Sunday, October 27, 2013

31 Projects: Owl Door Hanger

Welcome to Day 26 of 31 Projects: House to Home 2013!

Today was spent working on small things. AJ had Amy come over to help on a bigger project that I will post about later. I worked on something I had seen in Pinterest. 

I have seen this owl going around Pinterest for a while, and I so wanted one. I figured I could make one since I had all the supplies. So, I dove in head first.

I started by creating a pattern. I am not the best at free hand drawing. Luckily, I can generally get it done. I had to make an outer pattern and a smaller version for the inset.

I used burlap, an old pillow case as the inset, and some dark brown ribbing material for the outer eyes. I used plastic shopping bags as the stuffing. This was two fold because the owl was going outside and I had a bunch that I wanted to try see how they worked as stuffing.

I added a bow tie as the finishing touch, because bow ties are cool. It makes me really happy he has a bow tie. It helped me learn how to make bow ties which works well for a future idea.

I love my owl. I think he came out great. He is a very fun addition to our porch. I think he is going to become our Fall door "wreath" from now on.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

31 Projects: Personal Projects

Welcome to Day 26 of 31 Projects: House to Home 2013!

Today we celebrated cool weather finally arriving in Central Florida. AJ and I spent the day working on some personal projects. They aren't house projects, but they do make us feel at home. 

AJ spent most of the day working on his fish tank. He has evolved from just his red and blue betas to a much bigger and complicated tank. He was working on getting some lights in the top and adding silicone and glass to act as braces.

I spent the day working on my silkscreens and making some more wristlets to add to my etsy store. I am having a blast with these. I just need some people to buy them so that I can make more :) . I think I might be addicted at the moment. The biggest problem I am really facing is that I want to keep one of all of them. 

I spent the day screening the outsides, insides, and straps of these bags today. I also made some labels. I want to get to the point of screening the labels, but for now I am using a printable fabric because I had it already. 

Thanks for letting me share them!

Friday, October 25, 2013

31 Projects: The Library, Day 1

Welcome to Day 25 of 31 Projects: House to Home 2013!

I started a whole new giant project today. I opened my etsy store. It is called creatingMimsy. I am excited about this project. Now that I have my silkscreen up and running I want to get some projects out there. Right now, I have a Doctor Who bag and in the process of making a Harry Potter one.

Doctor Who TARDIS

Doctor Who Sayings

Harry Potter - Deathly Hallows
On to the other big project of the day:

This is another multi-day project. We are tackling getting some of our library straightened out. Since we fixed the floor, we have been at a little bit of a loss to how to work this room. It has evolved into a library, media room, and kind of a catch all room. This has to change.

Drawers before.

Today's big goal was to clean out the dressers that are in the library. They used to be in my craft room and were holding a bunch of my stuff. I know this doesn't seem like a big project, but finding new homes for everything was a pain. Especially because I just got my craft room clean.

Drawers after.

I am not kidding about all the stuff in the drawers. I had two filled with more fabric. I purged some of it. I also found a drawer full of half finished projects. I swear those breed in the middle of the night.

More fabric!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

31 Projects: Craft Room, Day 2 - The Reveal

Welcome to Day 24 of 31 Projects: House to Home 2013!

Today I worked in the craft room again. I made so much progress today. I am so happy about this. I am ready to get to work on projects in a good work environment. 

I painted two of the walls in the room. I probably would have painted the third, but I ran out of paint. Normally, this wouldn't be such a big deal, but today I actually made the grey paint I used from some black and white paint we had already. The fourth wall isn't really a wall and I can't move the shelves that are in front of the tiny piece of wall, so that wasn't getting painted anyway. 

I did use the tiny bit of paint I had left to paint a bookcase. We picked this up on the side of the road back in Gainesville. It is functional, but it was this odd cream color. It never fit in and I was tired of looking at it. So, paint it got. It also got the backboard covered. I used wrapping paper from IKEA. I love their wrapping paper. It is fun.

I cleaned out another bag of trash and some more stuff to pass back to my mom. I also spray painted the moving boxes I had navy blue. I think this room is going towards a navy and orange theme. Not really for any good reason, but that is what I had and it is working. On the boxes I added a stripe of the wrapping paper to break up the navy. I still need to make labels for what is in the boxes.

I even managed to get my sewing table cleaned up. I am still not finished with this side of the room, but it is clean now. I am having a hard time coming up with decoration for it. I did put some pictures up behind my sewing machine. I also found one of my Poppa's wooden measure sticks. I put one of the pictures of Drew from his two year photo shoot in there. It made me very happy.


Before & After



Wednesday, October 23, 2013

31 Projects: Craft Room, Day 1

Welcome to Day 23 of 31 Projects: House to Home 2013!

Today I started tackling my craft room. I honestly thought this was going to be a one day project, but when I got into it that isn't going to happen. There is a lot more to do than I thought. The craft room frequently turns into a dumping room for everything else that is going on in the house. It was where stuff got stored until the laundry room and shed got organized. Now that I am working on this room I am moving out that stuff. Yay!

I started by hauling all the stuff out that was on the floor. That took a while. I also found out I had a lot of fabric. This wasn't fabric that was put away, but stuff that I swear just magically appeared. I piled it all onto the kitchen table to sort through.

I worked on sorting through all my old scrapbook supplies. I decided that anything I haven't used in a couple of years. It didn't make sense to hold on stuff I am not using or anything that I have upgraded. My Cricut and Silhouette have replaced most of my cutters and die machines. 

I cleared out two giant bags of trash, two giant bags of fabric, and several small bags of scrapbook supplies. I also moved out all the random shelves that were piled up in my craft room. There was some really random stuff in my craft room. I am happy to have it all out. 

 I moved my work table over by my sewing machine. I am not sure how I like it there, but it does make more sense to have my cutting and ironing area by the sewing machine. I am probably going to move the bookcase to the free wall now. 

I have this idea to spray paint these moving boxes and use them as storage inside my big wall unit. They fit perfectly and they are the only thing I have found that does fit that nicely. 

I do want to get everything cleaned up. I also want to potentially paint and decorate the room, but painting might have to wait. I don't think I can get that done while AJ is at work and I am home by myself with Drew. He likes to help paint.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

31 Projects: Silkscreen Room

Welcome to Day 22 of 31 Projects: House to Home 2013!

Now that the kitchen is done I am switching gears. I am so excited about this project it isn't even funny. Since I got it done it is all I have wanted to do today. 

While I was pregnant with Drew my Momma bought me a silkscreen machine, a Yudu Personal Screen Printer specifically. Sadly, it sat in the box for several years. I wanted to use it so badly, but life just never gave me a chance to set it up. Our old house didn't really have a good space for it either, so I didn't touch it. 

Then we bought this house. It has the weirdest room in it, which of course turned into my craft room. It is a room that was expanded, but not in any way that makes sense, so it has a small closet within an open wall closet space. We had no clue what to do with this space, until it came time to make our project list for October. Suddenly, we had inspiration to turn it into a silkscreen area for me. YAY!!!

AJ installed a shelf/ workbench for me. It holds the machine really well. It is a little high for me, but overall it is perfect.

My craft room is a source of frustration that I can't get it decorated in a way that inspires me and functions well. I decided to make the first changes to that in the silkscreen room. I want it to be very functional, but at the same time fun. Underneath the work bench I added nails to hang my supplies that are hangable. 

I cannibalized some storage boxes from other things to hold supplies. Right now one is holding all my inks and emulsion, and the other is holding blank items for screening.

I wanted somewhere I could pin up ideas or pictures or something. I had seen this idea going around Pinterest to use cork trivets as thumbtack boards. OK. I have the cork trivets, so let's give this a try. I picked out some blue polka dot fabric and a red striped one for a little contrast. 

They came out cute. I glued pushpins on to the back to they could just be pushed into the wall. They are cute and a good start to decorating in there. 

The other blank wall gives me somewhere to hang up items to take pictures. I am excited about this. I don't have a good place in my craft room to do this, so this is an exciting feature.

I did get some silkscreening done today, too. I made several aprons and bags for my Momma. I think they came out good and they were so much faster this way. I still need to go back and do the back side of the bags. I am excited about that. I think I am going to love having this set up. If anyone has projects they want silkscreened, please let me know!