Tuesday, November 5, 2013

DIY Stamps, Weird Little Rooms, Metaphors & A Pinterest Poser Challenge

When I feel overwhelmed or powerless, the first thing I turn to is chocolate.  Cake, candy, whatever, as long as it's chocolate.  The second thing I go to in times of uncertainty is wine.  Red wine makes everything better.  My third, and least destructive, thing I turn to is crafting.  Making, creating, painting, gluing makes me feel in control, it makes me feel happier.  Crafting is my happy place.  You might think I'd be better at it, but I'm usually drunk when I do my crafts so you know...

This week's Pinterest Poser Challenge isn't about drunk crafting, but it is about control. And decorating and making a weird little room a little more fun and putting all the corks from my many bottles of red wine to use. 
Details on this crafty project below.
In an attempt at not being a Pinterest Poser,* every week I  detail a new Pinterest challenge whether it be a new recipe or a craft.   
**My definition of a Pinterest Poser is someone who is all pins and no substance.**

There's this weird little room off the bathroom upstairs.  It's part linen closet, part craft storage room, part playroom.  Since we moved in almost two years ago, it has evolved into a Dump Everything In It Room.  And it has driven me crazy.

So in an unplanned, un-thought-through move I decided it was time for a weird room makeover.

And I found myself in an even bigger mess.  I actually got stuck in the doorway as I tried to shove Wade's old crib/toddler bed through it.  

"I may not like how you get there, but I always like the way your projects turn out," Tim said reassuringly after he snapped a picture of me stuck on the other side of the crib.  
This sort of describes my whole life right now.  It's the perfect metaphor.  I've been stuck in the messy part of a transition.  But just like my weird little room off the bathroom upstairs, my own makeover is happening.  And just like most of my crafts and Pinterest Poser Challenges, nothing turns out perfectly but I usually end up loving the results (flaws and all).  

One of the best parts of this room makeover was that it was free.  I used stuff I found around my house to make a new reading nook.
There's no door to this funky little space,
so we hung a curtain I found (and stamped-details below).
This is Wade's old crib/toddler bed and Lucy's old canopy/tent.  I can't wait to add more pillows to this new couch/daybed/old crib/toddler bed. 
These covers fell off our beloved books a while ago,
so I framed them.

This shelving was in our basement in the old house and held tools.  I love that now it holds books and old puzzles.  Like really old puzzles from when I was a kid.  I might spray paint these shelves sometime soon.

Tim and Lucy used the nook right away.

Not wanting to be left out,
JT joined in on the reading nook fun.

This week's Pinterest Poser Challenge isn't just to do a room makeover with stuff around your house, it's also a DIY stamp project.  I got the idea for the homemade stamp from this pin, but I made it my own.

I used a sheet of foam craft paper and a pair of old hair-cutting scissors (the same scissors that JT used to style his own bangs last week).

I found a few corks laying around.
 I cut the shape I wanted on the stamp.  I drew stars and hearts on the paper and then cut them out.  I then used super glue to stick them on the corks.

We found some paint in the weird little room and used that.  I wish I had used different colors, but we used what we had.

The kids and I used small paint brushes to paint the stamps.  Then we started stamp, stamp, stamping.

For some added fun, we sprinkled glitter on the more paint-filled stamps.

We used fabric, but all of us agreed that this year we are going to make our own wrapping paper for Christmas.  It was fun and easy and an all ages type of project.

And then we hung our curtain in our weird little room off the bathroom upstairs.

Have you made something from Pinterest lately?  Had any great successes? Or advice?  Or warning about a project that's a total waste of time? Do tell.

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Here are some of the projects I've already attempted, the good and the bad:
Birthday Shirt- click here
Gluten Free Pop Tarts- click here
Front Porch Kid Art Display- click here
Door turned into Table- click here

Summer Wish List Chalkboard-click here
Peanut Butter Nutella Cookie Sandwiches-click here
Painted Mason Jar Vases-click here
Cinco de Mayo Paper Flowersclick here
Earth Day CupcakesClick here
Nail Art-click here
Homemade Photo Booth Funclick here
Fake Bangs- click here
DIY Subway Art- click here
Furniture Painting and Bench/Chest Makeover- click here
Thanksgiving-y Project/Gratitude/Holiday Countdown- click here
The Smoothie-click here
The Free Printable Turned Artwork in a Boring Hallway- click here
The chalk board-click here
Seven Layer Dip in Individual Cups (my favorite so far!)-click here
The pumpkin address-click here
The Kitchen Dancing Sign--click here

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  1. Weird little room. Drunk crafting. I want to come hang out in your reading nook! I have a weird catch-all, too. It's got all my office stuff, scrapbooking, old jewelry business stuff, and the cat boxes. I'll buy a box of wine if you come help me do something with it. :)

  2. Your daughter has your smile! I think I'm in a messy transition too. I hope I love my end results :) Absolutely love the stamp idea too.