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

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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!