Thursday, November 18, 2010

Saving a trip

Many times I run to Home Depot with one thing in mind. Paint Swatches. I plan to go there, pick some colors, come home. I tape the swatch to the wall, hold it up to everything. Making sure it is the right color. Then I decide there is too much green in that blue, so I go back, get more swatches and come home and test them out again. Plus, OF COURSE, while I am there for "just a paint swatch" I buy other stuff.

So about 2 months ago, I sat at the home depot. I took ONE of EVERY SINGLE Behr Ultra Primer Paint in one. It took about 45 minutes. Then I came home and broke them into groups based on colors or undertones, warm, cool, you get the idea.

Can I say WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!?! I Love having every color right here at home. When I get to have them at home, it seems like I have had lots of people borrow the. But I share well, so it's okay. But seriously. Every crafter/home refinisher/ woman should have one of these.

I took this picture of them fresh after I put them on rings, I think I have decided a cute and functional way to store them and stay cute at the same time... working on it...


Still Here!

I'm still here, just busy! I am 4 FEET away from a finished Kitchen!!! HOORAY!!! In the meantime I have made plenty, but will just post 1 at a time, I suppose.

My sons school teacher got married. I am getting over so much vinyl, some is okay and fun, but I don't want everything to be in vinyl. So I have started painting more. At first I would paint, then put vinyl, paint over the vinyl then peel it off. But this one, I actually painted without vinyl. Just me, the board, paint and a nice (NICE) brush... She loved it. She has it on a stand on her fireplace mantle.

I aged it a LOT. She had said once she liked old vintage looking signs. So that was what I wanted it to feel like.




Thursday, October 7, 2010

Candy, Candy, Candy!

I found mismatched (and way cute) jars at a thrift store. They were .50 cents each. I cut out the Vinyl and filled them up with candy. As soon as I did, Boy #1 grabbed a handful or 3 of lemon heads, so I'll need to top those off again. But I love how it looks on my mantle.


I made a wreath, like THIS ONE from some Halloween scraps.


(The "Boo" sign is from Taipan)


I love the Mantle. So festive and delicious. (Ignore the itty bitty too-small candles. I need to go get new, bigger ones...)

But... I told the kids they couldn't eat the candy (Oh, the HORROR!!!) so it is driving them crazy! But it isn't like we have no other treats in the house, so they should be fine. Besides, sometimes it is a valuable lesson, teaching your kids to withstand temptation, no? :)

Monday, September 27, 2010

So this is love.

Once I saw this picture in Pottery Barn magazine.
Loved the picture hated the price forgot about the picture.

YOU LOVE IT, RIGHT?!?
I knew you would.

Then I found this blog. Which I might have loved even more than the picture.
Check out THE FABULOUS BLOG.
Trust me when I say get comfy and check it when you have plenty of time to poke around.
Her signs are so fun and fabulous.

I saw THIS post. DIY Pottery Barn Vintage Keys picture!!!!

So, of course I got right to it.
This project cost me under $10.00 and about 2 hours work. But the work was OH SO FUN.

I followed her instructions except for just one thing. She traced her letters on and then hand painted it. Mine looked like a 2nd grader hand painted the letters.

So here is what I changed.
I drew my lines and circles like she said. Painted it an ivory color.
Then BEFORE I filled in my black circles, I put vinyl letters on the inside of each circle:


Cheater, Cheater.
But worked so much better for me.

So next I filled in my Black circles. Once they were dry, I peeled off the vinyl. Easy Peasy.

And I LOVE it.
Susie mentioned that the only downside to this project is figuring out where to hang it.
SO TRUE.

But what a fun problem to have!!!

But you guys, hang on. Wanna know what I did? IDIOT. I put the parenthesis over the ZERO the WRONG DIRECTION! How stupid!!! Ryan said it can go to the outlet :) I had enough fun making it, I will certainly make another. With the stinking parenthesis going the RIGHT WAY. Bigons.




(WHY can't I take a decent picture? Bah! I swear it is not green at all. Stupid.)

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Polka Dot Lamp

I got this ugly brass lamp at a garage sale. When I picked it up the lady said "Ugh, you can just take it".

Um... Lemme think... OKAY!!!

I spray painted it a glossy black. And found a red lamp shade on clearance at TJ MAXX for $1.99 a few years ago, I liked it so I stuck it in the "I'll do something with this someday closet". You have you, you know the spot.

We cut out white circles on my vinyl cutter. Not permanent or fancy, but she rarely even turns it on or touches it, so it should last just fine. I let Sunny stick every polka dot on the lamp shade. I desperatley wanted to go back afterward, when she wasn't looking, and rearrange the polka dots, fill in spaces, stuff like that. But I couldn't do it. She worked so dang hard on those stickers. She took maybe an hour doing each one so carefully. So I decided it was TOTALLY PERFECT. It sat so tall that I tied tulle around midway. Just the right finishing touch.




It ended up being one of my favorite little things in her room. Love.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Nightstand

Years ago, Ryan rescued a furniture set from a donation pile that belonged to his grandpa. Ryan knew he would suffer serious consequences if he let this stuff go to D.I. and not my house.

It was a vanity and 2 night stands. The Vanity you've met, HERE. And one night stand made its home in the salon as well.

But the second nightstand has been waiting for its place.

Sunny's room needs to keep a queen bed because she is the queen our parents can sleep in it when they visit. But all the furniture in her room was so big and bulky. So now the nightstand has a new place.

It started like this:



Sunny helped paint, which was fun for both of us.

Sunny wanted yellow, she prefers EVERYTHING to be yellow. Here room is yellow and red, so we painted it yellow and the handles red.



It looks perfect in her room. Sunny and I both love it.

Tomorrow, her lamp.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Chore Chart. That is actually working!

All over crafting blogs everywhere, people are using frames for dry erase boards. I would link but to which one? Everyone I read has done one. So why not me, too? :)

I have seen a ton of them used as chore charts, HERE is one for example.

So I had a .25 cent frame from a garage sale. I spray painted it and put scrapbook paper in the frame.

Huh, really crappy picture. But then I have never claimed to be a photographer, so... You get the idea, right?

It hangs in Sunny's room. I posted the jobs she does everyday, the ones that never change. I can write on an extra job if I need to. The dry erase marker fits nicely on top of the frame. I hung it at her height so that she can see it on her way out of her room each day.

The best part is, we have had it hung for 3 or 4 weeks maybe, and for 3 or 4 weeks, every single day, her room has looked like this when she has left for school!


Monday, September 20, 2010

A project 12 years in the making.

The year was 1997.
I got pregnant with my first child.
I was eager to get started on a nursery and I wanted it all done around one picture.
I wanted a girls nursery. All about shoes.
Somewhere in a magazine or something, I saw a similar idea. So I got right to it.

I started all willy nilly.
No pattern. No nothing. I didn't use a hoop or frame or anything. I just started stitching and hot gluing buttons.

Then I found out it was a boy.

So the project made itself a home in a box. Never to be removed again.

Until a few months ago.
What I would have LIKED to have done was scrap it and start all over. But this one was done. All it needed was some fabric sewn to the edges and a frame. Since I didn't use a hoop or anything, there is a wrinkle in between the shoes that drives me nuts. Someday, I think I will take it somewhere and have it stretched and framed properly. Or perhaps I will scrap it and make a new one. One where I measure and stuff.

But in the meantime, my daughter Sunny loves it.


They were meant to look like Dorothy's Ruby Slippers, but I used buttons, not actual rubies, so close enough for me.

Ugh, see how wrinkly??? I ironed the life out of it, but still, it wrinkles. I mean, in fairness, it was in a box for 13 years. So...

Friday, September 10, 2010

They were Too Blue

I had these candles. I wanted blue and at Hobby Lobby, they were just the right shade.
But when I got them home... They were too blue.
Not right at all.

I have this book.

"WALDEN"
"or, Life in the Woods
On the Duty of
Civil Disobedience"
By Henry David Thoreau

My husband especially loves this book.

Loves it a lot.

So of course, I cut the pages out and mod podged the pages onto my "too blue" candles.
Because, of course I did.

That way he loves the "too blue" candles too now.

(although he can no longer read his book... bigones...)


If I ever finish my kitchen, that mantle is next to get painted...

I teased that I was going to put candles like this in my older boys' bathroom so that they can still read in the bathroom but I don't have a pile of books, I just have cute candles. :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

It's Coming... I promise.

You guys.
I promise I haven't quit my big kitchen make-over.
But the weirdest thing has happened this summer.
It is called "Life".
And it has been happening like CRAZY.
It isn't as done as I would like it to be, but it is getting closer.

So in the meantime... I got a new app on my phone called "Retro Camera". When I was playing with it (trying to figure it out...) I took this picture.

Such a tease.

I will say, I am LOVING it.
Soon! I swear.

Friday, June 4, 2010

End of Year Teacher gift...


This year, I actually let my kids have a say in what they gave their teachers. They all decided that a heartfelt letter from each of them, written BY THEM, not me, was a good idea. I agreed.

I showed them some ideas I saw during Teacher Appreciation Week HERE and they all loved the Rootbeer idea.

So Rootbeer was a go.

Then they all talked about what kind of candy their teachers liked and they asked if they could throw in a treat with the Rootbeer.

So we bought candlesticks at the Dollar Tree and cute plastic (kinda... that really thick hard plastic...whatever...) bowls from Hobby Lobby. The bowls were $2.99 but 50% off (Hooray for the Hob-Lob!). So we ended up with our $.86 root beer, our candy dish that was $2.50 and some treats in it. Plus? The really cute heartfelt notes (they really were cute, I should leave them alone to write all the notes, so cute).

I sanded the edge of the bottom of the candlestick and a little on the plate where the candlestick would be glued on, used E-6000 glue and that was it. Easy enough that the kids could do it.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Copycat Earrings

I saw some really cute earrings made from scrapbooking brads and knew I needed them. Since I am a copycat, I got right on it.

Peasy weasy....

Buy this:

I also got these sets:




Sunny and I have enjoyed giving away some pairs.

I used Ryan's cutter-thingers to cut the brad part off the back. The little bit I couldn't cut I just opened up. Glued and earring to it with E-6000 and that is it. I made about 20 pairs of earrings during one episode of Parenthood. So easy.

Plus Hobby Lobby often has them on sale for 50% off (normally $3.99), so 6 pairs of earrings cost me about $2.50.

Voila!

EDITED TO ADD: I finally found the site I saw these at! I need to start bookmarking or something, takes me forever to refind ideas... Anyway, check them out HERE

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Not a seamstress.

I learned basic sewing when I was young. My mom taught me, I took sewing my freshman year of high school and I think I have maybe sewn a curtain since then. Maybe a table runner or two. Hem some pants. Skirts for Sunny. Nothing fancy.


So when I decided to make a dress for Sunny, it may not have been my best idea ever.

In hindsight, a pattern would have been useful, to say the least.

Although it was total trial and error, it actually turned out. And it is even not to embarrassing for her to wear!!!

I started out thinking I would do a skirt. But that morning she ripped a t-shirt climbing a tree, so I decided to attach a t-shirt. Then I had to put something over the seam where the shirt and skirt met up so that you couldn't see how crooked I sew. Then the t-shirt was boring. So then I did ruffles. I have never done ruffles of any kind, so I was pleasantly surprised to have figured it out.

Anyway, it turned out okay, if I do say so my (un-sewing) self!!

Mostly, though, it made me want more. I signed up for a sewing class. I actually really, really enjoyed it and am anxious to learn more.





Friday, May 21, 2010

Another Kitchen Sneak Peak!!!


The whole "Crashgate 2010" put a stop to my work, but I am back on it.... Happily back on it.

So one more section is finished. And I LOVE it. LOVE. It is light and bright and cheery. It makes me happy.

BEFORE:


The plug on at the desk is broken and driving me nuts. I have someone coming to fix it so I can fix the wire madness. I also wish I had any sort of photography skills, because the pictures do it very little justice. But still, you get it.
(also, my floor is so dirty, it's like I sanded, painted and bled right there on the floor...)

AFTER:



Someday I will get those floors refinished. Darker, like an espresso. But not until I can afford to have someone else do it for me....

Thursday, May 20, 2010

One of my favorite D.I. finds. Pretty much ever.

I found a table at D.I., a thrift store.
The second I saw it I knew I needed it.
But even though I knew I needed it, I still hesitated...
A split second.
And another woman swooped in and nearly stole it from me.

Good thing I'm feisty.

Super Feisty.

Guess what I had to do to it to "refinish" it.

Paint? No. Guess again.

Sand? Distress? Nope.

Nothing. I did nothing to it. Not.one.thing.

I don't know if I have ever bought something at a thrift store and left it exactly as it was.

It needed something above it, so I made the wreath... I copied Kierste HERE. The wreath might have taken a whole 10 minutes to make. Seriously. The only difference was I didn't have a drop cloth, I had some left over fabric from this bench and I only had a styrofoam wreath.












Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Everyone should have a Gina.

My sister-in-law, Gina is so creative. I can hardly even attempt a project without getting her opinions and ideas. She is always doing something that costs next to nothing and looks like a million bucks. Her house always looked staged for a magazine spread. No kidding. I love her, I love her creativity, I love her sense of style, I love her house, I love her frugal...um...ness? I just love her.


Here, let me link you to her totally fabulous crafty-blog. Oh! Wait! I can't. She doesn't have one. Even though she should. It's weird, it's like she is busy or something. So, instead, let me link you to her etsy shop. OH, WAIT! I can't do that either. She hasn't opened one.... even though she needs to.

Instead, because I like you guys, I got her to take pictures of things when she does them. For a few reasons.
1. To inspire me.
2. I live in Utah, she lives in Arizona, so I need to see what she is up to.
3. To post here and show you when she does something that costs pennies.

Recently, she wanted to change the look of her family room a bit. So she bought a drop cloth. I think she said IKEA is where she got it. A drop cloth. Never has a drop cloth looked so good. She cut some off and made a little ruffle at the bottom.

Then, she found some really cute wrought iron hangers at Hobby Lobby (On clearance, for under $2.00 each, I wanna say she bought them for $1.50 each). Everything in her house is cute, cut look at these curtains! And they totally changed the look of the family room. I love it. Clean and simple.

She took these with her phone, but they still show how cute the room looks. I love the door with the "HOME" banner. Love.

Enjoy!! Hopefully I can share more of her cute stuff soon!







Sunday, April 25, 2010

Washer Necklaces

I saw these washer necklaces HERE and ran right out to Harbor Freight. Got myself a set of stamps, and started making necklaces. These were the first three I made and I have to say, they have only improved. I would include a photo of the improved ones but we didn't keep any... gave them new homes.

I will make some more this week, we have a long list of cousins to mail a necklace to, so I will take more pics. With a real camera... instead of my phone...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Desk Pad...er...thingy...

What's that called? The thing you set on the desk to protect your desk, or in my case I set it there just to be cute.

Here is what you need:
Fabric
Mod Podge
Surface Guards (those clear, vinyl bumper things)
Another technical name here:
Thin wood like the kind use for clipboards
Is that called clipboard-board?

Whatever.
I just spread the mod podge on the board, laid the fabric down, smoothed it our and Mod podged over the top of the fabric. 3 times. After it was dried, I flipped it over and pulled the (about 1 ich) edge over, mod podged it down. 3 coats.

I stuck those vinyl bumpers on the bottom.

And Voila!!


I would show a picture zoomed a little further out but I am a tease. I don't want to reveal more of the kitchen yet (plus I am not done with the doors and drawers...)

It is coming along. I am using this bench as a seat at the desk. Had I known this I would have had a much better matched fabric, but oh well. I am not about to redo that. And mis-matched is in... right?