Friday, April 24, 2015

My Mexican Tiled Kitchen

Here's something a little different.  As some of you know, I've been renovating an old adobe house in the desert outside of Tucson.  I've gotten a lot of curious emails...but I'm sometimes a bit shy about stuff like that.

But today, having splurged on a bunch of fancy lilies for a crafty photo shoot, I tidied my newly finished kitchen, staged it with lilies, and took a couple of pictures.  Just for you guys!


We ordered a lot of gorgeous rustic tiles from Mexico, and did every bit of it ourselves.  I love everything, except wish I could have afforded a fridge in some weird, bright color like aqua.  (Never fear, Aunt Peaches has a cure for the boring fridge - I might just try it.)

Want to see the Before shots?  Pretty dreadful.  No ceiling, no cabinet doors.  And yes, the curvy stucco range hood is painted a greasy, shiny metallic copper.  Blech!  Identities concealed to protect the innocent:




We tore down that ridiculous claustrophobic wall of appliances, opening the kitchen to the dining room.  Big difference, eh?



The cabinet color: dill pickle!  Isn't that the best name?

I hope you enjoyed this little peek.  Can't wait to show you the crafty project for which I bought the lilies.  Hint: it's a vase.

See you then!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Guess The Mystery Thing: Silver Peacock Fan Charm

Hi again!  Another Guess The Mystery Thing challenge is here.  Wanna play?  Take a look at the fancy silver 'tail' on this peacock necklace:


Can you figure out what I deconstructed to make it?  What is that mysterious bauble?  Here it is nekkid, hanging on a keychain:





As always, we are playing on the honor system.  So no scrolling allowed until you have your guess firmly in mind.

Got it?  Firmly?  Then scroll at will.


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Okay, here goes nuthin'...



A plastic hand mirror from the dollar store.  Isn't that funny?  Looks so vintage-realistic, yet cost a buck.  I bought a basketful!

Here's the DIY:

The plastic is what made this one fun for me!  Instead of needing to fuss with a dremel tool or electric saw, I just scored the mirror handle with an exacto knife and snapped it off.  Then I melted a small hole with a hot wire to add a jump ring.  How easy shmeasy was that?


By the way, I now have several pretty oval mirror sections, sans handles, with which to play.  Picture frames, maybe?  Open to any and all suggestions for ways to use them.

Okay, do tell - did you get it right?  If not, what was your guess?  Let me know in the comments.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Guess The Mystery Thing: Pretty DIY Earring Display

Well, hiya!  Today brings a fresh new Guess The Mystery Thing challenge.  Can you guess the origin of the fancy half-spheres in these cute earring holders?



As always, we are playing on the honor system.  Do NOT be peeking until you be guessing!  So take a moment and really concentrate...what are those mysteriously familiar objects?

Got your guess?  Then start a-scrollin' for the answer!

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I think (maybe, possibly, perhaps?) this is an easy one.  Hint: I found them at the dollar store.

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Okay - check it out.


Plastic hair bun covers!  You know what I mean, right?  It's really difficult trying to selfie the back of one's own head, but here's an attempt:



The DIY:

For the tortoise-shell one, I used a headpin to combine two bun covers, with a heavy bead underneath for weight, and a rubber washer in between for stability.  For the white one, I just glued a bun cover into an upside-down crystal candlestick.  Nothing could be simpler!



Now, do tell: do you like 'em?  And did you guess the Mystery Thing?  Let me know in the comments!


   

Friday, April 3, 2015

Guess The Mystery Thing: Simple Metal Tabletop Frame

Hi!  A new round of Guess The Mystery Thing is here.  Let's see if anyone can identify the mysterious secret ingredient in this nifty stand-up picture frame.




I came up with the arrangement of curly wires to suspend the art like it's floating in the center.  Isn't that fun?  Here's how the frame looks with nothing inside:




So what on earth is that dark oil finished, antique-y looking base?  Remember, we are playing on the honor system - no peeking until you have a guess.  Then scroll down for the reveal.

Pause for thought...longer pause to reject the first thought and recombobulate...okay, got it?

Scroll away!

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I will give you a hint.  It's not from the dollar store.  In fact, it only cost fifty cents.  Care to change your guess?  Last chance!

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Here's the answer!




I know.  A bunch of you are going, "Um, yeah.  That's nice and all.  But what the cock-a-doodle-doo is it?"  Welp, it's called a rod chair and it's used in construction.  It holds rebar in place when pouring concrete foundations.

You need some rod chairs in your life.

They are so cool.  They stand up in both directions!  They look all vintage-rusty-oily-industrial!  They are delightfully cheap and multi-talented!  In addition to making these cute picture frames, I love using them as little stands to display earrings.  (A bit more advanced: I also solder them together to make exciting geometric wire sculptures.)  I bet you guys could come up with other ways to use them - any thoughts?

And I definitely want to know what your guess was.  Who knew the answer?  Who had something completely different in mind?  Do tell!



I hope you enjoyed that one!  See ya next time.


Friday, March 20, 2015

Guess The Mystery Thing: Honeycomb Pendant

Ready to play another round of Guess The Mystery Thing?  Take a peek at my latest upcycled necklace, and see if you can identify the black honeycomb grid:



What is that spiky little item?  Think you know?  We are playing on the honor system, so no peeksies until you have your official final answer firmly in your head.

Got it?  Then scroll down to the reveal!

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I think it's a tough one.  But I am generally way off when I predict that.

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Annnnd, here ya go!  The Mystery Thing:



Plastic mesh that keeps leaves out of your roof gutter.  It comes in a huge roll and is super easy to work with.  The bumblebee design was the first thing that popped into my head.



I plan to use this a million ways - isn't it perfect for making cuff bracelets?!  Hooray for the hardware store - yet again!

So please tell what you guessed in the comments - I just love hearing how you looked at the jewel without any context.

Hope you had fun - see ya!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Guess The Mystery Thing: Beaded Earring Hangers

Welp, time for another Guess The Mystery Thing scroll-down challenge!  Take a look at these curvy beaded earring hangers:


This idea came about when I needed a way to organize lots of BIG statement earrings.  (All the ones in this post are more than 3 inches long.  I like big bobs and I cannot lie!)  Mine were always getting tangled up, with each other or with other earrings hanging nearby.  I came up with this trick to keep those statement earrings separated and on display.

So what are these handy dandy little things?



You know how it works.  Honor system, people!  No peeking until you have closed your eyes, made a wish, prayed to the gods of Mystery and come up with your own guess.

Think you know it?  Then let's scroll!


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Shower curtain rings!  The kind with built-in beads for rolling along the shower rod.

I discovered that a great way to use them is hung on a tie rack, to allow a bit of space between the big earrings and the wall:



So now comes the honor part....did you Guess The Mystery Thing?  Or did you think of something different?  Do tell!

p.s. If anybody's curious about the earrings, they're all upcycles of one sort or another.  Here are the links:

Flamingoshttp://www.michlinla.com/2011/11/mystery-thing-revealed-gold-bird.html
Woven Silver Teardropshttp://www.michlinla.com/2010/07/interesting-notion.html
Weird Flameshttp://www.michlinla.com/2014/07/jewelry-before-and-after-leafy-linkers.html