Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Custom Iowa Girl's Basketball Shirt collab with SHIRTSPACE

Serious question: Does anyone else choose their clothing based on its ability to hold a phone? Let's be honest, we all love pockets. Even a dress that has large pockets is going to win out everytime, even if it's pocketless sister makes you look five pounds lighter. AMIRIGHT? (Since we're being honest, it's not just for holding my phone. It's also for a tissue, a few dollar bills, and duh - my hands). 

I love a comfy crewneck sweatshirt, but hate the fact that they lack that wonderful front pocket! Basically I wanted a hoodie without the darn hood. Why is that so difficult to find?

Sooooo when Shirtspace.com contacted me about doing a promo with anything from their massive selection.... I asked if they had my magical concoction and to my disbelief they did. Why are these not more popular?!  

Shirtspace has just about any blank item of clothing you can dream of from about 70 different brands! T-shirts, pants, jackets and bags to name a few. If you want blank apparel to customize, this is the place to go! The wonderful people at Shirtspace sent me my unicorn - a dark gray crew sweatshirt from Next Level Apparel that's ultra soft inside - just what every sane human appreciates! I'm tiny and the extra small fits perfect - doesn't even fall over my hands. (I'm 4'10" and weigh in at 94 pounds for reference). It shipped quickly and I couldn't be more happy with the high quality!

This was extra swell timing because I had been drooling over several Iowa Girl's Hawkeye basketball shirts. Why? Three years ago, my buddy Doug Pederson asked me if I'd heard of Caitlin Clark. I had not. Who watches girl's basketball? Not my boys, that was for sure. And I typically find watching sports on TV a waste of time. But the next year Doug convinced me we would be impressed with this Iowa girl (I was born and raised in Iowa so of course it had a little more pull) and to just watch a game. It goes without saying, I GOT HOOKED! Pretty soon I was following not only Caitlin on the gram but also Gabby Marshal, Hannah Stuelke, Kate Martin, Sydney Affolter and the others. They made me so proud to be from Iowa!!

Caitlin is famous for making her "from the logo" 3 point shots and it was an especially amazing night when we all watched with our jaws dropped and then the room erupting into cheers when she broke the all time record for most points scored by a college athlete by hitting a three from the logo!! Thank you number 22, for bringing attention to girl's basketball and creating great memories! And thank you to local business Corrinne's Creations for helping me design an amazing tribute to the Hawkeye starters and Caitlin Clark on this sweatshirt that I'm so proud to wear!

If you have a business that uses heat transfer vinyl or does screen printing or maybe you're just a person who likes to do crafty stuff like paint stenciled owls on blank shirts, make sure to check out Shirtspace.com!! 
You will find EVERYTHIING you could want or need for your blank clothing needs. Blank slates are the best for us creative folks!

Here's one I did for my little girl back when she occasionally let me pick out her clothes:

Another one I painted when my little guy was a crazy hoodlum.
I just used white wall paint mixed with some fabric medium. He wore that thing over and over and over again. And being the type of boy he was (hence the quote "Boy: A noise with dirt on it), it was in the washing machine a LOT. And would you believe I don't think those letters hardly faded?!

So if you don't want the hassle of painting a design on a shirt, but you want to customize your amazing clothes from Shirtspace.com, get in touch with Corrinne's Creations. I told Dave what I wanted.... a whimsical heart with my favorite starters names (Yes, Gabbie is in line before CC just because she ended up being my favorite girl), and a distressed "22" with "from the logo". He had great ideas and sent them to me before we finalized the design. 

Thank you Shirtspace.com for the opportunity!
I have a new favorite sweatshirt. 🖤💛🖤

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Making The Curvy Straight and Rub'nBuff Rave [Dresser Makeover]

When my husband gets a text that says "Does your wife want this dresser taking up precious space in our garage?" he knows he doesn't even have to ask me. That'd be like asking the one thousand pound sisters if they want ice cream.

First thing I did was remove the ugly pulls and sand the top down to bare wood.

Sometimes curvy is good. 
But nah.... not for this guy.
I've seen where people rebuild a new base for the dresser to make the lines straight. 
But nah.... ain't got time for that.
Just needed a quick chop-chop!

Mid Century Modern is "it" right now. And Mid Century Modern is loads of lines. Straight lines.
This dresser may not be MCM, but we're going to update him to a new level of sophistication.

I used a square, drew my lines, and cut off the curves with a scroll saw.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Sorry, no pics of the paint process, but I used a really good primer and then used my new paint sprayer (piece of junk from China if you really wanna know, but it does the trick) with a flat black.

Now the pulls. I found three for the top in my stash and four matchers for the bottom. Unfortunately I needed different sizes and that was not easy, hence why the top differs from the bottom. Sorry OCD people. 

Enter Rub'nBuff, which is pretty much magic. Takes old dingy looking metal and makes it gorgeous in seconds. It's one of those things I've heard about for years. Decades. But since I tend to use products I find in the free box at estate sales... it's not something I've come across therefore have never possessed!
Let me tell you, I'm highly annoyed at my little self for not trying this sooner. You can just rub it on with a rag or because these pulls had lots of grooves, an old toothbrush worked well. My friend said she uses a makeup brush.

The bare wood got a couple coats of polyurethane, which changed the color of the wood more than I would have liked, rats, but I'm not about to take it off and start over. It ain't what it ain't. (My friend and I were discussing how we're over the saying "it is what it is"...so it ain't what it ain't.)

Pretty paper in the top drawers.....

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Repurposed Vintage Stereo Speakers

You've seen it all, I know!
Well just when I think I've seen it all...  someone sends me something that makes me say "WHY DIDN'T I THINK OF THAT?!"
So this might not be one of those "blow you away" makeovers,
but I'm not sure I've seen anyone turn old speakers into nightstands before so let me know if you have!

I started by prying off the front. This one was pretty cool how it popped off and I could unscrew the insides pretty easily.

The taller one had more "guts" to "gut" but the front was just velcroed on so that was extra easy!
Also very easy to recover with fabric, as I just used my hot glue gun and went over top the existing fabric. There was so much insulation stuffed in there, I was pretty sure a mouse was going to scurry out at some point... but one did not. Not even a little mouse turd to be found.

After painting the wood with a dark taupe, I decided to recover the blacks, oranges, and browns of the front. These had such a modern look to them that I had to really dig in my fabric stashes. Past the colorful dated chevron prints, past the farmhouse grain stripes, the flowers, the damask, the faux black fur.... ah HA! What it this swatch of modern contemporary fabric that I have the perfect amount of to cover both the fronts of these speakers?! I remember buying this years ago because I just loved the colors, but really let's face it. It's not my style. It's not really the style I do anything in! But I like to do something out of the norm sometimes, so today was the day.

I even quick threw some of the taupe paint I put on the speakers onto an old headboard I had just for the photo op. Yes, I really have that many headboards sitting around!

What do you think? 
Even though these would match absolutely nothing in my house, sometimes it's just fun to be creative.  Now... hopefully someone will be brave enough to by them... ;)

You know what I was thinking while taking those apart? I wish I could hear the top ten songs that pumped out of these speakers back when they were new and someone was so excited to crank that volume dial up!

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

CUTE!! Easy DIY Heart Shirt

It started with cleaning out all the kids clothes. This flannel went through both my boys and little girl. It's one of the perks of having boys first. The hand-me-downs, as long as they aren't raggedy by then, can usually cross over to the little miss! I always have grand ideas of upcycling clothes and so I stash piles of them for those "someday projects". But let's be real. I absolutely suck on a sewing machine. That's my mother's expertise, but she lives 500 terrible miles away! But this one, even I could handle!!

I cut a heart shape out of the back of the flannel shirt and then added little slits to make it have a distressed appearance.
The key to covering imperfections? Distressed! Then nobody notices the less than perfect project. Cuz if I'm on a sewing machine, it is definitely going to be less than perfect!!

I sewed around the outside of the heart, so the stitching was on the outside.
Then I did something I regret. I tried to cut little ties in the front to knot it.
I kept messing up and the shirt kept getting shorter. Now, I've had three kids. Nobody wants to see a shirt that doesn't cover "that". Nobody. But there was no going back, and it DOES cover as long as I don't lift my arms too high, so it is what it is.

And this is me unashamedly putting a plug in for that corduroy black living room makeover!
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Now it's your turn! Everyone has a container of stuff that needs to go to Goodwill. But DOES it need to go to Goodwill? Better give it another once over and see what you can create! :)

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Beachy Vibe Dresser

My mother dear is the best. She sees little dressers like this for a few dollars at a garage sale and she snags them for me, even though she has to bring it 500 miles to get to me! :) Maybe it's her excuse to see the grandkids.  Maybe.

When I stashed all of these wood dowels upstairs in my workshop, I had no idea I would end up using them in so many different ways - especially for drawer pulls!

I had to break one of my rules about "buying new" because I really wanted to try using these metal "two hole straps". What on earth, I was in Lowes looking everywhere for these, I didn't know to say "Hey sir, can you tell me where the Two-Hole Straps are? Something tells me Mr. Lowes Dude wouldn't even know what I was talking about. It took lots of aisle wandering before I found them.

I used some wood glue on the back of the dowels too, because some of the clamps ended up a little loosey-goosey and I didn't want them sliding out so big brother could use them on a little sibling. Just kidding. I don't care.That's what makes younger siblings so tough. Uhhh... just kidding again.

I found a piece of wood trim and cut it to fit across the bottom. I keep every piece of wood - just in case! And there's always eventually a "just in case!" I mean if I have the room (sheds and barns).... why not hoard all the things? It's what keeps me out of the hardware stores!

I used different shades of grays and blues, mixing them together and adding tans... The stencil on the top drawer was just one of those cheap all-over stencils you get in the big packs at Walmart. The annoying ones that you have to punch out the whole design and not rip any while you're at it since they're made out of tagboard. It's worth it though, they're cheap and I use them a lot!

So I loved how it turned out, but it didn't sell at my huge two-day barn sale. It was still in my barn a few weeks ago when one of my sweet Airbnb guests asked if she could take a peek inside the big old building. She spotted this and thought her daughter would love it. She packed it into the back of her little Prius and drove it 530 miles home, where her daughter welcomed it with open arms. Yay!

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