Category Archives: Crafts

Couch Reinvented

So this is what our couch typically looks like in the playroom. It is covered by a slipcover that never stays on. It was a pretty nice slip cover I bought a while ago so I was less than thrilled with how it held up. I don’t want to spend my time reapplying the cover so I thought there had to be another way to fix this…dsc_7058

The actual couch looks like this underneath. Some would say it is time for a new couch, but I beg to differ. Time for some Fix-Up-Magic!!dsc_7197

Woohoo! Check it out!
I cut up the slipcover and then reattached it so it was taut against the frame of the couch with a staple gun. Then I used the remaining fabric to sew a cover for the two cushions. If you take off the cushions you will see a different dark gray material on the bottom side because there was only enough of the slipcover material to cover the top and front sides with a little over the edges. You can’t tell unless you take off the cushions-if that makes sense.  A lot of couches are made like this with the nice material on the top, so honestly its not a big deal.

Price for the “new couch”? FREE because I used supplies I already had. Whoopee! I love this type of fix-ups! No amount of jumping or pillow fighting is going to wreck this baby.  (Well, I better not tell my kids that… Ha,ha.  Basically, it is sturdy and looks great!)

Materials needed:

Slipcover
Scissors
Staple Gun
Sewing Machine
A Creative Spirit

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Finished Painting the Girl’s Dollhouse!

My kids got this dollhouse from their grandparents a few months back. We decided to change it up a little by giving it a fresh coat of paint and making it look “Tudor.” Can you see the picture of the Neuschwanstein Castle near Füssen Germany behind the dollhouse? We are fans of Germany if you couldn’t tell. 🙂

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Reading Room

This room was originally a dining room with a big ol’ chandelier. Slowly but surely we have been transforming it into our kid friendly reading room. My Dad helped by installing a fan and yesterday, I spent my Christmas cash on this rug. I love it! It brings a lot of light into the room making it a wonderful place for enjoying a good book.
It is not finished. As you see I need to finish hanging up some pictures. I would like to get 2 large bookshelves but instead of holding off until I can afford the ones I want and have the room be empty for who knows how long, why not make do with the bookshelf and stuff I already have? Perfect. Maybe I don’t need those huge white bookshelves I originally imagined after all. 🙂 World of books here we come!

Also, my friend gave me a great idea to cover a bulletin board with cute material and designate it as a place to display kid art. My kids love this and appreciate their art being displayed. To do this, I just found a bulletin board at a local thrift store and covered it with some material I already had. I used a staple gun on the backside to secure the material pulled tight against the board. You should try one!!! They are cute, functional, and won’t break the bank! Plus, your kids will feel special to see their art everyday. You can’t go wrong. 🙂

 

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Fancied Up Fireplace

So I probably shouldn’t disclose my little fix-ups and revamps but why not if it helps someone? Maybe this will inspire you to do a little something to get your place in tune. This update  took me 1.5  hours and cost me ooooh I really shouldn’t say but 95-100 dollars. If we would have hired someone and had them put it in or maybe did all the hours of labor, prep, and planning it would have cost us around a $600-1000 easily.

The secret thing is these are PEEL-N-STICK tiles!!! I don’t even believe it myself when I look at it. It looks that good. It really does. The sticker is 3-D so it looks like these are real tiles. I am very pleased with it. There were styles for less but since it was my fireplace, the accent of the living room, I wanted to make sure I chose something I loved even if it was the most expensive of the choices. But honestly it is still a great price. I love it!

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I got them from Lowes and they cost 7.19 a sheet. I used 12 sheets I believe.  I am going to be using these again. I tell you these things because you don’t have to break the bank to get your place a happy space that you love. You really don’t. Listen to your inner voice. If it says you really don’t like something every time you pass by whether it is a certain room that is chronically messy, the arrangement of the room that throws you off, or a blah fireplace that you wish was just a bit more fancy. Think outside of the box and figure out how you can solve it in a manageable manner.

You can do it!!! You are amazing my friend. Whoot, whoot! If you want to get brave and show something you did recently please please post a pic in the comment section.

Marilyn

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Time to Get Tough

As strange as it sounds, I have been using this piece of electrical machinery every other day recently. I didn’t think it was a big deal, like maybe everyone does this but my Mom told me it was actually pretty unique and that I should share this on my blog. So here it is!

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In the last week, I have fixed my dryer (I watched youtube videos and figured it out! Thank you Youtube!) , fixed 2 vacuums, put up a baby gate, installed a new door handle with a lock, put up 15-18 baby proofing cabinet & drawer locks, and moved around shelves in my garage using this lovely power drill.

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I am posting this not to say ‘I am so great’ but to encourage others out there that you can totally do this, too!!! Yes, there is a little dirt and grim involved as you can see in the inside of this vacuum, and a little faith as you are venturing to learn something new that might take a little trial and error but it is awesome when you start figuring it out! Practice this willingness to fix it yourself habit and it will be wonderful to 1. not have to call your hubby for every problem who may or may not know how to fix it, 2. wonderful to save money and time by not having to replace stuff right in left with going to stores and calling people 3. wonderful to be able to take the responsibility and then move on with your life without having to wait on others to take care of it.

You can do it!  You can learn to be a just a little more self reliant bit by bit, too. When you have a problem, research it.  Watch some YouTube videos, learn from friends, and pick up a hand drill today.  Ha, ha, no seriously though you have every right to get tough and take charge in your life where possible. You can do this. You are more capable than you realize. Just learn a little bit at a time and you will be amazed what good can come from it!

Marilyn

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