Thursday, January 27, 2011

Necklace Board

I have finally finished this little project! I started it back in September but had a hard time finding pins I liked to hold the necklaces (small town). When I found out we were going to be moving to another city I decided I wanted to switch up my bedroom colors. I was so excited to do yellow and grey but it has been a nightmare trying to find yellow fabric that I love. I don't get it... I see all the time on design shows like Nate, yellow being used currently, but why is their no yellow in fabric??? I was extremely hopefully I was going to find yellow fabric and got paint happy right when we moved in September. I love the way the bench turned out... but it needs some yellow friends. If anyone comes across any lovely yellow fabrics online please let me know!


Here is my necklace board. I took a cork board that I found discounted (hole in the board) at Home Sense with this frame already attached. Added some fabric, painted the frame (it was pink) and added my necklaces. I don't have much jewellery as you can tell by the amount on this board. I am pretty plain... I want to be more fashionable but I find it hard to accessorize myself but very easy to accessorize my home! I remember when I first got engaged, a few girls from my church said, I am surprised Scott is marrying Tara, she is very plain and well... Scott isn't! I did marry a man that is very fashionable, but I love it! At first it was a little bit too much for me with his pink shirts and perfect hair. He has since gotten rid of the pink shirts, but still has perfect hair (his mom is his hair dresser)





Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Billy

After my pillow fail yesterday I needed to do something simple. I have been meaning to reline the door of my billy bookcase for a few months now and tackled it last night. In our last place I lined it with scrapbook paper but I removed the paper after the move because the colors didn't go anymore with the location of the billy. 
I bought this pretty Amy Butler fabric a while ago thinking I was going to make pillows (why I keep thinking I can do this) and the red ended up being too bright for my sofa. Put it works perfectly here!

In the end, I used spray adhesive and attached the fabric to red and white dot wrapping paper. I attached the fabric to the door using strong velcro and double-sided tape. When you open the door you see the red dot paper instead of the ugly side of the fabric.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pillow Fail!

I have been working in my spare moments on cute valentine pillows inspired by these...
BUT I quit... I failed! They look horrible! I am sure I will attempt them again (maybe next year) but for now, done! I have no training in sewing other than jr. high when everyone had to take it but I like to pretend I know what I am doing. I need to spend some time looking online and learning some tips and tricks to sewing because I do love to sew!


I thought a lot about Valentines today. I love the holiday, it is just so lovely but I am the only one that seems to enjoy it around here. My little baby is only 9 months, so he doesn't know about how great this day is and well my husband and I have been married for 4 years and not one year has he acknowledged the day. Every year I still make him or buy him something special, but never is the gesture returned. SO... and I wasting my time crafting up some sweet valentine decorations?? 


 




NOPE! If the hubby wont celebrate with me, I will have to celebrate with myself!
Stay tuned for some more valentine crafts!!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Bragging (well trying too)!

One of the first home decor/DIY blogs I ever came into contact with was Thrifty Decor Chick. I already had a blog and every once and a while put up decor ideas and things I have done around my place, but her blog and many others inspired me to start another blog and concentrate on crafts and decor.
Right now Thrifty Decor Chick is looking to highlight a few new bloggers (check her post out here) and I thought this would be a great time to introduce myself to the blogging world through a few projects I have done. My blog is brand new (about a month old), not too much content YET but I have so many ideas I cant sleep at night!


Our last place, where we painted stripes on the walls and put up glass tile on the backsplash.

Clock!

Valentine Frames.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Will You Be My Valentine?

I saw these frames this week in the Michael's flyer and went and bought two for only $1.50 each! 


First I painted the back and sides white.

Next I found scrap paper that worked perfectly. (My mom bought me some random packs of scrapbook accessories and cut up paper at a garage sale in Edmonton and all this paper was in the packs... good find mom!) After cutting the paper to just fit to the outside of the frame, I than used spray adhesive to glued the paper onto the wood. 


Taking my knife I cut off excess paper and also cutting the heart out. At this point I realized I forgot to paint the inside of the heart... had to do this really carefully since I didn't want to get any paint on the paper.


I used sandpaper and lightly sanded down the edges of the frame and inside of the heart. *Make sure to move down with the sandpaper and not up. This step will fix any uneven cutting that happened especially in the heart. See a picture of this step here.


I look my embellishments (found them at Michael's this week and used a coupon) and mounted them on cardboard using spray adhesive to give it strength. 


I than Mod Podged the front and sides of the frame and the front of the embellishments. I wanted to make sure they had the same finish as the paper on the frame.


Next I had to pick from my small selection of ribbon, the perfect match (okay this is a huge selection... I have an addition). I glued down the ribbon using glue dots. I also took some craft glue that dries clear and added a small amount of glue to the cut edges of the ribbon to help prevent fraying.


Lastly I applied tons of these sticky lifter things (no idea what they are called) and raised the embellishments from the frame just slightly to give it some dimension.




Here are the finished frames! The first one is for my house and the second one is for who Boston wants to ask to be his Valentine... she should be receiving it in the mail shortly :)






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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Valentines Free Printables

***Updated - Added new free printables at the bottom!!!***
I am in love with all the talented ladies out in the blogging world and their Free Stuff! I wanted to share the great finds I found for valentines day (and there are still tons more, leave a comment if you know of another great v-day freebie)!


Todays Fabulous Finds - Valentine Subway Art

(Picture from Today's Fabulous Finds)
This lady does new subway art for every season, holiday and month.


Becky Higgins - Love One Another

(Picture from Becky's Website)


I printed one of each for myself at Walmart and sent a copy for my mom to her Walmart. They look amazing!


Vintage Holiday Craft - Vintage Kids Valentine Cards
(Picture from Vintage Holiday Craft)

(Picture from Lovely Papershop)
(Picture from The Rubber Punkin)
U-create Crafts - Valentine Candy Wrappers Tags
(Photo from  Ucreate)
One Charming Party - Class Valentine
(Photo from One Charming Party)
Beth Proud Foot - Valentine Poster


More lovely printables....




Friday, January 14, 2011

What I Miss About Our Condo

In our current place, we are renting an older 850 square foot apartment. Before we moved out of Calgary we owned a 790 square foot condo. I purchased it before I meant my husband and people always told me how smart I was to make that financial decision (I purchased before the big housing increase in Calgary). I have to admit, that wasn't even on my mind... the only reason I purchased my own place was I was sick of living in a place that didn't look nice! I was renting with 4-7 girls depending on the month and nothing matched.


Reasons why I miss the condo:
1. The color! I love color and miss being able to paint my walls.
2. It was new and clean. When I open cupboards in our current place the first thing that comes to my mind is... will I see a mouse (and no I have yet to see one)
3. Everything I own fit into this place perfectly. I currently have boxes and boxes full of decor items that I don't know where to put them (k, some of this is because my son is into everything right now).
4. Heated underground parking.
5. Dishwasher!


What I don't miss about the condo:
1. Lack of space, our current place has more square feet with equals tons more storage.
2. We had to walk down a huge hallway to our door and 1-2 flights of stairs depending on which parking spot (here we only have about 20+ steps).


I thought I would take myself down memory lane...
Our little kitchen, small but clean and a dishwasher!
Living room and dining area. Notice the green stripes on the wall.
Hallway, TV in living room and Boston's room (I didn't paint it because we were moving a few months after he was born) 
The brown matches the bathroom down the hallway but its not my favourite.
I miss my den/scrapbook room! Nothing special but in our current place this little room is were the dining room should be.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Carpet On Carpet

Some people have said, no to carpet on carpet but others have said why not! I am not of those, why not kind of girls.
In our current place, we are renting a older 850 square foot apartment. The carpet itself it okay, the flooring underneath the carpet is uneven and hollow. In the place we lived before I had laminate hardwood flooring and found the perfect rug for only $125! It was a steal of a deal... a mis-communication between co-workers (they sold the last old version of this rug I had on hold) and in the end they gave me this 8 x 10 rug worth over $1000 for only $125 (Pottery Barn isn't as expensive as you think... sometimes).
Isn't it pretty?

Before I bought this carpet I had a green area rug from Ikea. But I went paint crazy and painted my living room green. It was pretty obvious I had too much green and that is when I bought the PB rug. When we moved, I knew the place had carpet and since we couldn't paint, the old apartment was going to be in need of some color. The white shag wasn't going to be the best idea for carpet on carpet due to the fact the rug is very thick and the carpet was already a light color (also I knew my baby would be starting solids soon and spit-ups wouldn't be just white anymore). I still loved the green rug and got it out of my parents attic.

I wanted to touch on another point when it comes to area rugs. Every designed has a different option but I am going to quote Sarah Richardson on this one. On her first episode of Sarah 101 she said, "at least the front two legs of each piece of furniture should land on the rug. You don't want your area rug to seem like an island floating in the middle".

Thursday, January 6, 2011

CSN Stores

We moved to our new apartment in September and for months I looked for a chair for my sons room. I wanted a cute pattern that would go with the colors in his bedding. Since we are living in a small town I was having a hard time finding anything. In the end I made the decision to just find a brown chair that can go with any future baby bedding (I do plan to have more babies and especially a little girl). You think finding a brown chair would be simple... well it wasn't for my price range. Finally I came across an online store that ships to Canada. For all my fellow Canadian's we all know that not all stores ship to Canada, in fact, a lot don't. 
If you don't already know about CSN Stores... check them out! Not everything ships to Canada, but most does.
Here is the chair I bought for the babies room. 
I love it. Simple and very comfortable. To cut down the cost of shipping, the chair had to be put together and it was even more complicated than something from IKEA. BUT I did it all by myself with a baby crawling all over me. In the end, worth it!

**It says Free Shipping on items like furniture, but for my dear Canadian's... this is not the case. Just a heads up, you will be charged shipping but it was only about $30.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Clock

My sister showed me this cute clock she wanted to buy and the crafter in me said, "We can easily make that ourselves".
We got our 40% off coupons for Michael's and went to look at clock hands. They seems too much money even with the coupon. Walmart Super Center was right next door and we found this clock for only $5.



Alyssa bought a piece of scrapbook paper and I used one I had at home. We have been blessed with a very talented father and got him to cut the round base. The picture above shows the back of the clock and how my Dad cut the insert for the clock hand base. Then using some other supplies I already had (vinyl, Mod Podge, Spray Adhesive, Sponge brush, sandpaper and paint) we made our clocks!



The things i learned from doing this project are:
1. Use spray adhesive to glue down large piece of paper and not mod podge. I didn't have the spray adhesive with me the day we started the clocks and my sister used mod podge and it bubbled! I used heavy objects to weigh down the clock and luckily once it dried it flattened.
2. After gluing down the paper and before applying mod podge to the entire clock, use sandpaper and gently sand down the edges. This step blends the paper better into the wood for a more even look.

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