craft, DIY, paint

DIY Framed Earring Holder

For my latest project, I took an old frame and turned it into place to hang my hook earrings. I think it turned out rather cute.

First I primed the frame with a spray primer.

Then I spray painted the frame a light blue.

With a white paint pen, I added a paisley design to give it some interesting detail.

I let it dry overnight, then added some rubber mesh (used as a mat in cabinets, like contact paper) to the back. It was easy to attach with a staple gun, and then I trimmed of the excess with scissors.

I’m happy with it, though I am kinda bummed that it only holds the “hook” earrings…not the studs or clasp earrings. Oh well…I will need to think of something else.

What projects are you working on? Organizing? Cleaning? Crafting? Anything?

Have a fabulous weekend!

calligraphy, Christmas, craft, DIY, lettering, paint, Sherrinda

My Awesome Holiday!

I had the best week off last week! I’m sure you all had fun with family and ate lots of food like I did, but I bet you didn’t have as much fun crafting as I did.

The day after Thanksgiving I stayed at my mom’s house and she helped me make stockings. When my son got married, I felt bad that my new daughter-in-law didn’t have a matching stocking at Christmas. Three years later, I finally got them made! I saw some on Pinterest that I liked, and decided to tweak it a bit to suit my decor. I just wish I had gotten bigger letters. Here is how it turned out…

I made them out of burlap and even made a lining for them out of muslin. I painted my family’s initials in red, then mod podged some glitter on them, and then tied them on with some pretty ribbon. Pretty cute, huh?

I got my wreath made (also a Pinterest find) and think it looks fabulous!

Yes, I glitted the K initial too! Love that bright green!

And then I finally got the courage to paint a canvas like I saw here:

I decided to paint mine with a deep red background to go with my new stockings. I think it turned out quite nice.

And here is a picture of me “in process”. My husband took a picture and scared me…glad it didn’t make me mess up!

So today I go back to work on this Marvelous Monday. (sigh…I declare it to be so!) I’m thankful for the time I’ve had to rest, recuperate, and rejuvenate over the last week and I hope to live the week fresh, happy, and strong. Whatever I do I pray I glorify my LORD.

Have a Marvelous Monday!

Christmas, craft, DIY, Pinterst, work, zulily

Glad To Be Back

I haven’t blogged for a month! Isn’t that crazy? I tell you, it was a crazy busy month, but I feel like I can finally breath now and get back to some kind of normal…whatever that is. So what have I been doing? Well, mainly working really hard. The beginning of a school year is always busy, but this year especially so. New people, new programs, lots of purchasing and distributing…just crazy.

But I’m catching up and slowing down…and feeling much better.

So have I done anything fun during this time? You betcha, I have!

I’ve gotten a little crafty! For Boss’s Day, I made some of those cute little jars and fixed up some cute tags for them. I thought they turned out great.

I’ve also started shopping online for Christmas. I love finding good deals and stumbled upon Zulily. It is mainly for women’s and children’s clothes and accessories. They do have some home decor and kitchen stuff, but mostly clothing. Check out these adorable shoes for only $12.99! Wouldn’t they look great with a pair of jeans?

I am also working on another Christmas project that I can’t talk about, in case my daughter and daughter-in-law ever read this blog. But let’s just say that I am enjoying it, even though it is a labor of love and taking me a long time to finish. 🙂

In a couple of weeks, I hope to go to my mom’s for the day and make some new Christmas stockings. I made some when my kids were little and crosstitched names at the top, but now that my son is married, I need to make new ones (with some extra ones for future in-laws!). Here are some that I found on Pinterest that I want to make.

And speaking of Christmas, here is the wreath that I want to make.
Adorable, right? I can hardly wait! I will post pictures of the finished products when I get them done. 
I have also been reading, but I have been so tired at night, I haven’t been able to read as much as I would like…I fall asleep!!! Right now I’m reading To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer and it is GOOD! Sigh…I did stay up late the night before last reading it…I just couldn’t put it down. I’ll do a review when I get finished, but I won’t be giving up my copy for a giveaway, because this one is going on my shelf. 
So Happy Friday people….have a blessed weekend.

blog, blogging, craft, creative, DIY, Sherrinda

Friday Fun

Today is my last Friday off for the summer. Next week we go back to regular hours. While I won’t miss the long work days, I will miss my free day all to myself. So here is just a bunch of “stuff” that I think are fun:

I’m featured today on Mary Vee’s blog. She is a fellow Alley Cat at The Writer’s Alley and I absolutely LOVE her! You can check it out here: Mary Vee’s Friday Feature

I got crafty a couple of weeks ago and made a couple of items for my “adopted” grandson-to-be. I found a burlap bag at Hobby Lobby and decided to “dress it up”. Then I mod podged a plaque with scrapbook paper, then using wooden letters, put the baby’s name on it. They turned out okay.

So today I am going to be lazy, read, watch movies, and be selfish with my last free day.

What do you have planned for the weekend? Anything fun? 

craft, DIY, paint, personal, Pinterest

Vacation Day = Craft Day

I took the day off work yesterday and boy, did I have fun! I made it a Craft Day and had some fun with spray paint. So today, I thought I’d share what I did.

First, I saw the cutest thing on Pinterest. (click on the Pinterest link for a tutorial…you will need to click again on the picture in pinterest to take you to the tutorial) You save up jars, like pasta sauce jars, pickle jars, etc., clean then up, then spray paint the lids. You get cute knobs from Hobby Lobby, then attach them to your lid. Fill the jar up with something fun, and you have an inexpensive gift! Here is what I made:

And look at all the cute knobs I got at Hobby Lobby! They were having a 50% off sale, so I stocked up. They were only about $2 a knob. This is what I am doing for Christmas gifts this year!

Next, I had a mirror that was just kinda blah. It was a grey stone looking mirror that I really didn’t like anymore. So, I decided to paint it.

I think it turned out fabulous!!!!! Then I put it in the living room and rearranged a bit.

 Then I didn’t like the look and decided to spray paint the little table black. How do you like my little Titus, sitting so nicely for his picture? Here it is again with the table black. (with Titus not sitting still this time)

I like it better. It pops now.

My daughter is moving into an apartment in August and some friends gave us an old end table. So I pulled out another paint can and spayed away. It looks cute, doesn’t it?

How’s that for a before and after? I’m pleased, and I hope my daughter will be too!

So that was my day of crafting. I had to take some aspirin last night because my hand was aching so bad from all that spraying! lol…the joys of aging are increasing.

Happy Friday! Do you have big plans for the weekend?

craft, personal, Pinterest, writing

A Plethora of Thought

No theme today. Just a big ol’ mess of my thoughts. There’s just some days that thoughts don’t come. Nothing brilliant comes to mind. It’s just a pile of various things that I’m thinking about.

SQUIRREL! (Anybody ever see the movie UP?)

Yeah, squirrel is a good descriptor.

CASTLE: So, what did you think about the Castle season finale? I know most people were so glad that Castle and Beckett finally got together, but a blog post by Jenny B. Jones really said what I couldn’t quite put my finger on. You can read her post HERE, if you so desire. I posted Jenny’s link in Facebook and it got some Castle-watchers talking. If you write romance, you probably feel like I did – that the “getting together” was too rushed. I won’t get into all the nuances here, but Jenny’s post sure made me think!

WRITING: I’m still trying to work through My Book Buddy and get my plot worked out for my new story. It’s slow going, mainly because I’ve been trying to keep up with laundry better, keep my house straighter, keep my kitchen sinks shiny, and the toilets not so gross. Yeah, some things are kind of important that way.

MOTHER’S DAY: My parents and my in-laws are coming over Sunday evening for dinner to celebrate Mother’s Day. My kids…except my daughter, who is in Austin at UT…will be there. And I don’t have to cook! Gotta love that. So I’ve been perusing Pinterest, trying to find some cute, easy craft to do for gifts. What do you think…

Bookmark?

I Love You Frame

Family Key Chain

I need something easy that I can make tonight. 🙂 What do you think?

WEIGHT LOSS/GAIN: I almost didn’t go to Weight Watchers last night. I knew I had been bad and had eaten out way more than I should have, and was pretty sure I’d gained a few pounds. I went anyway and was surprised that I gained only 1 pound. So here’s to a new week of eating well.

BLOG VACATION: I’m taking a short hiatus from blogging next week, because I am taking three days vacation and going on a writing retreat with a friend! We are going to her river house about an hour away and staying Monday through Wednesday. No internet! Just writing! I’ve never done this before and I am so incredibly excited!

I’ll be back next Friday sharing about my exciting Writing Adventure at the river house. So have fun next week!

What fun things do you have planned for Mother’s Day?

craft, creative, creativity, decor, DIY, Pinterest, Sherrinda

Creative Spark

I’ve been having creative sparks ignite periodically these past few weeks. It’s an itch that needs scratching. It’s a whisper that I find hard to ignore. And Pinterest is fueling my creative juices.

I’ve been wanting to craft things and give them as gifts.

I’ve been wanting to decorate my whole house.

Can you tell I love color? I love bold coloring, especially in the midst of neutral. Lately I’ve really been drawn to the bohemian look like so…

 Though I will probably never decorate my house in the boho look, it does appeal to my “wild side”.

I think creative people must have some sore of a wild side…freedom and abandon that allow for imagination to grow big and express itself in various forms. Whether writing, crafting, or decorating the house, that wild side must be allowed room to breathe.

So how wild is your wild side? Do you find yourself wanting to stuff that side into the closet? Or do you make it come out to play on a daily basis?