Charging Station For Your Guest Room

We have an AWESOME project for you today, a Guest Room Charging Station from Regular Contributor, Michelle James. I know you are going to love this.

Guest Room Charging Station

I have really had a fun time creating a guest room in our house, since our youngest moved out. Now, I am putting the finishing touches on it including this Guest Room Charging Station.

I saw this bread box at the thrift store for $3, and I could not resist. But…I knew that I would absolutely not make it into a charging station. Everyone had already done it. So, when I got it out the other day to create something with it, I thought and thought. I need a place in our pantry for medications, I need some more organizing storage; but in the end, what I really wanted was a charging station for my guests. So, here I am.
This is what it looked like before.

I removed the knob and painted it white. I just used some spray paint, because it is what I had on hand. The wood finish was somewhat smooth, but it did not seem to matter. It covered nicely. I waited about an hour between coats and put three coats on it.
I knew I wanted some wording on the front and something to tie in the orange in the room. So I painted an orange stripe across the front of the door.
I masked it off with some washi tape then used orange acrylic paint and a sponge brush. This took three coats as well.

I used my Silhouette machine and black vinyl to create my letters for the front. The “Juice Bar” is Glamorous Brush” font and the “Charging Station” is Arial.
I love the way it turned out.

I knew I did not want to put that ugly knob back on; so, I used a drawer pull. Jeff had gotten an entire bag of these at our local thrift store for $4. They were such a bargain. This is what it looked like before.

I spray painted it a glossy black. You can see it in the final photos below.
Then, it was time to work on the inside of the box I purchased. Jeff bore a hole in the back of the box. This was the only size he had but it worked. It could have been a little smaller. Then, he mounted the surge protector power strip next to the hole for the cord.
I wanted the inside of the box and the inside of the front to be padded a little for the electronic devices. They are fragile you know! So, I covered some museum/poster board with some orange fabric. I cut the fabric about an inch or so bigger than the board all the way around, and cut the corners so they would lay nice when wrapped around the board.

I used my Fabric-Tac to glue the fabric onto the board. Then, I used my hot glue gun to adhere them to the wood box.
I think it turned out really cool and it looks great in the room.

 

As you look around you may remember the Guest Room Essentials Basket, and the Warm and Cozy Blankets as well that were on Life with Lorelai, but you can also find the Guest Room Bedside Tables, and the Guest Room Canvas Art on my blog as well. As I said, this has been a fun room!

 

Have a good week everyone! See you next time.
Michelle

 

Isn’t this a fantastic project? Michelle’s guest room is definitely a room that says, “Welcome,” and a place I would love to stay!

 

 

 

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Warm and Cozy Guest Room Throw Blankets

Regular Contributor, Michelle James brings us a DIY tutorial for Warm and Cozy Guest Room Throw Blankets.

 

 

Warm and Cozy Guest Room Throw Blankets

A DIY perfect for cold Winter days

I hope everyone had a happy holiday. Are you gearing up for a fun New Year’s Eve? We usually have a pretty quiet night full of food and movies.

It is getting a little cold here in Iowa these days so I decided to make some fleece throw blankets for the guest room. I call them “warm and cozy guest room throw blankets”. How is that for a title?

 

Jeff and I broke down and purchased a Silhouette Cutting Machine. They were on such a great deal; we could not pass it up. So, I am showing you how I cut out fabric using the machine. It was pretty slick.

I purchased the fabric stabilizer and the fabric blade to use.

I wanted these throw blankets to match the Welcome Pillow I had made, and I wanted the same font. When I made the pillow, we did not have the cutting machine; so, I printed out the words, cut them out, traced them onto the fabric then cut them out of the fabric. This was fine, but I really wanted to see if using the machine would work.

I used Glamour Brush font which is one I purchased as part of a bundle a while back. I love the look of it. So, this is the font I chose for the throw blankets too.

One thing I learned, when I practiced cutting this out on paper, was that the distressing cuts as well. I did not want that so I used the eraser tool on the software program for the machine to get rid of the distressing. It looked like this on my screen.

 

You can see there are a couple of broken red lines. I knew the machine would not cut that part, but I was okay with that.

Then, I needed to get my fabric ready to cut. The fabric is the dust ruffle from the bed set I purchased for this room. I did not want to use it, but it has come in handy for these projects. It matches the room, but isn’t overdone.

I cut a piece the size I needed, then cut a piece of the fabric stabilizer just slightly smaller. I placed the stabilizer with the paper side up to the back of the fabric and ironed it in place. I removed the paper backing to reveal this shiny surface.

 

The shiny part goes down onto the mat. So, the right side of the fabric is facing up.

 

 

I just made sure it was nice and secure. These mats are new; so, I did not have any problems with the fabric moving around.

This is what I got when it was cut.

 

Now, remember that there were a couple of places that did not cut due to the “broken” lines in the font? I just used my scissors to finish them, and it worked great!

Then, I was ready to stitch them onto my fleece. For these throws I am using orange on one side and gray on the other to match the room. They are pretty small, but they are just to place over a lap or to throw over some shoulders. So, small was okay with me.

The fabric stabilizer allowed me to iron the words onto the fleece before stitching. It held them in place so there was no need for pins or glue.

I used a regular straight stitch on the sewing machine and went really slow. If you look closely you will definitely see some flaws, but all in all, I think I did a pretty good job.

Then, I just stitched the two fleece pieces together. I may go back and stitch across the whole thing a couple of times so that when they are washed they won’t separate and get weird but I haven’t decided for sure yet.

What do you think?

 

I hope you liked them and thanks so much for stopping by. Happy New Year!

 

~Michelle

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Guest Room Essentials

I am delighted to introduce the second of Life With Lorelai’s Regular Contributors, Michelle James, with Guest Room Essentials. You may remember Michelle from her time as a co-host at the Home Matters Linky Party. See her brief bio at the end of the post.

Michelle is sharing a way to make your Guest Room more welcoming.

Guest Room Essentials

I am so excited to be a new contributor on Life with Lorelai, and I could not wait to get started. I have been working hard to create a guest-worthy room for people who stay at my house. We don’t get many guests, but when we do, I want them to feel welcome. So, I created some guest room essentials and put them together into a fun, sectioned, wire-mesh “basket.”

I have made-over this room along with most of the furniture, and it has been a real labor of love. The paint on the walls was done when my oldest son was in Jr. High School, and I just couldn’t bear to change it. So, I designed the room with the walls in mind.

I have added the dresser, the vanity mirror, and the bedside tables, plus more. And, it has been a blast.

Now, I am down to some finishing touches. I wanted to add a small welcome basket of some sort; so, I came up with this guest room Essentials “basket.”

I found the black basket at a garage sale for 25¢, and I knew this is how it would be used. I wanted to label the sections, and I had the bookplate pulls already. I decided to use brads to attach them to the basket, and it worked great.

I placed the brad through the hole in the bookplate and into the side of the basket; then, bent them to the side. Here is a view of the back of the bookplate.

Now, I needed labels to insert into the bookplates. I love labels don’t you? The label is small, and I had to keep my letters in a 2-inch by 1-inch space. I printed these categories: Essentials, Clean, and Snack.

In the Essentials section, I added toothbrushes, a small tube of toothpaste, floss, some hand lotion, and a razor. I still want to add the travel size shampoo and conditioner.

The Clean section includes four washcloths, and the Snack section will vary a lot so the food isn’t stale. My youngest son is coming home this weekend; so, I added some cheesy snack crackers and a small bag of mini cookies. I think he will like my choices.

What do you think? Do you have a basket of goodies in your guest room? If so, what does it contain? I love to get great ideas from others.

 

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Call For Contributors & Guest Posters

Call for Contributors & Guest Posters

Let’s Work Together!

Life With Lorelai is growing tremendously! Thank you so much to all of my readers. In an effort to bring even more fantastic content to the blog, I have decided to build a creative team, and YOU can be a part of it! It is exciting to extend this opportunity to you, my fellow bloggers. Join this creative team in the form of a Regular Contributor or Guest Poster.

Contributors, hurry and sign up now, as there is limited space available. I will be accepting applications from now until September 15, 2015.

Guest Posters, send your Post Ideas to lifewithlorelai@gmail.com — any time.

I am looking for new, never before published posts on a wide variety of topics.

  • Home & Garden
  • Food / Drink / Recipes / Cooking Tips
  • Holiday / Party Planning
  • DIY (Home Projects. Crafts, etc.)
  • Organization
  • Home Maintenance
  • Family
  • Other

Regular Contributors need to be able to commit to a negotiated set schedule.

Benefits of Joining the Creative Team:

  • Extended Blog Reach and Networking into Life With Lorelai’s Audience
  • Social Media Promotion
  • Email Promotion
  • Sidebar Placement–photo with link (Regular Contributors only)
  • The chance to be a Host’s Post at the Home Matters Linky Party

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Guest Room Bedding Ideas

Guest Room Bedding Ideas

What would you do?

 

We are revamping a room in Luke’s house to make it a bright and cheery guest room. The space will serve not only as a guest room, but also multipurpose as additional storage, and as a place for Rory to call her own when we are at Luke’s.

Now, as you may have read previously, Luke is an avid rose gardener with about 20 rose bushes. Gorgeous roses, I am such a lucky girl! We also live at the beach in Southern California. So, our thoughts are leaning toward taking these things into consideration for the decorating scheme.

The room has two full walls (one does have the door), and two walls that are broken–a window in one, and the closet in the other. We have been tossing around the idea of painting two walls in a whisper white, and two walls with a pale yellow, and trimming the baseboards and window sills, etc. in a Swiss coffee white.

To me, the focal point of any type of bedroom is the bed. And in this small 10 ft. x 12 ft. room, finding the right bedding is important because it will make such a large statement. We want the bedding to be pretty, fresh, and relaxing. We want it to convey a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. We want our guests to be comfortable. So, I have been gathering some bedding ideas.

Here are some of the bedding ideas I’ve found:

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Birdsong Mint Quilt Set – Yorkshire Linen

Catherine Lansfield Canterbury Quilt Set – Tesco

Natural Shells Bedspread – Bed Bath and Beyond

Amie Floral Stripe Reversible Quilt – Sears

Teal Stripe Quilt Set – Next

Laura Lemon Reversible Duvet Cover Set – Tesco

Bedding Set – Yorkshire Linen

There are so many lovely possibilities with these bedding ideas. I think I like the idea of a reversible bedding–something that is less feminine on one side for those male guests who come to visit. And as for the decor scheme, perhaps a beachy garden theme. What do you think?

Which of these bedding ideas is your favorite?

Do you have an idea for a decor theme?

 

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Around the World with I Am Meg – Guest Blogging Series Begins Tomorrow!

The Travel Series Begins Tomorrow!

A while ago, I was afforded the opportunity to do a couple of Guest Posts for Meg, over at I Am Meg & So Can You! for her Travel Series. Meg herself is off on a fabulous European vacation. She gathered a group of guest bloggers to do some posting while she is away.

This series has been months in the making, and will definitely be worth reading. Explore the world, and enjoy some virtual vacations!

Here is a list of just what is in store for you…

Around the World with I Am Meg

Sat 9/21 – Lisa from In Grenoble : Traveling Alone
Sun 9/22 – Rochelle from Rochelle Barlow : Ashland, OR
Mon 9/23 – Lorelai (That’s Me!) : Huntington Beach, CA
Tues 9/24 – Michelle from STL Cheese Girl : Milwaukee, WI
Wed 9/25 – Carin from Memoirs of a Clueless Woman : National Harbor, DC
Thurs 9/26 – Christy from Sweet & Savoring : Kingston, NY
Fri 9/27 – Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly: Greensboro, NC
Sat 9/28 – Heather from Rather Be Changing Diapers: Charleston, SC
Sun 9/29 – Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly: Miami, FL
Mon 9/30 – Shannon from The Skinny With Shannon: Cancun, Mexico
Tues 10/1 – Holly from Eat Great Be Great: Antigua
Wed 10/2 – Kate from Diaries of an Essex Girl: Kenya, Africa
Thurs 10/3 – Linda from Tokende: Tangier, Morocco
Fri 10/4 – Lisa from In Grenoble: Southern Spain
Sat 10/5 – Lorelai (It’s Me, Again!): Lucerne, Switzerland
Sun 10/6 – Hannah from Hannah Violin: Paris, France
Mon 10/7 – Kate from Diaries of an Essex Girl: London, England
Tues 10/8 – Kate from Diaries of an Essex Girl: Amsterdam, Holland

I hope to see you around the world!

Where in the World have you been?

About which locations are you most excited to read?

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X-ray of a Blog – Blogging Tips Series pt. 3

This is the Final article in the Three-part Series. If you missed the First or Second installment of X-ray of a Blog, please go check them out.

FADE IN:
INT. EMERGENCY ROOM PATIENT’S ROOM

The doctor holds up the paddles and looks at the heart rate monitor.

DOCTOR
We have a normal sinus rhythm.

NURSE
You did it, Doctor. You saved the Blog!

DOCTOR
It seems so, Nurse, but the Blog will need to take care and get regular exercise in order to stay healthy.

NURSE
I’m sure with a little TLC, the Blog will continue to flourish.

FADE OUT.

The X-ray of a Blog

In this three-part series, we are exploring the attributes and make-up of a blog. In part one, we examined the Skeleton, Skin, Nervous System, and Brain. Part Two explored the Heart, Soul, Mouth, Eyes and Ears, and Hands. Part Three brings you the Muscles, Health, Feet, Veins, and Stomach of a blog. As previously, you will find links to help explain and provide you with more detail. Onto our final look at the X-ray of a Blog…

The Muscles

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is the muscle behind your blog. Learn how to work your blog to get the best results. The proper training can get your blog to its optimal fitness and allow it to reach its greatest potential.

The Health

Growth and relationships are vital for a healthy blog. So just how do you increase your traffic and visitors? Frequent, quality posts that lead to interaction and engagement of readers will go a long way toward your goals.

The Feet

A blog needs not to be stationary. Use your feet. Go out walking and visiting other blogs. You may find inspiration, things you can incorporate into your own blog … do not forget to link back to theses posts. Write a guest post on someone’s blog, or provide others the opportunity to guest blog for you. Link Parties and Blog Hops provide you a fun-filled way of finding and exploring new blogs, and always remember to leave comments wherever your feet take you. Backlinks, Guest Blogs, and Link Parties are all great ways to gain new readers for your own blog.

The Veins

Like the veins in the human body, your readers carry your blogs lifeblood. Give your readers every possible way to experience and share your blog.

30 Ways To Promote Your Blog

Set Up A Newsletter With Mail Chimp

5 Facebook Tips For Bloggers

How To: Mastering Twitter 140 Characters At A Time

Pinterest & Blogging: The Good, The Bad, And The Huh?

How To Use Google+ As A Blogger

How To Use Stumble Upon: A Guide For Beginners And Bloggers

The Stomach

One way to help feed your stomach and your blogs is by monetizing. Learn how to market and brand your blog to your advantage. Use your blog to promote your Etsy store. Be sure to understand the rules and regulations, especially when it comes to dealing with giveaways, taxes, and the IRS. A good tax tool or calc helps a lot, but in the meantime, check out these valuable resources.

How I Make Money Blogging

The Ultimate Guide To Making An Affiliate Income From Your Blog

5 Blogging Tips For Etsy Sellers

5 Tips For Marketing Your Blog

Hosting Giveaways

Sweepstakes, Contests & Giveaways – Laws Bloggers & Brands Need To Know

I want to thank you for taking this journey with me through an X-ray of a Blog. It is my sincere wish that you have found useful information throughout the three segments of this Blogging Tips Series. I have enjoyed putting these resources together for you, and will be returning to it myself on numerous occasions in the future as my blog grows.

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Remember, you can find Part One: here … and Part Two: here

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