Friday, July 30, 2010

Bench Redo

I rescued this old bench in the storage shed of our last house. I threw a coat of primer on it planning on doing more with it someday but never got any farther! Today I decided it was time to finish what I started, I gave it a couple good coats of white spray paint. Here is a picture of it all painted up. Then I got the necessity's for adding a picture to the top. Dr Pepper, and my computer to watch a show while I worked.

I cut stencils from my Cricut, traced them out and filled them in. I set it our under a couple Pine trees by the bird feeder in the front yard a perfect place to relax!

I feel that something is missing though. Can't quite put my finger on it yet. I have to stare at it a bit and see what jumps out at me. Any suggestions?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wilt Proof Flowers

My table has been lacking in the excitement department lately. I like to keep fresh flowers in the house but in this heat we have been having they just don't last more then a day or two! So I decided to take matters into my own hands. I accomplished two tasks while making these flowers. Our house has lilac bushes on 3 sides and they are in desperate need of some dead branch removal. So I went to work and picked out some of the smaller branches to make my flowers. I stuck them in some dollar store vases and stuck some leftover fabric flowers. In about 5 minuets and the cost of 3 vases I had "flowers" that won't wilt in this miserable heat!!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Sponsor!

I would like to introduce you to my first sponsor! Tangle Ridge Furniture. They build quality furniture out of their home. It is rustic and western decor that fits with any decor! I bought a coffee table from them a LOVE it! It is sturdy enough to handle my kids climbing all over it but also looks awesome in my living room! They also offer smaller decor items such as candle holders, photo albums, and jewelry boxes. Have an idea of something you want? Email them! They also do custom orders! Here are a few things that can be found out their web site!

I love this rustic barn wood bathroom cabinet!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Fishin Sign

Mom went into the hospital on Tues so my spare time all week was spent visiting with her instead of making something. I was having major withdrawals by Friday so I spent some time on a little sign I had been wanting to make. I didn't get any pictures of the process because I was so excited to get to set down and make something!
I had seen these paddles at Michales a while back and tucked them away in the little list of things I want to make. I made this sign for the the wall when you go down to the basement. My husband has his little "man cave" in the basement where he has all his mounts and hunting and fishing things displayed. I was afraid it would look too much like the paddle that you use on your children but I think the stripes made it look more like a boat paddle. I painted it a light gray and then painted the stripes on. I used my cricut to cut out the stencils for the words. I sanded it down and brushed some brown glaze over the top.
I really loved these little paddles and have a plan for using them in my bathroom down there also! I couldn't get a good picture of it with out getting glare from somewhere!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dog Bed with Flair

Meet our family fur ball Harvey. His main job around the house is floor clean-up, and he takes his position quite seriously. He's great with the kids, taking anything they dish out without so much as a growl. He is a lot of fun to have around and has his own little entertaining personality.

Harvey needed a new bed so I hit Goodwill and found this little suitcase for $2.99.

I pried the hinges apart and took off the top half. Taped up the hardware and lightly sanded it down.

Next I gave it a couple coats of spray paint and screwed some small blocks to the bottom.

I made a pillow case out of some material I found at Hobby Lobby and covered an old pillow for the inside. Not sure if he will like this better then my favorite chair, but so far he seems to like it!

Clothes Hanger Picture Hangers

I saw this idea a few years ago in Good Housekeeping and loved the simplicity of the idea. I stored it away in my "To do someday" files. I decided to work on it this weekend and it is so simple I loved it! I got a pack of 4 pants hangers for $3.50 at Walmart. Dug out some black and gray card stock and our old but most recent family pictures and went to work!

The trickiest part of the whole project was figuring out how to hang them on the wall. I put two nails under the hing part and hopefully that holds. The boys tend to leave doors open and sometimes we get the vacuum effect going on through the house. Hopefully they won't get knocked off!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Baby Shower!!

Tomorrow I am going to a Baby Shower Brunch for my cousin's wife. While I harbor a secret jealousy of those having babies right now I decided to whip up some gifts. I have both ends covered on this one...burp rags, designer wipe case and a Poopy Clutch (diaper and wipe holder).

First I made a designer wipes case out of a cute scrap of fabric I had.

I found it worked to use the little opening spot at the top of the case to hold down the fabric while I traced the top edges of the case.

I used modge podge to glue the pieces to the top. The layer of glue I put on the top of the fabric left it pretty rough so I took a light grit sanding block to it and it smoothed it right out!

I also made some burp cloths using flannel and terry cloth. I bought a 1/2 yard of terry cloth and a 1/4 yard of 2 different prints of flannel. I was able to get 6 cloths out the fabric with hardly anything left over. I used some embroidery floss and tied knots in them to keep to the two fabrics together.

I saw this tutorial for the Poopy Clutch at I Still Love You and knew I had to make one to go along with the designer wipes case! It was soo easy to make!

Hope this post all makes sense. Im writing this at 12 pm since I just got home from a girls night with my friend Erin. We have been dieing to go see Eclipse since it came out and finally made it! I can't wait for the next one to come out, and am so bummed it's the last!!