My Christmas Jo-Ann Yarn Haul

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So, two weekends ago Jo-Ann was having a sell with 25% off every skein of yarn in the store.  In addition to that awesome sell, it was also teacher appreciation days which got me an additional 20% off!!!!  Obviously, I couldn’t pass up a sell like that so even though my office/craft room was already overflowing with yarn waiting to be turned into something beautiful, I picked out a few projects for Christmas presents and headed to Jo-Ann.  When I got home, I told my husband to close his eyes and he informed me he had already prepared himself — he knows me so well!  🙂

So I came in with my three giant bags.

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They were holding all of these beauties:

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So what am I doing with all this yarn?

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This batch of Red Heart Super Saver has 4 skeins of Gray Heather, 3 Spring Green, 1 Soft White, and 1 Bright Yellow is going to be used to make a Roadway Blanket for my little cousin.  He is ALL 4 year old little boy.  He loves anything with wheels so I’m super excited to make him a blanket he can cuddle and play with.  The pattern came from Red Heart: Roadway Throw Crochet Blanket.

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The pattern does call for Gold instead of Bright Yellow, but Jo-Ann was all out of Gold so I think the yellow I picked up will be just fine if I don’t already have some gold hiding somewhere in my stash.

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This batch of Caron Simply Soft is not for Christmas, but for a baby blanket and hat for my nephew who will be here in February.  The pattern came from the ladies over at The Firefly Hook.

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They used sport weight yarn, but unfortunately everything in the Jo-Ann sport weight section was pastel, and I really loved the color combination.  So instead I picked up some Caron Simply Soft in the closest colors I could find.  I can’t wait to try out this pattern.

Both of these batches are for presents for my husband.  The best part is he has NO IDEA I’m working on anything for him — or rather that I will be working on something for him.  🙂

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The first picture with the Caron Simply Soft is to make a bean bag cover.  This is another Red Heart pattern for an Argyle Bean Bag Cover.  Argyle Bean Bag Ottoman

Obviously, Red Heart calls for their own brand of soft yarn for this project, but I really preferred the purple and gold available from Caron so I used the Caron Simply Soft again. I’m going to do my husband’s in charcoal, purple, and gold to go in his LSU themed man cave.  He currently has a rough looking bean bag chair in the man cave.  He’s had he chair since he was in high school or maybe middle school and it could use a new, more mature look.  I think he’s going to love it!

For the other stack of charcoal, I’m going to make my husband a blanket of his very own.  I thought the charcoal would be very masculine and I really like the pattern I found on CraftGawker.com.  Since I already have a huge stash of colors, I only bought the charcoal I needed for his blanket.

Well that’s it for this haul!  I’ll post pictures of finished projects as I get there.

My Super Affordable Totally Amazing DIY Bathroom Remodel

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Before and After

Before and After

So, we moved into our house about a year and a half ago and I’m pretty sure the previous owners hadn’t updated anything since they built the house in the early 80’s.  In true 80’s style our bathrooms and kitchen all had delightful honey oak cabinets with awful outdated hardware (notice the pinkish balls below).

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Next summer we will be moving 750 miles back to NC which means we have to start thinking about getting our home ready to sell.  These cabinets aren’t exactly screaming “buy me” so began my hours of scouring Pinterest for affordable DIY bathrooms.  At some point I stumbled across a pin that linked to Michelle’s blog over at Crafty Morning.  You can check out her post on this process here.  After reading her overview of the process I knew it was worth trying so I went out and purchased the Rust-Oleum Cabinet Transformation kit in Cabernet.  The best part about this kit is it’s only $75 for a kit that covers 100 sqft.

Based on Michelle’s warning to try a small project before a big one I started with our smallest bathroom vanity pictured above.  I washed the cabinet frame and doors, taped everything using painter’s tape, used the deglosser (step 1), and then used wood filler to fill the unnecessary holes or uneven areas in the cabinets.  Once the wood filler dried I lightly sanded the area.

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Then it was down to painting basically.  So on went the first coat.

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Our Outdated Faucets

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Pretty New Brushed Nickel Faucets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also tiled our jagged raw edged bathroom mirrors to make them look a little more updated like the rest of the bathroom.  We bought a sheet of 2 x 2 inch tiles that were about $3 a sq foot and I simply used some multi surface adhesive to attach the tile to the mirror.  I used painter’s tape to hold the tiles in place until the adhesive was dry.

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Jagged Raw Edge Mirror and Outdated Wood Towel Rack

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Tiled Bathroom Mirror

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Finished!

We still have plans to update the countertops but that’s another project for another post.

So overall this project was super easy!  It was LONG, but totally worth it as far as I’m concerned.  I’m totally in love with our results!!  Every time I walk in our bathroom, I’m in awe of how much better the bathroom looks! 🙂   The best part was it was totally affordable.  The kit itself was $75 but I only used about a fourth of the kit to do both of our small bathrooms (the rest will be used in the kitchen).  We bought a couple of new 2″ synthetic paintbrushes for about $15.  You do need painter’s tape, a foam brush, and something to cover floors but I already had the tape and brush.  Instead of buying drop cloths, I used newspaper to cover the floor since it was free (I took my in-laws old ones).  As for the hardware and faucet, you can spend as much or as little as you want on those.  We bought the least expensive, updated faucets we could find at Home Depot.  It’s a Delta faucet that cost us about $20 for each bathroom.  I bought our hardware at a local hardware store but found it for less on Amazon when I purchased them for the kitchen.  Last but not least we bought 5 sheets of the tile to do the mirror so that was about $15 plus the $3 for the adhesive.  All in all, accounting for only using a small portion of the cabinet kit we probably spent less than $100 to update both of our bathrooms thus far.  I am very excited about our results, and I’m headed to start on the kitchen which will be a much larger project.  I’ll share the details of that later.