504 Main by Holly Lefevre: January 2012
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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I am perpetually at a loss for storage in my house...for everything.
Some things I can hide...somethings I choose to hide, and some things I just need to tidy up. Well, my books (lots and lots of books) are some of those things that I want out and want access to, but just needed to be tidied up a bit.
I need more bookshelves...the books are everywhere...including under my buffet (which sadly has not had its makeover yet). I was thinking we needed a cleaner look than stacks of books tucked under there...and then I had an idea for this rolling cart. It took me awhile to get to making it...but finally I got to it and it was worth the wait (at east I think so). 

The look of the cart is very much inspired by my new "old" crate I made last year.

My daughter loves this and asked me to make her one for her room. I am kind of lovin' the functionality and the faux-vintage look...I see many many more in my future! 

So, let's get to it! Trust me - it is not hard to do!


I am not super-duper DIY Lady...but this was relatively easy to do. In fact I built it all in 1.5 hours, and that included some redesigning. You can download a simple sketch and wood list RIGHT HERE!

  • Cut 3 of the 1" x 6" board down to 64" long.
  • Cut 5 lengths or the 1" x 6" board into 16.5" pieces
  • Cut the 1" x 8" boards down to 66"
  • On one of the 8" boards, find the center, mark over 2.5 inches on each side of the center; draw a curve between those 2 points. This will become an opening/pull. Cut with the jigsaw. Sand well.
  • Layout the 3- 64" boards, lining them up.
  • Place three of the 16.5" lengths perpendicular on the longer boards. One board is centered on the longer boards and the other 2 boards are placed on either side, 12" in from the edges.
  • Once happy with placement, mark and then use the Gorilla Glue Wood Glue and run a line of glue between the boards and onto the shorter boards before screwing in (is this 100% necessary, maybe not, but I really wanted a strong secure base, and the glue combined with the screws will do that)
  • Screw the shorter lengths into the longer lengths (this becomes the bottom of the cart)
  • Flip it over and dry place the front/back and sides (just to be sure you have cut correctly).
  • Screw in the sides, along the bottom to the base of the cart.
  • Flip over, propping the base of the cart on the sides and the bottom of the cart is facing up - the front and backs are designed to hang down farther hang the sides
  • Place the front and back in position, lining up the tops of the boards to the tops of the sides and screw into the base and then into the sides.


  • Stencil the letters. I chose "Magic Begins Here..." because we all love to read and I believe magic lies in books. 
  • justified my wording to the left and mad a light pencil line 2" down from the top of the cart to line up the top of my letters.
  • Place the stencil on the front board, spelling out your quote/wording and continue until you are down. Keep some rags/towel handy for wiping the stencil.
  • NOTE: I chose to stencil before sanding and staining because I wanted it to appear as though it was an old cart and the age was on top of the wording.

  • Sand away! Sand the entire cart. I hit the top edges and corners really "hard" and rounded them out a bit. I also sanded the cut out/pull really, really well.

  • When I sanded the lettering it appears to have smeared, but it came right off and was perfect!

  • Once finished sanding, wipe clean with a cloth before staining.

  • Prepare your stain...I just used a basic color and painted it on with a paint brush. Let sit for a minute or so and then wipe off with a rag.
  • Repeat this all over the cart. Let dry.

  • Now on to antiquing...Mix a 1:1 ratio of DecoArt Staining and Antiquing Medium with Americana Acrylic in Burnt Umber. Mix very well. 
  • Use a rag or a paint brush and brush onto the cart (do a piece at a time). Let sit for a minute and wipe off. Do this all over the cart.
  • I then went back and painted it on heavier on the corners and other areas for "wear."
  • Spray all over with Deft Wood Finishing Spray

This is with stain and antique medium
Just to compare with the antiqued look, this is stain only.
  • Once dry flip over and place the casters. I placed the casters just inside (toward the center) or the outside support boards.
  • Be sure when you place them they have room to swivel and move - I almost screwed mine in right next to the boards...guess what no swivel then!

NOTE: Most important thing - MEASURE TWICE, cut once, or rather build once.  I had a little mishap...my cart ended up being too tall to fit under my buffet (I still have not figured out how that happened!)...so what to do...well, I unscrewed the box from the base, measures up 1" from the original screw holes/baseline and then screwed it back in. This dropped the front of my box lower to the ground, which did not really bother me. I then had some screw holes that were showing. I did not want to fill them in with wood putty...so I decided to place "extra" wood screws into the holes. They do nothing for the support/function, but in the end I actually think the double screws give an interesting detail.
Here is a sample of how I had to re-position my screws..oops!

Why am I telling on myself?
To show you that you can fix a big ole mess up and make it look pretty!

Now, here's a recap:

BEFORE: stacks of books

AFTER: tidy rolling cart

Flip it over,
fill it with magical books
and all done! 

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Monday, January 30, 2012

It was that time again...time to get an amazing new die from Lifestyle Crafts Spring 2012 Spring Core Collection. I saw this adorable pinwheel and had to have it! I love pinwheels...both of my kids love pinwheels...it seemed perfect.

First I made a wreath - it was time to let the pine branches on the door go (yep, I will admit it...Christmas was still alive on the front door).

  • Lifestyle Crafts, Pinwheel Die (Don't forget these dies work in all manual die cutters!)
  • Paper (cardstock) - Solid paper or double sided paper works best - you will see both sides of the die.
  • Brad or fastener of some sort (I used brads and small wire nails)
  • Buttons or jewels or embellishments for center (the dies comes with 2 cute little flowers that are great in the center too)
  • Ribbon - 2 to 3 colors
  • Wreath form (I used a moss covered one)


  • Lifestyle Crafts Epic 6 with die cutting equipment
  • Hot glue gun


  • Cut out your dies in your pretty paper

  • Assemble Place brad/nail through the holes in order

  • Spread brad out to hold in place
  • Use the hot glue to place a small dot on the button and press in the center to cover top of brad (or use decorative brads)
  • Place pinwheels to you liking and use a hot glue gun to affix them to the wreath. 
  • NOTE: I added on length of ribbon to the back of the center pinwheel and then also attached to pinwheels to the bottom of the hanging ribbon.
  • I also applied to length of 2 different ribbons to the back of the wreath (optional).

Pinwheels and Pretzels

When Jules saw what I was making she asked if I would make them for her preschool class because it was her turn to be "child of the day (i.e., we bring the snack). So I decided to put together these pinwheels with some pretzel rods (we all happen to love those too).

These treats are perfectly fun and give us a hint that Spring is in the air (although we have had amazing weather the last few days!)!

Here's what I did for the pretzels and regular pinwheels:

  • Lifestyle Crafts, Pinwheel Die
  • Paper (cardstock) - Solid paper or double sided paper works best - you will see both sides of the die.
  • Brad or fastener of some sort (I used brads and small wire nails)
  • Wooden dowels, cut to 12" (make it easier on yourself and just go to the baking aisle and buy the dowels they use for cakes - already sanded, cut and ready to go - height may vary)
  • Paper/Washi Tape (I used it to cover the edge/end of my pinwheel stick and the entire stick) - much easier than painting.
  • Pretzel Rods, candy melts, sprinkles (grab the HOW TO on the Pretzel Fries post - just don't break the pretzel in half) Pretzel food bag (available at craft stores).


  • Lifestyle Crafts Epic 6 with die cutting equipment
  • Small hammer

DIY IT: Pinwheels and Pretzels!

  • If making pinwheels with dowel,  wrap dowel in Washi Tape (optional- just adds some more "pretty" to it!)
  • Cut out your dies in your pretty paper
  • Assemble Place brad/nail through the holes in order
  • Spread brad out to hold in place
  • Hold and push nail into the end of the dowel (about 3/4" down from the top) and use a lightweight hammer to pound nail in - DO NOT HAMMER ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE DOWEL
  • Embellish your pinwheel with a button center (or use the cute flowers that are part of the die) and you are done!

There ya have it super sweet pinwheels.

Now, you can either use the complete pinwheel as part of
the wrapping of the pretzel rod or tie just the paper pinwheel portion
to the packaging of the rod and create a Pinwheel Pretzel.
I have a banner and another treat in the works with these pinwheels that I will show you soon - I have a feeling it will be pinwheel palooza around here for awhile!

Don't forget, Lifestyle Crafts is having an AWESOME "I Made This" Giveaway through 1/31/12. You could win: $1000 Lifestyle Crafts shopping spree, Canon 60D camera, Mac computer, and Canon Photo Printer. Go HERE for all the details and rules.

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