diy pen holder

I do calligraphy as well as sometimes dabble in charcoal drawing. I do calligraphy well and charcoal drawing for fun but either way I wanted a nice display piece for my tools.

I finished a large pot of Nivea Rain lotion so I drilled holes into the lid of the empty container, then painted it to match my decor.

pen holder

pen holder

I also scrapbook and make my own cards so I painted a box and stored them here, in my bookcase.  The pen nibs box is from the Dollar Store and painted to match.

pen nibs and homemade birthday cards

pen nibs and homemade birthday cards

yes, I have dip ink pens

yes, I have dip ink pens

Computer and media storage box

I started from a previous blog where I decorated tp tubes to hold rolled up wires. This time I painted a shoe box, wrapped wires in tp tubes, clothespins, and ziploc bags; all with the perfect labels so that we’d know what’s what and what’s where.

paint the shoe box a neutral colour

paint the shoe box a neutral colour

label all the cords, some in toilet paper tubes, some in ziploc bags.

label all the cords, some in toilet paper tubes, some in ziploc bags.

label the box so Hubby knows where things are.

label the box so Hubby knows where things are.

Mostly these cords are for the computers but a few are for the tablet or whatever. Anyway, as much as I would like every electronic wire in its own box, Hubby likes the “every wire in one box” method. Since he turns into a child lost in the mall without the “every wire in one box” system, I compromised and left the cell phone charger in the computer cord box.

Organize the spice cupboard

Taking inspiration from http://gracefulorder.com/2014/02/13/organizing-spices/ I decided to do our spice cupboard too.

I threw out all the expired spices.

I put all the bagged spices into jars (reused spice jars, jam jars, etc).

Top Shelf:
I put labels at the top of tall jars so I could line up medium sized jars in front of them and still see the labels on all the jars.

Middle Shelf:
I taped an empty soup mix box shut and put it at the back of the shelf to lift up some of the jars then put more jars in front.

Bottom Shelf:
I inverted a $0.99 slender basket for the pencils in the junk drawer and lined up the smaller spice jars on an angle so I could read the labels from the stove.

organize spice cupboard

organize spice cupboard

Spice Mixes
Hubby likes spice rubs and such for his meats so I put all those packets and jars in a very sturdy cardboard box that one of the kids’ tablets came in. I put it beside the stove so he’d see all the mixes he got as gifts and use them.

spice mixes in a reused box bottom beside the stove

spice mixes in a reused box bottom beside the stove

Laundry room upgrade in rented house

That means I can only paint the little things.
After

the laundry room is where bold colours need to reign!

the laundry room is where bold colours need to reign!

I did have to buy some things for this project, paint mostly.
Key Lime Green spray paint, 2 can $12
Pink paint, 1 pint $18
Paint sponge-brushes, 8 $7
3M hooks, 8 $9
TOTAL $46

Things I already owned

Two wicker baskets serving no useful purpose
Large round dollar store bucket to corral my laundry soaps
Ugly square basket that came with the previous house we owned
Peanut butter jar for my soap works dry bleach powder
Empty lid off a liquid laundry detergent bottle to store tbsp to scoop bleach powder when necessary
Yellow tbsp my son found in a park one day to scoop bleach powder when necessary
Empty coffee can for homemade laundry soap
Blue dollar store garbage can

The kids have wrecked all my paint brushes so I had to replenish the supply and decided to try sponge brushes this time. It doesn’t splatter and it’s very handy to paint containers that have lips around them. It gives a very even application that doesn’t drip.

This is an all day project because you have to put 4 coats of paint on everything; 2 on the inside, 2 on the outside. That’s why I like spray paint but they didn’t have any in pink so I had to buy paintbrush paint AT 3 TIMES THE PRICE.
Before

a bassinet tray from the top of a play pen for storage and a pile of soap stuff on the dryer

a bassinet tray from the top of a play pen for storage and a pile of soap stuff on the dryer

How’d I do it

soak the label off a pink, sidewalk chalk bucket (no need to paint)

soak the label off a pink, sidewalk chalk bucket (no need to paint)

the bottle I use for my homemade hair treatment

the bottle I use for my homemade hair treatment

baskets I had, I removed the handles from the brown one

baskets I had, I removed the handles from the brown one

I turned the baskets upside down on empty boxes to spray paint them outside

I turned the baskets upside down on empty boxes to spray paint them outside

laundry room sink BEFOREI used bleach 50:50 with water to de-stain the laundry sink.

under the sink are my soap making supplies.  Notice the now pink hair treatment bottle.

under the sink are my soap making supplies. Notice the now pink hair treatment bottle.

2 hooks behind the door for my hair towel, fly swatter, backup hand towel for basement bathroom and delicates wash bag

2 hooks behind the door for my hair towel, fly swatter, backup hand towel for basement bathroom and delicates wash bag

The laundry room door is always open so you’ll never see what’s stored behind the door.

Next up, must crochet a pink doily for the top of the dryer.

Simple basket liner how to for extra bathroom storage

The friend I am visiting for my vacation has made use of a little nook in the bathroom for storing towels. They are rolled up inside a lined basket.

extra storage usage in bathroom

extra storage usage in bathroom

easy how to line a basket for towels

easy how to line a basket for towels

I borrowed these pictures from the internet but here is the website where you can find the simple instructions for lining your own basket, cardboard box or plastic milk crate for snazzy storage in the bathroom.http://www.sewmamasew.com/2008/09/sewing-for-the-home-fabric-liner-for-storage-basket/

I like the idea of using an old towel as the liner and the whole thing is perfectly washable.

DIY instant drawer divider, free

Take an empty cardboard box, cut to fit drawer.

long sleeves on the left, t shirts on the right

long sleeves on the left, t shirts on the right

This is my son’s shirt drawer. With colder weather coming upon us, I thought it best to divide the drawer into short and long sleeved sections.

PS- I don’t fold the kids’ laundry since they can go through 2 outfits a day. As long as it’s in the right pile in the right drawer, I’m happy.

DIY Thomas the Train Washdown Shed free pattern

doorway is 1X3 inches in order to fit snuggly

doorway is 1X3 inches in order to fit snuggly

I had my son look at pictures of the Island of Sodor’s washdown shed to pick which one he liked best, then I did my best for us to make one.

I left the original side tabs on the box in place and reinforced them with clear tape. The doorway is cut 1 inch wide, 3 inches high. This makes it fit really snuggly over the wooden tracks but I thought that was a good thing because it’ll fall down less.

I asked my son to cut rectangles out of a rag dish towel and I glued them into the box with a hot glue gun. I poked a hole through the top with a nail and glued a nut there. The barrel will pour the water through the hole and the rags scrub the engines as they go through the washdown shed.

how to make your own engine washdown shed

how to make your own engine washdown shed

How to make Tidmouth Sheds and Knappford Station EASY DIY

DIY Tidmouth Sheds

DIY Tidmouth Sheds

My son is a Thomas the Train addict and you either have one too or know one. He’s got the engines, the tracks, and a few accessories like a turntable and bridge. But he doesn’t have Tidmouth Sheds or Knappford Station and at roughly $100 each, he’s not likely to get them either.

I’m an intelligent, experienced crafter; I can make them!

Tidmouth Sheds, $100 + tax + shipping

Tidmouth Sheds, $100 + tax + shipping

Here’s what it’s supposed to look like. We can do ourselves the greatest favour by wiping that image from our minds because there’s no way we’re going to achieve that with $0. We will be creating a stepping stone for our Thomas fiend’s imagination with
materials needed, also a ruler and stapler (not pictured)

materials needed, also a ruler and stapler (not pictured)

The arrow is pointing to my double sided scrapbooking tape which is stronger than any glue I’ve ever tried. I would highly recommend you use industrial strength glue or a stapler.

Here we go

cutting the shape of Tidmouth Sheds

cutting the shape of Tidmouth Sheds

measuring for the roof

measuring for the roof

I traced the bottom of the kleenex box onto a piece of the cereal box then added an extra inch on either end to score and fold and attach to the box.

scoring with scissors to make folding cardboard easier

scoring with scissors to make folding cardboard easier

This scoring makes it much easier to fold cardboard along the line you’ve drawn. Put a ruler on the line and press down slightly with the end of the scissors. Fold.

attaching the roof

attaching the roof

One inch went over the edge of the box at the back, the other inch got cut to about 1/2 inch and attached to the top of the box.
DIY Tidmouth Sheds

DIY Tidmouth Sheds

I then traced the bottom of the kleenex box again, cut the whole thing about 1/4 inch smaller than the outline, cut it in half, scored the sides about 1/2 inch from the edge to attach to the box/shed opening and so they’d swing easily.

DIY Knappford Station

DIY Knappford Station

Knappford Station was a lot easier to make, I cut the top of a used milk carton, washed it, stapled the opening shut and cut out a train passage, making sure there was enough clearance for the engine to fit so I wouldn’t have a tantrum on my hands.

If I had paint I’d paint this all.

Milk carton pencil holder

I cut a IL milk carton to 11 cm high (the width is always 7 cm). Again, the paper was too thick to wrap the carton so I cut panels to fit each side. For the outside sides, 6.75 cm by 10.75 cm, making sure I cut all the paper with the stripes going in the same direction.

reuse milk carton into paper covered pencil holder

reuse milk carton into paper covered pencil holder


For the inside, because those sides are another smidge smaller than the outside, I cut 4 pieces of paper at 6.5 cm by 10.5 cm and a 6.5 cm X 6.5 cm square for the bottom.
milk carton pencil box

milk carton pencil box

If you don’t have scrapbook paper, wrapping paper will do, coloured printer paper, or even saved up manilla brown bill envelopes. Cover the box and draw some flowers on it.