Sunday, March 19, 2017

Craft-Along: Stenciled Mirror

Hello! I'm checking in with an update on my project for the Rhymes with "That" craft-along. I'd planned to sew a placemat but decided to paint my standing mirror instead. I will stencil it with gloss over matte, same as my bedroom furniture.

I purchased the mirror at a thrift store some years ago. It fit perfectly in my walk-in closet but was rather plain and brown.

I gave it a coat of grey primer and then painted it matte black. I will add a stenciled design in gloss black.

Look for the completed project post around March 29. :)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Insistently Black Hair

About nine months ago, I wrote about the failed attempt to change my hair color from black to purple. The stylist bleached my hair, put on purple dye... and my hair turned out black.

She later tried again, with disastrous results. The (apparently much stronger) bleach essentially melted my hair into yellow mush. I had to cut off about 8" of ruined hair.

On recommendation from a coworker, I tried a different stylist, one who has 25 years of experience and colors her own black hair purple. After a couple of "regrowth only" appointments, I decided to risk bleaching again. She successfully bleached my hair - it lightened nicely without excessive damage. Then she put on purple dye... and my hair turned out nearly black.

I've spent a stupid amount of money and 12+ hours in salons, and my hair remains more or less the same color. I really want a change from black hair, which I've had for 8 years, but my hair insists on being black. I AM VERY FRUSTRATED.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Workroom is Done

As mentioned in a recent post, I had just two projects remaining to finish my workroom - organizing the closet and installing baseboards. I'm happy to report those are now done!

The tools and supplies in the closet had been organized, but in a random assortment of shoeboxes and crates. To make the storage more consistent and make better use of the space, I bought eight plastic boxes and consolidated/reorganized stuff. Then I printed labels... black and white damask because even utilitarian boxes deserve pretty labels. ;)

With two sets of plastic shelves, the small closet holds a lot of stuff.

As an aside... In the photo below, you can see how ridiculously narrow this room is -- 6 1/2 feet (just under 2 meters). It began as a reasonably sized bedroom 10 feet (3 meters) wide. Then the previous homeowners took space from it to make the laundry closet. (The wall to the right is the back wall of the laundry closet.)

After putting in the new flooring, I installed baseboards and shoe molding. While they're not exactly a prominent feature, I'm proud of them because I've finally had enough experience installing trim to get them right. Just look at that nicely mitered corner! ;) 

And with that, the workroom was done! :D

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Craft Along with GIY: March 2017

Time for a new craft-along! During March, I will work on a craft project for the monthly theme. Around March 29, I will post my completed project. You can share a link to your completed project on that post or at any time during the month on this post. On March 31, I will compile the links on the Craft Along with GIY page.

To participate:
1.  Add the Craft Along with GIY icon to your post. Link the icon to this page:

2.  On either this theme announcement post or my completed project post, leave a comment with a link to your project. If you're not a blogger, you can link to your webpage, Instagram, or anywhere else readers can see it. (Please link directly to the project page.)

The theme for March is Rhymes with "That"... which means your project can be based on any word that rhymes with "that." As always, you can interpret this broadly:
  • make bat jewelry
  • applique a cat onto a pillow cover
  • decorate a hat
  • make a vat of homemade soap or lotion
  • stencil something with glossy paint over matte
  • DIY a tattered trad goth outfit
  • sew a bag for your yoga mat
  • fix up a habitat for your gerbil
  • refurbush a secondhand chair on which someone once sat

I will be sewing a placemat.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Craft Along with GIY: Letters and Numbers

The theme for this month's Craft Along with GIY is Letters and Numbers. My first project, a house number, did not turn out quite right. Thankfully, my second project was more successful. It's a Halloween countdown sign.

In my craft supplies stash, I had just the thing for a Letters and Numbers project - a container of letters and numbers. :D

I sorted through the wood letters and numbers, pulling out "DAYS UNTIL HALLOWEEN" and a set of numbers.

I wanted to paint the numbers black and the letters orange. Alas, I had no orange paint on hand! But I did have yellow and red, and acrylic paints mix well. I even got the right shade of orange on the first try. :)

While the paint dried, I selected some papers from a scrapbook paper pad. I left one paper whole to use as the background, and cut others into small rectangles to use as the countdown numbers.

I pulled out a cardstock raven, and I cut a paper oval slightly larger than the raven.

Using glue, I assembled all this into a Halloween countdown sign. I still need to frame the sign and add small brads or nails to hang the numbers on.

To share your Craft Along with GIY project:
1.  Add the Craft Along with GIY icon to your blog post. Link the icon to this page:
2.  Leave a comment with a link to your project. If you're not a blogger, you can link to your webpage, Instagram, or anywhere else readers can see it. (Please link directly to the project page.)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Craft-Along: Letters and Numbers

The theme for this month's craft-along is Letters and Numbers.

My project, a house number, didn't turn out quite right. The textured spray paint is more glitter than texture. The frame looks too large, and wind causes it to bang against the house.

Ah, well, such things happen! Not every project comes out right the first time. I might make some changes and try to salvage the project, or I might just start over. Either way, I'll have something to post in a few days.

If you're participating, look for my post on February 26 or 27 and add your link!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Working on the Workroom

My house has a small, rather awkward room which I refer to as my workroom. It holds my tools and craft supplies, and I use it for messy projects such as sanding or painting to keep the mess out of the main living space. Other than painting the walls, laying a sheet of cheap vinyl over the subfloor, and hanging a pegboard, I had not done much to the room. But recently I turned my attention to this long-neglected room, and its upgrades are now almost complete.

I repurposed some kitchen cabinets into storage for paints and supplies, and I sewed patchwork curtains.

I repainted the battered table and added another pegboard for my craft supplies.

Last weekend, I made the most dramatic change of all - replacing the flooring. The sheet of white vinyl had long passed its expiration date. I replaced it with Allure TrafficMaster vinyl plank flooring in a dark "Ironwood," the same as in my bathroom.

I also added a nifty little gadget to help address the lighting issue. The bedrooms in my house do not have overhead light fixtures. Instead, they each have a switch which controls one electrical outlet. The workroom didn’t even have this. (I assume it originally had a switch, but this was sacrificed when the previous homeowner took space from the room to create the laundry closet.) Lighting consisted of a couple of lamps plugged into a power strip. I had to walk across the dark room to flip the switch on the power strip to turn on the lamps.

But a new gadget has come to the rescue! I purchased a switch which plugs into an electrical outlet and is controlled by remote control.
from Amazon

I plugged a pair of hanging lamps into the switch, then used a small piece of hook-and-loop tape to put the remote control on the wall next to the door. Now I can push the button on the remote and turn on the lights right from the doorway. Hooray!
pair of hanging lamps
remote control just inside the doorway

Just two projects remain - installing baseboards and organizing the tools and supplies back into the closet - and the workroom will be done!