Craft Wars Big Announcement

Craft Wars Big Announcement

  Since the announcement of TLC’s new show Craft Wars, I’ve had all kinds of people telling me “you should be on that show Craft Wars” or “that show Craft Wars was made for you!” They didn’t know it, but I was legally bound to respond with something generic like “that’s so sweet of you to say!” while my inner voice was enthusiastically screaming – “YEAH, I’M ON CRAFT WARS, HOLLER!!!” Now, I can finally tell you that yes indeed, me and my crafty sister Lisa Fulmer are on Craft Wars together! The proof is right here in this video where I loudly groan “oh nooo…” and then later exclaim “you guys did an awesome job!” I wish I could tell you more, however I can assure you that Lisa and I ran, climbed (for reals, the Michaels Craft Closet had a ladder), met Tori Spelling, and crafted our little hearts out. Oh and even though Cliff didn’t participate on the show, he was still there in spirit. Actually, I wore his spirit! Aren’t these glittered shoes he made for me adorable? You’ll have to watch the show to find out if they are lucky sapphire slippers or craft-tastrophe clunkers. Since the whole experience is now mostly a glittery blur, I’m super excited (and a little afraid) to see what happened on our episode and how the contestants did on all the other episodes! In fact I just found out that some of my crafty friends, Angela Daniels and Margot Potter are on the show too! All of this craft-tastic news means you should watch the entire season which...
Extreme Craft Room Makeover – Part 2 Glittered Floor

Extreme Craft Room Makeover – Part 2 Glittered Floor

I decided to let loose with my craft room theme and go with a bright beachy look complete with white walls and a blueish glittered floor! Ok, I suppose it’s not that extreme to go with a beachy theme when we do in fact live near the beach and I do in fact have a glitter obsession. Still, I’d like to think that this decision was wild and completely spontaneous. The Craft Room Walls It’s hard to tell the differences in the wall color however I must assure you that the Valspar Swiss Coffee white is eons better than the drab kill your creativity beige that came with the home. The Craft Room Floor The floor color is Valspar’s Sea Swell which I like to call “Little Mermaid.” For durability I technically should have gone with an epoxy garage paint (like Crafty Chica did here with her gold glittered floor) and lot’s of varnish but I’m extremely sensitive to caustic odors which is why I used Valspar’s low odor floor paint. The Craft Room Glitter As for the glitter, I took a blue super fine glitter and sprinkled it across the second coat of paint while it was still wet. I must note that this glitter distribution stuff is harder than all those Disney fairies make it look. I basically tried every technique in the book, including one that I call the “Fairy Dust Karate Chop” and still ended up with uneven glittered floors….. I’m guessing this probably has to do with the fine glitter. Luckily my clumsy glitter antics gave the floor a subtle patchy shimmer which looks...
DIY Antique Wine Bar

DIY Antique Wine Bar

Here’s a fun and simple DIY idea for those awkward antiques that you don’t know what to do with – add some cork handles, slap on some chalkboard paint and create your very own antique wine bar! Don’t you just love new uses for old furniture? It seemed like a  crime to paint a perfectly good antique so we decided to forgo the refinishing for a less intense/expensive furniture flip. Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before. Not very different from the after is it? However I must say that the chalkboard really does update this piece of furniture without distracting from its’ antique charm. And the cork handles for a wine bar are so apropos, no?   Thanks to my cork hoarding antics, generous neighbors and good friends at Plaid – this project was entirely free. Now we finally have a wine bar worthy of weekly Wine Wednesdays! Who is coming? Craft On....
Double Ikea Hack Franken-Lamp

Double Ikea Hack Franken-Lamp

We had two lamps in our house that I wasn’t totally happy with — One was the Ikea skewer lampshade hack that I crafted last year and the other was an original beige 70’s style hanging lamp that came with our house. Naturally my creative disdain for both eventually compelled me to combine them into one amazeballz “Franken-lamp.” Here’s how I did it. Isn’t that 70’s era vintage floral fabric beautiful? I can imagine this lamp looking glorious in a modern room for a child or my craft room when it’s finally organized! Until then we’ll leave it in Cliff’s office next to the antique armoire (that we still haven’t done anything with). Hope this Franken-lamp inspires you to make your own Franken-projects! Craft On....
Pegboard Paint Chip Craft Organizer

Pegboard Paint Chip Craft Organizer

Remember that Giant Lite Brite Paint Chip Christmas Tree that we made last year? Well, when we took it apart I just couldn’t wait for Christmas to roll around to enjoy it again so I transformed it into a Pegboard Paint Chip Craft Organizer! I believe this further proves that giant paint chips rock — especially when used in creative spaces. Those who aren’t familiar with the Giant Lite Brite Paint Chip check out this post here and don’t forget to meander on over to our paint chip crafts category! The rest of you may have already noticed that I simply removed a panel from my 4 color paint chip and flipped it horizontal to get it to fit on my craft desk. I also added some 2×1’s along the back and front (the white strips) to keep it sturdy. Here’s what she looks like without all of the crafty stuff all over it. I didn’t have any pegs or pegboard hangers laying around the house nor did I want to go to the store, so I did what any crafty girl would do and and improvised with photo frames, screws, tea tins, dollar store plastic containers, wire baskets, old paint brushes, gobs of hot glue and even some golf tees! It’s hard to see but I used a paint brush tip and handle to hold my Cropodile and Washi Tape! I put the pretty craft tools and materials on the pegboard in order to free up some cabinet and drawer space for my excessive amounts of less than pretty craft supplies. Am I close to ultimate craft room...
The Story of a Traveling Giant Paint Chip + Instructions!

The Story of a Traveling Giant Paint Chip + Instructions!

We are so excited that our Giant Paint Chip Valentine is being displayed in front of our local Home Depot for the thousands of DIY customers to enjoy! If you aren’t in the Encinitas area from Feb 11- Feb 14th don’t fret because you can make your very own giant paint chip by following our step by step instructions found here on Instructables.com. Check out what it took to get this 8 foot paint chip to The Home Depot! If only transporting this big foam paint chip to the store was as easy as creating it….. These are the days we wish we had a box truck! After some over engineering we managed to get the paint chip secured to the frame and then secured in the back of the truck. And then we prayed to the weather gods for no rain and no wind on our 3 mile trek. Phew, we made it but not without a few odd looks from passersby! After a nerve racking 15 minutes we finally got our paint chip into place right at The Home Depot entrance! Then, before we could clear all of our junk out of the way, our first little paint chip enthusiast jumped right in for a picture! Isn’t he adorable? He really really liked the paint chip! and finally a fun family pic in front of our red and pink paint chip of love! It’s great to see that we’re not the only ones delighted by the Giant Paint Chip Valentine! A BIG thank you goes out to our friends, family, Behr Paint and The Home Depot for...