Keeping it Simple: July 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ikea chevron turquoise bar stool


There are a few stores that I just absolutely love and could just spend hours in there just looking around.  Ikea is one of those stores.  The first time I went there was in September (so a year ago).  I just remember being so confused because I didn’t realize that there was a marketplace and a showroom (I just went to the marketplace).  I know how better and love going there.  Every time I go in, I find something else that I just love and want to have!!

This past weekend, the Ikea in Draper got in some NEW products!!! They have some amazing textiles and the colors are just so much fun!!  Plus, they now have solar panels!
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Love all the red!!!!
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You know how much I love green and yellow!!!  The pictures on the wall, amazing!!
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The new 2013 catalog is coming out soon and it's awesome (we got one and I was drooling looking at it!).

So while I was there, I had to pick up something for my new house since the closest Ikea will be 5 hours away.   We just got rid of the chairs that we were using for our bar and Ikea has some great bar stools, and such a variety!   So I decided to get a couple of barstools.  This one is the one that I fell in love with:

STIG Bar stool with backrest IKEA Stackable; saves space when not in use. Footrest for extra sitting comfort.
I loved almost everything about it, the shape, the size, the price.  Everything but the black.  I love black, it’s a great color, I just don’t decorate with it, it’s too dark.  So I decided to paint it and put on a chevron pattern, to brighten up my new kitchen!

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Here’s the before….
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This is how I did it:
I got some paint at Lowes.  Now you may think to yourself, do I really need a primer?  Well I will tell you that you HAVE  to use one with plastic.  I tried to cut corners and guess what happened…….
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The paint just peeled right off.  So I thought to myself, maybe I can just use the primer over the paint…..
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And that just made it sticky and it stuck to my fingers and peel off even more….   So don’t cut corners like I did.  Buy the primer and put it on first.  Because if you don’t, you will waste money and time like I did….
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So, here is the plastic all painted (the right way).
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Now for the chevron pattern.  I used my CAMEO for that. I need the pattern to be 20 inches long, so I used the 12x24 mat.
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I love this pattern!
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I put the chevron onto the seats.  It didn’t really work for the back, so I just kept it on the seats.
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And now for the building of the bar stool.
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And now I have a fun, bright bar stool for my new kitchen. 
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They look a little out of place in my current kitchen (there’s not hope for that outdated kitchen….) but when I paint my new kitchen yellow (or at least a yellow accent wall) they are going to look much better! 
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But I’m thinking about getting some of the taller barstools also and making them yellow, what do you think?  I know that this trip to Ikea was not my last, love that store!!!

Monday, July 30, 2012

Ribbon Box GIVEAWAY

I have a new sponsor and I can't wait to share it with you!!  It's called The Original Scrap Box



They have these amazing craft storage boxes that I guarantee that you will drooling over when you look at them!!

They have the work box.  It looks like a normal armoire but when you open it up, it's amazing!  It has shelves and even a little desk that pulls out.  Seriously, a crafter's dream!  I know that in my dream craft room, this would be a part of it!
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They have the sewing box that is perfect for your sewing machine.  I still can't believe that that little box turns into that desk, amazing!

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They have the mini box.  I love the size of this one, just put it up against the wall.  I love the bead board on the front too!
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Are you in love yet?  I know I am!

They have some accessories that are great for organizing too!

I just love this ribbon box, perfect to organize your ribbon!

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I need help with organization.  This is how I store my ribbon.  It's a big mess!!  It's hard to find the ribbon, plus when I find it, it's tangled!
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The ribbon box is exactly what I needed!!!  Now the ribbon is easy to get to and I can organize it by color so I can get the exact ribbon that I was thinking of.

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I love that it comes with a nice lid too, I could get two of these and stack them on top of each other!! Oh how I love how organized it is and how easy it is going to be when I need some ribbon!
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And now for the fun part, one lucky winner will get to organize their ribbon too with this awesome ribbon box!!  Do you want to win??  Just enter the giveaway below!  Open to US residents only.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Motivate Me Monday #133

Where did July go??  I'm not sure how it is already July.  That means that August is NEXT WEEK.  Ahhh!! I'm not ready for it to be August quite yet.  I have a lot of things that I need to get done and they are not getting done.  I sure miss this blog!!!  I miss being able to make things and creating!  Hopefully in a month I will be back and have a lot of fun things to share with you :)

Now that the Olympics are in full force, I wanted to remind you all of my Olympics party that I had back in March.  I have now added the image that I used to make the party favors, so you can get it for free and make your own!



The most viewed link last week was:
Miracle stain remover by Learning to be a Mom

And now for the party!!  What have you been up to?

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

AstroBrights Papers

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love paper crafts.  When I started this blog, I mostly did paper crafts.  You know, cards, scrapbooking, and decorating items with paper.  I just love paper.  Because I love paper crafts, I love to do them with my kids too.  There is just something fun about crafting with paper!!  There are so many possibilities!!

AstroBrights papers has some amazing colors of paper!!!  They have 23 BRIGHT colors!  I love the brightness of them and I know that my kids would love how bright they are too!  The brightness really makes them stand out!!  I can imagine a cute note in my son's backpack.  I'm sure that it wouldn't go unnoticed!  

Could you imagine how awesome this fun craft I did with my kids would look if I had super bright green and yellow.  It would be awesome!!

 

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This fun colored paper is great for crafting, making fliers or even making a fun chore chart with it.  The possibilities are endless!

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Guest posts and Studio 5

I just realized that three weeks from today, our moving truck will me here.  That means that I only have three weeks left!!!  Ahhh, time is going too fast and I'm not going to be able to get everything done that I want to get done.  Since I will be on the road and without furniture for about a week, I need some help.

Anyone want to do a guest post for me??  I need some tutorials for the week of August 20th and August 27th.  Let me know if you are interested and shoot me an email at kaysiscrafts@gmail.com.  

Yesterday I had the privelage to go onto Studio 5.  One of my goals while leaving in Utah was to be on Studio 5 and I accomplished that goal (with three weeks to spare :D).  I had a lot of fun.  I showed off some refashions.  Good thing for me I had already had them all made because the thought of crafting right now really overwhelms me.  

Anyways, I showed off these 5 refashions:
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I think it went pretty well and wasn't too nervous, well until I picked up the scissors and then my hand started shaking....  But it was a lot of fun.  I just love taking about crafts and refashions and I could talk about it for days! :)

If you have a moment, I would love it if you would go check out the video on Studio 5.

Have a wonderful day!!!  And if you would like to do a guest post, just shoot me an email :)

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Jeans turn into shorts {Melly Sews}

Hi Keeping it Simple readers! I'm on a shorts kick this month. Today I'm going to show you how to take jeans, cut them off, and hem them so they look like they were shorts all along! Why not just buy shorts, you ask? Well, there are a couple reasons. First of all, I got the jeans for $3 at my local thrift store. Jeans are more readily available than shorts there. Secondly, I suspect a conspiracy, just like the intimate apparel/swimsuit makers have. I have no problem finding jeans I like, but shorts - as I said in my last contributor post here, I have a hard time finding ones that fit and flatter. So, start with a pair of jeans. For this particular style, I chose a looser fitting trouser style pair of jeans.
The looser fit through the thighs is important to make sure these don't end up looking like Daisy Dukes. Try on your pants, and mark where you want the shorts to end. Make a long, straight mark. In my case, these pants already had a wear line (from being on a hanger?) right where I wanted them to end, so I used my ruler and made another line 1 1/2 inches below  the fade line.
You'll probably notice that your straight line you made when standing now looks angled. That's OK, go with it. Cut one leg on the second line you drew, then fold in half to cut the other leg.
Don't forget to save those jeans legs to make toddler shorts.
Fold your hems to the inside on your first line. Next, using your seam ripper, open your side seams up to the fold. You're doing this because almost all jeans are tapered in the thigh (even straight leg jeans) so you have to open the seams so the hems will lie flat. 
Now pin the hems, leaving the seams wider apart at the top edge of the hem as needed to lie flat. 
Stitch your hem in place. This looks best if you find thread that matches the original thread as closely as you can. Tip: Upholstery thread is often readily available and looks a lot like the thread used to sew most jeans. This pair was easy because they were sewn with navy blue.
Finally, to prevent fraying, you can zig-zag stitch the raw seam edges down. Use a thread that matches the fabric if you do this. I outlined my zig-zag stitches below so you can see what I mean. 
And then, enjoy your new shorts - which no one will suspect were once pants.
Thanks for having me!
Keeping It Simple

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Tasty Thursday: Cookie Salad

I got this recipe from my husband’s aunt.  We had it at a family reunion and my 7 year old son begged me to get the recipe.  It has the word salad in it, so it must be healthy right? ;)
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This is what you’ll need:
1 package chocolate pudding
1 cup milk
24oz whip cream
1 package oreo
This is how to make it, it’s super easy!!
1) Combine the milk and pudding together
2) Add the whip cream and stir it altogether
3) Smash the oreos while in the package.  You can stomp on it, throw it on the ground, use a hammer.  Get creative!
4) Stir smashed oreos into mix and chill.  Sprinkle the left over crumbs on top right before serving.
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