Thursday, January 8, 2015

Recycling your holiday (and other) cards

Wondering what to do with those 2014 holiday cards? Or that stack of birthday cards you got last year? St. Judes Childrens Ranch will take your card fronts -- as long as there is no writing on the back of the card. Also, they can't accept cards from Hallmark, Disney, or American Greetings. So pack up your cards and ship them off to St. Judes for a great cause!!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

2015 - I'm back in town

I have not blogged in well over a year. What I have done is taken on a second (part-time) job and tried to stick all of my living into the available slots on the schedule. Cleaning, cooking, tv favorites, flea market trips, garage sales, travel, my family, and crafts crafts crafts. I have been a crafting maniac over the last few months, but never stopped to blog about any of it.

I've learned some things about MOI in that time, though. Number one - I am really inspired and obsessed with Christmas (I've always known this, duh), but I've decided that my crafting is going to be centered on Christmas and holidays mostly. It's what I love most, it's what I do. Holidays 365 - except I really prefer the winter holidays and not the bunnies and flowers stuff.

I'm going to try to post at least my current projects and then maybe do a review - maybe a Christmas in July? - to cover all the stuff I did this past season. Then maybe I can do some kind of catching up. Right now, my little workroom looks like the 'Katrina' room, if you get my reference...Need to make a grand sweep of the scraps and odds and ends that don't need to be there and try one more time to organize my bins and baskets.

I'm starting out 2015 by accepting the challenge from Tim Holtz and will attempt the 12 Tags of 2015. Read about it here and join in. Following Tim's inspiration piece, create your own tag and then blog and post it.

This appealed to me at first sight. I think it showed up on Facebook and called my name. I am a collage person. You can call it altered art, you can call it steampunk or papercrafts, whatever. From my earliest crafting days, I've been most successful and satisfied by tearing paper and gluing, finding words and images to merge into my own ideas. I also had on hand lots of scraps and tags and ribbons - so this project was made for me. And glitter - lots and lots of glitter. I've gone from a person who reveled in rustic to one that is glued and sparkly. Go figga.

The materials I used - a roll of ephemeral tissue and wrapping paper, gold and silver glitter glue from Target (no lie), dollar store ribbon and gold tie, miscellaneous star buttons and fixings, and typed out words or phrases meaningful for me in 2015: Be continuously productive, Dream, Create, Focus, Explore, Believe, Acheive, and Shine. I was happy to finally find a use for those metal letters and numbers I had grabbed on clearance in TJMaxx years ago and never quite put to use.

So, where's your tag? And HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Cactus Time!

We're back! I've truly been busy and not able to blog, but if I take the time, I do have some things to share.

Right now - this is my subject. My annual post about my so-called Christmas cactus. Here she is, making another Halloween appearance. The science is very simple. Every summer, I put the cactus outside in my Long Island yard. It gets plenty of sun and water. Then, as the seasons begin to change, the buds come out. I'll leave the technicalities to a botanist. All I know is that every year the blooms are fuller, so this is my tried-and-true method.

Merry, ummm, Halloween!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

My DIY -- Adding a plate rack to my cabinets

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Ever wish you could go back in time and change something about that big renovation project you did?

Several years after our reno, I began to regret not ordering a plate rack with the cabinets. I'm sure it was mainly because of cost - several hundred dollars extra, I believe. Yet the more and more I searched out kitchens and saw posts on Pinterest, the more and more I wished I had the plate rack to showcase my Fiesta dishware. Not only are these my everyday go-to dishes, but I consider the bright colors an artful accessory in my kitchen decor.

This is pretty much what the kit looks like. Two racks, preassembled, with the middle three posts unattached. You can find them here: Omega National I found out that this is so you can attach the racks to your shelving unit the easy way. I say this because I did all the work, then tried to put the shelf into my bookcase unit, only to find that the posts would NOT go into the cabinetry.
I had to remove them and start over.

I finished the unpainted wood with a wipe-off stain which closely matched the pearl finish of my cabinets. I found I had to sand and apply the stain several times to penetrate the hard oak. Then I needed to trim the length by about an inch to match up with the shelf.

There are three spaces where you can drill your screw holes. I glued the racks onto the shelf and then added the three middle screws. That was all it needed. I adjusted the top shelf to rest on top of the posts which also assured that they were a good fit.

The only thing left was to add the Fiesta! I'm really pleased with the results (and my first real stab at cabinetry.) It's not factory perfect, but it will do. I love the look!

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