Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Craft Room Peg Board

So my craft room got a little crazy an I needed a quick way to clean up and organize the odds and ends while keeping them within reach. So I decided on a framed peg board. But I didn't want to pay to frame a large piece of peg board so I decided to frame it myself using moulding just like I did for my Agile/Scrum Board.

I picked up my peg board and moulding from Home Depot.

Using a compound miter saw I made my angled cuts. (Make sure you wear appropriate safety gear!)

Then I pieced everything together to make sure it would fit perfectly. (Don't mind the tent in the background we got rained out when camping.)

Since all my cuts looks great and fit nicely together I decided to go ahead and paint the moulding. I decided to use paint I already owned. And let it dry overnight.

Then I made sure everything looked good and I didn't miss any spots. 

I used some wood glue in the corners where the boards attached.

The frame was wrapped and cinched down with tow stapes to hold everything in place while the glue set.

After everything was dry I made sure everything was going to line up.

Then it was time to flip over the frame and add the glue.

We let the glue set up for a few minutes before placing it on the peg board.

Made sure our corners were nice and lined up.

Then used our corn hole boards to weigh it down for a nice tight fit.

Using the hardware that game with all my accessories we mounted it on the wall.

I got all these baskets and hooks from Home Depot.  All of the hooks were part of a starter pack and the baskets came in a three pack.

After a little playing around and rearranging the hooks and baskets this is what I've found works best of my day to day work.

Do you use vertical space to stay organized?

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Homemade Iced Coffee

Three years ago my life changed big time. I became mom and then I discovered coffee. Usually I stick with lattes but there are days I just really want a nice iced coffee so I decided to search my favorite place on the internet for the best recipes...hello Pinterest. I came across this recipe for Homemade Iced Lattes. The best part is I'm saving so much money!

This is a cold brew recipe. No machines required. To begin start with some espresso beans to grind. (A lot of places will grind the beans for you.)

Make sure it's a coarse grind.

I make mine in a mason jar.

Take one cup of your coarsely ground espresso beans and place them in your mason jar.

Then you're going to add 3 cups of cold water the jar.

Once all the water is added shake it up and place it in the fridge for up to 24 hours.

The next day get your cold brewed coffee and a strainer and bowl.

I like to strain it once to get out all the big chunks of the grounds.

Make sure you press out all the water the grounds may be holding.

Next I take the strainer and place a coffee filter in it.

And then strain my cold brewed coffee again.

When you're ready to make your iced coffee grab all your ingredients. 

Cold pressed coffee
Flavored syrup
Milk of your choice (I use Vanilla Almond Milk)

Since everything is already cold I use just a little bit of ice.

Start by adding your syrup to your glass.

Then fill your glass halfway with your cold pressed coffee.

Then top your drink off with the milk.

Give your drink a quick stir. Look how cold and refreshing this is! You may have play around to see what ratios work best for you. If you like a strong coffee flavor add more of the cold brewed coffee. A little less coffee flavor just add more milk. If you fancy a super sweet drink add more flavoring! 


Friday, June 20, 2014

A Cute Little Apron-DIY

So my kitchen has a combination of navy and yellow and when I saw these two fabrics I couldn't help myself! I decided it was time to make a cute little apron for serving and finishing meals for guests. Not my big baking apron. Something fun and cute...ya know what I mean?

First up it was time to cut the fabric for the waistband/ties.

I folded my fabric in half and decided to make this 4 inches wide.

I did this twice.

Next I took my yard of yellow fabric and folded it in half. The fold is on the right. (And as usual I avoided using the iron after washing.)

I measured and marked where 11 inches was using my disappearing ink fabric pen. This was my measurement for my waist. (I want my apron to just wrap around a bit.)

Then I measured up the other side to 9 inches.

Using my straight edge I made a line from my 9 inch mark to my 11 inch mark.

Then from my 9 inch mark I freehand drew a semi-circle to the fold in my fabric.

Look mom my art classes are paying off! That's a pretty nice line.

Then I took my rotary cutter and cut along my lines.

When you unfold your fabric it should look a little something like this!

Well I finally decided to get out the iron...ugh. I started by ironing the navy fabric and then I ironed the yellow fabric as well. (I didn't take any photos of it because I don't need a lot of evidence showing that I do actually know how to use one...and then I might have to start ironing clothes.)

I cannot remember for the life of me where I learned this little trick but I drew on a piece of card stock the measurement for 1/2 inch so I could fold and press my fabric to make it easier for sewing.

Once I made my way around the yellow fabric it was time to assemble the waistband. I lined but both strips of fabric right sides together.

Then I sewed a seam.

Then I opened up the massively long strip of fabric and folded it in half.

Pinned it in place and then sewed a seam down the long side and down one of the short sides.

Once that seam is done turn your fabric right side out using the open end.

Once you get it all turned the right side out press it with your iron.

Then fold in the other end and sew it shut.

Now using your machine go ahead and sew all the edges you pressed earlier using your handy piece of card stock.

Then pin your waistband to the top of the apron.

Make sure you pin it with the waistband on the front.

Sew into place.

Next up a little pocket for our apron. I cut an 11x12 inch rectangle.

Using my blue fabric I cut a 1x13 inch strip.

Yup I used the iron again.

I folded the blue fabric in half and pressed it.

I then folded one side back into its self and pressed the seam.

I then repeated on the other side.

I placed the strip of blue on top of the yellow and sewed it into place.

Then using my handy seam measurement piece of card stock I pressed the other three sides into place.

Then I pinned the pocket onto the front.

Sew the pocket into place. Then trim any strings.

Okay you're done!

Isn't this adorable! I'm absolutely in love with it!

Now I need a reason to have some people over for dinner so I can wear this!