Sunday, May 20, 2012

Gettin' Crafty with my Cricut

So........a couple of nights ago, I got crafty with my Cricut.  I had been putting off several labeling projects throughout my house, cause I didn't want to drrraaaagggggg out the 'ole Cricut.  Why am I complaining?  I should be happy that I have one to drrraaaaaagggggg out! 

My first project was completing my puppy, Ollie's, bed.  I used an old galvanized tub, and put a big cushy dog bed in it.  I then used the cricut to cut out "Ollie" in black vinyl.

My next project was to label the dog food container in the utility room.  I made this out of an old popcorn container.  You know, one of those ugly ones that you get for Christmas.  All I did was paint it yellow, and it perfect for keeping "little puppies who like to rip dog food bags open" OUT!!!

The next two projects were in my craft room.  Several months ago, I made these boxes to store miscellaneous crafting items in.  All I did was cover old copy paper boxes in burlap.  You can find the tutorial for the burlap boxes here.  For the tag, I used the an outline of a tag on the Cricut cartridge, stuck it on a tag, and labeled what was in there.

And last, I labeled all these storage boxes with the craft supplies they contained.  I used a black vinyl and a white paint pen to give it the look of chalkboard tags, but the words won't rub off.  (I've made chalkboard tags before and have had a problem with the lettering rubbing off over time). 

-Lindsay (:

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Burlap Storage Box Tutorial

This idea saved me money on storage totes for my craft room, and offered much cuter storage than store bought ones.  I used empty copy paper boxes.  I like these boxes because they are sturdy and durable.

I decided to cover it with burlap...simply because I'm literally obsessed with burlap right now.  And it is durable and a neutral color, so it'd go with just about anything.

I will give you a word of advice, when covering the box, I used a hot glue gun, but MAKE SURE that you put it on the LOW HEAT setting.  I burned my fingers a few times when I put the glue on the box, and then pressed it down, it seeped through the holes in the burlap and it didn't feel very good on my poor hands!

Basically, you just cover the box like you are wrapping a present.

I trimmed the edges after I had glued them down, so that I would make sure that I had enough.

And, this is how they turned out.

- Lindsay (:

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Friday, May 18, 2012

All-Sports Banquet

As I have mentioned before, Miranda & I work for Huff & Puff Trucking.  (Find our FB page here.)  If you'll remember, back in the winter, we helped decorate for the baseball kickoff banquet.  Find that post here.  So, Melodie volunteered to help decorate for the All-Sports Banquet that took place last night at our local high school.  I wanted to share with you some of the table decorations that we used, because I thought that there were some very unique ideas that would be great for a banquet or even a child's birthday party.  Since there are so many different centerpieces, I'm just going to give a brief description in the caption to keep this post from becoming super overwhelming.

Round Mirror (Hobby Lobby), Square vase (Hobby Lobby) filled with rubber soccer balls (Party City),
whistles, ceramic soccer ball (Hobby Lobby)
Glass candle holder filled with spanish moss, golf balls, and golf tees.  
Finished off with a spike plant.
Old candy tin spray painted white.  Baseball details painted with a paint pen.
Wheat grass planted inside with old baseball in center.
Square vase (Hobby Lobby), filled with rubber soccer balls (Party City), water, and plant on top.
Baseball glove with plant inside.
Round mirror (Hobby Lobby), Square Bowl (Hobby Lobby) filled with sunflower seeds and topped with a baseball, old softball cut open with flower planted inside, round jar (Hobby Lobby) filled with peanuts.
Soccer ball cut open with Gerber daisy planted inside.
Glove filled with peanuts.  Round jar with peanuts and popcorn on the bottom and baseballs on top.
Square twist jar filled with maroon and gold glass rocks, topped with a football.
Cleats with ferns planted inside.
Large Ball jar (Hobby Lobby), maroon and gold glass rocks on bottom, football inside.
Note:  To get the football inside the jar, we deflated it, put it into the jar, and inflated it again.
Rectangular jar (Hobby Lobby) with plant inside, fish bowl (Hobby Lobby) with golf balls and golf tees inside.
Basketball cut open, and Gerber daisy planted inside.  Old net around ball.
Wheat grass planted in large round flower pot bottom.  Football is cut in half and laid inside.
Large round vase (Hobby Lobby) filled with rubber basketballs (Party City) and a basketball net.
Wheat grass planted in large round flower pot bottom.  Baseball glove and ball laid on top.
Football helmet with ivy planted inside.
Football helmet with ornamental grass planted inside.
Large round jar (Hobby Lobby) filled with tennis balls.
Large square jar (Hobby Lobby) filled with rubber baseballs (Party City), water, and plant on top.
Plant with pom-poms and letterman's jacket letters.
For the student-athletes table, we put baskets of snacks that one might find at sporting events like sunflower seeds, Cokes, Cracker Jacks, Double Bubble gum, and peanuts.

- Lindsay (:

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Latest Sign for Sweet Tea Bakery

This latest sign was made especially for Erica Colter, owner of Sweet Tea Bakery, in Manchester, TN.  She makes the most fabulous cakes and cupcakes.  Her husband, Keith, ordered a personalized sign for her for Mother's Day.  He wanted a cupcake painted on the sign.  I was freaking out because I can paint lettering all day long, but to paint something else is beyond my capabilities.

So...I came up with an alternative idea to get the cupcake on the sign, and to get me out of having to paint it.  I used burlap for the cupcake liner, and small squares of fabric balled up to make the look of icing. 

When, I attached it to the sign and sent Keith a picture of it, he requested I add a cherry on top of the cupcake.  I found a red button that was perfect and used a piece of jute string for the stem.

Here is how the sign turned out...

If you are local, and ever in need of cakes or cupcakes, check out Erica's Sweet Tea Bakery Facebook page for more information.  You will not be disappointed!

- Lindsay (:

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Updated Spring Mantle

I decided last week that my mantle needed an update for spring.  I knew that I wanted to use a window (since I'm obsessed with those right now), but that's about all I knew.  I put the window up there by itself, and it was just too plain, so I decided to put some old feed sack material behind it to give the mantle some color.  Red and yellow tend to be dominant colors in my house, so I decided to go with this fabric.

It was super easy...I just stapled the fabric onto the back of the window.

It turned out looking like this...cute right?!?!?

I decided to set it in the middle of the mantle so it could be the focal point.  I played around with the accessories surrounding it, until I finally found something I was happy with.  But I thought it still needed something.  That's when I robbed the burlap wreath off of my shutter and placed it on the window...but I still thought it needed something, so I added a black bow, which I really think pops!

- Lindsay (:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Bed to Bench

I have been seeing these super cute benches made out of a bed, using the headboard as the back, and the footboard as the sides. 

Karen and I went to the Habitat ReStore two Saturdays ago to pick up some cabinet doors to make into chalkboards.  You can find that post here.  While we were there we stumbled into this twin headboard and footboard for $15.  I immediately thought of the bench, and we snatched it up.

We began work on it the following day.  First, let me explain how this arrangement works.  Anyone ever watched the show "The Picker Sisters"? Well...Karen, Ryan, and I sorta have that arrangement going on LOL...we are the "pickers" and come up with the ideas, and Ryan is the carpenter, who brings our ideas to life.  Now, granted we don't take it as far as the Picker Sisters...cause once they "pick" it, they don't have anything else to do with it until it pops up finished in their shop.  Karen and I typically finish out the piece after Ryan builds painting, distressing, etc.

First, Ryan cut the footboard in half, and attached it to the headboard.

Then, he built a frame on the inside to set the hardwood flooring on. 

That was all for Sunday.  Wednesday, I came over, and we started painting.  I used Rustoleum spray paint that offers 2x coverage in one coat.

Pictured below is the piece painted, but before the distressing.  We were seriously distressing in the dark.  I was doing the distressing, and Karen was holding a spotlight on me so I could see.  So, needless to say, we didn't get any pictures of the distressing process.  We used a brown glaze to distress it.

Ryan spent Thursday afternoon cutting and placing the hardwood flooring.  We lucked out on the flooring.  Ryan had helped a friend of his replace a floor in his parent's house.  They gave Ryan the hardwood flooring that he had pulled up for free, so we have no cost in that, and it gives it a great finished and polished look!

Here you can see our bench pictured in our booth in the Old Feed Store & Antique Mall.  We had it priced for $100, and it has already sold...Thanks Brittany (:

- Lindsay (:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Exciting News

I have several pieces of very exciting news to share with you today.  First of all, Picker Dreams has it's own Facebook page.  You can find us at 

Next piece of exciting news, we had our FIRST SALE last Wednesday!  This is just a day after we put stuff in the antique mall.  Hopefully, our sales will continue.  The item that sold was Karen's window coatrack. 

This is an updated picture of our booth.  Karen and I added several new items on Saturday morning.  If you remember last week, I was saying that our booth looked a little sad because it was so empty...but not anymore.  We do still have spaces to fill, but it definitely doesn't look quite so sad anymore!

Some of the items that were added you can see in the picture above:  Karen's window chalkboard, my two cabinet door chalkboards ($24 each), we also added some handmade bags that are super cute (prices vary)! 

I forgot to add the picture below of the window shadowbox table.  It is made from an old window.  The window (top) raises up so that you can place items underneath in the barn wood shadowbox.  This is $100.

These cute vintage roofing tin signs would be great for a teacher appreciation gift. 
They are only $10.

This window with "Home" quote was made by me and is priced at $30.

This window message board was made by me also.  It features chicken wire behind the window so that you can clip messages, pictures, or recipes.  This would look great in any room of the house.  Priced at $24.

Karen, Ryan, and I spent last week making this cool bench out of a headboard and footboard. 
It is priced at $100. 

We hope that you'll take the time to check out our Facebook page, and if you're ever in the area, check out our booth at the Old Feed Store & Antique Mall. 

We are so thankful for all those who have shown their support to us in the last two weeks.  The response has been overwhelming.  I pray daily for our continued success! (:

- Lindsay (: