Thursday, September 30, 2010

October DIY Project Party is Now Up...$1500 Prize Package!

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DIY Club

The party starts NOW!!!


Yes, that's 2 weeks so you have extra time to enter!
 The party will close at 11:59pm (PST), October 14th.

There will be one winner of a...

You read that right! One winner of a $1500 prize package announced on October 25th.

How is the winner chosen? On October 18th, the DIY gals along with our Guest blogger will post our TOP 10 and then we will evaluate the top 10, and pick a CROWNED WINNER based on this criteria:

SCORING:

{PROJECT}
1. creativity/ingenuity
2. use of sponsor product(s)
3. quality of project

{POST}
1. quality step-by-step instructions
2. quality photos


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Moo MiniCard Numbered Wine Charms

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No, this is not counting all the glasses of wine you get to drink! This is marking each person's individual wine glass. Read on to make your own...

MOO MINICARD
NUMBERED WINE CHARMS

SUPPLIES:

Wine glasses
Moo MiniCards numbered 1 thru however many wine glasses you have
Key rings/binder clips that fold open & closed
Hole punch


STEP 1:

Choose a moo minicard design or design your own as I did here. I decided to spell out the numbers 1-10 on individual cards. I uploaded the design and placed my order.


STEP 2:

Grab that hole punch and punch out one hole on each card.


STEP 3:

Open the key ring and slide one end through the punched hole.


STEP 4:

Grab your glass and close the ring around the stem. Repeat for each glass.


That's all there is to it!


Grab your bottle of wine...preferably housed in a junktastic Sewing Drawer Wine Server like the one above. Click here to learn how we made it.


A toast to you!


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DIY Club  Beyond The Picket Fence 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Three Exciting DIY Club Happenings!

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The DIY Club is launching some exciting stuff for bloggers and DIYers this month! Check out what's happening...
  1. "THE DIY LIFE"...our new eZine will launch October 1 at thediyclub.com!
  2. OCTOBER DIY PROJECT PARTY...prize package larger than ever!
  3. DIY LIVING WEEKLY SHOWCASE...a new weekly linky event with 5 categories!

NEW EZINE TO LAUNCH OCTOBER 1

Oct eZine coming soon

This new eZine will be packed with DIY goodness! In addition to showcasing the past winners of the monthly DIY Project Party, it will highlight a great DIY tutorial from our first-ever guest blogger, Miss Mustard Seed. The master bedroom here at WhisperWood Cottage gets a bit of a spotlight, too! See the barn-style closet door on the cover above? I'm excited to see what's inside the finished publication, which will be launching October 1!

OCTOBER DIY PROJECT PARTY

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The DIY Project Party monthly contest continues! If you've used any of the party sponsors' products in your DIY project, link up to enter to win over $500 in prizes! The linky opens this Thursday night (October 30) and will be open for two weeks. The DIY Gals nominate the Top 10 projects, then score those projects to determine one winner. Get the full scoop on eligibility and judging criteria at thediyclub.com.

DIY LIVING WEEKLY SHOWCASE

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The DIY Living Weekly Showcase is a party designed to showcase all aspects of DIY living. It allows bloggers to link up all their projects, ideas, and tips to help readers improve their DIY lifestyle! Categories for linking up are:
  1. DIY Seasons: Anything related to the current season or holiday
  2. DIY Lifestyle: Recipes, organizing, entertaining, travel, family, table settings
  3. DIY Home: Decorating, DIY projects, knock-off projects, room makeovers, before and afters
  4. DIY Technology: Photography, photography tips, blog tips, blog makeovers, social media tips, computer tips
  5. DIY Connection: DIY-related events & giveaways
Be ready to link up for the first-ever DIY Living Showcase starting this Sunday! One randomly selected post from each of the 5 categories will be featured the following Sunday. Link up, up, and away! Click here for more details.

Get your DIY giddyup on and get to gettin'!
I'll see you at The DIY Club!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Sewing Drawer Wine Server

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I have more entertaining ideas than I do guests to entertain! Oh well. I'm hoping you have opportunities to  entertain company or even need an idea for a hostess or house warming gift. This project turns a shabby old drawer from a vintage sewing cabinet into a junk-chic way to display, serve, or gift a bottle of wine. 

Topped by a lock mechanism (key included) as a finial and given some importance with solid brass feet, this sewing drawer wine server is the unexpected twist that will have your guests asking, "How'd you do that?" For a project rather small in stature, it took us quite a few steps and quite a few supplies. Hang on to your DIY hats. Here's the play-by-play on how we made our...

SEWING DRAWER WINE SERVER

SUPPLIES FROM ROCKLER.COM
OTHER SUPPLIES
  • 1 drawer from vintage sewing table
  • 2 plastic containers for diluting stain & paint
  • Gorilla Glue
  • Salvaged piece of solid copper
  • Salvaged lock mechanism with key
  • 1 bottle of wine (not to be consumed until AFTER the project is completed)
TOOLS
  • Tape measure
  • Cordless drill
  • 1/8" drill bit
  • 19/64" drill bit
  • Rubber mallet
  • Horizontal band saw
  • Belt disc sander
  • Step drill bit

STAGE 1: SAND & PREP

I used the Norton sanding bug to sand the wood surface of the sewing drawer.
I removed the sanding dust with a rag from the bag of rags.


STAGE 2: STAIN

In a plastic container, I added water to the TransTint per instructions.
I placed the drawer on the Painter's Pyramid Finishing Turntable.
I applied the stain mix to the exterior of drawer using a foam brush.


STAGE 3: PAINT

I then diluted the linen milk paint to create a translucent application.


After applying the diluted paint to the interior of the drawer using a foam brush,
I wiped it back using another rag from the bag of rags.


STAGE 4: JEWELRY BOX FEET

Ron used the tape measure to measure in 1/2" from all corners and marked the points with a pencil.


He measured the jewelry box feet...


...and chose a drill bit that was slightly smaller than the feet. We used a 19/64" bit.


He pre-drilled the holes using a 1/8" bit and then drilled out the holes using the 19/64" bit.


After drilling, I stained the bottom of the drawer with the TransTint solution.
A rubber mallet was used to gently persuade the feet into place.


STAGE 5: COPPER PLATE BASE

We measured the inside dimensions of the bottom of the drawer...


...and trimmed the salvaged copper piece using a horizontal band saw.


A belt disc sander was used to quickly clean up the sharp edges.


The ever-trusty Gorilla Glue was used to attach the copper plate to the interior bottom of the drawer.


STAGE 6: ADD FINIAL

Ron grabbed the drill again to drill out the appropriate hole size for our finial using a step drill bit.


We dry fit the finial (an old lock mechanism with key)...


...and then applied Gorilla Glue to attach the finial.


STAGE 7: ADD FINISHING TOUCHES

I used leftover raffia to tie a vintage crystal prism around a bottle of wine.


Then placed the wine in its new home.


With a couple glasses and a few extra accessories,
we are ready for a glass of wine after a detailed project!


QUESTION FOR YOU...

Okay, now tell me the truth! Does anyone actually read all these step-by-step posts? With all the photo planning, putting together supply lists, and providing play-by-play details, these tutorials take a lot of time and effort to put together!! Do you like details or do you prefer more of an overview of the project and seeing the before and after shots?

What's your preference?
Details or overview?

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

His & Hers Wire Basket Organizers

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Does anyone else have the issue of organizing books and catalogs in the living room? I'm talking about reading materials that you want in a handy location but not strewn across the coffee table or stacked haphazardly on various side tables in the room. I decided to face this dilemma head-on one day.

The solution? Two wire baskets that had been sitting unused in the garage.


I moved this antique tea cart in from the dining room to serve as a side table on one end of the sofa. The baskets fit perfectly on the bottom shelf. His materials on the left. Hers on the right. {sigh} So much better! Functional and fun at the same time.

Now if you decide to move your significant other's belongings, be prepared for the, "Honey, where did my _____ go?" On my never-ending search to find home organizing solutions that work, things do tend to find new homes quite often around here. I think RJNJ has come to expect it now...or at least it doesn't surprise him when something that was "right here" is now "over there" or "in the other room." Oh, the joys of living with a DIY Gal! :)

Does your honey have to ask where his/her
things are because you are constantly DIYing?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Gorilla Glue Featuring The DIY Club & JunkMarket Style at Country Living Fair

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Gorilla Glue, one of the four main sponsors of the Country Living Fair, is featuring both The DIY Club and Sue Whitney of JunkMarket Style this weekend. If you are in or near Columbus, Ohio, I suggest you get on over and see all the ruckus!

GORILLA GLUE FEATURING THE DIY CLUB

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FREE DIY PROJECT TUTORIALS
First of all, I'm thrilled that Gorilla Glue will be handing out DIY project tutorials from each of The DIY Club gals. Here's a draft of the one they created for my Crystal Prism Cabinet Pulls project that added some simple bling using a dab of Gorilla Glue and little ingenuity.

MOO DISCOUNT
When you stop by the Gorilla Glue tent to pick up The DIY Club project handouts, be sure to pick up one of the new Moo business cards for The DIY Club. Why? It's not just a business card...it's also a coupon for any Moo.com product. Thanks, Moo! :)

SEE WHISPERWOOD COTTAGE PROJECTS AT THEDIYCLUB.COM


GORILLA GLUE FEATURING SUE WHITNEY OF JUNKMARKET STYLE


Sue Whitney is the creative genius behind JunkMarket Style. She runs JunkMarketStyle.com, a site where members can sign up and post their own creative junk-inspired projects. She is the author of several books, the latest being Junk Beautiful: Outdoor Edition. She will be giving two demonstrations each day of the event at the Gorilla Glue tent. On Saturday, she will be giving a main stage presentation.


If you make it to the event, stop by the Gorilla Glue tent to tell the Gorilla Glue folks and Sue Whitney that Amy says hi! We at WhisperWood Cottage are proud to be a team member of The DIY Club and a contributor on JunkMarket Style. We love that Gorilla Glue and Moo are providing such inspiration and support for creative minds across the web! I can't wait to hear about all the fun!!