Monday, August 18, 2014

Built in shelves and cupboard

I'm back- finally!!  
My kids are back in school and I'm happy to be doing projects again!  

The first project I tackled is this recessed nook in my dining room.

This is what the nook looked like before.  A few years ago, when I didn't 
really know what I was doing with DIY, I threw up these shelves and 
plopped down an ill- fitting red cupboard.  Redoing this space has been on my
to-do list for a while.

I removed the shelves, the cupboard and the baseboards.  I used this tutorial for the baseboards.  

It wasn't near as hard as I thought it would be.
I used a utility knife, a 5 in 1 paint tool, a pry bar and a hammer, just like the tutorial said.

I measured everything, drew a diagram and headed to the hardware store for supplies.  

I found a store employee and asked tons of questions.  Once we nailed down 
all of the details of the plan, I purchased all of my supplies and headed home.  
The supplies I used are:
-a pre-made kitchen wall cupboard
-2x4 for underneath the cabinet
-1x8 pine board for shelves
-1x3 poplar board for the trim on the front of the shelves
-various pieces of trim to fill in the gaps between the cupboard and the wall
-furniture grade plank of wood cut down to size for the top of the cupboard
-baseboard trim
-caulk and wood glue

The cupboard fit almost perfectly.  I built a base for it to sit on out of 2 x 4's. 
 I essentially just made a stand for the cupboard to sit on.  

For the shelves, I pulled out Bitsy, my miter saw.  
I cut the 1 x 8 and 1 x 3's down to the size of my recess.  
Since the walls weren't exactly square, I measured the space for each shelf individually because all of the measurements were different. 

To make the shelves:  I ran a bead of glue all along the side of the 1 x 8.  
Then I set the 1 x 3 on top of the 1 x 8 and drilled a small pilot hole so the 
nail wouldn't split the wood.  Then I tapped in the nails.  

After the glue dried, I sanded the entire shelf. 
I tried them out in the space and thought they looked pretty good.   

I stained the shelves with Minwax Red Mahogany stain.
I also stained the wood for the top of cupboard.  While that was drying I painted the 
cupboard with black, satin paint.

I sat the shelves on top of  cleats in the wall.  
The cleats are 1 x 2's cut down, screwed into the wall and painted the wall color. 
I also installed the top of the cupboard with screws from inside the cabinet.  

I cut new baseboard molding to go all the way around the cupboard.  Baseboard
 molding wouldn't fit underneath the cabinet, so I just used some 1x2 white mdf trim.  
I then calked all the seams and the nail holes.  

 Here is the finished product.  
The biggest compliments I received are from my son and my husband 
who both said that it looks like the shelves and cupboard have always been there.  Yay!

linking up to:  The Shabby Nest

Monday, July 28, 2014

Harry Potter book page candle/candy jar

Today I'm sharing a Harry Potter themed candle/candy jar.

The supplies I used are:  
an old banged up copy of the first Harry Potter book
a clean jar (I removed the label and ran an empty jelly jar through the dishwasher) 
an exacto knife
mod podge

I'm sure there are some of you that are cringing that I used an actual book, but this one was well LOVED (aka beat up) and I have another pristine copy of the book!

I drew a lightening bolt onto one of the pages and cut it out with an exacto knife.

I mod podged the lightening bolt book page onto the jar and then tied some ribbons around the top.  

The jar can be used to hold candy (like yummy Hi-Chew's),

or it can hold a tea light.  The lightening bolt looks so cool with the back light.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Harry Potter feather necklace

Harry Potter is my fave!  
I've read all of the books multiple times and my kids and I watch the movies on a regular basis.
We are all BIG fans!  

We've been to the World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios in Florida.

Last year my daughter had a Harry Potter birthday party.  It was so much fun!  

This week is Harry Potter's birthday.  So I made a few projects with the HP theme!

The first project I did is this Wingardium Leviosa feather necklace.
If you haven't read the HP books, Wingardium Leviosa is a charm that the wizarding students 
cast to make a feather float.

For this project I used a wooden feather necklace (from Michaels), a necklace pendant blank (amazon link) and the page in the Harry Potter book where it actually says, "Wingardium Leviosa."  

I cut out the section in the book that I wanted and glued it to the inside of the necklace blank.  
Then I covered the words "Wingardium Leviosa" with Glossy Accents (amazon link)
I waited for that to dry.

Then I filled in the rest of the pendant blank with glossy accents and sprinkled gold glitter into it.  
Then I let that dry. Don't try to brush the excess glitter off until its entirely dry and set.  Give at least 5 hours or so.  I may have tried to brush it off early and messed up the surface a bit.  

I took the feather necklace apart and discarded the chain.  

I strung the pendant onto a different necklace chain along with the wooden feather.

It's a fun little necklace that shows my love of Harry Potter!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Summer Journal writing prompts

This post originally appeared on Design Dazzle in June.

Hello!  I'm Candice from She's Crafty.
I'm thrilled to be back this year for Design Dazzle Summer camp!  

Summer is here!  I'm so happy for the slower pace of life! 
Things are definitely more relaxed around our house and I love it!

With all of the sleeping in, swimming, movie watching, video and computer games
 and general playing that my kids are doing this summer, 
I want to make sure they use their minds a little bit too.  
I don't want them to loose all of the knowledge they gained over the last year in school.  

So I am instituting journal writing in our day.  

Each of my kids picked out their own notebook/journal from the store.  
As much as I would have loved to have chosen their notebooks myself and artfully decorated them, 
I wanted them to be able to take ownership of their journals.  
So store bought it is! (One of the lessons of motherhood is choosing your battles!)

I came up with this list of journaling prompts.  
It is my hope that they will spend some time on each prompt and really think it through.  

My little dude is still working on his writing so I think this will really help his skills!  

Having a journal full of their thoughts, dreams and goals will be a treasure 
for them to look back over as they grow up.  

And hopefully it will be something worthwhile that will keep my kids busy this summer!  

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Friday, July 11, 2014

A Walk through my Week

How is it Friday already?  
This summer has flown by! 
My kids have been at summer camp all week so I've 
had a few moments to catch up on some things.  

This is what my week has looked like!

I did some updating to the shelves in my craft room.  I still have a few more things to finish in this room and then will post the tour.

My husband and I have been doing some novice plumbing.  
I just have to say, toilets are gross and plumbers don't make enough money.  Ewwww!!

Of course I've been doing some house keeping.  I love having a clean house!

I am taking a class on how to make bracelets from belts.  It's so fun!   

I just got a new camera.  It's so beautiful!!  
I've been studying the manual and playing around with it.  

Are you on Pinterest? follow me here  It's like a magazine at your fingertips.  
I have found some amazing projects this week that have inspired me so!  
(links below photos are to the original sources)

What have you been up to this week?

Friday, July 4, 2014

last minute July 4th printables

Happy 4th of July!!  

I hope you're spending the day barbecuing, swimming, relaxing and being 
grateful for this wonderful country we live in!  

I'm here sharing a few last minute July 4th printables.  

So if you're like me, and need a little somethin, somethin for the food table, you have it!  

Print these off onto some cardstock, stick them into a frame and you're good to go!

Have a fun and safe 4th of July!  

Thursday, June 26, 2014

ideas to fight summer boredom

We are right in the thick of summer.  
We've kept pretty busy so far.  
We've had girls camp, scout camp, day camps and a dance recital along with birthdays, 
meetings and appointments.  

Even with all of our summer activities, I've heard the dreaded, "I'm bored" many, MANY times.  

And while I agree with this article (seriously, go read it) that it's not my job to entertain my kids all day, every day, I thought it would be nice to have a list of things my kids can do.

So if they just can't find a way to entertain themselves, I'm prepared.  

When this cute little guy comes up to me to explain how there is nothing in our house for
 him to do, I can give him one of these tasks.

  There are some fun activities on there, but there are also some chore type things 
that always need to be done.  

I cut the tasks up into small strips and put them into a mason jar.  
Hopefully we'll have less, "I'm bored's", but if not, then at least my house will be cleaner!  :)