Sunday, August 23, 2009

Teacher Gift

My friend Melissa just landed her first full-time teaching gig. She starts teaching graphic design courses at a community college tomorrow and she loves coffee. So, I thought this little gift was the perfect way to wish her luck.

I simply cut a coffee cup shape out of white card stock paper, slide a coffee cup insulator over it, secured the insulator with double stick take, slide a gift card into the insulator and wrote "I hope your first year teaching is a "latte" fun." It would make a great first-day for school gift for almost any teacher.

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mod Podge Picture Frames

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I found this is a fun and really cheap way to add some fun frames to your home. All you basically needs are pictures frames (I got mine in a pack of three for $5 at IKEA), scrapbook paper, Mod Podge, scissors, an Exacto knife and a foam brush.

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Take the glass out of your frame and place it on the area of the paper you want to use.
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Trace around the frame and cut out the portion of the paper you want.
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Cover your frame with a thin layer of Mod Podge.
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Place your paper on the frame and smooth out any bubbles.
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Trim away any excess paper with your Exacto knife and cover your paper with another thin layer of Mod Podge. Make sure your knife is really sharp. Mine was getting a little dull and so some of the paper ended up jagged on the edges.
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Monday, August 17, 2009

Coffee Table Before & After

It's amazing what you can do with a $5 garage sale table and a can of black paint. Here's my first attempt at refinishing furniture. It's far from perfect, but it was fun and I'm happy with how it turned out.

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After
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Towel Rack

I'm in the middle of a mini bathroom makeover. One of the things I really wanted to replace was my white porcelain towel rack, but I was shocked at how expensive new towel racks are.


Instead of getting more towel racks, I took a quilt rack I purchased at a garage sale for $5 and added hooks. I now have something that was much cuter than the white towel racks, and it only cost me $10, which isn't bad considering the towel racks I wanted would have cost me $35.

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