Wednesday, September 29, 2010

DIY Trumeau

I've been dying to wrap up this project so that I could share it with you. This may be my ALL TIME FAVORITE PROJECT I've ever completed and I did it all BY MYSELF!!! Using Susie Harris' tutorial as my guide, I finally (after 5 years of wanting to do this!) had the guts to make my own Trumeau mirrors! And I couldn't be more pleased!! I L-O-V-E them!! 1. I went to Lowe's and purchased a sheet of 3/4' plywood. I had my measurements in hand and had the guy at Lowe's cut the wood for me. I also bought my moulding while there, as well as Liquid Nails for mirrors, and a $10 Miter Saw kit. . I primed and painted the wood as soon as I walked in the door.

2. I purchased a beveled mirror from Wal-Mart. I think it was only $11.00. I applied the Liquid Nails to the back of the mirror as well as the plywood. I put some heavy stuff (like books and paint cans) on top of the mirror while I impatiently waited for the Liquid Nails to dry so that I could move on to the next step.

3. I was so anxious to finish this project that I forgot to take pics while working. However, Susie take a look at hers. But i did just as she did. I didn't use a measuring tape, I just used a pencil and my eyeballs to mark the cuts on my moulding. The Miter Saw was very self explanatory, even to someone who has never used one. Of course, the miter saw is a hand-held saw, so it took a little while. However, I did this on the carpet of my daughter's bedroom (to give you an idea of how little you have to stress about this step!).

Then I used the same liquid nails to adhere the moulding to the edges of the mirror. And the same books and paint cans on top of the moulding to keep it in place.

Then...I taped off a 10 x 18' rectangle and painted the inside of the rectangle the same color of the dresser (which is one shade darker than the wall, by the way).

Then.......I ordered a fancy monogram to go inside the rectangle. I ordered it from a local shop (Fun and Fancy), but you can order them off of Etsy. Just type in monogram and all sorts of fun things come up!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Boo Bags

I thought I'd re-post some Halloween stuff from last year.

These bags were super easy and I don't want to insult your intelligence by writing a tutorial. goes. Cut the top of a white bag into a rounded shape. Glue on googly eyes. Now you have a "Boo Bag"!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

DIY Cake Stands

Last week, we celebrated my youngest child's 6th Birthday with a Little Chef Party. I made some quick, easy, and completely inexpensive cake stands for each of the little cakes. I wrapped different sized cans from my pantry in scrapbook paper that I secured with a glue gun. Then I spray painted burner covers (you know...the round things that go over the burners on a stovetop) a coordinating color and glued trim on the edges. The burner covers were from The Dollar Tree. There were two in a pack. They had 'not so cute" country images on them (like ducks!). But a little spray paint can go a long way!

I thought they turned out kinda cute.

This would be fun to do at Christmas for appetizers. Wrap your cans in different papers - or spray paint the empty cans and add polka dot grosgrain ribbon - and put your appetizers on coordinating sparypainted burner covers.
I actually did something similar at our school's Cake Walk. Instead of using the cans from my kitchen, I asked the ladies in the cafeteria to save their industrial-sized cans. I spray-painted them and hot-glued a 2 inch ribbon around the center. And rather then using burner covers, I used round pizza pans from the Dollar Tree.
On Thursday, linking to Transformation Thursdays at The Shabby Chic Cottage, Show off Your Stuff at Fireflies and Jellybeans., Somewhat Simple. On Friday, linking to Frugal Fridays at The Shabby Nest.
Have fun!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Big Girl Bedroom

My two youngest girls are only 15 months apart and have always enjoyed sharing a room together. Fortunately, the room is big enough for two full size beds. I adored the bedroom that they shared together! However, recently they decided that they each wanted their own room. I moved one of the full sized beds into our "extra" bedroom for one of the girls, then re-painted and re-decorated the other room (the one below) into something really special.

Here is a BEFORE shot: And here are the afters:

The chaise lounge below doesn't exactly work in this room, but I tried to make it work by removing the existing trim and gluing some blue ribbon along the bottom edge. The raw silk blue pillow was a steal for 50 cents at a yard sale. The blue throw hides marker and glitter glue that are at the foot of the chair.

I love this room as much as my little girl does! I must confess, however, that just about every idea for this room came straight from Janell at Isabell & Max Rooms. I was in love with her daughter's "Dream Bedroom", and Janell was generous enough to list all of her sources and even her paint color! Lucky me!
Stay tuned and I'll post pics of my other daughter's "big girl" room.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Padded Bulletin Board

Here's a pic of a bulletin board I just finish in Sunshine's "Fancy Nancy" bedroom. I don't think you can tell from the pics, but the bulletin board has extra padding (batting, actually...2 layers) and is "puffy".
I found this old, gold, plastic-framed mirror at the thrift store. I removed the mirror and spray painted the frame pink. Using the mirror as my "pattern", I cut a piece of foam board the same size as the mirror. I added to layers of batting and then fabric. I actually used duct tape to secure the fabric to the back of the foamboard.

Because the bulletin board is "puffy", regular tacks wouldn't stay in place, so I used corsage pins as tacks. They are extra "fancy" because they have a pearl tip. The corsage pins can be found in the wedding section of your local craft store.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

DIY "Silhouett-ish" Art

I have been working on hard on my "soon-to-be-6" year old's room. She wanted a "big girl" room, but she wanted a Fancy Nancy room. Hmmmm. So I decided to do a "sophisticated" Fancy Nancy room. I started with this D-I-Y Eiffel Tower Silhouette that was super easy, very quick, and really cheap to do! I headed to Hobby Lobby and purchased a large canvas that was half-off. I painted it my base color (aqua blue).
I applied the Eiffel Tower vinyl decal (also half price at HL) on top of the dried base-coat paint.

Then I painted the entire surface pink.

After the paint dried, I removed the vinyl decal and...tah dah.....

Ooh la la!!
Sunshine likes it because it reminds her of Fancy Nancy and I like it because it was easy, quick, and cheap! Stay tuned for more projects from her room!

I'm linking to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch, Making the World Cuter, Keeping It Simple , Under the Table and Dreaming, I Heart Naptime
On Tuesday, I'm linking to Toot Your Horn Tuesday and All Things Related, Take a Look Tuesday
On Wednesday, I'm linking to Works for Me Wednesday at We are That Family, The Thrify Home, Gettin Crafty on Hump Day, Whatever Goes Wednesday at Someday Crafts.
On Friday, I'm linking to Frugal Fridays at The Shabby Nest.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I've missed you, little ol' blog!

I've neglected this blog and I've missed her. The truth is...I've continued to complete projects, but I've had little time to blog about them. I purchased a new camera back in February, and while the picture quality is 100 x's better than my old camera, it takes FOREVER to upload my pictures. I've continued to update my other blog, but I haven't had the time to consistently update both. But now that summer is here, I'm hoping I can find the time to update more frequently. Here's to hoping...........

First up:

My oldest daughter's "Coca Cola" themed birthday party! It rocked!!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Blogging Break

Taking a week off from blogging while I enjoy Spring Break with my family.

Have a great week, everybody!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Modge Podge with Napkins??


While scouring everywhere looking for fabric with the perfect color of blue and green, I spotted some napkins at Target that made me happy! I already had these shades that I had hot-glued rose petals to many years ago. I removed the petals and got to work.

I had no idea if the napkins would work, but for $2.99 for a pack of napkins, I didn't have much to lose.

I cut out my pattern.

Then my six year old and I Mod-Podged the shades.

I added some ribbon with a glue gun.
And Voila!

The room is still in progress, but I'll show you some "completed" projects in a few days (I hope!).

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

You're Gonna Love This!

My $30.00 upholstered headboard!! Super EZ and super cheap and I think it looks awesome!Yesterday I decided that I wanted to upholster a headboard. But I never made it Lowe's before school was out, and I hated to take the kids to Lowe's with me because it was such a gorgeous day for them to play outside. I was hoping that I could find a leftover piece of plywood in the basement or in my husband's shed. I couldn't find a piece of plywood, but I found something better! I had a half sheet of insulation board left over from this project. I wondered if it would work as a headboard, then decided just to dive in head first.
I measured the board and measured the bed and decided that I had just enough board to make it work.

The great thing about insulation board is that you can cut it easily with a utility knife or other razor blade. I wrapped the insulation board in batting (which I duck taped to the back of the board!). Then I wrapped it in the fabric (which is actually a shower curtain from Target for $9.99). (By the way, a sheet of insulation board, which is 4' x 9', is about $7.00). My staple gun quit working about a third of the way into the project. I think this was divine intervention because the insulation board really isn't dense enough to held the staples in place very well. No worries...I plugged in the low temp glue gun and went to work.

Don't let that curve intimidate you! I used the top of a hat box to make a circular mark on the top corners of the board.

After I taped and glued the batting and fabric in place, I used a ruler to draw a thin pencil line around the border of the "headboard". I carefully inserted silver upholstery tacks into the board, following along the pencil line. By the way, the tacks were from Wal-mart. They were 97 cents for a pack of 30 and I think I used 5 packs.

The total time spent on this project was under three hours. Probably under two.

Oh Happy Day!
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By the way, this is my "soon to be 10 years old" daughter's bedroom. She REALLY likes her new headboard!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Just a little bit longer...

Just wanted to touch base and let you know that I haven't forgotten about my crafty friends out there! I am busy and I can't wait to show you what I've been up to. I have several projects that are all about 90% complete. So just give me a little longer and as soon as I complete one of them (which will hopefully be tomorrow!), I'll be posting some fun stuff.

Here's what I'm working on:
a headboard for AA (you are gonna love this!)
chandelier shades for KitKat's rooms
Euro shams for KK's room
kid's kitchen re-do
cool mirror (x2!)

Can't wait to finish up and show you my stuff!

See you soon!

Friday, February 26, 2010

Teacher Appreciation Lunch

We celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week a few weeks ago at our school. I LOVE being the chairperson for this committee!! I love spoiling our teachers and making them feel extra special. I try to get the point across to everyone on the committee to please pay attention to the little details and please bring only "homemade" food items during the week. Anyone can go to Wal-mart and buy a dozen cookies from the bakery. But to really show we care, bake those cookies (even if it's "slice and bake"!) The girls on the committee were awesome because they all like the special details. I kept telling them, "Martha would be so proud!"

The bags (which were only 6 cents a piece at Wal-Mart after Christmas!) were filled with containers of fruit salad, chicken salad, and pasta salad, as well as a croissant, two cookies, and mini muffins.

We made these labels from scrapbook paper and paper punches. They were so fun!

The teachers enjoyed themselves and really noticed the details. They had as much fun eating the lunches as we had making them. I will tell you this because it's too funny not to share. One of the girls who came to help assemble the lunches ( and who is a huge help and always ready to get to work), asked, "Okay, can we just start scooping?" I explained that we were going to scoop the salads into the containers, label each salad with a darling little label, put the cookies into clear bags and tie them with ribbon, fold the top of the bag down, fold the napkin in half and punch holes through the napkin and bag, thread a ribbon through the holes then tie the fork onto the ribbon. She looked at me like I had two heads. I said, "It's can laugh." She replied, "Oh thank God." Then she proceeded to die laughing! It was actually hilarious.