Monday, April 28, 2014

How to make Bread Boards

I saw these bread boards at West Elm and thought they would make a great Christmas gift. I also thought instead of buying them I could make them and that's exactly what I did. This has to be one of the easiet projects I have ever made.

I picked up some nicer pieces of wood from the hardware store. I used several maple pieces and some pine.

I drew out my design.

Next, I got out the jigsaw and cut accross my design.

I used the drill press to drill a hole at the handle, but you could also use just a regular drill. After sanding, staining, and poly-coating I was done.

Easy as 1-2-3. I loved the way these bread boards turned out and was very excited to give them to their recipients on Christmas.

These make such great gifts!!!!!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Egg Painting for Toddlers

Happy Easter! I hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled holiday, I know I will. We don't have any big plans this Easter season so we kept the decor simple. We did however, paint some eggs and made Easter baskets for the family.

I just gave Jakey some finger paint and let him roll the eggs around!

He loved it!

And he loved the Easter bunny!

Happy Easter!!!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Princess Jewelry Box

One of my dearest friends has a daughter born in June. I wanted to make her a gift for her birthday and was at a loss until I came accross this little jewelry box at a thrift store.

I actually wish I would have taken more before photos. The box actually looks white here, but in real life it definitly had a yellowish tint. But I think that happens in photos and on camera, that the light reflects in such a way it looks white. 

There were no hinges, mirror, or anything on the inside to hold the jewelry. But the basic structure was still there, so I thought it was a good investment. As it turns out it was more of a time investment than I had intended (isn't that how it always is?). I had to replace pieces of the wood, so much for my thinking the structure was in tact. The drawer didn't work and I had to replace the front of the drawer. Then I had to fix a side of the top. So, I guess I'm saying it looked like a good deal, but was actually in much poorer shape than I had realized. Oh, well. This small box was well loved by the previous owner. And hopefully I restored it to it's former glory! 

Sorry I can't locate the process pics for this project, except for this painting pic. And then these pics of the knobs. And actually I did the painting and knobs on a separate day from the repairs which is why I have these pics, but can't find the others.

I found these cute heart knobs on ebay for less than a dollar. But they were really scratched so I took some aluminum foil and water to them. Similar to the reoving rust post which you can see here.

Next, I spray painted them using a piece of scrap wood which I drilled holes into as a holder.

And here's the finished product.

Oh, I found insert pieces at a local hobby shop. They make kits for everything these days! I had never been in that store before and was just browsing to kill some time.

The hinges were from home depot. And the mirror is from Michaels.

I am totally excited to have made this for my friend's daughter and I hope it's something she'll utilize for years to come!

Monday, April 7, 2014

How to Display a Rock Collection

I picked this glass shadow box up a while ago from Michaels and I decided to fill it with my little rock collection. 

The rock collection started wtih that purplish/greenish smaller rock that I found at Goodwill for a quarter. I had no idea what I would do with it when I picked it up but it was so pretty and only a quarter I just couldn't leave it behind.

The white rock is from mine and Jakey's journeys at the beach. We found it along the path to the light house.

And the brown rock is actually a bookend that I turned on it's side. 

Someone snuck their dragon into the shot in the bottom right.

I love the natural elements of the rock, but because the shadow box is glass it feels a little more glamorous. You could add coral, shells, plants, whatever you wanted to one of these shadow boxes and they would look great on the coffee table, entry table, book shelf. Really the possibilities are endless.