Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I have a new sewing machine!

Which means if I ever get enough time in my now very hectic schedule I will be able to sew for my fall challenge. I was very sad to come home and discover my cats made it into my sewing room/bedroom and wreak havoc. They got into everything and destroyed so many things. So this meant rewashing everything, cleaning the room from top to bottom, throwing away three of my fabrics from my challenge because they were ruined, and heartbroken over my sewing machine which they knocked down and you can imagine from there. On top of this very disgruntled moment, I was struggling to get my grade for my first class towards my master's degree. Lets just say not the best October by far. However, I took some time out to make up a camping trip for my oldest boy, as were very disappointed on how the den leader let us down. So this past weekend was very busy and next weekend will be too. Try as I may to sew for me, something else takes up that spot. I am almost done with the boys costumes and I am in the process of creating the soft armor for my brother's scout trooper costume. It has to be realistic for the volunteer work he will do to get scholarships for college. (No Pressure). Hubby will be home around the 19th of next month and that is when I have decided I might be able to sew for me. I have things for the shop that I need to finish and well that is life in the Layton household this month. Here are some pictures from our camping trip enjoy!
My little one is 7 months old now and has a tooth, it popped out during the trip!

my 8 year old big boy


Wonderment


Grill fire, no campfires allowed

Beautiful Transition

Fantastic

My parents 10 man tent!

The Fishing pier by port Canaveral we watched and heard the Disney cruise ship leave!
That is it for today folks sorry it has been dull around here, which usually means it is not dull at home. :)
Bran

Monday, October 3, 2011

DIY Tile Bookshelf with mirrors

Hey everyone! Just finished editing the pictures for the DIY and I am in love with my newly re-vamped family bookshelf/game-shelf. I have never tiled a mosaic kind of thing and at 24 tiled a kitchen floor. I love tiles and thought hmmm lets go to the tile store and see what there is to see. A lot of pretty fantastic and expensive tile...I did not let this hinder me in the slightest and started looking for more affordable pretty options and I found an amazing green glass tile on sale for $1.00 per sq foot. and A copper glass tile not on sale for $5.00 per square foot. I just adored the combo of the colors and so $18.00 dollars later I was off to purchase the rest of my supplies and bring it home and think about what to make. This was quite easy as I had a bookshelf that was handed down to me from my parents, I painted it white and pasted a geometrical paper to the inside for my sewing room, but it just did not work for me so I brought it out to the living room to hold our board games it was perfect but hideous in my earthy space. I knew I had spray paint from the teacher appreciation magnets that fit the family rooms colors. I thought hey why not finally use those mirrors I bought at Ikea two years ago (ahem... I watched the movie mirrors and that kind of did me in for a while). So now I present to you a pretty easy DIY of how I created my lovely new bookshelf/game-shelf.
The finished product!
What you will need:
  1. Bookshelf (Hand me down)
  2. Paint or spray paint (from my supply)
  3. tiles $18.00
  4. grout found at craft store for $6.00
  5. tile glue found at Craft store $5.00
  6. nails (invest in better ones mine were a dollar and were horrible)
  7. hammer (From my toolbox)
  8. tape (from my toolbox)
  9. large paper (From my sons room)
  10. ruler (from my desk)
  11. pencil (from my desk)
  12. mirrors or whatever you would like (from my future project box)
  13. Gorilla Glue (Not pictured above)
 At first I could not get the shelves out so I spray painted the insides of the bookshelf an orange color first and let it dry for about an hour or until the paint was no longer tacky.
 Somewhere along the line the shelves popped out and I spray painted them green.

I then set about to attach my mirrors to the bookshelf, here I repeat spring for better nails, but you can use gorilla glue instead like I did and the mirrors are still in place. :) 
 Do not forget to spray the part of the shelf that faces out.
 I tried to space the mirrors as evenly as possible (oh yeah this is where the shelves popped out) So I spray painted the exposed lines orange too.
 I cut out squares large enough to cover the mirrors so they would not get messed up along the way.

After I waited for the paint to dry again, I laid down paper on the orange part and went to down spray painting everything in my green paint.
 Then I set up the bookshelf and let it dry. I did not paint the mirror parts on the side only on the parts that would show including the space between the mirrors.
 While I waited for the bookshelf to dry I played with my tiles and found a design I liked for the mirrors and the top of the bookshelf. It is really important to do this before gluing the tiles down as once the process begins and dries that is it.
Practicing on the top after the paint dried. Than I ran out of daylight and took a break until the next morning. I ended up enjoying the cool evening with my parents having burgers in their back yard.
Sunday Morning I started early gluing all of my tile into place. I had to work in increments letting the each side dry so they would not slide out of place. Note: work on a flat horizontal surface when doing this other wise your tiles will slide down.
See there they are all pretty and glued. Then I had to finish my paper so that is all I could do on Sunday.
This morning and through out the day I grouted the tile. It was really simple once I got the hang of it. Tip: Use a spatula like the ones for icing cake with the rubber end. You can find them at the dollar store, but if you wash it off in between grouting sessions it will stay clean. 
Very important make sure to wipe down the top of the tile. If it looks foggy, I found that this is fine as it will wipe down like dust, but do not leave a thick coat or it wont come off. 
 I let it dry for a few hours and brought it in. It looks so fantastic and really works in the space.
And I did not have to spend $200 or more to get the look either. Truly a fun DIY! There are some areas I need to touch up but for the most part it is finished and in the space being useful.
But wait there is more, I have more green tile, a little bit of grout and some cork....stay tuned for another tile DIY!

Cheers!
Bran


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Halloween Decorating Phase 1

This year is the first year we have a yard to decorate!!!!! (Not excited really) My big boy is at his dads this weekend and I have gone all out on phase 1 decorating to surprise him when he comes home. Phase 2 is a series of DIY that will happen throughout the next few weeks. So here are some peeks at our yard so far. All my strands of lights were sabotaged by apartment hoodlums last year so I had to go out and buy more.
I purchased two sets for a total of $5.00 at Target

This handsome knocker was $1.00 at Dollar Tree

This sweet sign was 40% off at Hobby Lobby so I paid $3.50

I bought 2 bags for a total of $2.00 at Dollar Tree

Foam sign $1.00 at Dollar Tree



5 of the Tombstones for a total of $5.00 at Dollar Tree

Skeleton with the two headstones and fences web and moss $18.00 at Target

10 Strands of lights for $3.00 a strand at Target total of $30.00

Mr. Helper he was a big boy and loved watching!

I was able to get out and take some night pictures I had fun in photoshop

At Hobby Lobby on sale for $1.50

I will get a better night time picture

Mr. Bones

Jazz Hands!

He is a groovy knocker for a buck!
My lights with out the flash
I also have been working on the tile DIY. That is turning out pretty swell, I spent most of my day in the yard because the weather was gorgeous. Tomorrow I will start early so I can Finish this DIY for a Tutorial Monday. Have a Great Weekend.
Cheers!
Bran