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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

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.

Take 2: Catalog Hack Cookbook Bird House

Almost two months ago, I crafted this Uncommon Goods bird house cookbook catalog hack.  You can follow the link to get the full tutorial, but here are a few fun pics from that project.

57/365 prepping for another blog DIY #365project

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A pre-made bird house, a vintage cookbook from the thrift store, and outdoor Mod Podge made the project quick, fun, and easy.

egg recipes for a bird house

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I “cracked” myself up by using all egg-based recipes to cover the walls of the bird house.  Get it?  Cracked.  Eggs.  Cracked Eggs.  Hello?

let the mod podging commence

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My first challenge in the Pinterest Challenge; the walls were wider than the cookbook pages. Never fear, I MacGyvered a solution by using some painted appetizer picks.

cookbook bird house

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So this is where the story previously ended.  I called it my prototype, because I wasn’t happy with the results.  It was out of proportion, and I needed to find a solution before putting this baby on display.  (This is where I resist singing a certain song by a certain housewife from New Jersey and embarrassing myself with my trash TV viewing preferences.)

I found a candle holder at the thrift store for a buck, which I just knew would make the perfect pedestal for my bird house.  So I adhered the pedestal to the bottom of the bird house using clear silicone caulk.  I also decided to flip the orientation of the cookbook so that the graphics at the top of the pages showed from the front of the bird house.

When I was satisfied with the overall look, I began applying the Mod Podge.  In between Mod Podge sessions — it took four — I used clamps to make sure that the pages and cover of the cookbook glued flat to the bird house roof.  Next step: remove the clamps and apply Mod Podge to the entire bird house one more time.

Sometimes I’m not so good at thinking through cause and effect.  Silly me, I removed the clamps from one side first.  It promptly fell off my craft table, and my perfect pedestal broke.    Arrrrrrgh!

Super glue didn't work, but silicone rescued me. Again. #seekarencraft #latergram

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I first tried Super Glue to fix the broken pedestal, but with no luck.  What did I do?  Turn to my trusty silicone caulk, that’s what.

All’s well that ends well.  But is this the end?  If you are being picky, you can see the repaired crack on the pedestal.  Maybe I will end up painting the pedestal to disguise it more.  Maybe I will just call it character and leave it as-is.

From some angles you don't notice that this was in pieces yesterday #seekarencraft #latergram

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Besides, from some viewpoints, you can’t even see it.

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Catalog Hack: Uncommon Goods Cookbook Bird House

Woohoo!  It’s time again for the Pinterest Challenge.  I swear, when Sherry and Katie first imagined up this link party, I almost started blogging.  But then I didn’t.  I did, however, enjoy following along…kind of like the shy girl who isn’t quite ready to join in the reindeer games.  Now I’m ready to show off my bright and shiny nose first catalog hack project.

A few months ago, I pinned this Julila Child cookbook bird house after seeing it in the Uncommon Goods catalog.  I love the concept.  Books in any form are my thing, but I am especially digging upcycled book projects like these:

Inspired, I made a quick run to the craft store to buy bright, shiny new supplies.

57/365 prepping for another blog DIY #365project

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This is my first time using the Mod Podge Outdoor.  I’m hoping that using it will give me the option to display this birdhouse outdoors (probably in a somewhat protected area).  I’m not saying I will; a girl just likes to have options.  I next headed to the thrift store to find a vintage cookbook that caught my fancy.  I’m not sure it gets any more perfect than The American Girl Cookbook, circa 1966.  Well, maybe a vintage Julia Child cookbook, but my Goodwill store didn’t have that in stock.

reason #14 that I don't regret repurposing this cookbook

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Usually I wouldn’t be able to tear apart a cookbook for a project like this.  Instead, I would curl up and read it like a good book (once or twice) while admiring the lovely illustrations.  Then I would add it to my hoard.  Maybe I would give a recipe or two a try…maybe not.  This cookbook, however, was just plain grody.  They don’t photograph well, but there are actually dried-up bug guts stuck to the broken binding in the shot above.  Ewww!  No curling up with this one.  Well, except for the dead bugs.  I couldn’t resist paging through the book and admiring some of the more ‘creative’ recipes, but afterward I felt like Lady Macbeth.  I couldn’t get my hands, or the cookbook, clean enough.

The bird house that I purchased came with a perch already installed.  Gently rocking it back and forth, I was able to break the glue without damaging the wood.  With more twisting, rocking, and pushing, I was able to remove the perch.  My spoon was slightly larger than the hole left with the perch removed, so I used a drill to make it a little larger.

egg recipes for a bird house

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If you haven’t noticed yet, my sense of humor is more than a little quirky.  So it will come as no surprise that I picked out all the fun egg recipes from the cookbook to paper my bird house.  Ha!  Get it?

With my pages selected, I measured the front and the side panels.  The pages were a little narrower than the pre-made bird house walls, so I centered the pages on each side.  I cut the pages according to my measurements.  To make the holes for the entry and perch on the front of the birdhouse, I used a pencil to poke through the book page, creasing the edges around the holes as I went.  I then removed the page, laid it face-down, and trimmed the bent edges with scissors.  I had to whip out the cuticle scissors for the finer detail cutting.  Always resourceful, I am.

let the mod podging commence

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Please forgive my Yoda impression.  I next covered the sides of the bird house and the backs of the cookbook pages with mod podge.  I placed the pages back onto my prepared bird house walls and used a small brayer to smooth them and remove any air bubbles.  For tighter areas, I used a small plastic putty knife.

I let the mod podge dry for 15 minutes.  I am bad at this waiting part, but I was fortunate to have a dilemma to solve in the interim.  Remember that my cookbook pages were narrower than the bird house walls.  What could I do with those bare corners?  Suddenly, I remembered that I had some leftover wooden ‘fork’ party picks.  Why couldn’t I use these as a sort of gingerbread detail on my cookbook bird house?  The perch was going to be a spoon after all.  What goes better with spoons than forks?

With minutes to go in my dry time, I trimmed down eight wood forks to size.  Hmm, but I couldn’t leave them wood-pick-colored.  Black Sharpie to the rescue.  With the newly-black forks in place, other bare wood parts called out for attention.  The solution?  Yellow craft paint.  I think it may be the same color as the Petersik front door.

The mod podge had now dried enough, so that I could add the first top coat.  I covered the pages on all sides with light, even coats.  I let them dry again and repeated this step twice.  Eventually I will also mod podge the book roof of the bird house.  For now, however, it is just resting on top of the bird house.

complete with mixing spoon jacuzzi (mini bird bath)

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I inserted the spoon and called the result my prototype.  I wish the walls were a little taller, so that they were in better proportion to the book roof.  Maybe I will give the bird house some height by adding another wood box to the bottom.  I’m also not crazy about the blank part of the cookbook pages showing on the overhang.  I wonder if I should turn the book around, so that the graphic details of the page headers can be seen?  I think the spoon will also look a little less LARGE, if I add some height.

cookbook bird house

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Now folks, this is how I recommend NOT to complete a project.  I should have done all my painting (and thinking and planning for that matter), before I started waving the mod podge brush around.  But sometimes projects evolve on their own…or at least they do for me.  In these instances, I let go of my fear and consider it an adventure.  Or at least a learning experience.  Do you do this too?

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