Author: klehman2014@gmail.com

Mod Podge For Dummies (like me)

A few months ago I heard about this neat product that has been on the market for ages. I’m sure you’ve passed it on a shelf or two at the craft store. For some reason, I never picked it up or gave it a go. Until I decided I wanted wood dividers for the baby’s closet. I tried printing a few of those paper ones on Pinterest…..and yeah, that was not going to cut it. So off to the craft store to grab some wooden door hangers (thinking I am going to paint them) and I stumble upon this...

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Clever Curtains

Have you ever spent hours in a JoAnn Fabrics searching for the perfect print for your project? I have. Have you ever triumphantly lifted that holy grail of fabrics over your head, marched to the cutting counter, requested three yards, and feel your heart sink as the lovely lady says, “Sorry there is only a little over two”? I have. Have you ever bought it anyway, desperately hoping to make it work out? I have. That is how these special curtains started. It was stupidly hard to find a fabric that would match our obscure theme (which I will reveal soon, I promise). I pulled out several bolts and brought them to my husband for inspection. Finally, we found one that would do the trick. It is a cream fabric with blue accents. Cream and brown are pretty much my base for this neutral room and I liked the pattern. Only to be told that there wasn’t enough and none of the other stores in the area had it. URGH! Well, of course, I bought it anyway, hoping that I could figure out some way to make it work. I also bought 3 yards of unbleached muslin to back it with since cotton by itself is generally too thin to block out much light on a sunny window. I took the fabric home and laid it out in the...

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2015, Sew what?

2015 is a brand new year. Unavoidably it suddenly showed up at the door demanding a “new you” or some sort of resolutions. Generally my resolutions run along the lines of: lose weight, read X number of books, run X number of races, and finish X number of chapters in my book I have been writing for years (its a fiction novel, nothing to do with craftiness). These have been pretty standard for the past 6 or 7 years. I generally meet about half of my goals. I finish the year proud of my accomplishments and convinced that next year I will see the magic number on the scale and finally finish that book. Well, this year my goals came up a little different. I hesitated on my list because I couldn’t put “lose weight” at the top. No, I didn’t reach that goal last year, but I managed to create a little miracle instead. (So be prepared. I am engrossed in a HUGE project with tons of DIY in order to get this tiny bundle’s room ready for the big arrival in June.) So instead I thought of things that make me happy and how I can work them more into my life. My 2015 goals are¬†short and more about things I WANT to do instead of what I SHOULD do: #1: Sew more. Yes. It is a...

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Getting Busy, Getting Lost, and Getting Married

I just realized I have been ignoring my blog for a few months (ok, half a year). Well allow me to catch you up. I have a new job, got married, and still have been trying to be crafty. Needless to say the crafty part took a bit of a hit. I did however make a number of crafty things for my wedding. So let’s work on that before sharing my next few projects. The months leading up to the wedding went from being fun to being stressful in record time. I blinked and suddenly I had three weeks to go. We had decided we wanted our wedding to have special elements that really represented us. The most important fact being that we are runners. We love to run. We love to race. And we met a bus to a race. So of course we had to do something about that. Enter the race bib table numbers. I remade copies of all of our race bibs from all the races we have done together and reworked them into table numbers. We were amazed when we walked into the venue and the tables were covered with 1,000 paper cranes for good luck. We didn’t craft those, but our family certainly proved they could be crafty too. We made all our escort cards and even had a mailbox where people could...

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First spring project – Repainting light fixtures

Winter. The time when we regroup, rest, and reevaluate. Our lives, our choices, and our projects. This winter was especially transitional. I managed to murder my vehicle after it got me home in a blizzard (4.5 hour drive from hell). I got talked into a beautiful new lease car. I then got a new job that is absolutely wonderful. And as our first winter in our new home we were full of excitement for all the things we wanted to do. We even started a running list on the fridge of things we needed to tackle. Top on my list was something that drove me crazy everyday. In the front and back of our new house we have these light fixtures. Little lamps that were rusted and weather worn. I’m probably the only person that noticed but whew they are ugly. I had been dying for months to refinish them. I mean just look at them: Not a pretty sight. But with some help from my beloved we took down all the glass portions and removed the pieces. Unfortunately the fixtures were wired in and since neither of us is an electrician we had to leave them on the wall. Our solution? Unscrewing them just enough to slide cardboard under it. Then the spraying commenced! We used another piece of cardboard off to the side to catch any overspray....

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