Yep, I'm such a nerd! I spend the morning making this pretty new "cool tools" button!
It's for my new series!!! on tools! How can Pregnant... with power tools not talk about tools?
Every Monday, I will write a new post about a tool (not necessarily a power tool, but those are my fav :)
Part tutorial, part review, all fun and useful information!
Since tools are used for doing stuff... I've written a page that will be used to organize and group these posts according to the tool's purpose (sanding, cutting, etc.) This page will be an excellent starting point for many a DIY project (I hope :) You can find this page titled "(Power) Tools" on my tab menu (just below the blog title)!
We've had a pretty wet spring (for Northern California), and it makes me want to add more blue to my workspace. (The color will liven it up sure, but why blue - specifically aqua and turquoise?). Maybe it just says summer. It's also calming and very pretty (in a not pink way).
I know many of you were surprised to wake up this morning and not find an issue of Pregnant... With Power Tools in your reader (OK, at least 1 of you was surprised!)
I am running out of post material since my bigger belly has started getting in the way of big projects.
I do have hopes (and dreams) of doing these again soon (but I also remember that those first weeks of a new baby leave room for nothing else).
So I thought I'd take Mondays for a series about tools (power and other)!
The question at this point (OK, 2 questions) are:
Would this be useful? There are already a lot of How-Tos and reviews on the web... I need to think about what I can contribute! I believe these could be a mix of great links to existing material, personal experience, tips and tricks, smart shortcuts, etc If there's one thing I'm good at it's research!
Which would you prefer? A different tool each week (orbital sander, dremel, circular saw, paint sprayer...) or different diy activities (sanding, painting, cutting) covering some of the tools used for that task. For example, sanding can be done with a dremel, sanding block or orbital sander - the tool depends on the type of sanding you need to do.
These last type of post would be pretty hefty, more so than those covering a single tool, and maybe a good compromise is to create groups of posts around these activities!
Please let me know what you think in the comments or vote on the poll on my sidebar! I'm excited about this, and I think it could be educational for us all!
Looks like I'm running out of time to get it ready! I'm in the "latent phase of labor" already! That's the polite bloggy way to say the baby lightened over a week ago and as of last Monday I was already a few cm dilated... Second baby, so who knows, but yes... he may be early!
My inspiration photo for the nursery was a little different than what I did, however, one of the things I liked were the little shaker pegs along the wall. See 'em? Those little peg hanger thingys along the wall (right under the picture ledge)?
Bos Custom Cabinetry
They look like this
What do you think? I don't (can't) have them all over, but maybe a few in "good" locations.
I can see hanging cute/useful stuff on them...like
tomorrow's outfit for baby
my camera/video recorder
blankie or robe
Tell me - should I do it!?
What would you hang from them?
A friend who doesn’t shop thrift very often asked me recently “What are the best buys at the thrift store”?
This question really has two answers, and it depends on what kind of thrift shopper you are.
Those who Shop Thrift Once in a While
The best deals are from items that tend to have a high retail price.
Chandeliers, high end clothes, expensive home goods and sports equipment, furniture.
These items cost >$50 at the mall, but can often be had for 10-20% of that price at the thrift store.
In comparison, extension cords, dishes, books, and basic housewares may only be a dollar or two less than what they cost at Walmart (or Big Lots).
Still a deal? I say so, but it I’m one of
Those who Frequently Shop Thrift
If you can (and like) to hit the local thrift a few times a month, you can make your dollar stretch in multiple ways.
1) Cheap(er) basics that are easy to find at the thrift. Extension cords, dishes, kitchenware, books, candles, picture frames, clothes, and toddler and baby clothes (they outgrow ‘em so fast that these are often in great shape.)
2) Harder to find (at the thrift store) basics. It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes I find Diaper Genie refills ($2), sandpaper, office and cleaning supplies, and even new-in-box baby bottle nipples.
This week’s haul: a mix of easy and hard to find “basic” items
3) Harder to find big ticket items. That perfect chandelier –or antique school desk- you’ve been keeping an eye out for months for, high-end designer clothes and jewelry, valuable collectibles, and fancee appliances. (Personally, I’ve found that gorg chandelier, an automatic soap dispenser, designer silk dress, and even a paint sprayer. )
They are also the easiest thing to make (you don't even have to sew if you don't want!! See: The Nester's "Window Mis-treatments" for GREAT ideas!)
I also want my thrift store valance to tie in a little with the fabrics I bought at Joann's.
1. Add a layer of brown to the bottom of the valance
This wasn't so hard (for a first project).
Not easy, but not super hard either! a. Sew a long strip of brown fabric, hemmed at sides, top and bottom
b. Sew onto valance
under the ruffle (but not all the way through to the front - the toile covers the seams for the striped fabric and the brown) This is hard to describe. but nonetheless there was a place to sew on the brown without the seam being seen from the front.
This thrift store valance is pretty nice - lined and everything!
That was easy!
Think I can sew a pair of plain 'ol panel curtains too?
2. Plain 'ol panel curtains
There's lots of plans on the nets for panel curtains too, so you don have to use mine :)
sewing machine (borrowed from MOM)
iron and ironing board
2 pieces fabric cut to length and width of desired curtain (plus 8 inches for seams and curtain rod pocket - I used *very* wide seams since this was my first sewing project since I was 15!)
** Always wash and iron fabric before sewing (this prevents shrinkage later on and helps seams lie flat)
Basic seams along sides and bottom
a. Fold fabric over an inch and then another inch. Iron flat and pin.
b. Sew along the fold ½ inch from the edge. Iron again if you want.
Curtain rod pocket
a. Fold top an inch and then another inch. Iron.
b. Fold top down 3 more inches. Iron and pin.
c. Sew along bottom of fold, ½ inch from edge.
d. Sew along top of fold, 1 inch from top.
OK! Great first project. Definitely got my feet wet!
I also added a thin strip of brown fabric along the bottom.
I just cut, folded, and sewed seams for the brown fabric.
Then I placed the two pieces together (fronts facing each other) and sewed them together above the original seams!
Who doesn't spend hours on the internets drooling over nursery bedding?
What? You don't. Why not!
It's only yummy enough to eat.
I've been looking for the perfect soft green toile nursery bedding to go with the cute curtains I got at the thrift store... no I do not have the patience to wait and find more thrift store bedding... for a crib... in that color... in toile. It just won't happen. Aaaand I'm due in 4 weeks!
So I hunted for inspiration on the world wide web.
** Happy Easter!! I hope you are enjoying it with Family like I am! **
I like to buy knobs whenever I see them at the thrift store.
Right now I have a dozen wooden knobs ($1.99), some antique white porcelain ones, and some cool silver colored retro looking ones. I know... I need to buy more!! All for $1-$2 per 6 knobs (beats spending a dollar or 2 per knob at the hardware store!)
I know I'll use them for refinishing furniture, furniture I've built (OK, will build - getting ahead of myself here), or other projects...
Like this one... you can use cabinet or dresser knobs as wall hangers!
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I'm using a dark brown fabric to add some dramatic contrast to my green toile nursery bedding. I even added a strip of it to my thrift store valance.
I want to make my own ribbons to hang my canvas nursery letters!
There might be a better way to do this (I can only call them "ribbons" in good conscience), but I am only a novice sewer... ewww... ummm... seamstress!
I figured the easiest DIY ribbon would simply be a wider version of a fabric tie (like the kind made for chair pads).