Tag Archives: craft room

Episode #49 (Monday Afternoon)

13 Apr
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New Curtains for My Craft Room

31 May

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I finally got my curtains hung in my craft room! I’ve been asking my hubby to help me hang them because I needed to replace the rod. He kept telling me he would get to it, but never did. Finally, last Sunday, he called me while I was out running errands and told me he had hung the rod for the curtains. I was a little upset at first because I wanted them hung at a certain length so I wouldn’t have to hem the curtains. It turns out that I would have had to hem them anyways. So, I spend all day Monday (Memorial Day) hemming eight panels of curtains! Yuck! Not a very fun or relaxing way to spend a Memorial day. But the bright side of things is that my curtains are now hung. Yay! The curtains were purchased at Ikea last November. The double rob was purchased at Target. Above is the “after” picture of my room with the new curtains. The picture below is the “before” picture. The old curtains were in the room when it was once my daughter’s room, before she graduated from college and moved away from home.

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I-Cords – A Blast from the Past!

19 Feb

IMG_2238Recently, my husband and I have been cleaning out and reorganizing our garage.  We’ve been going through old boxes that have been stored for over a year or two, and donating a lot of items we no longer need.  While working out in the garage last weekend, my husband handed me a box to go through that was given to me by my mother two years ago, when her and my dad moved to a new home.  The box had been up in their attic for years.  The box was marked “Kim’s toys”.  I opened the box and found many familiar items from my childhood, but I was ecstatic to find all my old i-cord makers.  I squealed with excitement and my husband thought I was nuts and asked me, “what are those?”   I explained and he still was not impressed.  As a child, my mom and grandmother taught me to knit.  I knitted all kinds of flat square and rectangle pieces, because my skills were limited to just knit and purl stitches.  I’m not sure why they didn’t try to teach me to increase or decrease, perhaps they thought I was too young, but I soon got bored and didn’t expand my knitting skills until I was older.  In the meantime, my mom bought me some i-cord makers and I seemed to be obsessed with them in my pre-teen years.  I would make what seemed like miles and miles of i-cords.  It’s was almost hypnotic, and somewhat relaxing, to sit in front on the tv and watch the Brady Bunch, while knitting i-cords.  I eventually got bored with those too and the i-cord makers just got packed away.

I-cords can be used for all kinds of thing, such as a drawstring, shoe laces, garland, braided belts, woven placemats, coiled rugs, potholders, coasters, etc.  If you’re creative, you can find all kinds of things to make with them!

I have knitted i-cords recently using two double-pointed needles, but I’m not the big i-cord fan I once was.  I’m not sure I’ll ever used these i-cord makers, but I still thought they were super cool and had to find somewhere to display them in my knitting/sewing room.  I cleared off a little square on one of my shelfs and found them a home.  I think they look great on my shelf.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever use them again, but I just couldn’t part with them.

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Decoupaging Letters

1 Jun

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I’m obsessed with pinterest.com! I can spend hours on this site if I don’t limit myself. I’ve found numerous ideas for my craft room via this site and sometimes I get inspired to twist an idea into my own, which is what happened in this case. I had seen a great idea, were someone took family photos and decoupaged them onto a large wooden letter. So of course, I pinned it! Then a few weeks later, while playing around on the internet, I came across some old vintage photos of famous people knitting. I love anything vintage and being a knitter, I fell in love with all the cute photos. Some of the famous people include:  Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Mrs. Hoover, Mrs. Coolidge, Doris Day, Marilyn Manroe, and Goldie Hawn…. just to name a few.   I was thinking, I wish I could make copies of these and do something with them… perhaps frame them and hang them in my craft room. However, I have very little wall space in my small room, so then the idea came to me. Why not print them in black and white on the laser printer, cut them out and decoupage them on to letters to spell the word “knit”? I couldn’t wait to get started, so I started searching Michael’s and Hobby Lobby to see who had the best letters. I decided that I like the letters at Hobby Lobby better, because they were big enough for the pictures to show up. So, I had to go to three Hobby Lobby’s before I could find the letter “K” because that seemed to be a popular letter. But I found it and was soon on my way to making my letters.

Materials Needed:

Desired letters to spell the word of your choice

Your favorite pictures

Computer and plain white paper for printing

Black acrylic paint

Mod Podge (Matte finish)

Sponge brushes

scissors

Directions:

1. Decide on what pictures you would like to use for your letters.

2. Print them out. You might need to play with the size of your pictures, to get the correct size needed for your letters. Also, if you want to do the black and white letters, you might need to use a photo program to change the pictures to black and white if they are in color.

3. Paint your letters black and allow to dry over night.

4. Cut out your pictures.

5. Lay them onto the letters in the places you will want them. This step might take some time. I rearranged my pictures a number of times until I found a way that I liked them.

6. Move the pictures off the letters, placing them on the table in the same fashion that you will want them on the letters.

7. Paint an even, thin coat of Mod Podge onto the letter (do one letter at a time).

8. Flip the first picture over, using a sponge brush, paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the back, brushing from the center of the picture to the outer edges.

9. Flip the picture back over and place it on the letter, smoothing it down from the center out to the edges.

10. Repeat steps 8 & 9 until all pictures have been glued to the letter.

11. Alow letter to dry for 3-4 hours.

12. With a clean sponge brush, paint a thin later of Mod Podge over your entire letter to seal the edges of the pictures. I like to brush vertically, then horizontal

13. Allow to dry 3-4 hours, then repeat step 12 once more, so that you have two coats of Mod Podge on top of your pictures.

I hope that if you are interested in creating your own letters that my directions will be helpful to you.

Happy crafting!

~Kim

A Hutch for my Stash

27 Feb

I’ve been busy, busy, busy trying to create my first, very own craft room.  Yay!  I’m so excited!  I’ve been wanting a craft room for many years, but with two kids and only a three bedroom house, I had to wait until at least one child was grown and out on their own.  Well, that time has finally come.  Our oldest, Victoria, graduated from Auburn in August.  War Eagle!  She’s now living in GA and has a wonderful job.  So, I’m in the process of boxing up the reminents of her room and making a home for all my crafts. 

All summer, I was searching the Ikea store and website for some furniture for my room.  I had wanted to buy this:  HEMNES storage combo

But, I felt the price (over $900) was a little much for yarn storage for my craft room, so I kept thinking and searching.  Then, I decided perhaps I would search for old furniture in either a resale shop of craigslist and just refinish it or paint it.  So I searched for a few months and finally came across an extremely heavy, solid wood china cabinet on craigslist. 

The cabinet was made in the 1970’s.  The seller was asking $100 for it, and I gladly took it at that price.  It was missing a knob, but all of the wood and glass was in good condition.  My cousin came over and helped my hubby unload it from the truck and move it into the garage.  The top portion comes off, but it was still really heavy.  We removed the glass shelves, the glass from the doors, and all the hardware.  Then my hubby went to work refinishing it for me.  First he sanded it to get the smooth finish off.  Then he wiped it down to remove any excess dust.  A coat of primer was next.  Then he gave it two coats of white paint.  We decided to spray paint the iron work black instead of leaving it a bronze color.  Then we purchased new black knobs.  Within a week or so, I had a brand new cabinet for my stash.  I love my new cabinet and it’s so much sturdier than the Ikea furniture.  I’m sure it will last me a long time.

As you can see from the picture above, I was able to move it into the room and fill it up before Christmas.  Our daughter was coming into town for Christmas, so we left the bed in the room until last week.   Below are some more pictures of the cabinet.  Once the room is complete, I will make a new post and take you on a tour.  Thanks for reading!