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Pinspiration: 80’s Jewelry Cabinet Rescue

I spent HOURS last night catching up on Sons of Anarchy episodes (it’s the sub-plot that I love) and pulling inspirational pins for my 1980’s jewelry cabinet rescue from various Pinterest boards.  I’ve been collecting these pins for years, but not necessarily with my jewelry cabinet in mind.

Yes.  I may have a Pinterest problem, and the first step is admitting it.

Now comes the difficult task of narrowing down my choices.  Ugh!  And fun!  Both, at the same time.

The options are limitless, and I need a limit.  What would you pick?

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SeeKarenFollow: This Week

So, yeah, it’s been a while.  And you would think that I would have lots of pictures from Instagram to share during my absence.  But when this lady takes a break, she means it.  So here is what little I have to show and tell from the last two weeks.

125/365 saving castoffs from the Goodwill bin for making tshirt yarn this morning #365project #seekarencraft

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I saved some of my hubby’s old t-shirts from the donation bin to make some t-shirt yarn.  I have no idea what I’m going to do with it yet.  There are just so many options to choose, it overwhelms me.

My hubby made me this brunch sammie. I'm a lucky girl!

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The hubby made me a brunch sammie on gluten-free bread and served it up with some pickled shrimp.  Yum!  Who’s a lucky wife?

This is the only evidence remaining of my latest epic recipe fail.  Crab-stuffed something sounded good, I had some zucchini in the fridge, and quinoa would make it all gluten-free.  Long story short, do not try to talk yourself into thinking that canned crab meat will work in a pinch.  It doesn’t.  Didn’t I learn anything from Top Chef?

Fortunately these lovely people have been much more productive than I over the last couple of weeks, giving me lots of goodies to pin on Pinterest.

  1. Okay, so if I had this blooming monogram on my wall, do you think I would keep my promise to always have fresh flowers in the house?
  2. This bulldog corkboard mural is too cute to be confined in a kid’s bedroom (though it is awesome there).  I say do some excellent pop art installation on your living room wall with it.
  3. I want one of all my favorite animals as framed fabric art.
  4. Direct your attention to your best asset with this lace-embellished t-shirt.  (Yes, I mean your booty.  Don’t you think the lace draws your attention down the line?)
  5. I need these rummage sale tips to get my resale mojo back.  More selling = more buying, so I need to get to it.
  6. Really, do I need to say anything else except strawberry margarita cupcakes?
  7. I know that I don’t need to say again how much I love bacon.   Besides, I will just be reminding you again in a few days.  But don’t you want some of these maple-bacon muffins with crumbled bacon glaze right now?
  8. I think I will have lots more success with this crispy buffalo quinoa bites salad.  No canned crab to make it go oh-so-wrong.
  9. Shut up!  Peanut-butter-cup-stuffed chocolate-dipped Oreos?  I might be salivating like Pavlov’s dog.
  10. I experienced another great minds think alike moment with this chocolate sour cream tortilla cake.  I have some leftover corn tortillas that I know would make a kick-butt dessert.  Once I get it down, I’ll be sure to share it with you all.

I also wanted to encourage everyone in or around the Indianapolis area to attend An Enchanted Spring Market this Friday and Saturday, May 24-25th.  Nicki has been posting about all the great vendors who will be there, and it sounds like it’s going to be great.  Memorial Day Weekend is a busy one around here, more because of the Indy 500 than my birthday of course, so don’t forget to make some room in your calendar for this vintage/crafty shopping opportunity.

My Take: Coffee Filter Wreath

131/365 coffee filter wreath Mother's Day gift #365project #nofilter #seekarencraft

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With as much time as I spend on bloglovin’ and Pinterest, I know that there are a lot of coffee filter wreaths out there.  I wasn’t sure about hopping on the bandwagon.  But when I rescued a couple hundred coffee filters from a friend who was going to trash them, I decided to make my own.

130/365 "Flowering" coffee filters is therapeutic #365project #seekarencraft

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I followed the tutorial from The SITS Girls, but I used a willow wreath from Dollar Tree for my form.  Half of my time was spent folding, the other part gluing.  By the way, I used fast-grab glue instead of a glue gun.  Figured my fingers were safer that way.

Once the wreath was finished, it looked a little too “wedding”.  I was giving the wreath as a gift, and I wanted its recipient to be able to switch out the ribbon for all seasons and holidays.  I also wanted to accentuate the texture of the wreath, which was the best part.

Many bloggers dip and/or dye their coffee wreaths.  Me, I didn’t have that kind of time.  Besides, they were already glued onto the wreath.  Instead I watered down some silver paint (2 parts paint to 1 part water) and lightly ran a flat artists brush over the coffee filter edges.  The entire wreath only needed about a teaspoon of paint (including the tiny drops that I flipped onto my face and arms during the process).

132/365 mini wreath with coffee filter flower for Gran on Mother's Day #365project #seekarencraft

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I also made a second gift wreath by painting another willow form and attaching a coffee filter flower.  The flower is sprayed with red glitter paint.  So subtle, you can’t even see it in this shot.  Wink.

131/365 coffee filter wreath Mother's Day gift #365project #nofilter #seekarencraft

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What do you think about the silver tipped filters?  Can’t you just see a Christmas bow on there?  Halloween?  And think of the possibilities for weddings…just add your custom colors and have fun.

The O.G. (Old Guest Room): Kate Spade-Inspired Painted Nightstands

You may have noticed that I did not post about the guest room project last week.  Or post about anything for that matter.  I took a break.  Do you do that?  When life seems to be too full, but you want to enjoy it instead of feeling stressed?  If not, do!  I’m back and feeling good.

Kate Spade-Inspired Nightstands - Matching from @annumography blog

I’m joining the Inspired by Kate Spade Style Soiree today with these Shoreline Stripe-inspired nightstands.  But why am I telling you this on a post about my guest room?  Well let me tell ya.

Kate Spade-Inspired Nightstands - Before from @annumography blog

We are repurposing our old master bedroom furniture in the guest room.  This is one of the nightstands.  As you can see, the top is not so pretty.  I had a small accident with a bottle of finger nail polish remover.  When it happened, I was bummed…a little…but more so for my hubby.  He really likes the shape and color of these nightstands and looked forward to keeping them.  The guest room is also his “dressing room” (doesn’t this sound better than just saying that the master bedroom closet is too small for us both), so I’m paying close attention to his style choices in the room re-do.

Kate Spade-Inspired Nightstands - Sanding from @annumography blog

I thought maybe I could sand down the stain and refinish the top, but no luck.  That pesky finger nail polish!  So now what?  Paint.  Hubby is a big fan of all things beachy, so I thought a nautical-inspired paint treatment would be perfect.  I knew that I could use lots of color here, because so much of the design plan focuses on neutrals.

Kate Spade Shoreline

When I saw this Kate Spade Shoreline Stevie Bag, I fell in love with the colors and stripey pattern.  I decided to hack the pattern for my nightstands.

Kate Spade-Inspired Nightstands - Taping from @annumography blog

This project was easy, because I relied on acrylic paints and painter’s tape.  (O.G. Sneak-Peek: see the unfinished closet in the background?)

Kate Spade-Inspired Nightstands - Painting from @annumography blog

Well, mostly easy.  Paint that is the exact color of the painter’s tape made it a little more challenging.

Kate Spade-Inspired Nightstands - Striping from @annumography blog

I continued to add stripes, allowing each new color to dry completely before starting the next.

Kate Spade-Inspired Nightstands - After from @annumography blog

Here they are all painted up and ready to go.  Sorry for the grainy pictures.  I promise to have better ones when the room is staged and these lovelies are in their rightful place next to the bed.

Kate Spade-Inspired Nightstands - Matching from @annumography blog

I used two coats of matte finish polyurethane, though they look awfully shiny in this picture.  What do you think?  Do they look like the inspiration?  Most importantly, the hubby loves them.  Yay!

133/365 closet building still in progress #365project

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As I mentioned, the hit list for the O.G. hasn’t changed from the last time I shared it with you.  But we are making progress on the closet and the painting, though slow.  It’s all my fault.  I didn’t measure well when ordering the closet components.  But more about that another day.

  • Move everything back out of the room
  • Fix the plate for the light fixture/ceiling fan
  • Repair and sand the plaster on the ceiling and walls
  • Putty and sand the trim moldings
  • Paint the ceiling, trim and walls
  • Install the custom closet
  • Sand and stain the floors
  • Hang the ceiling fan
  • Hang the curtains and blinds
  • Move everything back into the room

Where is the half-strikeout button when you need it?

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SeeKarenFollow: This Week

Who else is overjoyed that it’s May?  In Indy, May is a month full of activity and celebration…including my birthday.  I usually share my birthday weekend with the Indy 500, so I’ve learned to make the most of it.  This week, however, was all about counting down to Cinco de Mayo (from the food I ate to the shoes I wore and of course the margaritas) and other random moments caught on Instagram.

I finally took down my tissue paper flower garlands, but only to replace them with red and blue crepe paper and glittery Cinco de Mayo decorations.  Yes, it does look a little like a 4th grade classroom up in there.  So?

120/365 Catching A Midsummer Night's Dream at #IRT #365project

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The hubby and I saw my all-time favorite ever presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Indiana Repertory Theatre this week.  The Shakespeare classic was depicted as a young boy’s dream set in the Belle Époque era.  Loved it!  And isn’t IRT beautiful inside?

Wah wah. It's a brownie sinkhole. #seekarencook

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Sometimes a great recipe starts with an epic fail.  This was the case with my Mexican Hot Chocolate Brownie Ice Cream.  I hadn’t planned on ice cream.  But when the brownies blew up in the over, fell while cooling, cemented themselves to the pan, and then turned out to be a pudding cake consistency inside, plans changed.  I have to say, though, they made the best ice cream ever!

122/365 random rainbow sighting #365project #nofilter

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This photo is why I love, love, love Instagram.  Because sometimes you spy a random rainbow in the sky.  And not only do you need to take a picture of this thing that makes you smile, but you also need to share it with others immediately.  Smiles all around!

When you look at what I pinned on Pinterest this week, it will appear that I was very hungry.  And thirsty.  All week.  I threw in a couple of crafty ideas at end.  Because they are awesome…not just to feel less guilty about my food cravings.

  1. Nacho fries are a brilliant idea.  Why hasn’t anyone done this sooner?  Maybe they have, but I wasn’t paying attention.  Never mind.  I want to try these soon; maybe even switch it up with sweet potato fries.  Yum!
  2. Month of May parties are all about the potluck.  I’m keeping this Royal Potato Salad recipe in mind for the next shindig.
  3. It’s probably dangerous that I can now make these cinnamon-sugar almonds in the crock pot.  As soon as I figure out how to make them with non-refined sugar choices, I may just be out-of-control.
  4. Speaking of out-of-control.  Chocolate-covered bacon toffee.  Someone please pry it away from me.
  5. I had an awesome idea this week.  Why not make my own version of a Choco-Taco with some leftover taco shells that I have in the pantry.  I spent a few days pondering ice cream options that would blend perfectly with the shells.  Then I found these Peanut Buster Choco Tacos.  So good; I’m totally going to copy!
  6. Roasted jalapeno margaritas.  Do I need to say anything else?
  7. Hot summer days are a comin’, and where would I be without these agua frescas?
  8. Ten gifts in one hour.  Hooray!  That’s what I’m thinking when I see these fabric key chains.
  9. How adorable is this no-sew lattice t-shirt?  I’m thinking you could customize it to your desired level of exposure (ahem).
  10. Not only do I appreciate the DIY wood transfer tutorial on this post, but the message is something that I need in my life.  Daily.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Countdown to Cinco de Mayo: Otomi Painted Canvas Shoes

121/365 Otomi Painted Canvas Shoes #365project #seekarencraft

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You know that I like a good painted tribal print.  So as soon as I saw this Land of Nod Otomi Lamp Shade, I had to figure out a way to get that print in my life.

landofnod-otomi-shade

At first I thought I would hack the lamp shade idea, but I couldn’t find a room in my house where it would work.  Argh!  What to do?  This is, after all, the perfect week to do a Mexican textile/print craft project.

I considered a canvas bag or a t-shirt, but (again) I have plenty of both.  What white-background object did I NEED in my life?  A scarf? No, getting too warm around here for scarf weather.  A pillow?  No.  What?

sketching the Otomi Painted Shoes : annumography

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The answer is always white canvas shoes.  I buy a pair of these before each summer and immediately remove the shoe strings.  At summer’s end, I throw the scruffy things away without guilt.  I immediately headed to the nearest discount store and bought myself a pair.

I don’t have a before shot of my new pristine white shoes, because I was too excited to begin sketching.  I simply printed a picture of my inspiration photo, picked up a pencil, and started drawing.  This print is meant to look hand-drawn, so I tried not to didn’t worry about making a mistake or two…or many.  After all, it would all be covered up with paint in the end.

paint-by-number Otomi Canvas Shoes : annumography

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Next I popped open some acrylic craft paints, grabbed a small artist’s paint brush, and began filling in the blanks.  I painted one color at a time on both shoes, using my picture as a guide, but making changes as needed to evenly distribute the colors across the two shoes.  It was a little bit like paint-by-number.

get closer to the Otomi Painted Canvas Shoes : annumography

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I’m pleased with the results.  You might notice that both shoes have the same pattern, just shifted slightly so that they are not identical.  I also took some creative license to substitute animals that fit the shape of my shoe better than the original pattern.

rearview Otomi Painted Canvas Shoes

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My favorite may just be the little marigold bunny on the back of the right shoe.

121/365 Otomi Painted Canvas Shoes #365project #seekarencraft

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As a final step, I sprayed the shoes with some water-resistant, clear acrylic protectant.  I probably won’t wear these in the rain (or near any body of water), but I want to make sure they last me all summer.  Heck, I might even get fancy with these and add some colorful ribbon laces.  What do you think?

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SeeKarenFollow: This Week

I’m feeling like a rabbit in Wonderland (I’m late, I’m late!) with this post.  I’ve been catching up with myself after having a week full of down-time from sinus headaches and such.  But sick is boring, so let’s see what else I did on Instagram this week.

It rained.  A lot.  I learned this morning that we will likely break the Indiana state record for wettest April.  Did you read that?  WETTEST APRIL.  Because an ordinary April isn’t wet enough, spring showers and all.  Anyway, this naughty little girl (with inadequately wiped paws from all that mud that comes with the wettest April) jumped up on our bed, “dug” off most of the covers, and dirtied up our white sheets.  Sweet, isn’t she?

116/265 we stayin in bed this morning #365project #dogsofinstagram

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But I can’t stay mad.  Look how sweet both pups are as they keep me company in bed on Friday.  Yes, I said both.  That’s Buddy in the foreground, but look carefully at the reflection in the mirror.

In the meantime, we are still making progress on our guest bedroom re-do.  Yesterday, though, we spent most of the afternoon replacing an old, broken-down door on our old garage.  It was just too pretty to stay indoors.  I got the chance to soak up some much needed sun.  My hubby beams with pride at his new door every time he looks outside.  Everybody wins.

Not so many pics this week, but more down-time means more web time and pins on Pinterest.

  1. I will be using this tutorial for a floating art frame today to frame an odd-sized print for my hubby’s new office.
  2. Still can’t get over the idea of plastering a map on just about anything?  Then these awesome chairs are for you.
  3. Have a fabric pattern that you love and want to show off?  This cloth-covered wreath shows you how.  And the flower tutorials are a bonus!
  4. This chevron canvas tote is inspiring another Sharpie project for me.
  5. How cute is the idea for these paper earrings?  I have so many paper stock scraps just waiting for a project like this.
  6. The best thing about these diagonal color-block t-shirts, except how gorgeous they are, is that you have two new fun shirts when you finish.
  7. Will someone please pour me on of these chipotle whiskey sour?  Not right now, but later today at a more appropriate cocktail hour?
  8. I think this Greek quinoa salad would be great served warm or cold.
  9. When you look at my recipe pins on Pinterest, you can see that I love a good gluten-free dessert idea.  This gluten-free apple tart is going on the list.
  10. I am absolutely intrigued by this Mexican Cacao, Rice & Amaranth drink.  Aren’t you?

Make the most of your Sunday!  I’m on my way to do the same.