Sunday, January 31, 2010

Home Project: Beadboard going up & inspiration pictures

Our Entryway in progress...
Thank goodness for sample paints!!  I would've chosen the wrong color!
This wall used to be open to the formal dining room that we closed off for my craft room.
The entryway will look something like this {their after photo}:  from the Lettered Cottage
Mr. B worked on it yesterday a little bit.  It is starting to take shape!
Some more pictures from Jana Eubank's home...seriously awesome mouldings in their house!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Organizing & Cooking: Switching bedrooms & Homemade Pizza

Today I decided to switch Baby K's room with Big A's room.  Her room was bigger and with Big A almost 12 years old, it was time for him to have a larger space for his stuff & his "bigger" friends.
Baby K's room will need:  To be painted & I need to finish her curtains...
Big A's room will need:  Bookshelf, Paint shelf, and make a frame for the large mountain poster.
It will soon hopefully be fabulous for both of them...
{they both have tons of stuff, so it was a great opportunity to purge!}
I tried my friend's pizza dough recipe.
1 1/2 c. warm water
1 TBSP yeast
1/2 tsp salt
3-4 c. flour
Let rise.  Bake at 375 degrees.
It was good, but I think next time I will try my other friend's recipe that includes honey in it!
Have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Craft Room & Shopping: Getting Closer to having a Craft Room & Saving Money

Yesterday, Mr. B and I went to Home Depot to get the lumber that we needed for our projects in the Entryway & Craft Room.  It smells good in the house...maybe they can make a Plug-in smell like
 Fresh Lumber.
We had to laugh because when we were cutting some of the wood there {because you can pay by the foot}, on the cutting table someone wrote:
"God, save me from my wife".
Someone must have been having a hard time. :)
In the craft room we are going to do the Board & Battan style.  I just leaned the strips of wood to check it out.  I tried to mark where the wall wasn't there before and was just open to the entryway. 
Still trying to find a wall color...

I saved over $522.00 dollars today buying all of these clothes from The Children's Place & Gymboree.
I only paid $140 for all of this.  It sounds like a lot still, but I was buying for 4 kids, too!

At the Children's Place, I didn't spend over $3.99 on any of these items {plus my sister let me borrow her 15% off coupon}.  Gymboree was a little bit more, but still a great price {40%, plus an additional 20%}.
Most of all the clothes I bought are for the kids for in the fall/winter this year.  I went first thing this morning and knew 4 gals shopping there...the word gets around fast!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Craft: Beaded "K" {Day16}

Just a fun little Beaded "K" for baby K.  I was inspired by my son's art teacher at school, she had a beaded "Art" hanging on her board.  Super easy!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Craft Room: In the works

Today I have had a lot of random stuff to do.  One thing that I had to do was make a shopping list for my hubby to pick up the beadboard & moulding to get our entryway & my craft room done.  I printed a picture for him to remember what I want it to look like.  {from}
 His folks are coming to town in a couple of weeks, so we definitely want it all done before they get here!
I still need help picking a color...any suggestions for the entry & craft room?  What would you do?

The ultimate craft room from Jana Eubank.  Her house is to die for!

She also posted this on her blog of a craft room...I think it was from a Parade of Homes house.  I LOVE black!

This is Karen Russell's scrap room...I love all of her vintage touches!

I would love this for storage!  My mom used to be a librarian...maybe she would know where to find one...

I have been a fan of Heidi Swapp's for a long time.  I love how she displayed her tags on a curtain rod.

I have a feeling that we are going to get a lot done in the next few days...I will post our progress.  My hubby & I are slow at doing home improvement projects because we usually don't know what the heck we are doing!  Wish us luck!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Card Making: Birthday Card {day15}

Today is my friend's birthday and I made her a quick card.  I missed her b-day luncheon because we took Mr. T lunch at his school.  As I was running out the door, I remembered at the last second to take a picture of it.  {the inside has a real cute large sticker in it with lines on it to write a message...forgot to take a picture of that!  It was a American Crafts Sticker:  click here I love all of their products!}

My little 7 year old Mr. T wanted a Utah State Cake.  He is allergic to eggs, so I made an eggless cake that was delicious!  I think I like it better without eggs. 
I am not very good at decorating cakes, let alone just plain ol' icing them.  I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't rip up the cake as I usually do when I am icing it.
I am sure this is elementary compared to a lot of you, I just had to show it because it was my first successful decoration job! :)

This is the Utah State Logo, for those of you that aren't familiar with it.  Mr. T drew me a picture earlier in the week of what he wanted and put it on the refrigerator, so I wouldn't forget. :)
Enjoy your day!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Craft: Diaper Cake {Day14}

I decorated my first diaper cake last night for a friend who is having her first little one.   Whenever I saw a diaper cake at a shower, I was always a little intimated for some reason.  It was actually quite fun to decorate.  {I love the name Max!}

My sister constructed the tiers of rolled diapers and used rubberbands to group them together.

I used Word to print little sayings.  I used Script MT Bold font.  I have had these chipboard labels for a while and was excited to finally use them for something.  I could see if the font was the right size by just putting the chipboard label up to the screen.

Yes, that is can I do a project this week without using it!!!  I just covered the base that my sister had, it was just a side of a diaper box!

The second tier is a receiving blanket that I got at Target for $2!!  I used all hot glue!  I think my fingertips are getting used to the heat...the heat of crafting!

A couple of years ago I finally learned how to make a bow that looks semi-pro.  I think that the ribbon I used was perfect for making this bow, it didn't have wire.
The top tier is a gift box {target} that we put additional presents in.  I really like how it turned out masculine for a little guy.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Decor: Front Door Part 2 {Day 13}

Here is the Part 2 of my front door decor.  I just finished my rosette heart, it took a while!  My plans are to change the inside of the frame according to the holiday/season.

I used tacky glue on the fabric rosettes and I had to use hot glue on the burlap rosettes.

I had some scrap foam core that I used as the base for the rosettes.  It is about 6 1/2" in size.

Last night on Project Runway, their challenge was to make an outfit out of burlap!  I had to laugh since I have been on a big burlap kick.  I was amazed at what they made, especially with them dying the burlap!

Featured here:
Tortoiseandthehare button

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Decor: Front Door Part 1 {day12}

This is part one of my front door hanging and yes, that is Burlap.  I took several pictures and most of it is self explanatory.  The font that I used on the house number is Kunstler Script, 300 pt.  I just printed it out, then just made the sharpie "bleed" through the paper so it could be really close to the original font.  I am sure that there are easier ways to do everything I do.  I used a lot of hot glue!! :)

I am planning on the part 2 of this project to put seasonal decorations hanging in the middle of the frame.  The frame is an unfinished wood frame from HobLob, 12"x12" size.  It is regularly $9.99, I got it for 50%...never buy anything full price at HobLob!!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sewing Project: Baby Carseat Cover {Day11}

First of all, I haven't been able to get on the computer because of a really bad virus & my bro-in-law was able to fix it last night.  I don't  like it when my computer is sick...
I am still working on my next burlap craft, hopefully today I will get it done.  It is my hubby's birthday, so who knows if I will be able to post it or not later...I have to make him a birthday pie.

So, I thought I would share a sewing project that I did last year for my sister's new baby.  I have never made one of these before, but my sis-in-law, Lara, made my baby one and I used that as a pattern.
I didn't have the mind set while doing this to make it into a tutorial post.  I just cut two different fabrics the same, sewed them right sides together with the ric-rac ribbon in between, turned it right side out.  Then attached the strips of fabric with a cute button for the handle.

I know on they have several sellers that either have them pre-made or patterns to make it.
I wish that I had something like this for my other babies...that would've been handy.
Enjoy your day!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Dream House...Dream Designers...

If I could build a dream house and hire my dream designers...I would hire:
Candice Olson for my Living Room and Media Room

David Bromsted: Art Work and Playroom

Sarah Richardson for Kitchen, Bedrooms & Office {I DVR all of her shows}

Layla Palmer for Dining Room & Reading Room

Tobi Fairley for Family Room and Sun Room

If all of the looks could mesh together...that would be my dream!! 
Who is on your Dream Designer list?