Blogging for Dollars at Homemaker On a Dime

I just wanted to share that my super talented friend, SJ at

is sharing a series called Blogging for Dollars. I’ve really enjoyed reading how the bloggers she’s selected have been sharing their experiences.  If you’ll remember, SJ was a part of the Roomspiration party, sharing her beautiful master bedroom reveal.  I love her beautiful projects and pretty style.
When SJ asked me to participate in Blogging for Dollars, I was a bit nervous (and didn’t realize I should have included some pictures like the other features or my blog button/etc…oops. Interviews make me a nervous wreck!) – I don’t feel qualified to be giving advice (I’m just a regular blogger) but I do share my thoughts. That’s more interesting than pictures anyway, right?  Thanks, SJ! Please read my Blogging for Dollars Q&A and tell SJ “hi” Homemaker on a Dime and leave a comment. It’s really a great series and so helpful.  {Thanks, SJ!}
And just in case I lost you…here’s a picture for today’s post, on how I sum up blogging:
Blogging for money is definitely a sweet bonus but don’t ever forget…
Pinned Image
Bloggers:  Friends helping Friends.
Enjoy the day!

DIY at Josie Jones

Hello DIY Show Off readers!!  We are so thrilled to be doing our 1st ever guest post here!  We are quite new to the blogging world as we just launched our blog, JosieJones & Company, May 2011.  Here’s a little bit about us.  We are moms, wives, business owners, Christians, lovers of all things old/shabby/vintage, and passionate about simple design.  This is just what our blog is all about- simple design that anyone can achieve.  We love to feature room redo’s that didn’t cost much money, but required a little thought and patience to find the right solutions.  At JosieJones & Company, you will also find fun and unique DIY projects that anyone can tackle.  We lead busy lives and know it can be overwhelming to have a mind full of projects we’d like to try, but so little time.  Here are a few examples of the simple projects you will find at JosieJones.com.
We also love to feature simple recipes we find!!  Here is a great homemade lemon body scrub.
All of our featured recipes include a downloadable recipe card for you to print.
Another idea we love to show our readers is how to repurpose treasures for all sorts of uses.  Check out this fun toolbox repurposed 4 different ways.
Now if you’re like us and love a good “Before and After” project, we’ve got those as well!!
You may also enjoy this bathroom remodel where we took an old outdated room and transformed it into a country chic oasis!
Each month we will post several DIY projects, recipes, and fabulous finds that we hope will inspire you in some way.  We will also feature an amazing Giveaway each month full of fun and unique treasures.  We are bursting at the seams with ideas and projects that we can’t wait to bring to you!
We thank Roeshel for giving us this opportunity to share our new blog, Josie Jones & Company with you and we hope you’ll find some time to stop by and give it a visit.  We would love to hear from you!!!
Sincerely,
Natalie and Kim
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Thanks so much to the talented and creative Natalie & Kim for sharing so much DIY inspiration and goodies!  Please visit to check out their beautiful site, say hello and get some great DIY tips and ideas.

And a very special request…please
visit my friend Nan at

Your comment counts as a $1 donation from Design Gives Back & GuidePost to Friends of Kids with Cancer & the Miracle Makeover program.  Click HERE to read about last year’s recipient: Charlie, a sweet kids with a big heart and brain tumors and his makeover experience.  Seeing his smile and story is so heart warming. You comments will mean so much!

DIY with Blue Velvet Chair

I’m a big fan of Roeshel and her work over here at The DIY Showoff – and I regularly crash her link parties – so I’m thrilled to be visiting as a guest blogger today and showcasing my latest before/after DIY project. My name is Mike, short for Michael, and I love to recycle, repurpose, and relove.

A few weeks ago I posted a Sneak Peek of several junk pieces treasures that I had picked up over the weekend – with plans swirling around in my head. I’ve since used the hubcaps to start my outside Happy Hubcap Wall Garden, the old planks of wood are waiting patiently to see what new life I have in store for them, and I finally finished a DIY refurbish for the funky little chandelier of my dreams.

We moved into our “1970s and I need a total renovation to bring me into this century” house nearly 3 years ago – and our first attempt at a dining room light was simply to use the small pink glass chandelier that came with the house. It just didn’t fit the space, so that little cutie was moved to my daughter’s room and you’ll get peek at that in a future showoff of her redesigned little space. Then, I picked up a “I need a lot of work” 12-armed brass lamp fixture with “great potential” at the thrift store…which then hung in our dining room for the past 2 years…untouched and without lamp shades. When my hubby started to express his concern that our 12-armed lamp was not environmentally friendly (bless the Swedes for their green living), I officially started the hunt for the ideal lamp to hang over our family meals and fill the central hub of our home with light. That’s when I stumbled across my funky little glass bauble diva online and was hoping-hoping-hoping that it hadn’t been sold yet. Thank you Lady Luck!

So, here she is in all her before and after glory.  I call her Lulu (and I hope that I’m not the only one that names my projects).

Look at how a little paint and TLC helps her shine!

If you would like to see the full deconstruct-reconstruct for Lulu, hop on over to my place at Blue Velvet Chair for more images that document a new life for this little diva.

Hope to see you soon!
Michael
Blue Velvet Chair

SPA TREATMENT & Sweet Spring Giveaway

Hello DIY SHOWOFF READERS!
I am Cheri from Its So Very Cheri.
It is a pleasure to be here.
Thank you so much for having me.
I adore Roeshel–her style and grace are a special treat.
I am blessed to call her a friend.
Thanks for having me Roeshel!
I will tell you a little about me-In case you have never been to my site:
I am married and have 4 great kiddos.
I home school as well.
We currently live in SW Florida but we are from the Midwest and consider it home.
I have a fun party that starts each Sunday – it is open all week long.
its so very cheri

DIY — LOVE LOVE LOVE DIY projects.

(I am one of the gals on the DIY Club too.)

Today I am going to show you a project I worked on for a bathroom theme that I came up with.
{The bathroom is not completed yet-it’s a work in progress.}
My husband is in school to become a nurse anesthesis and I thought a Vintage Apothecary Spa theme would be fun and relaxing. So where to begin–that was the question of the day.

PROJECT NUMBER 1–I decided that we needed a SPA SIGN.

It needed big bold lettering.

It needed cool hooks to hang a SPA BAG.
Every SPA sign needs a SPA BAG right?

It needed to look vintage, shabby and chic.

I love how it turned out. Head on over to The DIY Club for the full tutorial on how to make this cool signage.

We also have a coupon code (on the side bar) for 40% off custom lettering at Say It On The Wall over at the DIY Club.
To recreate this project you will need:
DecoArt Raw Umber and White Paint
I ordered my hooks from Rockler
They have amazing products. These hooks were only $6.29 each.
I ordered my SPA vinyl from Say It On The Wall
It is a SPECIAL ORDER head over to for a special deal on this vinyl
(Look for the SPA Button on the side bar)

a paint brush
A sanding bug or some sand paper
a little spakling
a recepticle for your paint–an old bowl will do
water
2 x 4
1 x 4
wood trim
saw
clamps

I also made a SPA bag for our essential spa items. I will be posting that at Its So Very Cheri on Wednesday.

I am working on more projects for the bathroom so stay tuned.
I am also working on the kitchen and living room makeover too-just call me crazy.

I hope you will come on over and check out Its So Very Cheri.

Be sure to check out my TAPE Party!
It starts March 13-31.

Thanks so much for having me today. I hope you love the SPA Sign.

It is always fun checking out what is going on here at the DIY SHOWOFF so it is an extra special treat to be a guest.

Special Giveaway from It’s So Very Cheri!
This cute little faux zinc vintage bird is perfect for updating your spring vignette! 

How to win?
1 entry = Comment below your plans for your first DIY project this spring?  Getting outdoors to spray paint or tend to flowers?  Decorate for Easter and spring? Spring cleaning?  Excited for the long days and warmer temps?
1 entry = Visit It’s So Very Cheri and become a follower.  Come back and comment that you are!
Giveaway starts today 3/8 and ends Friday 3/11 at midnight EST. 
Winner will be chosen using random.org and announced shortly after.
Please include your email address if you can’t be reached via link to your blog.

Good luck!

Guest Post…Custom Crock & DIY Project Parade

I‘m so honored to have Holly from 504 Main guest blogging today.  She is awesome! If you’re not a follower at 504 Main, please stop over and say hi!   Here she is…

Hey there!

I am so very tickled to be here at The DIY Show Off. Can I have a little “I’m in awe” moment, please…when I began blogging a year ago, Roeshel’s blog was one of the first DIY blogs I followed and linked up to for her Fall Festival {I was scared}, and she was do darn nice. So maybe my hubby has to blame Roeshel for my DIY craziness! Anyway, while Roeshel is off Country Living it up, I am here to blog it up!

Now, on with the show…I am Holly, and 504 Main is my place where I entertain, cook, create. I have a vintagey, beat up, discarded, slightly French, yet totally American aesthetic {confused? Me too sometimes!}. I like what I like! I LOVE repurposed crafting, creating and DIYing. I prefer to use unusual materials to create beautiful projects, like my screen wreath or my biscuit table.



Today, I am going to share a tutorial I did over at my place awhile back for The DIY Club. I am always looking for fun, new DIY projects. I have tackled my kitchen recently {that was part DIY and part hire someone to DIY}, and am working hard to accessorize it like it deserves…like I deserve..I have waited a long time!

My “old” kitchen had a not-so-cheap-stainless steel utensil holder that turned out to be a dud – too small and it cracked – perhaps it was not really stainless steel! I was on the hunt for a nice big crock to put those utensils in, but couldn’t find one that was not $50.00 or with some design on it that did not suit me…then it hit me…duh! Make my own!…Or at least buy a plain one and make it better!

Seriously, it seems like a lot of steps, but don’t let it scare you…it is not that bad! After you do it once, you’ll see and be hooked on this process like I am! You get a professional looking finish – it is awesome!
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Bon Appetit Crock
Click HERE for printable pdf crock tutorial

 Supplies

-Image {from Olive Rue}
-Waterslide decal paper {available online or in some art stores…email me for info} – there are a few brands. I am trying out a new one soon.
-Crock, white {purchased at a kitchen store}
-Bowl with lukewarm water
-Oven
-Decal squeegee and/or paper towel
DIY It! Bon Appetit Crock
1 – Print image onto waterslide decal paper – if your image has words, you will want to print a mirror image of the design.
NOTE: For the process and paper I used, the background turns a vintagey tea stained color in the curing/baking process, so I added an oval border {super simple to do in almost any program}. There is another method to using waterslide decals to avoid this, but I like this look. Again, I just purchased a new brand of paper and will report back!
2 – Let image dry for at least 15 minutes {this drying time varies based on the paper and method used, consult paper directions}, so that the ink does not run. I let mine dry for a few hours.

3 – Cut image out – either closely around border or closely around the image itself. 

4 – Determine placement or image and prepare crock {or whatever you are transferring the image to}.
5 – Add lukewarm water to a bowl, large enough for the cut image to be submerged.

 6 – Place image in water for approximately 1 minute. The image will immediately curl…gently uncurl.

7 – After removing paper, position the decal in the correct place on the crock {with the words reading correctly}.
8 – Blot the image with a soft towel and smooth out {or if you have the proper squeegee, use that} to
remove air bubbles {This step is important…my first go around I thought I had it and…nope – lots of air bubbles!}
9 – You may want to use a hair dryer to assist in adhering the decal to the piece and removing those remaining air bubbles too.
10 – Let piece air dry for 1 hour*
11 – Set oven to 200 F and bake piece for 1 hour.
12 – Set oven to 300 F and bake piece for 1 more hour.
13 – Set oven to 350 F and bake piece for 1 more hour.
14 – Set oven to 400 F and bake piece for 15 minutes.
15 – Remove from oven and let cool  – the image will be shiny and the background will have the light patina coloration.
16 – wipe piece {being careful of the image} with a damp sponge to remove excessive adhesive {it is brown – you will see it.}

*The new paper I have purchased, it supposed to be clear and does not require baking process. YOU MUST READ ALL DIRECTIONS FOR THE BRAND OF WATERSLIDE DECALS YOU PURCHASE.

If you start playing with waterslide decals, you will be hooked. I recently added one to an old window and, man oh man do I have a list of projects for this craft!

Thanks for listening! I for one, cannot wait to hear about Roeshel’s adventures!
Come on by and say “Hi” at 504 Main.

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SHOW IT OFF!  What did you DIY lately?
The DIY Show Off

If you’d like to link YOUR DIY project post to The DIY Show Off Project Parade:
  1. You must use the button above and link to this post to share the linky love.
  2. Include your name or blog name and project title. Add your permalink (not your blog url, but your DIY project post url). Feel free to link a Past Post, just invite your readers in a current post with a quick note.
  3. Or email your link to thediyshowoff@gmail.com and I will add it for you.
  4. If you notice your link has disappeared - please add the link back to The DIY Show Off to your post today with a quick note to your readers about the party and try again! I love when everyone participates and readers check out everyone’s links, but I think the return favor of linking back is the nice thing to do so everyone plays fair and enjoys all of the projects and links. Also – this blog party is for DIY projects only. Links not related to DIY will be deleted.

*A special thanks to Holly at 504 Main and Jennifer at tatertots & jello for their help this weekend.  I’m back from the Country Living Fair. What a fun time – loved meeting some blog friends, seeing so much creativity , making new friends and can’t wait to tell you all about it.  
Now I’ve received heart breaking news about my dad.  Please keep my dad and family in your thoughts and prayers and thank you to the girls at the DIY Club from the bottom of my heart for being so patient and understanding and helpful during this time.  ~Roeshel

Guest Blogger: Tatertots & Jello

I’m having a blast at the Country Living Magazine Fair!  What a hot & windy day but so much fun!  If you’re in Columbus – stop by the Gorilla Glue booth to meet Nadine and Holly from Gorilla Glue and me too! There are so many antiques and crafts that you’ll need a wagon.  And good walking shoes.  And I haven’t checked the weather yet for tomorrow but hopefully not an umbrella or raincoat.  

I’m sure you know her, but just in case…DIY Show Off reader, meet Jen from tatertots & jello. Not only is her blog full of DIY creativity, beautiful inspiration and great projects but she’s a sweetheart too.  Happy Birthday Jennifer!  Thank you so much for guest blogging while I’m out of town and sharing your favorite projects!  I am in love with a laundry room!And the beachy bathroom is gorgeous too! 

 Hi — I’m Jen from tatertots & jello and I’m so excited to be here at Roeshel’s wonderful blog! I am a HUGE fan!!

I thought maybe I could share a few of my favorite DIY Projects with you today…

This summer I transformed my bathroom from kind of Tuscan:

 

to “Beachy” with Board & Batten: 

 It’s amazing how much brighter and larger the room looks with the wall treatment and lighter color!

Another Project I just finished this week is my Laundryroom Redo! 
Yikes – it started off like this {very messy picture}

And I installed the same type of Board & Batten treatment as I did in the Bathroom redo. I used a wonderful stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils {a DIY Club sponsor} to stencil between the panels. 
 
I really like the way the two elements came together in the room.

Another DIY element in the room were shelves that we made under the counter. I wanted a place to put laundry baskets for my four kids. Then when they have clean clothes I have a place to put their clothes. And they are able to check the baskets each day to see if there is anything they need to put away.

We also took out a closet and made that space into a nook for lockers.

 
Those are a couple of my most recent DIY projects! Thanks for letting me come over and say hi! I just love Roeshel and I think she is wonderful!!

Guest Blogger – Ashli from Maillardville Manor (Kitchen Organization)

Thank you so much to Roeshel for allowing me to guest blog here at the DIY showoff. I have never guest blogged before but jumped at the chance when Roeshel put the call out. Hopefully Niski gets better really soon, I am amazed at Roeshel’s ingenuity, the little Show Off undies and grocery cart, talk about making the best of a bad situation.
For anyone wondering who the heck I am. I’m the author of Maillardville Manor, you may have seen my computer/craft room submission here at the DIY Showoff a couple of weeks ago. I live in British Columbia Canada with my husband (who does all the heavy lifting here at the Manor and painting for that matter), and our dog Max (a 4 1/2 pound yorkshire terrier with an attitude). Maillardville Manor is about decorating, budgeting, pets, and eco friendly living, with a strong undertone of organization, and no where in our house needed more organizing then our small kitchen.
We have a good amount of cupboard space for a small kitchen, but we also cook a lot and those cupboards filled up fast.
We received a beautiful set of pots and pans as a wedding gift and we wanted to make sure they stayed beautiful. We didn’t want them clanging around in a drawer or cupboard getting scratched and dented along the way. Our little kitchen had no room for a traditional pot rack so we improvised using an Ikea hat rack and some S hooks. The result was a very functional statement in our kitchen.
The next item on our to tackle list was our pantry or lack there of one. We bought a plain jane cabinet from Ikea and purchased two Akuram glass paneled doors, voila we had a pantry. We lined each shelf with pretty green shelf liner and then neatly stacked our food inside (I say neatly because with glass front doors I’ve pretty much dug my own grave).
With our leftover shelf liner I thought it wise to line under the sink, we keep our garbage under our sink and enough said. Our garbage cans are from Ikea’s Rationell Series, as is the pullout shelf. We keep all of our cleaning products on that little pull out shelf (a.k.a. the best $20 I ever spent). The garbage and recycling bins fit nicely and leave just enough room for a few bottles of dishwasher liquid.
Our dining room barely fits a table and 4 chairs so the idea of a sideboard or hutch is a pipe dream to us. So we pared down and organized the rest, determined to make all of our dinnerware fit into one cabinet. We invested in like items, meaning all of our dinner plates are the same, so they would stack together neatly. Likewise for our side plates, and drinking cups, they all fit perfectly aligned, side by side. We consigned all of our mismatched wine glasses and invested in a set of crystal goblets and flutes. We chose white ceramic for everything because then matching wouldn’t be an issue, we could buy the pieces that fit our cupboard and not be stuck with a set containing matching platters or bowls that don’t fit anywhere.
To round out the kitchen I have two favorite products I love to use and display. The first is a drop in dish rack. We hand wash our knives and larger items and having the dishes drip dry into the sink and not on the counter was a $2.48 luxury I wasn’t going to pass up.
And second would be my two ceramic bowls with little ceramic lids, perfect for serving and storing. Both were from Target recently, however both were on clearance so I have no idea what their availability is like.
There’s our kitchen, what’s the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” well in our case a little organization keeps the metal health professional away. Anything to make the morning run smoother is worth my time and energy.
Thanks again Roeshel for having me here on the DIY Sho
woff, I hope you’ll come visit me over at The Manor and  as always well keep Niski in our thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery.
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Isn’t that refreshing?
Have you stopped by to see Ashli’s Home Tour?
Get inspired!
Thanks Ashli, for sharing your beautiful kitchen and organization tips with us!
I was inspired the minute I read it.  Mr. DIY was so thrilled (he does the cooking) because I went straight to the pantry and re-organized it all.  Once we get busy with the kitchen remodel, I’ll be using your post as reference!  :)  Thanks for the motivation!
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Guest Blogger – Remodelaholic

Hey fellow DIY Showoffs!
I am so excited to be blog swapping with Roeshel today!
By way of introduction,

My name is Cassity,

and I am a Remodelaholic

(this picture is like totally H.O.T….. I couldn’t stop myself!)

…well at least I have a blog called Remodelaholic.

I am a wife, a mother and an Interior Designer by degree.

My husband Justin is a Landscape Architect and a “honey do” list genius!
My daughter is the light of our lives. She is often the reason and perfect excuse for
leaving my projects sitting around unfinished for as long as I want!

Halloween 2009 The Three Amigos

I love working on projects and the satisfaction it brings to see a job well done. We do a lot of re-purpose, reuse, recycle projects and we try to make them as accessible as possible so that you too can make them.

We are remodeling our third house. The thing is, we don’t like to spend a lot of money to get the look we want… Can I get an Amen? So, we are always trying new creative solutions. Then, we share them with you, with complete tutorials to make it as easy to recreate as possible.

On my blog you will find:

Tutorials, Design Plans and Ideas, Remodeling Ideas, Before and After, Holiday Ideas,
Recipes (and a linky party just for recipes), Weekly Linky Parties (Fridays),
Guest House Tours (Mondays), Featured Guest Projects

Click on the image to see the post.



Today I am going to show you how to make faux roman shades. I made these out of 1 twin sheet I bought on clearance for $2.00, old ribbon I have had for a while, left over Velcro and scrap wood from another project. It only took a few hours.

Anyway, this project has been done before in the blog-o-sphere. But I think that pretty much anyone who has made their own drapes has done this before including myself in this project back in 2005, before I even knew what a blog was… so there, I am not just a copy cat! Although I do love my cats, and my chickens.. and well you get the picture, moving on.

Here is a before:

The whole house has these 2″ faux blinds, and they are brand new and perfectly functional so,

I decided to keep them, but I didn’t necessarily want to look at them all the time.

( apparently that means I would rather stare at the blank brick wall that is my neighbor’s house…)

After:

Here are the instructions if you would like to try it out.

Collect your supplies:

Fabric

Ribbon (if desired)

Heat bond adhesive strip

Velcro, adhesive backing

1 x 2 (x window width+) pine board

Measuring tape or ruler

Iron

(drill and screws or small “L” brackets)

This project can be sewn or not, it is up to you.

Measure your window, decide the width you would like and cut your 1 x 2 to the proper length.

Cut the fabric to width of finished blind plus at least 2 inches and the finished length plus at least 8 1/2+ inches. (technically since theses blinds do not operate,

you don’t have to have the full length and it would be fine)

Finish all four edges, by folding the top and two sides over 1/2 inch,

then 1/2 inch again and either sew or heat bond the seam in place.

On the bottom fold it over 1/2 inch and then 3 inches and sew or bond in place.

Now move on to the tutorial images.

Any questions? … Bueller? … Bueller?

What do you think?

Thanks Roeshel for letting me guest post!

I hope she is getting nice and tan on vacation!