Thrift Store Find

I have been getting a little more of the creativity vibe while staying at home. I’m currently into doing macrame projects. It is so fun and very hands on. I am really enjoying it and hope to create many beautiful pieces. I have been seeing lots of wonderful ideas on Instagram, Pinterest and on YouTube. Not only is it great as plant hangers and wall decor but it also looks amazing combined with baskets.

A while back I was at my local thrift store and found this cool looking faux bamboo food tray. It was really neat, inexpensive, and in great shape. So I picked it up because I knew at the time I wanted to do something with it. Didn’t knew exact what, but I had to get it. Below is what I found.

Isn’t if so cool?! I mean you can leave it just as is and use it to it’s original purpose or as a base for a center piece for a coffee table. As I said earlier, I was loving how some people were adding macrame to baskets and thought why not do the same with this piece.

I thought about stenciling an image on the tray. I figure it’s a descent size area to put something on it. First I needed to paint it so that the image can stand out. I decided to paint the base with a white chalk paint that I had. It painted on well to the tray and since I put a good 1st coat, I didn’t need to paint another coat. Loving chalk paint!

Now time to pick out an image. So I wanted something simple and quick. I looked around my stash of stencils and picked out 2 things. I went with the letter J and two little star bursts on each side of the letter. Since I will hang this in my craft room, I thought it would be perfect.

So how to incorporate a macrame design to this tray piece. Well soon to be a wall piece in my craft room. I figured I would keep it simple. So I decided to create a simple square knot design that was not so crowded but airy. I just did square knots with spaces in between each one. To add a little more interest to the design, I had the square knots taper down to create an upside down triangle shape and added regular knots on the cords that were loose.

I love how it turned out. Something so simple and yet it added an extra look to a very simple tray. Below is how it turned out all completed and on my wall.

I do plan to create little projects like this with macrame. I also plan to make more macrame projects for my craft fair. Stay tune and see what else I will create with macrame, thrift store finds or recycled items at home.

Thanks for stopping by.

Janette

Use What You Got!

I am trying to make the most out of the stay-at-home social distancing situation. It’s been a little tough and a bit stir crazy, but we are managing. I am doing more things at home that needed to get done and having fun getting the chance to be creative.

Last week the weather was so nice that it motivated me to be outside and and get some planting done. Now I have not been going out much except for to the grocery store or to the pharmacy store for other stuff. I couldn’t buy new plants, but I did have few plants that needed to be transplanted to a bigger pot.

I bought this snake plant that I have been wanting to get for a while now. I did get it a couple of months back and it so desperately needed to move up to a bigger pot. On this amazing sunny, warm day, I went ahead and transplanted the snake plant. So glad I did it and I have the perfect spot for it.

Isn’t it pretty. I love having one. Since it is an indoor plant, I would need to water it inside of course. So the pot that it’s currently in didn’t come with pot dish. It’s really a plant pot that would go outside. I used what I had. Well I needed a plant pot dish and I didn’t want to go to the store so I had to think of something. Surely I could think of something. I think I am fairly creative to come up with or create something out of what I had at home or in the garden.

So I spent a day looking around the house trying to come up with something. Finally I found something in my recycling bin.

So I found a plastic lid from an ice cream bucket that I bought recently. It was the perfect size and thought it would work as a great plant dish. So how do I cover it up so the writing and the plastic won’t show. I thought about covering the flat outside part with material. Luckily I had some leftover fabric from a previous project years ago. I cut it to size and hot glued it on. This way the plastic won’t scratch my wood floors.

Now I could have left it as is and it would have been fine, but I didn’t want the plastic to show. I needed to cover it up. Why not jute twin. Of course, that would work. So I wrapped around the inside part of the plastic top with hot glue. Well I believe the jute twin I used was size 3mm. Well this process to wrap around was so long and tedious since it was a bit skinny. It would have been faster and easier if I used a larger size twin. Well it was what I had and so I eventually covered the entire inside of the plastic top. I think it turned out cool.

Again, I could have stopped there. It still would do the job of being a plant pot dish, but you can still see the plastic on the outside edge of it. No I really wanted to cover it up. I went through all that trouble and time to cover the inside. I really should cover up the outside edge.

So now again I am looking around in my craft room seeing what I had to help cover up the outside edges. Looking and looking until I thought I can use what was right in front of me… my macrame cord. Of course, why not. It would be perfect. So I used my 3mm 3 ply cord to cover it up. I used hot glue again and wrapped the cord around twice to have good coverage.

And so here is the completed simple project that I was able to make using the stuff and stash that I had at home. It was great not needing to spend the extra money. I was also great that I was able to use my creativity to come up with something that I think turned out great.

Well I hope you enjoyed this journey with me in finding items in my home and stash and creating something that is cool and useful. I wish this will inspire you to look around and create something with things that you may already have. Try it out! Give it a go!

Janette

Bullet Journal

What is a bullet journal? For me it’s like a planner with a monthly and daily calendar in it. You can also have trackers for what ever you want to keep in track. For example, keeping track of your daily water intake, keeping track of your daily mood, or keeping track of your daily steps, etc. Whatever you want to keep track you can add that to your bullet journal. You can have lists. Lists like a daily check list or to do list. Whatever list you want. That’s the beauty of the bullet journal. It is so flexible to whatever you want and whatever works for you. You can even have pages of just doodling if that’s what you want. Totally up to you. You can get more ideas and suggestions on Pinterest as to what you can have in your bullet journal.

Oh my goodness there are soooo many ideas on Pinterest it is ridiculous. Also there are tons of YouTube videos on this subject. It is quite overwhelming honestly. The other overwhelming part is different types of notebooks or journals to use (plan paper, grid paper, or dot grid paper). Also the different types of pens and markers you can use. Plus the different styles of how to create you bullet journal. I’m not going to go into that since it can be easily found, as I said before, on Pinterest and YouTube. You can look into it and see what I mean. For now I’m just going to go into what I have done with my bullet journal.

Around the new year, I decided to try out this bullet journal thing. I’ve used many different types of planners through the years and they never seem to have exactly what I wanted. I felt like I also had to settle with what was out there. Well since I learned about how flexible a bullet journal can be, I decided to give it a try.

Now I found my journal on Amazon for a descent price. There are plenty out there on Amazon and I am sure there are plenty at craft stores or other brick and mortar stores. Do your research and see what you like if you’re interested. I chose a nice journal with dot grid pages. I’ve learned that’s it helps draw out boxes and grids for what ever calendar you create or charts you want.


Now as I said earlier, you can find lots of ideas on Pinterest. So many cool ideas that I created a board just for bullet journals. So for the month of April (which I really hope it is a much better month), I created this pretty intro page with doing some doodling and drawing out some simple flowers. No I am not an artist by any means. That is why I chose to draw these very, very simple flowers. I also used letter stickers that I had in my scrapbooking stash. Thankfully I had all the letters I needed to spell out the word April. Quite honestly I like how they turned out.

I also included a page of the whole month listed out so I can see the upcoming events of the month in a glance.

I then worked on adding a 2 page weekly calendar layout so I can write down daily events or appointments. I’ve also included in the 2 page layout a weekly “things to do” section and a “notes” section just to jot down items I need to do or events to add to the following week or weeks.

So this is what I have so far. I will probably add an exercise tracker page for the month and possibly a page for a daily mood tracker. I will see how this will work for me. I may add something more for next month and see how that will go. I may take away a tracker page. Who knows. That’s the beauty about bullet journals. It’s so flexible and fluid. Every month maybe different depending on what works for me at the time.

You should give it a try and see. It’s actually quite fun and there is a bit of creativity to it as well.

Enjoy!

Janette

Macrame Wall Hangings

Oh my goodness is been a while. So many things going on that the time went by. Just been busy with the kiddos home now. Getting a schedule going for them so there is some purpose for each day. Been spending lots of good quality fun times with the them playing board games and card games. I have been really enjoying that. Making almost every single meal since we are trying not to go out and eat our meals. (I have to say I have grown tired of cooking. It really isn’t a thing that I like to do on a regular day anyway.) Also I have been working a lot on some of my macrame projects.

I have really gotten into macrame. It’s been so much fun for me. It’s been a great creative outlet and allowing me to be creative with my hands. Paper crafting does it for me too, but it’s been macrame lately. I am loving what I see and find on Pinterest and Instagram in regards to macrame. So many different designs and colors. Uughh so cool!

I’ve been using my time at home making several macrame projects. I have made several wall hangings that I think turned out cool. I have gotten some compliments from family and friends.

I’ve made a very pretty wall plant hanger which I really want to make more of them. I really think it turned out so great.

I have incorporated some weaving with some of my wall hangings. It gives the hangings a punch of color. I will definitely be trying some more weaving with different types of yarn. The possibilities seem endless.

I’ve also tried out making a leaf/feather. I know I still need to work on it some more. I think it turned out neat. It’s a bit tedious and slightly time consuming for me since I am still learning it, but worth my time. I will continue to make more so I can improve on it.

Well I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have been working on lately. I will continue to work on some more. You can see more at my Instagram account @jscreativeinnovations. Go and check it out to see other items I have done.

Thanks for stopping by,

Janette

Mini mini album

Oh my goodness so much is going on that I lost track of what day I am in. I realized that I haven’t posted anything in a week. I try to post on my blog twice a week, but sometimes life catches up and I can’t do it. Anyway I am still dealing with my foot post surgery. (Going on 13 weeks) Appointment to go to and now the kids are off school for the next 3 weeks since they closed the the school district starting today.

So we’ve been staying at home as much as possible. I’ve been busy making all the meals so we don’t eat out. I’ve gotten groceries to hopefully hold us over for a while. (Praying for that) . During this past week, I was busy on prepping for the craft fair by making some macrame wall hangings. I have made several and would like to make more. It’s been fun for me to do and has been a great creative outlet. I am learning so much about macrame and learning more knots and various ways to make a beautiful wall hanging. I will post more of what I made at a later post.

I was also creating something with my paper crafts. I do love to create things with my paper. I also love to do scrapbooking. Another great creative outlet for me. I have been considering having a separate page for just scrapbooking/paper crafting. That may happen soon. Who knows.

Well getting back to working with my paper crafts, I did create a very cute mini, mini album. Super small and sweet. I fits perfectly in a purse. Well I got the idea from someone I have been following on YouTube. Her channel is called MayMay Made It Crafts. I love what she does and she does a lot of paper crafting and she has her own store too. Now she called it Grams Brag Book and that she used some 6×6 paper that she had on hand. Here is the link to her channel with this particular project.

I did something similar but using some of my 6×6 paper pad that I had in my stash. That’s how I found this particular video.

This is the paper pad I used and the paper that I chose to create the mini album. This mini album uses 6 sheets and I fold them in half thanks to the help of my scoring board.

So after I folded the paper I did some corner round punch. I love how it looks with the corners rounded. It gives it a softer look to it. Once that was done, I decided how I want to order the papers in the album. So next I need to put these papers together to make the book. Choosing what side of the paper I wanted to be seen, I glued the back sides together to bring the pages together to make the book/album. I only glued 3 sides instead of all the way around. I wanted to leave the outside edges open to create a pocket.

Once the glued dried, I worked on creating the front cover. I got a coordinating paper and cut a tag out of it. I inked around the edges and stamped the phrase and images onto the tag. It was from an acrylic stamp that I had on hand. I thought it turned out cute.

Since I left open the outside edges of the pages to make a pocket, I needed to create something to be able to slide it in and out of the pages to add more spots for more pictures or even add space to journal. So I picked out a few more coordinating paper and cut it down to 3 1/8 or 3 1/4 by 5 inches. I then corner rounded the inside edges and did a border punch to add a little something pretty to the album.

So here is how it looks all done. I think it turned out great. It’s great to put in a purse to carry around some pictures instead of trying to find certain ones on your phone. Or this can be a great little journal to jot down ideas or to do lists. It can also be a cute little gift to give to someone.

Well I hope you enjoyed this and hope it will inspire you to give it a try. It was a quick and fun little project to do. Until the next project.

Janette

A Few Things Going On

Oh my goodness where has the time gone. I got some good news recently that prompted me to get busy cleaning out and organizing my craft room. I’ve been off my right foot from a foot surgery for 2 1/2 months so my craft room became a mess. It is more like I really neglected my craft room. Since being off my foot, I was only able to do small little projects that I could do sitting down. I did some knitting and I work on some macrame key chains that I shared in a previous post.

Well since I got the go ahead to start walking in a boot, I was able to maneuver around my craft room more freely. Ahhhh… finally back in my craft room. So I was able to start on some projects . I recently got accepted to be a part of a local craft fair that will be in May. It’s a place called East 96 Marketplace. I am super excited. So as you can see I will be busy with getting ready for the craft fair.

So with that in mind, I decided to clean out items in my craft room and organize it better. That way I have a better working area to get some work done to create some gift items and lots of macrame and wall decor. Below you’ll see my process.

Just a little glimpse into one side of my craft room. Was too embarrassed to show the rest, but trust me it was a mess.

In the process of cleaning out, I sorted out my stash and put them different piles. I had piles of 2-D stickers, 3-D stickers and other embellishment items. I used the plastic 12×12 containers that you see to put all these items in. Also I labeled them. I rearranged some boxes and containers within the room. It feels a lot better seeing more floor space and having everything a bit more organized.

Well I hope I can maintain the organization for a while, but I am sure it will get messy as I work on my projects for the craft fair. Be sure to check in later to see what I am working on currently.

Janette

Oh Spring You Are So Close

Sun is out. Slightly warmer temperature. Some windows opened. Yesterday was awesome weather wise. Having the sun out motivated me so much to get some stuff done. Got some cleaning done. I got some laundry done. I even got motivated to do a little decorating in my dining room area for the upcoming season of spring. Oh man I am so excited for warmer weather and the sun rays beaming down on my face. A great time to be outside which I love.

I recently went out antique shopping with my husband at a small town about an hour away from where we live. We happened to be in this area since my daughter was at the local high school for a winter guard competition. Anyway it was a cool experience. Everything was neat to see but we did purchase a couple of things and one included was a small rectangular shaped tobacco basket. It was a cool find from my husband. He knew that I would like it.

It’s in pretty good shape so I don’t think it’s that old. Not 100% sure. So I decided to use this as a base for my dining table center piece.

I wanted to add some florals. So I went to my stash and found these that I thought would be perfect for the season of spring. I got these florals from local stores that carry faux flowers and even got some from a garage sale.

So I added the long stem yellow and white florals around this flower vase that I had at home. I even wrapped some burlap ribbon that I got at my local dollar store to make the vase less plain looking.

Then I simply added the rest of the flowers to create a pretty arrangement in the vase. It did add some height to it but not so much that you can’t see the person across from you went sitting for dinner.

I really love how it turned out. I love its simplicity and freshness. I love the colors and how it brightens the room. It helps warm it up and make it feel inviting. It’s a little bit of spring in the house. It’s perfect for the upcoming season and maybe into summer time. We’ll see if I keep it on into the summer months. Who knows I may find something else to change things up.

Well thanks for staying along and look forward to some more splashes of decor in my home.

Janette

It’s Your Birthday. Time to Make a Card.

So a couple of days ago was my best friend’s birthday. My friend from high school turned 45. Ahhhh! She’s going to kill me that I mentioned her age on my post. Well I’m doing it anyway.

I haven’t seen her in a while since she’s on the west coast and I live in the south. Needless to say I wanted to send her a special birthday card for completing her 45th year of her life. So I would like to share with you my process of creating this birthday card. All items and supplies are what I have in my stash. I didn’t follow any particular sketch, but the idea my have come from ideas that I have seen from other fellow crafters out there.

I had a 4×5.5 base card set that I bought at Michael’s to get me started on my card.
So I picked this pink flower patterned paper as the background for the front cover of the card.
As the final touch, I stamped this phrase on the inside part of the card. This stamp was also in my stamp collection stash.

Well I hope you enjoyed this quick post about my process of making this special birthday card to my friend. I really enjoy making cards and plan to do more with some upcoming birthdays of some family members. I’ll try to post those soon.

Candle Holder to a Mini Faux Chandelier

Now this is a quick little upcycle project that I did a while ago for my daughter’s room that I wanted to share. A while prior to even thinking of redecorating her room, I went to a local flea market and found this very simple hanging candle holder that had a bright color blue to it. Now it wasn’t ideal but I thought it was cute and new I could do something with it. So I bought it and thankfully it wasn’t that expensive.

Of course, I had it stored away somewhere in the house not knowing what would be its purpose but I had it. Until it dawned on my while I was redecorating my daughter’s room. I wanted her room to look nice and grown up since she was about 14 almost 15. I wanted something pretty and elegant. There was not particular theme in mind to her room. We went with the colors grey and rose gold. She really loved those colors. We also added some wall decor items that were of arrows and feathers. Really cute!

To add something extra and nice to the room, I created a faux mini chandelier from the hanging candle holder that I had.

Now I am a less is more kind of person so I didn’t go too crazy in the “chandelier” idea. What I did was I spray painted the holder with a bronze color spray paint with the texture in it. I got the spray paint at a local hardware store. I know it’s hard to tell here with the lighting not being that great. I was able to cover the blue on the holder so you can’t see it. I then purchased the crystals that you see hanging. (I honestly do not recall where I purchased these, but I did find them online.) It was great because the crystals came in long chains so I was able to play around with lengths that I needed to create the look I was going for. It was easy to take apart the chains to the desired length using needle nose pliers. I was able to hook the crystal chains onto the candle holder to make this look.

Even though I didn’t add any kind of light fixture to it (hence the name faux chandelier), I thought it gave the room that touch of elegance. I hung it up on the ceiling in the area where there is a dormer. It’s right above my daughter’s desk. I think it turned out cute. My daughter loves it as well and the bonus was that it was inexpensive. If I recall correctly, I think it was around $25 to make this. Of course it’s been a while so I don’t remember the exact amount.

So I hope you enjoyed reading this quick little project that I did a while ago. I really enjoyed doing it and hope to do more fun projects like this one.

Card For My Valentine

So Happy Valentine’s Day to all. Not only to husbands, wives, boyfriends, and girlfriends, but to loved ones as well. The loved ones can be parents, children and friends that you love and care for. Why does this day have to only be for lovers. It should be a day to love those who we care about. Also why do we only designate one day out of the year to show love and/or compassion to those we love. For me it just seems silly. Only one day out of 365 days.

Well in the spirit of the day of hearts and kisses, candies and flowers, and colors of reds and pinks, I have created a handmade card for my husband. Here it is…

When I created this card, I was scrapbooking with a friend on Super Bowl Sunday. (I have more to add to this scrapbooking event at another post.) I originally was not planning to do any cards that day. I was really focused on doing another project, but there was a challenge that was brought to our attention which lead me to do a Valentine’s Day card. With that in mind, I had nothing extra with me that was love or Valentine related. So I had to improvise and use what I had. So what you see on the picture above is what was in my stash. Thankfully I did have a couple of items that did help in making my card more for Valentine’s Day.

So to give a closer look to see what I use, the card was quite simple. Nothing too frilly since this was going to my husband. I only used some card stock and patterned paper. Also included chipboard shapes and brads. Honestly very simple and didn’t take long to put together. What took a while was going through all my stuff to see what I had to make this card. This really helped me use some items that I had for a long time and to think a bit outside of the box.

So I had this burgundy, red card stock that I thought would be fitting as a base. Then I found some coordinating pattern paper that seems to go really well with the solid color card stock. I layered the pattern paper on top of the burgundy colored card stock and punched out this pretty scalloped edge to both. I thought it gave it an interesting look to it verses it being squared and plain. You know typical card shape.

As I searched through my stash, I luckily found some chipboard that had some heart shapes. Yes something that would help the card be more for Valentine’s Day. I had some colored markers and colored them to go well with the rest of the color scheme of the card.

And of course, what’s a card without a title to it. I didn’t have any stamps on had and the sticker letters in my stash was way to big. So I wrote it out. I cut out a little banner shape out of white card stock and wrote out “Happy Valentine’s Day” in red. I marked the edges with same red marker to help make it pop out. Plus I had some foam adhesive to give it more dimension. The last detail was a bonus find in my stash. Something I had that I totally forgot about. I found brads of red lips. PERFECT! So I added that to the title banner to give it a little something extra.

I love how it turned out and hope my husband will like it too. Now every detail I did to this card was part of that challenge that I mentioned early. It made doing this little project more fun to do. It challenged me and made me use what I had. Maybe I’ll do more of these types of challenges and hopefully use up my stash that I’ve had for years now. Maybe on a future post.

Well everyone, enjoy this day. Show your loved ones how much you love them. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wanted to show this cute Valentine decor that I found a long time ago at a dollar store. Don’t remember which store.