Wednesday, August 20, 2014

5 Back to School Printables & The Project Stash Link Party

Well, we've finished our first week of school and I am once again reminded of how much busier life becomes when school starts.  So, I was so happy to discover these amazing FREE printables from last week's Project Stash.  Check these out 'cause I'm sure they will help you and your family stay on top of things this year!

free printables


After School Checklist from My Paper Craze
How to Pack a School Lunch from While He was Napping
Back to School Interview from Giggles Galore
Teacher Gift Printable from Wine and Glue
Healthy Eating Chart from Powerful Mothering


Aren't these ideas absolutely AMAZING?  I LOVE the back to school interview...what a great item to put into a memento book!  Which one is your favorite?  If one of your printables was featured, please grab some eye candy for your blog (featured button) and strut your stuff!

4 You With Love



Now, onto this week's party.  Let's start with me introducing you to The Project Stash co-hostesses!




Melanie from It Happens in a Blink
ChiWei from One Dog Woof
Marilyn from 4 You With Love

When you link up to The Project Stash, your projects are shown on all four blogs!  Also, when you are featured, your project will also be shown on all four blogs.  We also pin features to our Project Stash Features Pinterest Board.  If you'd like, take a moment to add our button to your blog somewhere - the more the merrier!  


4 You With Love



Now, let's get this week's party started.  Before you link up, please review our guidelines!  I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!


Guidelines:
  • No shops, please. Giveaways and projects are welcome.
  • Feel free to link more than one.
  • Visit a couple other links and share some comment happiness.
  • By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature you on round-ups and social media.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Stop by The New York Melrose Place and See How I Reupholstered a Chair in Under 2 Hours!


It's garage sale season which means it's the perfect time to pick up a piece of furniture with good bones but is in dire need of a makeover.  I found a great desk chair that I turned from drab to fab in less than 2 hours!  

dining room chair makeover

Isn't the "new" chair gorgeous?  I absolutely LOVE it.  To see how, stop by The NY Melrose Family where I'm a guest contributor today! While you're there, take a look around.  Jenny has all sorts of amazing posts...especially about Google+.

 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

5 Back To School Lunch Ideas and The Project Stash Link Party

When does school start near you?  Our public schools have historically started approximately August 25th and then ended around the June 5th.  Well, with the lovely proficiency tests that Ohio administers to determine how well our school are doing, the educational curriculum has slowly gone from teaching subjects to teaching to the tests.  So, this has now shifted our school year to start a bit earlier and then end earlier (so that "teaching" ends with the proficiency test.  So why am I telling you all this? Are you holding onto your hat?  Today is our first day of school!

Yup, my youngest went off to school this morning but it wasn't just the start of any old school year.  Today was the first day of his senior year!  Wow, does time fly.  Although my son is 17, he still packs his lunch.  Yup, can you believe it? He has packed every day since 1st grade!  Is your child(ren) a packed lunch eater too?  If so, you'll LOVE our features from last week's Project Stash!

5 Back to School Lunch Ideas







10 Quick and Easy Toddler Lunch Ideas from Lambert's Lately | Easy DIY Pizza Lunch Kit from Mostly Homemade Mom | Printable Lunch Box Jokes from Wine and Glue | DIY Lunch Box and Back Pack Tags from Live Laugh Rowe | DIY Lunchables Bento for Kids from About a Mom



Aren't these ideas absolutely AMAZING?  I think I'll surprise my son with a DIY Pizza Kid lunch tomorrow.   Does your child pack their lunch?  I'm always looking for new lunch ideas so leave me a comment and tell me what you put in your child's lunch box.

Anyway, If one of your projects was features, please grab some eye candy for your blog (featured button) and strut your stuff!

4 You With Love



Now, onto this week's party.  Let's start with me introducing you to The Project Stash co-hostesses!




Melanie from It Happens in a Blink
ChiWei from One Dog Woof
Marilyn from 4 You With Love

When you link up to The Project Stash, your projects are shown on all four blogs!  Also, when you are featured, your project will also be shown on all four blogs.  We also pin features to our Project Stash Features Pinterest Board.  If you'd like, take a moment to add our button to your blog somewhere - the more the merrier!  


4 You With Love



Now, let's get this week's party started.  Before you link up, please review our guidelines!  I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!


Guidelines:
  • No shops, please. Giveaways and projects are welcome.
  • Feel free to link more than one.
  • Visit a couple other links and share some comment happiness.
  • By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature you on round-ups and social media.



Monday, August 11, 2014

DIY Chalk Paint for Crafters!

When you search around Pinterest, you will discover that a number of the projects that involve painting furniture use chalk paint.  There are many brands of chalk paint that are available for purchase but they can be a bit pricey.  So, when supplies are costly, why not try to make your own?  A lot of chalk paint recipes call for unsanded grout, plaster of paris, or calcium carbonate. Now, to pick up one of these ingredients along with a quart of latex paint isn't a problem if you are doing a piece of furniture.  But what if you are new to using chalk paint or your crafting a smaller project?


chalk paint recipe

I'm going to show you how to make your own chalk paint with ingredients you can find at home and/or home improvement stores with very little cost.  Here's the recipe:

Baking Soda Chalk Paint Recipe

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup latex paint
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 3 Tbsp water



Now to make things super easy and inexpensive, stop by Home Depot and look at their paint sample mistints.  These are great for 2 reasons (if you find a color you like).  First, their mistints for this size are only $0.50!  Second, they come in a volume of approximately 1 cup so no need to measure the 1 cup of paint.  Don't you love it?

Next, you need to have a piece that you'd like to give a face lift with chalk paint.  I picked up this clock at Goodwill for just $3.00.





You need to prep your piece for painting.   For my clock, I removed the clock mechanism.  To help make distressing on the edges easier, I ran an old candle along the sides of my clock.


Now that your piece is prepped, you need to prepare your "chalk paint".  In an old yogurt container, add the water and baking soda.  Mix until it becomes a paste.


Pour in either 1 cup of latex paint or the entire contents of a paint sample jar.  Mix thoroughly.


Now paint your piece. Since I am focusing this post on crafters, I painted mine using a foam brush...the kind that often go on sale at Michael's 20/$1.00.  It took me 3 coats of paint to thoroughly cover my piece.


Once your piece has dried completely, it will feel gritty. So, lightly sand & distress as much as you'd like.  Your piece will feel silky smooth after you have finished sanding.



Now, "chalk paint" needs to be sealed.  Usually, you will hear about people applying wax to their pieces.  You can pick up some wax but you can also seal your piece with polyurethane.  I had this Polycrylic in my crafting cabinet so this is what I used.  (Note:  using wax allows you to have a very matte finish or you can buff it to make it shinier while polyurethane gives your piece a more durable finish).


Once again, I used the same foam brushes when applying the Polycrylic.  (Note, never shake polyurethane to mix it!  This will create bubbles.   Also, using a foam brush can also create bubbles in your finish so be careful.)

So, here's my finished piece!  Not only do I like it but my husband and youngest bot said it looked "pretty good!"



I think this piece will definitely give a nice punch of color in whatever room it's place in, don't you think?


I had plenty of paint leftover for another project.  If you have extras, just place the lid on your yogurt container....and don't forget to label it "chalk paint" with the date!

Have fun crafting with your own DIY chalk paint!  I think you'll have a blast!   Oh, and since I used mistint paint, my chalk paint didn't even cost $1.00!  

Now, it is spring cleaning time so you may feel as though you have to put your "crafting" on hold while you clean and organize your home.  This isn't the case, though.  If you like upcycling items from Goodwill, see how I made this Business Card Holder from a frame, a fat quarter and NO sewing required!


I also upcycled some old coconut oil jars into these Anthro Inspired Chalk Board Storage Jars.


And finally, I purchased a photo box from Michael's (when they were on sale 6/$10) and turned it into a spice file storage box (with free spice printable cards)!



So whether you are crafting, organizing, or DIYing, have fun!  You are only limited by your own imagination!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

4 Watermelon Recipes & The Project Stash Link Party

Have you been to your local farmer's market lately?  If so, I bet you've been enjoying all sorts of amazing, fresh produce!  One of my family's favorites, this time of year, is ice, cold watermelon!  We usually just toss our melon into the refrigerator and then cut it up when we're ready to enjoy some sweet, watermelon goodness.  Well, I'm super excited to share our 4 features from last week's party.  Check out these amazing watermelon recipes!



Chilled Watermelon Soup Recipe from Domestic Mommyhood
Watermelon Cream Burst Drink from Robyn's View
No Bake Watermelon Cake from Sidetracked Sarah




Which feature caught your eye?  I can't wait to pick up some watermelon and try ALL of these recipes!   If one of your projects was features, please grab some eye candy for your blog (featured button) and strut your stuff!


4 You With Love



Now, onto this week's party.  Let's start with me introducing you to The Project Stash co-hostesses!




Melanie from It Happens in a Blink
ChiWei from One Dog Woof
Marilyn from 4 You With Love

When you link up to The Project Stash, your projects are shown on all four blogs!  Also, when you are featured, your project will also be shown on all four blogs.  We also pin features to our Project Stash Features Pinterest Board.  If you'd like, take a moment to add our button to your blog somewhere - the more the merrier!  


4 You With Love



Now, let's get this week's party started.  Before you link up, please review our guidelines!  I can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!


Guidelines:
  • No shops, please. Giveaways and projects are welcome.
  • Feel free to link more than one.
  • Visit a couple other links and share some comment happiness.
  • By linking up, you are giving us permission to feature you on round-ups and social media.