Craft Room Organization: Magnetic Stamp Wall

Craft Room Organization: Magnetic Stamp Wall

In week 2 of craft room re-org (see week one: pegboard paint chip craft organizer) I tackled a common crafter dilemma – stamp storage. Before we get into my magnetic stamping storage solution I must show you what my stamp pile looked like before….. Isn’t it cute how I halfheartedly attempted to organize my rubber stamps into wire baskets? Don’t answer that. And now the magical after! Isn’t it amazing what a discarded magnetic whiteboard and some magnet tape will do? In order to keep my stamp pads flat I took two closet tie hangers, flipped them vertical and screwed them into my book shelf. They hold my various sized stamp pads and acrylic blocks perfectly! My rubber stamp collection found a home in a few unused utensil and knick knack organizers. Now I can see all of them without having to dig down into a wire basket! I’m stunned at the fact that my discarded whiteboard and random organizers fit my entire stamp collection! Unfortunately, I don’t have wiggle room to acquire any new stamps. Maybe we should start a swap? That way I’m “technically” not taking up more space! Who is in? 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....
Bedroom Paint and One Crazy Week At CHA

Bedroom Paint and One Crazy Week At CHA

I realize that it shouldn’t take 2 adults a whole week to paint a bedroom but we had places to go, people to see and really high walls to paint! Ohh and we changed our minds a few times too. In the end project eradicate bedroom beige was a success and we even managed to have some crafty fun at the CHA trade show! Skip to the bottom if you want to go straight to the bedroom paint pics or scroll slowly to see what life was like for us crazy Curries this week! Saturday: Hey let’s paint! Sunday: Let’s go to CHA (in Anaheim) a day early. Monday: Let’s craft! Tuesday: Let’s force our friends to pick their favorite valentine. Wednesday: Ok back to painting but this time we need a tall ladder. Thursday: Touch up time.  Friday: Somebody get us a drink! If you are familiar with our CHA Folklore post you’ll recall that we turned to all of you to solve our paint dilemma and luckily you rose to the occasion by choosing an awesome deep color purple color called Folklore (By Behr) for our accent wall. Here’s the Behr ColorSmart photo you all picked. We were totally happy with this color combo until at the last minute we decided to change the entire furniture arrangement, which forced us to change the location of our Behr Folklore accent wall to our smallest wall along the window. Doing so actually squared out our awkwardly rectangular room. For the rest of the walls we chose a nice yellowish Behr color called Caribbean Sunrise instead of the Behr Oyster...
CHA Folklore – And How The Beige Monster Was Slain

CHA Folklore – And How The Beige Monster Was Slain

Here’s a little story for your Friday afternoon. Once upon a time in the land of Crafts and Hobbies lurked an evil beige monster that loved to destroy all that is colorful and creative.  The crafty people of the land called the “Crafterites” defended themselves from utter beige doom by applying liberal amounts of glitter, paint and Mod Podge to everything in sight. A tactic that normally worked….. Until one year when the beige monster chose to hibernate in his beige cave of doom. His plan was to build up enough beige strength to unleash on the Crafterites when they least expected it…. At the Craft and Hobby Winter show. Dun dun dun! What the beige monster didn’t know was that while he was lurking in the shadows of the CHA festivities, the Crafterites (being crafty and all) cleverly sent two brave warriors to paint the beige monsters cave a deep purple called Folklore. Who would be brave enough to paint the beige cave Folklore? It’s us, duh! Now if that’s not the most round about way of telling you that we’re painting our room (Folklore) this weekend as well as prepping for the Craft and Hobby trade show next week, I just don’t know what is…. Yeah, welcome to my whacked out dreams people! Thanks for your input on our color dilemma and a happy weekend to you! Craft...
A Color Dilemma – Help Us Choose!

A Color Dilemma – Help Us Choose!

We’re quickly trying to wrap up our bedroom remodel and need to get color on the walls ASAP but somehow we still can’t agree on a color… I blame it on the fact that neither one of us have a decent way to illustrate our paint visions properly. I mean if Cliff could visit my creative brain for a moment I think he’d agree that we should go with a jewel tone purple or maybe even jewel tone green. Whatever, the fact is that I thought we were up a beige creek without a paddle until out of nowhere I discovered the Behr ColorSmart application! Hello, why have I never seen this before? Ohh yeah– that’s right, I have my head buried in glitter all day… Anyway, here’s the photo I uploaded to the Behr ColorSmart tool. It’s the best pic I could get that encapsulates our current state of beige and vaulted ceiling. After that, it was just as easy as virtually painting the walls with our favorite Behr colors. In fact it’s so easy to test colors that we’re even more confused than before and need your help! Check out our options below and tell us which ones you like and the most popular color wins its’ way onto our walls. BTW don’t mind my poor virtual painting job. It’s my fault for getting so excited ;)  Regal Red with Oyster WB    Fond Memory with Oyster WB Herbal with Oyster WB Folklore with Oyster WB Deep Blue Sea with Oyster WB Sugar Plum Oyster WB Over time I’ve learned that you all get a little queasy...
DIY Laminate Installation–Bedroom Makeover Part 1 of 2

DIY Laminate Installation–Bedroom Makeover Part 1 of 2

We really weren’t expecting to start another laminate installation project so soon but as some of you know Andrea has been quite sick for the last few weeks and after some research we figured out that the likely culprit was our mold and dust infested carpet. So, naturally for the sake of my girls health we kicked off our bedroom makeover project a little earlier than expected; starting with the installation of Du Pont Green Guard Heritage laminate. If you are looking for a more complete Laminate DIY I suggest you check out our living room laminate installation here. Read on if you want to see what we learned the second go around. In order to start the bedroom makeover we first had to move all of our bedroom furniture into the living room and make a little love nest in my adjoining office. We figure we’ll be camped out here for another 5 days while we transform our bedroom into the perfect master retreat. A small sacrifice for a nice relaxing and healthy bedroom. Next, I took on the task of ripping out the carpet. Since we didn’t have 2 sets of knee pads Andrea got creative and used her boogie board to protect her knees while helping with the baseboard removal. As for our laminate choice, we really really REALLY wanted to purchase the less messy TrafficMaster Allure Ultra flooring as it does not require power tools (therefore alleviating a mess) but the cost is prohibitive for us poor first time home owners. So we happily chose the Du Pont Green Guard laminate at only $1.79/sqft down...