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Little Lucy Lu: Ladder Laundry Rack

Little Lucy Lu: Ladder Laundry Rack
I am SO excited about my latest "project" ... it's kinda a long one. ....But it'll be worth it. :-) Are you ready??? OK, so to preface this I need to remind you that I am a TALL gal. 5 feet 11 inces, to be exact. And my legs take up a great deal of those 71 inches. A 35-inch inseam makes me ridiculously happy. But it is also relatively hard to find ... and more importantly - KEEP! I can't tell you how many times I have "ruined" my just-barely-long-enough jeans by putting them in the dryer And therein lies my problem. Let me put this in pictures ... This is what my laundry room looks like most days: Jeans, pants, and various other dryer unfriendly articles of clothing hung on the coat hooks and any other hooks I can find (like the one inside my ironing board cabinet door). I NEED a drying rack. Enter: this old wooden ladder. Which I painted turquoise blue (the same turquoise blue I used on the trunk on the front porch!)... And then I sanded and scuffed and stained it up a little bit ... P.S.

Vintage Suitcase Storage Every time I visit a flea market or antique mall, I'm always drawn to the vintage suitcases. They're not exactly practical for travel these days, but they are perfect for decor and storage. Don't you love how this one is being used? You could keep it permanently open, or if you don't have a creative space your home, you could close it for a mobile office, art studio or craft room. {Images via Elements of Style} How to Microwave Gourmet Popcorn in a Brown Paper Bag Peeeeee-yew! I’m done with the stinky stench of microwave popcorn. Actually, I haven’t popped a single bag of that toxic smelling stuff in years since I hate the thought of being swindled by a stank bag of greasy kernels. Doing the mathy math, microwave popcorn costs around $22.65 for 12 boxes with 3 packets per box (source Amazon) — that’s an eye-popping $3.53 per pound! Sure, you may think you’re paying all that delicious cash for a magic metal-lined bag that pops better kernels and cooks your corn more evenly. Now let me pop the big question: have you ever recycled your leftover microwave popcorn bags? Speaking of waist, do you know how many calories are contained in those popcorn flavor packets? Act II Popcorn Ingredients: Popcorn, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Annatto Color. Fish? Step One: Get a brown paper bag This is ridiculously easy, internet people. I nabbed a package of 100 brown bags for around $2, on sale. Fold the bag over twice.

How To Make A Stylish Photo Frame For Several Photos Here is a simple yet stylish photo frame that can accomodate quite many photos at once. The idea is very simple. Fasten twines on the empty frame and hang photos using clothes pins on them. You can use a frame you bought or a frame you made by yourself. To make it you just need to find some wood strips, sand them, paint or stain them and fasten together with the staples and nails. Yes, everything is as simple as it sounds. vintage suitcase chair My latest sytyc project for ‘upcycle’ week. A little less sewing than usual and a little more decor-y. I love vintage luggage! It’s so nostalgic to me, I always am reminded of my grandfather’s travel journal that he wrote in the 40s. As a bonus, this suitcase smelled like my grandpa’s house when I bought it! When I think of upcycling, I think of turning something into something completely different. I love that it still looks like a suitcase, it has an old world appeal. tutorial: You need: vintage suitcase 4 legs 4 screw on leg attachments 1 piece of thin plywood cut to fit inside your suitcase foam or pillows to fit in your suitcase fabric Suitcase sizes vary so you’ll have to figure out how much pillow or foam you want to make your cushions how you want them. step 1: spray paint legs step 2: cover the pillows/foam with your fabric and tuft them. I used a pattern of 3 tufts, 2 tufts, 3 tufts, in a brick pattern. Once your holders are all set, screw in your (dried) legs. We love it.

25 Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier Here are clever ideas to make life easier. To see the complete list of 25 go here. You can pin the pics directly to Pinterest by hovering your mouse over the pic then clicking the “pin it”! Via: Why didn’t I think of that?! We guarantee you’ll be uttering those words more than once at these ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve everyday problems … some you never knew you had! Via: Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Via: Supposedly you can remove crayon masterpieces from your TV, computer screen, or walls with WD40 – I’m not going to try it though! Via: Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. Via: Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. Via: Via:

Credenza: Practical meets Pretty Last year I remodeled my home office, and it’s been a genuine pleasure working in this pretty and personalized space. For the longest time, I was loving the sofa that sat on one wall, but over time, paperwork started piling up, and I reasoned I needed a more practical solution if I really was going to run a business from home. So I made some changes! I started with a credenza I found at (where else?) a thrift store. Before: After: Slate blue/gray paint + sleek contemporary pulls + geometric pattern on top = perfect! Some of you are probably wondering how the heck did I get such straight painted lines on this piece? First, let’s start at the beginning. Here you can see I’m painting the laminate shelf on the inside. Note the can says "No sanding" but people ask me all the time if that is for real. Moving on. Next, I thought I was sooooo smart to paint the rough pattern in white, lay painter’s tape on top, then add the gray paint over the top of that. First attempt: This I have learned.

One Lucky Day: Inspired at Costco, who knew? Have you seen the latest issue of Where Women Create? I picked it up Monday night at Costco of all places (love that it's 30% off the cover price there). I knew I couldn't pass it up when I saw the FABULOUS studio of mixed media artist Gail Rieke. But it was when I opened the magazine and saw the entire wall that I was truly amazed and inspired. My first thought, "I want that". So, I emailed Deb and said, "have I got an idea for Wednesday's blog post...suitcases!" After that conversation, Deb went on a hunt to find ideas using suitcases in decor (this is really only half of what she found) to share with you today. Between Paula and I we have probably close to 45 vintage suitcases, so apparently we like the way they look and all the fun things we can do with them. Suitcase painted with chalkboard paint- via A Beach Cottage Paint the table and suitcase the same color - A table that uses luggage as a pedestal, genius. Stacks, stacks and more stacks.... via Anthropologie via Apartment Therapy

Build a Laundry Basket Dresser The free content provicded by this website is made possible by the following current sponsors. Thank you! iCandy Handmade Hi friends! I can't tell you how excited I am to be a creative guest on Ucreate today! I've been bubbling with excitement for weeks and have been scheming over what project would be Ucreate-worthy. I hope this one fits the bill...! First of all, I'm Autie and my friend Jen and I blog over at iCandy handmade. I'm a busy mom of 2 cute little kids and during nap time and bed time, I love to work on projects! The project that I thought I'd share with you today started out with these. The drawer does not open, but the cupboard door does...and it leaves about an inch of space to keep something in art masterpieces of a few sheets of homework paper...hmmmm I bounced some ideas off of Jen, and this is what I came up with...I give you the Cupboard Door into Art Desk Tutorial I made one for each of my littles, and so far, they're totally diggin' it! If you want to know what I did, here's a quick run-down on what I did: I wanted to use the drawer as a supply holder. Here we are so far: -Autie

adelynSTONE: Mason Jar Love There are just too many fun uses for these jars. My stash is ever growing, as I can’t seem to make it through Walmart without picking up a case. They’re just such a cheap investment. Craig thinks I’m nuts. BUT in my defense, I do plan on putting these beautiful little treasures to use. From canning homemade salsa (have I mentioned that I planted a garden.. oh no, not the one you’re thinking of, that one died. So, I’ve scoured Pinterest, several blogs and Etsy to find some of the best uses and cutest ideas. I love the idea of mason jar candles. Look at these clever Save The Date’s. MMM. Instead of serving cans of soda, serve pint jars of lemonade and or sweet tea. I NEED these dish towels! Everyone is loving the mason jar chandeliers right now. This screen printed t-shirt is great. While everyone is raving over the chandeliers pictured above, myself included, I am obsessing over this Sconce! Mason Jars as centerpieces? HELLO! AND my favorite! #kristanlynn xoxo