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Thrifty Decorations/Crafts

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Happy Tuesday everyone!  I woke up this morning thinking it was Wednesday…..wishful thinking.  I wanted to remind all my friends to check out my new blog at SupersonicSunflower.com ….thats right!  I know have my own Domain.  So please check out my new link and subscribe to this link.  I will not be posting at this link anymore.

It has been awhile since I have shared my crafts/thrifty decorations.  If you are anything like me and you enjoy doing crafts/working with your hands then you would enjoy these crafts.  Or even if you don’t enjoy crafts you might still find this entertaining. 🙂

My idea behind decorating our house was to make it feel “homey/comfortable”.  By doing this I wanted to surround our selves with items that have meaning or have a story behind it.  I also just love showing off my crafts/ideas haha.  Here is a quick update on what I have been working on.

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A simple vase turned into my makeup holder….just had some stones to your vase and your done!

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My accessories station.  Took a fruit basket and turned into my jewelry holder.  I found this old rake on the side of the road and made it my necklace and hairband holster.

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We do not have a lot of countertop space in our bathroom so I created this tall stand to create more storage space.  I found this candle holder at HomeGoods on clearance along with this pretty blue plate.  It is perfect for my items that I use everyday (facewash, makeup, lotion, etc).

PhotoGrid_1389710824154So since Andrew has moved back in we are running low on space.  Our old laundry basket took up to much space and did not have a lid (I don’t need our dirty laundry staring at me every time I go to the bathroom).  So I found this old/dirty green laundry basket at our local thrift store for $3.  I cleaned it up and attached my pretty yellow fabric that I found a couple of months ago at the thrift store for $1.  It’s not perfect but it does the job a lot better then the old basket.

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Total Wine gives away there wine boxes for free.  They were super easy and cheap to make.  To see the before and after check out my older post here.  All that I did was stain the boxes and add wall hangers to the back.  I love using these as our wall art in the living room.IMG_20140113_100839_351

This window shutter was found at my local thrift store ($0.25).  I painted it with the same blue paint that I painted our dresser; developed some of my favorite pictures and turned it into a cute frame above our bed.

What are some of your recent crafts?  Do you have any crafts to share?  I always love to hear about new crafts 🙂

To check out any of my other crafts just click HERE or go to the CRAFTS link at the top of the page in the Menu bar.

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I am back! I hope you have not missed me too much.  I will not waste your time with any excuses on why I have not blogged in while.  I am just gonna jump right back into it 🙂

So while I have been away from you I have experimented with many new recipes and a few new crafts.

Below is one of my newest crafts that I came along randomly one Sunday morning while I was drinking my coffee.

Fork and Key Hooks

Fork and Key Hooks

It is very easy to do.  All you do is pick out any fork (I prefer the more antique look).

Grab a hammer and something hard to use as a plant form for something to hammer on top of (I used a wooden cutting board).

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Lay your fork down to the big curve is facing up (making a hill shape) and just stop hammering away until your fork is flat.  This is a good form of releasing any frustration/anger you may have too haha.

hammered until flat..or as flat as you can get them

hammered until flat..or as flat as you can get them

Now you will need some heavy duty pliers to bend your fork.  Start bending the fork from the end and work your way in until you have made a “U” shape.

Optional: I liked making symbols out of my fork fingers.  I made a peace sign and a rock sign out of these two.  You can be as creative as want with the fingers.  I think the crazier the better.

To hang your forks on the wall I just used a double sided sticky that comes with the plastic hooks you can buy from walmart/target/any department store.  I cut off the pull tab so it would not be shown.  Stick one side to the fork and then to the wall….Your Done! Now you have new hooks for your kitchen or wherever you wish to hang them.

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After I finished up my crafts I went for a run and started getting ready for the UNC Basketball game! 🙂  Andrews Dad got 4 tickets from work and offered them to us since they were unable to go.

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Ran 5 miles/ 43:26

It was a great game!  I was able to visit with one of my Best Friends, Brittany, and our good friend from high school, Chu, who I have not seen in forever it seems like.  Brittany graduated from Chapel Hill so she is a die hard UNC fan.  It is always fun going to events with people who are so passionate about the games.  We had a fun time catching up and watching the game.  I hope you had a great Saturday as well!

Brittany and I at the UNC game

Brittany and I at the UNC game

"Go Heels"

“Go Heels”

Do you love doing crafts as much as I do?  Which craft are you most proud of?

I am probably most proud of my Wine Bottle Lanterns.  I have actually revised my format of hanging them so I will update everyone on it soon.

Sunday Fun Day

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Happy Labor Day!  I hope everyone is enjoying there day off.  I am excited for just a 4 day work week 🙂

Yesterday I did a lot of catching up with things on my to do list.  I cleaned and organized my closet, got rid of some old clothes, ran errands, etc.  While I was going through all my jeans I came across a pair that fit me really well but they are just wayyy to long; I have had them for about 2 years and maybe only worn them once.  So I was going to through them out until I got into a crafty mood and decided to make them into jorts (jean shorts).

To make my jorts I marked where they needed to be cut.  Once cut,  I rolled them up about 3 times and then secured my fold with a 2 small stitches on either side.  Then wa-la new jorts 🙂

Small stitch in the front and back

New Jorts

You can make yours as long or as short as you want them.

Below is a craft that Andrew did himself a few weeks ago.  Andrew got some old records from his parents and was wanting to hang them on our wall in a collage.  We needed a headboard in a room so we decided to make his collage our headboard.  It turned out really cool and it really adds a lot of character to our room.

Since we ran 9 miles the day before we used today as our rest day.   We both really needed it!

For dinner we decided on homemade pizza.  I was looking forward to it all day.  We made Andrews with a rolled out pizza dough and I made mine with a Cauliflower crust.  This was my third time making my cauliflower crust and it is delicious!  It really does not taste like cauliflower and I can easily indulge in pizza and not worry about all the bread.  We had a little sausage left over from our stuffed peppers the other night so Andrew added it on to his pizza….the more meat the better for him haha.

Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza

Cauliflower Crust

1 cup riced cauliflower

1 egg

1/3 cup mozzarella cheese

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp basil

salt and pepper to taste

To rice the cauliflower, you simply add the cauliflower florets into a food processor and process until it looks like grain (do not puree).  Place your riced cauliflower in to a microwave safe bowl and cook for approx. 8 mins.  No water is needed because the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough.

To make the crust, stir your cauliflower, egg and cheese.  Add garlic powder, basil, salt and pepper, stir.  Transfer to a sprayed non-stick pan and press out into a 9″ crust.  You can add a little olive oil on top to help with the browning.

Bake at 450 for 15 mins.  Remove and add on whatever toppings you desire.  I added tomato sauce, spinach, onion, banana peppers, pepperoni, and a little more cheese.

Place under broiler for 3-5 mins. Allow to cool for approx. 5 mins and then ENJOY!

We sat down with our pizza a glass of wine (Andrew had a beer) and started the movie “The Five year Engagement”.  The pizza and wine really hit the spot for me.  The movie was hilarious!  If you have not seen it before then I highly recommend you giving it a try. Me and Andrew love to watch movies…Do you have any movie suggestions for Andrew & I?  We like all genres horror, drama, action, comedy, etc.

Wine Bottle Lanterns

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This morning I had my first Hot Yoga experience.  I have been hearing so much about it recently that I decided to give it a try.  It  gives you a deeper stretch then regular yoga since your muscles are so loose in the heat.  After my 8 mile run yesterday I needed a good stretch.

I picked out a beginner class at Arrichion Study called TOPAZ.  Topaz means fire or heat in Sanskrit.  The class had a series of 32 postures to help stretch and warm muscles and ligaments; improve balance, and increase strength and flexibility.

The woman who checked me in at the front desk was showing me around the study and told me that it was really important to stay in the room the whole time for my first class so my body can adjust.  I didn’t think anything of it, I mean seriously it can’t be That Hot?  As soon as I walked in the yoga room I started sweating.

Overall, I really enjoyed the class and I will definitely be going back for more.  This will be a great post long run workout for me to do from now on.  By the end of the class I was completely drenched.  I highly recommend in trying out a hot yoga class and bring a big towel with you..i made the mistake of only bringing a small hand towel, but ill be more prepared next time.

As you can see everyone else had BIG towels to place on top of there yoga mats…..minus me. I was sliding all over the place.

After Hot Yoga I came back and took Chewbacca for a little run/walk.  He only made it about 1/2 mile.  It is still too hot for the little guy.  I can not wait for fall so he can enjoy being outside again. 🙂

Poor little guy was exhausted.

After showering and getting some delicious burgers at Earth fare (every sunday they have burgers for only $2..its a tradition for me and andrew to go whenever we are in town) I decided to tackle some of the items on my to do list.

I have been working little by little on my wine bottle lanterns and finally finished them today!  I am so excited to finally hang them up.  It was a fun craft to take on and look great on our back porch.

First, I needed to remove the bottom of my bottles.  I found a trick off pinterest that works great!  Me and Andrew had a lot of fun doing this, we just thought it was so cool how it just popped off.

Once that was finished I had to remove the labels from the bottle.  This was a bit tricky to get all the sticky off.  I found that by spreading a little olive oil over the sticky area and allowing it to sit for a few hours, made it a lot easier to remove.

Next, was assembling my hanger together.   I picked out some bendable wire from Michael’s craft store (I love this place!).  I chose a brassy color but you can pick whatever you like best.  First, you will need the cap to bottle beer and punch a whole through the center of it.  Scissors worked fine for me.  This will prevent the wire from coming out of the top of you bottle.

Then, I cut a length of 23 ins and looped one end through the whole in my bottle cap and wrapped it around a few times to secure it.  As seen in the picture.

To hold the candle, I cut another piece of wire that is approx. 11 ins long.  I made out a circle out a one end that was big enough to fit around the candle and looped the other end through whole in bottle cap and then wrapped it around a few times to secure it.  The finished product should like the image below.

Now you will stick your wire creation through the bottom of your wine bottle so that the loop is coming out of the top.  And VOLA!

Now it is time to get ready for My Morning Jacket Concert!  🙂  Have a great rest to your Sunday!