CrazySexyCrafty: Mounting with Felt Foam

I wanted to mount my power strip above my work table for easy access. I didn’t want it on the floor anymore because I wanted to store things under the table, and I didn’t want to move everything from under there just to plug something in.  That meant that I would have to mount it on screws. Not too bad.

Except,  how was I going to mark the screw placement accurately?

This is the hardest part for me, because I want to guesstimate, but that doesn’t make for great installation, but does make some great headaches. So I went through a few ideas I had and finally found something that works too well!

Craft Foam! The kind with the adhesive on the back!

I punched holes with leather punches and stuck them where the screws were suppose to go. Then I dabbed some ink from a bingo marker (you can get them at the dollar store), and placed the power strip where I wanted it.

Voila! Perfectly placed marks!

You could also use those felt pads and cut them to the size needed.

If you don’t want to use ink on your white walls (totally understand!), then you can use toothpaste instead.  Just wipe away when done!

I use these now to mark where I want to hang just about anything.

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Ever heard of cull lumber?

It’s basically the scrap wood bin at the hardware store. This is where you can get some good wood for really cheap! I got four really big pieces of wood, (big enough to make my own large wall hanging) for only $2! They will even cut it for you! Of course I’ll be going back regularly to check out what’s there! It’s almost like treasure hunting! So fun!


When life gives you a broken shelf…..

…you put it back to work!

My shelf broke on me! I bought it from Target on sale some time ago. It originally looked like this:

Well! It snapped in half! Luckily, the top half of the shelf was still workable, so I removed that part and  put some things back on it.

The bottom half didn’t look so hot. I was going to toss that part, but I wanted to save all the screws. While I was taking the shelf section apart, it occured to me that there was nothing wrong with the pieces of wood themselves. So, I bought some shelf brackets and put them back up on the studs:

I like it better! I can space the shelves anyway and anywhere I want, and I can use the top and botton of the shelf for greater storage.

This project is part of my re-organization of my studio. Lots my re-furb, re-fab and re-use ideas ahead.


The Everyday Products Every DIYer Should Have!


Yes, this list is based on what ‘I’ use, keep and think everyone should have on a day-to day basis if you want to make things and save tons of money as well. These are products that have multiple uses. To me, that is a good investment! I hate products that can only be used for one thing!

Vinegar-white distilled and apple cider (cleaning, cooking)
Epsom salts (laxative, garden fertilizer, bath soak)
baking powder (cleaning, baking)
cornstarch (cooking, making shirt starch, cosmetics)
Olive oil (cooking, cosmetics)
borax (cleaning, laundry, cosmetics)
bleach (cleaning, crafts)
lemons (cooking, cleaning)
vodka (drinking, cleaning, herbal extracts)
peroxide (first aid, crafts)
rubbing alcohol (first aid, crafts)

You can combine some of these products with others to get even more from them:

White vinegar + epsom salts = foot soak
baking powder + salt = tooth powder
olive oil + lemon juice = salad dressing
borax +olive oil + (beeswax) + water = lotion!
olive oil + water + (lye) = soap!
vinegar + water = window cleaner
olive oil + lemon juice + epsom salts = body scrub

There are many more combos, probably an infinite number of them, that can be created from the master list above. With the addition of a few more items, like beeswax, ammonia, and lye, there really won’t be any need for you to go out and buy, well, and specialty product, unless of course you want to!


So many wine bottles, so many uses!

See this?

This is my ever growing collection of wine bottles. What can I say? I have a family member whose all about the vino. Funny thing is, he’s healthier than all his brothers and friends his age! He’s doing something right!

When I see the glass bottles in the recycling bin, I have to save them! I actually rescue any unbroken glass. It’s just too nice of a material to let go of.

So I have a couple of ideas of what I’m going to do with the bottles and the corks, but it’s always cool to find a few more. I’m not the only one that’s putting wine bottles to good use.

There are five awesome projects at dornob.com

Drinknectar.com has a few more!

How about wine bottle plant nannies! I bought those plastic flower holders for grave sights at the dollar store to use! Just snip a small piece off the long stake and invert your wine bottle!
Salvagedgrace.com lists some really great ideas for using all those wine corks!


MacGyver Guys are Sexy!

Have you heard about Mechanical Mashup?

They have this great project on making your own photo softbox that has inspired me to create my own. I just had to see what else they could do! Turns out, these guys could make a guitar out of a cigar box, pumpkins that flame, and disposable cups into iPhone holders! Sa-weet!

You know who else I like? The guys on the TV show Food Jammers! When I saw them make their own ice cream with a coffee can and a marble, I was hooked! Any guy that can do that has my attention!

It’s just a LITTLE disturbing that all these guys happen to be Canadian! Where are all my crafty American dudes! MacGyver can’t be the only one!


I’ll be here this weekend!

This will be my first fair! I figured it’s time to use my skills and make things not just for myself. This is scary, since I’ve never done this before, but can’t let fear stop me or I won’t do anything! If you’ll be in Charlotte, stop by! There will be other great artisans there whose stuff I love!

Just a peek at what will be there:

I’ll also be adding new stuff to my Etsy shop after this weekend.

Gotta go back to sewing!