Friday, May 27, 2011

My Favorite Projects of the Week

Gosh, there are some cute projects out there this week. I think folks are definitely getting inspired by the warmer weather and getting prepared to have kids home for the summer.  Here's what caught my eye this week.

Check out this adorable homemade hand scrub over at Live, Laugh, and Photograph. Teacher gift anyone?

I am definitely gonna whip up some of these dinnertime doodle pads I saw over at Kiki Creates. Um, where was Kiki like 5 years ago?

Did your child have a dynamite teacher this year? Let them know with this super cute teacher gift.  See it over at Jasey's Crazy Daisy.

These seersucker pouches are just as cute as they can be.  Check it out over at That's my Letter.

How about some sweet Father's Day subway art? Get your own over at Homespun with Love.

Did someone say printable?  Get one for Memorial Day over at Flamingo Toes.

Make a cork backsplash for your kitchen over at Pandora's Box. What, you haven't consumed enough wine to do this? Well, you better get crackin' !

Planning a summertime party?  Need some printables?  Look no further than It's Always a Party at the Parkers. Gosh, I love this blog!

And last, but definitely not least:
Why, oh why can I not figure this fondant thing out?  I so want to be a fondant expert.  There are some truly amazing cakes out there.  I mean, the possibilities are endless when it comes to this stuff! Oh well, one day...{sigh}... You really should check out this Fancy Nancy party.  Have I mentioned I love It's Always a Party at the Parkers

What have you seen out in Bloggyland this week that you've found inspiring?  Do share!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Goodwill Microwave Cart turned {Sweet} Lemonade Stand

Recently, I shared with you some Goodwill finds for the week.  Among them was this microwave cart I got for 6 bucks.

My kids, as well as the other kids on the street love nothing more than to spend entire Saturdays during the summer setting up a lemonade stand in front of our house.  This usually involves dragging various furniture items from our house to the front yard, and then having to drag them all back in at the end of the day.  This year, I decided to stop the insanity.  Why not have a cart on wheels that can be stored in the garage when not in use? (Cuz ya'll who know me, know I have so much room to spare in my garage!) 

I thought this project would take me several days, but I actually managed to complete it in just a day.  First I primed my cart and then sprayed it down with two coats of Krylon's Blue Ocean Breeze.

Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze 5 Ball Decorator Aerosol Paint

If you've never tried this color, it is awesome!

The super helpful guy working in the lumber section of Home Depot was nice enough to let me take the leftover trim people had cut in the store home for free!  Perfect for the poles I needed to make the top!

You wouldn't believe how hard it is to find a chalkboard these days.  All they have are whiteboards everywhere you go!  So, I had some leftover luan from the pantry project and a can of chalkboard paint from another project.  Using an exacto knife, I was able to trim the luan to the size I needed.  I gave it three coats of chalkboard paint and attached it to the back of the cart.

Krylon I00807 Chalkboard Aerosol Spray Paint 12-Ounce Black

Remember those cute fabrics I got at Ben Franklin?

I used these to make the little banner and awning.  Then, I used my Cricut to cut out "Lemonade" in white vinyl.

I picked up the Tiki sign, flip-flop towels, and flamingo all from the dollar aisle at Target.  I also purchased the lemonade pitcher there as well, and added some polka dots and lettering using pink and white vinyl.

What do ya think?  I just love it!

And, the cabinet and little shelf on the back are great for storing all those necessary supplies!

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Some Goodwill finds: {Countertop Composter w/ Vinyl Lettering}

So I've been in Goodwill withdrawal lately.  I mean, it's been like what, two weeks since I've stepped foot in there?  I finally got the chance to drop by this week and check things out.  With a whole slew of projects in my brain, I browsed around to see what was in store.  Here are this week's purchases:

Kind of a hodge podge of items.  I actually have big plans for that microwave cart. 

I've been wanting to build a lemonade stand for the kiddos for a while now.  I plan on breaking out the Krylon Ocean Breeze for this one.

Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze Indoor/Outdoor Aerosol Paint 12 Ounces 1000A4-51512

I went by Ben Franklin today (not my fave craft store, but Hobby Lobby is 20 minutes from me, while Ben Franklin's right around the corner).  They sell fat quarters, and actually have some cute prints. 

The pack with the peace signs has several different prints that coordinate.

This is my inspiration piece. How cute is this?  Hop over to Lolly Jane Boutique to see how Kristi and Kelli crafted this adorable lemonade stand.

Moving on to the other items...

The two large tins I plan to paint and embellish with some vinyl lettering.  They will be incorporated into the laundry room redo, which I probably won't get around to tackling for some time.  But they were only a dollar or two a piece, so I snatched them up while I had them!

As for the luggage stand, not sure what I was thinking here, but it was two bucks, and I thought I could make it a lot cuter with not much effort!

Now for the little white crock.

I saw it and instantly thought, "compost crock".

So, after a good scrubbing, and some black vinyl lettering I cut with the Cricut, I had this.

And, it only cost $3 !

Stay tuned for the completion of the lemonade stand project!

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Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
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