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Purse and Scarf Hanger

Do you hang your purse from one of those coat hooks? I do and I can’t even count how many purse handles I have damaged by doing that and I didn’t even realize that the hooks were causing the damage. For my last birthday my in-laws spoiled me with a gift certificate that I used to get a very nice purse. I started to hang this purse on the door knob in the laundry room and after a few months I realized that the purse handles still looked like new and that’s when the light bulb went off. Using the door handle as a purse hanger wasn’t very practical, so I decided to make a new purse holder with the same shape of the door knob.

Purse and Scarf Holder

What you need:

  • A thick piece of wood
  • A fence post cap
  • Paint
  • Sponge Brushes
  • Sand Paper
  • Curtains rings
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Color String
  • Metal Hooks

I wanted a fun bright and girly design.

Purse and Scarf Holder

I used my Cricut to create a Choose Joy Stencil.


I added a cute little button to the flower and traced the words with a black marker to make the words pop a bit more.

I put the fence post cap through the bottom of a plastic cup for an easier painting and drying process.

Purse and Scarf Holder

Pre-drill a hole to screw the post cap right in.

Purse and Scarf Holder

Purse and Scarf Holder

Originally this was only going to be a purse hanger, but I had to find a new solution to my Pinterest fail scarf project. You know, the one where you use curtain rings on a hanger to hang all your scarfs. Great idea, but mine ended up hanging all to one side which drove me crazy.

Stephanie from Simply Dream & Create did an awesome guest post of a Creative Scarf Hanger over on Titi Crafty and I thought that was the perfect solution to my scarf problem. So I implemented that I idea to my purse holder.

I played with the positioning on of the rings till I found a layout I liked. I a hot glue gun to set the rings in place.

Purse and Scarf Holder

Purse and Scarf Holder

I added some pink string.

Purse and Scarf Holder

I drilled some holes to the bottom and added 3 hooks to attach the rings.

Purse and Scarf Holder

Purse and Scarf Holder

Purse and Scarf Holder

Do you like it? Could you use one of these? I love how this turned out. Thanks for stopping by.



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DIY Farmhouse Bed

OK I can’t take much credit for this one because it was built by Mr. Creative Dominican with a little help from our oldest, but I did all the begging and the painting to get this done and that counts right? I was shocked that the hubs agreed to do this project when I approached him with Ana-White’s Farmhouse plans. It was a bigger shock when we went to the store to get the wood and he wanted to get the higher quality and more expensive one (he is totally getting the DIY bug LOL) I really wanted the cheaper cracked and imperfect wood for a really country farmhouse feel. I originally planned to distressed the heck out of it, but I loved it so much in plain white that I decided to skip the distressing.

At the time I wasn’t blogging much so we didn’t take lots of pictures of the process but I love how it turned out so I wanted to share.

DIY Farmhouse Bed

DIY Farmhouse Bed

DIY Farmhouse Bed

The first coat of paint was brushed on and that was a big yuck! I gave it a second coat using a foam roller and that made it soooooo much better. No brush strokes at all! I love it. Please ignore the ugly lamps and tables they will be gone soon (another project ūüôā ).

DIY Farmhouse Bed

DIY Farmhouse Bed

DIY Farmhouse Bed
I want to give a special thanks to my mother-in-law for the beautiful hand made quilt. I love it!.

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Brass Lamp Makeover with Mercury Effect and Burlap Shades

We are in the process of finally decorating our bedroom and I wanted some really large lamps with burlap shades, but they are really expensive (insert sad face here). On one of my trips to Goodwill I found these ugly brass lamps that were just the right size and at $5 each I had to have them.
Good will lamps

I wanted a mercury effect and I found several online tutorials on it and I decided that was the way to go. All you need is a spray bottle filled with water and a can of Krylon Glass. The Krylon Glass runs about $11 at Hobby Lobby so make sure to use one of their awesome coupons.

DIY Mercury Lamp and materials

I sprayed the lamp with water (make sure to not over due it), then sprayed it with the Krylon Glass, waited for it to dry a bit and dabbed it with a paper towel.

First coat

It’s hard to tell in the picture above, but you could still see too much brass and I HATE brass so, I decided to dab the lamps with black craft paint using a paper towel and then repeated the first step again. I liked these results much better.

DIY Mercury Lamp

I knew I wanted burlap covered shades, but I wanted something different. Last year I made a burlap wreath to hang from a frame I picked up at Goodwill. I distressed the frame and added a sticker from the $1 Store that says “With God all things are possible”. The inspiration for that project was the Burlap ‘Bubble’ Wreath Tutorial by Today’s Fabulous Find’s which can be found here. Below is a picture of how mine turned out.

Burlap Wreath and Frame

That burlap wreath is one of my favorite DIY projects, so I decided to cover the shades using the same burlap bubble, expect I used hot glue to join the corners and to attach the bubbles to the shade.

Burlap Lamp in Process

And here is how it all looks together!
DIY Mercury Lamp With Burlap Shade

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Top 5 Reasons Why You’re The Best!

I just love hand made gifts and so does my little guy! Last year we worked together to make this “Top 5 reasons why you are the best” picture for his Dad as a Father’s Day gift. I think it turned out really cute and it was really simple to make. Hubby still has this displayed at his work to this day, in fact I took this picture with my phone when we visited him for lunch during school break.
DIY Fathers day gift

We stared out with a 12 x 12 piece of wood that we picked up at Michael’s for a couple dollars and then we gave it some texture with a sponge brush and some black craft paint (I don’t have a picture of this step sorry).
12 x 12 wood

I let Josh pick out the picture he wanted to use and I just love the one he picked because it truly captures the spirit of their relationship. I printed the titles with the computer and let him cut them out and add some matting behind them. The big circle behind the photo was made by tracing a small plate and the cutting it out.
Use a plate to trace a circle

I cut out a square and wrote the numbers 1 to 5 and had Josh write the 5 reasons why his Dad is the best and matted it with black paper.
5 reasons
For the stand I just took 2 pieces of left over wood from an old project, glued them together with wood glue and had Josh paint it black. For the original I used a little wood finial I had left over from another project and glued it near the edge of the bottom piece to hold the picture in, but you could use a nail or screw for a more rustic look like the one below.
DIY picture stand

Here is another look at the final piece.
DIY Fathers day gift

I hope you enjoyed this simple and cute project. Thanks for stopping by!


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Upcycled Frame to Tray

Upcycle Frame to Tray

Wow I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything since Christmas! Yikes! Well, things have been a little crazy around here in the last few months and my motivation has been non-existent, but it’s time I get back into some craft therapy. I’m not sure how I did this, but a few months back I somehow convinced hubby to make me a coffee table and it turned out fantastic! I love it so much, but it has woken up this project monster in me that is driving hubs crazy. Here is how the table turned out:
DIY Coffee Table

We (and by that I mean my hubby) built this from Ana-White’s plans. Once the table was done I had to make something to go on top, right? Well, I purchased a wood tray from Michael’s and painted it, distressed it and lined the inside with Scrapbooking paper and I was happy with how turned out, but the size proportions with the table was off and I didn’t like the combination.

Small Tray

I decided I was going to just build a larger tray, but I wanted to get the size right so I took an old frame I had in the basement and I used it to test out the size I had in mind.

Size test

I was happy with the size and as I started to make a list for the wood I would need, I took another look and decided to just turn the frame into a tray. So, I sanded the frame, gave it a base coat of brown, added some wood glue and Vaseline to it (my favorite distressing techniques), waited for it to dry and then gave it a final coat of white. I sanded it and then took my heat gun to the areas that had the wood glue to make it bubble and peal, I like the effect it gives me. frame

I added some burlap to go behind the  glass, I decided not to attach it permanently since I liked the idea of adding a different fabric during the holidays.  I added some handles made with some framing wire, rope and the wood from some old sponge brushes and attached them to the frame with upholstery tags.

Tray Handles

I really love how it turned out! Here is another look at it.

Upcycle Frame to Tray 2
Tray with handle

Upcycle Frame to Tray

Upcycle Frame to Tray

Upcycle Frame to Tray

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Crepe paper flower wreath with wood frame

I just love The House of Smith blog and that is where I first saw the crepe rose tutorial that inspired this little craft. I followed her tutorial on the flowers except that I wanted light cream-aged flowers, so I dipped my roll of white crepe paper in coffee and then let it dry for a day before starting the cutting process. You can find the original tutorial here.

I just love how the flowers turned out.

The frame was very easy to do. I just purchased pre-cut wood at Michaels from the Doll House making section, glued them together with wood glue and painted it.

I first gave it a coat of white and then a coat of red with a sponge brush making sure I could still see some of the white. The top coat was a light brown I brushed on, but then, removed most of it with a paper towel to tone down the red.

I have very little patience, so in between colors I used my scrapbooking heat gun to speed up the drying process and then I noticed that the glue I used at the corners was bubbling up.

I actually loved how that looked so I rubbed on some glue on other parts of the frame, let it dry, painted over it and used the glue gun again to make it bubble.

I love the final look! I have it in my half bath and I love how it look against the dark brown walls. It was hard to photograph in the bathroom, but this gives you an idea:

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Decorative storage box!

So I have been following all these awesome creative blogs and I have been inspired to create and re-use. I came across this awesome decorative box tutorial by Ashley and I decided to give it a try. I didn’t want to cut and glue my own box so I cheated and used an empty box of wipes.


Empty box of wipes

Mod Podge (I love this stuff)

Pink Scrapbooking paper for the background

White textured scrapbooking paper for the edge trim

Pink pillow case and hemming tape (because I can’t sew and I had a lonely pink case)

Left over rope

Pink scrabooking brads

I just love how this turned out! It’s perfect to use as storage for my daughter’s little books. I plan to make another one since I was able to make 2 inserts out of one pillow case and with a baby in the house I know I will soon have another empty box of wipes.

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