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Friday, October 29, 2010

A reminder

I made this sign for my mom. She just started a new job, a promotion for her, and with that comes more responsibility. She admits she can get a little anxious sometimes and wanted something in her office to look at as a reminder to trust in the Lord at all times. I hope this helps!

* sorry the picture is bad, its from my phone!

The wood came from the "as is" section in Ikea. I think it was a cabinet door or something. I wanted a little of the original wood to come through so I put the vinyl letters down before I spray painted it the brown color. Once dry, I peeled the letters off. I wanted to accent some of the words, so I used scrapbook paper and modge podge for those. After I had all the letters where I wanted them, I coated it with a spray poly to protect it!

It took awhile to get the spacing right, but I think it works.

Mom, I am so proud of you for taking on a new challenge. I know you will do a great job and I hope this helps you remember that GOD is with you always!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

A Clock

My Mom was in town this weekend. We don't often have time to ourselves without an agenda, so it was nice to spend 4 days with her just doing whatever we wanted to! We went shopping, did some baking, ate lots of meal out, went to a concert and rested.

But we also did some much needed things around my house. My mom is a super-organizer. She always says she wished she could organize for a job, but now I am lucky enough to get her skills free of charge! She organized my pantry and refrigerator. They look awesome and now I can actually see what I have in there. I don't think I need to go grocery shopping any time soon!

I was also able to complete a project I had been thinking about for a little bit. I had this blank wall in my living room once I rearranged the furniture. Nothing I currently had decor wise looked good there so I had to come up with something inexpensive and fairly large to take up the space.

I got to thinking that we needed a new clock because the one we had wasn't working anymore. But clocks are expensive and I would need a pretty big one. So off to Hobby Lobby I went and was able to buy all the pieces I would need for a clock for about $10!

I cut out the numbers with my Cricut machine and put them directly on the wall. To assemble the clock, I just used a piece of round wood with a hole drilled in the middle for the hands to go and followed the assembly directions on the clock mechanism from there.

I think it turned out really nice. The hardest part was spacing the numbers right, but I used a string and a thumb tack to help me trace a circle on the wall and that worked pretty well!

Now I have a awesome clock that can come down any time I want it to- and it was only $10!!

Friday, October 8, 2010


* This is a post I previously had on my personal blog. I thought it fit better here.
It all started when I got the urge to re-arrange my bedroom and add some fun accessories

The curtains were hand-me-downs from Emily and the tie backs were made from a wooden block and some kind of knob I found at Hobby Lobby.
These are just fabric covered canvases. The fabric was from the as-is section of Ikea and the canvases came from my neighbors trash!

The new arrangement also created some space for a much needed extra dresser!!
The search led me to this awesome thrift store…Where I found a dresser
and with a little paint…
Went from this…

To this…

I also got this fun lamp

and after only one minor electrical shock,

I was able to re-wire and hang to use as a bed-side light!
People either love it or hate it, I LOVE IT!

A few weeks later, I went back to the thrift store and got this cool chair…..

After a few coats of spray paint and some fabric from an old pillow, it now looks like this…

I put it in an empty corner of our living room and then had to paint this mirror to match…

I decided that doing stuff like this is a release for me. Some people have sports, others have TV-I have crafts!

Oh, somewhere in the middle of all this I made this picture frame for a wedding shower gift… cute huh!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Living Room re-do!

What do you get when you combine a roll of painters tape
with 2 of these

and a can of this?

You get this:

6 curtain panels for my newly painted living room.

These were definitely inspired by The Nesters curtains and my friend Laura tipped me off on the idea to paint them.

I love the height and the drama they add. Even my home-decorating challenged roommates like them! And that's saying something!

This was such an easy project, the hardest part was just getting the stripes even. Each drop cloth made 3 panels so in total I think this project was about $30. Way cheaper than buying 6 panels- especially ones that length!

The picture is not the best, but trust me- they look great!!!