Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wash, Dry and Fold

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, today I'm going to show you a solution for a problem that's been driving me mad! Now so many of you live in nice little neat homes and you may not have this big ole problem.

Do you see this monstrosity? This is the glorious breaker box in my laundry room. I have been working on spiffing up my laundry room and this huge old ugly thing was hindering me. Our home is olden and whoever put this in the middle of my wall, the switch plates about a foot over from doorways, etc. was not thinking with his design hat on. Your breaker box is probably tucked away nicely and hidden secretly in a closet, the garage and not out in public view! I've seen some of you place a nice little picture over yours - ta dah! Solution! Well, Most Who Cares Ones, this breaker box is huge ~ so a nice little picture just wouldn't work. I searched and searched for the right picture frame to cover the ugliness, but couldn't find the right one.
I took my little self over to our most distinguished Wal Mart with measurements in hand and found this picture! It was the perfect size, I liked the frame, the mat was nice with the wood trim and the little birdie was cute. Well, here you can see I've already dissembled this little piece of art work (you can see the staples that was holding it all together).
I just thought for my laundry room, I wanted something more launderly! You know what I mean. I took it apart and thought I'd just remove the birdie picture, but it was all so tightly glued together. No problem, I would just work on top of the print.
I gathered up some scrap booking papers...
and my supplies...
and went to town!
See what I did? I clipped and snipped and cut and glued down bits and pieces of the scrap booking papers into a little collage right on top of that little birdie.
I took another lighter colored but very coordinated piece of scrap booking paper and put it into my printer, chose a font I liked and printed out these laundering words. Cool, huh? Did I ever tell you how creative I am? lol :) You know I'm just kidding.
This is the end results! Wash Dry Fold - can't get much more launderly than those words now can you? I just love this! Can you love launderly solution crafts? You bet your dryer lint you can!!
See the nice frame with the mat and my gorgeous collage of papers!?

Lovely laundry words.
Now if you know me, I'm not one to leave well enough alone! I decided to make a special hanger. I gathered up some coordinating fabrics and ripped to my little heart's content! Now, you may know about this, (if you do, just pretend you don't and go ahead and think I'm the most amazing clever one!) but if you don't, I'll give you a little tip for ripping fabric. Clip a little tiny slit along with the straight grain of the fabric as wide as you'd like your strip to be. Then just tear away! You can tear to the end of the yardage or just where you want to stop. This sure beats having to cut a strip with scissors. And amazingly enough, the strip tears as straight as an arrow.
I gathered my three little strips, tied a knot on one end and began to braid it! See how nicely it turned out! How perfect to have little strips of fabric for my hanger in the laundry room.
Hope you've enjoyed my little laundry project today! Now if I'd just do what my little laundering artwork says! ;)

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~

Paper Roses
(this was the only song I could think of about paper!)

I realized the way your eyes deceived me
with tender looks that I mistook for love
So take away the flowers that you gave me
And send the kind that you remind me of
Paper Roses
Paper Roses
Oh How real those roses seem to be
But they're only imitation like your imitation love for me
I thought that you would be a perfect lover
You seemed full of sweetness at the start
But like a big red rose that's made of paper
There isn't any sweetness in your heart
Paper Roses
Paper Roses
Oh how real those roses seem to be
But they're only imitation like your imitation love
for me
~sung by Marie Osmond


58 comments:

  1. Very creative! I love it. Can you love a laundry room hangy-thingy? I do. Now you can come and solve my house-problem.

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  2. What a clever idea!! I love your ideas!!!

    ;-)

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  3. That's great. I love how you reused the frame.

    I covered ours with an old bathroom mirror. Ours is in the kitchen near the side front entrance. I thought having a mirror there would be nice so I could see if I had any food in my teeth before I left the house ;-)

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  4. Shelia this is a most excellent project--very clever and yet easy too and it turned out terrific. What a great solution to the Breaker Box Problem!

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  5. THAT my dear was a good idea!!:-) and it turned out VERY COOL!!! :-)

    Aren't you just the most clever one!!!! ;-) I like it!

    Monica

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  6. I love the colors that you used and the hanger is an excellent idea. I have a frame that hangs in such a way the picture hanger shows at the top. Your idea with strips of cloth is the solution to my long-time problem. This is truly adorable.

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  7. I love it. And you solved your problem with some gorgeous decor. Can't be that!

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  8. SO you've been hiding out on us!! Hiding all these creative ideas!! How wonderful!! Love it and it's one of a kind which is even better;) Hugs French xoxo

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  9. Well you are quite the creative one for your laundry room! That turned out great and made a pretty out of an eyesore! LOVE it!♥

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  10. What a great idea Shelia!
    I just love it!

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  11. That is a great idea. Love it

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  12. Good morning Shelia~ Oh most clever one. :)

    This is TOO CA-UTE!! Great idea! I've always wanted a laundry room~ our house is old, too. The washer/dryer are in the garage....ggggrrrrr. Maybe I can still do something to make it cute? This gives me an idea!

    You are fabulous! :)

    Hugs~ J

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  13. Good Morning Miss Shelia...I love how you covered the nekkedness of the fuse box with your wonderful collage! You rate high in cleverness!! Have a great day!...hugs...Debbie

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  14. I had a monstrosity also in my laundry room partially covered by the door to the hallway and I hung a message board there, chickee! Worked great, looks great and a cheap thing to do. Of course, I love your creativity withe the papers and words. Darling idea.
    Smooches,
    Connie

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  15. You are the most clever thing! I love your solution. Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

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  16. Very creative and it looks beautiful.

    Renee

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  17. This is a terrific idea. I will have to remember that if I ever live in a place with that. Right now ours is in the closet. But I like that idea just to make something for the laundry room anyway. Hmmmm......

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  18. Good morning Sweet Sheila, this looks fantastic. What a perfect solution. We have one as well.. I used a metal piece I have a put fabric behind it to disguise ours..Have you thought about putting a tassle at the top to hide your hook as well??? Hope your Mama is doing well..
    hugs ~lynne~

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  19. How very clever you are. I just love it! My favorite colors and I love the rag idea. I'm going to have to incorporate that into my stuff. Thanks Janis

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  20. Good Morning Sweetness... How cleaver are you??? What a wonderful idea that was and you can bet your sweet whatever that I will be copying it someday.. It came out wonderfully gorgeous... Have a spectacular day... Love ya

    (((HUGS)))
    Donna

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  21. I love your solution! Could you work on mine now!

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  22. You just don't stop amazing me. You play a piano, which it has been a life long dream of mine to do that, but no I don't play. You live in a home that I could only dream about. And now look at you doing crafts. Girl, what else can you do that we don't know about.

    Love Ya,
    Chris

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  23. You are so creative! I love it! The picture came out so good. Now why don't they make ones like that in the store?

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  24. Good morning, Shelia -
    What a great idea! That's the perfect solution to your dilemna and it's an inspiration. My electrical box is in the garage but I'm sure there is some place in my laundry room that can use some 'handmade' art.
    ~Adrienne~

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  25. Very clever Pickle..love how you did the hanger thingy..thanks for showing us..I have that ugly breaker box in my laundry room...so now I am thinking...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  26. Hi Shelia...That little mind of yours is always spinning on great ideas & changes I'll bet...You came up with another winner here!
    What's next? ;-) Bo

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  27. Wow, Shelia! You solved the problem so creatively and beautifully! That is so neat!....Christine

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  28. Well that is the most cleverest of ideas! I love the way it turned out. I just might have to borrow (steal) that idea from you! It is just perfect!
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  29. Hi Shelia
    I like that idea! Thats great. You were able to personalize it just the way you wanted to and the words say it all!
    love it.
    now...have a lovely day doing laundry in your newly accessorized room!
    Judi

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  30. What a great idea. And I love the hanger and I am going to find a place to put one. I would love to see it in your laundry room.


    Tuesday Tidings from Roberta Anne

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  31. Loved it! I wish I were that creative! I wanted to invite you to drop by my blog today. I am trying to get to know everyone a bit more. thanks

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  32. Very, very clever!~ My laundry room is in the basement with a plethera of JUNK!!!

    I love what you made, you crafty girl you! I'll have to think of something creative like that to make for another room of my house!

    take care,
    Dawn

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  33. I am SO jealous. Can I borrow some of your creativity for a while? That came out SO good, Shelia! But you didn't use the pattern I liked best. The red and white paisley looking one.

    Justiney :o )

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  34. What a clever girl you are! Nice job.

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  35. You are as sweet as that picture! Love how you showed us step by step directions. Now if you could only teach me how to play the piano I would be all set. Oh and maybe a voice lesson or two or three. I think the only one who thinks my noise is joyful is the Lord,hehe. Now you have a pretty laundry room to wash..dry..and fold..hehe. take care~

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  36. Oh, my dear creative, beautiful and brilliant sister. I bow down to you. Now, how about creating yourself a little yo-yo blossom to cover up the hanger.

    Just a little suggestion from your loving, but non-creative sister. ;-) And, our breaker box is outside! What were they thinking when they did that???

    How come (since we're sisters) we live so far apart? :-( I really miss you. Wouldn't it be fun to scrapbook together.

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  37. Shelia! This looks wonderful! Great job! I'm SO very impressed with your talent! :-)

    XO,

    Sheila

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  38. Love, love, love your creative creation .... I can give you one of my tips in exchange for yours ~~ I take paint that's close to whatever color is in my wall hanging (or the wall itself) and paint the hook to so it totally blends into the artwork or whatever....

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  39. Shelia,

    Love this idea. Ours in dead center in the laundry room also. I think mine will say: Take A Nap

    xoxo
    Jane

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  40. Well- WHAT A GREAT IDEA! It turned out NICE! You are amazing Shelia! I'm sure glad you don't charge us to peek at your blog and use your ideas!

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  41. Great idea! You could sell these! Kathy

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  42. Oh how creative are you? I wondered what you were going to do? Your mind never stops ticking over I bet! I totally get the way you think because I do stuff like this too, although clearly not so cleverly. You are an interior designer Shelia and I love finding out what you are doing next!!

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  43. I think that was an amazing solution to your Launderly Problem! :) You need to list these adorable terms of yours in your very own Shelia-isms! They are wonderful!

    But did you ever think about hanging something FUN over that ugly breaker box--like a dart board (you could play darts while you're waiting for those delicates to dry. How about a life size picture of Brat Pitt? Now, I think your darling picture is incredible and oh so creative AND decoratively frugal---I was just thinking about what a drag a laundry room is and perhaps a little "fun" stuff is needed. Never mind, I think I'll go find a poster of Brad and hang it up over my dryer and see if anyone notices. hmmmmm.
    Have a great evening! L, dana

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  44. Now that ought to inspire me to get the laundry done, but no, I just want to go to the craft store and get the supplies to make a cute sign like yours.

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  45. Wonderful idea I have some what of the same problem but my laundry I refer to as the dark hole lol. Soon I will get to making it a room and not a place I dread going into. Execellent Post
    Peace and Blessings
    Cheryl...Snatch JOY!

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  46. Sheila! How creative is that?! It is absoulutely adorable! You did a fantastic job! Thanks for sharing your clever ideas! God Bless! Lauralu

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  47. Well.....look at you!!! Girl that is adorable.

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  48. Now, this is just about the cutest thing, ever, Sheila, my cleaverness little funny friend! I absolutely just love it!!
    I laughed so hard at your cute comment on my A. Judd post that I just HAD to add it to the bottom of my post....so so cute...!
    hugs, bj

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  49. Hi Shelia..I missed this post earlier. I've had internet woes and also been a tad busy today. Anyhoo....great solution to your dilemma...gorgeous, too!

    We have one of those ugly panels in one of the guest rooms, here at the lake. There is also one by J's bar, at home. We had cabinet door frames and doors made for ours. I love your idea!!!

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  50. This is very creative a waaaay too cute!

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  51. It looks great Shelia! I'm so jealous of your creative talents. I may have to make one for my laundry room.
    *hugs*

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  52. How creative! I am going to be a copy cat on this project! :o)
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  53. I love this solution, oh Creative One! It sure turned out beautifully! And no one else will have something like that...until this wonderful idea is copied by your friends in blogland!

    Kady

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  54. Oh it turned out great Shelia! You are creative too! I think I'm the only person with zero craftiness in their repotoire, in all of blogland *sighs* I'll just have to live vicariously through you! Vanna

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  55. Great idea .Who knew you were so crafty.Great job...Ann

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  56. Okay, Shelia, now this is a genius idea...oh my gosh, I love it!! You are blessed with such creativity, and not just creativity, but the ability to take your ideas and actually bring them into reality. Me, I think about things, think some more, and then nine times out of ten, just never actually see an idea through, mostly because I figure I'll make a mess of something. You are so inspiring. :-)

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  57. Looks like you have a great laundry room too! Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog! You're just the cutest! I look forward to following you! :)

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