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I am creating a woman cave with the help of Sauder.  Find affordable furniture that will suit your style perfectly! Earlier this year I agreed to purchasing NBA League Pass for Fred.  What this means is that there is a basketball game on 24/7.  Fred loves basketball.  I do not like basketball…unless I am at…

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How to Use a Kreg Jig to Make Simple Book Ledges

Repeat after me, “I can build things!”.  You can!  I am going to show you how!  Specifically I am going to show you how to use a Kreg Jig to make these awesome book ledges.  These ledges can be used for so much more than just books!  Frames, small jars of crafts, mugs, keepsakes…the list goes on!

I am currently 29 weeks pregnant.  With the upcoming arrival of another person living in our house we are play “Room Switcheroo” and “Try to get all the things done around the house before the baby comes!”  Fun times.  So Ryan is moving into Michael’s room so that the new baby boy can move into Ryan’s old room.  We added bunk beds to Michael’s room and ran into the issue of no night stands.  My boys LOVE to read.  They read themselves to sleep at night and I love that.  So my solution was to make them each a simple book ledge that we could put at the foot of the bed to hold a few of their favorite books!  I couldn’t find any that I liked in stores….so I made some…and you can too!

Supplies Needed for Book Ledges:

Note:  I have lots of steps because I like lots of pictures!  Don’t think this project is difficult because of that – I just like to explain everything and SHOW everything!  Just think I am crazy with the camera :)

Also Note:  You can make these to whatever length you need!  Just measure twice and cut once!

I started off by using my Ryobi Compound Miter Saw to cut each of the boards in half.  This will give me (2) 18” book shelves.  If you ask the kind folks at Home Depot, they will cut the boards to size for you, so you don’t have to have a miter saw!  Great right?   Then I got out my Kreg Jig.  I am going to show you how to use the Kreg for this project.

My Kreg Kit contains the R3 Kreg Jig, a driver bit, a drill bit, an allen wrench and a slip nut.  It also comes with tons of screw packs and pocket hole plugs and an instruction manual in a convenient case that keeps everything TOGETHER….stuff miraculously WALKS AWAY at my house so the case is nice! {Ahem…Michael & Ryan!)

How to use a Kreg Jig to make DIY Book Ledges at thatswhatchesaid.net

Next I set the slip nut to the appropriate depth of my boards I am using.  This measurement is the width of your board.  Since I have half inch boards, I set it to half inch.  The case has everything you need to get a job done!

Father's Day Etched Picture Frame

Father’s Day Etched Glass Picture Frame

Make an sweet etched glass picture frame for the special guy in your life in celebration of Father’s Day!  Update the photo yearly so they have a constant reminder of how special they are!!

Fathers Day Etched Glass Frame at thatswhatchesaid.net

 

I love to celebrate Father’s Day.  I think because I am so much of a Daddy’s Girl!  My dad is just awesome and he has such a special love for my boys.  He enjoys being around them so much and he enjoys everything they do.  The feeling is mutual as my boys just think the world of their “Papa”.   Earlier we held a little Beer Tasting Event with a Twist but I really wanted to give my boys something to give my dad, their Papa,  for Father’s Day.

Supplies Needed:

  • Frame
  • Rubbing Alcohol & Cotton Ball
  • Electronic Cutting Machine or Xacto Knife & steady hand
  • Vinyl for stencil with transfer paper
  • Martha Stewart Etching Cream
  • Dry Erase Marker
  • Photo of your favorite people!

I started off by making up my design in my Silhouette Studio Software.  I wanted it to kind of hang out in the lower corner so I grouped it in a box

Silhouette Etching Stencil

Next I cut it with some vinyl and then removed the lettering leaving a stencil behind

Etched Fram Stencil

Painted Canvas Art

Color Outside the Lines – Painted Canvas

COLOR Outside the Lines…

This painted canvas board kind of sums up my feelings at this exact moment!  For so long we are told to color inside the lines…it’s actually used to gauge a young child’s readiness for school.  Whether or not they can master following the direction and staying INSIDE the line.  Since I have used the analytical side of my brain for SO long and then the “rules of blogging” telling me to pick a distinct niche makes me want to scream!  Why do I have to pick ONE thing?  Why can’t I do it all?  Why can’t I COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES dammit!!  So I did…and I continue to do :)  {I passed over that rebellious stage as a teenager…maybe I am finding it now?}

Color Outside the Lines Painted Canvas 1 at thatswhatchesaid.net

Aren’t we supposed to stretch boundaries and test waters with our creativity? I thought so!

I know I talked briefly about my craft room ages ago.  I know, I know…It is pretty much complete I just need to photograph it.   Anyway, I shared my color block dresser that I am still in love with to this day!  I wanted some fun artwork to display on it and on the wall of my CREATIVE space.  I shopped around and didn’t like anything I found so I did what any DIY girl would do and I made one myself!  It was really, really simple and I am going to share how to make your own!

Fabric Basket Liners

Fabric Basket Liners

It’s no secret…up until this year…I didn’t sew.  You can read all about that here when I shared my woes with my sewing machine.  After I got my hands on a working one, I feel pretty much unstoppable.  I have had the ultimate privilege to work with Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts stores.  I was asked to create a how-to video for their Creativity Made Simple series and I made a one to demonstrate how to make a fabric flower.  Recently I was asked to try out the new line of HGTV HOME fabric and trim.  Of course, my response was a small squeal {that only dogs could hear} and then a big ecstatic YES!  I was so eager to make cute fabric basket liners for my boring bins!

I have found myself purchasing more neutral pieces with the hopes that I will add color pops through accessories and décor.  I have totally been slacking on that second part there – the adding color pops part.  I have these boring bins/baskets that are a necessity in our living room.  Under our TV stand, they house videos/DVDs, books and toys.   So I thought, why not start to do what I said I was going to and add some color!  The vibrant line of HGTV HOME fabrics were perfect for some fabric basket liners for these boring guys!

How to Sew a Rectangle Fabric Basket Liner

Flower Topiary | Spring Fling

Happy First Day of Spring!!! It’s finally, officially here!  {Do you hear that Mother Nature?!  The calendar says it is SPRING now so please start planning your weather accordingly!}  In honor of April Showers bringing May Flowers, Claire from A Little Claireification is hosting a Spring Fling!  I am super excited to be participating and…