I’ve been decorating my office again and here’s how I styled 2 chemistry flasks with artificial flowers.I put beads in the bottom from necklaces the kids had made at school then broke at home. A little ribbon and voilà.
Here’s what we moved in to:
Basically a giant closet with the washer and dryer in it. Not a bad deal really but it lacked, shall we say, charm and any sort of class. Now we’ve moved in, we have shelving in the basement storage room so it was time to make the laundry room a decent place to frequent. I put all the extra traveling bags I had hung up inside a suitcase and on a basement shelf.
Then all the hangers into a garment bag, also onto a basement storage shelf.
I removed the hanging bar, which wasn’t even screwed into a stud to reveal the shelf behind.To fill in the white wall without painting it I hung a large, blue-themed painting we had that was just hanging in the basement toy room. I got Hubby to push the washer ever so slightly further from the dryer so that I could wedge in a milk crate to store some of the laundry cleaning products.
I put two 3M Command hooks on the side of the dryer, one for the black bag of missing socks, the other for the delicates washing bag.
I added plants, a diy scrapbook calendar I had made, and a lazy suzan that Hubby hated in the kitchen and voilà, a decent looking laundry room.
Exhibit A, the hose and faucet. The red handle sits on the contraption, it isn’t fastened with a nut.
Exhibit B, the faucet, just slipped right off whenever I’m done supervising the hose.
I got sick and tired of the 4 sponges Hubby bought me for cleaning that I never use because I’m a microfiber girl. They’ve been sitting under the kitchen sink for 3 years. Most of the sponges got cut up and put in giant planting pots to help hold water and cut down on the amount of dirt I’ll need.
I cut one sponge into 2 kid size pieces, set the kids up at a plank outside, gave them a bucket of very watered down purple paint and had them dob a dozen or so white envelopes and turn them purple. They spread the envelopes around the yard to dry, which took 15 minutes and everyone had fun. I didn’t do any work and I got beautiful envelopes.
Thanks to a friend of mine sending me an Easter parcel, I discovered a brilliant way to make little holes to plant seeds. The Lindt chocolate carrot.Not only are they delicious chocolate and sugar held together by butter, but the little green thing is destined for a wonderful second life. The end of the thing is flat, insert at appropriate depth in dirt and give a twirl. Voilà, a perfect little hole.
So I finished me my cod liver oil supplements and was left with a largish, brown bottle. What to do, what to do? Flowers!
I cut the top off with a meat knife (I think a hacksaw would be slightly more effective but I haven’t unpacked mine yet), then ran the raw edge along a medium-hot iron to smooth it down. I freestyle hand painted this rose on the bottlefrom:
filled it with dirt and planted “Oopsy Daisy” calendula seeds. I labeled the back of the vase with the name of the plant, when I planted it and when it will sprout (8-10 days) just so I’d know since I’m the idiot gardener.
These pieces come from an empty bottle of port. I cut it in half with a knife, then smoothed and evened out the edges with a pair of scissors. After that, I kid you not, you rub the raw edge against a hot iron. The plastic does NOT melt and stick to the iron- go figure.
The heat from the iron smooths the raw edge and also melts it inward so it forms a formal looking lip on the plastic.
I used the top half of the bottle, cap still in place, to make a bird feeder:
After a treatment on the hot iron the bottom half of the bottle became a pencil holder, or glue holder for my scrapbooking empire.
In a desperate bid to entice spring to come I cut some over-long branches from what I think is a willow that were hanging out over the road, stuck them in water and put them on a window ledge. Much to my surprise they’ve bloomed and made roots so I decided to spread this greenery around the house.
I took 5 empty YOP containers and washed them. I cut out 5 scalloped edged 2 inch circles of my daughter’s abstract painting and affixed them on the containers with Mod Podge. Then I filled each with water and added a blooming branch. I put them all on the ledge between my dining room and living room.
I was keeping all my seeds in an empty coffee can, but now I have the time to make it pretty. I painted, wrote “seeds”, added a beautiful bouquet sticker from my stepmother’s collection, Mod Podged the lid to seal it and wrapped the last of the purple gem garland around it.
I got the idea to do this while I was checking out the new mark. Avon catalogue and it contained an infinity scarf for the season. The thing has a flower motif and I don’t wear flower stuff except for the dandelions and clovers that my kids pick for me. Those I put in my hair.
I have also been having difficulty this year with my décolleté skin: it burns. A nice infinity scarf, looped over this delicate area from my clavicles to my shirt would solve all my problems. Plus I’d have an extra accessory.
I began with a blue scarf I already owned.Making sure to keep the scarf from getting twisted, I circled the scarf back on itself about a foot and sewed it together at the two red lines. Place scarf around neck, twist in middle and loop second circle over head. Adjust both circles as desired. This is the “protect my chest from the sun” setup. This infinity scarf will also protect the back of your neck if you’re gardening.