Three Step Thursdays

We managed to take a plain jar from ordinary to vibrantly vivacious in three easy steps! We found these adorable little animals in our craft supplies and transformed two jars with only spray paint and hot glue.  Check out our new candy jars! We also think it’s a great “back to school” gift idea- perfect for those special hardworking teachers…

Animal Jars 1

1.  After cleaning jars, spray paint tops and any small plastic toy

Animal Jars 2

2. Once jar top and plastic toy have dried completely, place a small amount of hot glue to bottom of the toy and adhere to lid.

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3.  Fill with… (insert your idea here)

Ingrid & Lucy

how do ya like them apples?

Most of our posts and projects have a bit of a recurring theme—simplicity.  For us, crafting and cooking is a time to unwind and think about little else.  Although we do enjoy the bigger projects, we love keeping it simple and finding beauty in the unexpected.  We found these fruit magnets and it brought a nostalgic feeling of Ingrid’s godparent’s home.  Remember this fruity fridge decor?  And, you guessed it….spray paint!  Such a simple idea created a bold new look.  For these we used a metallic silver Krylon paint.

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Ingrid & Lucy

We’re on a Roll!

Happy Friday! Today, we’d like to share a little project that Ingrid created a few months ago.  On a warm winter’s eve (south Texas is home for us), she pinned the night away, finding some some super cool art made from toilet paper rolls.  Thus, the obsession began to create her own original piece.  We love scrolling through pins to get our creative juices flowing—what in the world did we do before pinterest!?!  Ingrid started collecting her toilet paper rolls until she had enough for her project.  She created these two canvas pieces with toilet paper rolls, acrylic paint, and some wooden sticks & buttons from the craft box.  The trusty painter’s tape helped create the stripes, and hot glue put it all together.  They hang side by side in her bedroom, and the color scheme blends perfectly with the decor.

As we are inspired by so many, we hope to pay it forward and do the same for others with our designs….have a lovely weekend!

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TP Roll Art 2

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Ingrid & Lucy

Three Step Thursdays

We’re so excited it’s Thursday again! In this week’s project, we are taking a glass bowl and giving it a brand new look with our three simple steps.  We found this  clear glass “fishbowl” at a thrift store and have been so anxious to experiment with our new frosted spray paint.  So without further adieu, we present…….The Frosted Fishbowl!

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1. Clean glass thoroughly and dry

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     2. With painter’s tape, create desired pattern on glass

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3. Spray frosted paint and allow to dry before removing tape.

Ingrid & Lucy

Let your light shine!

Whenever we have a few minutes to spare between appointments, we love sneaking into thrift stores or our local Habitat for Humanity store.  We found these adorable 1980s wall sconces straight out of Blanche Devereaux’s home, and snatched them up for next to nothing at H for H.  The bright white orbs were calling out to Ingrid who was already envisioning the possibilities. Our original thought was to rewire and create a simple pattern by drilling small holes. After processing the logistics of this task, we thought it would be better (and much easier) if, we painted them instead. As we removed the wires, a small bulb appeared over Lucy’s head, who suggested that turning the wall sconces into planters seemed more intriguing.  If you haven’t yet noticed, we love our spray paints…and for this project we chose a gold and pink combo.   We first sprayed them gold, let them dry, and then applied different sized circle stickers to each. We then sprayed the pink and removed the stickers. Unfortunately, some of the sticker residue remained on the sconces so we had to carefully remove it without damaging the paint. In retrospect, before applying any sticky material to a newly painted surface, we will spray a protective coating and allow it to completely dry.  Being the semi perfectionists that we are, it was a little difficult for us to overlook the sticky situation.  After chatting about it for a bit, it became a great lesson for us!  We’re learning to look beyond imperfections and just enjoy the beauty of our creations!

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Ingrid & Lucy

Personalized Pin Board

Framed cork boards have been spotted all over Pinterest lately, inspiring us to create our own.  We love seeing all the unique takes on this office must have.  After removing the glass and backing, we cleaned off the frame and lightly sanded.  Then we spray painted the frame and patiently allowed it to dry completely (for this project, we used Krylon in Global Blue).  We then cut the cork board and fabric to size, using the frame’s original backing to measure.  We covered the cork with our bright floral fabric and carefully hot glued the edges. So as not leave all the excitement in the front of the board, we livened up the back by adding some fun contact paper before putting the frame back together. Add some cute pins and…ta-dah! we’ve given new life to a frame that was yearning for a dramatic change!

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Ingrid & Lucy

Sew Inspired: Tea Towels

Anthropologie, Sur la Table and Williams Sonoma carry some of the cutest tea towels.  When we are in the mood to splurge or if we spot a “must have”, we love to add to our collections.  When it comes to using the Singer I got for Christmas, I definitely consider myself a rookie.  I love finding something in a shop and thinking “oh! I could make that!”.  Many times, my imagination is as far as it goes; however, this time I was determined to put my ideas on fabric!  This project seemed simple enough, since all I needed was a cute trim.  I had these towels in my kitchen drawer and picked up the trim at Hobby Lobby.  A quick straight stitch.. and violá ! A pair of brand new tea towels! We kept this one super simple but for the more experienced, you can dress it up with as much frill as you’d like!  We love this as a gift idea because it’s unique and can be personalized. Check out the photo of the inspiration and then our simple makeover.

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Ingrid & Lucy

Three Step Thursdays

This week, we are repurposing some colorful wooden puzzle pieces by adding magnets.  We found this farm animal puzzle at our favorite thrift shop and had the magnets in our craft box.  A simple way to display anything from grocery lists to artwork on the fridge!

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 1.  wipe down puzzle pieces 2. use hot glue to attach magnets to puzzle piece 3. display magnets

Ingrid & Lucy

Reinventing Rubbish

When it comes to making someone else’s trash into our treasures, we are definitely not shy.  Our city offers a “bulky trash pick up” once a year.  Creeping slowly through the neighborhood during this time makes us feel a little like Joe Pesci & Daniel Stern in Home Alone.  We’ve stumbled upon some great finds, including a neat suitcase (circa 1970) that still waits patiently for us in the garage.  This time, we discovered these adorable terracotta planters hiding underneath some old wood.  They definitely needed some work but we immediately saw the potential.  With a little sand paper, soapy water, and a brush, these planters have been given a second chance….terracotta pots 1

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Ingrid & Lucy

Three Step Thursdays

This Thursday, we will be redesigning a local thrift store find. The inspiration came from Lucy’s planner which, while simple, creates a bold statement. Taking only three items (clutch, painter’s tape & metallic spray paint), we transformed this simple green clutch.

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1. tape off design 2. spray clutch 3. carefully pull off tape

Ingrid & Lucy