April 25, 2011

The Green-Eyed Monster . . . . . .

Sooooooo . . . . . . .  my daughter is getting jealous of the attention I've given to my sons room so I decided to put his room on hold today and work on a project that I had in mind for hers. 

She's had these curtains for several years now and I've never liked them.  I sewed them but I made a wrong cut and then had to improvise because I didn't want to have to buy new fabric.  It's hard to see in the picture but it's actually a piece of pink fabric sewed to some eyelet fabric and draped over the rod.  The annoying part is that her vent is right below one of her two windows and when the heat/air kicks on the curtain blows off.

 Her room used to be pink and white and we're switching it to pink and brown.  I purchased about 14 spools of ribbon when it was half price at Hobby Lobby.  Ignore the blue one.  It was just holding a place since I only had one spool of the white ruffled ribbon.  I laid all the ribbons out to determine the pattern I needed.  My window was 36 inches wide.  I repeated this pattern twice working from the middle out so it matched.
 Once I had my pattern established I cut each ribbon to 26 inches, I folded the top down 2 inches to fit my curtain rod, and sewed it.

 Then I had a pile of ribbons that looked like this. . . . . .
Finally, I threaded them onto the curtain rod and hung it back up.  Sorry this isn't a great picture but it's a really cloudy, rainy day here. . . . it's been raining for a week  :(
 She loves it and I think it looks cute in person (better than in the picture) but I think it still needs something else.  I'm thinking about gluing on some pink and brown flowers along the top edge.  I'm going to live with it for a few days and see if it grows on me.  I'm thinking it will look better once I get the rest of her room finished.
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(¸.·´   Denise

April 20, 2011

I love spring!!

I love spring. . . . I love when the weather starts to warm up . . . . I love when I can finally leave my doors and windows open . . . . I also love buying new flowers to plant . . . . 
 Unfortunately, I'm stuck at home today since my car is in the shop getting an inspection and new tires so I'm finding all kinds of things to work on.  I started with laundry, moved onto cleaning off the desk in my kitchen . . . . . way too much for one day but I got a good start (I'll post once it's finally organized - it was one of my organization challenges I never finished).  Then I got bored with house work and started playing.  I started to decorate my mantle for Easter (I know, I'm behind . . . . but better late than never).  I found these glass canisters at my local thrift store yesterday for 50 cents each.  I bought them all!  I lined them up on my mantle and filled them with grass and eggs.  I like the look but it still needs something more . . . . .  Thinking about wrapping them with ribbon or paper. . . . I also cleaned out my fireplace from one last fire we had a few days ago and added my candle holder with new white candles.

Then I moved onto the island in my kitchen.  I started with this . . . . 
Jillian found me these awesome glass candlesticks for $3 at the thrift store.  I added three empty salsa jars, ribbon,  and more easter grass. . . . 

 . . . . . and ended up with these.  I just need to buy some wrapped chocolate eggs to toss inside.  

Next, I'd like to get started on new curtains for my deck.  I purchased this fabric and thread the other day. . . . 

I think it goes well with the gerbera daisies I got to line up on the deck ledge. . . . . 
I'm still working on my son's new monkey room as well.  I think it's coming along nicely.  Here's a sneak peak of a couple of the monkeys.  I still need to add the details to their faces and paint the vines.  I'm also on the hunt for monkey stuffed animals. . . . 
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(¸.·´   Denise

April 15, 2011

Five Little Monkeys . . . . .

My son is turning three in June and I've decide to turn his room from his baby nursery into a big boy room.  This room was initially my daughters nursery.  It had the lamb crib bedding from Pottery Barn Kids.  Then I painted lambs, stars, trees, and fences to match that I added to the wall.  I made these using some awesome Kunin Cloth that was waxed on the back.  What's great about this is that they're repositionable.  You just paint on the fabric, cut it out, peel off the wax paper and apply it to the wall.  When you want to change you just peel them off (just like post it notes) . . . . AWESOME!!  When I moved my daughter out and rearranged a little for my son I just peeled them off and placed them somewhere else.  Then when we moved him out of a crib into a toddler bed I was able to move them again.  I was also able to place them on wax paper when I took them off the wall so I can save them to go with the bedding for the future. Unfortunately, the store where I purchased the fabric from no longer sells it and I couldn't find it anywhere else.  

Here is a close up of some of the lambs.  They matched the crib bumper exactly.
Here are a couple of overall pictures of the room.

 We moved the antique furniture into my daughters room  . . . . . I'm planning to do her room next so check back for that . . . . . and moved a different set to his room that we had stored in the basement.

The first thing I did was to paint the part of the wall above the green hills blue.  This was extra paint we had from their bathroom that is furnished in ducks with blue and yellow walls.  Then, since I was unable to find the waxed fabric I had to find an overhead projector so I could trace them.  Luckily,  I was able to get one off freecycle . . . . I LOVE freecycle . . . . . .

I sketched some monkey's and palm trees, traced them onto an overhead, and then traced them onto the wall.  Here is a shot of the palm tree being projected onto the wall.  Not the best shot but it's hard to get it to show up in a photo.

 This is probably one of my favorites.  I did decide that the monkeys head was too small so I make it larger when I actually traced it on the wall.  I'm still debating what color to paint the B . . . . . do I make it green like the vines, or brown like the monkeys . . . . or maybe a different color altogether like the yellow in the bananas?  Suggestions anyone?

 This is my sons favorite.  It's a fat little monkey sitting on the floor.  Again, this is a preliminary sketch.  I did make some changes to it to make it more proportional.  I also have a fun surprise for this little guy.  You'll have to wait until after I get it painted to see . . . . . but I promise it's totally worth it.
There are a few more monkeys hanging from vines scattered around the room.  I'm also thinking about writing "Five little monkeys jumping on a bed . . . . " in small letters along the green hill above his bed.  I also have one other surprise for his bed that I'll post when it's all finished.  Now I need to run to the store to buy some brown and green paint.  I'll upload new photos once it's all finished.  Stay tuned . . . . . . . .

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(¸.·´   Denise

April 8, 2011

I did it without my Hubby!

Shanty2Chic is having a new giveaway.  If you have any projects you've completed on your own that you'd like to show off head on over to their blog.  This months giveaway is gorilla glue.

Here are two projects I've made on my own.  The first is a dresser that I turned into a armoire/hutch many years ago (probably 10+) for my kitchen.  Unfortunately that was before I started blogging so I don't have a before picture.  I got the idea from a magazine.  The top half had three drawers that I removed.  I made two simple doors, stapled chicken wire into the inside, and sewed some curtains.  Then I painted everything white and distressed it.  I also removed the plain wooden knobs and added some chicken knobs.  These were really hard to find and kind of expensive but totally worth it.  This has made it through two moves and I still love it.

My second project was to take the frame from a loft bed that I had in college and cover it with paneling to make it look like a small house.  I built some stand alone stairs on the side and added a wavy slide. I added plywood to the top and covered it with carpet squares.  I also added a picket fence I made to the top so no one can fall off the side.  Now my kids have a lot more room in their playroom and they have a cozy loft on top where they can read and watch movies.  I would still like to make some curtains for the window of the playhouse to dress it up a little.  There is currently a corkboard blocking the window on the right.  I'm planning on hanging it from the wall underneath so they have somewhere to hang their artwork. 

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(¸.·´   Denise

April 7, 2011

Folding Bed Tray Makeover

I have these two ugly folding bed trays that my kids use in the family room for everything from snacks, to coloring, and everything in between.  They're boring and the tops were discolored.  I found this awesome post here and was so excited. 

I started by painting the legs yellow, then I mod podged on some scrapbook paper.  See Life in the Dub Lane for details.

Since my kids use these for everything I'm thinking about getting a piece of plexiglass cut to fit the top to protect them a little more.

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(¸.·´   Denise

April 5, 2011

Stay Put Bookmark - Works for Paperbacks and Hardbacks - All in One

Turn this . . .. . 
 Into this . . . . 

This has been on my list for a while now.  After I dropped my book . . . . . again . . . . . . and lost my page I finally got motivated to make it.  It was so easy I don't know why I didn't do it sooner.  It took longer to pick out the ribbon and buttons then it did to put it together.  These are all over the Internet and you can probably find other tutorials but here is what I did . . . . 

     *  1 ponytail holder or small piece of elastic
     *  ribbon (approx 20 inches)
     *  2 buttons (this way it can be used for small paperbacks and larger hardbacks)
     *  lighter to heat seal ribbon ends
     *  sewing machine

I started by heat sealing both ends of the ribbon.  Folded over one end approx 1/2 inch with the ponytail holder sandwiched in between and sewed a straight stitch.  I folded the other end of the ribbon over approx 1/2 inch and sewed a hem. 
Then I sewed the first button on at about 3/4 inches and the second at approx 3 3/4 inches.

So easy!  Please e-mail me if you have any questions.

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(¸.·´   Denise

April 2, 2011

Weekly Organizational Challenge #10 - Menu Planner

This is actually something I've been working on for a while.  I hate planning meals and am horrible at it.  Since I want my family to eat healthier I knew I needed to come up with something.  When I started working on my Home Management Binder this was a natural category.  I have a weekly calendar in the front of the menu section in a clear sleeve protector.  At the beginning of each week my husband or myself chooses our meals for the week, from breakfast, to dinner, sides and snacks included.  Behind the weekly calendar I have several tabbed sections with all my meal categories such as main dishes, side dishes, breakfast, etc.  This part took several weeks.  I went through all my recipe books, including my recipe binders full of ones I've collected on-line, and listed all our favorites in excel. I included the name of the recipe book, the name of the recipe, the page it's on, and a basic list of ingredients.  Then I labeled a post it tab for each one.  I printed the spreadsheet and placed the tab on each recipe.  Now, we just choose the recipe we want, pull the post it tab off, and place it on the weekly calendar on the day we want to serve it.  I also have the tabs color coded (ex:  green is from a recipe book, blue I can cook from memory, yellow from my recipe binder, etc).  Each day I can just look at the calendar and flip to the section where the recipe is to see a quick list of ingredients to make sure I have everything I need.  Then for dinner I just need to get the correct recipe book.  This is also easy to update.  If we try a recipe and don't like it I can easily remove it from the spreadsheet.  I can also add recipes as I collect new cookbooks.  
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(¸.·´   Denise

Weekly Organizational Challenge #9 - Purge

This weeks challenge was to purge anything and everything.  Since I'm working on redoing my son and daughter's room I started there.  Here are some before pictures of my sons room.  The walls still have lambs that matched the Pottery Barn Kids crib bedding I used with both kids.  It was much more organized and cuter before we added the "tent bed" and all the toys.  I LOVE the wall decor.  I hand painted it to match the bedding exactly using Kunin cloth that was waxed on the back so that it is repositionable.  As I changed furniture and rearranged the room I was able to move the lambs and trees so they were always visible.  Unfortunately, the store that sold it locally no longer sells it and I can't find it anywhere.  If anyone knows where I can order some please let me know!!

 My daughter's room needs to be redone because I've decided that there is just too much furniture and I'm tired of the wall treatment.  It's sponge painted with light pink near the base boards that fades to white near the ceiling.  I've decided that it's just too busy.  I'd like to do a pink and brown color scheme.

Their rooms have needed to be updated for a while and the clutter was starting to get to me.  I started by removing her white furniture that belonged to me in college and replaced it with the antique furniture that was in my sons nursery.  Then we brought up an extra bedroom set for him that we were storing in the basement.  Eventually, I'd like to paint both rooms (not sure exactly what I'm doing in hers yet but I have a monkey mural planned for his - I'll have to paint directly on the wall if I can't find anymore waxed Kunin cloth).  I'd also like to paint the furniture that we moved into his room.  I'll update with pictures in a later post when I have them finished.

Back to the cleaning.  I was able to purge enough from my daughter's room to fill two boxes.

Still working on my sons room . . . . . . .

I also thinned out my recipe books, some fabric, a few of my kids toys, and a ton of VHS movies.  Luckily I was able to get rid of all this stuff through freecycle so I didn't have to throw it away. I LOVE FREECYCLE . . . . you should check to see if your area has one.  It's a great way to get rid of things you no longer need, but hate to throw away as they're still in good condition.  I have given away and received tons of stuff over the last few years.

Then I started on my craft room.  I'm fortunate enough to have a fourth bedroom that is my dedicated craft/sewing room and has a walk in closet that my husband and I remodeled when we moved in.  It has shelves all around.  However, it becomes a dumping ground for everything since it's behind closed doors and has tons of storage space.  It currently houses much more than just my craft stuff and was becoming very cluttered and unorganized.  I started with all my gift wrap.  The blue bag in the picture is full of bows, ribbon, paper, and gift bags.  Not sure what I was saving it for.  I also thinned out and organized all my craft materials.  Most of this will be saved for my subdivision garage sale in May.  
My closet is looking much better but is far from finished.  However, I'm going to have to put it on hold for a little while so that I can finish my kids rooms.  I just picked up some paint samples from the store today and can't wait to get started on the monkey mural!!

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(¸.·´   Denise