Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The anytime wreath

I needed to take down my Easter wreath and wanted to put something up to replace it, BUT there is nothing to put up just yet.  I hate to put out patriotic stuff already because it hangs out until the 4th of July.  I need an anytime wreath.  I had pinned several that I liked now I just need to make it my own.  I went to hunt for ribbons that I would like.  After a quick trip to Hobby Lobby this is what I came home with.   I wanted leopard print ribbon, but didn't find anything that I liked, however I found a peacock ribbon I LOVED.  So with just a little tweaking I found some great options.

I started out by spray painting the green wire wreath black.  I didn't want it to show anywhere.  Then I grabbed my deco mesh and went to work.  I will warn you, I had to go back to get a second one.  My wreath is HUGE.  I didn't realize how big it would end up.  The deco mesh was fun to work with.  This was the first time I used it and I am in love.  :)

It still looks pretty thin, but don't worry it fills in nicely when you add the ribbons.  Once I got the mesh finished I started weaving the other ribbons in.  First the gold, then the peacock.  I tried the blue, but it was just too overpowering.  I didn't like the results. 

So when I added the ribbons in, I decided I would add a wooden letter S in the center for some added interest.  I didn't really want it to be plain.  I also spray painted it black then I added glitter.  It came out awesome.  I went ahead and hung it out, but wasn't quite satisfied. 

It looks pretty, but it is pretty dark.  I wanted to add the blue in again, but not all over.  So I made small bows and added them in.  I am in love with the final results. 

I may have to find a place inside to hang it when it's time to put out the Memorial Day decorations.  ;)

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Skirts for my valentines

I made some quick and easy skirts for the little girls I babysit, and just had to share.  Since I am just learning to sew don't look too closely.  LOL  These were super easy because they are simply t-shirts cut off to make skirts. 
I took two Hobby Lobby t-shirts that were about two sizes too large, and simply cut them off under the arms.  This is awesome because it gives you a perfect bottom seam to start with.  Then you just size it to your kiddo.  Leave a little extra length for the waistband.  I left about 1in because my elastic was pretty thin.  Then I embellished them with some Rick-rack and cut out felt letters.  It was a quick project.  I finished them both in just a couple of hours even with sewing the letters by hand. 

I can't wait to see how adorable they look on Valentine's day.  What are you making for your valentine?

Wow I was featued on Under the table and Dreaming!!!  You can check it out here.  She has tons of fun Valentine ideas.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

I know there are millions of these out there

Ok I admit Apothecary Jars are ALL OVER blogland, but I have loved them since I saw the first post.  I picked up some old candlesticks at a garage sale this fall, and knew just what I wanted to do with them. 

They were crying out for some of my handy dandy black spray paint.  I love spray paint.  There is just something about using it that makes my feel like a ninja! 

So I sprayed the candlesticks and the lids to some old jars I had.  I only wanted three so when I glued the jars on I also glued together the two matching candlesticks.  I loved the extra height.   It adds some extra drama.  I also chose to use different shape and sized jars.  (Since I started making jam my Dad has made sure to save every jar he gets his hands on.) 

After I got them all put together, I thought they needed something so I added a little ribbon to make them look more finished. 

I found this cool felt rose place mat at dollar tree and thought it was too cute.  I love how it pops on my black buffet top. 

I may add finial pieces later, but I like them just the way they are.  They look so cool on my new funky buffet. 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Ok I give up... I need heeeeellllpppp

We redid our bathroom this summer.  Well, my hubby did a wonderful job of tiling it for me.  Then I painted all the walls.  Somehow I have become the designated painter in our house.  I really don't like to paint, BUT the results are very rewarding.  I love the way it all has turned out, but I can not figure out what to put on the walls.  I have had bathrooms decorated for little kids and now I don't know what to do with a more grown up version.  I have four canvas waiting for inspiration to hit.  I hope maybe y'all could help.  Any brilliant ideas?  I guess I should show you what we have to work with.  First we tore out the old floor.

The help was enthusiastic anyway.  Our old vinyl tiles came up pretty easy. Then we took the shower apart, and of course found some water damage on the wall.  No project ever goes without surprises.  So my hubby ripped it out and put up some new sheet rock. 

What a mess!!!!!  We had to make more than a few trips to Lowe's and my son was sick of waiting on us to decide so he found a comfy spot to read.  OH MY!!!

He thought he was pretty funny. 

Once the everything was back together we got busy add the tile.  I loved the way it was turning out.  The glass mosaics I picked out were a pain in the neck, but turned out perfect.  I love the added detail they provided. 

All that was left is to add the grout.  We choose a sand color similar to the tile.  In hind site I would have chosen a darker color.  It is HARD to keep clean.  Oh well, live and learn right???

I know the color is very different in these two pics.  It is because it was different times during the day. 
The floor was a bit simpler because it was just plain tile. 

See how light in color the grout is.  Don't do it. 
No matter how you are tempted.  Just say no.  LOL 

I love the shower curtain I found.  It is so pretty.  Living in a house with all guys it's hard to do pretty without complaints.  With the dark colors I didn't have to hear that it's too girly.

So can Ya'll help me out.  What quotes would you use in the bathroom???

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Dresser turned buffet

This project has been done for awhile, BUT I had too many suggestions so I wasn't sure if I should change it a little.  I had to live with it for a few weeks before I could actually pronounce it finished.  I am in love with it though.  It is better than I hoped it would be.  I took a dresser that we got at a garage sale and sanded it down.  As usual I didn't take pictures before.  I am so bad about just jumping into a project.  I think about blogging it later.  Sorry. I painted the top high gloss black.  Then took the drawers over to my sisters where my sister, niece and I got busy.  We each painted different drawers and I think I love the memories we made as much as the finished product.  :)
Without further ado...


I just love all the color!!!  It is so fun.  These drawers were perfect for this kind of a project, and I found all the cool glass knobs and handles at Hobby Lobby.  I just love my new addition to the kitchen, and all the extra storage it provides!  I have to include just one more pic.  Mostly to show off that it is snowing out here in West Texas this morning.  We need the moisture soooo much.  Thank you Lord!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A new look for the new year

I have been wanting to do something new in my living room. I have spent hours and hours looking for what to do. One day while I was cruising Pinterest I found the coolest looking wall. They used pallet boards and it created the neatest rustic looking wall. I knew it was the plan. I have an entire board on Pinterest called  pallet-projects.  It has a couple of the walls I used for inspiration, and lots of other cool projects you could use.  The hard part now was enlisting the hubby.  I was pleasantly surprised at how easily he agreed.  I am pretty sure that was the last pallet project he will agree so easily too.  That wood is HARD to take apart.  He spent more time tearing up pallets than putting them on the wall.  Poor guy.

Ok now is the point I really wish I had taken a before shot.  I never remember to do that.  We just jump in there.  Our living room used to be a brown color, and while Clint was busy tearing up pallets I got busy painting.  Then the boards could go up.  I was so excited.  Clint was pretty sure I had lost my mind AGAIN.  He might be right, but don't tell him. 

 He started and said, "Is this what you wanted?"  I said, "Yep"  That is exactly it.  He just looked at me like  I was nuts. 

So he added a few more and asked, "Is this what you wanted????"  I said, "Yes it really is."

God bless him he just kept plugging along on it, thinking the whole time I lost my mind.  He finally made it to the last piece and decided it wasn't so bad after all.  

I am unconditionally and irrevocably in love with it (and him, but don't tell) !!! 

Didn't he do an awesome job????

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Stowe Feed Lot

Ok this project started simply enough... with a board.  Just a leftover board.  I wanted to doone of those cool paint techniques on a dresser turned buffet.  I will show it to yall later when I finally get it finished.  I was waaaay to chicken to start on the buffet, so I figured I would play with an extra piece of wood first. 

So away we go.  I used a chocolate brown craft paint and watered it down a bit.  It started to look just like I hoped.  I just wanted a very very uneven coat.

Then I added a turqoise blue watered down paint on top.  I let some of the brown show through.

Is still really wanted a little more of the brown to show.  I saw on pinterest somewhere a tutuorial that suggested using masking tape.  So I decided to give it a try.  It did help to even it out a bit better.

You can see at the top.  It even  took it all the way down to the wood.  I love the added interest. 

So then I ended up with this cool looking piece of wood.  I couldn't just let it go at that.  Soooo I decided to make a sign for my kitchen.  Just a Sandie's kitchen or Mom's kitchen wouldn't quite get it.  Since I live in the great state of Texas, I decided on a feed lot sign.  I haven't ever seen one, but since I have three boys it is totally appropriate.  So I googled cow images and came up with the cutest cow ever.  So I drew it on and here it is in progress. He is cute isn't he???  I  happen to love love love cows, so he was just what I wanted.

Once I finished painting him, (Well, I didn't have any white paint. So we can pretend it's all painted right????  Who would have thought?  No white?!?!?  Crazy huh?) I need to do the lettering.  I hate my handwritting, so my handy dandy Cricut to the rescue.  I cut out the letters, and traced around them. 

Then I just painted them in and outlined them in black.  I love the finished product.  My poor buddy got about 100 text pictures during this project, but I just loved it more and more.  So here is the finished sign.

So all that was left was to hang it on the wall.  It looks just perfect in it's new home. 

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