Tag: DIY

Replanting Gets Me Every Time


This year I’m trying to use up all the craft supplies I have before I buy any more. It’s the Great #CraftUp2013, and you’re invited!


Grow, plant, grow! Do you see that? It’s the plant I got when I picked up some succulents over the summer. I managed to kill the succulents right away, true story. But this guy? This guy is thriving! Just take a look at where he started. Maybe the pictures don’t do him justice. Regardless, he needed a new pot.


I picked up a basic clay pot and decided, per my #CraftUp2013, that I would use supplies I had around the house to jazz it up a little bit. I started with a coat of metallic silver paint, but I thought it needed more color. So I thought I’d add some washi tape.


But as soon as I put it on there, I realized two things. First, it didn’t look like it did in my head. And, it would be even cooler if I painted over it, then removed the tape to make some killer stripe pattern. Yeah. That didn’t work either. So much so that I didn’t even take a picture of an in between. The next picture is the final (for now) result.


This was a layer of silver, some gold metallic spray paint, then more silver brushed over top since plan A didn’t work out so well.  And you know, I like the effect. I like that some of the clay pot is still showing through. I like the brush strokes of the gold mixed with the silver. And I especially like how the paint bubbles after I water the plant.


This little plant of mine has taken up permanent residence in our kitchen window this winter, adding a hint of life to otherwise dreary winter days. How have you been keeping winter at bay?


The Great Craft Up Gets Me Every Time

Along with my urge to purge this winter season comes the need, and desire, to work with what I got. To use what we have. To try not to buy anything we won’t consume or use for our own health and well-being. The place I know I need to start with—craft supplies. Which is why I’m imposing The Great Craft Up of 2013.


The Great Craft Up is my effort to use up those craft supplies that I have laying around the house. In drawers, in bins, in the desk, in boxes. It’s a roll of washi tape here and half a skein of yarn there. Forgotten projects, lost projects, or just projects that didn’t go quite as planned. Aside from spending a $20 craft store gift card I received as a present I will not purchase any more “for fun” craft supplies in 2013 unless, and only at which time, all “for fun” craft supplies have been depleted.


Now, why do I say “for fun?” Well, as you guys are well aware, one of my little side gigs requires me to keep paint, brushes, glue and a few other supplies stocked for customers. So, if I run out of neon pink paint, I’m going to have to buy more. Get it? Good. There are a few things I have on order that will come in before the end of the month that I’ll add to the “for fun” stash, but they will help me use the other supplies, if that makes sense.


Are you guilty of purchasing craft supplies for a project and then never starting, never finishing or just plain forgetting? It’s OK! That’s my problem too. You can come clean. You too can join me in my Great Craft Up. I’ll be sharing my progress here and on Instagram & Twitter using the hashtag #CraftUp2013. I’d love to see your craftiness in action too!

A Place To Rest Our Heads Gets Me Every Time

You guys. I made a headboard. And not just any headboard. An upholstered, tufted headboard. In a sunny marigold color. Made it. With my own two hands, twenty some teeth and endless frustrations. Plus one staple gun, some help from a friend and lots of encouragement. Here’s the full frontal. (headboard guys, get your heads out of the bedroom.)

If you think back to when I revealed that DIY lyric art, the Mr. and I didn’t have a headboard. So I did the ol’ scouring of Pinterest and came up with this tufted gem. Which, as it turns out, was a little easier dreamt than done. If I were to do it over, here’s what I would do differently than the DIY.

1. Not use pegboard, it’s hard to staple into. And a little heavy. Maybe a piece of foam core, or a big canvas covered with foam could have achieved the same effect.
2. Gotten the heaviest of heavy duty staple guns rather than try to get by with the crafting staple gun. I ended up having so many issues with getting the staples in that I actually tied the thread together on opposing rows to create the tuft. Yeah. That happened.
3. Not made my own buttons. Sure, they look nice, but… They would look nice if they were a complimentary color too, perhaps. This step takes patience, especially if you’re using a heavyweight fabric.
4. Paid closer attention to the draping of the fabric. It was hard to get it to lay flat and I could have done a better job.

Overall, it was a fun project and I’m proud of it. Might not tuft next time, but I have a feeling there’s more crafty goodness in the near future.

The Wide World of Crafting Gets Me Every Time

Not too long ago I shared the story of my coworker/friend/fellow blogger, Emily of The Great Wide Open. Well, recently, Emily stopped by the official Toyidermy workshop (aka, my apartment) to see if crafting might be her next great passion in life. Above you can see she is hard at work. But, no worries. It wasn’t all business. Now, stop reading my blog and go see what she has to say on her blog.

Thanks for stopping by, Emily!

A (G)Old Fan Gets Me Every Time

Remember when I went to SOWA a few weeks ago and picked up something from the vintage market? Well, this is it. A lil retro metal fan. I promise I took some before photos of this guy, but I cannot seem to find them, so you’ll just have to take my word for it when I tell you the base was a rustic light green color. Well, most of it was. The other parts of it were bare metal that was starting to get a little rusty.

So, I grabbed a can of spray paint, and voila. I was originally going to use a golden yellow, but I thought the metallic gold really classed it up a bit. A $20 retro fan given new life. Thanks SOWA Vintage Market!

A Family Map Gets Me Every Time

As I mentioned yesterday, my nephew Liam was celebrating his birthday. So, to wish Liam a happy Birthday formally the way across the country, what better way than to send him the country?

I started by grabbing this free map from Mr. Printables and printing it on legal sized paper.
Then, I made the pages into stickers using a Xyron machine. And that made it easy to stick the map pieces onto a leftover piece of foam core I found in my office.

Then, I cut out the pieces to make a simple U.S. puzzle. Not 50 pieces, but enough to keep a four year old busy for a few minutes.

I also wanted to make a few flags that the kids could use to mark where there family lived. Toothpicks were perfect for this. I made small holes with a pushpin so the landmarks are easily found.

And of course, I needed a container for the toothpick flags and you can see that an old Altoids tin did the trick.

Lastly a simple brown box was the perfect carrying case for all the pieces. I added some decoration and I hope to see some color added to this box very soon.
I think homemade gifts can’t be beat. I’ve got a few others in mind, stay tuned.

R & R Gets Me Every Time

Every once and a while, I feel like I just need a weekend off. This past weekend was one of those. Just some time to watch some baseball. (Go Sox, and Pirates. Yes, I can have two teams.) Catch up on the DVR’s holdings. Watch the close of the Olympics. Get my craft on, which included filling some custom orders and a bigger project, complete with a trip to Home Depot. So, without any further ado, here’s to another week!


It’s Alive.

Toyidermy.com is finally here.

Custom Toyidermy business card holders.

Custom Toyidermy wall plaques.

No need to sign up for Etsy. (though you still should, it’s wonderful, really) Simply pay through PayPal.

Any animal. Any color. Any time.

I’d love it if you stopped by. And please, share the love with tweets, if you so dare.

PS. A huge thank you for all the online & offline support. I’m so excited about this project and I couldn’t do it without everyone’s help!

Easy Art Gets Me Every Time

As we saw last week, when you give a writer an art project, she’s bound to put words on it. And that’s exactly what happened again this week. This statement (If you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.) has become something like a mantra for me recently, so why not put it somewhere I can see it often.

I had an old canvas board sitting around and I grabbed the same vinyl letters I used on my minibook a while back. I also grabbed a couple paint brushes, paint and an x-acto knife.

I’ve seen projects on Pinterest where the whole piece was painted the same color, creating a cool monotone effect, but I wanted something more dramatic. So after the first coat of paint dried, I added another, in a nice, seafoamy, minty green.

I carefully peeled the letters off (with the x-acto blade) BEFORE the paint dried. I read that’s what you’re supposed to do when making patterns with painters’ tape, so I figured the same logic should work when applied here—and it did.

Do you think this is a good phrase to live by on the daily? Do you have one too? Let me know, or I’m sticking with “if you’re not having fun, you’re not doing it right.” Now, off to have fun.

Making A Statement Gets Me Every Time

It’s project time. And today, I’ve got something to say. Well actually, Arthur Freed has some words for us, but more on that in a moment. First, shall we discuss this inspiration?

The great canvas above was actually painted with shoe polish—you know, the kind with the sponge tip? Check out all the details from Alisa, if you’re as inspired as I was.

Now, onto what happened when I picked up a 4×2 foot canvas. But first, a look at the wall space that was looking for some love.


See what I mean? I was never quite sure what to do, so some fabric wrapped canvas boards were filling in. Until now. Until I saw Alisa’s awesome canvas. I had to make my own. Immediately I knew I wanted a more scripted look to my canvas, so I grabbed a few paintbrushes and started writing.


The words are the lyrics of “All I Do is Dream of You” by Arthur Freed. It’s a song you might recognize from Singin’ In The Rain. But, plenty of other great musicians have covered it too.


LikeDean Martin, Perry Como and Michael Buble. And since Mr. GMET and I actually danced to his rendition of the song at our wedding, it’s even closer to my heart.


I knew I wanted the script to look pretty natural, so I used a thin brush with very little paint on it for a first pass. I didn’t worry about it being perfect. I just wanted it to look like I, myself, no offense Mr. Freed, had just scrawled out these poetic phrases.


After the first round of paint dried, I went back with a heavier coat of paint on a larger brush to get closer to the shoe polish look of my inspiration. Then, I did it once more.


And the best part is, if I decide I hate it in a week, I can paint over it and try something else. But right now, all I can think is that if you give a girl some large scale type art, she’ll ask for a headboard to go with it. And just wait till you see what I have in store.