March 26, 2012

Spring Wreath and Decor...

I decided to make another yarn wreath for the spring time. I used the same technique as the Valentine's Day Wreath. I wanted to try a "grassy" green one but found great green yarn on clearance at Jo-Ann Fabrics and went with the cheap stuff!
Materials you need to create your own yarn wreath:
     *Wreath (any kind,I used the straw one in this project)
     *Hot glue gun
     *Felt in a variety of colors
I wrapped the yarn around the straw wreath (keep the plastic on the wreath makes it easier to wrap the yarn around) and tied off the end. (Not sure why I had the Peacock feather laying there!)

I created a variety of flowers out of felt, using the same technique as I did for the Valentine's Day wreath, and hot glued them on.

I hung the wreath above the shelves and added some greens in tin cans that I bought at Ikea, birds that I used on the Valentine's Day Shelves, Spring banner from Target, Page out of a magazine and placed it in a yellow frame that I already had, and added some old bunnies that I had on hand.

This weather has been gorgeous here... makes it feel like summer instead of spring.


March 22, 2012

Brushing Our Teeth!

Good Hygiene.

Don't look at the garbage can overflowing in the background- this is real life. Isn't Emma getting big? Makes me sad to think she is now a toddler, and not a baby!

The Stripes are Now Completed!!!!

I can't say that this was the worst project that I ever took on, but I can say I didn't enjoy it one bit. I was so sick of measuring, taping, and using the level by the end.
I used the same procedure as I did for the first half of the hallway.
I do have a small section to do, but I am sure I'll put it off, so I didn't want you to have to wait to see how the hallway looks today!

All Taped Up!

With one coat of paint:

Isn't it glorious? I am happy with the results after all of that work. Sorry, it took me so long to finish. I am planning on doing a gallery wall on the left side of the hallway.

What project did you finish lately?


March 19, 2012

Fabric Covered Letters

I had a ton of the yellow chevron fabric left from the frame project I created a few weeks ago. I think I may use some to create some flowers for my spring wreath I have been working on, but I also knew I wanted to create something else for the shelf ledge in the dining room.


I picked up three letters that spell out the word EAT from Jo-Ann Fabrics.

I cut the fabric around each letter and used spray adhesive to attach the front of the letter to each piece of fabric.

I hot glued the other pieces to cover the side and back of each letter.

The letters are just leaning on the ledge.
I have been working on a ton of different projects over the weekend. I got to finish the stripes in the hallway, worked on decorating my spring shelves in the living room, a new spring wreath, and got out our Easter decor. My oldest one still thinks she is getting a new swing set from the Easter Bunny.
What did you get done this weekend?
Isn't the weather awesome? It is going to be so nice to be off two days this week.

March 18, 2012

Updated House Tour

Updated the house tour... take a peak of the most recent photos of our home.

March 13, 2012

Downstairs Bathroom Progress...

We have been working on the downstairs bathroom for a while now. Lets take a look back at what it used to look like:
 This is the old vanity and toilet. We ripped off the countertop and threw it away. We also threw the old toilet away.

 Old light and wallpaper.... really makes you feel ill how ugly it is. Note- not really sure why the toilet brush is laying on top of the toilet????

We refinished the cabinet and installed a new toilet into the space. I just sanded the cabinet down and then applied three coats of Zinsser primer- Perma-White Mold and Mildew proof. I coated the cabinet with three coats of white bath paint off the shelf color from Home Depot. I don't remember the name of the paint and already threw the can away.
The hardware is brushed nickel- Martha Stewart brand.

You can see the swatches  on the top of what countertop color we are thinking of purchasing.
We also added a towel holder we already owned to the wall.

We are keeping the existing shower- just going to replace the shower head.

Still have to:
     *Find a bathroom rug I like
     *Window Treatment
     *Trim under the vanity
     *New countertop, sink, and faucet
     *New vent cover for the ceiling vent cover
     *Trim down bathroom door and rehang
     *Trim in between the carpet and ceramic tile
     *Trim around the mirror

Guess everything takes time. Speaking of time, I don't know how much more time I can work on these stripes. Hopefully, the stripe walls will be done by Friday.

(You can't really tell by the pictures, but we also laid new ceramic flooring. We had to ripe out the old stuff which took forever.)

March 12, 2012

Chalkboard Vase

I wanted to spruce up an existing vase that I already had. I had some chalkboard paint laying around and figured on using what I had on hand already.

First, I washed the vase and taped off the edges (using a level to make sure the tape was even) to make a nice square on the glass front.
I used a paintbrush I already had on hand and painted the inside of the square. I think spray paint would have worked better, but I didn't have any.
Applied three light coats, allowing drying time in between.
Here is the finished project with a few tulips inside. I love the smell of flowers, they are cheap, and are a natural way to make your house smell so good!

Now tell me again, how do you keep Tulips alive? I have a lot of little projects to show you as I continue to work on the striped walls. Ran out of painter's tape again!
What did you do this weekend?

March 8, 2012

Thirty-One Party- Large Utility Tote

A few weeks ago, I had a Thirty-One Gifts party at my house and it was a blast! I have never been to one before. If you have never been to one you should go. It is the ultimate organization company. Almost everything can be personalized. For having the party I earned this:
Some of the bags are luggage and work, but most of them are to organize all the stuff in my house. I am trying to make everything have a home, so nothing looks cluttered.
The first thing I got to use was a large utility tote. You can use this for multiple things like: going to the beach, in the back of your car, when you go to warehouse stores like SAMS or Costco, or stores like Aldi's that don't give you a bag. The uses of this are endless.

 I used the first one I received to store both of my daughter's memorabilia stuff. Such as: professional pictures that don't hang in frames no longer, both of their baby books, both of their Disney Autograph books from DisneyWorld, outfits they wore going home from the hospital, both of their time capsules from their first birthday, and a few other things. See how it fits so nicely in the tote?
Then, I just put the tote in the top of my closet so I can easily pull it down if I need something and put it back up again.

Next I am going to tackle this- organizing all of my craft and scrapbook stuff:
You can see I already started organizing some stuff into those black and white bins. I can't wait to create my craft area on the enclosed sunroom. Stay tuned...

Have you ever been to a Thirty-One party? Tell all...

March 6, 2012

Chevron Covered Photo Mat

I really liked the picture frames in the dining room, but they needed some sprucing up. I ordered this yellow chevron fabric from a while ago for pillows, and thought it would look nice in these frames.

(I think black and white photos will look better in the frame, so I just ordered some.)
The materials you will need are:
     *Spray Adhesive
     *Hot Glue and Glue Sticks
     *Ruler or Tape Measure
     *Frame with a Mat

First, spray paint the picture frame with four light coats of white paint
Take apart the picture frame and take out the mat
Measure the picture frame and then cut the material that size, leaving enough fabric to wrap around the mat.

Wrap the fabric along the mat and use spray adhesive to get the fabric to stick to the front of the mat.

Use hot glue to secure the fabric to the back of the mat.
Finally, put the frame back together and hang back on the wall.

Cover any photo mats lately? Take any pictures of your kids? Time to hang a new one on the wall!