DIY Clay Jewelry Cups

Hi Friends,
I would love to say I saved the best for last, but it’s hard to top my vintage luggage chair. Todays tutorial is awesome and defiantly a close second. I found this one at A beautiful mess and one I had to try it. I remember playing with clay in high school. I was pretty sad they didn’t have any clay modeling classes at my Art School, so it’s been over 10 years since I’ve got down in dirty with a little clay, that’s 10 years too long. This project rekindled my love, I foresee lots of clay projects in my near future.
Lets jump in.
I’ve been keeping my posts short and sweet. I hope you guys like it, no time to lolly-gag on this site. lol

Clay Jewelry Holders

Skill: Beginner, kid friendly
Cost: $10 – $20
Time: 1 hour

Materials

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Colorful clay – $1.50 each pick out 3-4 colors, make sure to grab while
Small oven safe bowl – $1.49 each I purchased 4 small ceramic bowls at target 
Gold liquid gilding – $5.99
Glaze – $5.99 optional
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Preheat oven to 275 degrees F
Pick your colors, about 3-4 colors should do the trick
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Pull off a chunk of clay, you don’t need a lot
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Use palms to create snakes out of each color
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Combine smaller snakes and create one big colorful snake
Twist Twist Twist Twist
I took pictures of my first try at this project, in the video you can see I twisted a lot more than I did in these picture
Twisting creates colorful swirls
 
Once twist is twice its length fold snake in half and twist the two ends together
 
Continue to twist and roll twist and roll until you are happy with your swirls
I twisted about 4 times 
 
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One you’re happy with your swirls smooth the your twisted master pieces into a ball
 
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Using your hands, and fingers, press and flatten clay until its about 6”wide and 1/2 inch thick
 
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Use the top of your bowl to cut out a circle
Flip mouth of bowl over and press down firmly
Remove access clay
or use knife
 
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Carefully place clay into oven safe bowl push down sides and smooth with finger tips
Bake clay for 15 minutes at 275F or whatever the packaging suggests
 
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Remove bowl from oven and allow clay to cool for at least 5 minutes
With oven mittens turn bowl over and tap until clay dish falls out
allow to cool for another 10 minutes
Once completely cool use a small paint brush and paint the rim of your bowl gold
Allow rim to dry
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Paint entire bowl with glaze to obtain a glossy finish
**This bowl is not food safe of totally waterproof but its great for holding random rings and stud earrings
The bowl will be flimsy like hard rubber
DONE!
I hope you enjoyed this week as much as I did.
Have a great weekend.
XOXO
MARY

DIY Bracelet Holder

Hi Friends,

This week is shaping up to be a great one. Yesterday I shared my sick vintage luggage chair and today it’s 10 minute bracelet holders. This tutorial is super simple, even the kiddies can join in. Bottles, a little gold guiding, some tape if you want to get fancy and that’s all there is too it. I have lots of bangles and bracelets hidden around the house very random places, I have a feeling I’m not the only one with this issue.

DIY Gold Bracelet Holder

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Skill: Beginner – kid friendly
Cost: $10
Time: 20-30 minutes

Materials

Empty bottles – opt for skinner bottles $0.99 each
Liquid gilding – $5.99
Paint brush
Tape – optional
Acetone – optional
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Empty bottles and rinse out or run through dishwasher
Make sure bottle is clean and not sticky, you don’t want to attack ants
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Peel labels off all bottles
There are many ways to do this
Soak in hot water
Run through dishwasher
I used the old fashion fingernail trick
Use Acetone or goo gone to remove any glue left on bottles
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Once your bottle is clean inside and out put down an old paper bag or newspaper
it might get a little messy
 
I don’t suggest shaking your liquid gilding, instead use a tooth pick or paint brush to carefully mix together
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Using long strokes paint your bottle, make sure paint is even
Cover entire bottle with gold paint
Dry for 15-20 minutes
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Done!
If you want to get fancy use tape to create a fun design
Paint over tape
Allow time to fully dry, about 10 minutes
Use tweezers to remove tape
XOXO,
MARY
 
 

DIY Vintage Luggage Chair

Hi Friends,

Today is the day! It feels like I’m going to burst so here it goes:

My “Space Just for Me”

 Do you love it? I do!!! I created a jewelry vanity that I will also use as a desk. I hid my plans from Tony so he was surprised when he came home and saw what I created. Thank God he loved it.

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Dressing Table – $150  purchased at ikea
DIY Suitcase chair – $110
Bracelet holders -$10
Jewelry cups – $20
I spent $290 on everything
I should have repurposed an old desk that would have shaved the total price in half but I didn’t have the time or energy to do that.
The highlight is my vintage suitcase chair. I ran across a gallery of vintage chairs here and knew I could make it. The only thing I was worried about was upholstering. Since I’ve never done it and my sewing skills aren’t the best I didn’t know how it would turn out. Putting the chair together was no problem, it was done within 20 minutes. I had to make a special trip to Joann fabrics to purchased a fluffy fabric, my original fabric was too thin, you could see the green foam and it looked sloppy and loose. The fluffy fabric was super forgiving and matched perfectly with my furry rug. I even had some left over to line my desk.

Vintage Suitcase Chair

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Skill: Intermediate
Cost: $100 or less depending on how much you spend on your vintage suitcase
Time: 20 minutes
Materials
Vintage suitcase – thrift store – $30
Piece of wood that fits inside of suitcase – home depot – FREE
4 chair/stool legs and leg attachment hardware – home depot – $20
Power drill
4-5 foam squares – $8.99 each
Fluffy fabric – Joanne’s fabric – $18
Directions:
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Search for a vintage suitcase in good condition
I was lucky enough to find 3 reasonably price suitcases at the first thrift store I went to. I told the employees what I was doing and talked them into giving me the suitcase for $30 it was originally $50 
Most thrift stores aren’t moving much merchandise so they are usually up to making a deals 
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Once you get your suitcase take it with you to home depot or a hardware store
Purchase a piece of wood that fits into your suitcase almost perfectly.
I found a guy that was eager to help me. I think he had a crush on me. He spent 20 minutes making sure the wood fit perfectly, then he didn’t even charge me for it, he said it was scrap wood! 
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This is also where I found the legs for my chair, there were 2 sizes and i didn’t want to make an extra trip so I purchased both, the longer legs worked better for this project 
I plan on using the shorter legs for another craft in the near future
**Make sure to remove any unneeded hardware attached to your suitcase
You can paint, stain, or draw on your legs, I decided to leave them just as I purchased them
**Make sure to buy the leg attachments it should be a silver triangle and a few screws – this is very easy to forget, I actually forgot and remember once I was in line
 
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Map out where you are going to place the legs, make sure it lines up with the wood
I placed my legs 1.5 inches from the frame of the suitcase 
Without the wood in suitcase drill 1 hole into leg hardware and suitcase
Remove the hardware, you will be left with a hole, this makes it easier when drilling through the wood
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Sit the suitcase up, place wood in, and hold it with left hand, use right hand to attach leg hardware to suitcase drill through the wood
As soon as you get the first screws in you shouldn’t have to hold the wood anymore
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Attach all hardware and screw in your legs to make sure your happy with the positioning
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Measure and cut foam so it fits snuggly into the suitcase
I cut mine about 2 inches too big
I used 3 on the bottom and 2 on the top
I plan on adding another foam cushion at a later date to make it softer
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This is my first attempt, the fabric was too thin and it made the chair look cheap 
Fluffy fabric is a lot more forgiving
Carefully cut your fabric making sure it will fit into the chair
Make it about 4 inches large width and length(wise) so you can firmly tuck in the sides
Stuff fabric between the foam and suitcase
Keep playing with the fabric until your happy with it
Now sit down and enjoy your chair
My boyfriend tried to see how far back he could lean in the chair, I freaked out and we both realized it wasn’t that kind of chair. Nothing broke or popped it is just luggage and vintage luggage at that.
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Sit back and enjoy your repurposed vintage luggage chair.
Tomorrow I’m sharing my bracelet holders. They only took 20 minutes to make and they are super cute.
Peace & Love,
Mary

Cheap & Easy Easter Crafts

Hi Friends,

I want to piggy back on yesterday’s post. I mentioned Nattie, a WWE Diva posted a picture of us on her Instagram and twitter account. I was pretty excited about yesterday’s event and didn’t think anything could bring me off of cloud 9. Then I started reading some of the comments on the picture, there were over 200 comments and 8,000 likes, when I last checked.
The comments on the pictures were super toxic. People said that I look like a WWE wrestler, Booker T Washington, ugly, and a man. I’ve read many articles about bullying on social media and witnessed my fair share of Social media fights. I always swore I would never engage in anything as low and classless as that but I can understand how some people get pulled into it. I was so excited to get some exposure but I wasn’t ready for such mean-spirited comments. My feelings were hurt for 2.5 seconds, then I remembered I don’t really care what others think about me, yet it was hurtful to read such awful comments. I can’t believe people would be so cruel and mean-spirited but it is what it is. I can’t please everyone and I don’t want to. I wanted to get all of that off of my chest and move on to the next subject.
Enough with the deep stuff, now to the fun stuff.
Easter is right around the corner so its time to jump into a few DIY Easter crafts.
I’m posting some quick and creative ways to decorate eggs next week. I went back and forth on posting these tutorials this week but decided not to. All tutorials are quick and easy so you can squeeze them in as a weekday craft with the kiddies or some friends.
This is my first video demo. What do you think??? I love it, it was easy to make and captures my personality.

Yarn Carrots

Difficulty level: 2 out of 10, kid friendly
Cost: $5
Time: 30 minutes to make 3 carrots

Materials

Colorful yarn – purchased 3 spools at Michael’s – $0.99 each
Fake Grass or flowers – purchased at Michael’s for $1.99
Brown paper bag
Clear Tape
Scissors

Directions

Start with fake grass or flower, bend end making it your desired length
Rip paper bag into big and small pieces
Wrap smaller pieces around top of grass/flower, then wrap larger pieces around until you have a somewhat cone shape
Wrap tape around paper to secure newspaper
Use hands to get desired shape
don’t worry it will be a little weird-looking but that’s ok
Starting towards the tip of your carrot, wrap yarn around and around and around until you cover all paper
It will take a while but be patient
Once happy with your shape cut yarn and tuck to secure
Enjoy as table decorations or use to decorate a wreath

Bunny Garland

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Difficulty level: 2 out of 10, kid friendly
Cost: $8
Time: 30 minutes to make 3 carrots

Materials

Spring themed paper – I used scrapbooking paper on sale at Michael’s 120 sheets for $5.99
Scissors
Hole punch – Purchased at dollar store – $0.99
Bunny cut out – download here
Cotton balls – Purchased at Michael’s $1.49
Twine – Purchased at dollar store – $0.99
Fine tipped pen or pencil
Glue –  Purchased at dollar store – $0.99
I used a heavier stock paper to make it easier to trace
 
Cut out bunny carefully
Use this cutout as a guide and make 12-15 bunnies
I cut 2 bunnies at a time to make it go faster
 
Glue bunny tails to the tail part of your bunny
Allow at least 10 minutes to fully dry
Punch hole in your bunny
Using your twine string up your bunnies
Hang them anywhere
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I needed to craft to get rid of all that negative energy
Have a wonderful weekend!
Peace & Love
Mary

String Art Valentines Day present

Hi Friends,

I’m pulling an all-nighter! I have a lot of work to get done and sometimes I can’t work until the house is quiet and everyone is asleep.

I’ve locked myself in our spare bedroom while working on a Valentine’s Day present for the boyfriend. I purchased a piece of thick siding from my local hardware store. The siding only came in one size so I brought a saw and successfully cut my board into a 2×3 rectangle/square shape. Next I have to hammer some nails in the shape of a heart then spend the rest of the night watching Downton Abbey and looping red thread throughout the nails. I think he’s going to love this present, especially since I made it big enough to hang on the wall.

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I’m still trying to figure out what we are doing for the big day. I left it up to Tony to plan this years festivities but I don’t think going out to dinner is the smartest move. I have a few dietary restrictions and most restaurants will only be serving a pre-fixed menu. Those just don’t work for us since I don’t eat meat and usually opt for seafood or all veggies. Maybe we should stay in. We enjoy cooking together and have a nice rhythm in the kitchen. What do you guys think I should do?

What are you doing for Valentines day?

Do you pass out Valentine’s day cards at your job/school?

Peace & Love,

Mary

Quick & Cheap DIY Valentine Cards

Hi Friends

Guess who was battling ant invasions last night and this morning? Me! 

I was starving in the middle of the night, so I got up to eat some fruit and down a KeVitaFyi KeVita are the perfect blend of sweet and healthy when I need something in the middle of the night. Standing in the refrigerator downing my probiotic drink I felt something crawling on my leg. I swatted it away, turned on a light to find my kitchen floor was moving. It was disgusting ants were all over the floor, running about, it was like a little city. I got out my toxic ant spray (I have to find a natural ant spray asap!) and sprayed until I was light headed, then swiffer(ed) up the ants and all those unnecessary  bug killing chemicals. It took about an hour to make it back to my bedroom where I decided I should shower to ensure I didn’t bring any ants into the bed. I finally got back to sleep around 4am, waking up at 7:30 thrilled to start the day tackling the crafts I’m featuring below. I went downstairs, checked the kitchen, which was ant free just as I had left it, put in a kettle to make my daily oatmeal and proceeded to the laundry room to pack my gym bag when I let out a loud yelp! There were ants all over, inside, around, on-top and underneath my gym bag. This again?? Really?? I spent the next hour spraying and cleaning spraying and cleaning. I was so annoyed these ants threw my entire schedule off, I didn’t get to the gym until 9:30 ugh. The boyfriend called full of silly jokes which I needed, then I took my anger and frustration out on the stair master and spin bike. 

This is my second week of training for Tough Mudder and I can already see a difference in my body and my cardio endurance. I feel like a serious bad-ass and its only week 2. Our pest control company is coming to treat our home for ants tomorrow, hopefully I won’t have to battle anymore moving trails until then. 

Valentines day is Saturday, all week I will be posting cute crafts for everyone to enjoy. Todays crafts are cheap and easy children valentines Day alternatives. Just because I don’t have kids doesn’t mean you don’t. I purchased the all materials from the 99 cent store and am including free pdf templets. Instead of spending your money on generic cards turn off the tv and get your kids crafting. Crafting stimulates the mind, provides a sense of accomplishment, and is a great way to bond with family and friends.

Enjoy!

Materials

Goggly eyes 

Markers to decorate – optional 

  1. Print and cut template
  2. Stick eyes on glasses
  3. Hand out to friends and family 

Materials

Small bags 

Stickers 

  1. Print and cut template
  2. Sign card and place in plastic bag
  3. Put 5-10 gold fish in bag
  4. Use stickers to seal card
  5. Hand out to friends and family

Materials

Glow Sticks – 5 for 99cents

Hole punch

  1. Print and cut template
  2. Punch a hole in top and bottom of Valentine 
  3. Slide glow stick into holes
  4. Hand out to friends and family

Materials

Bubbles – 3 for 99 cents

Glue

  1. Print and cut template
  2. Remove label from bubbles
  3. Glue new label on bubbles
  4. Hand out to friends and family

Peace & Love,

Mary