Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Leather coat turned into a pillow for around $2

I love to upcycle.
It's actually one of the things I've been doing for the longest.
I think it's the ultimate recycling.

Crafting and DIY projects can end up breaking the bank and actually, sometimes making things yourself can actually cost you more than just buying the item at the store.  I love all things thrifty and I will rarely make something just for the sake of making it when I can buy it cheaper.

However, in the case of this leather pillow, I was able to whip it up for around $2.  You can't buy a decorative pillow for two bucks!


Want to know how I managed to make a pillow for next to nothing?
I started with these supplies.
I found this XL leather coat for $1 at a garage sale this past summer and this feather pillow at the Goodwill outlet {where you pay by the pound}

Fabric is so expensive, when I can find large sizes of quality fabric in the form of clothing for cheap, I snatch it up.  You never know when you will be able to use it.


I don't think you can have too many pillows.  Though I say that, and it drives me nuts when my kids "reorganize" every.single.pillow and I have to put them back in my OCD order sixteen bajillion times a day.


If you haven't met Rocky, our bear head, you can find out the story behind him here. He's been a part of our family for four years now. I jumped on that taxidermy bandwagon before it was a bandwagon.


What do you like to upcycle? Do you keep your eyes peeled for something in particular?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Confession time

Can I make a confession? 

I'm not very good at gardening but I really want to be.
I like plants and flowers but I can't seem to keep anything alive.

I killed cactus. 
And an aloe plant.  
I think that's some kind of special.

I blame it on lack of natural light in our house so I'm trying round two of houseplants.

This guy took the place of my aloe that I killed.  Actually, I'm blaming my daughter on killing the aloe.  I told her it was good for healing wounds and she kept hacking away at that thing until there was nothing left.

This guy is in my laundry room {lets pretend the humidity will help}. I moved him closer to the window in hopes that he will get some more sun than the hacked up plant by the laundry room sink did.
 

This is the pot that my cacti were in.
They died a slow death.

I'm trying something new and am only going to water them with fresh lukewarm tap water and not the soapy hot bathwater I was watering the cacti with.
So far so good.


Any other tips?
I really want to not kill everything I touch. 
I'm starting to take it personally.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Free bathroom printable

On Wednesday, I shared with you the little bathroom update that we did in the kids bathroom.  My husband helped me make floating shelves for the little niche above the toilet in the kids bathroom.

I picked up a few accessories at Marshall's and Home Goods and I made the little lather, rinse, repeat sign that is framed.


I thought that I would share the image with you in case you wanted to use it.  Simply right click, save to your files and print to whatever size that you would like.


This is the one I used, I just printed it on colored cardstock to save on printer ink.
Enjoy!  Remember, these images are for personal use only.  



Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Floating shelves for the kids bathroom

Last month, I shared with you all how one of my goals was to start taking my pins off of Pinterest and making them a reality.  I started a blog series I am calling From Pin To Reality.

For months (maybe years) I have been pinning tutorials and images of floating shelves.  Like this

DIY rustic modern floating shelves from tinysidekick.com






and this from Shanty 2 Chic



Our upstairs kids bathroom has the perfect spot for floating shelves.  


This little alcove above the toilet is 5 1/2" deep and has been left blank since we moved in four years ago. Because honestly, what do you hang over a toilet? An inspirational quote like this perhaps?


While I wanted to use some power tools again (like I did when I made this pallet backed bookcase), my skills are still dependent on my handy husband and our schedules never included both of us in the same house for longer than 10 minutes (except to sleep), this project wasn't happening unless I turned over the reigns.  

I wanted the project done and finally had a willing craftsman to do it, so I relinquished control. I did however, take a date to Lowe's and learned how to purchase the perfect piece of lumber (hold it up in one hand with the other end on the ground and look down the edge picking the straightest board possible. Some of those boards are twisted I tell ya!)  and I stained the boards once they were cut.

I love that the kids now have a space for their extra toilet paper (kids were getting stranded!) and it visually fills up the space making the whole shower/toilet area seem cozier than it already is.


Like all things DIY, they eventually start to change from the way in which they were created to support functionality.  Apparently, getting stranded one too many times, led me eldest son to create this toilet paper tower so that he shall never fear of running out of TP again! 

I took back the space and made it pretty again, but I'm not quite sure how long it will last without it's TP tower.


If you check back on Friday, I will be sharing the lather, rinse, repeat printable that I whipped up for this space.  
If you would like to join me in my quest from taking things off of Pinterest and making them a reality, then join me on Instagram.  You can find me at HolyCraft1.  Simply tag your project that you took from your Pinterest board with #frompintoreality and @holycraft1 so I can find you and you will be entered to win a monthly prize to keep you creating.
Happy crafting!