Monday, May 11, 2015

Penny For Your Thoughts: REinspired Décor

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                                  Today's thoughts are brought to you by........REinspired Décor.
We’re Bev & Samantha from REinspired Décor.  We are a mother/daughter team who love to create fun and affordable furnishings and décor items by upcycling old, unwanted pieces. We like to think outside the box and inspire our readers to do the same! Coming soon we will be featuring a DIY series for furnishing and decorating a stylish first home on a budget.



What craft supplies should every DIY-er have on hand?

For the type of DIY that we do at REinspired Decor, some of the essential supplies and tools for us are: a hammer, screwdriver and drill with assorted bits, measuring tape, safety glasses and a mask, good paint brushes, paste wax, sand paper and even a palm sander.  Depending on the types of projects you’re going to do you may want some specialty items like a wood burning tool, stencils, stamps, etc.



What project are you working on right now?
With the good weather coming soon we want our deck to be summer-ready so we’re working on a few projects that will give it the feel of a tropical escape.  We want it to have Mediterranean style so that means bold, saturated colours like luscious orange, sunny yellow and ocean blue with a bit of white to keep it all calm and relaxed.  We all work hard so why shouldn’t every weekend feel like a getaway without having to leave home.  This series of posts with our sunny deck projects will be coming soon to our blog at REinspired Décor.

What creative idea have you done with a mason jar recently?

Mason jars are a DIYer/crafter’s staple item.  So much can be done with them and they seem to evoke feelings of nostalgia in just about everyone.  We like to use them as pretty lanterns on the patio table for summer evenings.  Place a smaller jar inside the mason jar then fill the space in between with glass pebbles.  Now all you need is a tea light in the smaller jar and you have beautiful ambient light.  If you had a lot of them it would make for a very magical night on the patio.




Thanks Samantha & Bev for sharing your insights with all of us. Please enjoy your virtualImage result for penny  may it bring you good fortune and luck. For all of Samantha & Bev's latest news and updates visit 
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This is the third interview in a DIY part series!
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Friday, May 1, 2015

Penny For Your Thoughts: Red Ted Art

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                                  Today's thoughts are brought to you by........Red Ted Art

Red Ted Art

Your one stop shop for crafts - be it to find craft activities for kids or tutorials for adults. From easy sewing, to crafty cheats and messy fun with kids.

What craft supplies should every DIY-er have on hand?

Oooh, I think for us it is masking tape (because you can paint over it), glue (a very good PVA glue), paints, coloured paper and maybe googly eyes!
 
We love to use our recycling box as a basis for so many of our crafts, that you really don’t need that much extra to get started!



What project are you working on right now?
My last finished project were some fairy wands (we do a lot of kids crafts here) – quick and easy – turning take away chop sticks and some cereal boxes into bright fairy wands. Went down a treat!
 
DO you know any DIY crafts/projects for the disabled/handicap?
 
That is a tricky one, as each disability is different – different people have different needs and different skills. So, really that is quite individual. I would say that many of my crafts are great across a broad set of skills and abilities – it is just a question of how much help and support you give someone along the way. We like to “craft together”, which means we can tackle trickier things together too.
 

Do you have DIY idea to help children learn?
 
I think DOING DIY or crafts helps children learn – there are LOTS of things you can make FOR them, but I think working with your kids and making things with them, gives them invaluable skills.
 

What DIY projects do recommend for children?

Kids love to paint and screw things in… when we recently assembled some furniture my 7yr old LOVED being in charge of the electric screw driver… if we have paint pots out, my daughter is all over it. I think like all things in life, involve your children from as early on as possible. They love being part of things and joining and learn a lot whilst doing so.
 
I still would love to learn how to crochet those cute hats. So far I have only been successful at making blankets.


What creative idea have you done with a mason jar recently?
We are looking to turn some of our empty jars into terrariums soon.. but I also love making tissue paper lanterns out of them.


What is the biggest mistakes that beginner DIY'ers  make?
 
Maybe take on a job that is too big, which means they will never finish it? Start softly softly, don’t buy too many tools and see where it takes you?


Thanks Maggy for sharing your insights with all of us. Please enjoy your virtualImage result for penny  may it bring you good fortune and luck. For all of Maggy's latest news and updates visit http://www.redtedart.com/

This is the second interview in a DIY part series! Please come back next Monday for part three!
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Penny For Your Thoughts: Dollar Store Crafts

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                                Today's thoughts are brought to you by........ Dollar Store Crafts

 Heather Mann is chief editor of Dollar Store Crafts, and specializes in transforming inexpensive materials into stylish and simple craft projects. She has appeared on Good Morning America, The Martha Stewart Show, in Reader's Digest and the New York Times. She published her first book
CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong in 2014.

Heather is a professional blogger and crafter, and designs craft projects for companies such as iLoveToCreate and Darice.

What craft supplies should every DIY-er have on hand?
Definitely adhesives! You need a hot glue gun and plenty of glue sticks, and a variety of other glues like Aleene's Tacky Glue, Mod Podge, and E-6000. Know what glues are best for which projects. A site like This to That can help you figure out the best glue to use for any given project. (http://thistothat.com)

I also have several different kinds of tape: duct tape (various colors), masking tape (plain and patterned washi style tape), clear tape, and double-sided tape. It can be really nice to have glue dots on hand, too.

Can you tell I love my adhesives?

What project are you working on right now?
Every day I try to make a quick and easy craft video for my Vine account. The videos can only be 6.5 seconds long, so it's a challenge to come up with a good idea that I can convey in a short period of time. Later today, I am going to try making braided barrettes (like the ones that were popular when I was a kid in the 80s.)

If you would like to link to them:
My vine account: http://vine.co/dollarstorecrafts
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/dollarcraft

What DIY projects do recommend for children?
There are so many great craft projects for kids, and kids are naturally adventurous crafters. For an afternoon of fun, provide kids with a variety of recycled materials (cardboard boxes, plastic cups, egg cartons, paper, etc.) and some masking tape. They will create some wonderful things!


My favorite crafts to do with kids are the ones that feature their drawings. Punch a 3" circle out of Shrinky Dink plastic, let them draw on it with colored pencils or permanent marker, punch a hole for hanging, and then shrink it down. These make gorgeous pendants that are good gifts for parents, grandparents, or even teachers.

When planning a craft for kids, keep your own comfort in mind. If you don't like messes, avoid messy supplies like sand or paint. Sometimes the location where you are crafting makes all the difference: a stained craft table can be much better for kids' crafts than your heirloom dining room table, or sometimes a messy project can be manageable just by moving it out to the backyard.


I still would love to learn how to crochet those cute hats. So far I have only been successful at making blankets.
I'm not an expert in crochet, but I am an expert in failing! (I literally wrote the book on CraftFails). If you want to be successful at a specific craft, you only need to try and try again. Learn from your failures; I believe you learn much more from failing than you ever can from succeeding on the first try.

If trying alone fails, take your project to an expert to give you advice and help point you in the right direction or advise you how to perfect your techniques.


What creative idea have you done with a mason jar recently?
My favorite mason jar crafts I have seen lately are painting a mason jar (especially the ones with raised print on them) with chalk paint. Use them for a vase or craft supply storage.

See post for photo & link to project: http://todayscreativeblog.net/watercolor-chalk-painted-vase/

Would love to see some posts about organizing a small house/space to make it bigger. Oh, must be budget friendly.

The first line of defense in organizing a small space is to purge some of your belongings. Get rid of things you haven't used in six months or a year. Get rid of unloved items, and items you have more than one of.
Next, make sure everything has a place.

For quick, cheap, and cute storage, I like to buy Banker's Boxes (they cost about $2-3 each and fold up into very sturdy lidded boxes). You can paint them with house paint to match your decor (paint them before you fold them into boxes, and let the paint dry). They cost a fraction of the price of similar-sized baskets, and they conceal clutter and help you organize items. They look great lined up on a shelf or in the bottom of a storage bed.



(See attached for banker's boxes photo. Post where I go into detail about this is here if you want to link to it: http://dollarstorecrafts.com/2010/07/2-storage-and-knock-off-wood-interview/)

Another idea is to use items that are useful as decorations. Put your pretty craft supplies on display so they do double duty: making your space pretty and organized, and also being available for craft


Thanks Heather for sharing your insights with all of us. Please enjoy your virtualImage result for penny  may it bring you good fortune and luck. For all of Heather's latest news and updates visit http://dollarstorecrafts.com/

This is the first interview in a 6 part series! Please come back next Monday for part two!
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The Penny For Your Thoughts asks heroes, mentors, experts, and all around awesome people to share their knowledge, helpful tips, secrets, and more. Every other month we'll feature a new subject and interview based on your questions. Have someone you want to see featured, or questions you think we should ask? Email marthapreston888@yahoo.com


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Penny For Your Budgeting Thoughts: Interview Series

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Last month I had the opportunity to interview several budgeting and personal finance experts! We discussed savings account, financial independence, and how to talk to your children about money.


 If you missed any of their great advice don't worry . Here are all the interview all in one place.

 Penny For Your Thoughts: Dear Debt

 Penny For Your Thoughts: Debt Discipline

 Penny For Your Thoughts: Club Thrifty
Penny For Your Thoughts: Dear Debt

Penny For Your Thoughts: Stefanie O’Connell




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