Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Spooling Around

I recently posted my Make-over of Kids/Guest bathroom. This room was so much fun to put together. Some of the pieces I was able to reuse stuff from around my home (I love thinking I got off cheaply.) For example, my dog decided it would be fun to lounge around in our guest bed one day, therefore, ripping my bottom sheet to pretty much shreds. That left me with only a top sheet. Rather then throwing the whole set away I kept the top sheet and used it for lining my shower curtain and valance!! Recycle, Reuse!!

The other Reinvented item in the bathroom is the curtain pull. I found in one of my many craft drawers wooden spools of thread from my husband's paternal grandmother back in 1998!! I have been hanging on to these bad boys for a long time. **His grandmother was an awesome seamstress and I loved to sew with her. His family told me to take any of her sewing stuff that I would like after she passed...this is all I grabbed.**

After taking all the thread off...painting them either green and brown and then stringing up with some beads, from a bracelet that broke when my daughter was an infant (yes, I am a pack rat). I used floral wire put all the pieces together. I have this...
Cost: $0

Well, worth the storage if you ask me!!! Now there is a little bit of whimsy in my bathroom and every time I look at this pull I will think of my hubby's grandma. (Don't look at the soap scum on my shower stall it is 20+ years old, that junk isn't coming off....)
Today I am participating in Kimm's Reinvented Party. Go check out some other great reinvented projects!!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Flaunt Your Red with dogs!!

Today I am doing something a little different. I am participating in the Southern Lady's Flaunt your Red but not showing anything in my home (Nancy, I hope this is okay!) I have lots of loves in my life God, my hubby, my kids, my family and my dog!!! I wanted to share with you some of my creations for dogs!!

I have a side business with a friend called The Other Kid. We sell custom dog collars and leashes that we hand make and I wanted to flaunt some of our dog collars that are RED!!

Some women in the Red Hat Society wanted to share their love of this wonderful society with their dogs! This is what we created for them....

Red nylon with purple trim and we embellished it with a Red Hat Pin (for the owner)

This adorable bug collar for the summer!! Our model Junior loves it when he can go outside to model!
In honor of July 4th, here is our patriotic red, white, and blue collar!

So this is my Flaunt your Red!! Hope you enjoyed!!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Guest/ Kid's Bathroom Make-over

Today I am participating in Jen R's Make Over Open House & The Shabby Chic Cottage Transfermation Thursday. I have been slowly working on this bathroom for months and I pulled it all together yesterday. I told my mom I think this is the first time I finished a project without guests' arrival being the underlying motivation. I don't anticipate guests/family for another 2 weeks!

BEFORE: Pink towels and curtain is not going to fly now that we have a son!

Here is my little boo-boo. I painted this wicker rack green and it matched just a little bit too much! Good thing it was just paint!

AFTER: Still have the yellow walls, and used a Paisley material with brown, turquoise and green. I think it is a perfect medium for a boy and a girl, plus guests.
Accenting the room is monkeys in honor of my two little monkeys! I got all of the accessorize at Target in the $2.50 section and it matches perfectly!

The shower wall.

A close-up of the material. I love this material!

Reflections from the mirror. Jen R. did a post on reflections and I think this now passes the test!!

As a bonus, I also completed #1 & #5 on my Getting Back on Track List. YIPPEE!!!
Now go over to Jen R's & Gina's t00 see all of the other Make-overs & Transformations!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Reinvented Projects - I am back!

Hello, ladies!

I finally got my groove back. This weekend I was a busy bee and enjoyed every minute!! Vivienne told me I needed to breath. I think she was right!! My trip to see my grandma wore me out more then I expected it too!! My grandma, Mamma II, is an amazing woman and at almost 75yr old she still has the energy of a 40yr old, and honestly her energy WORE ME OUT!! My grandma has taught me how to sew, she was green before it was cool, and she sees the beauty in everything. She is one of a kind and I am so lucky she is my grandma!!

Now that I have my groove back I have two projects to share....

This post is accessorizing me new picture window.

My friend Heather, told me she saw on some blogs silver platters with chalkboard paint. I found the blog she was referring too and got busy. I bought a silver platter at an antique store (No love loss because it is silver plated)
The only problem was the engraving!! Note to other put on a primer and sand, sand, sand!!
I think I put 14 coats of chalkboard paint on this bad boy! This project took way to long for as simple as it was in theory. Then I borrowed some silver polish from my friend, E, thanks girl for always having my back!!

Finished product! Cost me $4

Second Project:
This project I am super proud of....A 3D Art Frame

Supplies: Frame, Styrofoam Apple or Pear, and Scrapbook paper

Cut the apple in half.. This apple took some major cutting tools to cut, and I am just lucky I didn't cut my finger.

Remove glass and stuff in the back and cut out come cardboard the size of the frame. Attach scrapbook paper to the cardboard with mod podge and then glue the apple half to the cardboard.

Here is the finished product. I paid 78 cents for the scrapbook paper and everything else I had!!

Here are the finished products accessorizing my picture window. I love it and it cost me $4.78 total. Here is my shout out to Kimm at Reinvented!

Head on over to see Kimm and to see some other great projects!! Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Week of Nothing...

This week I have not posted much because I have not finished ANYTHING!! I am not sure it is the fact I am unmotivated, or just the fact I have so many projects started I don't know where to start. Hopefully a nice weekend of R&R (HAHA) will cure me. So here are some of the things I haven't completed...

My goal was to finish my guest bathroom...I did hang a new valance and no this isn't the new one

Finish this chalkboard platter for my Picture Window...

I am really excited about this one, but still not done

And yet another project I started, but the humidity is stopping me on this one!!

No, I am not on vacation or MIA I am just a little unmotivated and a little swamped by my own doing. I am not beating myself up because my first priorities are doing great and that is what is most important!!

I will be back next week!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tip Junkie is going .COM

One on my favorite blogs Tip Junkie, that I have been featured on be before, is going .com! What a big step!! To celebrate she is having a huge give away this week. I don't know about you but I would love to win something!!

I recently won a give away, and the person lost the give away prize!! I am not naming names but REALLY???? Oh well, that is my luck! I think Laurie from Tip Junkie is a tad more reliable!!

Go over and check out her new website!!

Walls are coming down: It's DONE!!

It's DONE!! (I feel like Mater from Cars) when I say that!!

My hubby has completed our picture window between our kitchen and den. He is the best at finishing a project. Unlike myself no grass grows under his feet. Thanks babe, you are the best!




One other small change. I changed the color of the wainscoting on the peninsula to the color of the den. I thought it would help me like the kitchen color more....it doesn't! However, I like the added punch in the kitchen! I will paint the kitchen walls one day just not right now.
Wesley wants to be like his daddy!! He is the best little helper.

Verdict: I love it!! The fact that I can see who comes in and out of our garage door (used 99% of the time) while I am in the kitchen makes a world of difference. I know as the kids get older this will be even much more beneficial!! Plus, we have another place to eat, a place to set stuff out when we entertain (we never do but maybe we will start now), and our kitchen looks bigger!! It is a win win!!
We still need to buy bar stools but that is our anniversary gift to each other in July. Now I have lots of accessorizing to do. I am working on that this week!! Plus, I am working on July 4th outfits (yes I am cheesy like that), and my guest bathroom!!! See you all later and thanks for your support!!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Monogramming Fun

Today on Heidi's Blue Eye Blessing she is hosting a Monogramming Challenge.

craft challenge
With the craze of everything being monogrammed this was easy. I did plan this accordingly because I am still working on my "Getting Back on Track" and accomplishing tasks that are on my "To Do List" I am happy to say I can now cross off #6. (I just wish I knew how to strike through, but you get the point.)

Before: This was my dad's toy box as a child. My dad originally gave it to us to fill with toys for the den, but I like it better in our bedroom. Notice the bed with now bed skirt that is #8....

After: Painted Heirloom White and black "F." I had thought about putting "Toys" in honor of its original purpose, but I thought "Toys" in a Master bedroom would be a little weird (since this is the first thing you see walking into my bedroom!! (At least I thought it through)

Side profile. I love it and I love how it isn't perfect. There are lots of nicks and dings and I love it!!

Procrastination Time: We received this from my mom and dad 3 year. 3 years it was brown and worn!!
Cost: Free!! The paint leftover from my daughter's room. Black paint (have lots) and "F" I printed from the computer, traced and painted it free-hand. My friend, Heather, did give me a stencil but it wasn't quite the look I was going for. Thanks Heather, I am sure I will use it for another project soon!!
Verdict: This is the starting point of bringing my Master Bedroom together, but who knows how long that will take. For now, I am happy with the results and love the outcome.

I also wanted to share another of my favorite monogrammed items I did this spring. My Antique wicker planter box on my front stoop.
Go back to Heidi's Blue Eye Blessings to check out some more fabulous ideas!!!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Reinvented: Childrens Toy to Decorative Tassel

This weekend I dabbled in a little bit of everything..I sewed, painted (walls), crafted and dreamed about what my house would look like if money were no issue and I had an interior decorator to pull it all together! Did I say that out loud...yes, and I digress.

In my slightly manic Friday evening and working on many projects at a time, I decided I also needed to do some crafting. I have had this idea of a Tassel in my head for a long time I just needed to pull it together. So I gathered my supplies from my Pack Rat Collection... I paid nothing for the project although at one time or another I bought these items for another purpose.
Pictured above:
Trimmings left over from Daughter's Room
Terracotta Pot from Seedlings that didn't make it (I have a black thumb)
Strawberry Shortcake Sherbet Doll from my childhood
Cross Stitching Floss from Crazy Quilt (That still is not done, I should add that to my list)
One sacrificed doll all in the name of decor and this is what you have...
How I did this: I wrapped the fringe around the widest part of the pot, upside down and Hot glued it on. Then wrapped the fringe around the top. I added a picture frame hook to the top of Sherbet's head (sorry girl) and glued her to the top of the tassel (or the bottom of the pot). I used E-6000 glue rather then hot glue this time. Then as an added touch I went old school, and for the string I used my 90's friendship bracelet making skills!! I seriously was smiling the whole time I was making the string. All I needed was NKOTB (Xazmin I thought of you also) playing and I would of been in heaven!!
My beautiful toy tassel for my daughter's room. The colors match perfectly!
I LOVE THIS!! I am going to search my other "antique" toys in my collection to see what else I can make. Maybe use Raisin Men or He-man next time. (Haha, just kidding) This was supper easy and looks wonderful!!! Completely Reinvented and has Made it a 2nd Time Around and I think it looks great!!! Also, this Strawberry Shortcake Doll still smells like Lime Sherbet after all these years!!
Today, I am participating in Kimm's Reinvented Party & The 2nd Time Around Party! Go on ahead over there and check out some other talented women.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Blogging Love

I have seen this award on many many blogs recently and secretly have been wanting one!! I am bad, I know!! I am happy to say now thanks to Alicia from Imma Momma. What a way to end the week with "One Lovely Blog Award"

So here are the rules:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.

2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
I award the One Lovely Blog Award to...

No Place Like Home

Butter and Sugar


Whimsy by Victoria

Tuesdays with Molly

Ya Get what ya Get and you don't throw a fit


Night Owl Momma

The Shabby Chic Cottage

Small Home in the Country

Out of the Crayon Box

More then the Stars in the Sky

Nice and Easy Antiques


Bella Casa--Beautiful Homes

Check out these wonderful bloggers. Some of them are family blogs, some of them are cooking blogs and others our inspirational home decoration blogs. Some of them I have been reading (without telling leaving comments, sorry) or some I have just found. Either way I enjoy all of them!!

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Walls are coming down...Part II

Yep, we are still working on the wall... All of the mudding is done and the "bar" is in place. We are just sanding, sanding, and more sanding. Next time I get the bright idea of ripping out a wall I need to remember how much I hate dusting...

One neat note is we got to use my belated grandfather's router we got while cleaning out his garage 5 years ago. Still works and we found all of the pieces (miracle.) Collins got to use it for the first time to make the nice rounded edges. It is nice to be able to have nice sentimental items like this while making something for our home. Goes to show loved ones may be gone, but never forgotten. My Granddaddy would be so proud!!!

Everyone is getting into the action to get this done. We need all of the help we can get.

Wesley is getting into the action by participating in the Derby race!!!

The wall should be finished by this weekend. Well, pending on the fact we find the left over paint cans!! Wish us luck! Apparently my hubby knows me too well and says the paint color stays...well, a girl can try!!