Monday, October 5, 2009

Multiple Weekend Projects & Joining In On Blog Parties

I had some projects I wanted to start and complete on Saturday {being as I had the annual covering of the pool and the arguments with hubby that go along with that task scheduled for Sunday}.

This first project I did on the spur of the moment, after I found this little black frame that I had gotten with a set of various size frames.

I just took one of the scrap book papers I bought recently and used that for the background, printed out a "K" in a font I liked, painstakingly cut it out, and used double-sided tape to attach it.

I currently have it sitting on my vanity table next to my harlequin tumbler {that I got on clearance from HomeGoods and which now holds my make-up brushes and stuff. Don't be afraid to use something for a purpose other than what it was originally intended}.

This next project actually took a couple of weekends, but I finished it Saturday. I bought this wood plaque, a little spray paint in a cream color, sawtooth hangers and a pre-made vinyl quote from Michael's. I wound up not liking the paint color and I really wasn't crazy about the quote. I really just wanted one word "Dream" for the sign.

So, I took some yellow paint that we used in my daughter's room and some white paint, and mixed them together to get more of a buttery yellow color. I ordered the vinyl word "Dream" from Scribble It on Etsy, with two scrolls. I'm pleased with the way it turned out although I'm thinking it needs a little something ~ maybe a blue satin ribbon so that it looks like it's hanging from the ribbon. I'm still mulling that over.

This sign is hanging over a daybed in our small spare bedroom, which I have decorated in a French kind of style. I'll share pictures of this room one day as it's cute and I recently added something else to this room that I want to share.

The next project deals with those gift baskets we all have gotten over time. Whether it holds bath and beauty supplies or cheeses and chocolates. I usually keep the baskets ~ some of the flatter round ones are great for holding bread and rolls. I have a great big metal one that has endless possiblities. Then there was this one:

The picture above shows it upside down. It doesn't look any better right side up. It was gold. I felt that it had some potential because it is not too big and not too small.

That "stuff" around the top is like window screening, bunched up to look like I don't know what and wired on here and there. Here it is after I cut all the screening off.

I thought that I only had black and white spray paint. I felt black would be the better of the two but I found a can of Rustoleum Anondized Bronze {the cap looks brown}. So I decided to go that route instead. Here it is newly painted and holding some of the wooden acorns I picked up at Pier 1 {in front of the hydrangeas I cut today}.

I still think this needs a little something, too. Maybe a pretty napkin on the inside. I kind of wished it had some metal slats in that top area to weave ribbon in and out, but I may still try something with ribbon there. Here it is in another room {don't mind the phone}.

I think it looks much better than when it started out and I think it's going to be a handy piece to have around.

Some of these projects fall into various blog party categories that I come across every week, so I may wind up linking up to them and I will come back and add those links.
Linked up with BNOTP's Metamorphosis Monday.
DIY Day at a Soft Place to Land.

Don't forget to check out our current giveaway! A beautiful painting by Julie Beck from Paintings In Progress.


Blessed Mama said...

I love the framed "K"! I have so many frames I pick up at garage sales and thriftstores, and I never know what to do with them all. This would be a perfect project to use some of them up, not only for myself but perhaps for some Christmas gifts too.

Joyce @ The Craft Barn said...

Your "Dream" sign came out beautiful - I love it!

Kate @ The Gaines Gang said...

Seeing that I too have the letter K in my first name,I will be using that idea real soon.

Thanks fro sharing the great ideas.

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Those are all cute and easy projects! Your dream sign came out so good! I thing hanging it from a ribbon would be cute!


Ashlee said...

Hi Kathy!

I love the frame with the K in it! So inexpensive and makes a huge impact! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for leaving the sweet comment! I signed up to follow you and would love it if you did the same!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

The Dream sign really did turn out nice. Love it!

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Kathy, I really like the frame you made...too cute! The sign and little basket you paited are wonderful too. Thanks for the award! I will post it on my sidebar...I appreciate it!! Kristen

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Excellent idea, especially if you have the frames. I still have some bigger ones floating around too. This was a Friday night, spur of the moment, quickie project, but I like it. I may change out the "K" I printed if I find a sticker the right size and font.

Thank you Joyce! My first time using the vinyl transfer words, and I have to say I'm hooked!

Hi Kate! Thank you and thanks for visiting my blog!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I'm hoping these quick and easy projects will gear me up for the ones that will take just a bit more time, Manuela!

Hi Ashlee! Thanks for coming over! I'll head back your way tonight and sign on.

Thank you, Lisa!

Not as nice as yours, Kristen, and you know I got the inspiration from you! By the way, my daughter has threatened to take my "P" frame; I may be contacting you to make another one so I don't have to hide mine every time she comes over!

Anonymous said...

Wow! You've been a busy girl! My favorite is the monogrammed art, but everything looks great.
pk @ room remix

Anonymous said...

Hi Kathy! Oh, I love all of your projects. You're a busy gal! I found you after visiting Deb at The Bungalow.
I know I'll be back to see more projects!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Barbara Jean said...

Very cute "dream " board and metal basket ideas.
Did you know you can put your striped paper through your copy machine and just copy a letter onto it?
Saves all that cutting.*

barbara jean

*Not explaining that well. let me now if you want more info. =0)

The Tuscan Home said...


Your projects turned out wonderful! Love the picture frame project. I am planning on tackeling one today that is similiar...can't wait! I also love the acorns in the basket and your floral arrangement----well done!

Thank you for all the fantatsicly creative ideas! *Hugs* ~Liz

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks, PK! I've always liked monograms, but never had them around before. I'm liking it!

Hi Sheila! Thank you and thanks so much for visiting my blog!

That's an idea, Barbara Jean! Thanks!

Thanks, Liz! I hope you will share your project, too.

Jane B. said...


I love all those projects. I especially love your initial framed w/ scrapbooking paper...I want to do that one for my home office!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Thanks, Jane! It's a small frame, but it's actually a good size for a desk or small shelf area.

niartist said...

Love that dream plaque! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, and inspiring!

Leanne said...

I love your dream sign and monogram. Thanks for sharing.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

Gosh I sure do love the black and white. It has been my favorite combo for quite some time, I love the way you have used it, you are so talented. The monogram is perfect...Thanks for sharing, I am a new follower now, so see you often...come and visit...

Unknown said...

Love the frame with the K, and the dream plaque is just to cute.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

@ niartist ~ Thank you! Painting it took the longest, but it was an easy project {which are my favorite}.

Hi Leanne! Thanks, I had fun making them too.

Hi Phyllis! Thanks very much! You'll be glad to hear then that black and white is still on the color trend list for 2010 ~ I don't think it will ever "go out".

Thanks Sandy! This is good practice for me since I'll be making some gifts this Christmas. Get the ole spray paint and scissor cutting arm in shape! : )

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

I like all of these--I really like the cup you are using to hold the brushes--pretty idea! The basket is really cute .!

MotherhoodFilm said...

Love these ideas! I really enjoyed looking around your blog!

*Eliza’s blog*

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Hi Nannykim~ Thank you! I love harlequin patterns so bought this not sure what I was going to use it as, but it was on clearance and I couldn't resist.

@ Motherhood Films ~ Thank you! I did check out your blog. The movie looks like it could be interesting, for me anyway, because mine are older. So, more like a walk down memory lane! I think we all wind up going through the same thing!

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