DIY Triple Clipboard

We’re working on a special area for Mr. DIY.  Here’s one of the things we made for the area:

DIY Triple Clipboard Tutorial
Materials:
Board (I used a pre-cut unfinished wooden shelf base, approx. 4′ x 12′ x 1″)
Vinyl Chalkboard Tags from Ten23 Designs
Screws to secure to wall (or Dischangers)
1.  I used the Rockler TransTint Dye to stain my piece of wood which will be the back of my clipboard. (Mix according to instructions – add more for darker/less for lighter color).
2.  Allow to dry.
3.  Measure and divide board into 3 equal sections (I used a Sharpie – I don’t mind the line showing to separate the clipboard areas).

4.  Peel and stick vinyl chalkboard tags into place. I placed mine above the area I intend to secure the clip.
5.  Layout clips and mark where pilot holes need to be drilled.
6.  Drill pilot holes.
7.  Attach clips using screws provided.

(Oh – I wasn’t fond of the brassy color so I gave mine a coat of antique gold spray paint and splattered with a darker brown for an ‘old’ look).

8.  All done and ready to hang (we secured to the wall using drywall screws into studs but using Dischangers will allow your clipboard to be more mobile for moving).

More on this clipboard’s specific purpose coming up! You’ll never guess.  :)

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DIY Project Parade ~ Sitting Room Before and After

My love of DIY is sometimes madness! We have an empty nest this year. We planned a vacation in December because it sounded good at the time to get away while it’s cold and snowy here and escape to somewhere warm and toasty.  However, it’s a busy time of year. I’m in a bit of a holiday panic.  Since we have so much going on, I thought I’d only put up our smaller pre-lit tree in the living room instead of our monster not pre-lit.  I rearranged furniture, vacuumed all over, set up and fluffed the little tree.  I didn’t realize it was so little – it looked lost.  Sad, really. I don’t think I even needed to rearrange furniture. It just wasn’t going to work. I had to bring up the monster.
So…time to move the little tree to our little sitting room. Only the walls were dingy. A DIY girl cannot decorate and just add Christmas to a blah sitting room! Of course not! So, 4 days before our trip (I hadn’t even packed yet)…I decided to freshen up the walls in our sitting room so that the tree would be happy there.
Sitting room before: I loved the color…it was just scuffed up and scratched and even dirty.
(prepping the room to paint)
Armed with Dutch Boy‘s Refresh paint and my Purdy paintbrush…I had this room repainted in no time flat! One coat. No taping.
You can see the difference here in progress. New wet paint…
Pretty new color is Dutch Boy’s Ypsilanti Skies (yes, I had to go look that up to spell it right only to discover that spell check already knew)….
 
Now it’s a lot fresher and brighter. I love the light blue/gray with the cherry furniture and green from the Christmas tree.
before
after

before

after

before

after

I even made a sign for our coat closet…

More after pictures:

DIY Ornament Wreath tutorial by Mommy is Coo Coo
Mine is a gift. Thanks, Amanda!

I‘ll be sharing a tutorial for the DIY curtain rod and DIY script dropcloth curtains and more coming soon!  :)

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Guest Blogger Thank You and Recap

Good morning DIY friends!  We’re back to home sweet home after soaking up some sun and relaxation.  We had a lovely, peaceful and fun time here…
Tensing Pen, Negril Cliffs, Jamaica
but in the meantime – I’ve missed you all!  Seriously…blog withdrawal! I can’t wait to catch up!
While we were away with limited internet access, there were some issues with email subscriptions. As in “none” for about a week.  Thankfully my genius technically savvy webmaster, Stacy from She Knows Design, was able to save the day and get things back on track.  Then we noticed that only a teaser was being emailed.  I’m hoping that today – you’re getting the full posts again if you subscribe via email. 
In the meantime, I fear you may have missed a few amazing ladies and their DIY guest posts.  So, please join me as I give a HUGE THANK YOU to these talented and creative DIY bloggers who took the time to share some awesome projects and in case you missed them (frustrating feedburner and bad timing!), I know they’d love LOVE LOVE to hear your comments or for you to click their blog button for a quick visit and a “hi”! 
1. DIY at StarDust Decor & Style. Olga shares her beautiful bedroom transformation. From boring before to romantic after… 
 
and a ho-hum hallway goes horizontal happy… 
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Olga, you’ve done an amazing job on a great budget. I love the changes!
2. Christy is just one of the creative DIY girls at 11 Magnolia Lane and it was such an honor to have her share her gorgeous kitchen reveal… 
 
and fun laundry room makeover…Christy – you’re a DIY diva! WOW! 
 
  
simple, no sew and great handmade gift ideas!  Thanks so much for sharing your creativity, Randee! 
Randee's Organized Chaos
4. Aren’t these DIY present pillows from Linda at It All Started with Paint adorable?! I’m so happy she shared her awesome tutorial – definitely a must do project! Thanks, Linda!
Present Pillows Twine on porch (550x413) (2)
it all started with paint
5. I love the tradition of handmade ornaments every year, don’t you? It’s a great gift idea too and Tammy from Type A has a great recipe for DIY clay ornaments
 
Thanks for sharing your tutorial for these pretty clay ornaments, Tammy! I love these for dressing up packages too!
Type A
 
and what a statement! Huge fun difference! I love the transition of blues. Gorgeous!
Unskinny Boppy
7. Sweet Lee (and Poppy) from Lee Caroline Art has a dreamy, peaceful French Cottage bedroom makeover worthy of ‘pinning’ for inspiration…I’d want to lounge in bed all day long!
 Beautiful job, Lee!
Lee Caroline Art
8. DIY raggy fabric vines are a beautiful garland option and Lesli from My Old Country House shares her easy tutorial…
 
How fun and so charming! Easy. Choose fabric to match your decor. Love!
9. Nothing more satisfying than a DIY knock off for prettier, creative and budget friendly decor.  That’s what Chris from Attempting Aloha shares with her Ballard Inspired Christmas Trees….
Attempting Aloha
10. It’s the perfect time of year for sounds that remind you Christmas is here and jingle bells on doors make me smile.  Handmade by Hilani shares her cute jingle bell door accent tutorial
 . So sweet!  Thanks for sharing, Hilani! 
Handmade by Hilani
11.  And last but not least, Amy from The Salvage Collection shares her thoughts on the creative process in a fun way – hilariously helpful! Amy ~ you crack me up! Thank you so much for bringing a big smile to our DIY craziness!
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The Salvage Collection


BIG ROUND OF APPLAUSE for these amazing ladies and their creativity and for sharing their thoughts and awesome DIY projects! As you know, I cherish my blog buddies and I’m so grateful for their DIY ingenuity and guest appearance the past two weeks. 
Thank you!

And I’ll be back later today with the DIY Project Parade – because before we left, while most normal people would be packing and getting ready for the holidays since vacation took up 10 days of precious holiday prep, decorating and shopping time, this DIY crazy girl was painting and doing projects up until the evening before we left. If you’re a DIY Show Off follower, you might understand my addiction. 😉   
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my next painting project is the kitchen


The Creative Process by Amy from The Salvage Collection

Meet:  Amy from 
The Salvage Collection
greetings, DIY showoff readers!  i’m so excited to be here since i’ve been an oogler of roeshel’s blog for quite a while now.  i love the way, along with her own DIY journey, she promotes so many creative bloggers through her hugely popular site.
anywhoopla, i’m here today to toss out some ideas about the creative process.  you know, the thingy you do in your head between having an idea and finishing a project.
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oh, you don’t think you follow a process?  hmmm.  let’s talk about that a bit.
i have an interior design degree and, though i loved my major, i never was exposed to the creative process as i know it today.  perhaps it was because i did not attend a “design school” and my major was housed with the other “girly” majors (i can say this b/c i’ve held two of those girly professions so zip it.).  regardless, i recall being assigned a project and…uh…going to quarter beers on thursday night, watching jack and jennifer get back together on “days of our lives” and then pulling an all-nighter hanging in the studio with my design buddies, working to meet the deadline.  i went straight at it with nary a crumpled paper on the floor to prove my planning.  and, yes, i graduated.
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in fact, i’m not sure i ever heard the word “brainstorm” until i returned to graduate school–after a few “eh” years in corporate interior design–to become a teacher .  
brainstorm

in recent years, much of my training and research about teaching was based on processes to help each student tap into her creative side when approaching an assignment.
“just toss out a bunch of ideas even if they’re crazy or strange or silly or ridiculous.  there is no such thing as a bad idea.”
“close your journal and walk away from the first draft.  put some space and time between you and the words, then go back and reread it when you are fresh.”  

“you can and should always edit, always make changes because nothing is perfect the first time.”
that’s a bit of what i’d say to my sixth grade students as i walked them through the writing process, hoping they’d understand that it’s messy yet malleable, flexible yet under their control.
sounding familiar to you?  uh-huh.  i sniff me a diy-er who dippin’ some toes in the creative process river.
am i wrong or is this process—the process of creating—not overtly exposed in this blogiverse of  delectable “before and after” shots?  of course, we love to hear the origin of the idea but, dude….really?  c’mon.  how’d miss diy design diva get there with THAT from waaaay the $#@! over there?  …and why won’t she toss me a rope so i can climb to the creative summit on which she rests and hang with the cool diy cats?
oh?  wait a sec, she’s going to share it?  alrighty, then.  get to it.  i’m all ears.
(but is it a cat or a dog… or something else?)
miss diy design diva:
“well, let me see if i remember this correctly.  i believe i was sitting in my eclectic vintage ’60’s kitchen on my original eames chair–found on a brooklyn curb–eating my organic avocado/free-range turkey sandwich on gluten-free low-carb fat free bread with my husband, the head designer–and self-taught professional photographer–at schnockeral and sven.  our cats, ernie and bert, were playfully tossing around one of the 128 catnip-stuffed felt mouse toys that i had crafted earlier that morning.  suddenly, our yellow lab, scout, darted into the room and clamped down on bert’s neck like a shark scoring the leg of a surfer.  ernie went limp, bert sprouted wings, flying to safety atop the fridge and i…. i…. i saw scout’s soft yellow fur gently intermingled with ernie’s calico patches… BAM!

yes.  oh, yes.  that’s when my new 12 pattern hand-printed silk-screened 100% organic cotton fabric line flashed before my very eyes.”
  

(i made that up.  really, i swear. i’m weird creative that way. nooooo, it’s not from my interview with a famed diy blog queen.)
moving on.
does a design plan usually come to one in a “flash”of genius like the diva’s or is it more of a gathering little twigs in an effort to build a fire of an idea?  it could be a bit of both but the consensus of the people who study this stuff agree that it’s more like the fire analogy.  “they” have organized the creative process into the following steps:
1. PREPARATION
2. INCUBATION
3. ILLUMINATION
4. IMPLEMENTATION
simply stated, it’s not much different than the process i taught to 6th graders in expanding their writing. now that i’m painting furniture full-time, i also realized that i’m NOT using this process fully when i dive into each piece as is evident in my recent flubs.  let’s face it, when juggling 4+ projects that need to be squeezed into an hour here and twenty minutes there, the “process” can become lost in the… uh… process.
my recent process-less process….
STEP 1 “preparation”:  choose a project and start the basic repairs to prep for the finish while you explore the details of the piece.
for me, STEP 1 was selecting and repairing this formerly-caned shelving train-wreck-of-a-piece to tackle:
scary, right?
STEP 2 “incubation”:  this is where we are supposed to be open-minded, explore the crazy ideas (hello, donna at funky junk), ask the opinions of others, visualize the end result, ponder, poke, prod, peek around (hello, pinterest!), pour over colors….and document all of it so we see the ideas, make connections and don’t forget any of it along the way.
STEP 2 for me with the scary shelves was…. a whole lotta phooey.  yep, this is where i swerved to the left in the process due to my lack of patience.  i was like violet, the greedy blueberry girl in willy wonka’s chocolate factory…
“DADDY! i want to use my new annie sloan chalk paint in provence and old white.  I WANT TO USE MY NEW PAINT!”  
i barely tasted the chocolate bar of “step 2: incubation” as i shoved it down my throat and popped open the paint cans.  i didn’t explore and i didn’t document; i just raced to the finish with my golden ticket… paint cans and turned into a plump blueberry along the way.
so, here is the result of speeding through the design process…
yes, it’s nice but… just eh.  whatev.  after 263 hours, it’s not the “wow” that i wanted it to be because i went all “violet” and didn’t pause to explore ideas.  currently,  i’m using it as a punishing daily reminder of PATIENCE and PROCESS.
and what will i do in the future?  in typical teacher fashion, i’ll be using one of my black and white composition books to write and sketch my ideas for each of the 4+ painting projects i am currently steering…
starting with two traditional school chairs that i plucked up for $10 each.  yippeedoo!
care to join me as i document my way through the rest of the creative process to wow up these drib-drab chairs?  i promise it won’t be boring…and the posts won’t be this long, either.  hopefully…for your sake.
in the meantime, if you want to see more about the way successful people work together in the creative process, then check out this 2+ minute video of creative wizards at anthropologie staging window displays for earth day.  note the sketchbook, peeps–part of THE PROCESS!
thanks, roeshel!  hope i haven’t sent too many of your readers running for the hills….

Jingle Bell Door Accent ~ Tutorial by Hilani

Handmade by Hilani

DIY…I mean, it doesn’t get any better then starting a “Do-It-Yourself” project and feeling accomplished when you’ve completed the task, no matter how long it took.  

When I stumbled upon theDIYshowoff blog I can estimation over an hour was spent browsing and admiring all of Roeshel’s and her husband’s work, plus those of her fellow DIY lovers.  Having almost a year under my belt with a website, 18+ months on Facebook , I’m kind of new to the world of blogging.  But I’ll tell you, this Mom of two boys, and an owner of a Small Business is having so much fun meeting new people, and being inspired.

I’m honored to be here, and share with the theDIYshowoff lovers a tutorial I created for {Jingle Bell} Door Accent.

It’s an under $5.00 craft:
I just love the sound of Bells during Christmas.  I have them on frequently used doors throughout our home.  

I’ve been holding onto a great find from the $1 ribbon bin at Michael’s, until I have just the right project for it.  This “Merry Christmas” ribbon, which was right up my alley due to it’s price and vintage appearance was a great find.  

I was browsing the isles, at our local Hobby Lobby, when an idea called out at me.  A canister of vintage/rustic bells called my name from a 50% off shelf.    I decided, that moment, I was going to create a Door Bell accent with them and the ribbon.  I excitedly dropped them into my cart, and while hearing their distinct Christmas jingle, my creative wheels started spinning…”What exactly should this craft look like when I’m done?”

I remembered, while driving home, that a week prior I threw in my cart a bag of wooden Stars from the clearance section at Michael’s.  That too was a great find because the set of 4 stars were only $0.47.  Below is a tutorial on making this Jingle Bell Door Accent.  
 
Project Time:45 minutes – 1 hour (Ideal for naptime)

Supplies Needed
Purchased Items:
Ribbon $1.00
Bells $4.99 (mine were 50% off)
Wooden Star ($0.47 clearance)
Scrap Fabric – Two contrasting colors or One (FREE)

On Hand Supplies:
Craft Glue
Close Pin
Pencil
Rag (for sticky fingers)
Damp Paper towel

Step 1:
Trace on wrong side of fabric for Front fabric choice, if using two different prints.
Step 2:
Free Hand an additional trace line about 1/2 an inch larger, for cutting, around the actual star size.
Step 3:
If using a second fabric, trace on right side of fabric the star. Otherwise, trace a second star on your first fabric making two star cut-outs. One larger and one exact.
Step 4:
Get Glue and Star ready for gluing. Place wooden star on wrong side of Fabric and cut slits into into corners of fabric for easy folding over.
  

Step 5:
Apply Glue to wood and begin folding over fabric.
Step 6:
When corners fold over, cut off excess fabric.  To adhere the corners from lifting, smooth over extra glue with  your finger.
Step 7:
When finished this is how the right side should look.  Turn over with wooden Star exposed upwards, and apply your second fabric star on top.
Step 8:
Grab your bells and ribbon. Cut Ribbon 30″ long, or more, you can always shorten your tails. Be safe, cut longer. :0)
Step 9:
Find the middle point of your ribbon. Apply glue to the center of the star on the fabric. Wrap your ribbon around the star. Place glue at the top of the star, between the two ribbons, to merry them.  Hold them together with a cloths pin. 
Step 10:
Count out 11 – 12 bells and begin to thread them on the ribbon. Thread 1 bell on each strand and the third bell onto both strands.  Continue to thread until you’ve used all bells.
Step 11:
Find a door to hang them from for ultimate drying of glue (while cloths pin still attached).

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it inspires you to make one to fill your home with sounds of Christmas!

If this inspired you, I’d love to know. Be sure to visit me at my Blog and join in on my many creative outbursts!

DIY Holiday Highlights and Ballard Knock Off Christmas Trees by Attempting Aloha

Aloha DIY Showoff readers!
I‘m Charlie (pink, not blue), and I blog over at Attempting Aloha. :)Today’s going to be an easy tutorial on how to gussy up your plain-Jane small Christmas trees. And it may involve kitty litter…
Like most crafters with a love of home decor, I’m a faithful subscriber to Ballard Designs. And I LOVE their Christmas stuff. Their prices make me roll my eyes, though.Exhibit A:
Ballard Designs
Cute little 3′ tree in a nursery sack with some twinkle lights. I’m thinking, “It’s Ballard, so this is probably like $45.”  WRONG. Try more like $99. Seriously?  Who buys this stuff???!!!  And will they adopt me?? Just kidding.Kind of.Someone who actually purchases from Ballard would probably scoff at all my attempts to knock them off. lolBut it’s not going to stop me from trying!  So here’s what I came up with.First, I found this awesome store here called Christmas Tree Shops. When I first saw it in July, I thought, “Strange that people would buy Christmas trees in July and even stranger that that store is ginormous.”  But then I got one of their mailers, and their store has EVERYTHING. It’s like a Dollar Tree but with more home decor and only slightly more expensive. It’s awesome!Anyway, when November rolled around, their mailers included…wait for it… CHRISTMAS TREES! Go figure, right?They had a 20% off entire purchase coupon, and these 4′ flocked trees were marked $10 each. I snagged the last two (on November 2) and brought them home (along with my pre-lit 6.5′ tree for $39). Total cost for two small trees and the pre-lit tree = $48. Awesome!I originally intended for these little guys to go on my front porch and was going to just leave them as is (cuz sometimes I get the lazy bug). But when I put the poor things out there, they toppled right over with the tiniest of breezes. Lame.WARNING:  I craft at night while my three kids are sleeping. Most of my “how to” pics are dark and may or may not have been taken with my iPhone… 😉
So I knew I needed to beef up their bases, and I knew the Ballard way had to be hacked.I had some burlap that I had purchased from Hobby Lobby. I believe it was $4.99/yard. Someone correct me if I’m wrong. And don’t forget to print your 40% off coupon. You can always find them on their website. :) I knew I needed something heavy in mine to weight it down. We have some rocks in the yard, but it was cold, and I wasn’t in the mood to play scavenger hunt. So I searched our garage. WOW!  There’s a whole stash of failed bunny supplies in here!! Sweet! We have a rabbit, and our girls want to keep his cage in their bedroom, but he really stinks. So my husband keeps purchasing all this stuff to try to see if it will help the cage smell better. None has yet satisfied him. So I was VERY happy to find some scented kitty litter AND a ginormous bag of cedar chips. Awe. Some. The cedar chips alone would work if you’re not trying to weight down your trees (ie, if you’re keeping them indoors), and that HUGE bag cost $7 at Walmart in the pet section.
If you cross your eyes at this pic, it looks less blurry. ((cough cough))
 I knew the kitty litter would go right through the burlap holes, so I first took two plastic grocery bags and layered one inside the other and then place the tree stand inside the two like this:
STEP 2:  Pour in some kitty litter (or whatever other thing you’ve chosen to weight down your tree if you’re using them outdoors). You can skip this step if you’re keeping them indoors.
STEP 3:  Add cedar chips to bulk it up sufficiently.
STEP 4: Take the two sides of the bag handles, and tie them in a knot as tight around the base as you can.
STEP 5:  Pick up the tree (holding on to the bag also, so the tree doesn’t come out of its stand) and place it in the middle of a piece of burlap. I didn’t cut my piece until after I had it wrapped up, so I don’t know how large they were, but I would guess 1/2 yard to 3/4 yard. It will depend on how bulky you make your base and how much excess you want sticking out around the top.STEP 6: Take a piece of jute and wrap it around a bunch of times (real tight). Be sure to keep your first end a little longer, so when you’re done wrapping, you have something to tie the two sides together with. I left mine in a simple bow. You could, of course, embellish with a flower or something.STEP 7: Cut the excess burlap down until it looks even and just how you want it. :)
I liked their twinkle lights, but I decided to keep them off and added these pinecones that I scored for $1 also at Christmas Tree Shops.
I simply hot glued them on. All 85 of those bad boys.
Once I had mine indoors, I decided I really liked them by the fireplace, so they’re staying there this year!
Who knew kitty litter would come in so handy in home decor, right?Ballard definitely has one on me as far as staging and photography goes, but at a savings of $170+ ($85 PER TREE)?? I’m pretty proud of mine. 
Feel free to stop by and visit anytime. We love tourists!! 
Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,Charlie 
Attempting Aloha
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  • DIY Raggy Fabric Vines by Lesli ~ My Old Country House

    Guest Blog Post –
    Lesli from My Old Country House 
    – My Raggy Fabric Vines!
    HI, this is Lesli DeVito, from
     and I am thrilled to be a Guest Blogger for
     Roeshel 
    on the DIY SHOWOFF. 
    I have loved getting to know Roeshel
    and she is one of those amazingly generous
    Blogger Sisters
    who has helped me share my little fledgling blog 
    with everyone!
    When Roeshel asked me if I had any Holiday DIY ideas to share
    I knew immediately what I would show you.
    …but first, true confessions.
    I confess…I have a
    “LOVE/HATE”
    relationship with Holiday decorating.
    There, I said it.
    With three kids, who are getting bigger every day…
    decorating for the holidays means
    More work…
    MORE stuff, MORE clutter, 
    MORE clean up.
    But more than anything, I think the reason why I get a bit 
    apprehensive is that every year…when Dec 1 rolls around,
    and  I pull those boxes out
    I have to take a deep breath and sigh 
    as I realize how FAST the years are going.
    Too fast. Just too fast.
    It, for me is bittersweet.
    There you have it.
    …and yet…when my home is all done. 
    …all decorated, and the tree is up.
    I LOVE IT!
    I ADORE IT!
    I wake up every morning before the kids get up, make my coffee
    and sit and just stare at the tree.
     It is almost
    like a meditation.
    and I LOVE LOVE LOVE 
    to listen to my Christmas music…
    everywhere,
    until
    the kids beg me to stop.
    Last year, in the interest of saving a few pennies
    on Holiday decorating,
    I started making these Raggy Fabric Vines 
    and this year I am selling them at
    my friend Jill’s annual Holiday craft show! 
    They are super dooper easy, and fun to make.
    so here is your tutorial!
    DECORATIVE RAGGY VINES
    Time to make – 30 minutes to 1 hr/each.
    supplies needed:
    1. scissors
    2. fabric scraps or yardage (approx 1/2 to 2/3 yrd per vine)
    3. rope- I use twisted sisal rope that I got at Lowes, about $6.50 for a 100ft roll.
    4. cutting board or surface to work on.
    (warning- this is a very “thready” craft, you will want to do a vacuuming afterward…but it is all worth it!)
    Instructions:
    gather your supplies…
    …score your fabric on the sides and then tear into long strips. The width is up to you. I usually do about 1.5 inches
    stack your strips
    …and then cut them into the length you want. For smaller vines, 6″ will do, forlonger, fatter, raggier vines, 12″- 15″ strips is good.
    …tie off the end of your rope pieces. I cut mine pieces about 70″ each and then tie off about 1 foot on either end.I used white duct tape to secure the ends.
    …lay your fabric piece under the rope
    tie it on…
    …and so on and so on…until you reach the other end! You can design a patternor do it all the same…have fun with it!
    I love Greenery.
    The look of it…the smell of it. I LOVE IT!
     I usually put it everywhere, on the mantles, on the porch and
    stair railings…over the windows. 
    But as much as I love it….it can get expensive.
    What I LOVE about these Shabby RAGGY fabric vines is that
    we can use them over and over again, every year.
    They have become part of our Holiday decorations.
    Part of our tradition.
    …on the stair railing…
    …along the mantle…
    …over the windows. I have even done these in pastels and have used them to decorate kids rooms…the possibilities are endless!
    anywhere….
    So go grab yourself some rope and some fabric and your other supplies and have fun! 
    It is a great craft to do with the kids of all ages! 
    They can put them in their bedrooms or give them to the teacher for a gift!
    My 2 year old niece even helped me stack the fabric this past weekend!

    Thank you Roeshel for inviting me to be a Guest Host 
    on the DIY Showoff
    I have loved sharing this easy and thrifty 
    Holiday craft with you
    and your wonderful followers.. 
    HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everyone!!!
    I invite you to stop by
    so we can share my ART and more decorating ideas!

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    Pinterest PinFest Linky Party ~ December

    Pinterest is not only a place to keep my favorite sites organized, it’s an awesome place for inspiration for delicious recipes, fun crafts, home improvement projects, storage and organization ideas, home decor, DIY, pretty clothes, gorgeous hairstyles and Christmas eye candy!  Here’s my Pinterest dream this month (please click the links for the original source found via Pinterest):

    Today I woke up to the aroma of this sweet holiday breakfast…

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    Make-Ahead Blueberry French Toast Breakfast

    And after looking outside to see this:

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    I sat around in my warm fuzzies all day long…

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    Mesmerized by this glowing site…

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    Watching Christmas movies…

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    Sometimes listening to Christmas music…

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    Sipping warm holiday cheer…

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    Smelling these in the oven…

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    Occasionally, with my design loving streak, I tweak this and decide it looks good just the way it is…

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    And I’m especially thankful for the entire reason for my Christmas spirit…

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    Wishing you a very Merry Holiday Season!

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    French Cottage Bedroom Makeover

     Lee Caroline Art
    Hi, my name is Lee and I’m fromAuckland, New Zealand, the country with 4 million people and 40 million sheep :)…I’m  aprofessional artist and adore interior design, crafts, cooking, fashion and I’m addicted to Houseand Garden magazines so much so that I have copies that go back to early 1970’s. I stumbledupon Roeshel’s gorgeous blog a few weeks ago and I’m so excited and honoured to feature asRoeshel’s guest post today.
    Twenty months ago I returned to NewZealand from 14 years living abroad in Brunei, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. I bought a small littlecottage in a seaside suburb of Auckland called “Mission Bay”.  Its a wonderful location butyou pay a lot of money for property around this location and all I could afford was a boxy littlebrick house on a very tiny section. However, I knew that I could make this house really desirableand I am gradually working through it one room at a time adding character and making it feellike a home. Today I’m sharing the makeover of what was a very boring small master bedroom. My bedroom does have a little en suite and walk in wardrobe which is a great bonus,however I needed to do something to make my bedroom feel special.   
     

    My favourite places on earth are Italyand France, with this in mind and the idea that I love anything French I decided to buy someold French shutters (yes from France!) and use them as a headboard. The shutters are duck eggblue which is my favourite colour for the moment.  Wallace Cotton a lovely homeware shop in Auckland, providedthe bedlinen for me to take some pretty shots of the bedroom once it was completed.  Iam sharing all my photos with you today including a before and after shot of the bedroom.The “before” shot was the previous owners’ look prior to me purchasing the property.

     
    My design board
     
     My gorgeous pair of distressed French Shutters.
     
    I added a sconce between the shuttersas I felt the gap was a little wide. However, I needed this space to balance the shutters againstthe width of the bed. 
     
     Paradiso quilt from Wallace Cotton
     Simple steel bedside tables that were originally bought for the living areabut didn’t look quite right. I think they are perfect in the bedroom.
     
    I love the seersucker pillow for added texture
     My mother gave me this lovely Royal Albert cup and saucer I adore thecolour as I am mad about “duck egg blue”
     
     I used a lovely linen for the Roman blinds in a neutral beige and whitecheck
     
     
     
     
    I hope I have brought some inspirationto you, a simple addition such as the old shutters can make a plain bedroom into a fantasyescape to France!  
     
     
    Have a great weekend
    Lee oxo
    Poppy (my little Schnoodle)
    poppy

    See more from Lee & Poppy at Lee Caroline Art.
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    DIY Project Parade ~ Custom Chalkboard Paint Tutorial and Edging Tips

    I recently came across Christina’s chalkboard paint post from Designing by Numbers in the DIY Project Parade (thanks for the inspiration, Christina) and remembered that I had bookmarked Martha Stewart’s chalkboard recipe with grand plans that kept getting pushed back.  So, the next day I headed to True Value for supplies. (The True Value in Sarver, PA has a ‘mascot’…the sweetest dog who greets customers at the door, with a roll of duct tape in his mouth. Adorable.)
    Our basement stairwell is a blank canvas.  Lots of plans, just needed to get started. 
    BEFORE
    I wanted a navy chalkboard so custom chalkboard paint was the solution. 
    Color:  Benjamin Moore Hale Navy
    I started with having my primer tinted.  Primer doesn’t really tint well, so the closest I could get was a bright periwinkle, but every little bit of pigment helps.
    To make my project go quicker and because ceilings are high/scary and complicated, I use an edger. 
    The secret to using this little treasure is dipping it into the paint at angle, keeping the wheels out of the paint. 
    Then drag across up the ‘ramp’ of the paint tray to get off excess paint…
    I “sneak up” on where the wall meets the ceiling and then move from side to side. (Don’t just smash down near the ceiling and start side to side.)  I also ‘smooth’ out the bottom of the edged paint line to keep it from dripping/building up and making a visible line. So: touch the edger to the wall below where you’re going to run your edging, then come back and smooth the line made from the bottom of the edger.
    For high up/hard to reach places, I added an extension and stood on a ladder at terrifying heights (remember to keep as little as possible paint towards the side of the edger with wheels)…
    Once the primer is applied and dried, it’s time to move on to the next step.

    The recipe calls for 2 tbsp. of non sand grout for every cup of latex paint. Here’s the conversion for making one gallon of chalkboard paint:
    2 tbsp. for 1 cup
    16 cups in a gallon 
    = 2 cups (32 tbsp.) of non sand grout in one gallon of paint

    I used a 5 gallon bucket for mixing.
    I alternated adding paint then a bit of grout (thanks to Christina for the tip). Then stirred.  Repeat until all paint and grout are mixed.
    I used a paint stir. Tilting the bucket helps get the grout/paint mixed that sticks to the sides of the bucket.
    The consistency is thick.  There are small clumps…keep stirring (a mixer-bit on the drill might be more helpful).  I did have a few bumps…but we’re not picky. Most dissolved or smoothed out with a paint brush (a little bit of a pain but overall – it was worth it). If we were perfectionists, we wouldn’t have bought an old fixer-upper farmhouse! This wall will actually be partially covered up (future project) and then a couple of years down the road, it’s being torn out when we get to the big basement renovation. The solution is to lightly sand between coats. 
    Make sure you use a drop cloth and wear old clothes. Consistency is thick and splatters will occur. (Thankfully we have stairs waiting for slate tile…so although I was careful, it didn’t matter). A mask is preferable too. The fumes were on the strong side. Use same edging technique as mentioned above. 
    I used a foam roller for the larger/middle task of painting the wall. 
    Once I finished the wall, I put the lid on my bucket and my paint tray/roller in a baggy and let the wall paint dry overnight.
    first coat, drying…
    In progress but looking good!
    Second day, second coat.  Next…the hard part. Rub the entire wall with the side of a piece of chalk. 
    Then erase.
    All set to accept chalk board writing!
    More on our stairwell transformation coming up – you’ll never guess what we have planned.

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    12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
    of Holiday DIY

    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD 

    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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    Pretty Painted Stairs by Beth ~ Unskinny Boppy

    Hi everyone! I’m Beth from Unskinny Boppy. First I’d like to say a big “Thank You!” to Roeshel for allowing me to have the honor of guest posting here on her inspirational blog. I appreciate the opportunity to share my project with you guys. Today I’m finally ready to reveal my painted basement staircase (and the new board and batten!)Six months ago my basement staircase resembled something from a maximum security prison. 
     unfinished basement steps 
    Dark, dank and sort of scary with unfinished concrete block walls and cheap grey indoor/outdoor carpeting. It was not exactly a warm and welcoming place to be. Today it’s been transformed with a little bit of paint, putty and some 1x4s! Check it out:
     Board and Batten on staircase 
     Months ago I had pinned a photo of Jonathan Adler’s painted beach house stairs , and I knew that was the look I wanted to try to replicate. I do believe I got very close to my inspiration project.Here is Jonathan’s design: 
    And here is mine: 
    how to paint wooden steps 
    Let me back up just a minute here and say that I have a bit of a paint sample addiction. Whenever it is time to choose paint colors for a room I agonize over the paint fans for hours, then we make a run down to the local Sherwin Williams and buy their $5 quarts of sample paint. I firmly believe the best way to tell if you really like a paint color is to get as much of it on the actual wall as possible. After living in this house for 18 months and painting almost every room in it (and some rooms twice!), I’ve acquired quite a collection of paint samples. It might even be a borderline hoarderish tendency since I refuse to throw any of them away. They sit on a bookcase in my basement just in case I find a piece of furniture (or stairwell) that needs a coat of paint on it. Here are all the samples I used for this project. Yeah… 
     
    Since this staircase is basically the first thing my husband sees every day when he arrives home from work, we wanted it to be a brighter and more cheerful space. Plus, the basement is in the process of being remodeled so it was hard to imagine leaving that ugly carpeting on the staircase with all new paint, sheetrock, and trim throughout the rest of the space. So one day my husband ripped all the carpet up with his bare hands. Of course I have no photos of this event since he simply came upstairs and announced “Carpet’s up!” And I was all, “WHATthewhat?!?” Well, allrighty then. This is what they looked like for a few months during the construction process. Sexy, huh? Not at all creepy.
      
    So, what do you do when you have a set of bare wooden steps that have been toe’ up from the flo’ up and fifty quarts of Sherwin Williams paint samples in various shades of blues and greens and greiges? You paint a blue/green/greige rainbow, of course! And that’s just what I did. Every stair riser got a different paint color. I’m kind of ashamed to admit I could have painted about three more sets of stairs and not used the same sample twice.
     white and blue basement stairs 
    Before painting I had to pull out all the staples left behind from the cheap carpet. A pair of pliers made short work of that job. Then I went behind with a tube of spackle and filled in the holes and crevices in the wood. You can tell from my photos that I wasn’t exactly a perfectionist about the putty job. I missed some spots and I really need to touch up the paint again, but I’m ok with them just the way they are. They have more character this way. At least that’s what I tell myself. In reality I’m just too lazy to go back and finish the job.  
    For extra gripping power on the stair treads, I recommend using Sharkgrip Slip Resistant additive to your paint. You simply mix this stuff into your paint and shake it up, and when it dries it makes the floor super-skid resistant. Nothing slippery about these painted floors.
      sharkgrip 
     Here is the view from the top:board and batten walls 
    I’m considering getting a runner to give the treads a little bit of color. For now, I’m still lazy good with the white. I also adore the board and batten finish on the staircase. That part of the project was done by my painters while they were finishing the other trim in the basement. I cannot claim the B&B as my own DIY project, but the stair paint is 100% me! And my knees were happy to get this project completed. Since no DIY project is complete without a good Before and After photo, here is mine:
     stair painting Before and after photo 
    I hope you guys enjoyed my new basement staircase reveal. I’m crossing my fingers and toes that I will be able to have a FULL basement remodel reveal on my blog within the next few weeks. I’d love for you to visit my blog and see it when it’s done! 
    Unskinny Boppy
    12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
    of Holiday DIY

    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

    DIY Clay Ornament Tutorial by Tammy from Type A

    Happy Holidays to all of you at The DIY Show Off and thanks Roeshel for inviting me to be a guest!  When Roeshel asks you to be a guest, it’s one of the biggest compliments a blogger can receive, I love her and her blog!  Thanks for the invite!
    Type A
    I’m Tammy from Type A, your basic wife, mother, crafter, painter and blogger.  I love blogging and all the new folks I have met it’s been a fabulous creative outlet for me.  I have two amazing children and one adorable puppy.  My hubby works in Afghanistan as a contractor so I wear all the hats, even the unflattering ones!
    I hope you enjoy my ornament tutorial.

    All of the tools can be bought at your local craft store.  I bought some of mine online, because I was too lazy to drive to Joanns, but in my defense it’s pretty far away and it saved me in gas.
    So here I have my cookie cutters, clay, clay rolling pin, embossers and awl.  The only other things you need are a pan to cook the clay on and some twine to make a hanger for the ornament.
    I used gold polymer clay, the kind you bake, not the air dry variety.  The reason for this is simple, the baked kind comes in many more colors, and I wanted gold.  You can use any color you like.
    Cookie cutters are the perfect tool for working with clay and come in a variety of sizes.  I wanted doves so I bought a 1.75 in and 3.5 in cookie cutter.  I have a smaller tree so the 1.75 in ornaments are perfect for me and don’t require as much clay to make them.  Two packs of clay made 12 ornaments, where1 pack of clay made 3 of the larger ornaments.  Which were a gift to my sons second grade teacher.
    First you roll out your clay till it’s about 1/4 of an inch thick, then you can emboss it with any design you like.  Then I take a cookie cutter and cut the shape out, I use my awl to make the whole for the twine.
    Bake for 30 minutes at 230 degrees.  Let them cool and then you can run string through them.  Pretty easy really,  however the clay isn’t all that soft so your hands and triceps with get a workout rolling it out!
    Ta Da, the finished oranment!  I love these, my son helped me make them and they are inexpenssive, not to shabby to look at either!
    Here are a few pics of my Chirstmas Decor all done up!
    Happy Holidays!!!!

    Thanks again Roeshel for letting me a guest!

    Reminder:

    12 Bloggers, 12 Colors, 12 Days
    of Holiday DIY

    Dec. 1st ~ GREEN ~ The Design Confidential

    Dec. 2nd ~ WHITE ~ Domestically Speaking

    Dec. 3rd ~ BLUE/PURPLE ~ Fireflies & JellyBeans

    Dec. 4th ~ SILVER ~ Freckled Laundry

    Dec. 5th ~ GRAY ~ Primitive & Proper

    Dec. 6th ~ SPARKLE/GLITTER ~ A Girl and a Glue Gun

    Dec. 7th ~ MIRROR/CLEAR ~ The DIY Show Off

    Dec. 8th ~ EARTH TONES ~ Making the World Cuter

    Dec. 9th ~ RED ~ It’s So Very Cheri

    Dec. 10th ~ GOLD ~ 504 Main

    Dec. 11th ~ CHALKBOARD ~ WhisperWood Cottage

    Dec. 12th ~ MULTI-COLOR ~ The DIY Club

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    DIY Holiday Highlights Linky Party and Styrofoam Wood Chip Tree Tutorial

    Wood Chip Tree Tutorial


    Materials:

    • 2 Styrofoam Cones, two different sizes
    • Hot Glue
    • Wood Chips (Grilling section at True Value)
    • PVC pipe fittings, 2 different sizes
    • Krylon Fusion for Plastic spray paint (sparkly brown)
    • Paint, stain or dye
    • Small Star (holiday pick from craft store)
    Tutorial:

    1. Spray PVC pipe fittings. Let dry.

    2. Attach pipe fittings to bottom of styrofoam cones with hot glue.

    3. Using hot glue and starting at the bottom, glue wood chips around the Styrofoam cone.

    4. Continue working upwards in layers.  Find the right pieces is like putting together a puzzle. I liked using pieces with bark for texture.

    Note:  The Weber wood chips were cut on an angle. Gluing the angle and attaching to the cone, made the chip stand out a little.
    Note: Thin wood chips can be snapped which is helpful for placing on curved surface.
    5. Paint or stain the wood chips and let dry.

    6. Add star to top by poking wire into Styrofoam or secure with hot glue. Embellish if desired.

    My inspiration was the West Elm seagrass tree but due to a shortage of sea grass in western PA, mine turned out different but not in a bad way…

    Simple. Pretty. Natural.
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    Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

    DIY Present Pillows by Linda from It All Started with Paint

    Present Pillows Twine on couch (550x413) (2)

    I’m honored to be blogging to you today from The DIY Showoff. Thank you Roeshel for this amazing opportunity to be a guest contributor on your blog.  You, your readers and your followers have been so very kind to me … and an amazing source of inspiration and instruction.  About 13 years ago, I made ‘present pillows’ for our home.  They were jewel-toned with gold bows.  Seriously, those were the hot colors of the day splashed across the catalog pages …

    Present Pillows (3)
    … my creations (and photos) were a little rough around the ages in my pre-blogger days …

       … and the very pages where the inspiration for this project first sparked. It was either Pottery Barn or Crate & Barrel that featured ‘present pillows’ in a photo shoot.  They weren’t for sale.  Just a prop.  But it was a prop that I knew I needed in our home for the holidays …Those jewel-toned present pillows were literally loved to death by my children and were ‘recycled’ many moons ago.  Then I happened upon that picture above (the baby holding those pillows is now in high school) and decided it was high time to bring back the present pillow.This time around I jumped on my new passion of using drop cloth as fabric.  With a $10 Menard’s rebate, I picked up a 4’ x 9’ drop cloth for under $5. Then I grabbed a bunch of different ribbon options.  They were all marked 50% off and if I don’t use them in this project I’ll put them to good use elsewhere …

    Present Pillows Materials (550x413) (2)

    The first step was to wash the drop cloth with detergent and fabric softener.  And then dry with a dryer sheet.  I actually ran mine through the washing machine twice.  It’s amazing how much it softens it up.I made two present pillows that are 8” x 6” in size.  That meant I cut 4 pieces of fabric (tops and bottoms) 7” x 7”; and cut 8 pieces of fabric 9” x 7” for the sides.I cut  — well, more like tore – the top and bottom pieces first.  If you make a small cut in the drop cloth like so …

    Present Pillows Tear 1 final (550x413) (2)You can then tear it and end up with a perfectly straight line …Present Pillows Tear Final (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Tear 2 (550x413) (2)When all the cuts (tears) were made, I pinned the pillow “sides” together …Present Pillows Sides (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Pinned (550x413) (2)…and stitched them up…Present Pillows Sew (550x413) (2)

    In an ideal world, I would add a zig zag stitch on the edges because the drop cloth frays so easily … but since these are seasonal pillows, I skipped that step and instead pressed open the seams …

    Present Pillows Press (550x413) (2)I pinned the top on next, matching up the corners …Present Pillows Top Pin (550x413) (2)

    When sewing the tops and bottoms to the sides, when you get to a corner you need to lower the needle into the exact corner and lift the footer …

    Present Pillows Sew Top (550x413) (2)

    Pivot the fabric and spread the boxing around the corner … lower the footer and continue sewing. Repeat at each corner.

    Present Pillows Sew Top 2 (550x413) (2)I clipped the corners, pressed open the seams and turned right side out ..Present Pillows Clip Corner (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Press Open (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Press Top (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Turned (550x413) (2)

    Then I pinned the bottom on the same way, only this time when I stitched it up I left an opening for the stuffing …

    Present Pillows Opening (550x413) (2)

    … and speaking of the stuffing, mine is from a ‘deconstructed’ $9.99 body pillow from Target.  And no, really, I didn’t get that great money-saving tip from a fabric and craft store employee …You can slip stitch the opening closed … or do what I did and sew it shut using the machine …Present Pillows Sew Open Close (550x413) (2)Present Pillows sew open closed (550x413) (2)All that’s left to do is dress them up with some twine and rosettes ….

    Present Pillows Twine on couch (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Twine 2 (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Twine (550x413) (2)Present Pillows Twine on porch (550x413) (2)Or, if you prefer, with some ribbon and bows …Present Pillows Country (550x413)-2 (2)Present Pillows Country table (550x413) (2)And, just because I couldn’t resist, I used a $2 fleece remnant to make a Tiffany blue pillow box …Present Pillow Tiffany Box Kitchen(550x413) (2)Present Pillows Tiffany close up (550x413) (2)

    I’m not a huge jewelry person, but even my heart skips a beat when I see that robin’s egg blue all wrapped up with a simple white ribbon …

    Present Pillows Tiffany 2 (550x413) (2)

    Thank you Roeshel for hosting my project!  And “Happy Holidays” to all you DIY Showoff followers. If you happen to find yourself here through my blog, please be sure to check out all the great posts, projects and creativity featured on The DIY Showoff …