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A big, huge overdue update

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First things first; I believe an apology is in order.  I’m so sorry that I have been absent from Crafty Cobras for so long! A few things have happened since the last post.

I got a new job. I am working in retirement services now. Thankfully I’m still able to do children’s theatre and able to continue to do community theatre projects around Jacksonville. It was a big change and preparing for the job took a long time.

I got in a car accident, and a friend got into a near fatal car accident. In September of last year I was in a car accident that totaled my car. It was scary, and it was as I was on my way to my final dress rehearsal for Young Frankenstein. Thankfully the only thing that was hurt in that accident was my car. Cars are replaceable humans are not. A few days into the run of Young Frankenstein the woman playing Inga got into a horrible car accident and was in the hospital for many weeks. One of our performances became a benefit for her and we sent love and gifts to her as much as possible. I am happy to say now that she has made a fantastic recovery and we will be in Les Mis together this summer!

I’ve gone on quite a few fantastic vacations these past few months. Disney World, cruises, and staycations galore.

My brother got married! My brother and his lovely lady were married on the Carnival Fascination on January 25th of this year. The wedding was lovely and we got to go on a cruise afterward!

Now probably the biggest piece of information for this update would be the fact that I’M ENGAGED! John proposed to me on December 21st of 2013! It was one of the most magical days of my life, but more on that later.

I just finished a run of a play called Dirty Blonde, by Claudia Sheer and I play Jo and Mae West! It was an absolute blast and I got to use some of my crafty cobra tips when painting the floor for the set.  As well as make some really adorable opening night present!

This past weekend has marked the beginning of wedding planning, and restyling my nieces room! I’ll have photos of that soon! Image

I am so excited to be back blogging and I can’t wait to share a lot of new crafts with you!

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The Change Up

Making your home customizable for the seasons.

I can’t ever make up my mind about what I want my house to look like, so having the ability to change things often is something I need.

Here are a few ways that I can have signature style that changes all the time!

1) Invest in picture rails. I have a lot of picture rails up in my living room and bedroom so I can swap out artwork. I even have dedicated artwork for Christmas versus, between holidays. They are a much better alternative to putting a ton of holes in your wall as well.

2) Clothes pins aren’t just for clothes anymore. I have a lot of instagram prints in my home and I hang them on lines of yarn and twine from tiny clothespins. I can change them often and I like to make it customizable for when people come over!

3) Take a leap and add chalkboard paint to a wall or a chalkboard. This is infinitely customizable. I’m so excited about the holidays and getting to add art for each one.

4) Throw pillows for all your moods, throw pillows are a fun way to add a pop of color or a funky print to a space. Don’t be afraid to swap out for seasons, or just because!

What ways do you customize your home? Do you have any fun holiday décor?

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Quick Tips: Keeping the Couch in Line

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John and I are gearing up for another big project this weekend, so this week is dedicated to sharing little tidbits about our apartment.

One of the final things left for our apartment is area rugs and curtains. I’m sort of kicking myself because I didn’t take advantage of a HUGE sale at rugsusa.com . It was an awesome sale, I missed out. I’m a little sad about it, but I’ll keep waiting and watching for another sale.

Well that being said we do not have a rug in our living room, and we got some new couches in December.

My life slowly became pushing the couch back where it belonged. After sitting on it, it would inevitably be too far back or tilted at an angle and it was getting SO frustrating. I was starting to get worried about our floors, they weren’t in the best shape when we moved in and I wanted to keep them as nice as possible.

I started researching options on google and amazon. The dura-grip non-slip pads were something like 20 dollars and it was a lot considering I was planning on getting a rug eventually anyway.

Enter my obsession with dollar store crafts and organizers.

So in the kitchen section I found these gripper pads.

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And you know what? They come in packs of 4 for a dollar and they look just like the things I saw on google and amazon for way more money.

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And the best part? They work AMAZING. The couch hasn’t moved an inch. They work so well that when John and I tried to slide the couch out of the way for the wall project we couldn’t! We had to pick it up and move the gripper pads out of the way so we could move it more easily.

Success! This is such a great option. They also sell full liner sheets like this for cabinets and I am definitely thinking about using those as a rug pad when we finally take the plunge and get an area rug.

 

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Let’s Build a Wall Part 2: Another Brick in the Wall

So I was a little overjoyed when I found out that Lowe’s sold brick Masonite textured sheets at 25 bucks a pop.

The only problem with these is that they look a little like this:

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And I wanted my brick to look a little more like this:

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So I spent much of my Saturday distressing some brick

Here are the things you’re going to need:

  1. –          Faux Brick Masonite
  2. –          White paint
  3. –          Black Paint
  4. –          Brown Paint
  5. –          A textured dollar store sponge
  6. –          A spray bottle
  7. –          Warm Water
  8. –          A tiny drop of vinegar
  9. –          Paper towels.
  10. –          Foam brushes
  11. –          Small paint brush
  12. –          Paper plates for mixing

 

I wanted the bricks to look like they had that the worn white cement in between so I set out outlining the bricks in an off-white/brown/grey mix that I concocted carefully by just adding and mixing on a paper plate. Then I applied it to the gaps between the bricks with a foam brush and sometimes a small paint brush.

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I didn’t mind if some lines were bigger than others because it looks way more natural and less processed that way. I let that dry, which didn’t take long in a very air conditioned apartment.

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Then I went on to making the bricks look old.

Listen, there are a lot of tutorials on this out there… And I’ve watched/read a lot of them. But most of the processI learned from scenic painting so I encourage you to look at all the ways before you try this yourself.  Most of the tutorials I found made the bricks look too white. I bought red brick panels because I still wanted some red brick to show through. But some enjoy the white washed brick approach so try em all!

Because I had our brick sheets cut down to 3×8 rather than 4 x 8 I had some pieces to try a few techniques out on before moving on to the main pieces for the door.

The first technique I tried was with a make your own spray paint mixture in a dollar store travel spray bottle.  And then apply it by spraying and moving it around with a plastic bag. It looked ok, but it just wasn’t natural enough.

Then I picked up the same mixture I used for the cement in between the bricks and used the foam brush to put on a lot in one place. Then I grabbed the sponge and a spray bottle and put warm water plus a drop of vinegar. I sprayed the water on my paint mixture and used the sponge to move it pretty far across the bricks. If I wanted more brick to show I’d use a paper towel to wipe excess paint away and show more red brick. I left some areas untouched and some with a lot of white.

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Also I used my hands. Don’t be afraid to get messy!

 

I’m pretty pleased with the result.

Hope this was helpful!

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Home is where the Art is

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Adding art to your home.

I have always loved to decorate, whether it would be changing my room seasonally or decorating a new dorm room my first two years of college; I have always managed to find a way to give things my own personal style.

When John and I decided to move in together I had one pretty big request: That only one room would be covered in movie posters.

John lived in a very small studio when we started dating and it was covered from floor to ceiling in movie posters.  Here is a photo of the bed, but you can see the posters surrounding it:

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It’s great for renting, but it doesn’t exactly scream design or a girl lives here too.  Plus getting all those posters down unharmed was a huge undertaking. So when we moved into our 2 bedroom apartment I decided that only the study/craft/reading room would be the poster palace.

That leaves a lot of wall space for art and design. As firm as I was about having the posters in just one room, I knew our art was most likely going to be related to movies, TV, and theatre.

So one afternoon I was browsing pinterest (which turned into hours browsing pinterest) and I came across some art projects I thought I could handle. And then I got a really awesome idea. What if our art was quotes from our favorite movies, tv shows, books and comics?

Now this is an ongoing craft project.  We are nowhere near done, but I did have an idea to put very specific quotes in certain places. All the Jurassic Park quotes will be in the bathroom. (Those haven’t been created yet because the bathroom is the biggest project left in the apartment) The Scott Pilgrim quotes in the kitchen. And so on and so forth.

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So far it has been really fun to add personalized art to the place. It definitely makes it feel more like mine. Plus art is expensive y’all.

As we create more for the house we’ll post more pictures but for now I’ll add the photos of the ones we do have.

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The first is from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, the second is from Batman Begins, and the third is from Clue.

Also I love lighting, but it is pricey! For our entertainment center I got 2 clamp desk lights on clearance from Target and voila! Cool gallery lighting on the cheap yo’.

I also love mirrors. They can get up there in price as well, but the door mirrors from Target and Walmart run about 5 dollars and they are really customizable. We added 3 over our bar area and it really looks awesome.

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Bonus in the above picture you can see the gross old color of my kitchen.

This weekend has a huge project in store for John and I! I can’t wait to post all the details!!!

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The Kitchen Chronicles

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My kitchen has been a labor of love for me. When we moved in it looked like this:

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How bleh bleh bleh! Yellow walls, a very outdated fridge, and not a lot of counter space, but a relatively big room!

And now I am happy to say it looks more like this:

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So I want to tell you a little about my favorite easy solutions to the space.

The most important thing to talk about is my landlord. You can see him in the before photo! I truly believe I live in a renters dream. My landlord encourages my projects and actually reimburses me and John for a lot of our materials like paint, tarps, brushes, etc. Yep, I know your jealous. He is the man.

So one would think that means carte blanche right? Wrong. He reimburses within reason. If I show up every two weeks with 200 dollars in receipts my crafting days and renting from Mr. Awesome would be over. So I try and find the thriftiest solutions always.

Originally I painted the kitchen brown.  I thought I would do this whole coffee  color with red accents. Well after a few months living in it I hated it. It did not match the other rooms, and it was sad. So sad that I don’t think I took any pictures of it when it was painted brown. Whoops. Shows how much I really did not like it.

So after my first trip to IKEA… (which was overwhelming by the way read more about that here: http://wp.me/p3CpzN-1l)
I had a great shelf for my kitchen but after a month had still not installed it. And before we did that I just wanted to re-do the whole darn thing.

First to go; the awful brown walls. We jumped over to Home Depot and got some white paint as well as 2 quarts of Chalkboard paint. Oh yeah.

Then we got the mother of all awesome:

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Some various cans of rust-oleum spray paint (my personal fave)

And 3 rolls of black vinyl contact paper.

Then I hopped over to Sherwin Williams for 2 quarts of an awesome red color. Fireworks if you’re interested

So the kitchen over haul had begun.

We started repainting the walls the wall with the window and the fridge wall were painted white. There is nothing a fresh coat of white paint can’t do.  I also painted the window sill black. I wanted to give it an awesome pop of color!

Then the wall with the back door was painted with the chalkboard paint.

Then the big project. I painted my cabinets.  You guessed it Red.

And slowly but surely my kitchen became a place I liked to be in again.

But the most offensive thing in my kitchen was my backsplash… or lack there of. I don’t know if you can see it from those before picture but it’s gross.

So contact paper to the rescue! That’s right. I have a contact paper backsplash. And it’s super easy to clean and totally renter friendly.  It is a measure and cut kinda job. Make sure you’ve got a credit card handy so you can smooth out any air bubbles. Pro-Tip: you can also use a pin to pop the bubbles and then you can use the credit card to smooth out the air.

Then it was on to decoration.  I wanted to have bright primary colors. A trip to the dollar store was in order. I got an awesome amount of towels, little containers, and frames all for the very low price of 1 dollar.

I then set out spraying a bunch of frames different primary colors and installing them on my wall. Pictures of that coming soon!

And finally after months ( and some pretty decent sized holes and anchors in the wall) I installed the IKEA shelf that I got for the room in the first place.

So that’s where my kitchen is today.  I really want to do something fabulous with the fridge. It is very old, and to be honest very ugly.

Any ideas?

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Crafts and a whole lot of quirk!

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Hello there! Welcome to my new blog: CRAFTY COBRAS. I started this to chronicle my DIY crafts as well as showcase the arts and quirk of Jacksonville, FL.

So let’s start with the basics:
My name is Katie, I’m 24 years old living in Jacksonville FL with my wonderful boyfriend John. We are movie and art connoisseurs, so many of my projects will most likely have to do with Film and Theatre.

Inspirations: I love all things disney and dinosaur related so there is definitely a youthful element to all of my work as well.

I also have a passion for food and the goings on of the southeast region so hopefully you’ll see some documentation of my adventures around FL and GA.

Why is it called crafty cobras?
– That one is a little harder to explain. This past October I was cast as Kate Monster in a local production of Avenue Q. For those of you who are reading who don’t know much about the show it is a parody of Sesame Street with adult themes that involves puppets. Prior to this show I had no experience with puppeteer-ing and I was constantly practicing with and without puppets. When I didn’t have my puppet on; John lovingly named my arms the cobras. And thus the cobras were born, even after the show every now and then I’ll still talk as though I have a puppet on my arm. I thought this was a good homage to one of my favorite shows.

I can’t wait to get my first real blogging experience going!

Kisses and Hisses,
Katie