Monday, November 20, 2017

Cabinet Project in Progress 4

Now that my new flooring has been installed, I have returned to my cabinet project. :)

I attached a small piece of wood to the end of the ironing board.

And attached a similar piece above the track the ironing board slides on.

These serve as a stop so the board can't be pulled out too far.


I added decorative trim to finish the edges of the plywood top. I removed the doors in preparation for painting.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Craft-Along: Favorites


Just checking in with a reminder about November's craft-along. :) The theme is Favorites. I have resumed work on my project to turn kitchen cabinets into a sewing storage cabinet with a pull-out ironing board.


Want to craft along? Details HERE.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

More Mystery Treat Boxes

More mystery treat boxes! These are bags and tissue holders in non-spooky prints. Great if you need a little dose of bright color or as stocking stuffer gifts for your non-spooky friends or family. :)


Details are the same as with the other boxes:
  • Each Mystery Treat Box will be $6, which covers postage.
  • Each box will contain at least 3 handmade items.
  • Items will be some combination of tote bags, zipper bags, and/or pocket pack tissue holders.
How to get a Mystery Treat Box:
  • Email me at BaneofGIY @gmail.com or use the Contact Me form.
  • Tell me which box you would like. Feel free to provide me a ranked list of all boxes you're interested in.
You can request more than one box. Depending on the items, I may be able to combine them into one Priority Mail box.

Below is the list of available Mystery Treat Boxes.

Watercolor
sea green, aqua, other shades of green and blue
abstract watercolor type design

Blue Birds
light blue, dark blue
birds, swirls

Lime Quatrefoil
lime green and white with pink or purple accent
quatrefoil

Dots and Stripes
black and white with blue or green accent
polka dots, stripes

Fleur-de-lis
pale aqua, white
fleur-de-lis

Hello Yellow
yellow, gray, dark blue
squares, medallions

Double Mystery
a random surprise of at least 6 items

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Craft Along with GIY: November 2017


November already! Time for a new craft-along.

During November, I will work on a craft project for the monthly theme. Around November 29, I will post my completed project. You can share a link to your project on that post or at any time during the month on this post. I will compile the links on the Craft Along with GIY page.

To participate:
1.  If you're a blogger, add the Craft Along with GIY icon to your post. Link the icon to this page:
http://gothityourself.blogspot.com/p/craft-along-with-giy.html

2.  On either this theme announcement post or my completed project post, leave a comment with a link to your project. You can link to your blog, webpage, Instagram, or anywhere else readers can see it.

Your project can be big or small. It can be in any style, goth or otherwise. The fun is in the crafting! :)

The theme for November is Favorites. As always, you can interpret this broadly.
  • Sew a dress from your favorite fabric
  • Share a recipe for your favorite food
  • Paint a portrait of your favorite singer
  • Knit or crochet something in your favorite color
  • Take photos of your favorite park or building

Monday, October 30, 2017

Craft Along with GIY: Black and White


The theme for the October Craft Along with GIY is Black and White. For my project, I added black and white rose print paper to the back of two 6-cube shelf units I bought recently.

This was super easy to accomplish. Each cube in the shelf unit is just under 12" x 12"; conveniently, scrapbook paper is 12" x 12". I simply thumbtacked one sheet of scrapbook paper to the back of each cube. The photo below shows the back side of one of the shelf units.

I put the shelf units in place against the wall and added books, candles and decor.


Between them is a small bookcase. It's too wide for scrapbook paper, plus I needed the back of the bookcase to be sturdy. The solution was to cover the cardboard back panel with adhesive shelf liner. In a stroke of luck, I came across black and white rose print shelf liner in the dollar store. :)

I added a cushion, pet heating pad, and blanket, and it immediately became Indigo's favorite hangout.


To share your Craft Along with GIY project:
1.  Add the Craft Along with GIY icon to your blog post. Link the icon to this page:
http://gothityourself.blogspot.com/p/craft-along-with-giy.html
2.  Leave a comment with a link to your project. If you're not a blogger, you can link to your webpage, Instagram, or anywhere else readers can see it. (Please link directly to the project page.)

I will compile the links on the Craft Along with GIY page.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Mystery Treat Box Giveaway

As mentioned in a previous post, I have been sewing lots of bags and tissue holders. I am now going to offer them to my readers in Mystery Treat Boxes. :)

Due to absurdly expensive postage costs, I am going to restrict the giveaway to U.S. addresses. I apologize to my readers outside the U.S., but I cannot in good conscience ask for $25+ to cover postage.

Here are the details:
  • Each Mystery Treat Box will be $6, which covers postage.
  • Each box will contain at least 3 handmade items.
  • Items will be some combination of tote bags, zipper bags, and/or pocket pack tissue holders.
In the interest of full disclosure... As I was experimenting with patterns and techniques, not all the items are flawless. There may be a double stitch, or a zipper may not be perfectly centered. None of the flaws will affect use of the item. In truth, I'm probably the only one who would see them. I'm a perfectionist.

How to get a Mystery Treat Box:
  • Email me at BaneofGIY @gmail.com or use the Contact Me form.
  • Tell me which box you would like. Feel free to provide me a ranked list of all boxes you're interested in.

And more details:
  • I will let you know if a box from your list is still available, and give you PayPal instructions.
  • If payment of $6 is not made within 3 days, the box will be offered to the next person.

One Mystery Treat Box is still available.


Golden Owls
black, gold/yellow, orange
owls



Monday, October 23, 2017

New Flooring

My new flooring is done*. :D I replaced the old oak color with dark brown/black (TrafficMaster Allure Ironwood). In the dining room, living room, and entryway, I installed the new flooring in the opposite direction as the old (east-west instead of north-south).

I think this direction looks better. The difference is especially apparent in the entryway.

In the hallway, installation was challenging. I had to work around six doors, and the new flooring had to transition to existing flooring in five rooms.

Four of those transitions were in the center of doorways across from each other. There was no margin for error because even a tiny space between the planks would be obvious. It was a real victory to get them all matched up exactly right. :D

The transition point between bedrooms and hallway is clear. On the left, my bedroom still has the old oak color flooring. On the right, the other bedroom has walnut. In the middle is the hallway with the new brown/black flooring.

The transition between bathroom, hallway, and workroom is visually seamless because all three have the same color flooring.

The fifth transition is with the laundry room (closet, actually). Alas, it did not match up perfectly. I think the flooring in the closet shifted slightly when the old washer and dryer were moved out and the new ones moved in. But the gap is small, and it's only visible when the closet door is open.


*Done except for the kitchen. I am trying to decide if I want to replace the cabinets along with the flooring.