Let’s Get Craftsy (Free Mini Classes)

I have a long history with my glue gun.

I’ve always loved arts and crafts and DIY projects. If you’ve been a long time reader, you know The Love. And all those years ago as I modgepodged my way thru nap time and crafted my way around the house, I had no idea I’d get to use my hobby to empower women around the globe.

On that first trip to Kenya more than four years ago, we taught young moms a few crafty projects and they are still filling up this shop with their creations.  When my niece taught me to loom knit over Christmas break last year, I had no idea a month later, I’d share what I learned with new refugee friends.

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Kenya Craft Party, 2012

And now we are calling that global DIY party Fair Trade Friday.

I don’t have as much time to craft as I used to, but I do every chance I get. Plus, I’m always looking for new ideas to share with different artisan groups. I’ve learned a lot from Pinterest tutorials and online projects, but I wanted tell y’all about a fun site. I mentioned it several years ago, but it now has some FREE and fun options (I’ve included affiliate links below):

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Craftsy is a self-paced learning environment that hosts online classes to help you bring creativity to life by offering education, supplies and kits. We’ve found several crochet projects for our Friday Refugee classes and now Craftsy is offering 35 FREE mini Classes for you to attend! They are absolutely free and the variety is amazing. Here are a few:

        • Beautiful wirework jewelry
        • Amazing Crochet Textures
        • Professional Family Portraits
        • Perfect Pizza at Home
        • Sewing: Bag-Making Basics
        • Complete Knife Skills

Craftsy: Free Cake Decorating Classes

Here’s the full list of Craftsy free mini classes to choose from

Fun, huh? So, go check out the free mini classes.

Plus, Craftsy has their regular classes on sale at 50% off for a limited time. Check them out here!

You seriously have no idea where your hobby can lead you! Ask me.

WFMW: DIY Inspiring String Art

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Put a yes in your mess.

And create something new and beautiful.

 

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DIY Pallet Farmhouse Light Fixture

Also known as the Christmas present my husband made me.

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Who knew my love language was a bunch of repurposed old stuff?

We saw something similar at an antique store several months ago. Only it cost around $700. Yikes.

{source} This light fixture would look awesome over a salvaged farmhouse table.

So, instead, my husband found an old pallet behind a store (we just asked if we could have it) and pulled the weathered wood off. I looked for some old egg gathering baskets (this took awhile) and ended up getting two on eBay for $25. He bought rope, replica antique bulbs and two small light socket kits from the wiring department at home depot.

Supplies:

Pallet wood

Baskets (I saw replica ones at TJ Maxx for $9.99 over the holidays)

Two light sockets kits

10 ft electrical wire

Rope

Light fixture thread tube (to hang light to pallet)

Bulbs

We love the results for around $75.

I love the warm ambiance it offers our kitchen.

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Check out our other pallet projects:

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DIY: Pallet Headboard

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She saw a pallet headboard at a flea market and had to have it.

I saw the price tag and said keep walking.

But my 13 year old daughter didn’t forget the bed and she showed a picture to her Dad and batted her long lashes for months. She didn’t know if he could make it, but she knew he would try.

Because he’s that kind of a Dad.

Supplies for our $50 Pallet Headboard:

2-3 weathered pallets

2 2×4′s

light kit (optional)

Old barn wood would have worked well, but we couldn’t find any. So my husband asked a local store for a couple of pallets and got them for free (score!) Prying off the pieces of weathered wood was the hardest part of this project. But Terrell had plenty of helpers.

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Once the wood was off the pallet, it was nailed to the 2×4′s.

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My hubby found a cool vintage-looking lamp kit at Home Depot and cut a hole to attach it. It plugs into the wall.

We lightly white-washed the wood for a funky feel and moved it upstairs to my daughter’s room.

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She is thrilled with it! And she’s pretty impressed with her Dad. “Mom, I’m going to marry someone just like him someday. A man who can do anything!”

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I think she likes it.

And I like him even more.

WFMW: DIY Chalkboard Paint

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I’ve been wanting to paint my piano for years. It was given to us by a kind older couple and my son loves playing it. He’s always pecking out tunes.

But I’ve always been afraid to paint it. Because it’s A PIANO.

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I’ve been hearing a lot about chalkboard paint and not just for creating chalkboards. I learned that it adheres really well to slick wood, but it’s kind of expensive.

I discovered you can add plaster of paris to the paint (1 part powder to 3 parts paint, stir very well) and make your own chalkboard paint for a lot less. So, that’s what I did a few weeks ago.

I used a self-priming paint from Home Depot and without sanding or priming, I simply painted two coats on the piano.

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I like an aged look, so next, I dry brushed stain glaze and wiped it off with a damp sponge.

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It took about 3-4 hours for the entire project and I love:

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DIY Chalkboard paint works for me!