Crafty House Tour (aka, what I've been busy with the past year)

I haven't made a new post since I haven't done anything super-cool lately and wanted to show it off. Instead, it's been a bunch of little stuff I've been making or fixing up for my house!

I've been moved in since February, but getting ready for it long before that. I basically even did a rough draft of the plans myself, too! Then, while it was in progress, I basically did a photoshop mockup of every room to help figure out wall colors, flooring options, furniture, and even some accessories.  I absolutely didn't realize how much work would go into a home, but I always enjoy challenging myself. I've been having to get creative with things I never had to, and never dreamed I would have to. Landscaping being the prime example of things I'm not good at but am having to fake it til I make it.

Anyways, here's a few things I've made / helped make...


 Here's a sample of the photoshop layout I would do. I'd say about 85% of this photo would be accurate to what you'd see in my kitchen/breakfast room!

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This is from the time that my mom and I were painting the office. The 2 doors on the barn track are what I did a lot of work to in this photo. They were shutters from an old home and were nearly falling apart. I had to fill in some holes in the wood and glue some parts together, then match the old paint that had been worn / taken off. Lucky for me, I found a green to match almost exactly!

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Haha, this is a 15 minute lamp shade I made out of some thicker-stock paper, wire, and some tape. I had a lamp in the bathroom and forgot to buy a shade, even though company was coming over to a birthday party I was hosting!

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I have a darker wood front door, so most of the wreaths that I've liked just haven't been able to be seen from the road. I wanted some fall florals and found a look I really liked on countryliving.com. After a trip to Michaels during a sale, I glued these fake flowers to an embroidery loop.

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I've also been testing out some flower arrangements. My grandmother loved flowers and made arrangements as a hobby, so I wanted to see if I could do that, too!

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This was a dry-erase calendar board in my laundry room. Since I use the little monthly planner in my purse, this often went unused as I got sick of writing appointments in 2 different places (even missing an appointment once that didn't make the duplication process). So, I decided to stick with the portable option and just paint this with chalkboard paint. It gives me an excuse to practice my hand lettering, too.

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This is a hand-sewn window curtain. I didn't like the idea of drilling into a metal door, so I found a fabric like I like and made this roll-up shade that uses a magnetic curtain rod to stay on. It's easy to roll up with the wooden dowel running through the bottom.


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My bookshelves are VERY full already, but my favorite piece may be this charcoal drawing I did of a lion. The black mat and frame just makes it pop so well!.


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I stained my painting easel to match the other furniture in my green office/studio. Displayed on it are a watercolor banana I did, an oil study from my college painting class, and a Sunday school painting by my niece.

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These curtains were actually sewn from 3 different shower curtains (and have a rope trim at the bottom to hide that the whites don't exactly match haha). Also, the dining chairs, seen in the bottom right, were in my parent's kitchen when I was growing up. They have been strengthened with some wood screwed into the bottom of the seat and painted with chalk paint and wax.


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Here, you can see the bedside lamps hanging from shelf brackets and the headboard that my dad and I made when I was in college.


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My mom and I used this frost sheeting in a couple places, like the front door and bathroom window. The one I'm most proud of is this stripe on the shower door. I don't feel as self-conscious behind that door anymore. Plus, it ads a modern touch to the room.


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Here are my 2 display costumes next to some drop-cloth curtains! The curtains were basically just cut in half and had the trim sewn; nothing special but good thick curtains that were  INCREDIBLY affordable.


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Here is the sewing machine vanity that we did. Well, we did the base and the carpenter made the top to match. My dad found an old sewing machine base in the barn and power-washed the rust off for me. I sanded and painted it to stop the rust. 


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Shown above is my back-door table, made from a discarded sewing machine table that I painted green. Below that is a dogfood bin I painted to match the room. I did a little work on the pew bench to the left, hammering in or removing loose upholstery nails. I also did the little flower arrangement in the glass jar.


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Here's a carport wreath I did. Well, my grandmother gave my the vine base, I just added the cotton bolls to it.


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It looks a lot different now, but this was my initial landscaping attempt in April or so. Everything has definitely grown quite a bit! I'll have to do research next year and figure out what plants need to go where and how often I need to water. 

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This is one of 4 rocking chairs given to me. The white chalk paint it making an amazing difference! They look really sharp up on the porch, all crisp and clean. Plus, with chalk paint, NO SANDING!!!!

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