DIY Teen Bedroom Accessories

My last post was about a mini fridge for my daughter’s room, and as I was taking pictures in there I realized just how much stuff is in that little room.  I let her have the “say-so” in her room (with a few boundary rules).  She likes keeping stuff though (hmmmm sounds a little like me now that I think about it) her old books, and trophies for instance.  Anyway, before her room got into the state it is in now, I got busy with a few DIY accessorries. 

I made this jewelry hanger/storage for her necklaces and such.  I had a piece of leftover Image mdf board from another project.  I covered it in batting and used the same black and white fabric and pattern I had used on her quilt I made for her bed. I stapled the fabric to the back and covered the back with a piece of felt, hot glued on, to cover the staples.  I then evenly spaced (eye-balled) cup hooks for the jewelry and a ribbon for hanging it by.  It was really easy.  Hello Kitty came off a birthday cake and since she would never get rid of it, we ended up hiding the hook with it.  My daughter loves Hello Kitty!  She’s 14 – go figure.

My daughter also wanted zebra-striped curtains (besides neon orange and hot pink walls).  That was challenging because I’m not really a seamstress, I am more of a crafter that sometimes has to sew.  I searched for fabric and can we just talk about the expense of fabric!  It’s not really that affordable, once you add your time (which for me could be days or weeks) it just isn’t that frugal unless you shop clearance like me.Image  I found this really pretty gauzy white fabric with a little bit of embroidery on it for $2.00 per yard.  I think I used 5 yards, but not for sure on that.  I just wanted it to be flowy.  Since I didn’t want my 14 yr old that looks like 19 yr old to have sheer curtains in her bedroom,  I found room darkening roller shades for about $3.00 each and just got some black craft paint and did my interpretation of zebra stripes and pulled her pretty flowy curtains to the side and used some leftover tulle for tiebacks and a cuphook for attaching it to.  My daughter loved them.  She’s like me a bit and doesn’t like “cookie cutter” things.  She likes having stuff that no one else has in their room.  And the bonus is that I no longer have to see sheets and blankets over her window when she’s watching movies.  She likes it dark when she and her friends watch scary movies.

She also likes vintage things like me.  I found a dresser or vanity mirror at a yard sale for $1.00.  You know the kind everyone had with the gold tone scroll pattern around a mirror.  Well I forgot to take a picture, not that you can see the actual mirror because there are about 50 bottles of fingernail polish on it.  That was my idea for organizing because I’m telling you teenage girls have tons of little stuff.  Image

I found this little vanity at a yard sale for $5.00.  A little sanding and spraypaint, gloss black, and it is my daughter’s favorite piece in her room and has plenty of storage in the drawer..  The vanity had a big rectangular wooden bench, but I found the vintage powder room chair and re-covered it in black minkie type material.  Her furnishings are all black and white (trying to tone down the orange and pink walls).  I also found for $1.00 a vintage (circa late 60’s early 70’s) metal gold-tone footed kleenex box holder…remember those?  We spray painted it white and it is really cute.  I could go on and on (even more) about Annabelle’s room, but we will revisit that subject again someday.  Hope your day is crafty!

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Mini Fridge Makeover

My 14 yr old has been asking for a mini fridge for her room since Christmas.  Well, a friend of a friend had a yard sale and sent the word out that her mini fridge was going for $10. The friend saw it and picked it up for us and left it in our carport.  So the sign on the fridge said the freezer didn’t work on it and it was a little rough-looking.  After lots of bleach on the inside and a little sanding on the outside, it was almost ready for paint.  There were a few rust spots that had to be dealt with.  Some “Jasco Prep and Primer” rust inhibitor sprayed onto the rusted spots and then Bondo for the hole finished the repairs.  Oh and turning the freezer temp up.  It was turned all the way down, and no one checked it and assumed the freezer went out.  Lucky us!  I told my daughter that we could paint it what ever color she wanted.  I didn’t know by letting her pick the color, in her mind that meant she could pick what she wanted to have painted on it.  She told me she wanted Superman – now remember, she is 14.  In fact she said “Pleeeaaasse” with those big doe eyes.  So this is the before and after pictures.ImageImageImage

Not Bad if I say so myself.  She is a happy 14 yr old.  She had a friend spend the night Friday night and she had drinks we bought for it and they fixed up all these snacks to put in it.  They had a blast.

Since we’re on the subject of her room, I’m sure you can tell it is crowded in there.  It is the typical teenager room with posters and all kinds of stuff on the walls.  She wanted her room painted orange and pink.  Neon orange and bright pink.  Two walls of each, which led me to play down the color with black and white furniture and bedding.  But those walls are a mix of everything.  Just imagine the inside of your teenagers mind and how much stuff, random stuff, is in there.  That’s what her walls reflect I think.  Here is a picture of the orange and pink painted walls.ImageImage

Crazy right?  I’ve learned along the way, that you just have to pick your battles.  It’s her room and she should be able to have it the way she wants and I try not to interfere too much.  I want her to be able to express herself, even though you need sunglasses in there.

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Recycled Silverware Windchime

You have no idea how many yard sales I go to that have silverware in a box for little or nothing.  I love to look through them for interesting pieces because it is always so cheap and readily available.  As a crafter, you tend to pick things up (hubby calls it hoarding) thinking you can do something with it.  So I literally will pick up anything if it is cheap and can be re-used somehow.  I have always loved windchimes.  I just bought the prettiest green Capiz shells windchime from an antique store in town. They had a dislay of different hand strung windchimes that a local artist sells.  I couldn’t wait to hang it among my ferns in the carport.  I will just say this, the shells were so light that even someone slamming their car door would make them chime.  They were the most annoying windchimes I’ve ever owned, and probably the most I’ve paid too!  Go figure.  That’s when I decided to take matters into my own hands (literally) and make my very own custom design and sound that is a bit more soothing than the constant clattering of shells.  I just had to remember where I put my bag of yard sale silverware.  I started by pulling out things that could work for the base.  Some time back, I had picked up some old metal pot lids from our Catholic thrift store.  They had some nice old retro colored metal pot lids, a whole shelf of them, and they were .10 cents each.  My husband (who was waiting in the car while I just ran in for a minute, yeah right) looked at me like I was insane when I came out of the thrift store with a bag of metal lids.  He didn’t even ask though, just shook his head.  So these lids were going to be a bird bath, recycled of course.  I pulled out the smallest of the lids, that was a nice copper.  I had some ring bases that I had left over from making recycled denim flower rings for a craft show.  The rings are the adjustable kind.  I bought them about a year ago from a man on Etsy.  The whole bag of ring bases were like $2.00.  So I pulled out all of my weird metal things that I have stashed here and there.  I will only say that I save so much junk everywhere (I mean, who buys a bag of pot lids if not a hoarder).  I have this box that I keep stuff in like old belt buckles, watch bands, washers etc.  I pulled out all metal things and different cording and anything I thought may work for windchimes.  At this point I had no idea what I wanted except that I wanted it spiraled rather than in a circle pattern.  So hubby made holes around the pot lids, where we pulled the adjustable rings apart and afixed them into the holes and that is where the fishing line starts hanging the silverware.  I used some of that stretchy plastic thread (that we used to make key chains from) for the inside round washers.  Once I decided to do silverware, and some of it is silver-plate and really has a nice tone, I thought it needed some round in there because the lid was round and in my tiny little brain I thought It might balance it out like feng shui .  So, this project took about 1 hour to complete and adjust and I think it sounds great and it takes a real wind to blow it.

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For The Birds

In Florida our spring comes earlier than most people, but this year we still have cool weather and below average temps still.  I’ve been killing myself to get my yard ready for sowing some Bermuda grass seed.  Yes, I could’ve used “round up” or some other great weed killer, but I really don’t like chemicals and use them sparingly.  So, I’ve practically dug up the whole yard, which was all weeds and sand spurs.  Have you ever stepped on a sand spur.  Ouch!  They are wicked mean stickers.  Anyway, I’m really ready for spring.  I want it to be here already!  My husband made our first birdhouse of the year.  He is great at the construction, and I do the finishing work.  Here is a new style we are trying this year.  It has three separate compartments.  I’m thinking a mini complex for Purple Martins or Bluejays.  Like I said my husband builds them from reclaimed wood and recycled things, and then I paint them or whatever.  Sometimes we just leave them rustic looking.  I do sell some of my items on Bonanza (http://www.bonanza.com/booths/annabellesattic) .  EBay’s fees just got to be too much for me.  Anyway, If you are ever interested in anything I have made or have (I sell vintage stuff too), it is usually posted on one of those sites (until I finish my web store).  Have a crafty day!  I’m staying indoors today since it’s freezing outside (59 degrees).  In Florida, freezing means below 60 degrees.

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Saturday Morning Freedom

I never have a Saturday free.  There is always an array of things on my Saturday agendas.  It’s always someone’s birthday (I have a huge family – Catholics you know), or my daughter has to meet so and so at the mall, but not the mall close to our house, oh no, the mall that is way the heck out on the far end of the beach.  “The one on the beach is better mom”.  Or more than anything else she usually has a friend spending the night.  Am I the only Mom that let’s kids spend the night?  My kid rarely spends the night with anyone. They always spend the night here, sometimes two friends, sometimes three, and on rare occasions (it takes a long time to heal afterwards) we’ve had seven or eight.  Usually when school gets out for summer, I let her have a bunch of friends for a camp out in the backyard.  We put up the tent and string white christmas lights everywhere and set up the karaoke machine (our neighbors love us, not). The have lots of junk food and fun.  I’ve seen these tabletop fire pots on pinterest.  You line clay flower pots with aluminum foil and add charcoal and presto table top fire pot for smores (it’s always been too hot in the summer to light the fire pit). I’ll have to try that this summer.  Anyway, she finally spent the night with a friend last night, and here I am on Saturday morning, still in my jammies, and thinking about staying this way. It’s nice to have that little bit of quiet time in the morning.  It’s when I think of the day ahead and get my creative juices flowing.  I’m hoping to start two projects I’m planning.  My sister’s birthday is coming up and I’m going to make her some iced tea glass covers.  Pinterest called them “shoo fly covers” and they are basically a piece of round material weighted down on the edges with beads or washers or whatever.  We are all originally from Tennessee, so we are a little country.  She’ll love these.  I’m using squished beer caps that I’m going to paint for dangling along the edges.  She’ll like that too.  I also have a birdhouse my husband made that I’m going to get crafty with.  I’ll show you pics later.  I Hope you have a nice calm Saturday too!  Relax and do some deep breathing.  I’m plugging in my 10 minute guided meditation right now.  ohmmmmmmm.  (that’s goodbye in meditation)

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The Crafter’s Curse

So if you are a crafter like I am, you tend to pile up junk (hubby calls it hoarding).  I always yard sale for most of my crafting supplies.  I love recycling and re-purposing things, so I am subject to pick up any old thing with the thought that I will do something soooo clever with it, but it goes into a pile and I (in my mind) save them for that special something.  Anywho, I’ve got a bedroom that is really getting difficult to get around. I’m worried that my husband may be ready to put me on an episode of “Hoarder Horrors” or something.  I have my sewing space, sewing table, machine, notions, buttons, fabric, books on how to sew, and then there is the pile of vintage patterns, and I also love vintage jewelry, so that’s a pile…not to mention the carport is getting over thrown with all my works in progress, mostly things needing sanding and paint or repair.  Here is one of my projects.  I found this at an antique store, it was just the base and I can’t even begin to tell you what I thought I do with it, because I didn’t know.  So I bought the base and happened to be back in that same store another time and the lady told me the marble to the base had broken into 2 pieces and was laying outside, (in the dirt) and so I got that too.  I’ve got the pieces of marble back together, still working on it though, but here are some pics.  Tell me it’s not gorgeous!  Look at that base, it looks like brass, but brass usually turns brassy, so I’m not sure what metal it is, but it is so pretty.  Can you see the rocking chair behind it?  I got it off the curb, took me about 30 minutes to get it into my small car, but I wasn’t going to be deterred, i didn’t care how many people drove by me staring as if I’d lost my mind.  Oh the curse.ImageImageImage

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I am still Handmade Happy!

I have been a busy girl.  I was working on my handmade crafts for a local craft festival we have here in Panama City.  Even though it was a once a month festival, it took all I had to mass produce items, and you know you never really get back what you put into the things you make.  Mass production is not for me.  It takes all the special-ness out of your craft.  I’m the type that has to ponder and let the item speak to me and tell me what to do with it.  I enjoy the process of the creativity, and making your vision come alive.  It’s hard to do that when you are mass producing.  So, I am starting fresh with this brand new year, especially since we all survived the mayan apocolypse or the end of the world zombie attacks.  So I think it’s time for some new things.  So wait and see what my creative mind comes up with.

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