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Penny Countertop

Penny Countertop
Last September we finished our butcher block countertops, but we didn’t do our bar area. I mentioned in that post that I was open to suggestions and got the great idea to cover it in pennies and epoxy. Well, EIGHT months later it is finally finished! I started in December when I got the supplies for Christmas… then it was one of my No Spend February goals…then it was one of my projects for the contest over at Every Creative Endeavor….then we finally finished it in April and I put off blogging about it because I didn’t want to write the post. And that brings us to now. This is one of those projects that if I was to do it again it would be super easy. However, if any of y’all want to make a penny countertop, then you are going to LOVE me for saving you a headache. First we de-laminated the contertop to make it easy to get to the nails to remove it… except that there was NO WAY that sucker was coming off. Next we had to figure out how we wanted our pennies. So whats the best way? Related:  Decoración de interiores&exteriores y construcción

5 Fab & Fun Bottlecap Craft Ideas | Font Crafts I simply adore bottlecaps. I’m not one to drink a lot of bottled beverages, so I don’t have a unique stash of interesting caps myself. I have always dreamed of having a little collection though! I can’t think of any better way to display a collection than turning it into a craft! It makes for an instant showpiece! Here’s some ideas that might just inspire you to get your bottlecap craft on! Bottlecap table from Melissa Stover on Picasa. A cool bottlecap windchime from Flickr user Pianista.9. These quick and easy bottlecap magnets from Better Homes and Gardens always look great! You can’t go wrong with a sassy pair of bottle cap earrings! And I’m loving this mod mirror created with recycled bottlecaps. What’s your favorite of these crafts featured?

DIY Cake Stand | The Happy Housewife™ :: Home Management It seems as though all sorts of cute party decorating items are “all the rage” these days–cake stands, tiered plates, apothecary jars, hurricane lamps, etc. I love these items, but there is often one big problem! The price tag. Well, thanks to one of the crafty moms in my MOPS group, I now can make my own cake stands for less than $3! And, not only is the price fantastic, but this might just be the easiest DIY project on the planet. A candle holder, a plate, and some glue! To construct your stand, glue around the rim of the candle holder. You can add a little circle of glue on the underneath side of the plate for good measure. Stick the two together and let dry. Then, voila, an adorable cake stand for next to nothing! How great would these be for a Mother’s Day luncheon/tea?! In addition to the fantastic price & ease of construction, I love that the possibilities are nearly endless! *This post was written by Sara, a contributing writer for the Happy Housewife.

Make Your Own Canvas Portrait! I love the look of family photos printed on canvas, but I never knew I could make them at home! After transferring photos to fabric, I was super excited to try some pieces using stretched canvas. I hope this inspires some of you to make something special for your home... Here's how I transferred my photo to canvas: 1. ), paint brush and the image you want to transfer (laser copy) and a spray bottle filled with water. Note: You can expect an imperfect transfer. I'm so excited to have this little keepsake for our home. Wedding photo courtesty of Arrow and Apple. EDITED TO ADD: Wow, guys! Wine Barrel End Table Reserve It Risk-Free Order this item today to reserve one risk-free. You can still order it today, risk free: We never charge your credit card until your product ships* Orders for this item are filled on a first come, first serve basis It's easy to cancel your order if it hasn't shipped You can call us for more info at 800.356.8466, 7 days a week Currently, the estimated time of arrival is unknown. We are waiting for our supplier to provide us with an expected ship date. We will update our ship date with an actual date as soon as we have accurate information from our supplier. You may cancel an order at any time prior to shipment, at no additional cost, by calling 800.648.6058, or by sending an email to *Although we do authorize your credit card for available funds upon purchase, the authorization falls off within a matter of days.

10 do's and don'ts to make him remember you That sweetie caught your eye, and now you’re straight smitten. But how do you make sure that you’re on his mind as much as he is on yours? Here’s how to leave him daydreaming about you for days on end. DO smile. DON’T slouch. DO keep eye contact.Focus your peepers on his while chatting. DON’T overlook him.Sounds simple, but if you’re not letting him get a word in or even paying attention to anything he says, he won’t make the effort to talk with you again. DO put yourself out there. DON’T shy away.Name, grade, basic interests, sure, that’s easy enough. DO spritz yourself. DON’T try too hard.Bluffing your indie music knowledge? DO leave on a high note.

Glass Etching Have you ever done any glass etching? Well, neither had I before today. But wow. Check out my new and improved etched Trifle Bowl. The perfect bowl for desserts of all kinds…..and even a great place for fresh fruit on the counter. Glass etching is also a great way to stamp your name on your pyrex dishes, to make sure they come back to you. And how about adding a little extra detail, just because…… (Edited to Add: The font used here is called Smiley Monster and I downloaded the font for free here.) Sweet in every way. Are you wanting to make your own? (This technique permanently etches your glass. First, you’ll need a piece of vinyl with an adhesive back, like the vinyl you buy for vinyl wall decor. Then peel away the shapes, leaving the negative space all in one piece. The Silhouette code for the bird/branch is: bird_on_branch_C00044_23067 01/18/2010 Then peel the vinyl backing away. Then place your vinyl against your glass, making sure to center the image just where you’d like it. Good luck!

DIY Faux Curled Rosewood Wreath {Made From Rolled Recycled Book Pages} I have seen various versions of Faux Rosewood Wreaths in just about every store and catalog for the upcoming season; most with a price tag running upwards of $40 or more. Some are crafted of paper and other of real wood shavings. Last year I made a few rolled flower gift toppers from recycled book pages and they remind me so much of the curled wood roses I thought they would make a good substitute. {with a much lower price tag} Materials Needed:Foam Wreath FormRecycled Book PagesLots of Hot GlueRibbon to Hang The full step by step tutorial I posted last year can be found {here}.Basically you layer three book pages together and draw a spiral circle. Starting with the outside of the spiral, roll the paper inward to create the flower shape. Give the wreath form a light coat of white {or light color} spray paint to help camouflage any see-through spaces. It seriously takes quite a few roses to fill the entire wreath, however I think the finished project has such a unique look. {Simply Lovely}

Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang ~ The Tilt a Whirl Baby Quilt Merry Christmas Eve everyone! It’s the Art Gallery Fabrics Fat Quarter Gang time again. Today I’m excited to share my third project with you, the Tilt a Whirl Baby Quilt. This baby quilt features fabrics from one of Art Gallery Fabrics newest designers, Sarah Watson. This quilt pattern is a simple paper pieced pattern. You can find the link to my new pattern on the Art Gallery blog. As a celebration of the release of this *free* pattern for all of you, Art Gallery Fabrics is giving away a fat quarter set of each of the prints used in this quilt. Top Row: LIB-8205 Extravagarden Bold, LIB-8206 Crystalline Reef, LIB-7205 Extravagarden Hush, LIB-7204 Flumes Citron Bottom Row: LIB-7200 Marquise Azure, LIB-8204 Flumes Indigo, LIB-8208 Petite Petalie Pearl, LIB-8207 Jeweled Peony Boreal To enter, you just have to do a couple things. My rules: • Leave a comment on this post I will pick a winner Friday evening, December 28th. +++ Closing comments to pick a winner! The winner is #55, Linda!

Zone Two Tone Treasure + How to Paint Furniture Wow, such inspiration from this week’s Paint Projects Party, you simply must visit so many of these links! There are over 400 projects to browse, from furniture to floors to fabrics to home accents. Oh the power of paint never ceases to amaze me! Nothing makes me happier than a great second hand find, and the opportunity to revamp the new treasure for a great cause. I’ve been looking for the perfect dresser for her for awhile now, and finally scored this one at a local thrift store last week, I was so excited! With all the pieces I’ve painted over the years, I realized I should write up a full step by step for repainting an old treasure like this one, including cosmetic repair, priming and painting so here goes! Supplies to Have Before You Start: Power screwdriver (+ drill bits if replacing hardware), medium (80 – 120 grit) sanding wedge, primer, latex paint color of choice, Floetrol, 2” angled quality paintbrush, water based polyurethane protectant. Necessary to Sand? 1) Floetrol.

Toilet Paper Roll Wall Art Well that’s a mouthful! So the time has come, it’s Pinterest Challenge time again! Every season Sherry from YHL and Katie from Bower Power throw a little link party to get people to stop pinning things and actually start making. This couldn’t have come at a better time because I have wanted to start this project forever and once Miss Kelly made her way into my kitchen I knew it was time to start it. This was the image I saw that sparked me to start saving my toilet paper rolls. You can find the post here. I literally have been saving my rolls for. ever. Here’s what my toilet paper wall art turned into! Ok let’s get down to the nitty gritty. Next, I cut them up. Then, I took 4 pieces and glued them together using a hot glue gun. I continued doing this until I had about 40. Then I took the mirror I was going to use (10″ mirror purchased at Joann’s for $8) and placed it on the floor and started adding all the circles around keeping in mind that I wanted to keep it in a circle. Linking Up To:

Samosa Pouch Tutorial Shruti from 13 Woodhouse Road shows you how to make these fun and easy Samosa Pouches today! Learn more about Shruti and her amazing quilting designs in her introduction, and have fun making pouches for everyone you know! I have loved these three-dimensional pouches ever since I came across them on the internet. I tried and tested and worked it out till I was happy with it. You’ll Need: Fabric: Some scraps in colors that you desire; Since India is celebrated its Republic Day this past weekend (January 26), in the spirit of my country I chose to use saffron, white and green, the colors of the Indian Tricolor Flag! Instructions: 1. You can even skip this step altogether and just use a single piece of fabric (if you want it to be lighter). 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Pin it together as shown. And using the zipper foot on your machine, sew it. Open the fabric to bring the wrong sides of the outer block and lining fabric together and top stitch near the zipper. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. The easy part it over. 12. 13.