Sunday, February 21, 2010

Apron hooks and shelf and an awesome GIVEAWAY!

Scroll to the bottom for information about an awesome giveaway I'm participating in!

I finished my kitchen shelf/apron hanger a while ago. I'm not sure why it takes me so long to post on my blog, but it does. Sorry.

Anyway, here's my shelf pre-painted.

A couple of weeks ago, I dragged my kids out to Lowes and found some great things! I got some double hooks for $2 (a 2 pack!) since they were the same price as the single hooks. I also picked up some Valspar spray paint. Jury's still out on the Valspar paint. I'm not sure how I like it, compared to Rustoleum and Krylon brands. Anyway, here's my finished-so-far shelf:

I centered the shelf on the wall with the pantry door open, since I rarely ever close that door. I also plan on making some kind of sign/thing to put on the shelf. I want to play with my jigsaw a bit more and cut out a word for the shelf. Any ideas? I've been thinking "oishii" which is Japanese for delicious (and is only 4 characters instead of 6 in Japanese), but I'm not sure how that would work.

On the subject of closing my pantry door, you'd think I'd do it more often because my 1 year-old is always rearranging the bottom shelf and using food at building blocks. Isn't he cute?

Here's another quick project I did recently. I found a pool noodle at a thrift store the other day and thought I'd repair my sons' swords with it. The "swords" are made of PVC pipe with a cap and a pool noodle. One noodle makes 2 swords. We actually made these swords a year ago for Christmas, but our boys ripped the orange noodle that we'd used originally. If you'd like to make these, they're very simple and cheap. We found pre-cut lenths of PVC pipe at Home Depot. They had a whole barrel of these pipes (24 inches) for $.78 each. We picked up two caps (20 cents each) and you cut the noodle into 2 24 inch lengths then shove the pipe inside the noodle. I painted the "hilts" yellow because I thought it would look cuter. Our boys have loved having their swords back and I like the green much better than our original orange (they looked Halloweeny).

And because I can never finish a project before starting twelve more, I decided to build a folding screen to go across my office/library opening since that room is usually a mess and I'm having a get together next week. We'll see if I finish it by then.

Here's my wood, cut and sanded and ready to be put together sitting on top of my yet-to-be-finished craft table. I finished cutting the wood yesterday and I would have kept going, but it started raining (my workshop is our back porch right now) and it got really cold out... for southern Arizona, anyway.

Here's my inspiration photo from

I'll try to be good a post pictures of my finished product soon.

Now, on to the giveaway mentioned above! My good friend, Morgan is hosting a blah blasting giveaway! She's got a lot of great stuff from a lot of great ladies ready for everyone to win! I will be giving a FREE vinyl quote to one lucky winner, so head on over and enter!

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