Archive for the ‘Decor’ Category

Wood Plank Sign

Posted on: May 29th, 2013 by ssteinruck 2 Comments

Lately, I've been playing carpenter. Board and batten in the mudroom. Mr. Helpful and I built a headboard. I built a new top for our ottoman. And I made this huge wood plank sign for a friend. If this keeps up, I'm going to have to give up my side of the garage for a workshop!

This sign is my biggest yet at 4 ft long by about 18" high. But when you've got a verse so crucial to everyday life, bigger is better.

I make and sell custom signs if anyone is interested. (Shameless plug) Visit my Shop and contact me!

 

Mudroom Reveal

Posted on: February 7th, 2013 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

Our mudroom project is finished. Finally! Well, finished for now anyway. Is anything ever really finished? If you want to catch up on the progress from the beginning, check out this post and this one too. My last big step was caulking. There were lots of cracks and spaces because our walls are not straight. So despite Mr. Helpful's precise miter cuts, even the corners needed some attention.

The beauty of caulk is that you can go from this:

 

to this:

 

Not sure why my pics didn't turn out well - there's not a ton of light in there. When I caulk I run a line with the caulk gun and then smooth it out with my finger. Not sure if that's how the pros do it, but it works for me. After filling all the cracks and spaces and using a ton of papertowels...

...here is the finished fully functional mudroom! Hooks up and paint supplies put away. That may or may not have taken longer for me to do than the project itself.

Still thinking of a shelf or ledge across the back...but then again, that's just one more surface to dust. Besides, it seems that we have a problem keeping surfaces clear of junk in our house. Everywhere there is a table, desk, counter, shelf, etc. Things accumulate there. Always. I'd like to get a small bench or cute chair for our mudroom, but that's an eventual upgrade. For now, it works.

Now shoes go either in the little closet to the left in this picture, or in the basket next to the front door. Both places are out of reach from our fourth child...

...who looks like she'd never steal a shoe for attention and run laps around the couch until we have to barricade one side with chairs just so we can catch her and return the now slobbery shoe to its owner. Ha! Right.

 

Home Show Success!

Posted on: November 11th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

Last weekend I launched my new Personalized Gifts & Decor business! One of my sweet friends hosted a home show open house for me, and it was a great success! Thanks to all who came to support me - your encouragement means a ton as put myself out there and go for it!

Here are some pics right before the show started. And - much to my surprise and delight - another sweet friend wants to host a show at the end of November!

If you missed my first show, contact me and I'll give you info on my next show on November 30th! Or, check out my Shop and contact me if you'd like to order something. Thanks again for the overwhelming support of this new adventure!

New "Old" Sign

Posted on: October 19th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

My dad recently turned 70. I wanted to get him something, but - and this is awful - I didn't want to spend any money. (I get that from my dad, by the way.) So I used what I had and made him a personalized sign for his workshop.

I had wood left over from my Family Coaster Tray project. I wanted to make a sign that looked old and a bit weathered. Did you know you can make your own wood stain with household items? Make yourself a pot of coffee. Save the coffee grounds and put them in a sealable container. I used a mason jar. (Isn't that what all the cool crafters use these days?) Add some vinegar (about 1 cup-ish) and put about half a pad of steel wool in too. Close it up and let it sit overnight. And yes, I got the DIY stain idea from Pinterest. (Coffee grounds aren't necessary, as I later was informed...but I think it gave it a darker look.)

Apply the stain with the steel wool, wiping off any coffee grounds. It's a stinky project, but the smell does go away after it dries for awhile. After a couple of coats, new wood looks like this.

My used my amazing Silhouette Cameo and cut out "Pop's Shop" and used the outline as a stencil.

Using watered down craft paint and a foam brush, I filled in the letters. The watered down paint allowed the wood grain to show through, giving it a nice weathered look.

Once dry, I unstuck the stencil and lightly sanded the board again to slightly remove some of the paint. I didn't want it to be shiny, so I skipped polyurethane. Maybe there's a sealer out there that wouldn't negate the aged wood look, but I don't know about it. It would be nice to have it sealed because the stain did come off on my hands a bit. But it was going to sit in Pop's Shop, not be handled much, so I didn't mind.

Dad loved it! Happy Birthday Pop!

 

Shop officially open!

Posted on: October 12th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

After taking the summer off I am back in full swing...now that it's...umm.... October. Ok, so I took an extra long summer. I've been busy prepping for my very first "show" to introduce various gifts I make and new personalization services. I am the proud new owner of a Silhouette Cameo, which opens up huge possibilities! I also got a bunch of barn boards to play with!

So check out my new Shop page! My show is on November 4th - so exciting! If you're local and I have your email address, you probably got an evite, but if not, contact me for the info. If you're not local and you want to purchase something, you'll just need to pay for shipping - contact me to discuss an order.

Happy Friday ya'll! Have a great weekend!

 

Spring Wreath

Posted on: March 29th, 2012 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

My front door was looking a bit bare. With spring temps in January/February, I was inspired to go use some springy ribbon and a wreath form. My plan was to do a fun ribbon wreath like I've seen on Pinterest, like this one.

source: She's Kinda Crafty

Nevermind that I've had my supplies for almost a month, just sitting in my studio. Now it's officially spring and my wreath is officially hanging on my door. I started with a 12 inch wreath form and five colors of polka dot ribbon.

I had skinnier grosgrain ribbon in my stash in solid colors to match each of the five polka dot ribbons. These were used more as fillers here and there to cover up the green wreath form. I cut strips around 4 inches long and hot glued each into a loop.

I found it easiest to cut a batch of strips and get them all glued into loops, as opposed to doing one loop at a time on the wreath. I did not use a pattern for colors or position - just randomly glued my loops onto the wreath, moving around until it was fully covered.

I ended up using all of the polka dot ribbon - a total of 45 feet of ribbon! That's not including the grosgrain! Definitely a time consuming project - not hard at all - just time consuming. But I'm pretty happy with the result!

 

Happy Spring!

 

Kitchen Chalkboard

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

There is a space on my kitchen wall between the end of my cabinets and the beginning of the window that has been empty far too long. I wanted to find one of those swirly vintage frames from an old mirror or something. My plan was to spray paint the frame a fun color, and make it into a chalkboard. I've seen lots of them on Pinterest like this.

Source: Little Lucy Lu

But during a recent date with Mr. Helpful to the closest Hobby Lobby (30 minutes away!), my love for "swirly" was met with great resistance. I found lots of things at Hobby Lobby that qualify as that style. None of which got any support from him. (And yes, I did say "date" because it included dinner and did not include any children.)

We were able to meet in the middle and decide that a simple oval frame would work. I know. Drastic move. Everything else in our house has straight lines and squared off corners. It was our compromise between straight and swirly. But, after several laps around the store - just to be sure we looked at everything at least twice - we also found a cool wooden tray. Yes, it was a straight rectangle. Not anything close to my vintage swirls. But a tray would catch the chalk dust, and provide a little shelf on which to place the chalk.

We suffer from major practical-itus. It's been plaguing us since before we were married. I don't think there's a cure. We will forever think practical, buy practical, do practical.

So we bought the tray. Which would catch the chalk dust, hold the chalk, and was cheaper anyway. (Annoyingly practical.)

I was going to post the dinner "menu" on it. But we've had an increase in sibling disputes and they've just plain been mean to each other lately. So I found a great Bible verse to put up to remind them that it's not just Mommy who's telling them to be nice. I love that I can tell them that I'm just following God's instructions when I insist they be sweet to each other. His words are way more powerful than mine!

 

Coaster Gift Set

Posted on: January 2nd, 2012 by ssteinruck No Comments

One of my favorite places is the Habitat ReStore. They have all sorts of things - it's always changing - and you can get a pretty good deal on furniture , building supplies, books appliances, and anything in between. The best deal I have found is on tile - ten cents for a 4x4 white tile. That is the perfect size for coasters, so I bought six. I'm sure you've seen these on Pinterest.

I took some fun scrapbook paper and cut it to fit the tile, leaving a small border around the square, and Mod Podged it on. After sufficient drying time (about 20 minutes or so), I sealed the coaster top with more Mod Podge. I typically use a foam brush to apply Mod Podge. After letting that first layer dry, I wasn't happy with the brush marks that showed. I thought foam brushes weren't suppose to do that, but it did. I'm sure I'm the only one who would ever notice those tiny lines, but there must be a way to avoid them.

My next attempt was to use spray Mod Podge sealer in a gloss finish. Much better. Six coasters. Most sets just have four, which annoys me since if/when I would ever use coasters, I would likely need more than that. So my gift sets will have six.

I attached squares of corkboard self adhesive contact paper to the bottoms. Tie a coordinating ribbon around them and call it a gift. So simple and inexpensive. Sixty cents for the tiles, two pieces of scrapbook paper, and Mod Podge, which I had in my stash.

I'm a huge fan of quick, easy, inexpensive yet functional gifts. I just might make one for my desk, so I can set my tea on something other than the pile of papers stacked in the corner. (Look out 2012. I'm in the mood to purge and reorganize!)

 

Snowflakes

Posted on: December 21st, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

No, it's definitely not snowing here in the south. But there are a lot of snowflakes in my house!

Every year my parents get our kids a silver snowflake ornament with their name and the year engraved on it. I have a mini tree that I put up in our entryway that I've been decorating with these snowflakes for years. Given that my kids are 7, 6, and 3, we have quite a collection.

I think I'm going to need a bigger tree!

Christmas vacation has officially started for my kids - we did the school parties today and they are all hopped up on candy canes. I'm thinking we need to do some serious Christmas crafting to pass the time create memories this week.

And Mr. Helpful pointed out our shortage of Christmas cookies. We've all been so sick, no one wanted to bake. Now he has the flu so the kids and I will step up to the plate. And fill it with cookies. (Wow. That was cheesy.) Coming soon: cookie-making pics, and hopefully some kid-friendly craftiness too!

Veterans Day

Posted on: November 11th, 2011 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you to all our men and women who have served and are serving our country.  Thanks also to their families who "fly solo" at home while their loved ones serve. I have many family members and friends who fall into that category, so hugs and thanks to you all. I hear you (Veterans and Active Duty) can eat free at Applebee's today.

School is out for my kids today. Girly told me it was veterinarians day. Seems like I should teach them a little more about Veteran's Day while I have them home today. I see American Flag crafts and patriotic music in my very near future.

If you're looking for things to do with your kids today, this website has some fun Veteran's Day activities for kids of various ages. Also check out this one, and here too.

Oh, another thing on the list today: pull out Girly's tooth! Check this pic out - it's hanging by a thread! The other front tooth is loose too, so I bet we'll be singing "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth" before too long!

Have a great weekend!

 

 

Bud's Fishing Room

Posted on: November 8th, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

Bud is into fishing. My parents live on a lake and fishing with Pop or Daddy is top on Bud's list when we visit. He's actually got a pretty good cast, and even tried his hand at fly fishing a few times. So that's the "theme" we chose for his room. Thankfully, Hobby Lobby also likes that theme, and finding things was not difficult at all.

Some "fishing hooks" (ha ha!) for him to hang his metals or whatever on. I think these lure hooks are so fun!

A colorful map poster (24"x36") framed in a basic black poster frame went over his bed. Sometimes before bed he will pick a country to pray for by closing his eyes and pointing to one. We've prayed for the ocean several times.

Bud had asked for something to hang his "stuff" on - like a bulletin board. But I didn't want thumb tacks everywhere, so I went with a magnetic board instead. I saw the idea on Pinterest and several places on the Blogosphere (like here) to use sheet metal in a frame to make one. I found the galvanized flat sheet metal in the heating/cooling aisle at Home Depot - a 24"x36" piece was $9.34. Though my frame was that same size, I still had to trim the metal a little to make it fit. I used some all-purpose clippers I found in the garage. JoAnn Fabrics had the perfect fishing-themed fabric to cover it at . Pulling the fabric around the sheet, I used ductape (like crazy) to secure the fabric on the back of the sheet metal, and put on the back of the frame.

The frame was a poster frame from Hobby Lobby - the same one used for the map - I just took the glass out. (If you try this, be careful - the glass broke and shattered when I lifted it out of the frame.)

Here's how it looks all together. Well, the board doesn't actually look this dark, but alas, I am not a professional photographer. I hung some of his metals on the lure hooks and put up a picture of puppies that I found (under his bed) on the magnetic board. I need to make him some fun magnets. And get him to clean under his bed.

Bud also needed some help with his closet organization. He couldn't reach things and he desperately needed some storage and shelving for his Legos, Nerf stuff, books, and miscellaneous treasures. His room was always a disaster because he didn't have a place for things. I found the adjustable shelving and clothes rack at Home Depot and the bins at Target. He has room to grow as his interests and needs change. I switch the long and short sleeve shirts from top to bottom depending on the season. His socks and undies each have a small white bin on the shelf. The hanging organizer holds his pj's, sweatshirts, and Lego instructions. He has a shoe bin at the bottom too, should any shoes actually make it upstairs.

Organization makes me happy. (Sadly, his closet never looks like this. Why is it so hard for kids to put things back in their place?!)

My sweet friend and former neighbor made Bud curtains for his room in our old house that miraculously worked in our new house too. I love the timeless ticking stripe, and with red and navy, they will hopefully grow with him.  My Aunt J gave us Norman Rockwell's Day in the Life of a Boy print when Bud was a baby, and it has hung in his room ever since. (You can get the print off Amazon here.) The airplane was a previous Hobby Lobby purchase. Not totally fishing themed I guess, but very boy and Bud likes it.

So there you have it. All three kids rooms done. Well, the Bear's is done. The others' are accessorized more than they were before. Always a work in progress! Now if I could get them to keep their rooms picked up and organized... What works for you? I welcome any suggestions of how to get kids to keep their junk things picked up. Other than cleaning it myself every day.

Kids Room Accessories

Posted on: November 4th, 2011 by ssteinruck 2 Comments

While we worked in the Bear's room, I realized that we would hear the ever-popular "That's not fair!" from our other 2 kiddos upon their arrival home from camp Grama & Pop. So, after a quick trip to Hobby Lobby (ok, I spent 3 hours in there)  to pick up some accessories for Girly and Bud, I had several other projects to juggle.

Girly is into butterflies. Her kindergarten class was the Butterfly class, so it's been butterflies ever since. And there's a reason I call her Girly. She is. Not sure how that happened, since I don't consider myself to model the girliness she exudes, but anyway... So she's into pink, purple, anything that sparkles. You get the idea. Here's what I found in my happy place, Hobby Lobby.

I used white eye screws and fishing line to hang them at varying heights. When the air conditioning/heat is on, the butterflies "fly". Very fun.

She was also having trouble reaching her shirts hung in her closet, so I added a lower rack and one of those hanging cubby things. Pink, of course. I gave her a small laundry basket for her dance costumes. Her dollhouse lives in the closet too, and all the accessories to that have their own bin. Those 3M Command hooks came in handy to hang her bags. So many bags!

Please note - the closet has not looked this way since Girly got home. But I enjoyed looking at the organization while it lasted. I have since added a pink over-the-door shoe holder, where she puts her treasures like headbands, barbies, and rocks she collects. (I know, she's Girly, but she still likes dirt, rocks, and worms. Go figure.)

She loved it! She also loved the board & batten in her sister's room. So, that's on the project list. Girly wants her room painted a light turquoise blue above the b&b. I can deal with that. I was afraid she'd ask for purple, which is almost as gag-worthy as pink in my book. On a wall - it can just be too much for me.

Check back next week for a look at Bud's fisherman room accessories! Have a great weekend - don't forget to turn back the clocks!

Flower Ball

Posted on: November 3rd, 2011 by ssteinruck No Comments

After we finished the Bear's big-girl room, I wanted to put something on her door to make it even more special for the big reveal. I thought about a girly wreath or picture, and then I found instructions on The Idea Room on how to make one of those styrofoam and streamer flower ball things. I guess they're called "kissing balls." Here's how mine turned out.

I attached the ribbon to the top of her door with a thumb tack. I'm not sure if it will stay here, but she likes it. And, thankfully, for now, she can't reach it!

It's a good relatively mindless, though slightly time consuming project. I went through a lot of glue sticks! Crepe paper is inexpensive but styrofoam balls are a bit pricey. If you wait for a sale and/or use a coupon, they aren't too bad.  (So when they were on sale, I stocked up with a few different sizes for future projects.) Stay tuned!

My First Mod Podge

Posted on: October 31st, 2011 by ssteinruck 1 Comment

Awhile back, I snagged a sturdy Lysol box from Costco. I needed a place for magazines that wasn't where the dog could get them (because she would eat anything.) So I put this very unattractive box in my studio and put magazines in it.

And it sat like that for 2 months. Functional, but ugly.

So today I decided to cover it with pretty fabric I had in my stash. Here's how I did it.

First I spray painted box so the lettering wouldn't show through the fabric.

I laid out fabric and wrapped it around the box, using binder clips and clothespins to hold it in place while I pondered how in the world to do this.

A few short measurements and daring cuts into the fabric and I had my plan. One side at a time, I Mod Podged the fabric to the box, using a lint roller to smooth out any wrinkles.

Otis was a big help holding down the fabric. (Yes, I know he's huge!)

Batah bing batah boom – I have a pretty box. It's not perfect and the pattern of the fabric is very forgiving. But now my free functional box is all glammed up.

Hmmm.... What should I Mod Podge next?!

Mason Jars

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by ssteinruck 4 Comments

I'm on the verge of an obsession with glass jars.

        

I found a bunch of old mason jars at a local furniture store (random, right?) They were only $2 each so I bought 8. Now they sit on top of my shelf in my “studio” (it's technically the dining room, but we don't “dine”, so I moved my stuff in.)

I've started a button jar and have a few scrap ribbon jars. The others are empty at the moment, just sitting there looking pretty waiting for a purpose. Some don't have the wire that holds the top on, but I bought some 12 gauge jewelry wire to see what I can do. I know I can at least make the jars into hanging lanterns like this tutorial from Brown Paper Packages.

Any other ideas?

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Susan I am a stay-at-home mom with three great kids, a fabulous husband, a cat, and a dog. I enjoy making things (but not cooking), painting, rearranging furniture (that one is genetic), organizing, purging, and most things DIY. Thanks for stopping by! More »