Sunday, January 20, 2013

a space to play with lace


My kitchen table is adorned with globs of glue, crevices full of glitter and flecks of paint. Needless to say, I need a space to play with lace! A sturdy, functional, organized area of my own to accidentally break in. I printed out a couple photos and discussed the pro/cons with my boyfriend. Together we designed MY perfect concept of a craft table.


Total Time: 1.5 days (including time for paint & stain to dry)
Total Cost: $100 (Tools, brushes, & stain were all previously purchased!)

Out first stop was to Lowes to pick out our wood. In case you were unaware, Lowes offers a wonderful service-they will cut wood to YOUR specifications! This is very useful if you do not have the correct tools at home. They also sell table top ready pieces of wood that are sturdy, straight and ready to be stained. I chose this option because it was cost efficient for the size I wanted.

Always start by laying out your supplies!
 Brian grouped similar items together and began sanding everything to ensure a smooth surface.
I began staining the table top. I used a brush on stain and only one coat. Once COMPLETELY dry I will seal it with Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish Matte Spray. I prefer the matte versus the shine but they both work well, the spray is easier no doubt!
 Once the top was stained & dry, Brian secured the bottom with screws and brackets. When making a table that is heavy and sturdy, brackets are a must! They can easily be hidden within a design and come in plenty of sizes.
I painted the legs and shelves with interior white paint. I loved the contrast between the dark stain and light paint! Finish your project with a protective spray. 
For being the first piece of custom designed furniture that we've built- I'm ecstatic!
 Here is my completed craft table! Last step is to cover the shelves with bins and jars full of my craft supplies!

 A special THANK YOU to my amazingly talented and patient boyfriend, Brian!! You're the best :) 

 If you have any questions about building your own piece, please ask! 







Friday, January 11, 2013

my favorite things


"I've always known that life is better when you share it. I now realize it gets even sweeter when you expand the circle." Oprah

I may not be Oprah but I thought Id share some of my favorite things with you in hopes that youd return the favor. Please leave comments about products youve tried similar to mine or your opinion of my faves. Please note they are in random order- Enjoy ;)

favorite things:


1 birchbox: For $10 each month, this box arrives in the mail and you get to sample the latest beauty and lifestyle products. I havent been disappointed with my products since Ive signed up and who doesn't like to receive goodies in the mail?


2 chic camera strap: An accessory with function. My fave comes from bloom theory.



3 rubbermade blox: Encourages me to pack my lunch (which in turn saves $ and calories!)



4 craft table: God bless Brian. I drew a design and explained the dimensions then he built my dream desk!



5 h.p. photosmart wireless printer: Able to print from your phone or computer virtually anywhere and the touchscreen on the printer is able to download apps...perfect for automatically printing coupons or a weekly menu!



6 cassis american brasserie dessert menu: Passion fruit sorbet is uh-may-zing! Adorable restaurant located off Beach Drive in downtown St. Pete. Features include a bakery next door and even a dog menu. The atmosphere is fun and trendy with brilliant decor! 




7 my niece or nephew to be ;) that's right, folks! There is a sweet baby with the cutest belly ever due to arrive mid July!



8 apophyllite crystal: my boyfriend bought this for me because he knows Im obsessed with sparkly things.



9 gummy bears: with flavors like pomegranate pucker, sour apple tart, perfectly peach and mango tango; you cant go wrong.



10 ringling museum: the most amazing museum + the most beautiful estate + the most colorful gardens = Ringling Museum of Art. (PLUS its governed by Florida State University so that is just icing on the cake!)I have a somewhat odd liking towards the circus...



* Notice the chevron pattern on the outdoor patio? Yep, this place is just screaming my name ;)

Here's to trying new things in 2013- now I can check one item off my list! Please subscribe to my blog,

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

welcome

Thanks for taking an interest in

- a DIY crafty lifestyle blog

A Nanny & Marketing Manager by day turned crafty gal by night (and weekends!) I love taking the resources I have and knowledge Ive learned to turn an ordinary piece into a one-of-a-kind work of art. This blog will have a confetti of topics ranging from personal interests, party & shower décor, home restoration and handmade baby accessories!

 I do not (and will not) claim to be an expert and when Ive had inspiration from someone elses work, I will credit them. Feel free to leave comments and suggestions, as well as, subscribe to be automatically updated when a new post is up. Thank you and enjoy!