DIY Workbench

My love of DIY continues to grow. And so does my supply of tools and everything DIY. Which is not a bad thing until said tools are in just about every room of my house and scattered all over the basement floor. It was time to take action. It was time for a DIY workbench.
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Thanks to the free DIY workbench plans that I found at Shabby2Chic I was able to make this awesome workbench all by myself!

diy workbench

I can’t believe I’m showing this photo, but now you see why I needed this workbench!


I followed the plans exactly so I’m not going to give a step-by-step tutorial but I will share some photos that show how the workbench came together.

It all started with this small pile of wood from Home Depot. And my son, his muscles, and his pickup truck.

After I cut all of the wood to size using my Ryobi table saw and Ryobi circular saw, it was time to make pocket holes for the first time! I was so excited to do this. I had learned how to drill pocket holes using a Kreg Jig last month at a DIY blogging conference and couldn’t wait to put my brand-spankin’-new K4 to use.
I can’t believe how excited I am about this whole DIY thing – but it’s so empowering and rewarding to just make your own stuff! And not to mention that it’s a whole lot cheaper and it’s way better quality!
workbench frame

Here is the frame of the workbench (in a bad cell phone pic) all screwed and glued. At this point I kept saying under my breath: please be square, please be square. And it was ; )

And yes, that is a laundry basket holding the wood scraps. Yeah, I know. But it works for now ; )

workbench wheels

The final step before the big flip was attaching the locking casters.

workbench top

Then it was time to attach the top of the workbench and bottom shelf with the Ryobi Airstrike Stapler. (I did need some son-muscle help lifting the MDF into place)

diy workbench

I painted the legs and frame with primer + paint and sealed the MDF with Polycrylic. I think that’s just about the prettiest workbench I ever did see! I’m thrilled that I was able to make it and even more thrilled that all my tools and supplies have one happy home! I’ll tell you all about the pegboard and how I hung it (without drilling into the cement blocks) in a future post.

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Ball Brand Jars {Giveaway}

As you know, Ball Jars have been making home canning products for years. But many have discovered that these jars are useful for more than canning, too. More than likely you’ve seen a lot of the mason jar projects all over blogland, Pinterest, and magazines.

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These limited edition jars commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Ball brothers’ “Perfection” Jar and come in a beautiful green tint. I love the new Limited Edition Spring Green Heritage Collection Jars. I was so happy when Ball Jars came out with this color!

My favorite (and the easiest!) way to use them is as vases.


These are being produced only in 2014 and are available in both pint and quart varieties.

And guess what! Jardin Home Brands, the makers of Ball Jars are giving one of my readers a case of each size! The lucky winner will also receive a 4-pack 16oz Drinking Mugs, a Mason Jar Infuser, and Sip & Straw Lids.

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And there’s more big news!

The makers of Ball Brand Jars will host its first annual International Can-It-Forward Day with special guest renowned chef and Bravo’s Top Chef judge, Hugh Acheson! While the day is primarily to celebrate home canning via a live webcast that you can watch right here! Be sure to come back on Saturday to watch it live!  

International Can-It-Forward Day will also be exploring alternative uses for Ball brand jars. The event is taking place at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Farmers Market and, in addition to canning demos where viewer questions will be answered in real-time by Chef Acheson and other experts, there will also be segments on crafting, herb gardening and the brand’s new drinkware line! They will also be attempting a Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mason Jar Mosaic!

Here is the schedule of events:

  • 10:00am – Pepper Jelly demonstration by Chef Sara
  • 10:45am – Tips on urban gardening & herb preservation
  • 11:00am – Peach Sirach Jam demonstration by Marisa McClellan
  • 11:30am - Crafting in Ball jars with staff from Martha Stewart Living
  • 11:45am – Hugh Acheson Preserving and Mixology demonstrations
  • 1:15pm – Special Mixology demonstration with local mixologists
  • 1:30pm – Salsa Verde demonstration by Chef Sara

For great mason jar recipes and craft ideas, visit and follow Ball Canning & Recipes on Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.

Here is everything one of you will win:

  1. 1 case (6) of Quart sized Vintage Style Spring Green Ball Jars retail value $12.99
  2. 1 case (6) of Pint sized Vintage Stule Spring Green Ball Jars retail value $9.99
  3. 1 case (4) 16 oz drinking mugs retail value $9.99
  4. 1 Wide Mouth Jar Infuser retail value $5.99
  5. 1 Sip & Straw lids retail value $4.99

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Open to residents of the U.S. 18 years old +   The winner will randomly chosen on Friday, August 22.

Disclosure: I received compensation in the form of product for my opinions and ideas on using Ball Jars. As always, I only recommend products that I use and love.

Powder Room Update {30 Day Challenge}

This is a story about a neglected (until now) powder room. It’s a room that I virtually haven’t touched (update-wise) since I bought this house.

When I saw that Serena over at Thrift Diving was having another 30-day room makeover challenge, I jumped right in thinking, pffft. I can makeover this little room in 30 days. No sweat. Ha! We shall see!

The powder room is an easy room to forget since it’s so small and one just walks on by after entering my home. It is functional with a toilet, pedestal sink, towel bar, and one of those put-it-together-yourself-over-the-toilet-shelf units that the previous owners left behind. And it’s really not that bad from am aesthetic standpoint. Until you take a closer look.  powder room update

For example: check out that caulking job around the base of the toilet. (They hid that little nightmare with one of those rugs that has a U-shaped cut-out).

powder room update

Same bad caulk job around the base of the sink. Which was also hidden with a rug. Lesson learned: Check under the rugs!

It is now 11 days into the challenge and here is what I have done: I cleared everything out of the room and gave the powder room a good scrub down with Tide OXI Multi-Purpose Stain Remover. I mixed the Tide OXI into a bucket of water according to the directions on the tub and it got the walls, ceiling, and woodwork clean and ready for painting. I guess you could say “I Tide That!”

To see more about the 225 uses for Tide OXI, here’s a little video with Jonathan Scott of the HGTV show, Property Brothers.

powder room makeover by createandbabble

I also used the Tide OXI to clean the globes on the light fixture. That light fixture is the only thing staying in the room. But it will look different when I’m done with it.

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The glass globes look brand new after a quick bath in Tide OXI.

Tide OXI cleans light fixture glass globes

Okay, so what about everything else? Well, I have a plan.


I made this mood board showing all of the elements I plan on adding to my powder room. I plan on replacing the toilet, vanity, updating the mirror with a frame, adding shelves on the wall behind the toilet, adding beadboard to the walls and maybe even the ceiling. I kind of have this “thing” for beadboard ; )

The only thing left to decide on is paint color. Should I paint it all white? Or use color? What color? And where? Just the walls above the bead board? Paint the bead board a color other than white and white walls above? Decisions, decisions. But I must decide soon. I’d love to hear your opinion! But you gotta hurry; there’s only three weeks left!

Disclosure: I was compensated for this post however, all opinions are 100% my own.

How to Make a Growth Chart Ruler

Making one of these growth chart rulers has been on my to-do list for a long time. When I received an email notification that my daughter sent me three Pinterest pins that were images of growth chart rulers, I got the hint ; )


At first I thought I’d make one for each of my grandchildren, but Dan thought it would be better to have a family keepsake with all the kid’s growth recorded on one ruler. Smart guy.

So without further ado, here is how to make a growth chart ruler – or at least how I made one.

You will need:

  • a long board
  • black sharpie
  • painter’s tape
  • measuring tape
  • a straight edge
  • sand paper
  • stain

For the wood: I happened to have a piece of 1 x 6 x 6. Ideally a 7′ length would be better. I felt safe with the 6′ length since no one in my family is over 6 feet. Watch, now my grandson will end up over six feet just because of Nanny’s 6′ board ; ) how-to-make-growth-chart-ruler-by-createandbabble

The first thing I did was place a strip of painter’s tape down the middle of the board. Then I marked off the 12″ mark lightly with a pencil


Then I drew a line against a straight edge from the painter’s tape to the edge of the board with a black Sharpie. (Quilting square are handy for so much more than quilting, you know!)


Next, I placed a second strip of painters tape down, covering about half of the length of the 12″ marks. Then I made Sharpie lines at 6″ intervals. I repeated that same step for the inch marks. I don’t know why I didn’t take pictures of that!


Once all the lines were drawn, I took the board outside to finish it. Laying it across the railings on the deck made it easier to stain and stencil. (I need saw horses: in case Santa is reading this ;)



I just placed the paper stencil down on the board and traced inside the edge with a black Sharpie then filled it in using a thicker Sharpie.


Now for the stinky part. Yes, I mean stinky as in it smells bad. Really bad. It’s homemade stain that’s supposed to make wood look aged. I put some steel wool in a jar with vinegar and let it sit on my counter for a couple of days. And listened to it hiss and moan. I’m serious. It was making noises. I took off the lid because I was afraid it was going to explode or something. Anyway, after a day or so it makes this stinky solution.


So wearing two pairs of rubber gloves, I rubbed said stinky solution on the board and this is how it looks after one coat.

Two coats. And the stink does go away after it’s dry. Thank goodness.

Have you ever tried the stinky stain? I was hoping for more of a gray, weathered color. Maybe I let the steel wool in too long, But in any case, I like how the ruler turned out. And if my grandson grows to be over 6′ tall…well my daughter will have to add an addition to the ruler ; )

Pretty Organization with Sharpies

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It’s no secret that back-to-school time is upon us. While my back-to-school shopping days are over (yippee!), this time of year inspires me to get my work supplies organized. And it has to be pretty organization ; )

pretty organization by createandbabble
Always the bargain hunter, I saw that Staples had some Sharpies on sale, so I picked up a pack (or three). Using Sharpies to decorate ho-hum, plain storage containers is fast and fun.

decorate with sharpies

These cute, little bucket thingies were found on a clearance shelf. I thought it would be perfect to hold small craft supplies, so I bought one. Okay I bought two. But they do need a little something to perk them up a bit.

pretty storage by createandbabble

All I did was add dots to the buckets with a black Sharpie. I also painted the wire handle with the black sharpie, too. I used a white Sharpie paint pen for the little, wooden handle. It doesn’t get much easier than that, and isn’t it cute? It’s the perfect little organizer for all the little things that I use almost daily.


Starting on August 10th all Sharpie fine and Ultra Fine markers and highlighters will be on sale at Staples “while supplies last”

I did say that I bought two of those hanging bucket thingies, right?

making pretty organization with sharpies

This one was sprayed with white spray paint first. Then I enlisted Dan to paint on the screws and nails because I can’t draw to save my life. He thinks the nails look like golf tees ; )

painting with sharpies

But, I can paint a bucket handle with a Sharpie paint pen.

There you go. Two clearance shelf storage items made pretty, functional and unique. And all it takes are a few Sharpie pens and a little imagination. And a Dan who can draw ; )

Oh, one more thing before you run off to Staples to get those Sharpies: you can paint on fabric with Sharpies! How cool! Check this out:

paint fabric with sharpies I printed out a design on fabric (using my home printer – see how here) and started coloring in the flowers. Isn’t that pretty! Think of all the things you could do with that: tote bag, pillow, wall art, etc.

Quick and Easy Temporary Headboard

One thing missing in my bedroom is a headboard. Well, there’s probably more than that missing, but it’s one of those things that’s on my wish list. I’ll either buy one eventually or more likely will make one. But until then, here’s what I came up as a quick and easy temporary headboard:

temporary alternative headboard idea

I am really quite happy with how it looks. So much so that I think the building of the headboard has slipped down on the to-do list a few notches ; )

quick headboard alternative

It all started with this fabric from Online Fabrics. I’m just in love with that fabric.It was part of the swag that I got at the Haven Conference a few weeks ago. Thank you Online Fabrics! How did you know it would go so perfectly in my orange and aqua bedroom. Did you peek in my window???

There was a little over a yard and a half of the fabric – more than enough to cover three large canvases. I do believe there’s even enough left to cover a small pillow.

This is such an easy project. All you need are some canvases, fabric, and a staple gun. Oh, and command strips – love those!

easy headboard alternative

I just cut a rectangle out of the fabric that was 2″ bigger than the canvas.

quick and easy headboard alternative

Then I laid the canvas on the wrong side of the fabric, wrapped the edges of the fabric to the back of the canvas (pulled the fabric, but not stretching it) and stapled with a staple gun. That’s it.

quick and easy headboard alternative

Add Command Strips for hanging and you’re done.


I like how it gives a finished look to that big expanse of orange wall!

Choosing an Area Rug

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There is great debate going on here at home. Hardwood floors versus wall-to-wall carpet.  Our living room currently has wall-to-wall carpet that needs replaced. I’m on the side of wood floors with a nice, patterned area rug. I love everything about the room below:



Dan would rather keep wall-to-wall carpeting.


Design above by Style On a Shoestring

Dan likes the warmth and softness of wall-to-wall carpet. My argument for wood floors is that you can add an area rug to provide the warmth and softness. And bonus: when your tastes change, it’s easier and less expensive to replace an area rug than it is replace wall-to-wall carpet.

And what a great way to add color and pattern into a room. Ever piece of furniture in our living room is a solid color and I think it would look incredible to have a wood floor topped off with a great geometric or floral patterned area rug.



Like the one above. I love it! I think it would be perfect in our living room, especially during the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons. The colors work well with our current furniture.


This Jute Natural Rug would also be a good choice for the Summer, bringing in a light and airy feel.

Red rug

And how about this one for Winter.

Now would be the time to buy an area rug at Starting on Thursday, August 31, is offering a 15% discount on all area rugs to my readers. Use code: RUGLUV18 to receive the discount.  This promo code will work from August 31 to September 4, 2014. Head on over to and pick our your favorite area rugs!

So tell me. Where do stand on the wall-to-wall carpet vs. wood floor debate?

DIY Paint Storage Shelf

Do you ever find yourself with a large collection of craft items and don’t know how to store them? I seem to have amassed a fairly large collection of craft paints. I had them in a basket but that just wasn’t working for me any longer. It was taking too long to find the color I was looking for plus it was a mess. I knew I could come up with something better. Here is my DIY Paint Storage Shelf.

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This was a super-easy build and it didn’t cost much to make. Home Depot has craft boards in their lumber aisle. I love using those for small projects like this mostly because I can fit them in my car and don’t have to borrow someone’s truck to get them home.

Want to make one? Here’s how:

Materials used:

  • a piece of 1/4″ plywood (the size this will determine the size of your shelf. I had a scrap piece that measured about 18″ wide x 19 3.4″ high)
  • 3-1/2″ x 1/2″ boards
  • 1-1/2″ x 1.2″ boards
  • paint

Tools used*:

  • Ryobi miter saw
  • Ryobi AirStrike Stapler

*I am fortunate that I have these power tools (thanks to Santa and Ryobi!), but I would think you could cut this thin wood with a hand saw or better yet, have Home Depot cut it for you. And small wood nails could be used if you don’t have an Airstrike stapler….yet.


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  • Cut (or have cut) the 3-1/2 boards: 2 @ the height of the plywood piece and 2 @ the the width of plywood piece minus one inch.

paint storage shelf by createandbabble

  • Staple together to form a rectangle frame
  • Staple the plywood back onto the frame

Paint Storage Shelf by createandbabble

  • Cut (or have cut) the 1-1/2″ x 1/2″ boards to the inside width dimension of your shelf. I cut six of these for my shelf. Dry fit them into your shelf and tilt them before stapling. The tilted shelves keep the bottles of paint from falling out.

Now that the shelf is assembled it’s time to sand and paint.

Build Your Own Paint Storage Shelf

I used a gray craft paint that I had on hand. I plan on doing a little fun decorating to this piece. More on that in a week or two. But for now I love how all of my craft paint has a pretty, organized home!

DIY Paint Storage

It’s so nice to be able to see all of the colors at a glance. It beats dumping out a basket of paints looking for the one I thought I had!

DIY Paint Storage Shelf

And yes, that bottom area is empty. For now. I have plans for that! Stay tuned!

Tell me. How do you store your craft and DIY supplies? And if you make this shelf I’d love to hear about it!

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Silhouette July Promo

This month the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition is 40% off! That’s a great deal so if you don’t have the Designer Edition yet, now if the perfect time to get it. This special runs through July 31. Make sure to enter the code: BABBLE at checkout to get the discount. If you don’t have a Silhouette machine yet, there are some great bundles on sale that include the Designer Edition! Keep reading for more information.

silhouette july

You may be wondering if you should get the Designer Edition. Let me tell you why I have it and think it’s a good investment. With the Designer Edition, you will have:

  • ability to open, manipulate, and cut .svg files*
  • rhinestone tools to convert designs into rhinestone templates and create your own rhinestone designs*
  • sketch tools to convert designs into several styles of sketchable art
  • creative knife tools to allow you to clip designs using different patterns
  • enhanced eraser set to modify designs with more precision
  • built-in rule and guide lines for precise alignment and drawing*
  • layers support (including ability to cut by layer)
  • PDF import*
  • nesting feature to allow you to arrange cuts as efficiently as possible – a scrapper’s dream!
  • shadow tool – allows you to add a drop shadow to printable designs

*These are the features that I use all the time.


Did you see the baby shower decorations that I made? I couldn’t have done it without the Designer Edition.


Same for all of the glitter vinyl projects.

And now for all of you that WANT a Silhouette, here are the deals and they are good ones!

CAMEO bundle
1 Silhouette CAMEO
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 teal CAMEO dust cover

Portrait bundle
1 Silhouette Portrait
1 copy of Silhouette Studio Designer Edition
1 grey Portrait dust cover

I love that Silhouette included the Designer Edition in these bundles.

What will you make first!

DIY Onesie Dresses

Having a granddaughter is so much fun. Don’t get me wrong – I still spoil my grandson (my daughter can attest to that!), but having a little girl to shop and sew for after 6 years of boy stuff brings all sorts of new fun to being “Nanny”! Like these DIY onesie dresses. Apparently onesie dresses have made their rounds on Pinterest and blogs for a couple of years, but they’re new to me since I’ve been in “little boy world” for a while.

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It only takes about 1/3 yard of fabric to make these dresses for the 3-month size onesies. The amount of fabric you buy determines the length of the skirt section (minus an inch for the hem) that is sewn onto the onesie.

For the placement of the skirt on the onesie, I measured down one inch below each arm hole seam. Then I made two tiny, light dots with a pen and then used a straight edge to make more dots to ensure my skirt would be sewn on straight. These dots are covered with skirt so I didn’t worry about using a disappearing ink pen. Although I’m sure I have one somewhere.


One of the ways to gather the fabric is to sew on a length of elastic. You pull the elastic while sewing.


I prefer to just use the good old basting stitch and pull the bobbin thread. Then I sew on some coordinating bias tape.


After the bias tape is sewn on, I trim the edge close to the bias tape, fold over, and stitch onto the onesie.


Of course I had to add some extras, like ribbon and lace.


You know you have way too much ribbon when you have some that matches your fabric exactly! And you know you have enough headbands if one matches the fabric perfectly!


Oh that sweet, little face!