Thursday, March 8, 2012

Birthday Crafts

Well it’s that time again…  Craft giving by pinning!  This time it’s for Birthday presents.  My mom and Aunt have their birthdays one day apart and we celebrated this past weekend. 

Here is Mom’s Board:

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I was happy to see a mixture of pins…  some crafts and some actually gifts.  A nice mix to give some ideas!  Mom had a theme of: earrings, orange pillows and homemade beauty products. 

My Aunt’s Board:

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A mixture of outdoor ideas and a mix of artwork ideas. 

So which ones did I choose??

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And here’s how it went down:

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I found pillows (cushions) @ IKEA for $3.99 each – BARGAIN! I took out a little of the stitching and removed all the stuffing. I then printed out a large “R” for my Mom’s last name.

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Cut out 2 sheets of freezer paper.  Trace the “R” onto the non-slick side of the freezer paper.

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Using an exacto knife cut out the negative images.  Use another sheet of freezer paper inside slick side up.

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Center the “R” on the pillow.  Using a medium iron no steam – iron the freezer paper.  It will create a fusion between the two.  Make sure you’ve gotten a good fuse between the edges.

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Using acrylic paint the image.  Apply at least 2 coats.  Let dry overnight and pull off freezer paper.  Refill pillow (I used some extra polyfil to make them feel a little more full.) Sew closure back together.

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And voila pretty monogrammed pillow!


You can use this method for so many different things.  You can do t-shirts, totes, etc!

Menu board:

You can find the 8 picture frame @ Wal-Mart for $10.  They have them in black and brown.  I also went to Michaels and grabbed some scrapbook paper and stickers.

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This was a super simple project and turned out so cute!!

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You use dry erase marker to write your menu each week!  I love this and *may* be making me one of these as well!!

It’s about time for me to start pinning for my birthday in July!  Wonder what will end up on there??  Have you been working on any projects lately?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Some updates

Well Lord knows y’all need some updates since I can’t seem to write a blog post recently to save my soul!

Today I happen to click over to the “Look Around” page on this little ol’ blog of mine and noticed that I’ve made some updates to the hizzy and haven’t let y’all in the loop! 

And before we go any further, I just need to say it’s hard to be a fulltime-working-another-job-than-blogging photographer.  {did you follow that?}  That is to say it’s difficult to get good pictures when the sun is on it’s way to sleepy time.  So until day light savings time changes next week {YAY!!}– these pics will have to do…  please excuse any harsh sunlight you may see!

We’ll start in the living room…  as of right this minute this is the picture on the “Look Around” page:


So a few changes in here:

New drapes

Layered rug on rug
New Chair &  reupholstered Different cocktail table
New Lamps Desk area added
Accessory Changes New throw pillows


I’m really enjoying the kind of “layered” feel that‘s working in here.  Of course there are tweaks to be made…  I need to raise the drapes (and actually sew them), etc. But I like the addition of the white touches that bring a little lightness to the room as well.

Dining Room:

I know we’ve talked about this room a lot…  and you probably felt like it wasn’t getting any action, but I have made some changes although there’s still more to do!


Changes in here:


Still hoping to get my chairs done…  do you remember?!?  But I’m still on the fence on color.  Loving the drapes and the rug although a rug with white probably wasn’t the best choice for the high traffic area it’s in but you only live once, right??

Master Bedroom:

Just a few little touches in this room…


Updated Pillows New Lamps


The lamps in this space we’re too small so on a lunch shopping trip @ TJ Maxx I found these lovely grey ginger jar-esque.  I moved the lamps out to the Living room (you can see in the above picture.)  I also found the black pillows at one of my other favorite stores – HomeGoods.  They are perfect…  the little nobbies on the pillows are grey, pink, and gold.  I took the existing pink pillow and had my mom cut it down and sew it to fit an existing filler.  Then I took it to L & M Monogramming and had the snazzy “L” embroidered on.


One last update…

I alluded to this a long time ago but never officially updated you guys on the hallway..  I painted it the same color as the living to brighten it up a bit.  I added a mirror from IKEA, which I am loving!  It’s so nice to have a full length mirror to see your outfits in and it totally opens up the space as well!  DUAL purpose – Love it!


So that about does it for changes around here…  what have you been working on lately??

I’m off to update the “Look Around” page ☺