Paint your wood lap desk however you’d like; I went for Rust-oleum’s Safety Yellow. I thought an enamel paint would be more durable. Enamel paints can ruin your paint brushes if not cleaned properly with Mineral Spirits. If you don’t want to get into that, just opt for a cheap chip board brush that you can toss afterwards. If you decide to go with a craft paint, I would clear coat it for protection. Let the paint dry.
FYI: I didn’t paint the both sides fully. On the bottom, I only painted that parts that would show. I thought the glue would adhere better to the unfinished wood better than a painted surface.
Cut your fabric, fold, and pin in place onto foam. Setting your fabric with pins before you begin gluing lets you play around with how you want to fold the corners. Use the E6000 glue to glue your fabric to the foam. Once that is dry, use the E6000 glue to adhere the fabric covered foam to the wooden lap desk.
Use the hot glue gun to attach the trim to complete the look.
And there you have it! It’s that simple to make a custom lap desk! This would also make a great gift to someone off to college, a blogger friend, or your bestie who just landed that new job who’ll spend hours in front of their laptop. I’d LOVE to see your version! Drop me an email at missmarleneblogspot(at)gmail.com.
As most of you know, on top of everything I do, I also play roller derby. Earlier this year, my makeup crazed teammate, Bambi Bloodlust, and I rummaged through our makeup arsenals to give you our top 14 bout day products! These products hold up through the sweat and adrenaline during game day. Check out this #proudtobeapunisher Project post for a full list of products!
I moonlight as blogger and entrepreneur, but my day job is working in a marketing department with 7 lovely, smart women at Springfield Clinic. We basically run like an in-house ad agency to our organization. This year we sponsored Mary Poppins at The Legacy Theatre and as part of our sponsorship we received a private showing the eve before opening night! I was put in charge of the event details and décor, a task I welcomed with excitement. The night was fun, colorful, and full of magic!
Above is the basement of The Legacy Theatre with assorted round and cocktail tables.
I designed these floral arrangements in square vases that were slipped into cardboard boxes that I had Miles wrap in a brick pattern to mimic a chimney. The metallic, spikey floral pick I found at Hobby Lobby was the perfect “chimney sweep” with a touch of black spray paint.
This is my hilarious cubemate and me…you should follow us. She was a big help that day! Thanks girl!
With the paper banner spelling out “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” and the strips of fabric hanging below, these two banners added the perfect touch of whimsy to the space.
The courtyard had a mix of chimney floral centerpieces and spoon centerpieces.
These “Spoonful of Sugar” centerpieces were adorable. It was a vase filled with sugar and glitter confetti, with a few spoons tucked in. The pained the spoon handles with enamel paint, like I’ve done before.
I really loved putting this event together and I’m so blessed to have a job where I can put my creativity to use!
Wedding season is here. My Facebook newsfeed is flooded with wedding photos and well wishes to brides and grooms! So what does that mean for us, the guests? Scouring through pages of wedding registry to find the perfect gift for the lucky couple (in your budget, of course). Don’t get stuck in a giving rut, give them a unique wedding gift they really want!
Get inspired by the couple’s registry list! I like to pick a few items in the same category to make it feel cohesive and tell a story. My cousin registered for some outdoor items such as this big red cooler. She also had camping chairs on her list, but they were out of stock. Camping chairs and a cooler…that tells me they like to spend time outside, so I decided to go with the outdoor recreation theme.
I put together a custom picnic set that included dinner plates, appetizer plates, cups, plastic silverware sets, a bright picnic blanket all packaged in a red rolling cooler off their registry list. If you decide to go with items not originally on the list, try and keep them at the same place that the registry is hosted. That way, if they don’t need it, they don’t have to drive all over the place to exchange or return. Happy shopping!
Ahhh! It’s almost time you guys! I’m going to shoot my introductory pieces for Miss Marlene Boutique in the next few weeks! Check out this teaser video I put together as a behind the scenes look and inspiration for my Storenvy opening soon!
My husband and I moved into our home over 5 years ago and still haven’t tackled our upstairs bathroom. We entered into a contest to win a $500 gift card courtesy of Hickory Point Bank and won! With this money, we can make our vision a reality- including refurbishing an old claw foot tub the previous home owners left in the basement! Of course, I’ll post the DIY process here on the blog!
Last year while shopping in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, I came across this fun, quirky shop called Earthbound Trading Company. I’ve always wanted a raw crystal necklace, but the one’s I’ve come across are super cheesy and plastic. So I bought a little box of mixed crystals and made my crystal necklace with some supplies from my local Hobby Lobby.
My hubby and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary with a little day trip to St. Louis. We’ve been watching a lot of Rehab Addict and she frequents these really awesome architectural salvage shops. I’ve been itching go to one and we found a place in St. Louis, Fellenz Architectural Artifacts. You could only find Fellenz Architectural Artifacts if you were purposely looking for it. There’s not good signage on the storefront, no website, or email address. However, when you do find it, you won’t want to leave.
There are so many nooks and crannies in this place!! It’s packed floor to ceiling with doors, windows, tin, door knobs, fireplace mantles, woodwork, register covers. stair spindles, post, molding, and so much more! Everywhere you turn is something amazing; people just don’t make homes like they used to.
We found a few pieces that we want to incorporate into a DIY faux fireplace mantle, but that project won’t be until later this year. Right now we are in the middle of renovating the dining room which I can’t wait to show you when it’s all completed! Stay tuned…
In preparation for launching my online boutique and Etsy shop, I’ve been working on an office/studio space in my home. I knew I needed some good storage space, but I wasn’t finding exactly what I wanted. I took a trip down to The Habitat ReStore and found this amazing wardrobe/cabinet for $20! With a little TLC, I knew this would make the perfect piece.
The only thing new I purchased for this DIY project was the chrome knobs that I found on clearance at Target!
I removed the stapled in material and replaced it with a mirror that I cut down from a full length mirror I already had. After hours of stripping, sanding, and washing down with TSP, not all of the red paint came off. I decided to leave it and stain over it. I actually loved how the hints of red paint popped through the Red Mahogany stain. Sometimes projects don’t turn out exactly how you image, they turn out better!