A Quilt a Month: August

Okay!

Here it is, like I promised! My August Quilt!

I just barely finished my August T-shirt quilt by the time the month was over. I finished the binding 2 days ago, and I am clipping the last 3 or 4 threads off today! :) Enjoy Megan! :)

But surprise surprise! I also finished another quilt! And well……this quilt is three years in the making. Ya, I know. But I haven’t been working on it for three years, Ive been LAZY for three years. I finished the giant black quilt in just a handful of months, but when it came to binding I said “forget it.”

I have been using this quilt for three years and I have never finished the binding! I even WASHED it! (talk about lazy) lol

But last week I finally got out my orange thread out and finished this sucker up!

I know you wanna look….. :)

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and now the giant quilt…

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I used Kaffe Fassett fabrics :) love them!

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And of course, what makes a Main Man? The willingness to go outside and hold your sister’s quilt of course! #BestBro #MizzenAndMain

Thanks Gunnar! :)

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Hope Y’all like em’!

See ya later! Gotta go start September’s quilt :)

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DIY industrial table (without spending too much of an arm and a leg)

NO NEED TO BE AN ENGINEER

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Check out lil’Bro’s BIG room reveal here

Okay, you have seen the industrial stuff all over the internet and Pinterest, right? Are you drooling? I am. I told myself that if my coastal obsession ever goes away, it would be replaced with an industrial obsession! I mean the stuff is AWESOME!

Imagine my delight when lil’Bro wanted a man-cave/game-room type room *it screams industrial,* does it not? But wait, I’m supposed to pay how much for a table!?

“Okay,” I thought, “maybe his room doesn’t scream industrial”… 0_o

Thankfully though, I found DIY tutorials. Lots of them, but with some, a DIY version still cost 250-300 dollars! I fished around, studied Lowe’s, and made this version of a coffee table for 86 dollars. Not too bad considering how much its cousins are.

I’d love to tell you all about it, so you can make one too! It’s easy to modify to fit any home and area! Let’s get to it:

Materials: All pipes are threaded black iron and 1/2”

  • 8 Flanges (got them on ebay for 28$)
  • 8- 6” pipes
  • 4- T pipes
  • 2- couplings
  • 4- 9” pipes (you can get shorter ones if you want a smaller table)
  • Stain
  • Spray Paint (optional)

WOOD:

  • 2×8 @ 10′ long
  • 1×4 @ 6′ long

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Wash all of the pipes to get the gross stuff off. I simply used warm soapy water and an old rag.

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Let them dry. As you can see, A bit of rust got on my pipes. This was fine because I was going to spray paint them later with Rustolium hammered paint.

Assemble the legs:

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Put each of the 9” pipes into 4 flanges. This table (by request) is 20” high. This is slightly tall for a coffee table and if you simply swap the 9” pipes for shorter ones (maybe more 6” ones) you can solve this problem :)

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To the top of these pipes, add one T pipe

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To the top of these T pipes, add one 6” pipe

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Finish with a flange on top

For the braces:

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Connect two 6” pipes together with one coupling.

Do this until you have two sets of braces.

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Connect two of the legs with a brace so you have two sets of table legs!

Spray paint them if desired

For the table top:

Did you know Home depot will do straight cuts for you for a quarter?!

This is where I got my wood pieces cut :)

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Cut or have cut the 2×8” piece of wood into: 3- 40” long pieces

Have the 1×4” piece of wood cut into: 3- 20.5” long pieces

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Place the 3 smaller pieces of wood evenly on the bottom of the 3 larger pieces. These will be the wood braces.

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Screw about 2 screws in each middle brace and one in each of the ends 

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Sand and stain the desired color. I used Dark Walnut to match lil’Bro’s bed!

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Seal the top with a sealer

Let dry completely.

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Place the legs on the end braces (6” pipe at the top) and mark where the flange holes are. Drill pilot holes, then screw each leg in place!

Put the table top on a soft surface when you do this so the ground won’t scratch the stain off.

If it is not level, slightly hand screw or unscrew the pipes.

Ta-Da!

This may not be the cheapest table, but it is the cheapest industrial table I have found :)

Enjoy!

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Table measures: (by lil’Bro’s request)

20” high

40” long

25” wide

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DIY solid wood twin bed for UNDER 50$

Five Zero! Yuppers! You can make a (very nice) solid wood twin bed frame + stain + a paint brush + Protective finish all for 50 dollars or less! Too crazy? Don’t believe me? Keep reading then…

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Okay, so a lot of you know, I am sorta redoing my little brother’s room. (aka adding a few things in) He needs a bed….well, not a bed…he has one of those, what I mean is that he needed a bed frame. A really nice one. I was thinking dark walnut wood with kind of a rustic “cool” feel. Perfect for a game room/man cave bedroom.

Ahem

Ummmmm….. exsqueeze me?

450 dollars??!?!

Maybe he doesn’t need a bed frame…

Back to the drawing board. I surely wasn’t going to be able to convince my parents to spend 500 $ on a bed frame so all that was left was to break out my ancient old carpenter skills (actually I have no ancient carpenter skills, that just makes me sound like I know what I was doing. In reality, I have no idea :)

But I do now! kinda

I researched a bit and found the lovely Ana White and her bed frame tutorial. This is a lovely bed and tutorial (Thanks Ana) and you should totally go check it out, but for me, I wanted something taller and no lip. ;)

I wanted a bed Like this one (with no headboard)

Using Ana’s plans as guidelines, I modified them to fit my wants and made this bed and tutorial. Let’s get started:

what you need

 

 

  • 2 1/2” wood screws $6.00
  • Stain (keep reading, and I’ll show a pic of what kind I used) $4.80
  • Two – 2×2 @ 8′ long $4.00
  • Six – 1×4 @ 8′ long $12.20
  • Two – 2×8 @10′ long $13.00
  • Water based protective finish (I will also show you a picture) $9.00
  • Saw
  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Protection for eyes and ears

how to make it

 

 

 

Now notice, I did not use the most expensive wood. This bed cost only $43.01 exactly, the price of one fancy meal at a nice restaurant. I went in, found some wood (who knows if it was indoor or outdoor) and said, ill take 2 of those please!

As Shanty 2 Chic would say, I “Build like a girl” :) And you do too, if your like me and walk into a Lowe’s or Home Depot and began describing what you need by using your hands and funky words: Ha!

“Hi, I need one of those hinges that go like this:”

Proceed to move your hands in the movement you want the hinge to do

“Do you have any of those?”

So me…all the time lol

So imagine my delight when I didn’t have to ask for help! All I needed was simple wood (cheap wood at that)

To make this bed, you cut your 2×8’s into 4 pieces.

Two pieces need to measure: 76.5” and two pieces need to measure 39”

(you may need to adjust slightly depending on the mattress)

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Take those 4 pieces and build a box. Simple! And I’m sorry, but this bed frame was so gargantuan that I couldn’t get a picture of it without puppies trying to help out. lol :)

Build the box with the 76.5” pieces of wood on the outside of the 39” pieces. Like above.

I used three screws on each end, drilling pilot holes so the wood won’t split.

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Next, cut your 2×2 pieces so they fit right inside the box on each long end

Position it about 2-3” below the top. Screw one screw in the middle, make sure it is all level and add another couple of screws in the ends. Do the same to the other long side. Make sure everything is level. Levelness is the key

 

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If that’s nice and stable, it is time for the slats. Here is where you can choose from two different options. You can keep the 2×2 braces at the top so the bed sits about 6” off the ground, or you can flip the whole frame over so the bed mattress sits in the frame about 6”. I choose this latter option because lil’bro has an unusually tall mattress.

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Time to cut the slats. Take the pile of 1×4’s and cut them 39”. You should end up with 12. You can use all 12 if you want or you can use less. It depends on the size of the child sleeping and the size of the mattress.

Spread them out evenly on the braces (I didn’t measure) and tack secure with some nails. No need to get fancy with pilot holes and screws unless you want to. I just chose the easy nail option. But just as a warning, if you choose nails…DO NOT pick the bed up by the slats!!!

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Stain the bed frame if you so desire and finish with a sealer (protective finish). 

As you can see, I got a little stain happy: Boredom + stain = an impulse to stain the entire bed, which by the way is not necessary! :)

So that’s it! Ta-Da!! Enjoy!!!

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Oh yes! *Wyoming* And don’t forget to let your wee little helpers pick up the tools for you! ;)

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Hope your bed frame turned out awesome! Don’t forget to check out Ana’s bed, and have a wonderful splendid rest of the day! 

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Thank You Wednesday

So confession….I just finished my Thank you cards for graduation about 2 weeks ago.

Woops.

Oh well, at least everyone got one! :)

Anyways, some cards were harder to write than others so here are a few starters to get you going on your thank you cards for this holiday season!

  1. “Thank you for the (item)! I’m already (riding, using, reading, etc.) it and loving it! I’m so thankful you thought of me on my (birthday, graduation).
  2. I (love, appreciate) the (awesome, wonderful) gift you gave me for my (graduation, birthday)! The (item) is working great and I enjoy using it all the time! Thank you so much, you are awesome! (I love you)
  3. Thanks so much for the gift card to (place) It is really going to help me get ready for (college, party, camping, etc.) I can’t wait to use some of it! Thanks again!
  4. Woo Hoo! Thank you so much for the 5$ gift card to (place) Can you read minds? lol (Hazelnut frappuccino, burger, basically what you are going to buy) here I come!!!
  5. Thank you so much for the money you gave me! I just used (some, all) of it to buy a (thing) I have been wanting one for a while so thanks for making it a reality!
  6. Thank you so much for the (amount of $$)! (I’m saving for a… or I haven’t decided how to use it yet) but when I do it will all be possible because of you!

So there are a few helpful hints to help you write some thank you notes. Remember to make it personal and don’t forget to sign your name!

Address the envelope and try to get it sent off in a timely manner!

 

Enjoy and happy Wednesday!

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Back to school DIY pencils

Check out the DIY video here!

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So this is a really easy project to spruce up some of your school supplies this semester!

My inspiration came from these lovely pencils on Etsy.

All you have to do is paint some pencils and use a thin sharpie to mark on your message!

Watch the link above to learn how!

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