Papercrafting Station

Papercrafting Station

I decided to turn my secretary into a papercrafting station.

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The top section used to look like this filled with various tchotchkes

 

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while the drawers were filled with random miscellaneous stuff.

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So I emptied everything out

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and replaced the fabric backing with a colorful paper background. I added back the things I like to look at or inspire me.

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Like a reminder to “DREAM” big

 

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and “SHOOT FOR THE MOON”.

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A couple of angel ornaments that are never put away

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and very important reminders of my triumphs too.

 

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What’s left of a childhood tea set

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and various stamps throughout.

 

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I’m so happy most everything I need is now in one place,

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a place for everything and everything in it’s place.

 

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I’m ready to create!

 

This piece has come a long way since it’s painted  beginnings:). Sometimes I get the urge to paint it again and then I remember all the hours I spent stripping it and wimp ou every time. Who knows, never say never.

 

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Are Your Holiday Decorations MIA, Why?

Are Your Holiday Decorations MIA, Why?

By now, I’m sure all your holiday decor is all neatly tucked away in storage boxes in a closet, attic or garage. Except for a vintage ornament wreath I want to enjoy just a little longer, I have put everything away as well. But if our holiday decor brings us joy, why not find ways to keep some of that goodness sprinkled around as a reminder of the peace, love and joy in our hearts not only during the holidays but 365 days a year.

With that said, these felt poinsettia flowers

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can be used to embellish a heart shape wreath for Valentines Day.

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Lose the pine needle and this holiday trim morphs into window jewelry.

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The message of Joy shouldn’t be restricted to the holiday season. Blending so beautifully with the surrounding Transferware plates, it’s worthy of an extended stay.

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Now if this magnificent goodness was in my home, it would always be on display for two reasons; one, it is beyond gorgeous and two, I wouldn’t have a space big enough to store it. LOL The ornamental texture is breathtaking.

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And these vintage ornaments are more about fun and whimsy, like those found at Patience Brewster, so deserving of extra time and enjoyment. In fact, it would be pretty darn cute and partner well with an Easter egg assortment in a similar color pallet directly underneath.

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So why not reconsider tucking away the holiday decor for another year and think of creative ways to enjoy their presence each and everyday. Upcoming holidays, like Valentines Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter etc.or sprinkling a few items into your everyday decor  might be the perfect reminder to rock that holiday spirit all year long.

What do you think? Do you have holiday items that you use in other ways?

 

Meaningful Remnants

Meaningful Remnants

Hi and thanks for stopping by! If you don’t find a recent post here, I invite you to stop by my new blog, Meaningful Remnants where I bring attention to the unnoticed and insignificant remnants of everyday life that are just as important as the “big wows” in our lives. I tried resisting the urge to start over. I tried incorporating this new blogging direction into this blog, by changing the blog name to Meaningful Remnants, only to change it back again to The DIY Spot. I tried incorporating meaningful remnants into the tagline which seemed more of an after thought and less intentional. However, I could no longer stifle this part of my voice. It was time to stretch my blogging wings and take flight.

So, for now, I will be doing the blogging shuffle between The DIY Spot and Meaningful Remnants and post accordingly. It is my hope that this blogging divide will work itself out and I will find my way. Until then, I will continue to blog and wherever post falls, I sure hope you will be there too.

XOXXO
Joselyn

Post Holiday Thoughts

Post Holiday Thoughts

How was your holiday? It was a very different one for me. Simple, less hectic and laid back. Actually, I had no choice but to pull back as I had foot surgery earlier in the month. Yes, I’m rocking that infamous designer surgical shoe. LOL

I’m so happy I was able to repair my vintage ornament wreath that had fallen apart. Made a banner using mailing tags

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and created a swag of small pine cones using jute string.

Hung some ornaments here

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and there.

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Dyed a drop cloth remnant blue and added some felt trees.

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And when my holiday basket dried out way too soon

I came up with this super quick alternative instead.

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I  also made some Christmas stockings using drop cloth fabric but can’t seem to find those pics:(

Anyway, “use what you have” decorating is my favorite thing to do and was a great distraction from my healing foot. I actually enjoyed pulling back and not getting lost in the usual hustle and bustle.

Thankfully, no holiday blur this year. A detour from the usual holiday routine and traditions can be a good thing. Do you agree?

Burlap Holiday Tree

Burlap Holiday Tree

This Christmas, I decided to to forgo a traditional Christmas tree now that the children are older. They have lost interest in decorating a tree so I thought I would decorate in a different way. I even sold our fake reusable tree. It was a little too big for our living room and this would be year two of it not being used and taking up much needed storage space in the garage. It was time to let it go and be of use to another family.

Quickly, I went into “use what I have” mode and came up with this beauty!

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It evolved effortlessly from what I had in my craft stash.

I attached some Christmas lights along three lampshade rims that I slipped on a metal rod and secured in place with rubber washers.

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The rod is threaded on one end so I screwed it into a scrap piece of wood and topped it with a picture frame for the base.

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Then I began draping the burlap tirm and securing the tucks and folds with clothespins, my new favorite thing.

 

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Used pine cones for a tree topper,  securing them around the rod with a fabric remnant.

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I so adore all the little pockets and folds that I stuffed with tree branches and paper packaging materials.

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Every angle is unique and interesting.

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Here is an upshot from underneath. The paper adds volume and additional texture.

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Added a little trim and a few ornments. Done!

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And there you have it, a burlap holiday tree. I love, love, love it, especially because, with the exception of the tree branches, I made it from what I already had along with some remnant items I had laying around. I went to a Christmas tree lot and picked up a large bunch of clippings.
 

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Although I’m in love with my holiday tree, I realize it’s not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me!  

Happy Holidays!

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Wreath Disaster

Wreath Disaster

After Thanksgiving, I began pulling out the Christmas decorations. I went straight to my ornament wreath from last year.

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Last year, I hung it up unfinished with spaces left to fill. Although the spaces are obvious in this close up, they are almost unnoticeable from a distance. Needless to say, it never got finished but I enjoyed it just the same.

I bubble wrapped and stored it in a wreath bag. Imagine my horror when I opened up the bag and and found my wreath had fallen apart.

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I was mortified

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Not only had the ornaments fallen off the styrofoam base,

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some of the ornaments had shattered as well.

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My heart sunk. I’m not too sure why the hot glue held up in some areas and not in others. I’m guessing the seasonal temperature shift in the basement closet might be to blame. Unfortunately, I don’t have room anywhere else to store it. I tried a couple of other glues and had no luck so I went back to the glue gun.

After removing the broken pieces, I reattached most of the ornaments. However, I’m on the hunt for some more ornaments since I didn’t have enough to replace all of them. Boo Hoo:( Wish me luck!

Note: I think shatter proof ornaments are the way to go for this design.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!  I decided to get a jump start on the table setting by doing it the night before. I wanted it to be a forethought instead of an afterthought. which usually happens when I get caught up in the meal preparation frenzy.

I used a blanket for  a table cloth. I’ve seen others do it and fell in love with the look. I like when part of the table is exposed.

Then I grabbed whatever I had and worked from there. When I ran out of these little mini wreaths

I continued the look with these mini pine cones.

I didn’t have a complete set of wine glasses so I pulled  these monogrammed glasses out of hiding.

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I think they will take our beverage of choice, sparkling cider, up a notch.

A small flower arrangement, and that’s it!

Nothing fancy. I like to think of it as basic casual elegance. That’s me.

Ready for a Thanksgiving dinner lunch since No. 1 son has to be at  work  for 4:(  If everything goes as planned  though, we will be sitting down at 2 pm.  But early is a good thing because you have the rest of the day to recuperate relax.

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy!

Candle Remake Again

Candle Remake Again

My love affair with candles continues. The other day, I was in the mood for vanilla soy, not the beverage;  rather, the sweet essence of a vanilla soy candle permeating through the air. But I was all out. I had exhausted my supply.

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Instead of heading out to the store, I knew I was long overdue for another candle remake as I did here using all  the candle remnants I acquired over the last few months.

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When I did my last candle remake, I realized I used the wrong wick resulting in a tunnel burn down the center.

The type of wick matters and although a tunnel burn is good for certain types of candles, it’s not the desired outcome for a jar candle. Fortunately,  I  had purchased  this wood variety  on my last visit to Michaels; they are  especially made for jar candles.

 

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The “how to ” instructions on how to reuse your candle remnants can be found here.

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Now I have many more candle burning present moments ahead of  me to enjoy. It’s a reminder to appreciate the simpler side of everyday life.
 

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Do you share my candle love? Have a favorite candle aroma?

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Curb Shopping

Curb Shopping

I got a tip from a friend that there was a load of wood furniture a few blocks away from my house. I thought hard about checking out the stash since the last thing I want to do is to fill up my garage all  over again. However, I couldn’t resist taking a peak. There were dressers, a desk, tall cabinet, suitcases and more. As my mouth dropped opened, I couldn’t help myself. I ended up making, not one, but two trips. First, I picked up this wardrobe.

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How I lifted and maneuvered  this massive piece in the van all by myself is beyond me, but I did.  I guess the adrenaline started flowing and I turned into the incredible hulk and hoisted it into my van. You think the STRONG MUSTY smell would have stopped me but it didn’t.  I thought for sure I could bleach it away. NOT.  Even if I had been successful, though, the memory of that smell would forever linger in my mind. So back to the curb it went on bulk pick up day.

I also picked up these three vintage suitcases.

 

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It was dark and couldn’t see that they were in pretty bad shape. The handle on this one is so brittle, it broke the second I picked it up.

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And the trim is flaking off on this one as well.

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I will probably rip out and replace the lining of all of them because they are soiled and  stinky as well.

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I know I could use newspaper, used coffee grinds, Fabreeze, etc. to remove the smell but they are too soiled for my liking. Even thought these babies might not be salvageable, I want to try and save them anyway. Not too sure how just yet.

I went back a second time to retrieve this desk. It was missing 2 drawers.

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Couldn’t find them anywhere amongst the rubble. However, immediately, I thought I would even out the drawers on each side use baskets as replacements.  What I didn’t realize is that the drawers are angled.

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They are not interchangeable on either side. So I will have to work my creative brain just a little harder. Not a problem, I love doing that anyway. I liken myself to a super hero and refer to it as my creative abilities as my super power:)

Have any suggestions for revamping my new found desk and suitcases?

 

 

 

 

 

Dining Room Table Part 2

Dining Room Table Part 2

I finally finished the dining room table I started a few weeks back.

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This is how it looked when I spotted it in a thrift store.

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I took my time experimenting with this table. I didn’t want a solid painted surface and wanted some of the wood grain to be visible yet I wanted the parquet tiling to disappear.

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I tried various colors of  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and then lightly sanding it but the parquet detail just didn’t want to go away.

So I thought I would try a wood graining tool to create a faux wood grain instead.

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Annie Sloan paired with a  wood graining tool? Unconventional? What can I say? I’m just an unconventional kind of girl! LOL

I used  Annie Sloan Old White and a thin layer of Paris Gray, followed by subtle distressing and a few coats of clear wax, Finally, I achieved the look I had envisioned.

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I cleared everything out of the dining room and moved it in from the garage..

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An easy task since it meant relocating one piece of furniture,  the sideboard.

I just wanted to start from scratch,

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like the empty frame hanging on the wall. Rather symbolic, wouldn’t you say? Now I have two blank canvases to fill and layer slowly and thoughtfully over time. I think it’s obvious what’s top on my list? Yes, the 70′s or is it *80′s ceiling fan.

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Having gone chandelier shopping too many times,  purchasing a vintage chandelier on impulse and later falling out of love with it,  I think I finally found “the one”. Anxious for it to arrive from World Market.

Until then, I’m enjoying my unconventional Annie Sloan Chalk Paint finish.

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I hope you do too. What do you think?

 

 

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