As part of our Epson LabelWorks Contest, reader Sarah in VA sent in some adorable photos of her favorite helpers…her cute cats, who are always right by her side to lend a paw while she’s busy making her masterpieces.
Here, she fashioned motorcycles which are made of diaper wheels, bib bumpers, receiving blanket handlebars, sock grips & a sippy cup headlight. She used a wide ribbon to hold diaper wheels in a tight circle, and rubber bands to hold the rest.
I think any mom-to-be would be excited about getting these gifts!
I’m super excited to tell you about the Epson LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit, and I’m even more excited to give one away to you guys!
The fun and easy-to-use LabelWorks Printable Ribbon Kit from Epson brings crafting to a whole new level!
Just look at all these adorable examples of craft projects you can make with Epson LabelWorks!
You can print personalized satin ribbons for crafts, scrapbooks, decorations, gifts and more!
I love that the ribbon printer prints on both dark and light colors with amazing results.
Epson has an entire line of products that are perfect for back-to-school, and will ensure children’s items don’t end up mysteriously missing. Parents can now print their child’s name onto an Epson label and add to clothing, backpacks, sports uniforms, or any other item. They’re durable and machine washable, too, so you can throw them right in the wash with all your other laundry (…because, hand washing? Ain’t nobody got time for that!)
To enter this contest, please email us a photo of a DIY craft project you’ve done…good or bad!
It can be your funniest Pinterest FAIL, or an amazing gift you made for your child’s teacher, or even just a neat gift you wrapped.
Your email should include a short description of the project, your name, email address (will be kept private), and mailing address (will also be kept private).
If you have a website, please include that, too and I will include a link!
As you know, I’m sort of a Goodwill Groupie. I frequent all 3 of my local stores, looking for deals. I especially love getting cool pieces of furniture there that are in major need of some TLC.
I’ve recently been looking for the perfect piece to complete our screened-in porch. I needed a spot for the TV to sit. I was looking for a specific style and height, so I jumped on it (pretty much literally) when I found this piece at Goodwill!
Was it nice as-is? Sure. But it was much too modern for the look I was going for. It was contemporary, and a dark Espresso finish, but it had good bones. I envisioned a more rustic piece, very shabby chic. Our screened-in porch is where we display all of our fishing-themed antiques, along with rustic cabin decor. This piece needed to look old, like it belonged in a cabin.
Here’s how I transformed it.
I first covered the glass panes with tape, and then I used a hammer to break them and pull them out. I mean… my husband did. I beat those glass panes until they were black & blue, and they wouldn’t even crack! Darn safety glass!! So, Mr. B came to the rescue.
After I got all the glass safely out, I used a coat of Rust-Oleum Professional Primer. This is THE STUFF to use when you’re painting a slick surface that can’t be sanded, like the cheap particle board wood that ready-to-assemble furniture is made of.
After that dried for several hours, I applied several coats of Krylon ColorMaster spray paint in Italian Olive. It dries so fast, you really only have to wait about 5-10 minutes in between coats. Make sure you apply very THIN coats, though, or else your paint will run. And if that happens, you’re basically stuck with runs, because it’s hard to sand over coats of spray paint without ruining all your work.
After this was all dry, I mixed a cup of water with about 3/4 cup of some really old dark brown stain that I found in the basement leftover from staining the deck. Literally, any old brown stain or paint will do! Just make it very thin and watered-down. I mixed it well, and then, with a paint brush, I lightly ran my wet brush across the cabinet in long strokes, wiping off any excess. This helps achieve a rustic, aged look.
Once the piece was dry, I took a screw driver (I used the first tool I saw when I looked around, poor planning!) and I just scratched off paint in corners to give it an “antique” finish. Sandpaper works great, too, and is probably what you should be using. 🙂 Try to sand off the paint in areas where normal wear would occur over time, like corners and knobs.
At the end, for added cuteness, I pulled the back off and I re-covered it with some cute red & white gingham fabric I had. Don’t look too closely, because it’s not even. 🙂 Oh well, still cute!
And here is the finished project! The perfect place to sit the TV in our cozy, comfy, cabiny, “fishing room”! I just love it, and it looks like something right out of Pottery Barn! Not bad for around $30 from Goodwill!!