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Thrift Shop Fruit Bowl Queen of Everything

Thrift Shop Wooden Fruit Bowl

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Last summer, a bunch of Texas bloggers converged on Austin. We ate great food, had strong drinks, and -of course- went thrift shopping. My only takeaway was a wooden bowl of fruit. Yes, guys, a wooden bowl of fruit. I still can’t explain it. It was calling my name.

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I think it was the pineapple that sucked me in.

Anyway, it was $9.00. NINE. A huge wooden bowl with around 30 pieces of (I’m guessing) hand-carved wooden fruit? How could I have possibly turned it down? So, I carried this heavy bowl of fruit around the shop until we left – and made everyone jealous.

I’m sure some people are not going to like what I did next. I know that my husband didn’t. He is a wood “purist”. I am decidedly not. Plain wooden fruit in a wooden bowl = far too boring for my taste. At first I thought I might paint them their normal colors. Nah. Then I thought I would paint them crazy colors (lime green, hot pink, orange – you get the picture). Nah. Then I remembered how much I love glitter and shiny things – and we have a winner!

Now – I’m not going to lie. I started out thinking I was going to gold leaf these things. Then I remembered how short of a fuse I have when it comes to crafting and realized that would be monumentally stupid for me to do. I absolutely love the way it looks, but I can’t deal with the flakiness and the messiness, and there’s really not enough alcohol in the world to get me to gold leaf 30+ pieces of fruit. No way! So, I drove on down to the Hob Lob (That’s Hobby Lobby for you non-lazy people out there) to see what my options were.

Gold Silver Copper  Queen of Everything

Boom. All I could ever dream of and more! From the left, we have Rub N Buff, Liquid Leaf, and Precious Metals Leafing Finish. 2 of these I LOVED, and 1 of them I didn’t really care for – at least not for this project. These are all available at Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Joann, online, etc.

Rub N Buff Fruit  Queen of Everything

First up: Rub ‘N Buff. For this project, I used the Gold Leaf color. It is extremely simple to use: You rub it on, then you buff it – hence the name. I used my fingers to rub it in, and an old t-shirt to buff it, and it immediately went from matte to shiny. I was amazed at how well the Rub ‘N Buff covered in one coat! I guess I would describe it as a very dry paste. It comes in several colors and I’m pretty sure you could use it on just about anything that needed a little shine.

Liquid Gold  Queen of Everything Next up: Plaid Liquid Leaf. Okay, I’m going to level with you here. This stuff STINKS. It’s got a pretty strong smell to it – a funk, if you will. However, it is worth dealing with the stench because this Liquid Leaf completely transforms things! This is one coat, folks. I painted it on with a cheap paintbrush (I save the fancy ones for painting furniture!) and it dried pretty quickly. I was amazed. This was definitely the easiest to use, and also my favorite. It also comes in many different colors and I’m pretty sure I need all of them. Now.

Copper grapes  Queen of Everything

And finally, we come to the Precious Metals Leafing Finish. This was very pretty, but it was my least favorite of the three new items I tried. It didn’t cover. I had to do three coats on the grapes. Do you SEE those grapes? Hand cramps for days, man. I had to put it down and come back to it several times – there was no way to do that without getting a serious muscle cramp. In retrospect, I probably should have sanded the grapes a little (more hand cramps) to see if that would help the leafing finish stick better, but it’s too late now! The color was beautiful once I was happy with the coverage, and I would try it again on “pure” wood. I would be interested to see if the coverage was better on wood that has not been stained and polished. This was not an issue with the Rub ‘N Buff or the Liquid Leaf, so I was a little disappointed in how the Precious Metals Leafing Finish performed. I am happy with the end results, though, don’t get me wrong!

Glittered Pear  Queen of Everything

 Ah, glitter. The herpes of the craft world. It’s true.

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I sure do love glitter. Seriously. I don’t even care if it’s messy, glitter makes me happy. Anyway, enough about glitter and STDs.

I decided that the fruit needed some sparkle. In the form of glitter. Martha Stewart Fine Glitter. All it took was some good old Mod Podge and lots of glitter to cover these up. This example happens to be a pear with a strange stem sticking out of it. Not sure what that’s about, but it sure made it easy to hold it while I Mod Podged and glittered it! I did cover the whole fruit (minus the weird stem) but you only get to see it half glittered, because I am not that good with holding glitter fruit + a camera. I used White Gold and Sterling glitter. I did spray it with a sealant so glitter didn’t fly everywhere all the time, and it seems to have worked!

Fruit in progress  Queen of Everything

Fruit everywhere  Queen of Everything

In true Heather fashion, I finished about 75% of the fruit and then got bored. However, after looking at the fruit in the bowl, I kind of like the mix of painted/glittered/original wood. Who knows, maybe someday I will go back in and finish the last 8 or 9 pieces – but for now, I love it! 

Close up of painted fruit  Queen of Everything

 

Thrift Shop Fruit Bowl  Queen of Everything

What’s the best thrift shop treasure you’ve found? Did you do something to it or leave it as is?

 

 

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Travel Jewelry Repair Kit Queen of Everything

Travel Jewelry Repair Kit

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Somehow, I have become the “craft how-to/jewelry repair” person at my office. I guess word spreads quickly, because it seems like I get an email, phone call, or visit almost daily from someone wondering how to make or fix something. Even my husband comes home from HIS job with questions from his co-workers. What the heck?

After another co-worker jewelry dilemma today (actually, this was a shoe with a beaded decoration on the top), I decided that I would just go ahead and put together a “travel jewelry repair kit” to keep at my desk for anyone that needed it. I’m sure you know that costume jewelry is very popular right now, and I’m sure you also know that it is fairly inexpensive. As a result of it being inexpensive, the quality generally isn’t all that great! However, I can’t make this stuff myself as cheap as I can buy it, so there you go.

I included a miniature tube of Super Glue, teeny tiny needles, and a couple of clamps. The Super Glue dries quickly, but you really don’t want to glue your fingers together – so that’s where the clamps come in. The teeny tiny needles are for stringing beads back together if necessary. I’ll be using all three of these components tomorrow when we set out to fix the broken shoe jewelry!

Costume Jewelry Repair  Queen of Everything

I purchased the Super Glue at Target (it came in a pack of 2 for about $3-4), the needles came from a craft store (cheap!), and the clamps are from Harbor Freight ($1.00 for 8!). This all fits in a snack size Ziploc baggie, so it doesn’t take up a lot of room. You just never know when you might need this kit!

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How To Make a 12x12 Paper Organizer Queen of Everything

How to Make a 12×12 Paper Organizer

How To Make a 12x12 Paper Organizer Queen of Everything

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I need to go ahead and file this project in my “Why didn’t I think of that?” category that takes up a rather large space in my brain. For years, my paper “collection” has haunted me. Some might call it hoarding, I call it having variety – but still, I had no good way to organize all of my 12×12 paper and needed to do something fast. And cheap.

Old Paper Shelf  Queen of Everything

As you can see, my ghetto fabulous paper organizer was nearing the end of its life. See the sagging up top? The top left shelf basically falling down? I had to think of something, because this thing was dying a quick death. Yes, I made this “organizer” a couple of years ago. It worked for a while, but I knew it wasn’t what I really wanted for this room. After many hours of searching on the internet for a solution (okay, confession: I am very easily sidetracked and probably, really, only spent about 45 minutes actually looking for this idea), I had a winner. Now, to be very clear, I do not take credit for this project! I mean, I take credit for it in that I made it and purchased the supplies for it, but it was not my idea to begin with. I stumbled across this video and knew I had found the winner.

12x12 Paper Organizer Supplies  Queen of Everything

 

Zip Ties  Queen of Everything

These are all the supplies you will need! Okay, scissors too, but if you are reading this blog I am assuming you have several pairs of scissors at your disposal. I purchased the wire organizers from Target (similar on Amazon, if you would rather go that route), and the cable ties from Harbor Freight (similar on Amazon). The whole project cost me less than $50 and less than 1 hour to put together.

I decided to make my organizer 2 cubes tall and 3 cubes wide. I have another shelving unit that it had to sit on, so I needed to make sure it wasn’t too wide to fit on top. Also, I’m short and have T-Rex arms, so I had to take that into consideration as well.

Zip Tie Placement  Queen of Everything

I used the first box to make the actual frame for the organizer – just follow the instructions that are included (I know how difficult that can be for some of you to do). Once the frame was put together, I used the extra pieces to start making the shelves. This is why you need two sets of the wire organizers!

I used 4 zip ties per shelf to hold them in place. I cut off the long ends and that was it! The nice thing about making your own organizer is that you can place the shelves however you want to – I left one shelf out so I had room to put my Silhouette machine on it. (I also reinforced that shelf with some extra zip ties, just in case!)

Paper Paper Paper  Queen of Everything

(This is what I pulled out of the old paper organizer. This is only the loose paper collection – the paper pads are a whole different monster!) I did put my paper pads on the bottom shelves, and guess what? I still have room for more. <Insert evil laugh>

Paper shelves AFTER  Queen of Everything

The shelves are still a little bit messy (I have more shelves now than I did, so I can separate the paper better now – by color/holiday/fancy, etc.) but that is a project for another day! My new shelf is so much sturdier – and nicer looking – than the old one. I’m in love!

I’m happy to answer any questions you have – leave a comment or email me via my contact form!

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