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I mentioned earlier that I come from a family of crafters. My mom and grandma had a crafting business for many years. Nothing full-time, but they worked hard and did a couple of local craft shows a year. The two of them made a good pair because they recognized each others strengths. My grandma is the creative one. She is the artist who is always coming up with new ideas, for example, she recently has been in gourd painting since she moved to Arizona. My mom is a production kinda girl. Whatever grandma comes up with, my mom mass-produces it.

I often wonder which one I take after more. I would say I’m pretty creative, but I’m also fond of borrowing ideas. Rarely do I come up with a great craft idea on my own. Especially re-purposing. I just can’t see how people can look at one item and imagine how to turn it into something else entirely. To me, that is more of an art than the actual execution. I guess my brain just doesn’t work that way.

Which brings me to today’s do-it-yourself: Remaking vintage pins into magnets.

I’m borrowing this idea from Country Living.

Country Living Magnets

Photo provided by countryliving.com

I’m obsessed with all things vintage and especially the clothes! A while back my grandma let me raid her jewelry box and I took home some lovely vintage pins. Unfortunately, I am terrible at remembering to put jewelry on in the morning and have never worn them. So why not re-purpose them??

Crafting Supplies

Easy Squeezy!

I have three pins (okay one is from a blouse from Forever21), pliers, super glue and magnetic buttons.

Step One: You have to remove the backs from the pins. For the flower pin and the star I only needed to remove the actual pin. The black pin needed everything on the back taken off or else the magnet wouldn’t stick out enough to stay on the fridge.

Pin

All Gone! (Sorry about the chipped polish!)

Step Two: Place a small dab of glue onto the back of the magnetic button. I lucked out with the flower pin. It is made of metal so the magnet already stuck to it. I put some glue on it just to keep it safe. Be careful with super glue as it can easily drip onto your fingers and before you know it, you’re stuck to the magnet! Not that that happened to me or anything…

Vintage Pin Magnets

Voila!

Step Three: Hold the magnet to the pin for a bit until it dries. You can also just lay it flat for a few minutes.

And that’s it! It’s so incredibly simple!!!

Pin Magnets

Fun Fun Pretty Pretty!

I actually don’t hang things on my refrigerator typically and many fridges today are stainless steel and are not magnetic. I think I’m going to take mine to work and liven up my overhead metal cabinets in my little cubicle.

Now for those of you who absolutely CAN’T find any cool pins you can also buy these from fun crafters like this one at etsy.com.

Flower Pin Magnets

Photo provided by etsy.com

This magnet trio retails for $18.

While looking for a how-to for rug painting (coming soon!) I stumbled across a little gem called curbly.com. Curbly is a DIY design community where members post their own blogs and pictures of their homes, designs or whatever they love about where they live. In fact, that pretty much sums up the theme of the website…”love where you live.”

Member Blogs

Members treat Curbly as their own blog and post anything and everything that has to do with interior design. Some just post pictures of things they like. The pictures could be from their own homes or other designs. Also, members canĀ  post links back to their own personal blogs. Many members who are professionals, use Curbly as an additional channel for their blogs.

This member posted pictures of a Malibu Barbie Dream House designed by acclaimed designer Jonathan Adler.

Malibu Barbie Dream House

Design by Jonathan Adler-picture provided by apartmenttherapy.com

Her post doesn’t cite Mr. Adler as the creator, but it does reference the site where she found it. Not sure that was a great move, because at first, I thought it was her design.

Others post articles they’ve found interesting and want to share. This member posted about the house where serial killer Lizzie Borden lived and how it is now a bed and breakfast…creepy. His perspective was on whether or not the owner should have to disclose the histories of the house. He made some great points. I know I’d want to know if I was staying in a house where a serial killer lived and committed her crimes. YIKES!

My personal fav:

Many members post their own do-it-yourself pages. This one is about painting floor mats. Since my blog is all about easy do-it-yourself, this post was right up my alley.

This laundry room looks so cool! I probably wouldn’t go that far with designing a laundry room, although that’s hard to say seeing as how I don’t actually have one yet. Nonetheless, it looks awesome. I wonder how functional it is.

Now this member also has her own blog called The Exchange. Her blog has over 300 followers and her recent post on Curbly already has over 65 views. Not too shabby.

Clippings

The “clippings” page my just be the coolest thing yet. I have all of these new projects I want to try and they all started with a picture. I have books and files everywhere of pictures I love. I mentioned in my first post about finding your style by collecting images of things you loved. I like to do it in a three-ring binder, but I also said the internet was a fabulous place to find pictures and Curbly is a great place to keep them organized.

How to:

to collect the images you simply add the “Curbly It” tab to your Bookmarks and whenever you come across an image you like, you can Bookmark it with the “Curbly It” and it adds it to your clippings. It also adds the website where you found it. I like this because I don’t feel like I’m stealing it. Check out my beginning clippings collection here.

So Much More

These were just two of my favorite highlights of the website. There’s so much more to check out and do. What was your favorite section?

As much as I want to learn to do everything and make everything by hand, I have to admit that I can’t do it all in the next six months. So, some of my decorations will have to be bought. While I love nearby stores like Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, sometimes their selections can be a bit limiting and well, manufactured looking.

I come from a family of crafters, who’ve created handmade Christmas items for as long as I’ve been alive. They used to do half a dozen craft shows a year, mostly at local schools, churches and convention centers. Not exactly a broad audience. But now, crafters can sell to all over the world on a site designed specifically for them. It’s called etsy.com.

About Etsy

According to the website, etsy’s mission is to create a world where people live handmade. It hopes to accomplish this by reconnecting makers with buyers. It’s reach spreads to over 150 countries and a team of bloggers help keep viewers and handmade enthusiasts engaged.

The site sells everything from clothes and accessories to furniture and art work. The awesome part is that EVERYTHING is made by hand. The price range is enormous and will run anywhere from $6 for a vase to thousands of dollars for art and furniture.

Each seller receives comments and ratings about their products and services. This is helpful so you don’t get scammed with crap items. Also, many designers will do custom work, often for free or a few extra dollars. So no more owning the same rugs and pillows as your neighbor.

The Blog

The blog is separated into different sections, such as how-to, a section specifically for sellers and “This Handmade Life.” This section spotlights different handmade items it thinks the readers would enjoy.With comments numbering in the hundreds per post, clearly they’ve found an active and interested audience.

Shopping

The coolest part: Crafters now have a new outlet to sell besides locally or their own websites. A quick scan of the pottery section revealed to me that beauty is still in the eye of the beholder with some of the wares, but I did find some beautiful pieces.

I’ve become obsessed with the pottery, ceramics and the furniture section.

Yellow Shelf that Fits Vase

Item by ACOUNTRYWAY $40

This shelf is so adorable and not badly priced. That would go great in an entryway. This is something I could probably learn to make myself, but it would require knowing how to use a saw for the mason jar hole. While I have mastered the power drill, I don’t think I’m quite ready for saws. Buy in this color or others for $40.

My Obsession

As previously confessed, I am totally in love with all things shabby chic. So this designers furniture is right up my alley. The pieces are mostly white, which is standard for shabby chic styles and they have just the right amount of distressing. (I hope to learn how to distress furniture soon.)

Shabby Chic Furniture

Piece by autmnrollick $245

The designer, who goes by autumnrollick, has many similar pieces to fill an entire shabby chic household. And the prices aren’t bad either.

Pieces from Shabby Chic pioneer Rachel Ashwell can run into the thousands of dollars, making $245 a pretty sweet deal.

Buy this piece or view autumnrollick’s other peices here.

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