Christmas Crafting

What is more fun than decorating for the holidays? Creating new items to make your spaces look even more beautiful. I am a Pinterest junkie. There, I’ve said it. They say admitting it is the first step to recovery but I don’t want to recover! I LOVE Pinterest! When I can’t think of a project to do or how I want to proceed with a new project, I check out all the fun and exciting things on Pinterest and get inspired. 

I have created gobs of projects from home decor and home renovation to new recipes based on my Pinterest addiction. Yes  it most definitely is an addiction. Lately though, it’s like about the holidays. 

I love decorating for the holidays but I love creating new decorations even more! Last year we made giant lollipops for the yard from pool noodles and colorful duct tape. So cute! This year my hot glue gun and I are all about wreaths. I’ve made several and I love them. 

Such a neat idea, right? Believe me they have to be simple for me to try them. It’s a Styrofoam wreath form covered with about 100 different sized shatterproof ornaments. I especially even have the burned fingers and a blister to prove I made these. 

I absolutely adore these wreaths. I’ve made 4 so far and have at least 1 more to go. I also love hanging home creations on canvas up for something a little different for this time of year. I created a “oh holy  night” picture that didn’t turn out exactly the way I wanted it to, but I sort of rushed it. I could redo it but I think I’m just being tough on myself. The artist is always the one to see the biggest flaws in their wi r just after all. For the most part though, I like it. It’s canvas that’s painted then I used Gabriel glue to do the rest. Overall, I’m satisfied with the results and would love to do this again with another song. Maybe for Valentines day…

I’ve also been busy repainting my dresser and now painting a brick wall in my kitchen. I have way too much brick in this house and want to update my house to bring it into the 21st century. There is never a time when a project isn’t being done around here. Maybe someday though… Then what will I do with my time? Just  bake? Nah, there will always be something that needs to be painted. Of that, I’m sure. Till my next project is completed I bid you peace. 

Ciao!

Deirdre

Design Diva Dee and DIY

I have a new found passion for all sorts of DIY projects, but sometimes I get in a little over my head and refer to my projects as DYI, otherwise known as Do Yourself In!

With that being said, I do love all my projects. I’ve touched on a few projects that I’ve accomplished, but then there are those projects that just don’t necessarily work out the way I’ve planned.  Have you ever had that happen? Of course you have! We all have! There are 2 choices which you can make. Carry on with creating or throw the towel in. I choose to carry on with my creativity! That stupid over-sized, ugly, smelly green chair will not, I repeat, will NOT, GET THE BEST OF ME!

Well, that was a week ago and I haven’t touched it since. The problem is the staples, for one thing, and the blasted weird places the manufacturer put fabric! Yes, I want to strip the whole chair down to the bare bones and start again. Lord help me please!!

I will get this project accomplished, but it’s so hard when I can find so many other things to work on that are way more fun and with more instant gratification. Wish me luck!
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Update on this DIY vs. DYI project. The blasted ugly, green chair won the battle. I got rid of it! It’s not even the point of not being able to recover the thing. It was the un-upholstering aspect.

I had men here working on another much larger project that my husband and I couldn’t really tackle safely and they kindly took the halfway uncovered chair with them one day with the other junk they had in the back of their truck! How awesome is that! Maybe they felt bad because one fell partially through my bedroom ceiling! That’s another story though.

As I say, most projects don’t end this way, but this one did. Most projects, and there are many, begin and end in triumph despite their trials and tribulations along the way.
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My husband gets dragged into my big projects, much to his chagrin, but thankfully we make a great team. I could never accomplish those without his amazing help and his encouragement. He also doesn’t mind me working on my own projects and knows my strengths and my weaknesses, just like I know his.

One of these days we will get to relax and enjoy the fruits of our labors. At least I hope we will. Until then, we will continue to work side by side and see which projects are DIY vs. those that turn into DYI!