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Monday, November 30, 2009

Another great contest

This contest at Fantabulously Frugal is the best one I've seen....ever. There's such a great variety within each prize - I know everyone would be able to find something they like. And I know plenty of people who would love to receive them as gifts for Christmas! This is definitely the easiest way to Christmas shop!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Out of Service

Unfortunately, I broke my camera after the key hook project, so until it gets fixed or I get another camera, I won't be able to post any new projects! But for now, I leave you with a great giveaway from Piece of Me. She's giving away - get this! - a Keurig Platinum Brewer plus FOUR boxes of K-cups!! The hospital I worked in last summer had one and I used to love getting a cup in the morning! Yummy! If you'd like to enter, visit Piece of Me.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

I'm Back!

In the last two months since my last post, I have taken the biggest exam of my life (USMLE Step I), celebrated in Cancun, and now I'm ready to start my third year of medical school. And what better way to start the new school year than a Handy Gal craft? Taking inspiration from Urban Outfitters, I made a monogram set of hooks. I'm still not used to taking before and after pictures, so I'll just show you the after:

I bought the letters and scrapbook paper at Michaels (with my 40% off coupon, of course) and the hooks and screws at Home Depot. I already had the Mod Podge. Total cost for the project? Less than 10 buckaroos! And with the help of MMG and Mr. MMG, we screwed the letters into the wall, completing the project in less than 2 hours.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Handy in more ways than one

Being someone who likes to use her hands, I'd like to share with you some of my more crafty creations. My sister just got a chihuahua-poodle mix puppy, so I decided to make some homemade toys for her to play with.

Here she is, the most adorable puppy EVER. Penny Lane:

On the Michael's website, you can find free patterns for many cute Amigurumi's, which are crocheted animals. After learning to crochet, I decided to make a few.

First (as in, the first animal I've ever made, with lots of mistakes), I made a cat. The right eye is a little messed up, but I think it looks like he's winking. My favorite part is the white-tipped tail.

Next, I made a frog. I paid a lot more attention to the number of stitches this time, so it's more true to the pattern. He has the most personality of the bunch.

On the plane ride back to NY, instead of studying I decided to make a whale. We are an ocean-loving family, and I was a marine biology major in college, so this was fitting. I also added the spout.

Lastly, because Penny Lane is so tiny (she weighed under 2 pounds when my sister got her), I made her a little mouse, complete with whiskers.

Because these were made as dog toys, I stuffed the animals with yarn scraps instead of cotton filling, and I made the eyes with yarn instead of plastic eyes, in case Penny Lane accidentally swallows something. My newest crocheting project is a blanket, so you won't see the finished product for quite a long time!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Head of the Bedroom

This was my first (and only, at this point) project using a drill. I've been wanting to make a headboard for awhile, and I finally had the chance during spring break and while Mr. R was away. I searched for headboard projects online and found several that said to hang the headboard on the wall, but because we live in a small, rented apartment, I didn't want to drill a bunch of holes in the wall nor place the headboard based on where the studs are. So I knew I was going to build legs for my board.

Armed with my measurements, I went to home depot and was very lucky to find a really nice employee, Miguel, to help me. We have a king-size bed, and with an inch extra on each side, the headboard had to be 78" wide. I decided to make the actual headboard 24" tall based on recommendations from some of the websites I found, and because our bed is on raisers, the legs would have to be 32" to make the total height 56". I bought 1/2" plywood cut to size into two pieces, each 39"x24". The only reason why I did this was because one large piece would definitely not fit into our tiny two-seater car. Actually, the two pieces barely fit, but I'll get to that later. For the legs, I decided on 2x3's (meaning that I told Miguel I wanted the cheapest wood possible that will hold up my headboard, and he told me to use 2x3's). Those were cut into 2 pieces measuring 56" long, and with the scraps, Miguel cut 4 pieces measuring about 30" long. Those would be used to attach the two pieces of plywood together. I also purchased 1 5/8" drywall screws.

I wish I would've taken a picture of me driving home from Home Depot, with the top down, wood hanging out, and me squished against the driver's side. Luckily, we live about two blocks from the store, so it was a very short (but cold) ride. Total cost at home depot: about $30.

It's drill time. I set up my building area in the living room using a "work bench" made of two small Ikea Lack tables. First, I attached the two pieces of plywood together using the 4 short 2x3's. I started with the outer two and worked my way in. Next, I attached the legs upside down, so the headboard could be leaning against a wall. Here's what it looks like so far:

I painted the legs with a layer each of primer and white paint that I had leftover from the drawer project. Next, it was off to the fabric store. Again, I was lucky to find nice people to help me. This is a rarity in NY! All of the instructions I found online said to buy upholstery foam, but they suggested to just get an extra layer of batting because it's cheaper. So I bought two layers worth of batting, which I eventually cut to about 86"x32" (4" more than the headboard on each side), a can of spray adhesive, and the cheapest, plain white fabric I could find, which was cut to about 90"x36" (6" more than the headboard on each side). Total cost at the fabric store: $70.

This was my favorite part because it was one of the first beautiful, hot days of Spring. Unfortunately, it was also the same day that the wasps started coming out, but luckily, they really hate spray adhesive. With the headboard lying face-up on the ground, I cut the batting in half lengthwise, and put it on top of the headboard. I pulled up half of the batting so I could spray and lay it back down, working towards the end. I repeated that on the other side, and then again with the second layer of batting. Then, I moved the headboard and put the fabric face down, and then laid the headboard on top, also face down (the batting should be against the fabric now). With the help of MMG and her husband, we stapled the fabric to the back of the headboard, starting with the bottom, then sides, then top, and then corners. The corners were the hardest part and took a few tries to get it perfect and unwrinkled. We put it behind our bed, and voila!

Once we decide on a color scheme for our bedroom, I'm going to cover the headboard with a coordinating pattern, but for now, I think the white looks good. That was fun!

Total cost for the headboard was about $100, but if I ever make one again (probably for MMG!), I'll do a few things differently. We don't have a Joann's Fabrics nearby, but they definitely have cheaper prices than the local shop here. I'd probably buy the batting and spray adhesive there (or online if I'm patient enough to wait for it to be shipped), and then go to Ikea and buy a twin size sheet to cover the batting. I bought some sheets there for $3 each to make a quick bedskirt, so something similar would have made the project about $35 cheaper.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Numero Uno

Here's my first project of Spring Break. I customized a Fira Mini Chest from Ikea by decorating it just in time for Spring. First, I put the chest together. This was the most annoying part of the project, probably due to my horrible hammering skills.

Next, I primed it and painted two coats of white paint.

After that, I cut out paper for the front of the drawers using an X-ACTO knife, covered the back side with Mod Podge, and stuck it on the front of the drawers. Once attached, I covered the front with a layer of Mod Podge, and that was it! Here's a close-up of the paper:

I probably should have waited a little bit longer to put the drawers in because they started to stick to the chest, but I was too excited to load it up with all of my school supplies. Ta Dah!

I used some of the leftover scrapbook paper to cover the envelope box I had. What do you think?

Sunday, April 19, 2009


After reading through so many home design and diy blogs, I've decided to start one of my own. I've always enjoyed building things, from legos when I was a kid to furniture now. When I really started getting into it during Spring Break this year, I realized I needed a place to keep pictures of my projects. So here it is!

p.s. background is from Aqua Poppy Designs.