Sunday, March 29, 2015

My first big SALE!

I have been thinking a lot lately about my shop and where it's headed & after a lot of consideration and really evaluating my shop, I have decided to change my focus and put more effort into the the items I really enjoy making and that perform really well.

I love to create, so sometimes I go gang busters and make 10-15 new items and fond that I really could have made 3-4 and that would have been ok!

I have changed some of my processes and my focus.

So my trials and errors are your gain! I have decided to have a big clean up sale!
All the items in my sale area are in stock and there is only 1 available!
Once they are gone, thats it! Some other items in my shop are simply going to be deleted.

I want to offer the best of my products, the ones I truly get excited to make every time I get an order.

So I would love it if you would check out my first ever sale at The Little Green Bean here. Many items are discounted over 50% from the original price! They won't last long! Thanks so much for all of your support! 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Scrap map tutorial

I am just in love with the the "scrap maps" I have been seeing recently!!
I decided to try making one myself for my craft room. I have so many pieces of scrap fabric I figured this would be a great way to use them!  I just pulled from the bin, 50 different pieces to use! It was so hard to resist the urge to coordinate it all.
First I downloaded the states from Dream a little bigger  she has each state ready to download and import into the silhouette!! 
You can then cut them out using your silhouette cameo machine! 
I couldn't decide exactly how I wanted to do this so I tried cutting the fabric with the silhouette directly first. 

The only problem with this is it was very tedious to cut each scrap to fit the state and then arrange them all the right way on the mat. 

Next try- cut the states out of heat n bond, iron onto fabric and hand cut! That worked! 
That went much quicker!! Now I will tell you, the states are not all the right size. Most of the east coast is too big, you will need to re size them before you cut! See New Jersey here, way to big! 

Once I had all my shapes sized to fit like a puzzle & cut out, I appliqu├ęd them to the burlap! 
Next up, the sewing. I did not want this to be super perfect. I call it intentionally messy! Zig zags and straight stitch! I used black thread and simply started sewing. 
This took a lot less time than I thought it would! And I just love the result!!
Tonight I'll be mounting it and finishing the edge! I can't decide, scrap edge or fray the burlap?!
I can't wait to hang it in my room!! I do plan to mount it to a painted board and hang on the wall. There are so many ways you could do it!

I will also be adding this to my shop in March after I get back from a much need week in the Dominican!!! Stay tuned!

You can follow The little Green Bean on instagram for updates on the maps, and so much more!

Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Closet turned office

January has been the month of purging for me! I have cleaned out so many spaces in my home and gotten rid of a ton of stuff! It feels great and should have been done years ago!! This weekend the kids and I tackled a closet. This area used to be an entry way to the home. Once we added on, the closet became a catch all. 
So we emptied it out and I made an office for my hubby!! 
The kids helped remove old wall paper. And we peeped the walls for paint!
Removing the wall paper made me so glad we hung it properly! It was so easy! 
The space is quite small so I wanted to keep it neutral and functional!
This mirror was glued to the wall and I didn't even want to attempt removing it for fear of a giant hole in the wall. I painted it with chalkboard paint and trimmed it out with vintage rulers! Perfect for the construction office! 
Here's how it came together:
We built the desk from plywood! It will be perfect for the computer and doing paperwork. 

We made this bench form an old door. Perfect below the window for reading! 
I love the space! It adds so much to this part of our home!! 
I hope this leaves you feeling inspired! You don't need a ton of space to create a perfect little office!!

The little green bean

Ps! I almost forgot! I am part of a fun giveaway on Instagram today! Be sure to check it out! There are some fun Valentine's Day prizes from several businesses! 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Transformation Tuesday-My workspace

I have posted about my craft room several times over the years. What can I say, I love my space! I also love to share and hope that it inspires even 1 person! I have an amazing room thanks to my hubby, he owns his own construction company and he really can build anything! So 1 1/2 yrs ago when I decided I needed him to remove a wall to join 2 rooms and make my room bigger, he didn't even argue! (yes he is a saint!) When we did that re model the room was primarily gray, and while I love neutral, after some time it was just OK.
Something else I realized was it just wasn't as efficient as it could be. I had items out all the time that I rarely used and things shoved n drawers and cabinets that I forgot I had and bought more of! 
It was time for a change! I was going to add some color, clean, purge & re-organize! And then I did just that! 
Here is what I new for sure; 
I wanted red and aqua accents. 
I wanted clear containers
I wanted more shelves for the walls to hold the clear containers
I needed more fabric storage (a lot was in a cubby)
I wanted more of what I love in this room

So I spent one Saturday afternoon shopping like it was my job. 
Target, Hobby Lobby & TjMAXX received a lot of my money that day! 

After cleaning, painting and a lot of re thinking my placement here is where I landed:

The walls are all the same gray color, but I used a wall stencil & some aqua paint to add the design! 

I am in this room, well a LOT. So I needed it to be functional but pretty & uplifting! 

As you can see, I have a lot of fabric. Now all of it is out right where I can see it. 
Later this week I will post a how to on the mini foam core bolts I made. 

Loving the 6ft long Ironing board!!! 

This room is really 2 room turned into one. The other half is more for paper crafting and has another great work counter that my kids love to use!

Everything now has a place and it works the way I need it to! 

If you have any questions on what I did, where I got specific items or organization in general, post them in the comments. I would be happy to help you out! 
Thanks for looking!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Faux metal letters

I found these amazing letters on clearance for $4 each. Originally $35! 
There was just one problem, I couldn't find and E. Could be why they were on clearance! Ha! I figured I could find one online somewhere, so I bought my L,O,V letters. Well I found several "E" letters online. Even the one that matched this set. It was $40. After getting the other 3 so cheap I didn't want to spend that much on one. I decided to try and make one!
I used a priority mail box, a ruler, xacto knife and a marker.
I used the L as my template. 
Pretty so I had an E! I wanted the metal underneath so I could distress it like the metal letters. 
I started with my rustoleum metallic silver paint. 2 coats because I was painting on cardboard and I wanted to distress without showing cardboard. 
Next I sprayed on 2 coats of red. I waited very impatient as they dried. 
I did add a coat of the red to the front of the metal letters. The color was close but not quite the same. 
Once the letter was try I lightly sanded the edges and then added some clear coat. 

The sanding worked! It totally looks like metal!! 
I am so excited about my letters! 
I wasn't sure if it would work, but looking at them all together you really can not see a difference! Good enough for me! 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

DIY oversized ironing board

I don't know about you but craft projects and a standard size ironing board don't work too well! There is never enough room! So I made one and I'm going to show you how! It's very easy! 
Here is the shopping list: 
3/4" plywood cut to size
Metal wall anchors 
Heavy duty shelf brackets 
Old sheet or plain fabric 
Fabric for cover

The great news is you really only need a stapler and screw gun to do this! 
Home Depot sells many sizes of plywood pre cut and if they don't have what you need they will cut it for you! I would use at least 3/4" thick wood. 
You will also need heavy duty shelf brackets and metal screw anchors if you're not going into wall studs. Don't bother with the plastic ones! 
Measure and attach your brackets to the wall. We made sure to go right into studs! 
My board is 6 ft long so we used 4 shelf brackets. 
Next add the batting ( I used 2 layers) to the top & sides of the board. Simply lay it on top and fold over the sides. Secure it to the under side using a stapler. 
Next I add a fabric layer. I used an old sheet. I also cut so it will cover the top and wrap around the edges. 
Pull this layer nice and tight as you staple. Place the board on the brackets and screw in place from the underside. Now it's time to make the cover!
Pick a fabric that you love but know, it will get dirty and eventually if it's like mine, ruined from glues and adhesives! 
I cut mine approx 4" long and wider than the board. 
I marked the corned with a fabric pen to use as a guide to see the elastic in place. 
Use scissors to round the corner before you see the elastic in place. 
See elastic into all 4 corners and it's done!! 

Now it's time to go to Amazon and get a Teflon ironing May to use when I'm working with heat n bond! ��
Iblove having this Ironing board it's crazy for all my projects and even better for long items like table cloths and curtains! 
Happy sewing!