Thursday, June 3, 2010

Interview and Tutorial with Briana!

This is Briana.

She is a Newlywed, too. And her husband is a student

(it's almost like we are the same person.....).

She is new to crafting. And blogging.

She teaches Kindermusik

And she likes cleaning
(nevermind. we are completely different).

Today, Briana and I are interviewing each other, and sharing a tutorial. To read my answers and see how to make my Singed Flower Necklace, head on over to Briana's blog!

And to learn more about her and her awesome craft, just scroll down...


Hi Briana!
Hey there, Helena!!! Thanks for having me here at Life in the Pitts! :o)

So I was wondering... What would you do if I called you Bri?
I might cry just a little and never talk to you again! Just kidding, though. I do hate the nick-name (I'm a chick, not cheese!), but probably won't say anything about it!

Describe yourself in one run-on sentence.
Okay! I'm great at those! I'd say that I'm a bubbily, friendly, say-it-like-it-is but not hurt your feelings kind of newlywed gal who LOVES to read, and create things, and who has recently discovered the wonderfulness of chocolate and jazzercise. How's that?

What is your husband studying?
He is getting (please excuse me as I giggle about's so DORKY!) the musical equivalent of a Ph.D in Double Bass (the REALLY big string instrument. "You'll never have a small, cute car?" You're asking. The answer is a resounding NOPE!). It's been a challenge, but he's almost done. Just exams, recitals, and his paper to go!

What advice do you have for girls who are thinking about marrying a student?
JUST SAY NO! haha -hopefully my husband won't read this.... My advice is to just be a little selfish, meaning -do the things you like and fill your life up with the ones that make you the happiest. For me, it's blogging (and probably over-sharing, sorry...), creating, sleeping, reading, eating, and making music.

I have to ask- what the heck is Kindermusik??
Oh goodey! I LOVE this question! Please, give me a poke if my answer gets to technical! Kindermusik is a music and movement program designed for the development of infants and toddlers. Development, you ask? Sure -it helps develop baby's brain and body so that they have better muscle control and a great academic head start with reasoning, reading, and being friendly! If you want to read my super cute (*cough*) Kindermusik blog, that's here, and if you have a little one (or ones!) visit the Kindermusik website to visit a class FOR FREE (we all do it, and they're all throughout the US and Canada, some overseas, too!)!!!

You say you like to clean, and....I just don't understand. Are you serious?
Haha -of course I'm serious! Cleaning helps calm my maybe? It allows me to think through whatever battle I'm fighting, and then when I finish and my husband thinks I've gone all Buddah on 'im. He doesn't mind it too much, though. It means he gets clean clothes and a happy wife!

What are two posts you'd recommend to someone new to your blog?
Well, I sure do like this one and this one is the beginning of the Master Bedroom saga, which I'll be tutorialing a bit on today! ;)

Now,show me your Tutorial!
Yes Ma'am! This is how we (*cough* I!!!) made a headboard out of a 110 year old church window! Yes -get excited! VERY excited! And...make sure you have something to drink and a snackie-poo because this is an involved tutorial (sorry if it's too much! You can always skip ahead or look at the pictures!)!

Step 1: Pick your window! I wanted mine to have a lot of character, so it was a bit beat-up and WAY unsturdy when we bought it at an antique shop. I have wanted to make one for a while (for me that's like...a whole four months!), so I picked a large, four paneled one. You can pick whichever type you like. This one's mine, and I liked the traditional vision I had. We paid $24.00 for it, but the story behind it was really neat!

Step 2: Give 'er the once over. Mine, like I said, was somewhat falling apart, so make sure you check it for all sorts of things like: lead paint (ours had that...), buggies (dead and alive...ours had these too), splintering areas, loose joints (where the bits and pieces meet), and any other miscellaneous problems.

Step 3: Strip it down. Yep I said it -strip it down. Remove all hardware (mine didn't have any...but you should remove it if you do!), and give it a good sand. You're welcome to strip all of the paint off, but I just sanded it really well.

Step 4: Prime time. Primer isn't necessary, but due to the age and condition of my window, I added two coats of Zinsser Primer. It sucked up the first coat, but the second coat sealed it pretty well. At this stage, you'll also want to add some sort of glue to your joints. I tried Guerrilla Glue, but for this it needed something more heavy duty (I know -I LOVE it too, but I just wanted something that was wood specific). You can use whatever you like, but please...try not to get it all over everything. It makes it harder to paint, trust me! ;o)

Step 5: Paint! Now you are ready! Slap on that paint, baby! I used two coats, but you're welcome to use as many as you like! I didn't bother painting the inside. It's just going to get covered up, right?

Step 6: Determine your style. Which will yours be? I had a hard time choosing what I'd do. My ideas were: draperies in front of window (like you would see from the inside), draperies behind the window (like you would see from the outside), rosette and drape across the top, or use foam board and cover each panel. Well, after WEEKS ( took me FOREVER) of torturous thinking (at least, for Michael it was!) I finally decided! Foam board it was.

Step 7: Shop 'till you drop! This means go to the store and get whatever supplies you need for the rest of your project. You'll need foam board, foam, material (if you haven't already picked it out), an exacto/craft knife, a large needle, some large buttons (or whatever you choose to use -ours are door handle knocker thingies), and hot glue and glue gun.

Step 8:MEASURE! Yes -even though you think you should only measure one section of your window once, measure each section (or pane) twice. You never know what could happen! My window was so old and decrepit that each pane was a different size due to erosion and sanding!

Step 9: CUT! After you've measured, cut your foam board and batting to the approximate size of the pane. You may have to do some trimming, so don't worry! After fitting the foam board, cut your fabric 1.5 to 2 inches greater all the way around. You'll need the extra for the width of the board and the foam.

Step 10: Glue baby, glue. Here's the fun part! Find a partner (in my case, it was my mum!) and ask them to help you with this. A partner isn't NECESSARY, but let me tell ya', it sure will save your little fingers from big scary glue gun burns! Okay -so you're going to line up your pattern with the other squares and pick a side. You're going to want to pull the fabric as tight as you can as you go along, so you're going to pull, glue, and hold each section. It's very similar to what you'd do if truly reupholstering a chair!

Step 11: Finishing touches. After you've glued the fabric to each section, you'll want to mount your insert into the window. We used hot blue because it seeped into the extra cracks. It'll use a TON of glue, so make sure you're prepared (I used a whole bag of mini-glue sticks!). After the glue is dry, re-measure your square FROM THE INSIDE to find the center. After you've marked that, add your buttons (or knockers, *giggle*). I added felt to all of the corners underneath so that it wouldn't scratch the walls, but that's up to you. Now, I added a cream painted iron filigree to the top, but if you don't want to, it's optional!


~Decorative finial-thing!~

Step 12: Hang and revel. Once you've done all of that, ask your husband sweetly to hang it for you! At least, ask him to hold it because it will be heavy! Also, if you have light walls...make sure his hands are clean! (Love you, babe!) We have a nice hand print on our wall now.... *cough* So, once you've hung it take a step back, and ENJOY! Worried it'll fall on your head while you sleep? DON'T! Just use wall anchors and the jagged picture hangers and you'll be alright!

~The Husband~


Drum roll please.....

Finished product:

~Taa Daa!!!~

There you go! I hope you enjoy your headboard, and enjoyed meeting me!

Thanks, Girl!!! I've really enjoyed visiting with you and your friends! :o)


Thanks for stopping by Briana! It's been fun getting to know you better. Next time you are in Pittsburgh, we should definitely hang out!

PS. Your head board looks awesome.

Now everybody, head on over and check out Briana's blog! And if you like what you see, don't hesitate to add her to your Google Friend Connect :)


the thrifty ba said...

that is amazing! if only i was that kind of talented instead of pretty...

Unknown said...

Thanks for having me here today, Helena!!! This is so exciting! Anyone else want to swap??? :o)

Re: Thrifty -Girl, I love your stuff! :o) You're pretty and talented, don't you worry!

Jingle said...

That is lovely!

Julie said...

I want to make the earings and necklace so bad! That is such a great idea, because you can make it to go with absolutly anything! I love your site and thank you for linking to the party!

Unknown said...

Wow! I love this! Wish I would have come across this sooner.

Check out my headboard I made if you have a chance....

Stopping by via HoH.

Unknown said...

I am already following you. Thank you for the follow :)

Leslie {Goodbye, house. Hello, home!} said...

The comforter, too!
How I love red!
Thanks for the tutorial!
Do you have touch up paint for Mr.'s dirty paw print?
Then all is forgiven ;)

Chantel said...

Saw your interview and tutorial! It was funny, and awesome, the tutorial was great :-) Good work.

Julie @ Frugal and Fabulous Design said...

VERY cool project! I love this.

Thank you so much for linking up this week.

Diane said...

Lovvvve the headboard. Great job.

I came here via Hodgepodge Friday. Stop by and visit me sometimes over at Pittypat Paperie.

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Very cute! Love the red and white.

Unknown said...

Cute cute!

Thanks for linking up!

Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

This headboard is stunning! Makes me wish I didn't already have one!

Unknown said...

I love it,, I could never make it without a man's help as pathetic as that sounds... I have a room with these same colors... Great idea.. You may have inspired me..

Unknown said...

Love the headboard, love the blog! My husband's in dental school as well (in Denver), so I bet we could trade some stories. :)
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