Friday, November 15, 2019

Vintage Suitcase Repurpose

I don’t know about you, but I’m always on the lookout for a vintage suitcase in decent shape and for a cheap price.  I just can’t resist.  I even have a friend that goes to the thrift store every time it’s open and will call me to let me know there’s a suitcase there.  I’ve been known to run down to the thrift store on a moments notice!

I found this beautiful suitcase in the thrift shop one Saturday afternoon for just $3.99 and snatched it up!  I was so excited.

I love the blue of this suitcase, and the surface of the suitcase is very flat and straight, so I knew that all I needed to do is chalk paint a design on the front and it would be ready to go to the craft sale!  Sometimes suitcases are ugly and need to be painted, but this one was a simple repurpose for me.

The inside of the suitcase just needed a simple wash down with a micro fiber cloth and water. Two of the side pockets were lifting, so I glued them down with some E6000 and hot glue.  Of course, I added a bow to the handle, for the final touch!

Here’s what I used to make this repurpose:
  • Vintage suitcase
  • Chalk Couture Chalk paint
  • Simply Blessed Chalk Couture Transfer
  • Hot Glue
  • E6000 Glue
  • Chalk Couture Scraper
  • Bow
Check out this video I made about this Vintage Suitcase Repurpose:


Saturday, October 26, 2019

Dollar Tree Signs

I was really excited to see these DIY Sign forms at my local Dollar Tree.  I see all kinds of DIY videos and posts where people are using already printed signs, sanding them and then painting them.  In this situation, I can skip that first step, and sometimes, I can still see the original sign printing through the paint. 

These were so simple to make.  Paint, chalk screen paint and the clear coat for durability.  I added a bow to finish it off.  
They turned out so cute and I think I can sell them at our craft sales for $10 each.  They cost me about $1.50 to make, so the profit is nice.  My son is raising money to go on a 4-H Exchange trip to Japan this next summer, and all the proceeds are going to his trip.  

What do you think?  I even made a video showing how I made them.  Check it out and be sure to like and subscribe to my channel while you’re there!


Sunday, October 13, 2019

New Dollar Tree Gnomes

As promised, I’m working on some new gnomes for the season and will share them here.  I got these four cuties done this last week.  

This time around, I decided to use some of the Dollar Tree “wool” socks.  I have to say, I actually love them even more.  This gnome is using the top half for his hat, as well as a red toe for the bottom sweater.
This little guy has “He is born” embroidered on his hat.  I got these socks after the season last year at the post Christmas clearances.  I think I got them at Family Dollar, but I can’t remember.  I do remember that I got them for $.50 a pair. 

This is my favorite gnome!  I used just the toe of the “wool” sock from Dollar tree.  The bottom is the toe from a regular pair of colored socks at Dollar Tree.
This is another of those post-Christmas clearance socks.  You can’t see it in the picture, but it has “Believe” embroidered on the top, just under the green section. 

If you’d like to see how to make these cuties, please check out my YouTube video.


I’ve also been making some gnome ornaments (post coming soon!) for our upcoming craft fairs.  You can see the videos for that here:


Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Dollar Tree Gnomes

I’m back to making crafts for our holiday for the fall craft shows to help my 15yo raise funds for his 4-H Exchange trip to Japan next year.  One of the most popular items that sold last year were my Dollar Tree Gnomes.  I made a video on YouTube, and it remains as one of my most popular videos to date.  You can see how I made these cuties.

I wanted to share with you some close up pictures of some of the gnomes, because after making dozens of them to sell, they really each have their own personality.






Stay tuned, as I’m working on some more gnomes right now - this time in the shape of ornaments.  I just can’t get over how cute these gnomes are and, even better, that they are from my own background - Scandinavia!  

If you have a chance, please comment, like and follow my YouTube Channel while you’re watching the video.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Making Farmhouse Bead Garland and Tassels

I am completely laid up from a logging accident for about 10 weeks, just for a start.  I’ve been antsy just sitting here, so I’ve been wracking my brains (and obsessing about Pinterest) as to what I can craft with one leg up!  I came up with these adorable Farmhouse Bead Garland and Tassels.  Not the best picture, but hey, I can’t get around right now!

I even made a video about how to make those tassels!  These are so easy! They bring me back to. Stringing beads as a Kindergartener!  So relaxing and fun.  I will be selling these at our Christmas Craft show in December and hopefully I’ll get it into our Etsy Shop.

Check out my video and let me know what you think!  Also, be sure to like, comment and Subscribe to my channel!  

Friday, June 28, 2019

Music Game Organization


This is the place that I put all my music games for the time being - I’m going to be moving into a second bin shortly, as this ones getting so full.   I love to have all of my games nice and organized or at least gathered in one place.  I’m not perfect yet, but I’m working on it!  Practice makes perfect, right?

I got this bin a few years ago as a Hostess reward and it has really been a work horse for me.  It’s sort of messing looking right now - but like I said, I’m ready to move into a second one!  The Convertable Organizer is now available again as a Hostess Reward and even comes with free personalization.  Don’t let that sound too intimidating - you can do this by placing just $200 in orders.  Organize a closet or doing your Christmas shopping early or get a new summer purse and coordinating bags and wallet and you’ll be there.  Message me if you need help doing this!

Moving on to what is in this bin.  I use the side bins for my big dice, card sets, and other smaller items.  That front pocket has ziplock bags full of my little dice (I bought a bunch of regular dice at the Dollar Tree in a Farkle game and use those for games with my music students) and also Ewako Erasers that I use for pawns.

Now for the games!
These are the plastic folders that I buy to organize.  I find them at Dollar Tree and at Walmart for $1 each.  The brand name is Jot.   I know these seem like a cheap version, but they have held up in my music studio for 3 years now.  There is a shorter version of the clear one that is nice for just card sets.

The left one is just a clear zipper pocket, but as you can see, it holds bigger things inside because it expands.  The right folder is like a two pocket folder and the front has a ziplock pocket too.

I’ve also used 2 pocket folders, but I don’t like them as much.  When I first started organizing my games, I put everything in a plain 2-pocket folder.  The game fits in the pocket and then I put the cards in a ziplock bag and put it with the game in the pocket.  This is a much cheaper version since you can get 2-pocket folders for $.10 around the back-to-school sales.
Overall, my goal is to get the name of the game, the level, and the goals of the game printed not eh front of it.  I would also like to somehow coordinate the games with actual piano lessons, so all I have to do is look at a chart and go grab the game to go with it! 

Ahh!!  It will come at some point!  How do you organize your music games?  I know that I’m always looking for new ways to be more efficient.


Monday, June 17, 2019

Painting Brick/Faux Brick


We have this very badly done brick backsplash in our kitchen!  My daughter kept calling it faux, but it’s actually real brick in the tile form.  That being said - it’s ugly!!!  Whoever installed it, didn’t use a tile cutter to put the tile into place, they broke the tiles by hand to get them to fit.  In addition to that, there’s about 2 fingers distance between the tiles on all sides and at some point, someone has gone in and painted white between the tiles to clean it up, but also painted all the edges of the tiles, making the spaces seem even bigger.
All the colors and patterns in this kitchen, added to all of the cooking we do for a family of 7, just makes my head hurt!  We plan to redo the entire kitchen at some point, but for now, I’m trying to resist painting everything that’s going to be torn out in the future.  The linoleum flooring is very busy and brown and tan, the counters are yellow, with cigarette burns in it and we have three different tones/kinds of cabinets in there.

I decided this week to break out my paint that’s on hand and whitewash the bricks to give them a more neutral look until we have the time and money to rip them out.  I should have done this the moment we moved in 2 years ago!! I love it so much, well at least as much as I can love a very bad brick/tile job!

The kitchen is so much brighter and clean looking to my eyes!  Now I’m trying to resist painting all the walls, trim and cabinets.  Not to mention, the counter tops that are driving me insane!
 Ok, I’ll try to take a breath and wait patiently while my piano studio gets finished first, but I may just paint the trim - it looks terribly dirty next to the nice clean bricks!  Please tell me what you think!