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Revamping an Old Favorite for a New Space- Desk Remake

28 Jan

The summer before my sophmore year of college, my mom and I re-did a desk together.  It was my Dad’s old wodden desk used when he was a little boy.  We transformed it into a shabby chic white desk with a mosaic top (it is very heavy due to the mosaic).  It has been with me through many moves since that day.  Unfortunately, our summertime move to Scottsdale was pretty rough on our furniture due to the heat and a lot of my older pieces endured some damage.  The desk just isn’t holding up so well anymore.  The wood is split and the top is cracking, but I just can’t part with it.  Anyone else have nostalgia for family “heirlooms”?  However, my attachment to my crumbling desk has become a problem and has prevented us from moving forward on the office.  1. It is crumbling and cracked. 2.  We have smaller rooms in this house so it will not fit in a spare bedroom as it did before. 3.  Since it won’t fit in a bedroom, our office now has 3 desks crammed in to a small room.  THREE.  These were formerly dispersed throughout our house, but just don’t work in our new house.

Since I’m getting more and more involved with my projects, I told Jason that I really want to make our office useable instead of storage.  I want it to have the look of a fun, inspired office while having storage for all my crafting items.  He is FINALLY onboard (he has been against a “craft room” but I’ve managed to convince him it will just be a cute office… shhhhh).  So, last night we were looking around our rectangle-shaped space and the furniture currently being stored there.  Three desks and an old dining table that was my grandmothers (I inherited this when I went to lawschool, but we replaced it with a larger and sturdier table this year).  We realized some of this had to go.  The unused table was taking up precious space, so Jason suggested taking it apart.  Pure brilliance.  The legs easily came off the table and now the legs and table are resting under the bed in one of the spare bedrooms.  Then we had to start tackling the three desks.  We came up with a plan for my old, crumbling desk so that I can salvage it and turn it into something that is more versatile.  You will have to wait and see what we came up with!  Should be ready for unveiling on Monday hopefully! So exciting!

For now, here is the desk as it was, minus the drawers that I had already removed prior to snapping some photos.

This promises to be a fun weekend!!

Hope you all have a fab weekend as well!

Charmingly,

Kristin

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Seeing Purple- Custom Save the Dates and Birthday Bag!

28 Jan

This week I’ve been seeing purple!  Purple is a hot color right now.  Tons of magazine covers have been filled with purple deliciousness over the past couple of months.  It wasn’t until the past year or so that I’ve become a purple fan myself.   I am in two weddings this spring and both brides are using purple! 

I completed a custom Save the Date order this week for one of those brides.  She wanted something with a vintage feel and floral to set the mood for her spring, farmhouse wedding.  Here is the finished product.

I used a lush, textured, creamy paper for the main invite and a linen textured muted purple for the background.  I added a lovely purple hydrangea to pull in the floral element.  I love hydrangeas!

I also made these bags for a friend.  I fell in love with this fabric at Joanns and finally decided I had to have it for my friend who also loves purple!  It is so much prettier in person.   I used the pleated purse tutorial over at artsycraftybabe for the tote (check it out here http://artsycraftybabe.typepad.com/artsycrafty_babe/2007/07/off-on-an-adven.html).  This was my second bag to make with this pattern.  It is simple and fun to make!  For the zipper pouch, I used the tutorial for the scrappy makeup pouch on Noodlehead (check it out here http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/10/scrappy-make-up-pouch-tutorial_20.html).  I love that this pouch stands up.  For some reason I’m still having a hard time with the sides of my zipper pouches (where the material meets the zipper).  I’ve had one pouch that turned out perfectly and the rest…well not so perfect.  If you have any ideas on what I’m doing wrong, please share!!

I”m so glad tomorrow is Friday!  Hopefully I will get to start on some new projects this weekend.  I’ve got some ideas for the house that I’m anxious to bring to life! 

Charmingly,

Kristin