Craft Fail? Blue Mason Jars

I hesitated sharing this project with you because I am not sure I loved how it turned out in the end.  But maybe you can learn from my mistakes and use some of the information I give you.

I had seen many tutorials online about creating your own antique blue tinted mason jars, so I thought I would try and make my own for more organization in my office.

I bought some glass paint at my local craft store.  (With a 50% off coupon it was only a couple dollars.) I then painted some mason jars that I had lying around.  At first the paint was too thick and I was not achieving the opaque look I was going for.  So I added some water to the paint and the brush and gave it a more tinted look, instead of the painted affect.

The paint bottle then says to put the glass in the oven, on your lowest setting for 30 minutes or so.  This supposedly sets the paint color.  While they were in the oven I spray painted the rings black.  There are not many things I like that are gold.  I do have a pair of gold sandals and one gold necklace and earrings to go with my sandals when I wear them.  But, other than that not much gold around here.

The jars turned out pretty well.  The paint did pool in a couple places and it looks like dry drops of paint in other spots instead of the blue tint I was going for.  But hey only a few dollars for something that is going for $25.00 on ebay.

I then took them down to my office to adhere them under the shelf for more storage.  I have quickly realized that hot glue is not as permanent as I thought it would be.  One jar has already fallen down, but it did not break.

I quickly found some crafting supplies to fill the jars and voila, More organization for the office!


Craft Space Peg Board-Tutorial

I have seen a few peg boards used in craft spaces around blog-land. Including this one by Nest of Posies:
Before I thought that peg boards were only for husbands in the garage who wanted to organize their tools.  Once I saw these I realized it was a great way to organize craft tools as well.  So I bought some materials and got to work.

I first laid out my materials:  The peg board I found at Home Depot for under $10. (They sell them cut there, at Lowes they only sell the whole sheet.)

Then call on your husbands help to cut some wood for you with the chop saw.  My husband thinks it is great that I require the power tools just as much as he does.Then pull out the hand sander and give it a once or twice over to make the boards smooth.

Then onto painting.  I pulled out the Glidden free quart of paint I got in the mail.

Color: True Tourquoise

Next sand and ink the boards to give it more of a distressed and worn look.

Then call back the trusty helping and husband to pull out and help with the nail gun.

And the peg board is done!

Well almost, the best part is the organizing.

I got the baskets pegs and hooks for around $20.  This was the most expensive part of the project, but so worth it.  There is such a variety for hanging everything you own.

I love how it turned out and how everything I use most often is right at my fingertips.

Now that stool really needs a new paint job!

Fancy Framed Burlap Cork Board

This was a guest post that I shared over at Family Ever After a couple of weeks ago.  I thought you would want to see it here as well!

Today I wanted to share with you a frame that I gave a second chance at life as a bulletin board.

I think the frame used to be a mirror.  I got it for free from my step mom who was cleaning out her home.  Who could pass that up?  For sure not me!

First grab some materials:

Then a couple coats of white spray paint.Can I quickly confess my love for spray paint!  Such a quick cheap fix to anything.  Here and here are a couple more things I have spray painted recently.

While it was drying I worked on the insert.It already had a piece of cardboard inside the frame so I covered that in cork board.  This came in a roll from Hobby Lobby for around $7.  (Don’t forget to take your 40% off coupon!)  You can see the arrow is where I had to piece it together a bit.  You will not see this later when I cover it.

I then pulled out my can of spray adhesive and some left over burlap.  (I was surprised how inexpensive burlap is!  I may have to use this more often.)  I attached the burlap to the card/cork board and even used the spray adhesive to wrap it around the back.

I then sandwiched it all together.  (If you look close you will notice I screwed in the back upside down.  But of course I did not notice until I went to hang it!)

Now before I show you the finished product let me show you the cute pins I made to hand the pictures.  Any cute bulletin board needs fancy pins too right?

This pack of 6 bottle caps came with round double-sided foam circles.  I stuck those on the back and then hot glued thumb tacks on.  Quick, easy and so fun!

So this is what we ended up with:

I think it goes great with my current office remodel.  Go here and here if you want to see more of what is going on the new office/craft/sewing room.

Frames within a Frame: Gallery Wall

Gallery walls have become a great way to fill a large empty wall, show off lots of photos and your personality.  I wanted to do mine a little different and fit all the frames into a larger frame so I had been keeping my eyes out for a large frame.  Those things can be expensive…until I got one for free from my step mom’s garage sale, and I got to work!

Brought out the old trusty spray paint and sprayed a few coats.

I then gathered all my random frames and laid them out.  You can see they do not have to fit perfectly.

I then took the frames that did not match and took them outside for some more spray paint!  I LOVE SPRAY PAINT!

Then hang them up and embellish.

This flower was a last minute idea.  I thought the frame needed a little extra umph.  I made it with some material I had laying around and a glue gun.

Don’t you think it fills that wall well?  Love it!

I also made some more ruffles and curtains over my closet, craft space.

The other side of the room is coming together as well.  Still have a couple chairs and a sewing table to paint.  Does your To-Do list continue to grow as well?

Now go start collecting frames around your house.

Burlap-Ruffle Window Treatment-Tutorial

Still working on the office and I probably will be for quite awhile.  But I am having a great time in the process!

We have lived in our house for almost 4 years.  Our house was a foreclosure and needed a lot of love when we moved in.  The office had two Pepto Bismol Pink walls.  At the time I thought the best solution was to paint the pink walls red.  And it stayed that way for quite some time.

  I have painted and decorated every room and am now going back and starting over.  I have mentioned before about my design shift.  I feel like I have gone from dark, bold, Tuscany to now bright, light and fresh.  Shelley from the House of Smiths has been my inspiration.

So the next step to the office redecorating was a window treatment.

I did not want anything heavy or covering the window at all.  This room is in the basement and it only has one window.

So after buying some burlap (surprised at how inexpensive burlap it) and plain white cotton material, I got to work.  First, I measured the board and cut the burlap long enough to wrap around both sides.  I then cut the white material into 3″ strips.

I then ran the strips through my sewing machine to ruffle them.  I used the highest sitch length my machine has at 5.0 and set the tension as tight as it could go at 9.  This spit the ruffles right out the back.

If you do not get the ruffle effect you are looking for straight from your machine you can always pull one of the threads and manually ruffle each strip with your hands.

I then sewed three ruffles onto the burlap.

Next I took out my staple gun…love this craft tool!

I stapled the burlap around the top of the board.

Then I screwed two shelf brackets over the window.

And placed the board right on top.  I didn’t even screw the brackets into the board.

Neat to see how this room has changed.

Go here, here and here to see what else I have done in my office/craft room.

(Don’t mind the window sill that is on the to-do list as well!)

The Green Chair Has a Pillow

I have gotten a great response to my Spray Painted Chair Redo.

I wanted to share with you the pillow I made for that chair.

If you are friends of Love My Element on Facebook you would have seen that I had purchased a few things about a week ago from Hobby Lobby.

Some ladies go get their nails done to get out of the house, or go clothes shopping.  I walk around Hobby Lobby!

I was not exactly sure what I was going to do with these materials but I knew I wanted to make a pillow and all the white material is for lots of ruffles that I will post about later this week.

Do you ever do that?  Buy craft materials that  you are not sure how you are going to use.

This is what I came up with…

I think it compliments the chair and the room well.  Plus it makes the chair really comfy!

I decided to go with the envelope style pillow cover mainly because I did not have to worry about a zipper.  To be honest I have never sewn in a zipper in my life!  Someday I will overcome my fear.

I glanced at a couple tutorials online:

Tatertots and Jello &

A Pretty Cool Life

Took about 30 minutes for me to whip out.  Then I could cross “Do a creative thing each day”  off my list and get back to laundry and cleaning.