Sunday, September 12, 2010


Hi, my name is Ashleigh, and I'm a craftaholic. No seriously though, I may or not be thoroughly addicted to crafting. It's been a really great outlet for me these past couple of weeks, with all the stress I've been feeling with work and living in an unfinished space. I'm running out of space in my home for the crafts I'm making, and so I'm hoping other people will let me make crafts for them. Below are some of my recent crafting adventures:

This is a cork board I made for my office. I bought a cheap board from Wal Mart and half a yard of that adorable fabric and hot glued it on. Then I hot glued ribbons around the edge to make a cute border. I found those super cute flowers in my mom's crafting supplies and I just knew I had to use them! I attached them to little clothes pins, which I then attached to the frame of the cork board, so I can hang papers from the clothes pin as well. I'm kind of obsessed with it, and now I don't even want to hang anything on it and spoil it's beauty. Ah, well.... such is life.
This was SUCH a fun project to make! Nikki and I went to Lowe's and bought some wood (which was an adventure all by itself) and then we had DJ cut it for us. We bought those cute paint colors at Lowe's as well. (By the way, they sell "sample" jars of paint, which are a half pint each, for 3 dollars! It was perfect cause I didn't need much, but they still mix whatever color you want, just like if you buy a whole gallon. I'm hooked.) The flooring, counters, appliances and furniture in my house are a combination of blacks and browns, so I decided to go bold with my accent colors, and I'm so excited to see it all come together! After Nik and I sanded, primed, and painted the wood, we printed out pictures on cardstock and mod-podged them to the boards. The ink did bleed a little bit, but it actually looks really cool. Also, there were bubbles in the paper when I applied the mod-podge, but they flattened themselves out beautifully. This is such a fun project, in fact, that DJ is in the process of making his own little wood picture. Naturally, his will be of the Braves, and will go in our "Sports Room" (aka the guest bedroom...and yes, decorating it in sports stuff WAS my idea... I know, how did DJ find such a cool wifey, right?).
Okay, THESE are probably my favorite. Nik and I bought a 2x4 at Lowe's, and brought it home (get this) in her... COBALT! bahahahaha we had so much fun getting a 2x4 in there! And THEN, once we got it home, we realized that there is a HUGE pile of scrap wood in the yard from when the boys have cut wood to finish the basement so there was no need to by more. DUH!!! So we plopped ourselves on the ground and went to town, looking for good sizes of blocks. Oh, it was seriously so fun! We then sanded them, primed and painted them with the same colors as the pictures above (p.s. I still have LOTS of that paint left... that 9 bucks was totally worth it!) After we double-coated them with paint, I got on my computer and chose cute fonts for each letter and printed them out on scrapbook paper. I attached the letters with mod-podge and voila! I have a cute decoration to go on the coffee table DJ made me.
The idea for these wall hangings I stole from a craft blog. The tall skinny frame I already had, but the glass was broken in it, so this was a perfect use for it. The other frames I got at Wal Mart for 3 bucks each. I got my fabric in the same bold primary colors as above and went to town with them. First I covered the glass in the frames with the background fabric. The rose was super easy to make, you just take a long piece of fabric and swirl it around from the center out, twisting it occasionally. For the petaled flower I cut out a bunch of petal-shaped pieces and glued the ends together to make a 3D effect. Then I glued them around a center piece of the fabric, which was just rolled up like a cinnamon roll. These cute hangings will go on either side of my mirror which I'm hanging up to use for my salon, which is really just a corner of my kitchen that will have the mirror and my stylist chair in it. It's going to be so nice to have my chair out and have a good place to do hair!

So, there's my most recent stuff! I seriously want to make more crafts, especially the blocks. If ANYONE wants some, let me know. I have lots of scrap wood I can still use, and I could make it say anything you want. If you pay for the paint in the colors you want, I'll do the rest. Seriously. Or we could do it together, cause it's really fun! One of my cousins suggested I start selling my crafts, but for now I just want to do them for free. I don't have the time to produce them in large quantities because I work over 40 hours a week. Maybe one day I'll have more time to start a little crafting business, but for now, I'm serious here... PLEASE LET ME CRAFT FOR YOU!!!


  1. let me know how much you'd need to reproduce those blocks, I totally want one. (I want "Family" though). I've been wanting to do those forever, but...well honestly, between the nail in my foot, the drill through my finger and the blow-torch thing...I have a bit of an aversion to power tools.

  2. I'm kind of in love with that cork board! What a great idea!!! All of your crafts turned out SO cute. I hope we get to see pictures of how they're all arranged in your new place!