Friday, October 29, 2010

Desk Set-The Rest of the Story

Today we're going to finish up the Desk Set that we started a few weeks ago so that next month we can get on with some serious crafting in time for Christmas. (Make sure to read the whole post to learn about MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!)

A few weeks ago I showed you the beginning of the Desk Set with some pencils and pretty clips.  To round out your set and make your work space look ultra pretty we're going to add: a small container for paperclips, a picture frame, a pencil holder, and a drink coaster.

This project is so simple but in the end looks super cute.  Keep in mind that you don't have to use only one kind of paper.  Use different patterns from the same series or collection to get a really swank look.  My favourite paper to use right now is paper napkins.  They're the easiest to use with the glue and they come in so many beautiful patterns.

Basically, we're just going to decoupage anything we can get our hands on! Yeah!  I love decoupaging!

Here are the supplies I used:

1) Cut your paper to fit whatever item you'll be applying it to.  Here, I traced the bottom of the small ceramic container and cut it out to fit inside.

2)Just apply your modge podge to the surface that you want to add the paper to:

I think it's time for a new brush!
3)Place your paper on top of the modge podge.  And now for the fun part....add another layer of modge podge on top.  This is when I usually pull out my Sparkle Modge Podge.  It seals the paper down and gives it a smooth and shiny finish.  And the Sparkle Mod Podge gives it an extra something.

Make sure to go just a little outside the edge of the paper to seal it in.  The glue will dry clear so don't worry about making a mess.

Now, we just do the same with all of the other pieces!

Drink Coaster
I used an empty pasta sauce jar to make a holder for all those pretty pencils we made last time:
Pencil Holder
This little alcove desk in my kitchen usually ends up collecting all sorts of junk.  I actually had to take away a pile of stuff before I took this photo:

My desk BEFORE
I think I've heard on both Nate Berkus and the Oprah show that when you have a nice looking space to do work in that you will actually use it and you won't clutter it up with garbage.

My desk NOW
I think they're on to something.  I've had my pretty accessories set up on my desk for a week now and it's still in good shape. Eventually I'm going to paint the wall behind with both magnetic and chalk board paint and get rid of that little inspiration board.

A whole set like this would make an excellent Christmas gift for a co-worker or someone who's going back to school~

DIY Desk Set, DIY desk Accessories, Mod Podge, Mod Podge Desk, Easy crafts

And now for THE GIVEAWAY!!!!!

OK, here's the deal.  If you are signed up as a follower AND I have at least 50 followers by the end of November I will choose one randomly numbered comment from this post and giveaway one set of 4 pretty clips with 4 pretty pencils!

All you have to do is click that Follow button on the side bar and leave a comment at the end of this post telling me which colour you would like if you win, Asian Blue or Pretty Peach:

Asian Blue

Pretty Peach

Tell your friends and family to sign up.  There are no hidden shipping fees and it doesn't matter what country you're from...the more the merrier!

Good luck, have fun, and spread the word!

Whoo hoo!  I have a new top referrer this week.  Head over to Tatertots and Jello and check out Jen's great crafty ideas, linky parties, and giveaways~

As always I'll be posting this project at the linky parties throughout the week.  Check them all out under the linky tab at the top of the page.


Unknown said...

I love when things match!

AllieMakes! said...

Fabulous! I love how it all coordinates! Excellent job!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

Kitty Deschanel said...

I don't think you'll have any trouble reaching 50 followers. I would be happy with either color - everything you've made here looks so pretty :)

If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and post on my Not "Baaad" Sundays linky. There is a weekly contest for Best in Show!

Envymycooking said...

Found your blog through links! Hey if you would ever like to be featured for either a project you have done or any recipes you have than please come one over to our site.Thanks for letting me visit

Moe said...

I love the coaster! I think I am going to get some of those terra cotta planter bases and see if I can make those little dishes!! Great job!

I hope you get 50 followers!!

Crystal said...

love this idea! so glad i found you through a link party & definitely became a follower too! love both sets, but that asian blue is just sooo sweet and pretty! hugs!

Grammy Goodwill said...

This is a great post for me today, as I've been working on cleaning up my "craft" room so I can actually use it to scrapbook. Thanks.

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

How pretty--what a great idea for gifts!

Mindy said...

Those are so cute and creative!

Thanks for the chance to win--I'm your newest follower!
justforthis917 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Etcetorize said...

Welcome Mindy! Good luck~

Teri said...

This is a lovely set! :)

It's A Priceless Life said...

I think I like the Pretty Peach the best...I hope you get to 50...I just know you will!
Shantel @

Patty said...

just found your blog. I think both colors are pretty, but like the peach the best.

janimal said...

Oh very very cute! I think I like the asian blue *slightly more! But both cute. Very pretty project.

Alyssa said...

Very pretty! I love the Asian Blue ones.

Marie-Andrée said...

Hi! I'm comming from Skip to my lou (made by you monday). This is a pretty set. No matters the color, it will just look good on my desk. Thank you.

Shirley said...

I'm new to your blog and came by a link. This is a great idea. I'd like the Asian Blue.

{ erin } said...

Found your blog through Skip to my Lou b/c of the circle knitter last week. Came back tonight to see the video. Love your site!! The Asian Blue is beautiful!

Brad and Rachel said...

I found you through Sugar Bee's Take-a-Look Tuesday. I love this desk set....super cute ideas! I just started following you and can't wait to see what you do next.

ps if I win the desk set...I really like the peach one

rickimoo said...

I love the coasters. But everything looks great when it matches. Very cute.


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