Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pinterest to the Rescue: Saving My Beloved Anthropologie Shower Hooks

To anyone else, my light green porcelain shower curtain hooks might seem boring. But I love them. My husband got them for me for Christmas 6 years ago from Anthropologie and they've been in our main bathroom every since.

But.

We just moved. And painted our main bathroom blue. And my shower hooks clash now. And they don't go with our master bathroom either. *Le Sigh*

I guess I got my use out of them. 6 years is pretty good for $16.

Hold on though! I can fix them to match our new bathroom (blue, black, and white)? And all it takes is a Sharpie and an oven?

I was going to buy new ones, so if I botched this I figured I wasn't out anything.

Cue The Sharpie!


The tutorial I saw (the really popular one on Pinterest, with the teal Sharpie knobs via Teal & Lime) showed the lines of the Sharpie kind of creating a variegated look as the lines overlapped--I'm guessing this is a product of the colored Sharpies. The black went on smoothly and without any sort of fussing. 

I poked them through a cardboard box to dry overnight--they do smear quite easily for the first hour or so.

Then I popped those babies into the oven the next day at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. (Please note my hand painted "Tea Room," "Sugar Shop," and "Flour House" and my gorgeous yellow house cookie jar--THRIFTED. In perfect condition and thrifted! Thrifting is a new thing for me--and not because of that heinous "Thrift Shop" song. I've discovered that it's actually a very fun and useful way to shop sometimes. I highly recommend it as long as you have reputable stores--Goodwill, St. Vincent de Paul, or Vine stores, for instance.)


Please excuse my wrinkled shower curtain--I didn't pull it out of the dryer as quickly as I should have.

So pretty and shiny and matching! And it cost me $0 because I already owned a Sharpie. 

Thanks Teal & Lime and Pinterest! 


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

We're Big on Daily Arts and Crafts

As you can probably tell, I'm big on adding some sort of art or craft into our daily routine. But to do this, I have to be organized. 

Otherwise, it just won't happen.

I've had a few questions about how I get this done. A few things to remember to make it easy on yourself:


1. It doesn't have to be hard--think of the easiest system that will work for you!
2. Keep it simple--kids will figure out what they want to do with the materials with just a little guidance from you.
3. Keep it all in ONE PLACE. That makes clean up easy, and it's not so daunting to gather up the necessary materials to get started.
4. Buy a cheap plastic shower curtain. It's so handy. You can spread that out, let the art happen, then if the shower curtain is really messy, throw it in the washer on cold with either a little vinegar or a little bit of regular detergent, then pull out and hang to dry. (This is also a good tip for your regular shower curtains--keeps them looking new!)


Here's what I do:

Everything has it's own bag or container. That way when it's time to craft, I pull out the bag that we need for the project and get to work!

Coloring/painting supplies all together in the Crayola bucket, stickers all in one bag, Playdoh and cookie cutters all together, pipe cleaners and pom poms together in a box, and a bag of miscellaneous crafting supplies (easter grass, tulle, ribbon, etc...).

Paper/contact paper/coloring books all go together, a bag of adult tools (fancy paints, glue guns, scissors, etc...), a bag of glue and things to be glued, yarn, and even a bag of our "in process" crafts.

Our trusty shower curtain--cut in half for manageability

And it all fits in this little Ikea basket in the corner of our hallway closet! It's so convenient and easy!

And get creative with your craft supplies!! I have everything from pink tulle and fabric butterfly clips to wooden easter ornaments and the foil tops of festive garden stakes (they just pull right off the metal stake and are ready to be glued!).

And think creatively about where to get your arts and crafts supplies. Always check out the after-holiday clearance for things like stickers, the garden stakes I mentioned above, and other lightweight decorations. 

My local Goodwill is a treasure trove of crafting supplies. If you're lucky like I am and your local Goodwill is a Target clearinghouse, you can clean up on the Target Dollar Spot items. They come to the Goodwill and end up on the "Fun Items for $0.25" racks. I've gotten all our coolest crafting supplies from there! And there is usually a crafting supply section back in the aisles where they'll have fabric remnants, yarn, stamps, rhinestones, beads, etc...

You can easily fill a basket like this for under $15 and then you'll have everything you need for hours of fun with your kiddos!

To get some fun ideas for art time with your child, visit my Pinterest Art Time board.





Monday, April 8, 2013

Back from Hiatus

Life has settled back down.

Whew!

We're now living in the midwest (West Bend, WI) and my husband is a bioinformatics analyst and I get to be a stay at home mom to our adorable two year old daughter, Scarlet, and our three guinea pigs, Darwin, Einstein, and Tesla.

Now that life has settled down, I'm back at the art thing. With a new shop name: Scarlet Blvd. Same location--old links will all still work. But the new official address is http://scarletblvd.etsy.com.


I like this name better. We all like this name better.

Obviously I named it after my daughter.

There lots of new stuff in the shop--more modern things. Also historical things. Also just plain cool things. I've found a cool way to bridge my art history training with my art--blueprint art work. I'm just in love with it and I hope you like it, too. I'm still branching out into other things, too. I'm just having fun with it.

Hopefully you'll stick with me through this new transition. And hopefully you'll love my new stuff as much as I do.

Today, we're sick. Specifically, I'M sick. I built a big fort in my bedroom on our four poster bed, and Scarlet and I have been coloring and watching kiddie shows all day.

We did take a break for some fun painting time, though. I try to do something that explores her creativity each day--you'll see some of it here.
I discovered this great little FREE app in the Apple Store called Frametastic--it lets me do these fun framed photo collages. There are tons of different layouts to choose from within the free edition. I highly recommend it.