crafty-ness not on my etsy…

Ok, so sometimes I get in that toddler mood where I have to “show mommy what I did”.  Being 25, I’m sure my mommy is wondering when I will grow out of this phase.  Truth be told, NEVER.  We all like to be acknowledged for things we do, me more than most. ;-)*  Kidding aside, maybe some of the things I have done to make my life in a tiny apartment more comfortable can be used by some of you.


Growing up on acreage has its perks.  Exhibit 1,  a yield sign thing off the back of an old tractor.  I found it walking around at my parent’s house barely peeking out from a ton of dirt.  With a little jute cord through the screw holes, I found a new way to hang this on my apartment wall and remind me of home.  My cousin and his wife gave me the alma matter die cut emblem and it was a happy addition to my rustic and modern ecclectic decor.


I had a barespot on this awkward piece of wall next to my bed.  I have two windows in my room that no matter how I arrange my 10 X 10 cell (aka room) one gets masked by my yummy queen-sized piece of heaven.  Needless to say, my saved-from-my-friends-curb headboard blocks half of one window but leaves this empty space.  Solution? Paint a neutral painting.  (horses are my favorite subject).


Living in a college town, also translates into crummy storage options in a bathroom.  These milk crate-style boxes were purchased at Michael’s for about a buck, and since I paint, I already had the acrylic paint to create black shelves.  Add some tchotchkes, a few pushpins to hold the mirror and its almost done.  A restaurant I worked at part time sold their drinking glasses as to-go cups (ie, mason jars). Taking some craft glue, modgepodge, and scrap fabric and voila! Instant storage for cutips, cotton balls and makeup removing pads.


Ignore the hand sensoring my favorite little sisters out of the shot.  This frame had lost its glass, and its backing.  Not a problem if you like barnwood frames regardless.  Using jute cord, a staple gun, a few home photos and a birthday card or two, and you have a perfect next to the desk organizer/art.  Ps. the card has my favorite quote: “Happiness is like peeing your pants. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel its warmth.”  🙂


Another broken frame that fit over a canvas art I had done a while back.  (watercolor and stain-glass lead-free piping)  Above it, but not pictured, is a metal die-cut that I believe my dad made a long time ago, it says welcome and has a western star–perfect for the entrance to my room. (even if it makes my roomies think I am some kind of hick…. There’s nothing wrong with knowing how to weld, or raise animals, or be domestic.  Both of my parents contributed to my “learning”, and if being a ‘hick’ (i prefer rural domestic goddess) means I can take care of myself in most situations… I’m okay with that.)


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