DIY Shelf Made With Recycled Wood and Hemp Rope

Hello Everyone!

Happy Friday! Today I want to share a DIY shelf made with recycled wood and hemp rope. I’m planning to use this in my bathroom to store all the small samples of beauty products that I seem to collect.

ShelfShelf up close

We had a small pile of wood sitting around and I suggested to my boyfriend that we make something with it.  He is better using the tools than I am– I’m more of the idea person. Which means– he did the actual work.

I found a couple of ideas on Pinterest and we went to work. Well, I should clarify– my boyfriend went to work. It took him about two hours to make this shelf from start to finish.

Original shelf

The photo above was our inspiration. And the pile of wood we used was originally going to be used for a pool cue rack (there’s no longer a pool table in our house so why not use the wood for a bathroom shelf?).

Not only that, the shelf looks great in my bathroom and we repurposed something that was just sitting around.  I did purchase the hemp rope for approximately $6.00.  And there is enough of that left to use in future projects (a kitty condo/cat scratcher is next on the list).

Happy Friday everyone! Remember to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Cheers, Jody 😃

Happy Flip Flop Friday!

Wedding flip-flops? It never occurred to me these words could fit together in a sentence.  Maybe I’ve been wrong all this time….  read on….

Tonite I googled “flip-flops” to see what came up- you know, to inspire me to find something slightly interesting to write about for Flip Flop Friday. Then I saw the wedding flip-flops thing and just had to check it out. Really… flip-flops on your wedding day? Well, why not??!   (I found some really cute choice!)

Why bother with high heels? Havaianas, please…..

Some great websites to check out:  Etsy, wrapwithus.com; Bridalflipflops.com; Nordstrom; Macy’s… I could go on….

Happy Flip Flop Friday!  Cheers!

DIY – How to Rip Your Own Jeans… on a budget

Happy Saturday everyone! This weekend I’m going thrift shopping for jeans.  I’m planning to hit up my favorite “everything $2” store in the hopes they will have jeans I can be creative with.  (I have my supplies all ready…)  Cheers!

How to Rip Your Own Jeans

from wikiHow – The How to Manual That You Can Edit

Acquiring a fashionable pair of ripped jeans can be expensive — unless you know how to make them yourself. It requires a little patience, but the process is pretty simple.

Steps

  1. Do some research. Look online and in fashion magazines for the best-looking rips. Most jean companies seem to place them in areas that you wouldn’t naturally tear.
  2. Find your jeans. Try jeans from a thrift shop for practice if you’re new at this.
  3. Decide on the size and shape of the rip. It may enlarge each time you wash your jeans, as the frayed ends get caught in washing machines. In a word, be conservative.
  4. Decide which techniques to use. You may wish to let the fabric become thin on its own.
  5. Gather your jeans, coarse sandpaper, pumice stone, wood file, grater, utility knife, scissors and a small, flat block of wood.
  6. Draw a cutting line or pattern on your jeans with a pencil.
  7. Place a block of wood inside the pant leg beneath the area.
  8. Rub and scrape the fabric in several different directions. Use sandpaper, a pumice stone, wood file and grater. These will fray the fabric.
  9. Loosen fibers by scraping with the blade of a utility knife.
  10. Using the scissors, cut a hole through the loosened fibers.
  11. For a cute look, you can wear colored nylons or stockings beneath your ripped jeans.
  12. Bleach parts of the jeans for that extra destroyed look.

Things You’ll Need

  • Jeans
  • Coarse sandpaper
  • Pumice stone
  • Wood file
  • Grater
  • Utility knife (Straight Edge razor works well to wear the denim down)
  • Scissors
  • Small, flat block of wood
  • Pencil or dark marker

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DIY – Wooden Cigar Box Transforms into Jewelry Box

Do you have too much jewelry and not an organized place to keep it all? I found myself in a similar situation– jewelry stashed in random places to the point I had to “search” for what I wanted to wear. Well, I came up with a stylish DIY project last weekend while strolling thru Kobey’s Swap Meet in the Point Loma neighborhood of San Diego.

Tucked in the midst of random odd household items I found the I Liquidate table featuring some fantastic cigar boxes. You read that right– cigar boxes. I purchased a total of 3 wooden cigar boxes and the owner threw in a freebie– I spent $10. I figured this would be an excellent was to re-use something that might be thrown in the trash. The boxes were surprisingly sturdy and of good quality.

I Liquidate (“you call, we haul”)

Ramona, CA 92065

Phone: (619) 770-9921

The stack of boxes looks really cute tucked in my living room cabinet. I secured some felt to line the boxes (price: Free) so my jewelry will be protected. This was a super quick & easy project. It took maybe 30 minutes to line the boxes with the felt. Probably the biggest time-consuming part of the whole thing was deciding which jewelry would be placed in which box (decisions!).

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Dumpster Diving- Patio Chairs From Trash to Treasure

Tonite I’m writing this post from the comfort of my “new” patio. Decorated courtesy of yet another quasi-dumpster diving adventure. You don’t always have to jump in the dumpster to find the good stuff. My patio chairs were found outside the trash bin which is much easier for me to navigate given that I’m 5 ft 4 inches on a good day.

My two chairs started off a rusty, metal mess. I initially wondered if they might be better off just staying in the trash?

I busted out some sandpaper and sanded off the worst of the rust. Then I whipped out the spray paint and voila– in a hot minute I was finished. Two perfectly fabulous chairs. Side note– this sounds like an easy project but I did experience a few minor mishaps painting due to semi-windy conditions and blowing newspapers. Thankfully there’s not a noticeable amount of paint specks on the patio though the floor is now a much deeper shade of gray in certain spots. Shshsh… don’t tell my apartment complex…

To complete the project I found a cheery red pillow at WalMart for $7 and a small table at Target for $15. Right now I’m using two rugs that are rejects from the kitchen years ago. I’m still in the market for a like-new rug and maybe a few more plants and candles. I’m determined to have a low cost and semi- upcycled/recycled/repurposed patio area. So far, so good. (Let the dumpster diving adventure continue!)

Cost of Project:

  • 2 Metal Chairs– FREE
  • 2 cans black satin spray paint (WalMart)– $5.00
  • 1 red pillow (WalMart)– $7.00
  • 1 small table (Target)– $15.00
  • Plants– FREE

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Valentine’s Day Cake Pops

Cake Pops! I’ve been wanting attempt these. This looks fun– and they turned out really cute in this blog post I found tonite. Happy Valentine’s Day! cheers!

Brandie Sellers

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always wondered how the heck you make those cute tiny cake pops. It was a mystery to me until I found the perfect and easy recipe. I decided my first attempt at this would be the night before Valentine’s Day for my coworkers and my husbands as well. I’m not sure this was the wisest decision considering I started at about 8pm (had errands to run before I could officially start) and wasn’t finished until about 12am. But it was worth it! Overall these were fun to make (would’ve been more fun if I wasn’t pressed for time) and super easy!

Here’s the “How To” so you can stun friends and family with your new found baking talent!

First you’ll need to choose your cake batter and your choice of icing. I went with Red Velvet with Cream Cheese frosting. I wanted to…

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