I can’t believe I am going to sit down and blog something beyond a family journal entry with recent pics taken from my phone! I thought I’d take a few minutes to blog a couple of really simple projects I’ve done over the last couple of weeks. EASY QUICK projects because lawd knows evening and weekend time is precious lately. Things are about to really pick up at work with new projects and travel, and school is starting in a few weeks so goodbye summer free time!
Essential Oil Felt Ball Garland
The first one is this cute little felt ball garland. You can actually make your own felt balls from unspun wool. I’ve done it, Martha Stewart has a few tutorials and it really is easy – Milo can do it. But this time I found a multi-colored variety pack on Amazon for super cheap so I went with that. So for this project, this is pretty much all you need…
Yep, your felt balls and a needle and some embroidery thread. You can use whatever color of any of those you’d like – a cute fall colored one would be fun for the autumn. And obviously if you want to use essential oil, you’ll need your choice of that.
Milo put them in appropriate order (ROY G. BIV of course…) he is such a cute assistant, right?
And then he handed them to me one by one and I strung them on the embroidery thread. You don’t even have to knot them, the felt and thread are thick enough that they stay put. You can rearrange them and space them correctly once you get them all on your string.
It literally took us about 10 minutes. And most of that was Milo deciding what order to put them in and then knocking them all off the table and insisting on starting again…with no help. Last step is to add a few drops (I just chose random balls) of essential oil to a “few” of the balls – adding oil to all balls would be WAY too much. I think I added one drop to maybe 5 balls. Then I replenish as the scent fades. Adding the oil is totally up to you but I knew mine was going to hang in my cubicle at work and I wanted a way to have some yummy scents that also served a purpose. I think it would be great for a nursery or other types of rooms where you don’t want to use candles or strong scents.
The blend I chose is called “uplift”. Something I need each afternoon! It’s a “synergistic blend of Grapefruit, Orange, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Lavender“. I’m thinking of making another one of these for Milo to hang near his desk with the “focus” blend. And no, I’m not one of those essential oil salespeople. You can get them anywhere (Target, Whole Foods, Walmart, Trader Joe’s – way cheaper than independent sales and they work just as well IMO – especially for something like this)… If you want to skip the oil on your garland, feel free.
Here’s mine hanging on the wall of my cute little cube at work.
And yes, I’m still getting used to working in a cube. I’ve worked in an office/classroom for the last… I don’t know… 10 years? So having a cube again is different. But, I hafta admit… I kind of dig it! It’s so nice to be around people again! ha! And I sit next to the Benefits Dept. so I get to hear all sorts of interesting phone calls from people. LOLOL, just kidding – not really.
I’ve had to make my little space homey if I’m going to be spending a lot of time there, so a nice smelling fuzzy garland helps.
The next super quick DIY I worked on was this little mid century child’s chair I picked up at a thrift store.
60s MOD Child’s Chair Makeover
When I first picked it up (for 5 bucks) I wanted to keep it as is. I actually love the vintage vinyl and colors.
But after we got it home and I knew it was going to “live” in our downstairs family room, I decided it needed a bit of love. I tried my darndest to get that rust off but there was some corrosion and pitting… Which meant it wasn’t going to get better. And I also thought I could get the marker off the vinyl seat but that didn’t happen either.
No worries though. I consulted the internet and the nice guy at home depot and discovered I could use a rustoleum spray paint and it would stop the rust damage and prevent it in the future. Since the chair was going to stay in our living room I went with an oil rubbed bronze – still metallic but updated and would blend well with our style. I also went to hobby lobby and picked up that red and white material and then found CLEAR vinyl to put on top and it makes it look like the vinyl material that was used in the 60s! I love it! The original orange and brown vinyl is still under the new material. I wanted to save it for prosperity sake. Now our little chair can last another 50 years!
It mostly hangs out in the corner of our family room…
But it’s small enough and easy enough for Milo to pull it over to the coffee table for snacks and coloring while he watches TV.
So those are the two quick (really inexpensive) DIYs I’ve done lately. I need to post about our backyard makeover. That was not a DIY and cost us over 20K and we are now dealing with contractor issues… ugh – like to the point where we might have to get an attorney involved. Pray for me because I’ve nearly lost it a few times over the last week. I’ll leave that story for another day though. I know in the end it will all work out.
Thanks for reading! P.S. Can you believe it’s August? Yikes! Slow down 2016!