Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Pottery Barn Knock Off

This weeks theme on The CSI Project is Pottery Barn. I have been wanting to make this since I first saw it in the catalog but couldn't get my butt in gear.

That's what I love most about the CSI makes me get moving.

Here is my version. Pottery Barn calls them their Style Tiles. Each tile costs $35...crazy to me. So For my own board I went out and got a few things that I didn't have laying around and made the same thing just much less expensive.

Foam Board...I picked this up at my local Dollar Tree. I used $5.00 worth.

Cork...pack of 4 for $5.00

2 Dry Erase boards...$7.00 each

I used this Spray Adhesive to stick the fabric on the boards.
I already had this laying around.

My dry erase boards were thicker than the cork so I cut down the foam board to size and stuck them together.

I left 2 of the corks as is and then covered the other 2 with fabric.

Just cut it a few inches bigger than your cork tile and wrap it around back..the spray adhesive worked great for this.

I decided on 2 cork tiles, 2 dry erase tiles, 2 chalkboard tiles and 3 fabric tiles. For the chalkboard ones I used chalk cloth I picked up at Joann's a while ago...worked perfectly!

Lay out your tiles until you find an arrangement that you like.

If you want to waste a lot of time add stickies to the backs of all tiles and stick them up one at a time on the wall...then hate it and tear them down. :)

The smart thing to do is go get a piece of thin sheet board and hot glue your tiles onto that. The one I got was on sale for $10.00. It was a 4x8 I think so was able to get 2 full boards and some extra pieces. My cousin will be using the other board to make herself one. So less than $5.00 for backing.

I forgot to take a picture of me cutting the frame and making it but all I did was get some door framing, cut it to size and used some flat corner supports to put it all together.

I then hot glued the frame onto the edge of the tiles and it's done!

What do you think?

I really love it.
I still need to add some wall hanger things on the back and get it put up in the dining room.

We will be using ours for school things. I figure we can hang tests, pictures, schedules all over it and have an organized school year finally.

So for around $30.00 and stuff I had on hand I made something that if had gotten it made just how you like it at Pottery Barn would have cost you an arm and a leg. Seriously! (I watched a ton of Grey's Anatomy while my family was away)


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Giveaway Winner and some random bits

Any Steelers fans out there???
I have been so super busy this week and last week getting a ton of these dresses made for orders! I was so so excited to get the orders but they all seemed to come at once and I couldn't find the time to blog between sewing and sleeping.

My husband went out of town with the kids for a few days to visit his mom and I stayed here to finish up all the dresses so it has been nice and quiet but kinda lonely.

Good news is they are coming home tomorrow and I can't wait! Except my house is a mess and I'd really like it to be clean before they get home.

Speaking of the husband...Man, I sure did loose that bet didn't I? ha. Like his head needed to get any bigger, you guys go and convince him that he is George Clooney. Just kidding. I'm kinda digging that everyone thought so! Be jealous. haha.

I'm loving that a few of you said Quentin Tarantino. He has heard that for years and actually had that as his doppelganger on Facebook for a while. Anyway...on to the giveaway. I used the Random Number Generator and we got....

Blogger Beverly said...

i agree.. the first thing i thought when i saw the picture was he looks like george Clooney... lucky u!

Congrats Beverly. Please email me your address and I will get your prize sent out to you!!

I'm finally working on a new craft project and should have it done and posted tomorrow. Who loves Pottery Barn?

Monday, August 16, 2010

Meet my Husband and small Giveaway!

The husband and I went to a wedding this weekend for one of his fraternity brothers. We had a blast. He wanted me to let you all know that being a wedding for a brother he may have had a bit to drink and the photos are a bit funny. Anyway. We were chatting with the others at our table who we didn't know before that night and a few of them said that they thought he looked like a certain celebrity.

This is the second wedding we have been to where someone told him the same thing. I don't see it and well we kinda have a bet going. So this is where you guys come in. Which celebrity (if any) do you think my husband resembles?

If at least 10 people say the right celebrity then I lose. I'm pretty sure I will win here though!

Now it brings us to the small giveaway. I want lots of comments so I can prove him wrong! So all you have to do is comment and tell me the celebrity you think the husband looks like and you will be entered into the giveaway.

The prize? I really am not sure yet. But I will pick something small but nice.

So start guessing!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Gone Camping

I'll be gone for a few days. I hope everyone has a great week!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Old School

I was over at my mom's today and we were going through some old boxes..check out what I found! My old Troll pin via 1991. I LOVE it and wore it all day today. It now has a home on my purse.

My sister Laura was there too going through stuff and she found a pair of her old glasses. She tried them on but I think she would beat me if I put her picture on here for you all to see. Instead here is a pic of my nephew in them.

And Reagan in them! They took up half of her face when she wore them. Awesome!

Can we say Sally Jesse Raphael! ha

We also found some old Fisher Price toys! I still remember playing with these when I was little.

I am so happy that my mom kept these.

Now my kids can play with them too!

I love that this house has a doorbell. We have a mom, a dad and twins.

Here was my Popple from the 80's. They have come back out with these. They are calling them Vintage. ugh. Does that make me vintage?!

And now for something crafty!
Ha. I'm embarrassed to even show you this last picture but I just had to. These are two Barbie outfits I designed and sewed when I was little. I don't remember how old I was but it had to have been before I was 12. Don't you just love the bathing suit? :)

I hope you all enjoyed my flashback as much as I did today.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Monday, August 2, 2010

10 minute Skirt tutorial

Want to make a quick and easy skirt for your little girl or you?
This skirt seriously took me no more than 10 minutes to make. I'll show you how I did mine.

I found a window valance at a yard sale and bought it for only .25 cents. Get out! I was so excited. I had no idea where I was going to hang it but I loved the red stitch detail so had to have it.

I decided that hanging it in a random room with not another matching valance wasn't something I wanted to do so it has been sitting here for a few months.

The other day I finally decided what I wanted to do with it. I figured it would make the perfect skirt for Reagan and it would be so easy to make because I wouldn't have to even make a waistband for the elastic. I just used the opening for the curtain rod.

So first I cut my elastic the length I needed for my daughter's waist.

Then with a safety pin I pulled the elastic through the curtain rod opening until just a tiny bit was hanging out.

I pinned the elastic in place.

And sewed that opening shut.

Here is the first side I did sewn shut.

Now continue pulling the elastic through the curtain rod opening until you have it just poking out the other side and pin in place.

Sew this side shut now.

With right sides together pin the open end of the skirt and sew.

If you have a serger serge your seam, if not just do a zig zag stitch.

Now you are all done! Flip the skirt right side out and throw it on your little one!

The valance was long enough that I could have made this skirt for me but it would have been a mini skirt and I'm not sure the world wants to see me in a mini. :)

It's a pretty full skirt so it is good for twirling and dancing!

I am planning on doing some thrift shopping this week to try to find some more cute valances and maybe I'll make myself one just to see what it would look like as an adult version.

I just love the stitched detail.

I need to head out now to find a matching red tank top to match...the white just isn't the same shade and is driving me crazy.

I hope you guys like the tutorial and if you make one please email me a picture. I would love to see them.



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