I LOVE Awards, but this means MORE to me. Thanks for thinking of them!

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Sushi Roll Mats!

A bamboo sushi rolling mat and a length of black elastic was all it took to make this makeup brush roll. I love it because it keeps my brushes tidy and it's easy to throw in my bag or suitcase when I travel. (And, honestly, I just feel better when my brushes are laying on their own mat instead of a hotel surface that's been holding who knows what?) :O 

This is a no-sew, no-brainer project which are the best kind, in my opinion. You could use this same concept to make a roll up mat for crochet hooks, crayons, colored pencils, etc. 

Linking to Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple, Follow Friday - 40 and Over at Never Growing Old and Friday - Follow Me.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Red and Retro Recipe File Box

Isn't she a beauty? She set me back fifty cents last week at the Thrift Shop. I saved her debut for REDnesday at It's A Very Cherry World! Hope to see you over there. :)

Follow Me Back Tuesday - (It's my first time!)

This party looks like it's going to be fun. I hope to "meet you" there. Everyone is invited!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Budget Porch Accessories - Look at These!

Found this awesome painted chair and more clever and frugal porch decorating ideas at All You. I got three metal stacking stools today at the thrift shop for $3 each and now I think I know what I want to do with them. :)

At the same website you'll find colorful oilcloth covered around old paint cans and vegetable cans. Insert a potted plant inside and you're done. Couldn't be easier. So, if you're into decorating porches this summer and on a budget, take a look. These people are after my own heart. Enjoy!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


I LOVE awards, but if you really want to SMILE ME, instead of giving me a blogging award, PLEASE help an animal. All you have to do is click the purple banner to go to The Animal Rescue Site. It costs you nothing but a few seconds. I guarantee you it will mean more to me AND to you and it can certainly mean the world to a helpless animal.
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For my blogging friends, Sam at Mom.Undecided and January & Steven at The Caffeinated Globe, who have bestowed awards on me this past week, I want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH. I know you'll totally understand this post cause that's the kind of people you are.

P.S. Anyone can help by displaying your own button, whether simply in a post or as part of your blog's design. I've posted a permanent link at the top of my blog and it sure feels good. Can you say SMILE ME? :)

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Old Door + Mirror Pieces = Funky Table

I actually made this funky table years ago before blogging was invented probably, lol, so there are unfortunately no tutorial step by step pics to look at. I'll be as descriptive as I can, but basically this was a simple project.

This is one half of a 4 recessed panel solid wood door. I first used a table saw to cut the door in half. Original and refinished hairpin legs were attached to the bottom side of the door. Trim wood was mitered and secured with finishing nails and carpenters glue to the sides of the door table. (Note: clamps were utilized overnight to ensure a solid adhesion on the table's wood edge.) The table was then lightly sanded, primed and painted solid black, followed with a dry brushing of silver craft paint. Finally, several coats of water base polycrylic were applied to protect the finish on this funky table.

Vintage broken mirror pieces were butter-backed with tile mastic into the recessed areas of the old door/table. I then mixed sanded black grout to fill in the open areas surrounding the mirror. After the grout had set for 30 minutes, I did an initial clean up with a damp sponge, followed by a thorough cleaning after an overnight wait. (Grout is easy to DIY, the directions can be found on the packaging.)

Find an old recessed panel wood door and make your own funky table. I think this would look great tiled with colorful broken dishes, mosaic tile, river rock, etc. This funky table is very adaptable to suit your particular tastes and style.

P.S. Remember to use gloves and take care to protect your hands while applying grout around the broken mirror pieces. Once grout is level with the mirrors edge, the table is perfectly safe to use. And for the record, the mirror was already broken when I found it. :)

Linking to Funky Junk's SNS #36 and Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple. Come and join the fun!

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Signature Piece...

Whenever I work on refurbrishing furniture, I like to put my Jane Doe on the back to create my own signature piece. These are some of the signed collectables I've redone over the years. (At least that's what I like to call them. lol) When complete, I just use a sharpie pen and make my marking on the back of my transformed signature piece. I think it's a fun way to take credit and show pride in your rework.

I came up with this super simple marking based on my initials, followed by the month and year my signature piece was completed. What do you do to "make your mark?" :)

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Aloha Till Thursday Evening....

I'll have no computer access till Thursday evening Hawaii time. (Working on Maui for a bit.) I'll catch up with my reading and comments when I return. Be well and safe.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

CSI Challenge - Here's My Entry

I made this affordable art (how to here) from wood shims and originally blogged about it last month. I'm hopeful it will do well in the competition. This week's challenge is in the category of "Frames, Art, and Wall Decor". You have till Thursday noon (EST) to enter. Good Luck to everyone! 

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Make Shoo Fly Covers For Your Best Iced Tea

In the summertime, be sure to serve your best iced tea with shoo fly covers. This simple project doesn't need a tutorial. So for those of you like me who may prefer to "wing it".... you need fabric scraps and something with a little weight to sew on the edges of the hemmed circles. (above I've used small metal washers, mini clothespins and faux pearls with crystal drops. I always make the circle double the diameter (side to side measurement) of the mouth of the iced tea glasses and, of course, a larger circle to serve as a shoo fly cover for the iced tea pitcher. Serve your best iced tea with some home baked shoo fly pie. Play some of your favorite summertime tunes, sit back and relax cause everything (including the tea) is covered. ;)

Linking to: Motivate Me Monday at Keeping It Simple and Get Your Craft On Tuesday at Today's Creative Blog.

TOOT SWEET! CraftGossip.com Liked My Bandana Summer Totes!

I did submit my own tutorial to the website, but I really didn't think they'd publish it. But they did! So let this be a lesson to all you crafty folks in blogland. If you want something to happen, don't wait on the kindness of strangers. Take action and believe in yourself. Here's where you too can suggest a link to CraftGossip. And while I'm at it, I'd like to say, "Yeah for You!" and everyone who is willing to share their how-to creativity with others. Thank you guys and a big THANK YOU to CraftGossip.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Best On TV - Could It Be You? Now Casting for....

"A major television production company is currently conducting a nationwide casting search for passionate vintage/thrifting/antiquing/junking "experts" for a new, super fun game show.

If you are interested, please email castingdrctr [at] gmail.com and someone from our company will contact you to walk you through our audition process.
Thank you & happy thrifting!"
I found the above post published on the forum at The Thrift Shopper. (If you've never visited the site, you should definitely check it out. Basically it's a thrift store locator. Put in a zip code and it'll tell you where to go. Great for when you're on vacation or junking in another town.)

About the casting....all I know is what I read on the site and re posted on my blog. Here's the direct link to the post. I also wanted to remind everyone that if you decide to pursue something like this on the Internet, to always use caution. I'm sure this is legit because the website is VERY reputable, but if anyone ever asks you to send money for something or if you ever feel like something isn't quite right, you need to cease discussion right then and there. (Sorry.....it's the "mom" in me that is compelled to say this.)

If I were 10 years younger and 10 pounds lighter, I'd be stampeding over to my email and sending an inquiry out this very second. lol Instead, I thought I'd pass this information on to my fellow bloggers. I know there are probably several stars amongst us. Good Luck to anyone who is interested in being part of what sounds like a fun and interesting show. Please let us know if you get picked!  

P.S. FYI, my user name is HIPam on The Thrift Shopper website and my avatar pic is the same. (Yep, the classy black and white 1st grade pic with gum stuck in my hair.)

Standard Pallet Wanted!

Free pallets are wanted here, just your standard, everyday pallet is fine. You can see I'm using two free pallets as a raised surface for our small backyard container garden of mostly tomatoes and Japanese cucumbers. This system works great cause all we have to do is run the mower along the edges of the wooden pallets and not worry about knocking over any veggies. (And the slats in the pallets were perfect for sliding the legs of the tomato cages through to the ground.)

Anyway, I thought I was so smart and clever until doing a search on the Internet this morning....I found a lot of VERY ingenious uses for a standard pallet. Here are just a few:

You can find more info about this functional DIY coffee table project here.

How cool is this shoe holder I found on Malama 'aina blog? It's perfect for here in Hawaii as it's considered rude to wear your shoes inside a home. (It's like saying their floor is too dirty for your bare feet, so even though their floor may indeed be a tad not as clean as you'd like, please remove your shoes. Mahalo!)  Note to inventor though...we may need a hook or two to hold the slippers? ;)

Treehugger showcases this really cool chair built from recycled wood pallets.

Artisan Ana White made some reclaimed wood shelves from a standard pallet freebie. She has a handy tutorial here.

Builder/designer Tom Newton crafted this magical door from wood pallets. I want one!

So, next time you see a discarded pallet, better grab it when you can. (But don't forget to ask first!) What have you used a standard pallet for?

Friday, June 18, 2010

Fridays are so FRIENDLY!

Welcome new and old friends! Linking up to
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Hope you stop in to follow along and make some new friends. Have a wonderful, safe weekend!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bamboo Outdoor Hanger

I wish I were a better photographer so you could see how cute this bamboo plant hanger actually is. You'll just have to take my word for it, or else set aside 30 minutes to make your own. Here's how I did it:

From the discount store, I purchased a 4 ft length of bamboo and cut the stalk into three 16" pieces. I also used my drill and a small drill bit (large enough for a doubled piece of 22 gauge galvanized steel wire to pass through), needle nose pliers and wire cutters, a sharpie pen, a small key ring, tape measure, a scrap piece of 2 x 4 wood for a drill pad and a few wooden beads.

You can get a better idea of what I'm making by looking at this shot. I took a 6" terra cotta flowerpot and "cradled" it by forming a triangular shape with the bamboo stalks overlapping at the ends. When complete, I'll have a secure, comfortable, "swing" in which the potted plant will rest. Using the initial assembly as a gauge, I made markings with the sharpie pen to indicate where my bamboo stalks will overlap and the placement of the holes to be drilled.

I set the bamboo stalk on top of the scrap wood 2x4 before drilling holes at markings. (It may be tempting to do otherwise, but be sure to drill only one layer of bamboo at a time and drill slowly to avoid splitting the bamboo stalk.)

After the holes were drilled on each of the three overlapping edges, I snipped a small piece of the wire and laced together the holes of the top and bottom bamboo. Then I bent the wire ends over to form a temporary crutch. I made sure to alternate the stalks top to bottom for extra security. (Edit: I need to point out that in the pic below, the horizontal piece of bamboo in the pic should have the left end over the left stalk and the right end can remain where it is; I forgot to alternate these when making my temporary wire crutches, but the finished product is correct.) Blush....oops!

To make the 22 gauge wire even stronger (and prettier), I twisted the wire. To do this, I cut three 40" lengths of wire. One at a time, fold each equally in half. Insert the folded end into the clamping portion (the chuck) of the power drill and tighten well. Secure the two loose ends of the wire between the 2x4 scrap and a clamp (look closely at picture above). If you prefer or if you don't have a clamp, grip the two loose ends together very tightly with the pliers.


I SLOWLY engaged the trigger on the drill clockwise until the wire is nicely twisted but not so tight that it would begin to curl up. I repeated this step two more times for the remaining wire lengths.

I slipped the folded edges of the twisted wire lengths side by side over the key ring. Then I strung an orange bead over all three wires jointly and pushed it near the top of the wire and close to the key ring. Next, I spread the wire ends into position and removing the temporary wire crutches one at a time, I strung the wires through the previously drilled holes of the bamboo plant hanger.


Once the wire was strung properly I used another wooden bead under each of the joined bamboo stalks. Look closely and you'll see the yellow bead on the left. Notice the wire has continued through this bead and the wire ends are coiled neatly. Be sure to make the coils large enough so the wire cannot slip back through the drilled holes in the bamboo stalks.

You can adjust the lengths of the bamboo according to the size pot you're planning to use. Also keep in mind if you decide to go with a larger pot, the weight may require a stronger gauged wire. Yes, there are several steps to making this outdoor hanger, but once you've made one, you can whip them out really quickly. Hope you enjoy this project!
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