Most Memorable DIY and Craft Projects of 2011

Most Memorable DIY and Craft Projects of 2011

It seems like just yesterday we were steadily producing our once weekly internet show (Craft-Tastic LIVE) and then BLAM out of nowhere we’re buying a home, laying down laminate, setting up a dedicated craft studio and starting a new blog…. Just 6ish months later Hand MAKE My Day has already racked up 125 blog posts and over 100 unique DIY /craft projects! Don’t worry we’ve whittled it down to our top ten most memorable projects with plenty of visual candy for you ADD creative people (photos have links to corresponding blog posts). 1) The back breaker award. Floating stairs refinish! Cliff spent weeks tediously pulling out hundreds of carpet nails, sanding and sanding and more sanding, then staining. The hard work really paid off! Now we just need a bannister….. 2) The most unlikely popular craft. Paint chip address cards. WOW….. Who knew the entire internet would weigh in on the controversy of paint chip crafting and polarize me as the evil paint chip craft ring leader? 3) Project that made people go “Huh?” Our indoor swing. My mom is still asking what possessed us to hang a swing inside. Our answer; “Because it’s rad!” 4) Favorite craft. Giant Paint Chip Lite Brite Christmas Tree. There’s something about playing with giant Lite Brite that just makes Christmas better. 5) Best up-cycle. The stereo cabinet turned mini shoe closet. Maybe it’s because I scored the stereo cabinet for free and proved to Cliff that it would be put to good use. 6) Favorite creative technique. Ok, I’m patting myself on the back for figuring out how to make the perfect...
Makers Month Roundup: November Crafts and Laughs

Makers Month Roundup: November Crafts and Laughs

So here we are in our November Roundup. Despite being busier than ever we managed to step back and enjoy a few Birthdays, Veterans day and a lovely Thanksgiving with our family. We even found time to go to the beach, buy neat antiques and whip up some great Christmas decor. If you look closely at our roundup photos you might just see some of our top secret projects lurking in the background! Turn a Phonograph into an iPhoneograph Discount Ikea Lamp Shade Hack – $10 DIY He Made a Whale Birthday Balloon Card Happy Veterans Day (With Video) She Crafted a Christmas Cheer Decoration Holiday Calendar Advent Inspiration Source: justagirlblog.com via Kate on Pinterest She Made Birch Tree Inspired Thank You Cards For Thanksgiving How To – Gluten Free Stuffing Muffins For Thanksgiving Alternative Snowman a Sandy Holiday Tradition Easy DIY Chevron Pattern Jewelry Box Holiday Calendar Advent Calendar Christmas Tree Decoration His Favorite November Project Although I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the leftover gluten free stuffing I’d have to say my favorite November project was the Whale Birthday card I created for my Nephew. It has nothing to do with Fall or Thanksgiving but it made him smile! Her Favorite November Project This is a toughie because I really love the Chevron pattern advent calendar that Cliff made for me but the neighbors keep complimenting me on my Christmas Cheer door sign ;) Secret Obsessions Cliff: Peanut Butter and Dates. Not together, although that combo sounds tempting…… Andrea: Crackle nail polish which according to my Mother In Law looks like like zombie nails…. I actually agree. Would Rather...
Makers Month Roundup: Halloween 2011

Makers Month Roundup: Halloween 2011

Our Makers Month Roundups outline the blog posts for the month and then pretty much whatever else we fancy.  Naturally our October was full of a lot of Halloween crafts but we managed to sprinkle in some fun DIY and creative lifestyle projects too! We’ll spare the long drawn out explanations and get right into the visual candy starting with a roll up of Octobers blog posts. Wine Cork Silhouette Jewelry Holder Simple Flower Button Brooches Giant Holiday Paint Chip Door Sign DIY Halloween Pumpkin Luminary With Yardsticks Yarn and Cardboard Leaf Decorations – A CRAFTASTROPHE! Marble Nails With the Help of Elmer’s Glue Creative Weekend – A Creative Lifestyle Love from the Hand Make My Day Readers Andrea’s High School friend made our Paint Chip Address Cards and sent in a cute photo!  Love this comment from Donna: “You know how you see a post on Facebook and you click it ’cause it looks interesting, and then you read a humorous blog post that references other previous humorous posts and then you discover that you’ve just lost 30 minutes engrossed in this paint chip brouhaha? Well, yeah, that just happened. Thank God for DVR’s! “ Projects in the works Andrea: Holiday cards and alternative Christmas trees! I can’t show you too much because it’s a surprise ;) Cliff: Rip out the ugly old kitchen light fixtures and DIY some nice recessed lighting. Photos that made us LOL Phew! Sometimes it’s hard to know how much you’ve created until you actually see it all rolled up into one neat little package! Time to put the orange paint away and...