Music Sheet Cone Vase

I bought this gorgeous wrapping paper at Christmas and now I have all these odds and ends of it left over.  I didn't want to throw any out and most pieces were really too small to use for wrapping next year.  I really loved the paper cone vase I had made earlier this year, so I decided to make another version of it.

It's so easy, you just cut a square shape and wrap it around your hand making it tight on the other end, tape the joint with magic tape or glue it together and pop in a little arrangement of dried flowers.  I used hydrangeas and lavender to make this one.

Ta dah!

To hang it, I punched a hole in the back and added a twine loop.  So easy, so pretty.

Here is the one I made a few months ago

Makes for a cute gift also - even with fresh flowers!  Just wrap your favourite gift wrap around the bundle of flowers and tie it with a pretty ribbon.

Happy New Year!

2012 In Review - Part 2 The Projects

The year began with a bang on a super simple project that went viral - the mason jar soap pump.  This is my second most popular post of all time (although the turquoise chalk paint armoire beats the competition by a mile!)

Then there was the shed I built for $30 from scrounged scraps of wood, some hinges and handles:

I tried my hand at making a sign:

I painted my tree stump and added a fleur-de-lis design.  I made a table out of it using a piece of glass as a tabletop.

 I tackled my mudroom and laundry, adding much needed storage to this house!  Nothing you see in this photo was here when I moved in.  I installed a closet organizer (the shelves with the clothes rods at the side). I also bought a cabinet and installed a laundry tub and built shelves over the top and a little counter at the side.  Then, with the help of friends, I installed a new dryer vent and stacked my new washer and dryer.  

I finished off my front entry by installing beadboard on one wall to cover up missing drywall and built a cover for my electrical panel.

Then I converted my coffee table to a bar height table by swapping out the legs for longer 2x2 legs that I cut to the height I wanted.

I found a 5 panel door at a garage sale and added legs and some trim to create a king-sized headboard:


I made over my Ikea chair using a shower curtain for the slipcover.

To add storage to my kitchen, I bought some Ikea brackets and used some wood I had on hand to build shelves on one wall.

and added a pot rack that I hung vertically:

I took a 6 cube storage piece that I didn't really like, added legs and a table top and made a cool console out of it.

 Upcycle an Ugly Cube Storage Unit

I made over my tallboy to look like an apothecary cabinet:

I attempted mitered corners for the first time when I built a hook rack from scratch.

I built my own shutters from a 10' 1x8 piece of pre-primed pine.

My greatest triumph of all this year, came with my Impossibilities Challenge of renovating a bathroom completely on my own.  I don't have photos of the original bathroom - can you say U-G-L-Y???

It had vertical tongue and groove dark orange stained knotty pine boards on every wall and an even uglier imitation drop-ceiling treatment (yep, weird.  Not a drop-ceiling, some fibreboard thingy designed to look like one).  The bathtub had a storage cupboard built over the top of it (nothing like mouldy storage units).  The vanity had a medicine chest complete with Hollywood light strip that wasn't hardwired to a switch.  SHUDDER! Do you understand why I never photographed it?

This is what it looked like after the demo was done and I had installed new insulation.

and this is what it looks like now.

Thank you for following along with me on my journey to renovate and decorate my house.  The blogging community has been so inspirational to me, giving me tons of ideas and direction.  I really appreciate all of you for your support, your uplifting comments and your unflagging belief that I could do this work myself.

You are all ROCK STARS!  

Here's to a happy and successful 2013 - onward and upward!

If you missed Part 1 - The Power of Paint, click HERE

2012 In Review - Part 1 The Power of Paint

I cannot believe how quickly this year flew by.  It seems like only a month ago, I was painting up a storm in my master bedroom - leaving no surface untouched!  But that was 12 months ago.  Wow.  Don't blink or it will be 2014 not the eve of 2013!!

So, as I said, my bedroom got a complete makeover - walls, furniture, no surface left untouched!

So the writing desk and chair got a coat of paint

Some vase fillers, a fairy light string and a piece of burlap doll up my cloche.

The dresser, mirror and another chair got painted as well.
The walls were painted Benjamin Moore Lenox Tan, oh and the closet doors got painted as well

I used the Graphics Fairy French postcard image as my inspiration and hand drew it onto my bench.  The other bench got painted and stenciled with a fleur-de-lis pattern.

The final touch came later in the summer when I found a vintage 5-panel door that I made over into my headboard.

and then gave it a decorative paint finish:

I began painting the trim in the house after this.  Oy vey - what a job!  and that led to painting my hallway, the doors, the bookcases and then the den and the bathroom and the kitchen and the mudroom.  I'm thinking of renaming my blog "Help Me, I Can't Stop Painting!". 

Living Room (including the door and coffee table)

Main Bathroom Makeover
 - bookcase & mirror painted as well as the walls

Mudroom - walls, trim and furniture

Hmmm, then there was all the furniture painting going on.  I discovered the wonders of home made chalk paint and there was no holding me back!

Then I got a wee bit addicted to modpodge and began painting AND adding paper to everything.

hmmm and that wasn't even a full list of the stuff that got painted INSIDE the house.  Once the weather warmed up, I attacked my garden furniture as well.

I guess I'm beginning to understand why my year flew by so fast... I kept myself busy!!! Click on the link for Part 2 "2012 In Review - Part 2  The Projects".