Secret Santas have been revealed and presents have been distributed so it is finally safe to reveal the adorable little project hubby and I worked on.
I had seen a few similar ideas for these book holders on line – the original one I wanted to do was a triangle but that turned into a whole lot of math and we just weren’t in the mood to deal with that. We ended up going with a much simpler to execute design – a book house! Here it is in all of it’s nekkid walnut glory.
Cute, huh? Well, it is pretty cute on it’s own, but once you put a book on it and actually put it to work – I personally think it becomes much cuter. (or is it more cute?)
It’s a book house – get it now? The book is the roof! And not only does the house hold the book, it also holds your page! No more bookmarks required!
Now I just have to make one for myself! I am determined to start making things like this on my own – husband is so good and quick at it, but I kind of want to do it just all by myself. Like a big kid. :)
Husband and I have had these dressers kicking around since we got married – they came from his grandparents’ house and are made out of nice, solid pine. While they certainly have served us well as we’ve moved from an apartment to our first house and now out to the farm, they aren’t real pretty to look at.
We’ve used them in random places – my office, spare bedroom, in the basement to hold toys. But like I said, they are solid wood and that makes them a good candidate for some updating in my book!
After 6 years, I have finally tackled the project! Well, half of the project. I haven’t started on the matching dresser yet. But one step at a time here people. So, I got out the ole sander and went crazy on that thing. About 50 sheets of sandpaper later, I had the finish off and a nice bare wood.
I used Danish oil in a walnut color and was pretty pleased how it turned out – here it is in progress.
After letting that cure for a few days, hubs took it into school and put a couple coats of a matte poly on it so the color wouldn’t rub off on our nice white carpet.
I painted the drawer fronts “Leap Frog” and dug out some old pulls I had bought at ReStore years ago for this project. They got painted “Key Lime”
So put all of that together and bingo bango it is like a brand new dresser.
It looks better, right?
And I have the perfect place for it next to my side of the bed – perfect for storing all kind of books and magazines and all of those other bedside necessities.
And just for fun – here is a side by side.
Any ideas for the other dresser? Maybe some kind of pattern? Metallic? They sky is the limit!!!
OH my gosh ohmygoshohmygosh!
I just got back from a quick lunch-time trip to a new (to me) thrift store and I scored BIG!
So exciting! I had a coupon for a bag of clothes for $4 and I filled that sucker up! Actually I totally could have fit more in the bag, but my lunch hour was almost up so I stuffed a few more items in and headed out.
I counted how many pieces I got (17) and the cost comes out right at a quarter a piece. !!!!
There was no definite style or piece I was looking for, but I have gotten quite a few cute new skirts and need some shirts to go with them. So I pretty much went down all of the aisles and just grabbed anything that caught my eye. I must be feeling flowy things lately because I ended up with a lot of silk. Seven shirts and one tank top in ALL colors. Oh what am I going to do with these goodies?! (sorry crappy phone pic)
Fuchsia, tangerine, lime, hunter, a REALLY pretty cobalt, and lilac. A rainbow of possibilities. I’m thinking maybe some kind of maxi skirt? Wouldn’t that be comfortable?! Might have to get my MIL involved if I take on anything more involved than a simple snip and stitch. We’ll see!
I also got a cute black wool skirt, a few tank tops, some fun print button ups, and a pair of comfy pants for bumming around. I’ll put up “before” pics tonight when I get home and have a real camera.
Oh the excitement!
Things have been crazy at my new job. But a good kind of crazy for the most part! Today I stayed after to re-arrange my office. It of course looked better in my head and I don’t know if I will leave it or try again, but for now it will work.
Hubs is busy this week and next teaching a community ed class after school so between the two of us there is a lot going on this week.
I did have time to try out a really cute bracelet tutorial I found online. The whole jewelry/accesories made out of tshirt strips has been going around for a while and for some reason I didn’t jump on it until just now. What fun! I had picked up two fun colored tshirts at the thrift store (don’t yell at me mom – I know us sisters have a bazillion tshirts between the four of us…the colors just called to me. I had to) and decided that the woven bracelets would be my first attempt at tshirt accessorizing.
Here’s how they turned out! The green bracelet is a four finger weave, the blue is two.
Cute and fun and really super easy!
Here is a link to the site with the tutorial that I followed – there are a LOT of other fun things on there too!
And one more snap just for fun…
My newest craft endeavor – embroidery! My mom bought be a few supplies for my birthday this summer and I am just starting to get into it. This pattern was from a book my MIL had in her stash.
Been thinking a lot about spring lately with this crazy weather. I cannot WAIT to get into the gardens!