Thursday, August 9, 2012

how to: organize purses

My mother-in-law LOVES purses. She has so many when she goes through them she finds some she didn't even know she had. Luckily for me, I get those rejects. Most of my purses are from her and I needed a better way to store them than all smashed in a bin, which is where they were before I saw this awesome idea on Pinterest. It was to hang your purses in a closet on shower hooks. Genius! We just moved into a new place and had a second bedroom with a walk-in closet. Perfect. I decided I wanted the cheaper, complete circle hooks from Walmart. They're like a dollar or two and make it soo much easier to hang the purses with thick straps. I love how they look now.

how to: DIY coasters

We haven't really had a need for coasters because our table was glass but now that we moved, everything we have is wood. I love Pinterest. Unfortunately I didn't get to use it for my wedding but it's been good to me since we've moved to a new home. :)
My latest project was making my own coasters. I learned how to do it here. It needs a few supplies, but nothing is very expensive.

- 4.25" x 4.25" tiles
- 4" x 4" pieces of scrapbook paper (or pictures or whatever you want to use)
- Mod Podge (you can learn how to make your own for MUCH cheaper here)
- Sponge paint brush
- Rustoleum Crystal Clear Enamel
- 3/8" felt pads

Clean your tiles and give them a coat of Mod Podge
Put your paper centered on each tile and smooth out all the bubbles. Wait 15 minutes and apply another coat. Repeat two more times.
Wait 1 hour after your 3rd coat of Mod Podge and take your tiles somewhere well ventilated (outside). Spray on 2 coats of the Rustoleum Enamel (within a few minutes of each other). Try to spray in a steady, back-and-forth motion, overlapping each coat. Unfortunately for me, the spray won't dry well if it's used when it's above 90 degrees outside. It wasn't until after 9pm that it dropped below 90. Oh Tucson..

Wait 30 minutes for it to completely dry and add the felt pads. Ta da! All done :)

how to: make Mod Podge

I want to make my own coasters and I need Mod Podge to do it. I saw that I could just make it myself. Here is where I learned how.

You need a jar or container. I was too cheap to buy a jar so I used tupperware. All you do is mix 1 part Elmer's Glue and 1 part water and mix it up! I know it worked because it worked to glue scrapbook paper on the tiles I am using for coasters. One side note: the mixture does tend to settle to make sure to shake it up whenever you need to use it.
The glue was 50 cents at Walmart, the tupperware and water were free. Best DIY ever :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

how to: dress up your keys

It has been SO long since I've blogged! I've been living with the in-laws and I don't buy the groceries or have any desire to make things for a house that isn't mine. But now I'm living in Tucson with my husband. It's a new place, we moved here so he could go to medical school at the University of Arizona, which leaves me jobless, friendless and with a new place to decorate.
When we first got here they gave us our keys and they were so ugly. Gold is growing on me but these keys were just ugly gold. While on Pinterest I saw an idea to paint your keys with nail polish and I decided to give it a try.

I wrapped tape around the part of the key that I didn't want to paint. I knew I wouldn't be careful enough on my own.
I painted just regular colored nail polish, waited for it to dry, then painted glitter nail polish over it. Once both are dry you flip it over and paint again. So easy and simple but I really like how they turned out.