Monday, January 31, 2011

Don't Forget to Vote!

Today is the last day to vote on the idea of Handy Man and I hosting a weekly Blog Party here on our site.
You can click on this post from last week for more explanation. 

See the poll at the top right had side of our sidebar.  You don't have to log in to vote, just click on a button.  Thanks to those who have already voted! 

The poll will be taken down tonight at 10 PM. 

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Candy Heart Jar Decor

I've been seeing so many cute Valentine's Day decorations and crafts around blogland.  A few days ago, I decided to make a decoration using one of our antique Ball Jars (which I once posted about here.)
I picked out a jar and washed and dried it thoroughly.  I then put some conversation candy hearts into it.

It needed a label or tag, I thought. I took out some of my scrapbook punches, and punched out some hearts.  After considering different ribbon options, I decided to go with simple string.  I used small white letter stickers to write out "Love." 
If you had 3 jars, you could do this and use 3 different tags, saying "I" "Love" "You".  That could make a pretty display.  

I also thought that this would be a cute gift for someone who might appreciate a Ball Jar.  You could also use these for a table centerpiece for a Valentine's party or dinner. 

Have you made any Valentine's Day crafts?  Tell us about them.  You can also post a link in your comment to a Valentine craft or decoration you've made. 

Linking to: The Little Round Table/ Cottage Instincts/ Finding Fabulous/ The Shabby Nest/ House of Hepworths/ Saved by Love Creations/ Coloradolady/ Brambleberry Cottage/ Life as Lori/ Beyond the Picket Fence/ Tales from Bloggeritaville/ The Shabby Chic Cottage/ The Trendy Treehouse/ Thrifty Home/ A Beach Cottage/ Savvy Southern Style/ My Backyard Eden/ We Are That Family/ House of Grace/ Sugar Bee Craft Edition/ The Gypsy's Corner/ Coastal Charm/ The Girl Creative/ Craft-O-Maniac/ Dittle Dattle/ Keeping it Simple/ It's a Blog Party/ Making the World Cuter/ It's So Very Cheri/ Boogieboard Cottage/ The DIY Showoff/ Between Naps on the Porch/ The Tattered Tag/ I Heart Naptime/ Under the Table and Dreaming/ Tatertots and Jello/ Funky Junk Interiors

Friday, January 28, 2011

Guest Post by House of Hepworths

It's time for a guest post from my bloggy friend, Allison, from House of Hepworths.  Alison is one of the sponsors of our blog.  I'm guest blogging over at her blog today, also. Allison has a wicked awesome blog, with a funny writing style, and great DIY projects. Read on to learn more about her blog:

Hey, Handy Man, Crafty Woman fans!

I'm Allison and I blog over at
HouseofHepworths

(My family: Ben, Me, Travis, and Kinsey)

I LOVE crafting and making cute decor for my home. Here are a few crafts I've made recently. If you click on the links you can read about how I made each one.


My Painted Soap Pump and Knife Block have been a crowd pleaser.



My #1 most viewed project on my site are my cupcakes in cones. I'd love for you to stop by and see how I made them.



You may have seen my dryer vent pumpkin floating around blog-land in the Fall. It was a fan favorite!


And my Cheese Dome turned Cloche is probably my most copied project of all time.


I don't just blog about crafts though. My family recently moved into our new home so I've been doing a lot of painting, renovating, decorating, and adding tons of moulding!


I recently painted and added tons of box moulding, chair rail, and window moulding to our Formal Living aka "piano" room.

{Before}


{After}

The piano room is s-l-o-w-l-y coming together. I make frequent updates to this room and I'd love it if you
followed along on my journey!

I'd love for you to stop by and see my most recent update to the Piano Room!

I just recently started decorating our Family Room as well! Here's what
we started out with:


And after much obsessing we settled on these colors:

If you'd like to see how the room looks now you can see the
painted and updated room here
. ;)

I also love giving tips about
painting, organizing, and decorating!

I recently gave a tutorial on how to add moulding to walls with rounded corners.


 
And Voila...

Perfectly square corners just waiting for your moulding! You can find out how I did it here.

If I had to pick a favorite home decor project from this past year, I think I'd pick my wheat grass tins. I made these using ugly tins form Goodwill and some fake wheat grass ordered online.


And one more thing about me. I love home renovations. I will look for things to renovate. LOL. My most favorite renovation to date is my Master Bathroom Makeover. I'm very proud of this room and more proud that I tackled it myself.

Before & After:

  
If I had to categorize what type of blogger I am, I'd say I'm a Home Blogger. House of Hepworths is filled with tons of crafts, DIY projects, renovations, and everything in between. If it has to do with my home (or me!) I'll blog about it!

I'd love for you to
stop by and poke around. If you leave a comment it's an added bonus! ;)

You can find me blogging at House of Hepworths & you can stop by and chat with me at my Facebook Community. I've always got lots of chatter and fun stuff going on over there!

HouseofHepworths
Thanks so much to Laurie for letting me blab on and on about my blog! Laurie is a great friend and I'm thrilled that we've been able to get to know each other through this amazing, crazy world of blogging! She's got a great blog and frequently knocks my socks off!

Thanks so much, Allison! It's been fun reading your blog, and getting to know you.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I Won, I Finally Won Something!

I love to read home decor blogs, and I sometimes enter contests to win prizes. 

I usually don't win contests of any kind, I have the worst luck.  I could enter a contest with one other person, and still lose!
 
But, lo and behold, I won something on this cute home blog that I like to read, Finding Fabulous.


I won two rolls of Scotch Blue Edge Lock tape.  Plus, the company threw in a blue plastic doo-hicky for smoothing down the tape.  OK, it wasn't a huge prize, but I was thrilled because like I said: I never win anything!

Even Handy Man said: "You actually won something?? Wow!" 

We haven't painted anything in a few months; but we've definitely used this tape.  Here's an example of how we used it to paint separate colors in Handy Boy's room:
We later painted the window white.  Someday we'll show more photos of this room.

Here, we used it to make a crisp line between the wall and ceiling color in our bedroom:
You would not believe how much we have painted in this house and our previous two houses.  Walls, ceilings, doors, trim, baseboard, etc etc.  This blue tape is great for making a nice, crisp edge.  

Have you used this blue tape, or a similar type of tape for painting?  What's your favorite brand? 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

To Party, or Not to Party?

I've really been inspired by all of the blog parties out there in the home decor blogging world.  There are so many!  I love looking at all of the great projects, crafts, recipes, etc. that people share at these blog parties.

We've been thinking about starting a blog party here at Handy Man, Crafty Woman.  I just used the handy dandy poll feature on blogger to put a short poll in the sidebar.  Check it out; it's at the top right side of our sidebar.  Please vote!  The poll will stay up until Monday evening, January 31st. 

For those who don't know what a blog party is, you can check out an example here.  Allison, from House of Hepworths, one of our lovely sponsors, hosts a blog party on Thursdays.  She highlights projects that caught her eye at the previous week's party; and you can put up a thumbnail of a recent project you've completed, with a link back to your site.
HouseofHepworths
Even if you don't have a blog, you can find a great variety of other blogs and projects to inspire you. Wicked fun! 

So, go ahead and vote.  Let us know what you think. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Handy Boy's Closet, Before & After

I thought that we'd show some before and after pictures of Handy Boy's closet. 

When we first moved into this house, every room had pretty standard closets.  They each had a pole, and a white wire shelf above the pole.  Lots of hanging storage, but there was a lot of wasted space. 
 
At this point, we had already painted Handy Boy's room, and put down hardwood flooring (yes, even on the closet floor.)

Handy Man built a more sturdy wooden shelf for the closet.  Then he hung up a slightly shorter pole for clothes.  He also hung up shelves on the right and the left hand sides of the shelves. 


Here it is, loaded up with Handy Boy's clothes and "stuff."

It's not usually this neat; but at least he has a lot more space for his Legos and toys. 

I didn't bother to paint the shelves; because to be honest, we were doing a ton of painting at the time, and I was sick of it!  Also, I thought that we might want to change this configuration around someday, so we left the wood unfinished. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Pretty Snow Photos

No school again today, thanks to snow.  That's the second day this week!  Plus, there was a 2 hour delay one day.

Here are some pictures I took yesterday...the snow had stopped, and it was sunny for a short time.  
I told Handy Boy that there were some people who had never even seen snow.  He said "Whaaat?!!"

Is it snowing where you are?  Or, do you wish you had snow?   

Linking to: It's a Hodgepodge Life/ The Trendy Treehouse/ It's a Blog Party

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Boy Card for a Baby Shower

Crafty Grandma and I have been invited to a baby shower. I bought the gifts this week, but forgot to buy a card. Oh well, time to crack out the scrapbook and stamping supplies, and make one. I made a "New Baby Girl" card a few months ago, so I knew I could handle making another card. 

Remember, I'm more of a scrapbooker than a card maker.  I like my cards to be simple.  I picked out some cute blue paper, and some white paper.  (The invite said the baby was a boy...I hope they're right, since I made this boy card!) 
I'm going to write a message in here, so it won't look so nekkid afterward. I just love those cute little baby hands and feet!

Pretty cute, huh? I had thought about adding something else to the front of the card.  I know that card-makers add things like buttons and ribbons to their cards to embellish them.  

However, when I try to add those things, I get frustrated because they come out crooked and don't look right. I still may add a sticker to the front of the card, but Handy Man says it's ok.  (What the heck does he know?) Ha ha.

I even used a couple of cute stamps to decorate the envelope. 
Have you tried to make any cards?  How did you do?  

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Do You Have a Dumping Ground?

Do you have an area in your home that is a dumping ground?  A closet, a table, an area, or even a room where you shove your "stuff?"  

Here's a photo of part of our dumping ground.  It's in our family room addition that we don't really use right now. 
When we first moved in, we used the room.  However, when the cost of oil heat went through the roof, we closed it off and turned the heat off in that room.  (Handy Man drained the water out of the baseboard heating system so the pipes wouldn't freeze.  The room is above the garage, which gets cold in the winter.)

Ok, what was I talking about?  Oh, right.  Our dumping ground.  This is an old desk that somehow ended up in that room.  And this is the desk after I had cleaned a bunch of random stuff off of it.   

I've been working on the room slowly, since it's so cold out there.  There are other spots in the room where we've dumped "stuff," I just didn't take any pictures of it.   

Do you have a dumping ground?  Where is it?  What's on it?  Have you resolved to clean it up in 2011?  
  
Linking to: Tools are For Women Too/ Saved By Love Creations

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bathroom Closet: Before & After

I've been so inspired by all the cleaning and organizing posts lately on some of my favorite blogs. It makes me want to go and organize! 

Here's the before photo of the tiny closet in our downstairs bathroom.  It's hard to take a good picture in there.
I know, it's a weird jumble of stuff.  Some of it is excess kitchen stuff that doesn't fit into the pantry.  Some of it is toiletries, and some of it is cleaning stuff. 

About a year after we moved into this house, I had Handy Man take out the existing white wire shelves, and put in solid wood shelves.  I hated those wire shelves; everything fell over, or things fell through them!  It was awkward for Handy Man to work in that small space, but it was worth it. 

After:
 

Yes, we have a ton of light bulbs.  It seems like one light bulb goes out, then six more go out!  Plus, we buy multi packs to save money.
We also have lots of candles and oil lamps.  We use the oil lamps for when the lights go out.  That is a frequent occurrence around here. Don't worry, no matches are stored in this closet! 

The hooks on the wall were already there (Handy Man hung them up for me.)  The plastic bins were bought for other projects, so I had them around the house.
There it is, nothing fancy or expensive.  It didn't take long.  I  took everything out, wiped down the shelves, threw out a few things and put everything back in a way that made more sense.  I think it took about half an hour.

Here are some of our previous organizing projects, with before and after photos:


Do you want to check out some organizing challenges out in blog land?  Here are two that I'm loving right now:

Clean Mama is doing a 21 day cleaning challenge.



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Also, A Bowl full of lemons is doing a 21 day challenge. 

Do you have a spot that needs to be organized?  Tell us about it. 

Linking to: I'm an Organizing Junkie/ I Heart Organizing/ A bowl full of lemons/ My Romantic Home/ House of Hepworths/ Tales from Bloggeritaville/ Beyond the Picket Fence/ somewhat simple/ The Shabby Chic Cottage/ My Backyard Eden/ We are That Family/ Blue Cricket Design/ Savvy Southern Style/ Sew Much Ado/ Today's Creative Blog/ Not Just a Housewife/ New Nostalgia/ Organize with Sandy/ It's a Blog Party/ It's so Very Cheri/ Dittle Dattle/ Keeping it Simple/ Boogieboard Cottage/ Between Naps on the Porch

Friday, January 14, 2011

Guest Post from Home Hinges

Today, April from Home Hinges is guest posting for us.  Welcome, April and family!

I Read Home Hinges

We at HomeHinges.com are so excited to share a little about ourselves and the projects we do here on the amazingly talented site of Handy Man, Crafty Woman. Thanks for this opportunity and for guest posting for us last week.

To start you off, we are five sisters with ages ranging over twenty years apart from the oldest (April) to the youngest (Squash), and we have a few brothers, spouses, kids, parents too.

HomeHinges.com is our way of sharing with others all the fun and creative projects we're all working on.

April, our oldest sister, fills her days with life as a stay-at-home-mom to five kids. And when she finds a rare spare minute she uses the time to do everything from rescuing broken furniture from the side of the road like this TV cabinet transformation...
TV transformation

...to making her own frames for her oil paintings...
Sunflower better color
bathroom final 

Last year she was thinking it would be fun to have some kind of group project for all of us sisters, and she came up with doing a blog. Her reasoning was that collectively we all do so many projects, why not share them with others. When she posed the idea we all thought it was great. So in July of 2010 we began HomeHinges.com.

Brooke is our anchor. She is fun and funny and doesn’t get hung up on prices because she has a vision for what she wants and she knows what she likes. She's a lawyer by day; but as our sister and blogger by night she becomes our go-to person for design advise and has great style. Her wit really comes out in posts like the one about her chicken.

And then there’s Catherine who is kind of everyone's side-kick.  She’s in the fray but also observing it through her philosophical perspective on life. Her focus is on us, as humans, and the kids, and the pets; really the interpersonal relationships of our family (world) dynamic. 

When she's not being too "deep," or mixing it up with her doggy dive, Xyla, or helping one of us, she can be found renovating her 1920's bungalow in the ghetto, as depicted here in here latest project:

Wallpaper removal

Paula is super quirky and hilarious but down to earth. She dreams big but hates to spend money and strives to accomplish all her goals on a shoe-string budget, making her Brooke’s antithesis. She's reticent to make decisions too, but is a real workhorse as evidenced by her working as a mother to her 11 month old during the day and working nights as an RN. Her current project is renovating her porch.
 

And finally there is the Squash (her nickname since babyhood). Squash is a teenager and the baby of the family. She’s twenty years younger than April and as such she has to endure a lot of love and a LOT of teasing. 

Most of the time she is wrapped up in her own world so Brooke calls her the "passive-aggressive poster," because while she’s supposed to post something each week, we are left waiting for her to grace us with her presence. She brings a fun, youthful perspective to our site like when she randomly posted about cake.
cake

As a collective we write on many different subjects sharing our furniture transformations, personal experiments, home improvement projects, interesting people we know, random cooking adventures, and funny moments. And with each new contribution we’re excited to see Home Hinges take shape.

And we love making new friends like Laurie from Handy Man, Crafty Woman who inspires us and shares our varied interests. (You're amazing!)

--The Sisters of Home Hinges (April, Brooke, Catherine, Paula, & Squash)

Thanks so much to April and her sisters for showing us all their amazing projects.  We love checking out your site! 
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