August 28, 2009

Six in One Hand Giveaway!

Yup, that's right Angelique, from Six in One Hand, is having a wonderful giveaway!! Want to know what it is???? Of course you do, it's a $25.00 gift card to Hobby Lobby!!! So what are you waiting for, an invitation?? You are invited, there, now go check out her inspiring and creative blog,!!! Details await you there.

August 27, 2009

12 free carnival fonts downloads

Aren't these fonts to die for? I found them here .
You will need to go to archives, click on the on the month of April, and scroll down a bit, there are a total of 12 free downloads. I have tried to download them, but I'm having a hard time. I'm sure it's something super easy that I am just not getting. So if you figure it out, which I know you will, maybe you'll be willing to give me a tutorial. (wink)

August 26, 2009

dresser b4 & after

My daughter's room is still in progress, it is slowly coming together though. In the meantime, I have decided to give her 7 year old dress (purchased @ k-mart for $60) a face lift. I gave it a light sand and removed the stickers. I already had the black paint, I just bought 2 glass knobs for $2.99each. Let me know what you think.


dresser= $0
blk paint= $0
glass knobs 2 at 2.99= $6 (+tax)
Project total = under $7, not bad
I have liked up to Maman Tattoo.

Easier Than Apple Pie

This is so delicious! Unfortunately I didn't have vanilla ice-cream to go along with it, but I will next time. Give it a try and let me know what you think. You can find this recipe here Easier Than Apple Pie

August 25, 2009

cute idea

Like me, most of you moms have at least 1 after school activities you take your child to right? With all the things you already have to do and keep track of, it's pretty easy to forget what day you do what, especially if you have more that 1 school age child. So I decided it was time for my 10yr old daughter to take responsibility for her own activities (and remind me too). So here is a little something I did for her to help herself stay organized.
I used a variety of tags, glass beads, clothe pins, scrap paper, paint, glue dots, mod podge, and magnetic strips.

Next, I dug out my old calendar.

Here are some ideas I was playing with. The possibilities here are endless so put on your creativity hat on.

This is what I came up with for our calendar.

You can see which day I will be super busy.

This is what it looks like now. I also made a pop-corn magnet for movie night, and "your special day" one. ( for my use only) The circle one on the bottom right is water park logo, I cut it out and added a magnet, it was cute as is. (she doesn't know she's going yet)

Thank you for stopping by! I hope this was helpful to you,
now I think I'm going to make one for myself.
Do you have any creative ways to stay organized?

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August 23, 2009

Parisian Boudoir still in progress.....

What a busy weekend!! It was filled with last minutue school shopping, painting, cleaning, organizing, trial run make-up session for a future bride, and my daughter's room makeover. So please forgive me if I disapointed you, but this project turned out to be more work than anticipated.
We (my husband) had to replace some of the tape and bed that had been done poorly before we moved in, it was bubbly and peeling off. Then we tried to remove the pop-corn from the celing, so we (he) started at the small celing area above the bay window. After seeing how time consuming it was going to be, not to mention the big , big mess I would have to clean, I decided I would learn to love the pop-crn stuff (for now). So here are some pictures of what we started with and the progress we have made so far.
Yes, it is a very loud color, but she loved it. She has had a bubble gum pink room, lavender, purple and yellow combo, soft green, and aquarium (color shown). So I conviced her to go with a neutral color this time.

This is the closet, you can still see the yellow from before. This is the side I want my hubby to add an extra shelf.

The pic below shows you all the stuff that was in her closet. You couldn't walk in it! Very shameful, I know, but after I get done with this room she will have no exuse on not being ablel to keep it clean.

After 1 coat of priming.
Here is the finished closet with my new in shelf.

We gave the room 2 coats of paint just to make sure that pesky turquoise wouldn't show up and we did the scalloped project which was time consuming, but fun. My goal is to be done by Thursday, we shall see.

What do you think so far?

Inspirational Bible Text

"With God all things are possible" Matthew 19:26

August 20, 2009

frame redo

Now we all have seen or may own these type of frames. I personally have several that I have purchased in garage sales or Goodwill, this one cost me .75cents. I really like it as is,but it doesn't go with my decor, so I painted it. I used Americana Acrylic Paints in white and spa blue, paper plate, damp paper towel, and a sponge tip applicator.
First, I poured the white paint directly on the frame making sure that the paint was going inside the letters, I use the sponge to dab it in.
Next, I used a moist paper towel to rub off the white paint of the frame. The letters should be nicely filled with white paint, I retouched where needed.
Last, I poured spa blue on the paper plate, and reused the sponge (I rinsed it before)and dabbed some paint on it(not too much). I brushed gently over the frame being careful not to put too much pressure on it so I that the paint would not go in the letters and mess up the effect.
Here is the after picture! What do you think?
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August 18, 2009

My daughter's Parisian Boudoir Inspiration

(photo from HGTV, design by Candice Olsen)

My daughter's bedroom is in serious need of a make over. She has been asking me to do a Parisian theme in her room for about a year now. I promised her it would get done this summer before school starts........well there is only 5 days left before school begins! Needless to say I am stressing just a little bit, I don't want to break my promise to her, but I know it is going to be a challenge to get the following done in 4 days:

patch nail holes
prime & paint
add shelves to her closet
replicate Candice Olsen's design on the scallop panel above the window
paint her dresser to match rm theme
shop to find cute Parisian accessories
organize & decorate

Whew....this is going to be tough! There's a good chance I might not get to finish doing everything on the list, but I will do as much as time, energy, and my 2 year old son allow me to. I will post whatever gets done on Monday.....let the stress begin, I mean fun, hehe.

August 17, 2009

bathrm redo- reveal

This is the longest post I have ever done, but it was necessary, you'll see why. First, let me tell you a bit about the history of this restroom. When we purchased this house built in the 80's, 3 and a half years ago, this bathroom had a low, brown, dated vanity with yucky yellowish, glittery counter top, huge mirror which I have saved, hideous round glass balls used for lighting hung on with chains one on each end of the vanity, and black...yes BLACK vinyl flooring. Can you imagine that? Since then, we have replaced the black floor with a free piece of better looking cream vinyl one, added a new light fixture, mirror, and the pedestal sink. ($350.00 estimated total)

This is the only pic I have of the sink, and the vanity, it's the only 1 of 3 still left. Sorry, for the dirty faucet, the cleaning lady was sick......OK I can't lie to you, I don't have a cleaning lady. Hey, I was busy decorating my daughter's bathroom, isn't that more important??

This was what I started with, plain and too simple. The color on the walls is 6430 Great Green by Sherwin Williams.

Remember my $1 inspiration?

Ta Da!! Here is what I was able to put together with $2.50 worth of scrap paper and two .99 cent glass containers I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I already owned everything else. I have to say though how fortunate I was to have found coordinating scrap paper that matched perfectly with the shower curtain (GW buy for $1.99) It was fun and a bit stressful at times, but my daughter loved it and isn't that what matters??
The white shelf was a freebie and I painted the trash can with flowers. I am still searching for 3 coordinating baskets. Tray and tea light lamp purchased from GW a while back, ($1 a piece). I painted the tray and decoupaged it, and the lamp shade was spray painted in watermelon from Krylon. The lids were painted white, labeled, and added a cute flower sticker. I also decoupaged the outlet and light switch.
I purchased these wood chips from Hobby Lobby (4 for .99 cents) and spay painted them with chalkboard paint on one side and decoupage the other with scrap paper. The white cabinet was purchased at Goodwill for $12, I just switched out the knobs and added scrap paper to the bottom shelf. I made the frames, added a decoupaged flower to the tissue holder (GW $1.75), sprayed painted the dragonfly, basket on top, and the metal one on the shelf. *I have replaced the metal basket with a long white wash basket that better fit the space, after I had already downloaded this picture. Welcome to the world of decorating, one minute it's there, the next minute it's not or placed somewhere else. Can you relate to this? If you must see a picture of the new basket just let me know and I will post a picture just for you. :)
Note to self: center curtain rod before taking the picture
The curtain is a shower curtain folded and flipped on a rod, still not done detailing it though.

I wasn't sure what to do to the mirror to dress it up, but then I remembered reading a tutorial, on a wonderful blog(please let me know who you are), on making decorative magnetic glass beads using scrap paper. So my wheels starting turning and I used that idea to come up with this one. Here is a closer look at the cute beads.
I would love to hear what you think?

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