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Hey everybody,I’ve posted Pinned it, Did it. Week 9: Men’s Wallet…click here to check it out!

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Yes, it’s week 8. I know. But I’ll be back in a few days with another pinned and done project 😉 I’ve been working on/ still contemplating a blog move…click to read Pinned it, Did it. Week 7: Keyboard Magnets AND to enter the giveaway! Check out the potentially new LittleMrsOrganized site…let me know what you think and I’ll be letting you know when the move officially happens!

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When I found this tutorial I was so glad to have a pretty, homemade version of the standard boring white jewelry gift box. I happen to have a few extra pieces of scrapbook paper layin’ around 😉 and thought these would not only be great for jewelry but also perfect for dividers in drawers! The original idea came from A Little Hut…a great little blog with all kinds of paper crafts! Patricia has an easy to follow eHow video showing how to make these little boxes and I will post step by step photos below as well…

YOU WILL NEED:

Square paper (cardstock is best, I’m using a 12″ square of scrapbook paper)

Scissors or Xacto knife and cutting mat (I’m using scissors because our cutting mat is M.I.A. – it must’ve run off with my glue gun)

Bone folder or something to crease the edges (I’m using the handle of my scissors)

Make sure to crease every fold very well…

You may have to be a little patient while the how to photos load….

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This is something I pinned a while back (originally found here) and to be honest this post should be titled “Pinned it, brother-in-law and husband did it” For Christmas my brother in law gave me this rake from their local peddlers mall with a photo attached to it that showed it being used as a wine rack – brothers are so great 🙂 Then, my husband surprised me one day by having it hung when I got home from work! He leveled the head of the rake in order for the glasses to hang straight and let the handle do its own crooked thing. We decided to leave the handle attached since we had the ceiling height, plus I really like the green weathered paint. He used a metal bracket that’s for securing pipes and a screw just to be sure it didn’t slide down…

So if you have an extra rake laying around…put it to use! Would also be great for an outdoor or backyard bar!

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Alright, here we go…it’s week six and I’m posting week four and five and we’re just gonna move along and pretend like they weren’t majorly delayed 😉
A couple weeks ago I was spending most of my spare time working on our nightstands, as I was browsing through my DIY board on Pinterest trying to figure out what project I wanted to do that week I saw the pin that inspired my nightstands – how did it not occur to me that this was my project for the week?! So the bad news is that I failed to take a before photo, or any in progress for that matter…but it was much more successful than week three! Here’s a link to the DIY Network website where I found the idea, along with some good step by step directions.

So I began my search for the perfect table to slice in half…Salvation army, two Goodwills, several hours at the Peddlers Mall and I finally found a solid wood, square end table with a drawer — for $15!

After I measured and drew a straight line down the middle my husband took it out back, removed the drawer and cut the table in half. We thought about using some of the drawer track to build a shelf underneath but decided to cut it all out for now.

Then I got busy sanding…using a coarser grit and the electric sander along the tops and large flat surfaces, then a fine grit to sand along the edges and in the detailed areas by hand.

Next I sprayed the tables with several light coats of primer. Meanwhile I went back and forth on whether to spray or brush paint these things. Spray paint is one of my best friends in the whole world — but the color options can be really limited and I really wanted a light gray — oh but brush painting can be so time consuming — but more durable in the end — possibly with those streaky brush marks — but it can be done indoors — in the end I decided to just go for it and grab a brush, ok actually I grabbed a foam brush at first because I just really hate those brush marks, but that only lasted about 5 minutes before I realized I just had to use the paintbrush. Luckily, the Mr. had just bought a good brush for a little project he had been working on.

Two (tedious) coats of paint later and I realized that this light gray color was coming off as a weird off white, and a different weird off white than our walls! Since I had paid a little too much for a little quart of paint for a project that was supposed to be cheap, buying a darker color wasn’t an option. So I did the only logical thing to do…Okay, I didn’t exactly “freak out”, but still…Right away she said, “Squirt a little bit of black paint in there and mix it up.” — oh yeah, of course! Thanks mom 🙂 So, also at her suggestion, I poured a little of the light-off-white-gray into a plastic cup and began squeezing in black paint, stirred it up with a wooden skewer and it was perfect! So I went for it, added black paint to the quart little by little stirring very thoroughly — then stirred some more — and maybe a little more.

In the end I had four coats of paint on these things (two light-off-white-gray and two light gray) and they were just the color I had imagined. That handy man of mine built this mounting piece on each of the tables and “hung” them on the wall!It was a bit hard to get a photo that showed how this works…basically the square piece mounted on the underside of the table just notches into the piece mounted on the wall. Here’s a better view of what the piece on the wall looks like…The website where I found the original idea explains a different way of mounting but we wanted ours to be moveable for cleaning, making the bed etc.

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It’s getting pretty cold out and I’m really missing seeing flowers outside the window. I’m not much on fake flowers and plants, but here’s something fun and a little different from the traditional silk flower arrangement with plastic leaves. Here’s my inspiration(pinned) photo, found on Apartment TherapyAnd here’s the super simple process of creating these…

YOU WILL NEED:

-White (or off-white) cotton yarn

-Sharp scissors

-Branches/twigs

1) Begin by wrapping the yarn around your hand – many times…

2) Slide the wrapped yarn off of your hand and tie a 10″-12″ piece of yarn around the middle, knotting very tightly…

3) Holding it by the tail (the piece you tied around the middle) begin cutting the loops…then shake it all out…

4) Using sharp scissors, start trimming the ends to shape it into a ball (trim the tail off too)…

5) Roll the ball around in your hands to fluff it up a little, stopping occasionally to trim pieces sticking out… 6) Repeat step 5 until you are happy with the shape and size…7) Go outside and pick up a few sticks out of the yard…

8) You may need to trim the end of your sticks to make a sharper point…

9) Push the end of the stick into the middle of the “dandelion”, you should be able to get right into the center (through that piece that you tied around the middle earlier). Be gentle so that you don’t push all of the yarn out…remember these basically just need to attach, they won’t be moved around too much.

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If you use Pinterest then you probably love it just as much as I do, and if you don’t use Pinterest…well, what are you waiting for? Get over there, sign up, and follow me! It’s a great place to save links and image of things you love or want to remember, as well as a place to find awesome ideas! Honestly I spend way too much time browsing and pinning, which explains why I spent some time going through my boards recently…organizing and re-browsing. Not to my surprise, my DIY board is jam packed full of really cool projects and ideas that I’ve found all over the internet…things I want to do or at least try someday. A lot of these projects are small and totally doable – so I’m gonna do ’em! Well, maybe not all of them…but I’m gonna do 52 of them this year! Yep, one pinned DIY a week. Some of them may be small, some of them may be big projects…but each week I will make something I’ve pinned, document the whole thing, and share it with you!
I’ll be back tomorrow with my first crafty creation of 2012!

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