Computer Area Decor

I posted my computer area makeover a few weeks ago for a Battling Chaos post and I’m finally getting around to posting some of the decorations I did. I cleaned up all of the binders, papers, file folders that had NOTHING in them, and trashed some of my old computer games. I love the new look and can’t wait to transform the the rest of my living room.

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I did a few minor upgrades which I’ll cover in a couple Wednesday Project posts.

  1. Beauty and the Beast picture
  2. Small Perfect sign
  3. Desk recolor
  4. Shelf recolor
  5. Cork board decoration
  6. Blue box for outgoing mail and things to file

 

Beauty and the Beast Picture

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This was a fun project. My all time favorite Disney princess movie is Beauty and the Beast. Since the living room is where I keep the majority of my books, I thought it would be appropriate. I wanted something simple to do but still creative. I found a frame from TJ Maxx on clearance for $5 and painted it gold. It had a few scratches but I planned on painting it, so who cares? The little plate below was silver but to stick with the theme, I decided to paint it gold.

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While that dried I came up with an idea for the picture. Originally I was going to paint Beauty and the Beasts silhouettes on a dark blue background. I didn’t want paint anymore so I printed off random pages of the story from different sources online. Some of the pages are in French and some in English but all tell the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Next I took those pages and aged them in the oven with coffee and coffee grounds. I found a blog post on how to age paper over at Confessions of a Plate Addict. I followed her instruction except I did not use foil under my paper and I added coffee grounds to make some age spots stick out.

After the pages were aged I used mod podge to glue the pages together. Working from the back to the front like you would normally glue paper. I left the top clean and clear of mod podge so I could add the silhouette. I ended up drawing the silhouette on with charcoal. Then I used a spray to set the charcoal so it doesn’t flake off. Put it all together and I now have this super cute Beauty and the Beast picture!

Small I’m not Perfect sign

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I got this sign from a friend for Christmas and I love it. Originally it was a light blue and I wanted it to be just a little darker. I didn’t want to paint it so I went to Lowe’s and found Cabot interior wood stain in the blue I was looking for. I sanded the edges of the sign and lightly sanded the front. I added about 3 coats of the stain and then 1 coat of Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish. It turned out pretty good and while the front is a little difficult to read, it’s still readable. All in all a good first time experience with staining wood!

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

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Open When Letters

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OPEN WHEN…You miss home – INSIDE : 1. Put on rain boots 2. Pay too much for a chai 3. Find traffic and sit in it. ENJOY!

I’m sure you have heard about Open When letters. If you have not, they are a great low cost going away gift for friends or family members. I found a few pictures on Pinterest about them and thought it would be a great idea for one of my book club friends, S, who is moving away.

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OPEN WHEN…When you need a vacation – INSIDE : Hop into a dirigible, but don’t forget the chicken.

I’ve been trying to think of a great going away gift for her. She has been with the group for about 3 years and we are sad to see her leave. She’s changing professions and moving to an island so we are not THAT sad for her but I wanted a way to show her we will miss her. We are really going to miss her, she is constantly upbeat and wonderful.

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OPEN WHEN….It’s the first day at your new job – INSIDE: At least you aren’t the Dark Arts teacher, they never last the year…You’ll be great! Have Fun!

I came up with a few ideas for the envelopes and inside but wanted the whole book club to participate. I wanted it to be a group effort and I’m glad I did because I got some great cards out of the group. On Friday during book discussions I handed out note cards, envelopes, and pens. S had to miss the meeting so it was the perfect opportunity to complete this project. We wanted the cards to reflect some of the books we had read and you’ll see examples from Harry Potter (JK Rowling), Finishing School (Gail Carriger), Cat and Bones Night Huntress (Jeaniene Frost), Anita Blake (Laurell K. Hamilton), Kate Daniels (Ilona Andrews), Mercy Thompson (Patricia Briggs), October Daye (Seanan McGuire), and Chicagoland Vampires (Chloe Neill). Here are some of the ones we came up with, from our book club to her when she moves away.

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S absolutely loved the open when letters and even cried.

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Now that I’m starting to post my Minimalism changes I’ve added a new page under Projects! Check it out.

Projects, Projects, PROJECTS!

Wednesday is my new project update day! Why you might ask, or maybe not, maybe the thought didn’t even cross your mind. Anyways, like I mentioned on Monday, I want to start having a regular post routine and maybe it will help me keep myself accountable for the projects I’m working. I’m a procrastinating slacker.

On Saturday I finished up a section of theimage
scarf I’m working on. I feel like it’s taking forever and it is because it’s such a tiny knit. I did a rough draft on what I needed to do to get done, just 300 more rows to go! I hit row 400 on Saturday. I don’t want to knit my joints out so I’ve planned on 10 rows a day M-F. If I end up doing more than woohoo, if not then at least I’m staying on track to finish by the beginning of September. No new knit or crochet projects until then though.

Fimageor my battling chaos project I’ve been slowly making progress. I’m going to stick to minimizing the areas I’m working on. Later I’ll worry about making it look nice. I was too caught up on the decoration part and it was stressing me out.

My entry way is sort of embarrassing.

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Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Nephew’s Baby Blanket

I started working on a Hooded baby blanket I found on Ravelry for my soon to be born nephew a few months ago. I tried looking for something nice and soft in the colors my sister has picked out, red and black. Do you know how tough it is trying to find regular colors for baby items, everything is pastel! I didn’t like anything I was finding at JoAnns but because I needed a lot of yarn, I decided to cave in and get the pastel stuff. It’s a baby blanket, who cares! I ended up going with Bernat Baby Blanket Yarn in the white, green and blue colors. 10.5oz at my local store was 9.99 and I bought 4 at 50% off….SCORE! My sister is a huge Sounders fan and Seahawks fan so it worked out. I also picked this yarn because it’s machine wash and dry-able. For a busy mom I feel like that is super important. My sister won’t be hand washing anything.

I finally finished the blanket on Wednesday. Here is a picture of it pre-blocked.

When I started working the hood, I realized that I crocheted the blanket incorrectly. DOH! I ended up crocheting the DCs into the big loop (incorrect DC) instead of the proper way (correct DC). I figured this out when the hood would not lay flat and kept bunching. It looks fine and I like the way it turned out but I didn’t do it the way the instructions say.

I finished the hood, attachment and rim on Thursday and need to block it. I hate blocking. Maybe I’m doing it incorrectly but it always seems fairly pointless. Depending on the material, but most of the time I gently wet the fabric and lay it down on a few towels. I put in my pins and block it. I let it sit until dry. The piece usually goes back to the shape it was before I blocked it, except the looser parts are now slightly exaggerated. This is pre-blocked but it will probably look the same after.

Here is the Hooded baby blanket pattern I used and you can add me on Ravelry!

Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus

Gender Reveal T-Shirt

My sister has been patiently waiting to see if she would have a boy or girl come July. For a while, she was not even sure she would be able to carry this baby to term because of the babies placement. Lots of problems at the beginning of this pregnancy. Well on February 23, she found out the baby had moved into a good position and had the doctor check the gender. Right after the doctor put her ultrasound in the thick envelope she provided, taped that sucker good so she would not be tempted to look, she drove straight to my house. I was then tasked with coming up with a way to reveal to my sister, her husband and my nephew what gender the unborn baby is. I racked my brain for fun ideas, everything from a cake, to a box with balloons, and to those color dissolvable powders but I only had a week to do it. With only a week to get this done and since they were combining this and my nephew’s b-day dinner at Red Robin, I decided to do a T-shirt for my nephew.

While the other ideas were good, I didn’t want to turn my nephew’s b-day celebration into focusing all on the new baby. Instead I decided to do something that would focus on HIM finding out if he was going to have a brother or sister. My first step was figuring out what sort of theme I wanted to do. My nephew loves superheros so I decide to do something with the saying “This superhero is getting a sidekick”. Since my sister’s family already knew they were pregnant I needed to figure out how to word it differently. Once I figured that out I needed to find someone to print my design and boy is that NOT cheap. I searched online for other options and found this website, A Splendid Assemblage and she shows you how to use freezer paper and fabric paint!

All I had to do was create the design I wanted, trace it onto the freezer paper (wax side down), use an exacto knife to cut out the part I wanted to be painted on the shirt and then Iron the freezer paper onto the shirt. It’s a super easy project to do! This was my first attempt at painting on a t-shirt!

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Once I washed the black shirt I had and ironed on the above pieces of freezer paper, I dabbed the paint colors where I wanted. I chose to leave out the center parts on the letters because 1. the writing is really small it was not easy cutting out such small pieces and 2. I liked the way it looks with the center of the e,a,o and p’s left in. I followed the fabric paints instructions and the T-shirt turned out great! I wish I would have gotten a picture of my nephew when he opened his present but I only have the pictures below.

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Tiffany – The Tangled Taurus