Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday Five

1) We attended my sister in law's wedding this past weekend and I was the lucky one with this guy on my arm.

2) The new West Elm catalog came...nuff said.

3) I've had the whole week off from cooking.  Didn't have to turn on this thing once.

4) I've got the go ahead from hubby to add some finishing touches to a few rooms.  Like this one.

5) It's Good Friday!

Have a happy weekend everyone.  Until next week. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Easter Printable

We were sitting down at dinner one night and the subject of Easter came up.  We had never discussed Easter with our daughter and the reason we celebrate this day.  We did the Jesus was born on Christmas discussion so now's a good time to explain this.  This conversation led me to write down some words that reminded me of Jesus and his death and resurrection.

I thought I would share.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Paint Chip Easter Garland

What do you do with a stack of paint chips and a craft hungry 4 year old?  Make something of course.  This kid keeps my brain moving trying to come up with stuff for her to do.

This project was easy to do and my daughter enjoyed doing it.  I printed an egg shape and she traced it onto the back of the paint chips. This prevented any pencil lines on the front of your finished egss.  She cut out the eggs and taped them to a piece of ribbon.

It was hanging in the kitchen but she thinks it's perfect right on the mantle.


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Friday, March 15, 2013

Friday Five

I wanted to start a weekly recap of things that have caught my eye, made me happy, or going on in my world throughout the week.

1) To start things off, I was drooling over the wood shim mirror that Allison over at House of Hepworths made.  It's huge at over 4 feet and beautiful.  This one is definitely going on my to do list.

2) I am dying to try these peanut butter balls from One Artsy Mama.  Something about peanut butter and chocolate together.  A true fan over here!

3) Made a trip to Ikea and finally picked up one of these bowls.  I've walked by the display so many times only to pick one up and put it back

4) Temperatures will make it into the low 70's this weekend.  I can see spring on the horizon.

5) I'll be working on more nursery stuff.  Counting down the weeks until we meet the little guy.

What you got going on this weekend?  Anything exciting?


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stained Wood Crates

The nursery is coming along great but I still wasn't sure about storage.  I showed you several ideas and was so certain I would end up choosing baskets.  Guess again.

Hubby and I were in Home Depot and he mentioned the wooden crates again.  We asked around to see where they would be.  The associate directed us to the store entry and there they were.  The good part, they were marked down to $5.00 a piece.  

Originally I was thinking of painting them orange but then thought that maybe I already had enough orange in the room.  I decided to just stain them.  That way if I was to change the room's colors later on, I wouldn't have to re-paint them.

I gave them a good sand to get rid of the rough spots and edges.  I applied a coat of Minwax Dark Walnut stain and let the crates dry.  They had to sit out in the garage for a while.  The smell of stain is intoxicating.  After they were dry, I brought them upstairs.

I picked up this cute little guy at Target.

This is the perfect drop spot for toys and books.  I thought about adding wheels to them but we'll see how it goes when he gets older.   


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Friday, March 8, 2013

Color Block Curtains

From the beginning, I wanted to use white curtains in the nursery.  To me, white curtains are clean and just keep the room looking fresh.  But I had the urge to add more color to them.  

I had been searching for a cool fabric to make curtains but I wasn't ready to fork out big bucks for it.  I also thought about using ribbon to add a border around the inside edges like this but I ended up using the ribbon on the light.  

Another ribbon trim idea was this one.  It reminds me of the curtains I did in my daughter's room but on the bottom instead of the top.

Then it hit me, I can make a big colorful impact with orange fabric!  Since I didn't remember seeing any plain orange fabric in the fabric stores, the next best thing was a sheet.  Yes, a bed sheet.  I went into Walmart and bought a twin flat sheet for $4 and change.  A twin sheet is 66 inches wide by 96 inches long.  That's a lot of fabric for so little money.

After my white curtains were hemmed and hung, I had to figure out how much of a bottom stripe I wanted.  I decided my stripe would start somewhere underneath the window sill.  So a 19 inch stripe would be good.  I cut a 20 inch wide by 57.5 inch long piece of fabric.  The curtains are 57 inches wide so I wanted room to fold and make a hem on each side.  I used the already hemmed sides of the sheet along the top and down one side.

I made a mark at 19 inches along the bottom on my curtain so I knew where to attach the fabric.  Using stitch witchery, I attached the fabric along the top and one side, each already hemmed.  The other side needed to be folded in half an inch and the bottom an inch.  It helps to iron and fold before attaching with stitch witchery. 

After each panel is done, stand back and admire your work!  The pop of color is just what I wanted.


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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Easy Giraffe Art

Here's some easy art for the nursery.  I wanted some inexpensive art to put on the shelf above the changing table.  This project took nothing more than a frame and scrapbook paper.  I've had this pinned and decided to give it a try.

I searched for giraffe heads on google and printed it out large enough to fill my frame.  I cut it out, traced it onto scrapbook paper, and glued it to white paper.  I had an extra frame laying around and popped it in.

Super cheap and super easy.

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