Call it a compilation of all the crazy projects I've come up with over the years. Call it a how-to for things around the house. Call it whatever you like :) It's what I do everyday. My blog is really just a way for me to share what I've learned over the years about home improvement, interior design, organization, diy, crafting and home repair. And most importantly it comes from always working on a budget and forever wanting to fend for myself when it comes to anything. I hope you enjoy (and learn a few things along the way :)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Using an old frame as a ceiling medallion

This is the ceiling fan in my study.  The fan was already this color, but the little ceiling fan caps they hang from always look so wimpy to me on those big plain ceilings holding those big fans.

I found a broken mirror in the Garden Ridge scratch and dent section, but loved the oval iron frame.  Hung it with those plastic mirror clips (took them off of my bathroom mirror before I framed it, so I had them around : )  Painted the clips and the ceiling (between the cap and the frame) to sort of match the fan finish.  I did a base coat of a brown and then dry-brushed the black over it.

I can hardly believe it turned out so well.  I always assume in the middle of the project that it is going to look bad and need to come down.  Thank goodness I liked it : )

I will admit that I also changed the light kit, but that's another post : )

Basketball Cake - Easiest I've ever made!!!

This I had to share.  From my daughter's High School Musical era, but it could be good for any sports themed party.

Bake the cake in a Pyrex Bowl.

Color Cream Cheese Icing with red & yellow food coloring and ice.

Pipe with a very small tube of black ready-made icing (simple plus sign, then add two arched lines)

Add any appropriate "Team" letter in the right color (child's initial, your child's basketball team letter, their favorite pro team letter, etc.)  I again used a small tube of red ready-made icing.

I could not believe how cute it turned out for something so simple.

(I added the four little paper logos for fun from the invitation and thank you note those who didn't know what HSM was would get why my girly daughter had a sports themed cake : )

Iphone gloves

Ok, my first "products I love" post. I just love these smart phone gloves, and they are a great price on Amazon! I didn't even realize you couldn't control your phone with gloves until it happened to me. Glad to see a cute colorful option!

Using curtain tie backs as curtain hangers

OK, so I admit I found these curtain tie backs at a home decor warehouse sale for 25 cents each.  So I picked up 16 at that price deciding I could use them for something. 

Well, when I arrived at my new house many years ago and saw an arched window to address, I realized they just might work.  I didn't like the way a straight bar all the way across looked and considered the short bars on each side approach, but I didn't like fighting with the architecture.  I felt the treatment needed to arch, too. Plus, I already had these, so there's that : )

I bought a $2 package of clip curtain rings at Big Lots to clip the panel to and voila!  I love them : )

Framing plate glass mirrors

Most of us have them in our bathrooms.  Those frameless mirrors that are just dying for detail.  It's so simple to frame them!  Molding, paint, double sided tape and call it done.

For this bathroom, I chose fluted molding and corner blocks (all available at Home Depot/Lowes).  Your cuts don't have to be as precise.  Don't cut it exactly the width, maybe an 1/2 inch long.  Gives you some wiggle room on placement.  I painted both black then dry brushed a bronze paint over the top.

IMPORTANT TIP:  Paint the back of the molding, too.  You will see the reflection in the mirror and it will look bad if you don't.

I did not use mirror adhesive to attach this (it's very light molding on a small mirror).  I used 3M heavy duty clear mounting tape (it's thick like foam tape but clear so  you won't see it in the reflection.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT TIP:  Keep the mounting tape to the outer edge so it won't be seen at all.

I've had this up for at least four years and have never had a problem with is coming off. 

If you use heavier molding (i.e., MDF or longer pieces) I would advise using mirror adhesive.  I have one bathroom where I need to do this because the mirror is extra long.  Will post when it's complete to add any tips on using mirror adhesive.