DIY


Ikea Nils Chair Makeover

The project I am about to share was one of the most frustrating projects I have ever worked on.  I like to consider myself a fairly capable person, so when I decided that I was going to add tufting to my Ikea Nils chair, I thought it would be a piece of cake. I watched some YouTube tutorials, and although everyone said that it was going to be tough, I was confident that I had the skills to succeed… boy was I wrong.  It was rough.   I changed tactics so many times and got so frustrated, that I didn’t even get any photos of the process. On the bright side, I now have a pretty solid approach and am planning on reupholstering my other Ikea Nils chair, so I hope to get photos and give a better tutorial then.

Here is the before. It’s a perfectly lovely chair, but a bit on the plain side.

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And here is the after!

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I tried three different fabrics before settling on this faux leather that I got at Zero Landfill for FREE! The only things I had to buy for the project was an upholstery needle and a craft button cover kit. I also used some silver paint to give the legs a little pizazz.

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But even though the monetary cost of my project was  super cheap, the number of hours I spent working on it was costly. It pretty much took me a week to finish. Joey lucked out because he was out of town on a work trip, so he didn’t get to hear my incessant complaining as I toiled away for hours on end. I continually pricked my finger on the needle, and I actually ended up drawing blood a few times.

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For all my complaining, I actually really like the outcome.  The tufting isn’t perfect, and I wish that I had done diamond tufting instead, but it was a labor of love.  And when I cover some of the less professional tufts with a faux sheepskin throw, it doesn’t look half bad.

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Mini Cactus Garden

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Cactus are supposed to be easy to care for, right?  I hope so, because I just finished building a little cactus garden that I’m planning on bringing to work to brighten up my boring cubicle. If my track record means anything, they will probably be dead by the end of the week, but my fingers are crossed that they will make it. Luckily, one of my cube mates is a master gardener, so I’m hoping she will give me tips on how to keep these cuties alive and well. Cactus-1

I think they have a fair chance at surviving, because I did a lot of research on how to properly build a terrarium.  I used three layers of organic material– a bottom layer of rocks, a middle layer of horticultural charcoal, and and a top layer of soil.    The soil I used is specially formulated for cactus.  I don’t really know what the difference between cactus soil and gardening soil is, but the man at the gardening store assured me that cactus soil was a safer bet.  It was a little more expensive, and he might have just been trying to upsell me, but I’m a trusting gal, so I went with his suggestion.

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I have high hopes for this little cactus garden.  If I can keep it alive, then I might branch out and try to grow something else. Any suggestions for other easy to grow plants?

 

BBC (Baileys Banana Colada) Recipe

There is a Hawaiian restaurant down the street from our house that makes the best blended drinks.  On a nice day, I like to go there, sit on the patio, order a fruity drink, and people watch.  It’s very relaxing.  One of my favorite drinks is the BBC, which stands for Baileys Banana Colada. It is so delicious, but it is never on the happy hour menu, so it is a little expensive. I did some research and found a recipe for a homemade version that is just as good and a heck of a lot cheaper.

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Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1-2 Frozen Bananas (I love bananas, so I tend to put in 2,but 1 should be plenty)
  • 2 oz Irish Creme Liqueur
  • 1 oz Rum (Dark Rum is preferable)
  • 1 oz Coconut Creme
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • Ice (if needed)
  • Whip Cream
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All you need to do is combine the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.  If it is a little watery, you can add some ice and continue to blend.  Then pour it into a glass and top off with Whip Cream.

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It’s super quick and it tastes like a tropical dream.

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Have a great Labor Day weekend!

DIY Fox Mask

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For my birthday last February, Joey bought me tickets to see the Arcade Fire at the Gorge. The tickets requested that attendees wear formal wear or a costume, which I completely forgot about until last week. The concert was on Friday, so I only had a few days to come up with a costume. I wanted to wear a mask, but I didn’t have any creative ideas, so I did some Pinterest stalking. I saw a few really cute homemade fox masks for little kid costumes, and I decided to make a grown up version.  I drafted Joey to make me a template for the mask.  He did a really great job, and the mask  ended up looking awesome. I’m including a template here, in case you want to make your own mask.

The materials I used are listed below:

  • Mask Template
  • Empty Cereal Box
  • Scissors / or an Exacto Knife
  • Yarn
  • Pencil / Pen
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Construction Paper

I started by cutting out the template pieces.

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Then I traced mask base on the cereal box.

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After cutting out the mask base, I traced and cut out all of the other pieces from construction paper. Then I hot glued those pieces onto mask base. I was very careful to check that the eyes were in the right location before gluing them on and cutting out circles to see through.

Fox-Mask4.1Once the hot glue had dried, I cut two small holes on the sides of the mask.  Then I strung a piece of yarn through each hole.Fox-Mask5

I tried the mask on and tied the yarn secure in the back of my head.

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Doesn’t it look cool? It was a perfect costume because it is really low key. I was able to just wear jeans and a regular t-shirt, but once I put my mask on, I was ready to party.