19 January 2010

Back In The Saddle...

So, it's been more than a month since my last post. Bad, bad blogger...I didn't even post pictures of our Christmas decorations. We got a nasty flu bug in our house in December, and with such a big family...well you can imagine how the month went.

Anyway, here's a very small transformation so I can participate at Kimba's today. Before I get to the pictures, let me first apologize for the horrible quality...it seems my daughter has "misplaced" the charger for my camera battery so I had to make do with my iPhone. Hopefully, you'll get the idea despite the poor quality.

I LOVE letters, words and sayings. My number one love language is the written word, and I *heart* seeing cute, funny and/or meaningful phrases. Since, as you can imagine, I spend ALOT of time in my laundry room, I thought that was the perfect place to post these little phrases and enjoy them.

It all started with your builder basic six panel white door (this is the door that leads to our garage)...

I recommend you NOT follow my lead on this next step! Seriously....I.Do.Not.Recommend.This!

I went to my local hardware store in search of blackboard paint. I live in a VERY small town, and wouldn't you know it, they only had it available in spray form. I REALLY wanted this done NOW, so I bought a couple cans and brought it home. I taped off the cabinets, washer/dryer, walls, floor, and ceiling with plastic drop cloths and began spraying away. Clearly, though I love the written word, I failed to read the warning on the can to use this product in a well-ventilated area. Let's just say I was VERY dizzy for quite awhile after completion.

BUT...Look what I got out of it...a big beautiful canvas to fill up with words to my heart's content...

I also tied a cute little chalkboard tag onto a basket I already had with a fabric scrap to hold my chalkl (These chalk markers from Michael's are the best thing ever!)

After letting the paint cure for 24 hours, I covered the ENTIRE door with (regular) chalk to "prime" the surface (see I can read instructions if I want to). Then the fun part...filling up the door with things that make me smile...

I have a million and one other projects on the to-do list, but Mother Nature is not cooperating. It is raining cats and dogs around here and most of my projects require spray paint. Let's just say I learned my lesson...I will NOT be spray painting in a fully enclosed room again any time soon.

For more fun DIY projects head on over to DIY Day at Kimba's.



02 December 2009

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like....


All the beautifully decorated homes I'm seeing across blogland make me feel a little behind on the 8 ball. BUT I am on my way to catching up. The boxes are down and Christmas has vomited all over my dining room. Here's just a small taste of what my dining room looks like right about now...

And HERE'S a sneak peek at what it will eventually all look like...just ignore the wrinkled stockings please...I'll get there...

Off to finish up my HO HO HO~ING!

Happy December!


26 November 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Thou hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, - a grateful heart;
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if Thy blessings had spare days,
But such a heart whose pulse may be Thy praise.
~George Herbert

I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. Psalm 69:30

23 November 2009

Master Bedroom Art

We have a vaulted ceiling above our headboard in our master bedroom. I have been searching for the perfect piece of (LARGE) art for years. My search has yielded semi-affordable options that I don't love OR completely unaffordable options with which I am completely enamored. Sigh... I am so tired of looking at that huge space of blank wall. While thrifting a couple of weeks ago, I found this very large, but very ugly painting for $4.

I scrounged around the garage and found two cheapo dollar tree 8X10 frames, and a discarded (because the glass was broken) 11X14 frame. Rummaged through my fabric scraps and found a piece large enough to cover the original picture. And finally, ran out and bought two 7" letters and one 10" letter for our initials.

First I spray painted the frames and letters a dark brown.

Then I brushed on (wiping excess away) gold craft paint.

Assembly was a piece of cake. Cover original picture with fabric, install back into large frame, center and hang frames on fabric covered background, center and install letters within smaller frames. Hang and enjoy!

It's certainly not gallery worthy, but it meets my need for something over the bed! And for under $10 to boot!

Now go visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for more great ideas!


22 November 2009

A Kid Friendly Project

In mid October, Maison, Kenzie and I spent a few days at our favorite hotel in Memphis. While there, we worked on a little project...something for each of them to use to put a personal mark on their bedrooms. It was easy peasy and lots of fun! We purchased all our supplies at Hobby Lobby and got to work.

~Chipboard Letters
~Various, personally picked scrapbook papers
~Acrylic paint
~Mod Podge
~Foam brushes
~Hobby Lobby's yummy pumpkin spice candle to make the hotel room smell like home!






And the reason this is our favorite hotel in Memphis...an indoor pool, that is heated extra, extra warm in the cooler months!

I think they turned out great, and the kids are SO proud of them! Now, of course, James and Brianna want some for their rooms.

Now go see Kimba at A Soft Place To Land for DIY Day and lots of ideas!



With Not A Minute To Spare...

I thought I'd post a few of my Fall decoration pictures...since there are only a few days of life left in them. I have neglected the blog woefully...life seems to keep getting in the way. So without further adieu...







I asked my daughter to take a few photos to capture our Fall decor. There is much more, but this is what she came up with...and since Christmas is upon us...I'm calling it good for the old blog this year. Thanks for looking. Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!



18 August 2009

We interrupt the regularly scheduled post for....a FABULOUS giveaway!

So one of my favorite blogs is having a fabulous giveaway today. Melissa at The Inspired Room is hosting it. It is this fabulous, genuine, one-of-a-kind, antique grainsack...

Visit her site to enter for yourself!

Good luck....well, sort of....since I really want to win it.

Happy Tuesday!