Category Archives: DIY projects

Painted Glass Christmas Trees

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No cutsey title today…sorry! But the title basically says it all. I decided to get crafty with some Goodwill finds, and these trees were on my list. They came with a little stopper in the bottom, so I assume they were originally intended to be used as candy holders, like for gifts or something. Either way, they were a dollar. Hard to resist. These were super-simple, and took almost no time (at least, no time to complete…drying is different). I’ll be trying this again soon on regular glass jars to hold pencils and stuff.

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What Christmas would be complete without official Christmas crafts? Well, probably plenty of people’s. But hey, why not get crafty if you can? This entire project cost me $4. That’s including the paint, which I actually already had in my stash. So if you were being technical, it cost me $2. But $4 if you don’t have the paint. How’d I do it? Let’s see!

Step One: Pick out the colors. I went with green and white. Almost anything + white is going to make sense and not look muddy. But since it’s a Christmas tree, these made the most sense. Other color combinations that might look cute are: pink & blue, green & purple, red & white, blue & yellow, etc.

Step Two: Drizzle in one color. Then layer over with the other color.

Step Three: Rotate and turn the glass until you’re reasonably sure the bottom is coated and there is enough paint to drip down the sides to cover the rest once you turn it over to dry.

Step Four: Set it upside down (or in this case, right side up) on a stack of papers or a paper plate so the paint can drip down and form interesting marbling effects. Leave overnight to drip and sort of dry. It won’t be perfectly dry, not with zero air circulation. But it will be set enough that the next morning, you can tip it on its side so it can air dry the rest of the way that day.

Step Five: Pick a pretty place to put it and enjoy!

I did the same thing with a second tree, only I used only one kind of paint, silver glitter. Same process though, just drizzling the paint in there and rotating the glass around until I knew the excess would drip out easily. Then I just turned it over overnight, and the next morning it was ready to cure.

Now we’ve got cute, homemade trees to put up on the mantle this year!

For some more fun and fanciful Christmas or winter-themed craft and decoration ideas, check out: Hi Sugarplum!

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No Mo’ Peep Show!

Here’s a little secret: I’ve been inadvertently putting on a peep show for the neighborhood whenever I get out of the shower. Yippie! We took down all the blinds (which were either red or green…bizarre) so we could replace them with plantation blinds. But for whatever reason, we decided we wouldn’t put blinds up in the master bathroom. Or maybe we haven’t gotten around to it yet. I’m not sure…whatever. The point is, it was an uncovered window for about two months. I had planned on making curtains, but I just hadn’t gotten around to it yet.

Here’s a view of the bathroom from our bedroom.

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But each day, as I got out of the shower, this is my view. I am actually standing in the shower (fully clothed, perverts) to take this picture:

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Yeah. My concern was, if I can see so clearly down to the street…you see where I’m going with this. So instead of having privacy, I’ve been doing a little duck-and-cover thing for a few months after showering. (Meanwhile, Sam has no problem, as the window stops around torso height, so he can just step out and walk around in all his sexy shirtless glory.) So if our neighbors are parking their car on the street, or people are walking their dogs…

Hey guys! Meet your new neighbors! Indecent McGee!!!

Not a good idea. Time to fix. I started by getting some fabric at JoAnne’s for 50% off. Seriously, JoAnne’s is always having 50% off sales. If you want fabric, find what you want and then wait a week. If it’s not on sale now, it will be then. Or you can use a coupon. They put out coupons like whoa. Anyway, I picked out some fun fabric to become the basis of our new bathroom decor. I measured the window and drew up a very simplistic (read: idiot-proof) diagram of the window’s measurements.

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Also at JoAnne’s, I picked up some no-sew tape. It is like webbing, and when you heat it, it bonds together like glue. Since I don’t own a sewing machine, nor the patience (or skill) to do it by hand, this is the easiest solution for me. It’s like $3, give or take. (I didn’t use all of it, only 2/3 of it.)

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After measuring and cutting the lengths of fabric for two curtain panels (taking into account I’ll need an inch on all sides for the hemming) I started the no-sew process. I got out my iron (oh, I hadn’t seen that thing in a looooong time) and dampened a washcloth. Folding the edge over the tape, I set the washcloth on top of that, then the iron over that for ten to fifteen seconds. The iron was set to steam, wool setting.

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It wasn’t an exact science. And while it was easier than sewing, it wasn’t a perfect job. But for my first time, I think it went pretty well. Here’s an example of what the corners look like.

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After that, I grabbed some curtain clips (couple dollars) and snapped those things on, then hung the curtains!

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I realize the curtains clash with the shower curtain. But I’m fixin’ to get some new stuff after a little while, more neutral that will let the curtains speak and not compete.

And can I tell you how happy I am to see THIS instead of neighbors who might be looking forward to a peep show??

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Yippie! So that’s how I made my no-sew curtains. It took awhile (about two hours) becuase I’ve never done this before, but I think I could cut that in half next time. So I’ll leave you with a little B&A from the project. Until next time!

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Totally Floored

So I suppose it is high time I started pulling my weight with this blogging stuff. Kat has posted about 14 posts, I suppose I can make time for one.

What super masculine, blood, sweat, and tears type job did I pick…Bathroom floors! (insert horror movie screeching here) Okay so it’s not the most glorious job, nor the most complex, but you can sure as bet Kat wasn’t gonna flop around on the bathroom floor and get in and around the various undiscovered cracks and crevices of the terlet. Luckily, thanks to our (Kat’s) adventures in Blog-dom, Kat found a cheap and easy way to go about redoing/upgrading any typical vinyl or linoleum floor. If you weren’t privy to this info, they make self-adhesive single vinyl tiles that you can get for roughly a dollar a tile. So you can get a higher quality floor that looks like ceramic or stone tile for a fraction of the price. For those of you that are aware, what are you waiting for?! Continue reading

A chair by any other color

is a chair. Duh. I picked up this baby at the Goodwill for $8.

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Swizzle That Stick

We sold our old bedroom set before we moved from Roanoke. Sam bought them before we were married, and while they were a solid set, they weren’t really our taste together. They were serviceable. But we knew we wanted to start fresh with the move, so off they went thanks to the power of Craigslist.

So when we moved into this house, all we had with us was our box spring, mattress, and a bunch of plastic containers of clothes. Insert sad face here. But we did know we were going to look for more furniture. We also knew that furniture was low on the list of Things To Do. Why? Because we would rather spend our money on new appliances that magically appear on deep discount or on paint or new flooring for the bathroom or…a lot of things. Continue reading

A Wrench By Any Other Name…

As Sam was replacing a hanging light fixture, he needed my help as a gopher. I’ll admit, I think gophers are disgusting creatures that ruin gardens and get hit by cars like the worthless animals they are (I mean, just watch where you’re going when you cross the road, dude) so I wasn’t keen to play the role. But as he was up on the ladder doing The Important Junk (which included dealing with electrical wires, which freaks me out) I consented to the lesser role of “gopher.” Continue reading

Project Who Needs A Hero: Day 3

The meat and potatoes of the project! Two days ago, I showed you how I purchased my supplies, which was an adventure in and of itself. On Day 1, I gathered my supplies. On Day 2, I did a lot of the dirty work…or so I thought. That day was a BREEZE compared to this one. But that’s okay. Today I painted the area. That’s pretty obvious, so I won’t bother you with the details there. Continue reading