Thursday, October 16, 2014

DIY Bookshelf Project

My power tools and I have been buddies lately. I love them just as much as my sewing machine collection. To me they are very similar because they both allow me to make stuff with my hands. That's all I want to do, really. Make. Stuff. The principles of making things are very similar across all my different hobbies. The only thing that changes is the medium that I use to create.

I think woodworking and quilting are the most similar. A lot of math and measuring. Which I absolutely L-O-V-E! I'm the child of an engineer and a drafter. What can I say?

So Allie turned three recently and I promised her a new bed and a new bookshelf. They are both done and now I need to find some time to get room looking like, well, a room.

Sherwin-Williams asked to create a video tutorial on how to paint a bookshelf. Turns out this was the perfect push I needed to make Allie's new bookshelf. I did try to see if I could buy one that I liked but didn't find anything with the simple silhouette, height and width that I wanted. And I'm not down with the pressed wood particle board stuff. I need real wood, even if it is cheap ol' pine.

I found free plans for this project HERE. I made a few changes but it was just what I needed and the instructions were easy to follow.

I got to use my jigsaw to cut some curves into the top sides and the legs of the bookshelf. I was very happy with the way it turned out. Not bad for free-hand cutting!

Curves I cut with my jigsaw.
Making sure my first shelf was square and another shot of the curves.
Sanded the whole thing down before putting the pieces together. 
The completed unfinished bookshelf. Yay! 
Now I was ready to film the painting tutorial for Sherwin-Williams. I have included the video below for you to watch. Heads up! It's in Spanish. That's what they hire me to do. But it's really easy to do. I promise. Especially since I added English subtitles, too. Even if you don't speak español or want to read the subtitles you'll still be able to see every step of the process.

To pick the paint color I used the Sherwin-Williams ColorSnap App on my phone. It's super handy! Give it a try. Paint color used: African Violet #6982.

Click here to watch the video tutorial!

Here is the finished styled bookshelf that I put in Allie's room. She loves it and frankly, so do I!

If you need a new bookshelf give these free plans a try. I really enjoyed it!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

45-Minute Crochet Cowl Tutorial & Giveaway

Now that cooler weather is upon us it's the perfect time to whip up something to keep yourself (and others!) toasty! This 45-minute cowl is just the ticket to a practical, fun and quickie crochet project. The best part is that the yarn does all the work for you! I mean, seriously... how gorgeous is this yarn?!

 No surprise it's called "AMAZING!" Seriously. That's the name of the yarn: Amazing yarn by Lion Brand Yarns. So much texture and color variation in just one skein. And speaking of one skein, did I mention that's all you need to make one of these babies? Yup. Just one. So no excuses, people! Grab a hook and a skein of this fab yarn and get to work. You'll be cranking out dozens of these in no time. They make great gifts, too!

Click here to get your Amazing yarn.

Click here to get your jumbo crochet hooks.

In this video tutorial I'll even let you decide if you want your cowl to short or long. It all depends on what size hook you want to use. You'll see how easy it is to customize your crochet projects. I show you a sample made with two different crochet hooks so you can decide what finished look you want for your cowl. I like the shorter version but it's up to you. If you can't decide just make a few of each in different colorways. That would be fun!

Click here to watch the tutorial!

...and yes, there is a worldwide giveaway with this tutorial! Enter for your chance to win below. 
Good luck!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Adventures in Arting Podcast- I'm a guest!!

I was recently a guest on a fabulous podcast hosted by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer and her (hilarious) mother. It's called Adventures in Arting Podcast. If you have an hour to spare definitely give it a listen. Julie is awesome and I met her a few years ago when we were working on the Brother ScanNCut videos and commercial. If you're into paper crafts, art journaling, stamps, stencils, art, paints, inks.... you probably know her but if for some reason you don't check her our here: Balzer Designs. You'll get to hear some of my ridiculous stories, learn more about how Crafty Gemini started, how I got into sewing, more on my upbringing, husband, kids, our little homestead, how my YouTube channel has grown from the beginning and what new plans I have for my business going forward.

If you care to learn more about me I think you will enjoy this podcast! I had a great time as a guest on Julie's podcast and she always offers so much great insight on how to balance life as a creative person and running a business. If you tune in please leave a comment and let me know your thoughts. I love to hear from you.

Click here to listen in to the podcast!

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