be easier with paint markers. My hand was a little shaky with the paint brush).
Step Three: I glazed the entire thing with a brown paint I had leftover from painting my bedroom nightstands. I used one part paint to three parts water, roughly brushed it on, then wiped it off with a rag.
Step Four: Finally, I applied three coats of poly in a Satin finish to protect and preserve the hand-painting. Also makes it easier to wipe clean.
Me likey. I think I’ll use it on the kitchen table as a fruit bowl. It’s too pretty to put in the pantry.
Pets. My life would be miserable without animals. I was totally thrilled to find a whole slide show of upcycle projects for pets on marthastewart.com
Here’s my faves:
*Two weeks ago, I had never heard of fusing plastic shopping bags, and now I see it everywhere. Here’s a tutorial to explain the process.
I don’t even like radishes, but they’re so satisfying to plant because they’re easy to grow, and they sprout so fast. It’s almost instant gratification for the gardener, and a little infusion of hope. If the radishes are growing, then maybe the rest will grow, too.
So my radishes are up, and so are the zucchini, the pumpkins, the butternut squash, the peas, and a few beans. It’s a bloody miracle. Every year I think, “This is not going to work. How can this work? How can this little seed survive?”
And yet it does. It survives, it grows, and sometimes, if you’re attentive and a little bit lucky, it even thrives.
One of the best parts of spring cleaning is purging STUFF you no longer need (or probably shouldn’t have bought in the first place).
I love to go to thrift stores and browse through the clothes; it’s usually more about the treasure hunt than the bargains. Usually. Sometimes, I accidentally fall in love with a shirt or a dress that doesn’t really fit, but it’s so pretty and it’s only five bucks, so I buy it anyway – and then never wear it.
The internet has many, many ideas on upcycling old clothes. Some are awesome; some are super cheezy (get out the bedazzler!). Here are some awesome ones:
(Click on the photo for the source)
3) Men’s Dress Shirts
We live a small house – 800 square feet. Most of the 800 square feet is a gigantic hallway that is completely useless (I call it the ante room – it leads to every room in the house). We live in an old house. Built in 1929, much of the original design and character has been lost, due to remodels and additions haphazardly slapped on over the years.
So all this is a long-winded way of saying that space is at a premium, especially in our tiny, weirdly shaped living room. Enter the Double Duty Dog Kennel. By day, it’s a beautiful wood coffee table. By night, it shelters and protects little dogs from harm (and keeps them from chewing couch pillows and books).
I fell in love with these kennels after seeing them in an issue of This Old House magazine. I thought to myself, “Mmmm, the husband is good with tools and likes to work with wood . . . . aha! He can build them for me! Hurrah!” And he did. He used solid birch and upcycled some old grate covers for the front doors. He did an awesome job.