Showing posts from January, 2014

Floor Samples to Key Holder

My least favorite text to get from my husband is, "I have both sets of keys," which leaves me at home with nothing to get around on but my own two legs. It doesn't help that our key rings are nearly identical or that we don't really  have "our" cars. We have the kids car and then the other car. Whoever has the kids usually ends up with the van...and often with the van keys with the remote opener. With keys growing legs and walking in and out of pockets, off shelves, and I swear, up and down stairs we needed a better system for keeping an eye on these devious keys.
And why buy something when you can make it for practically free?

Here's what I scrounged up: These were leftover from our kitchen renovation planning which is still in progress...and will be for quite some time. Since baby number three we've switched into basement renovations to create more space. Someday I'll be able to kiss our 80's laminate flooring goodbye. 
 I totally have a …

Paper Beads and Wine

Does anyone else de-stress while crafting & drinking wine? My sister brought some wine from New York and the Grand Valley, Colorado;  they were the perfect pairing with crafting -- cheese and strawberries optional. It helped make rolling paper beads fun. If you've ever made paper beads you'll know that its time consuming, great to do while watching a movie, a long movie. Or catching up on your DVR'd shows. Or having a long conversation with someone.

This project inspired by cereal box hearts at SweetpepperRose. Click Here.

 The kids found the chicken wire by the side of the road and it was the perfect fit for this thrift-ed frame. Score!  The backing was a scrap of linen leftover from a remnant bin.  Love it when the bulk of materials for projects are free or cheap. :)

This is a perfect little "greeting" when we first come in the door. Especially as we move closer to Valentine's Day. Who has our hearts? Our family. :)
I totally love how this turned out and…

Framed Mirror

Gotta love Pinterest and Blogland for some amazingly inspiring ideas! As soon as I saw these framed mirrors I knew I wanted one somewhere. Being totally indecisive it took awhile to narrow down the room, then the wall, then the color of the frame.

Only had one mirror to work with....for now! Guess what I'll be hunting for at the thrift store? 
Here is my garage sale gem mirror.
Its adorable and small. Tiny. Petite. In other words: its not a very practical mirror. Great for bouncing light in a room...not so great for a last minute hair & makeup check as I dash out the door.

And here is the wall I'm redoing for our breakfast nook:

The bottom right square frame will be paired with the mirror. 

MY VERSION: I totally love the pop of orange against the brown wall.

In the bottom of a box I found a handful of burlap scraps which were pieced together and lightly Modpodged onto the frame back.
This is cute, but I want some color!!!!

Good morning sunshine!

Totally open …

Up-cycling a Recyclable

Since updating our  Cozy Breakfast Nook I've been motivated to change the decor in the dining area. I didn't really hate the existing decor, it just lacked color. I've been surfing Pinterest for Tuscan color schemes to add to my color palette board and found some fun ideas!  (How did I waste time pre-Pinterest????) 
Not sure if I'll stick with this shade of red for the final product, but I'm digging it right now. 

Usually the protein/whey containers my husband uses are tossed into the recycle bin. Just so happened to have an empty one in the craft room set aside for **just in case.** It was the perfect size.

Off to create some more colorful additions for the breakfast nook. 

Intentional: My Word for 2014

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Last year's Word of the Year was Savor. The goal was to be a Human-BEing verses Human-DOing. Two weeks later I found out I was pregnant and my energy level plummeted, therefore, I was not in anyway a human-doing. Human-BEing the whole way! I sat in the recliner eating Popsicles all summer and had very few commitments. Not exactly what I had in mind for the year or how I planned to enjoy myself, but it was still an accomplish-able goal. :)

This year's goal: to be intentional, can still encompass the idea of savoring the moments, but adds more focus to my days.

There are also some very specific goals that I want to be intentional about. Like the The Orange Rhino Challenge: a 365 day journey to yell less and love more. I'm tired and admit to some difficulty juggling the 3 kiddos. I completely love each of them but realize that the tone of my voice may not convey that. They'll only be this little once and I want them to remember this time as a hap…

Creating a Cozy Breakfast Nook from Thrift-ed Finds

In our Dave Ramsey fueled purge we sold our cute dining room table. The bulk went to our Emergency Fund and a fraction went to finding a replacement. I was totally thrilled to find the corner bench...something I've always wanted in our dining area. We weren't in love with the pieces we ended up with (except me with the bench) but we knew it was temporary and I could practice some furniture makeover skills on their ugly hydes. 
Table Before: faded, stained, discolored paint...was that intentionally painted yellow or aged? or dirty?  bottom line: it was embarrassing and usually hid under a table cloth

Corner Bench Before:
free because one seat was broken, someone must have jumped on it. quick fix with some spare wood, problem solved.

original paint was in good shape until my kids took to it with markers. why did I think a 3 and 4 year old needed markers, and more importantly, needed them when my back was turned? must have been one of those days where I needed a cheap "babysi…