Sunday, June 27, 2010

Did you think I wasn't doing any projects?

My house is on the market, but it doesn't mean that I'm not sprinkling my creativity where ever I can.
I'm just having to limit it.  Because you don't want to make big changes when your house is on the market. (Or so "they" say.)  Plus you can't really make big changes when you've committed to spending a lot less and changing your entire lifestyle, which is why you have your house on the market in the first place, and are now living on a cash-only budget, that truly means actual green stuff in a wallet.  (Or not. Depending upon the day's proximity to payday.)
Assuming that downsizing our home to a smaller more affordable home (if that day ever comes) will actually mean losing space, as in probable classroom space, I've committed to finding a way to create a compact homeschooling space.  I plan to convert this console table into "two desks" for my children.  That way, homeschooling at the kitchen table becomes a snap.  No additional classroom space needed.  (Well, I mean a closet for additional manuals and supplies might be handy, but I'll cross that bridge when I buy a different house.)
And when I said "two desks" I didn't actually mean that I was going to chop up the table and make desks out of it.  In case you were wondering.  Which you may have been, if you've been reading my blog for any length of time.  Then again, you might also remember that I'm not allowed to touch Adrain's power tools, so perhaps you weren't wondering that.  I found two of the sweetest baskets you have ever seen but they were $30.00 each.  They had liners and chalkboard labels and they would have made Pottery Barn proud.  But I can't afford to spend $60.00, considering that I'm hoping to sell my children's actual desks for a grand total of $30.00. (Also assuming that someone will ever buy them from me.)
I found these two wooden crates at JoAnn's Fabrics for $9.99 each and used a teacher's discount to drop that price even more.  Then I brought them home and slapped some creamy white paint on them.  This just needs to be said. Painting crates is not fun.  All these little grooves and spaces to cover with paint. Ech!
While I was at the craft store, I saw these darling little chalkboards for $1.99 each.  I grabbed two of them.  The only problem was that the chalkboard frame was pine, and the chalkboard was an ugly greenish-gray.  I hit them with chalkboard spray paint in black (one coat) and some more creamy paint on the frame.
Then I seasoned them, once dry, by rubbing a piece of chalk sideways, across them.
And now I have ready made labels for my crates.  Have I ever mentioned that I love chalkboards?  I might require an intervention, but honestly they make perfect sense to my organizational-loving brain.  I hot glued them onto the crates. 
Done!  Now I just have to order curriculum.  And put school supplies into the drawers for next year.  And sell my house.  Oh yeah... and find myself another house.  
This week I'm only posting about easy crafty ideas, with minimal money spent!
Because it's fun.  And right about now, I'm needing a little fun.  How about you?  I'm linking up here for other projects!!




34 comments:

  1. I adore this idea! You are so creative!

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  2. Those turned out great! Sooo cute :)

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  3. I am in LOVE with this idea. Since I don't have kiddos, I'm thinking one basket for the dog's toys and one for the cat's. Oh my.. I'm giddy now. Thanks for the fabulous idea!

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  4. Very cute and creative! Nice job, Sasha!

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  5. Cute, cute, cute! Yes, I can see where painting crates would be a pain in the #!*! But they turned out so sweet, it was worth your time! My current fun and crafty project is to make a little apron for my little girl, who will be 2 in a couple weeks. I've got the material... Now just need to get sewing!!!

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  6. Well, of course it's cute! Cause you're cute, duh. And I have never heard of seasoning a chalk board, but it sounds kind of important, so I'd better look into it.

    And your cash envelopes thing cracks me up, because it's SO us! I always feel like a personal armored vehicle at the beginning of the month and by the last week of the month, I leave them on the seat of my unlocked car, because Lord only knows, ain't NOTHIN' in them. :)

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  7. I love your crates. I may have to make a trip to JoAnn's b/c those would be perfect for WeeMan's toys and books.

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  8. Great ideas! Love your charming practicality.

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  9. very cute and nifty! cant wait to see more!

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  10. I love them...what a great idea!!

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  11. I can't believe hos cute these crates turned out! I absolutely love them! Good luck on you home sale!
    Kristin

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  12. how do you season the chalkboard??

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  13. those crates are super cute!

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  14. Your crates look fantastic! I love them. And, I just read your last post as well. Waiting is very hard. I completely agree! And so is staying focused and thrifty. Thanks for the encouragement!
    Love, Debbie

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  15. Don't feel alone on the envelope system. It works (when we use it).

    Those crates are darling and they could be used for lots of things.

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  16. I love these. You showed Pottery Barn a thing or two! YEs, you did!

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  17. Smart idea!! I'm glad you didn't give up creating. I enjoy seeing what you make.

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  18. Oh it looks so good Sasha! So glad to see you're still creating:)

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  19. Awesome!! I love the organization. And I love love love how you label everything. I'm a labeler too. 'cept your labels are way cuter than mine. :o)

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  20. LOVE how these turned out!!!

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  21. ADORABLE!!!! just adorable!!
    Blessings!
    Jill

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  22. What a great idea. I am currenly working on a workbox system for our homeschool and all the ideas people have are plastic(ugly). These crates would be perfect and solve the ugliness factor as they might just end up in the kitchen

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  23. Those are REALLY adorable! I always walk by those and wonder what I could do with them -- duh!! So cute!!

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  24. Chalkboards are fun, aren't they?!! I love how your project turned out...PB needs to take a few lessons from YOU!!! You are so creative!

    Hugs ~

    :) T

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  25. That is just too cool. I love chalk boards, and how creative you can be with them, so fun! :)

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  26. you are amazingness! i LOVE the crafts you do and how inexpensively you do them!!
    What craft store did you find those chalkboards at?!
    Need.need.NEED :)

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  27. I love, love this! I'm going to have to check Hobby Lobby for some supplies. Those are great!
    Thanks for linking up to We Can Do It Cheaper!

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  28. You get a teacher's discount at JoAnn's??? I might have to drag my husband in there with me. :) Very creative and oh so adorable. I may have to "steal" your idea for my little boy's big boy room. :) Thank you so much for the lovely inspiration.

    Cheers~
    e

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  29. What a creative and thrifty idea. Your crates turned out so cute! Followed your blog form the Virginia House we can do it cheaper.

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  30. You season them? I had no idea. Please send your craftiness this way!

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