Crafting in the Rain

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How to Paint and Install Baseboards

A few days ago I wrote about how I had removed all the baseboards on our main floor while we replaced the flooring everywhere. Now I'm showing you how we put them back in! If you are installing new baseboards, a lot of this will be the same too, but you will need to cut each piece to fit along the walls of your room.

When we left off the last post, How to Remove Baseboards, I had scraped off any paint or caulking still stuck to the baseboards and walls. Here are the tools you'll need, and the steps to take.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Meet Heidi From Happiness is Homemade

Hi friends! I know my post have been fewer this last month. School has been picking up for me, plus all the remodeling projects we've had going on have put blogging on the back burner. I do have a few fun things up my sleeve, but until then, I'm excited to have Heidi here today. She's one of my good blog friends with a blog full of color and great ideas. You'll find fun things to do with your kids and lovely ways to take care of yourself--so I'm sure you'll love her too if you don't already!

Hi, everyone! I'm Heidi from Happiness is Homemade, where you can find creative inspiration for the entire family. From kids crafts to DIY home projects, printables to dessert recipes, we've got something for everyone at Happiness is Homemade! I'm super excited to be here today sharing a little bit about myself with all of the lovely Crafting in the Rain readers! I'm so lucky to call Steph a friend of mine, and I love sharing her projects with my readers, too (they went CRAZY over her Candy Gift Toppers!).


Monday, May 18, 2015

Meet Albion from Albion Gould

I'm excited to introduce you to my friend Abby today. She's the cool girl you wish you lived next door to! She's got an awesome talent for geek chic projects (any Dr. Who fans in the house?) along with beautiful jewelry and home tutorials that everyone's sure to love. 

Hi everyone! I'm Albion from I make traditional crafts with a quirky, modern edge and a little geek culture thrown in. I have a strength in taking a pile of supplies and creating something one-of-a-kind and most of what I do is kid-friendly. I’ve been described as having “soft edges.” My tagline describes me perfectly--Four Kids. One Husband. Zero Free Time.


I have four daughters, all of whom are named after favorite characters from children's lit (Madeline-7, Pippilotta-6, Alice-4, and Matilda-1) My degree is in English Literature, but I joke that I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. You'll see a little bit of everything on my blog. Just as my career desires are all over the place, my crafting style is, too! You'll find a lot of fun little crafts, house projects, occasional recipes and attempts at style, and cross stitch. I definitely have a geeky side and it often shows up in what I make.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

How to Remove Baseboards without Damage

{Tips for removing baseboards}

Anyone planning on replacing flooring in your house soon? I'm hoping this post will help you out as I show you how I removed all the baseboards on our main level. We took out carpet and laminate wood flooring and replaced it with better laminate and tile. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Meet Lisa from Mabey She Made It

Happy Friday everyone! I'm letting Lisa take over today. We've been friends since we met at SNAP in 2014 and she is going to teach you some cool tricks with your sewing machine!

Hi! I'm Lisa Mabey from Mabey She Made It, a sewing, crafts, and home decor blog. Once people get to know me, they often ask if I made something I’m wearing or something in my home. I love being able to say that I did, but I’m also thrilled when they think I’ve made something awesome I purchased. But either way, the name fits!

Ruffled Neckline T-shirt Refashion | Mabey She Made It | #refashion #upcycle #tshirtrefashion #ruffles

You'll find me mostly making things for my kids, myself, and my home. I believe that anyone can create, and I my goal is to make even the most intimidating projects easy to understand and fun to make. A little extra time explaining steps and breaking things down can go a long way in building confidence. I’m a self-taught seamstress who didn’t know how to run a sewing machine until about 4 years ago and now I’m totally hooked. See that shirt in my profile picture? I made that too.

I’m a mom to three adorable girls (5, 3, and 1), all of whom you’ll see on my blog often—usually in or with something I’ve made. You’ll also see a lot of Mabey Manor—our cute little Victorian home built in 1910 but in need of a LOT of love. We’ve been slowly working our way through the house to make it our own, and now we're getting ready to sell it--it's been a labor of love, but with an emphasis on the love part.

I love Stephanie and all the fun things she creates--you really can't go wrong with her projects because they're easy to do and look great like these fun Gold Paint and Wood Bead Necklaces!

Here are a few of my favorite posts so you can get an idea of what you'll find at Mabey She Made It:

Pinstripe Dress | Mabey She Made It | #upcycle #sewingforkids #sewing #pr&p

Pinstripe Dress Refashion || This adorable dress used to be a pair of pants...I mashed a couple of patterns together and came up with this darling dress that still makes me swoon.

DIY Stenciled Curtains | Mabey She Made It | #curtains #stencil #homedecor #royaldesignstudio

DIY Stenciled Curtains || I had so much fun stenciling these curtains for a look that really just makes my room complete, but I love it when you can look at a photo and see not just one or two things you've made, but five. And my whole house is that way--a collection of things I've made that make me happy.

Oh how I love this! This vintage dress watercolor printable makes me want a dress just like it.

I also really love watercoloring. I've started sharing a few of the things I've watercolored as free printables, and this Vintage Dress Watercolor is one of my favorites. It actually inspired me to create a series of prints for my readers (which I'm still working on) so make sure you come join my mailing list for access to the series!

Recreating Kate: Issa Engagement Dress | Mabey She Made It | #katemiddleton #katemiddletonstyle #katemiddletonfashion #recreatingkate

 And last but not least, the Recreating Kate series I've started. I think we all love the duchess and her amazing wardrobe, but I certainly can't afford designer brands. So I've started making some of her looks for much less using fabric and patterns available to everyone.

I hope you'll come visit me! -Lisa

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Cutout Hello Card

A few weeks ago I participated in the Scrapbusting challenge hosted by Bev at Flamingo Toes. We were supposed to look through our different scraps of fabric, paper, ribbon...whatever, and find a way to use them up in a pretty project. I made a colorful stripey card and I think you'll like how easy it is!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Don't Cut Your Hair, Make Your Vacuum Do It!

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleaningUntangled #CollectiveBias

Between me and my two girls, we've got a lot of long hair in this house. And that inevitably causes problems in our vacuum. If you've ever taken a pair of scissors to your own vacuum brush, you know just what I mean. Does this look familiar?