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Valentine Art

I’m not so big on Valentine’s Day. I should say “we aren’t”, as I am part of a couple. We’ve just never done the chocolates and candy thing. However, I CAN get behind the sentiment of the day. It can’t hurt to pass along some ooey-gooey feelings, towards your loved ones, right? (I’m not that much of a Valentine scrooge!) But, it’s a little funny that I have a full-fledged, Valentine inspired project, to share today.

There is this big community event in our area, that happens every year, in the middle of winter. It’s great because it gets everyone outside for the whole weekend, with a ton of events, for kids of all ages — and of course, it falls on Valentine’s Day.

This year, there was a NEW event, called, “Chill! The outdoor art exhibit”, and I decided to get involved. Enter, my Valentine art project…

valentine art -  tree trunk surprise

What the heck is that, you say?! Well, it’s art, it’s Valentine-y, and most of all… it’s got some hidden messages. But, let me back up, and show you where it all started.

I was inspired by nature, and being an outdoor art event, I thought… trees — and, got collecting… and trimming… and drilling…

valentine art -  tree trunk surprise

If you’ve seen these little trimmed tops on Instagram, you’re about to find out what that was all about…

valentine art -  tree trunk surprise

I drilled holes into some of the tree trunks, and used the trimmed off tops, as lids. The were easily attached with a simple hammer and nail.

valentine art -  tree trunk surprise

The other tree trunks got a painted top treatment. These little beauties are holding some secrets!

valentine art -  tree trunk surprise

Then I used a sheet of plywood as my base to create my little “Valentine Forrest”. Drilling up from the bottom, about 3 screws each. I covered the base with snow to hide the plywood… and bada-bing, it’s done!

valentine art -  tree trunk surprise

The tippy-tops of my secret tree trunks got a little painted treatment, too. Solids for messages, and painted triangles for…

valentine art -  tree trunk surprise

Candy! That’s what those deep drilled holes were for! Fun, right?!

As for the messages? Hopefully it’ll encourage a little love this weekend…

valentine art -  tree trunk surprise

valentine art -  tree trunk surprise

I love how interactive it turned out! The Kiddo and I were outside playing around with it, and it encouraged lots of kisses and hugs for Mom. I was feeling the love. So.. I guess it worked!! Hopefully it translates to others this weekend, I’m looking forward to it!

valentine art -  tree trunk surprise

If my little beauty holds up all weekend, I’d like to bring it home and hide it along our “secret trail” through the trees on our property. I’m sure it’ll get rough, but it’ll be fun to revisit it on our walks, all year-round.

If you’re local, come on down to Alberta Beach and get outside and have some fun! Visit snomodays.com for more info!

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Industrial Shelving

I am definitely not the only one with creative blood in this house. My husband has some pretty incredible ideas (not to mention, he has saved me plenty of times when I’m not sure where to head with an idea, mid-project). I’m so happy to be sharing one of his grrrreeat ones today.

I mean… Get! Out! Look at this industrial shelving he just kinda whipped up over a couple days, in his free time, for about 120 beans.

DIY Industrial Shelving

I’m sad to say, that this beauty is in his office at work, and not in our home. Boo. But, it was so awesome, I had to make the trip down to his place o’ biz, to take some shots to share with you guys.

DIY Industrial Shelving

I got him to give me a little run-down of how he got it done:

The wood is about as chunky as it gets. He used 2 x 12 rough cut wood. It’s heavy too y’all. But sooo good. He used stain to get the shade he wanted but warns… the rough cut soaks up the stain, and takes a good long while to dry properly, but it’s totally worth it!

He used 2″ steel pipes, and all the elbows are cast iron. He intended to use our pipe threader to piece everything together (which is likely the easier way), however, he broke our dang pipe threader! Whoops. So, he switched gears and started welding. Not a good mix apparently to weld steel to cast iron, it’s difficult to get a good seal, however, because this is a cosmetic project, and we’re not running a gas or water line, it’ll do just fine. Plus — I like how rough it looks.

He used metal strapping to attach the shelves to the pipes, and secure the shelving to the wall into the studs.  He achieved this all for approx. $120. Not bad, right?

DIY Industrial Shelving

Speaking of his creativity… that little robot on the right, is his creation too. Yeah. He’s pretty rad.

DIY Industrial Shelving

Loving this, and I’ll likely be asking for something similar at home… to help contain a few media components, possibly?

Got any industrial storage ideas you’ve put together at home? I’d love to see and share!! Email me, Instagram me, or find me on Pinterest (my favourite!).

 

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DIY Pendant Light

Remember my candlestick lamps, makeover? Well, I got two-projects-in-one with that little garage sale, gem. Now, its the old dusty shades’ turn to become something new. A DIY Pendant Light, anyone?

DIY pendant light, from old wire lamp shades.

First, let’s take a look at how my $10 score started out, way back when…

DIY pendant light, from old wire lamp shades.

And, the lamps turned out great, with a little gold and blue paint:

DIY pendant light, from old wire lamp shades.

Now to deal with those dusty shades. This might just be the easiest project ever. I started by ripping off all the fabric, and cleaning them up a little. Then they got a healthy dose of oil-rubbed bronze, spray paint.

DIY pendant light, from old wire lamp shades.

Next, I found a pendant lighting kit from Home Depot and taped it up, to prep for a little copper paint upgrade.

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Then, I stacked the old shade frames on top of each other to create the shape for my new light.

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I found some inexpensive copper wire at Michaels, in the jewelry department, and used it to tie the two shades together.

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painted-copper

My lighting kit got a matching coat of copper to finish off the look.

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Voilá! Perfect match!

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I used the nut fastener off my lighting kit to act as the stopper for my new shade on the lighting cord. And, reinforced it with a little hot glue, around the hole in the top of the light shade.

pendant-copper-finished

Done. Not including drying time, this was maybe a 20 minute project. The original cost of the lamps was $10 for the pair, the lighting kit was another $12, and I already had the spray paint. So, $22+ bucks for 3 light fixtures? Not too shabby.

 

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Jewelry Storage and Ikea Hack

So, I have FINALLY got the old desk ripped out of my dining room, and we have our new vintage china cabinet in place (I’ll post on that soon). Our dishes are fitting in there … so. much. better. However, it left me with a few shelf inserts, I wasn’t using anymore.

What to do with them? I have been on a purging, and organizing mission around here in recent weeks, so there was no way I was putting them in storage. They were getting donated, or repurposed. And, Repurposing is so fun!

DIY, Jewelry storage with an Ikea, Variera Shelf.

Then, it came to me, while I was doing some more purging and organizing in my closet… Remember, our lovely Pax? Welp, I have a spot where I keep my jewelry in there. But, it was always in a jewelry box, and when things are in boxes, and I can’t see them? They don’t get worn. Eureka! My shelf inserts!

DIY, Jewelry storage with an Ikea, Variera Shelf.

The Variera Shelf Insert from Ikea was PERFECT for earrings and necklaces! Open, beautiful storage, where, at-a-glance, I can see everything I own. Make quick decisions about what I want to wear that day. And, best of all… everything has it’s own space!

DIY, Jewelry storage with an Ikea, Variera Shelf.

See all those pretty flower like perferations? Amazing for earrings, and more than enough space. Plus, I had an old bracelet hanger, that wasn’t being used, that was the perfect pair for my new “Jewelry Storage and Ikea Hack”. A few finishing nails, hammered into the sidewalls of my Pax, made quick work of the rest of my necklaces.

DIY, Jewelry storage with an Ikea, Variera Shelf.

My grandmother’s mirrored tray is the perfect spot for keeping rings. Having everything in my actual closet, is the best spot, too. While I’m choosing an outfit, I can choose a necklace or earrings to finish off my look, all at the same time.

DIY, Jewelry storage with an Ikea, Variera Shelf.

The Variera Shelf is my new best friend. And, I’m happy to report, I really AM wearing my sparkly stuff more often! And the old jewelry box? It’s found a new home on my daughter’s dresser — and, she is, dress-up crazy, right now, so she is having a blast keeping all her “princess stuff” in there! Win-win!

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DIY Screwdriver Storage

I’ve been busy setting up a new website (coming soon!), and a new workshop space for myself. Organization is good, isn’t it? And, it turns out, I’ve got more tools than I remember, especially screwdrivers… time for some easy DIY Screwdriver Storage…

Easy DIY Screwdriver Storage

I didn’t want to put any cash into simple storage. We’ve got a lots of odds and ends kicking around the garage, and I knew I could come up with something, without a trip to the hardware store. Turns out, all I needed was my drill, mitre saw, and some spare wood pieces.

I took a plain chunk of 1 x 4, and used my drill, fitted with a spade bit, and started making holes. Easy.

Easy DIY Screwdriver Storage

Then, used my mitre saw at a 45 degree angle to cut two nifty triangle brackets. Sorry, no picture… I’m thinking it’s not so safe to operate my saw AND my Camera at the same time.

Easy DIY Screwdriver Storage

But you get the idea, ya? Next I predrilled some holes to attach the bracket to my shelf and the bracket to the wall of my cabinet. Pre-drilling is your friend, it stops the wood from splintering and cracking when drilling in your screws!

Easy DIY Screwdriver Storage

Here is the shelf attached, and the pre-drilled slot for my screw with the screw in place. See where we’re going here? Quick and easy. All that’s left is to grab your level to make sure everything is even… and attach to your cabinet. (Or wall, whatever works for you…)

Easy DIY Screwdriver Storage

Ouuuu!… Aaaaaa!… even an extra little chunk left over, to place a tape measure (I’m ALWAYS losing that thing!)

Easy DIY Screwdriver Storage

Totally doable. So easy. And you get to use a giant saw, so it makes you feel tough — Bonus! Make any easy organization lately? Share away!

 

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