Sunday, October 28, 2012

Peacock Witch Hat

This is Trisha, I am a Halloween loving girl.  Can I just ask you, what is more fun that spending time as someone else for a day? I enjoy going to witch's night out at Gardner Village.  
It was time for a new costume, off I went in search of something new and unique. The peacock feathers were the start.
 I began with a plain witch hat and added all the glitz and glam.  Then I made the tutu as well.  The costume was meant to be for me, however, the horrible cold and couch that I have, kept me for going out on the town.  Luckily my beautiful daughter cinched in the skirt to fit her and she wore it proudly.  

I didn't add any "how to" tips to these photos since I wasn't thinking about posting them but when I got to the final product, it was calling for a spot on the blog.

This is a view from the back of the hat

This is a side view

This is the view from the front

Doing make up is really fun for my daughter and me.  

This is the back of the costume

This my amazingly beautiful girl.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Bubbles and Lights

Every project starts with some sort of inspiration. This one began in Manhattan in Saks 5th Ave.
This is their shoe floor.

The effect the bubbles has is one that makes it seem there are far more lights than there actually is... Plus the added benefit of BUBBLES!

I showed Trisha this picture (Natalie talking) and she was crazy about it. Wanted to know if we could make something like it for her office ceiling.... "We can try!" I said.  Then she went and found a blog that has already done this and provided steps!!  So really, this post is in great part thanks to this post: (We were grateful for the ideas!!!)

So, here we went...
 Hooks and anchors for the ceiling
 2 wire racks from Lowes. Under $4 each
 Copious amounts of christmas decorations purchased from Hobby Lobby on sale 40% off. (We used at least 5 times this amount)
 Crimp beads and jewelry wire. The bright silver wire only came in 30' reels so we got three. $7 each. The crimp beads came in a count of 150, and since this project would require many, got two. 50% off meant $2.50 for 300 crimp beads.
This is the light in the room that we are working with. (what it looks like on and off)
 Having measured where the wire rack would hang, we drilled holes in the ceiling to drive home the anchor.
Then screwed in hooks. (which it looks like I didn't photograph... using my cell phone for pictures which is why they are so inconsistent in color. Forgive the phone)
 Then with 6" of wire and a crimp bead attached a loop to each corner of the wire rack
 Here they are hanging from the hooks.
Then we followed the suggestion on the blog Trisha found for making "toggles" from which to suspend the balls. We used 19 gauge steel wire.
And bent them around a pair of round nose pliers to look like this:
 The crimp bead pliers and a hooked pair of tweezers were handy to get hold of the toggle once inside the ball. They needed to be bent a bit to stay in... There are a couple ways to do this, best just to see what you find easiest. pinching before they go into the ball, then trying to re-widen the ends, OR putting it in the ball like this, then getting hold of it to pull it out of the ball so the eye can have a wire threaded through it.
This is what I mean... How you accomplish this, widening the ends of the wire, is however you find easiest.
One way is to hang onto the loop with the crimp bead pliers, and use another pair of pliers to pinch the loop, forcing the wire ends to separate. Or using the hook to pull the wires where they cross... closer to the loop; also forcing the wire ends to separate.  Confusing, but you will get it.

 Then using an 8" length of wire and two crimp beads, we attached a ball to the wire rack. After seeing one, and getting an opinion on 8", we took the rack down and worked on it at the table... Much easier that way.
After attaching quite a few balls, we hung it up to get an opinion on how it was looking. We were working knowing we couldn't go longer than 9" wires because of head clearance, but what we decided after this far in was that we needed more short wires.
Here, we've used post-it flags to decide on sizes we wanted to add. We had 4 sizes, so each color post-it represented a size.
Another thing we had to do, when lifting the rack off of the table, we didn't want the glass balls hitting one another as we flipped it over.... So this was done slowly.
(This image was taken before we hung it and did the flags, which is why it looks a little empty.)
Also must tell you... this is a very slow project. You wouldn't think wire, crimp beads, and glass balls would be slow going.... and maybe us sitting and chatting the whole while was a factor, but it took long enough that I wouldn't want to tackle this without a friend helping :)
 And here is the finished product.
 Trisha likes the industrial look of the rack, so we didn't try to hide it.
The blog post shared in the beginning... she does a great job of hiding it.
This is a view of the bubbles with just a small lamp on in the room... Also very cool.
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Monday, October 8, 2012

Halloween Crafts

Its Trisha coming at you with a few things that I love. Crafts, Halloween, decorating and social media, especially sharing ideas.

Thank you Pintrest and for the idea.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Its not just coloring here at Abstract Doodles.

 Here at Trisha's house...

I was inspired by a photo that I saw for a closet turned into the look of an Armoire, a free standing piece of furniture that takes the ordinary to extraordinary.
The concept was so exciting and I could see it in my head so clearly but taking that image and design out of my head and having it make sense to my carpenter, (my hubby) seemed almost impossible.
Natalie and I work well as a team and when we get together and brainstorm we take the impossible and make it possible.
She and I sat down and drew out the plans that were taken to Kirk, my hubby, and he was able to come up the right type and size of wood to make the door function and not be to heavy to open and close.
I am so happy to share these photos with you and I hope that they will inspire you as much as they did for me.

To accomplish this project this wall between our kitchen and living room needed to be removed.

The wall is now removed and the wires that are hanging down are the electrical wires that we left for an electrician to help us with.  The door on the right is my pantry. This is the door that is going to be transformed into the armoire.

This cut out will have doors on the front and it is where our spices will live.

This is a view of the inside of the door where the spice rack is located.
You can see what we have done is build out a new door frame. We did this by stacking two 2x4's sandwiched together and covered with thin ply. We built the door by making a 2x2 frame and also covering that with thin ply. The reason for this was to keep the large door light weight.  We used a piano hinge to hang the door which works fantastic.

This is a view of the distance it stands from the wall.

While we had an electrician sort out the hanging wires, we had him install a pot light in the pantry.  I feel that has been one of the greatest additions to the pantry.

We were doing this project on a very tight budget and paint is one of those expenses that can make or break the bank.  I went to the "oops" section at Lowes and found paint that I wanted to try.  I was able to get two full gallons for 5.00 each.  I used one of the colors for the outside and the other for the shelves inside so I didn't have to worry about running out of paint and dealing with matching anything.

The bottom drawer that you see was added to make it look like furniture but in reality it is just for decoration.

This is the finished part of the spice rack.  We added dowels to hold the spices in place as the door will be swinging open and closed all of the time.  I also wanted a POP of color that was unexpected and the blue makes me very happy.

This dark gray below is the actual color of this project.  Using different cameras can make the photos appear   different colors.
This is the inside of the pantry.  The space at the bottom is a raised shelf because on the other side of the pantry is the stairway to the basement.  We removed shelves that were originally coat racks and we built new shelves.

One of the tricky parts in this design was how to hang the crown molding around the top.  We were trying not to compete with the existing molding in the kitchen.

As an organizing and clutter stopper I added a white board and our family calendar on the inside of the door.  It has been lovely not having papers and clutter on the fridge and random areas of the house since we now have a common space for everything.
I am not tall enough to reach the top shelf, it was essential to have a step stool added to the pantry.
I love the idea of having the large pans and griddle standing on their side to get to easily.
Having the fabric baskets makes it simple to keep like things together.
The bottom wire basket has pull out drawers so I can see everything I have put inside.
I buy cereal in bulk so I use plastic containers to put them in order to stop the cereal from spilling all over the pantry.
I have added small wire baskets to the side of the wall to use up every usable space.
Hooks were also added to hang those "hard to find a place for" b-b-q utensils and aprons.
On the other side is a container that holds plastic grocery bags, a mop and broom holder to keep them in their place.
The lazy Susan's are always handy for a quick view of the items that you have on a shelf that might be to high to see all the way to the back.
I have added wire shelves to add extra space for canned goods.
As you can see, I have tried to utilize every part of what I know refer to as Narnia.

In the end the door had a slight gap that was not going to be acceptable as a "piece of furniture" so the easy solution was a small latch.

This was the start of a remodeling project included to entire upstairs floor of our home.  It was fairly easy work but very time consuming.
Here is a link to the inspiration piece for this project.

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