Thursday, January 1, 2015

Giant DIY Magnet Board

Happy New Year!

Updating The Redhead’s room has been a series of baby steps.  The major players are in and in use, but the details are coming slowly.  And as busy as these days are lately, that’s about all I can manage :)

The Redhead is my artistic child and is always creating.  *Always*.  And I’ve learned firsthand that she is positively WOUNDED if/when any one of those creations somehow finds its way into the circular file.
So, she has her own accordion file system for all her priceless works.  And while I love to display kid artwork, I needed to stop her from taping things up on the walls all over the house. 

I had an expanse of wall space in a corner of her room, which seemed the perfect place for a giant magnet board she could fill to her heart’s content.

I started with an old standby: a large, open-back frame from the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby.  It never fails, people. It’s a treasure chest of cheap (formerly pricey) frames.  A little bit of paint and it’s perfect.

I measured the inside, and in the interest of being cheap frugal, I looked through our scrap pile to see if we had anything already on-hand that could be cut to fit.

I found a winner with a leftover piece of pegboard!

We cut it to fit, then layered on these two sheets of galvanized sheet metal (yeah, I dinged that one up getting it into my car, but it’s going to be covered in fabric so no big deal).  The sheets were around $9 each at Home Depot.

I used liquid nails and just adhered them right to the pegboard and let it dry overnight for good measure.  The metal didn’t 100% cover the board, but that was all right with me: The Redhead can’t reach the top, and since I wasn’t planning on investing a whole lot into this project from the get-go, I wasn’t about to take on shearing metal and trying to make it fit, all without slicing off a finger or two.   

Nope, this will do just fine. :)

Once it was dry, I just wrapped the entire thing in this cool greek key/geometric print (make sure your lines are straight and you pull your fabric tight!).  I just secured the fabric with hot glue on the back (the back is a hot mess but who’s going to see? :) )

Because of the weight, I used heavy-duty hangers on each side – no hanging wire here.

 She has loved having it in her room!

I made the glittery magnets using a roll of magnet tape that I just stuck glitter tape to and then trimmed (with regular scissors).  The magnets add the perfect amount of “bling” to the board without being obnoxious, and the board itself provides a ton of space for masterpieces :) 

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Last Little Bit of Fall..

Well, Thanksgiving is about 48 hours away, which means I still have time to share some fall decor before we go full-on Christmas up in here.

This year I pared things back quite a bit.
I'd like to think I was making a conscious, intelligent commentary about simplifying for the season, but the truth was, I was busy.  And, I didn't really want to haul a bunch of stuff out of the storage room, so we went fairly minimal this year. 
And I've kind of loved it.

Adding a $2 mum from Lowe's gave me some sunshiney color on my kitchen table, and I didn't have to dig through a single box.  WIN. :)

This time of year is when things start to get cozy and I love that.
You don't have to use fall colors to get across a warm feeling.
I love pairing different textures for an overall snuggly feel.

Whoooooo are you lookin' at?
(sorry, I'll show myself out. :) )

Fall decor shared, and it's still November.
Made it under the buzzer. ;)

Have a lovely Thanksgiving!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Holiday Hosting: Making it Personal

The holidays are here, and it’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!
If you’re hosting, it might be the most Stressful time of the year.

Everybody wants to create the perfect holiday for family and friends.  And it’s so easy to cruise online to look for ideas… only to end up having a minor heart attack seeing all the beautiful, lavish ideas—picture-perfect holiday dinners with every perfect detail in place…it’s overwhelming!

But I’ll let you in on a little secret: you don’t have to have a Gwenyth Paltrow-styled table and a feast that looks like it leapt off the pages of Food & Wine magazine in order to have a lovely, memorable celebration.
The easiest way to make your holiday meaningful?
 Here are a couple super-simple, inexpensive and super-EASY little touches to your holiday table that will leave your guests feeling the love (perfect turkey or not!).

Photos are a no-brainer way to personalize pretty much anything.
For these projects, I just uploaded all my photos to Shutterfly and had them printed in one chunk.  (They always seem to have about a hundred sweet promotions going on, and delivery right to my door was another no-brainer—it saved me a trip to pick them up at the drugstore. Because ain’t nobody got time for that! ;) )

 I picked up these inexpensive clear glass ornaments at the craft store.


From there, this project took about 14 seconds, so pay attention:

Simply cut or crop your photo to size, then use Modge Podge to adhere the photo flush to the back of the ornament (it will dry clear and invisible).

Add a name tag and some ribbon, and voila!  For some added pizzazz, I poured some every day table salt inside the ornament to create “snow.”
Winter Wonderland! :)

These make the perfect place cards for your holiday meal, and your guests will love to take them home and hang on their own trees!

Here’s another way to use your photos to make a memorable, personal holiday:

A Photo Table Runner

Again, going back to your stack o’photos from Shutterfly, choose your favorites and arrange the pictures in a collage – use a glue stick to lightly adhere the overlapping portions. 

Once you have it arranged how you want, I strongly recommend having it laminated to protect it from stains and spills, and so you can re-use it in the future. 

You can buy laminating sheets from an office supply store, OR you can make friends with a teacher—they have access to all the good stuff. ;)

These projects are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to making your holiday celebration special and adding personal touches, and using photos is such an easy way to do that! Remember, you don’t need to break the bank this holiday season. Keep it simple and sweet.

Make custom picture gift tags!
Blow up photos into placemats! 
Make your own personalized gift wrap!

See what I mean? :)

Happy Holidays!

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

More About Me ;)

Because really, who doesn't want to know more about ME?
(HA HA HA, she said. ;) )

I'm working on a post about an addition to The Redhead's room that's rather large (in size) but small (in effort needed to complete it) with some fun fabric.  Stay tuned!

I'm still finishing things up, but in the meantime you can check out an interview I did with Floor Coverings International if you're interested to learn more about my style, my philosophy on DIY and Home Decor, and how On the V Side came to be.

Fun stuff!


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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Catching Up

Hey there friends, sorry for the radio silence.
Come on in.
There’s been a lot happening here on the V Side since I last left you.

I won’t bog you down with the details, but here’s the rundown:

This summer was a tough one.   
- After a long journey, we lost my aunt, a very special lady.

With my Mom

Simply put, we miss her.

- Not long after, we had to unexpectedly say goodbye to my Newman.  
 I’ll admit, my heart was (is) broken. 

 Regardless of human or animal, cancer is cruel.

Fact: Newman was the second-most inquired about and third most searched-for element of this blog.   
And understandably so – handsome AND charming. :)

-  We sent The Redhead off to kindergarten. 

 Girl was so excited I couldn’t even cry; I was so happy for her.  She is growing a lot and we’re discovering some learning curves, but that’s what life is about and overall she is killing it.

- I spent six weeks working from home to cover a gap in childcare for The General. 
 She's one of a kind, that child of mine.
We had fun and I’m so, SO fortunate my company was able to work with me to make it happen because we really were in a pinch. 
 I loved having that one-on-one time with her
AND her amazing hide-and-seek skills:

BUT, the work/life balance really suffered and it took its toll on me.  I was exhausted, juggling, and there was no time for the truckload of projects I was hoping to accomplish. 

But hey!  We’ve made it through and we’re on the other side.  I’m still trying to organize and juggle and make sense of our crazy schedules right now, but things are back on track. (Promise!)  Thank you so much to those of you who were so sweet to send me emails wondering if things were ok, and sending just general nice notes and encouragement. 
You guys.  Just, you.  Me. Smiling. :)

I am working on some upcoming posts for you.  Just gotta dust off the camera and the old typin’ fingers and we’ll be off to the races.

Thanks for hanging in there with me.
Now let’s do this.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Room Swappin' [Little Big Girl Room Updates]

Boy, they grow up fast, don’t they?

It seems like it wasn’t too long ago that we were giving The Redhead her new, “Big Girl” room and making way for General CB (she’s The General because she’s most definitely the one calling the shots around here.  At least, if you ask her…  ;) ) in the nursery.

Well, just a few short years later and it’s time for yet another transition.  The General was ready.  Time to move out of the crib and into the next phase.  And that means, she needed a new bed.  Coincidentally, The Redhead has been begging for a bigger bed.  She’s convinced she’s just “TOO tall and TOO big” for a twin bed.  (girl, please.)  I think she had bed-envy of a cousin and friend or two.  Who knows.  At any rate, we figured the time was right.

So, Commence the Great Bed Swap of 2014!

Such is the life of a second child, The General is rocking the [albeit super sweet] hand-me-down room.  And she digs it.  Gone is the Silver Sage and Chocolate nursery and in with the green and lavender Ladies’ Room. 
She’s Big Time.

(needing accessories and TLC.. and sorry for the crappy phone pic)

(Oh how I'll miss this sweet nursery)

To address some questions we’ve gotten, even though her crib does turn into a toddler bed, with our kids we’ve found the transition goes much smoother going direct-to-big-bed.  We’ve found it curbs the temptation for the little people to crawl out of bed and explore when they’re supposed to be snoozing.  It’s what worked for us.

I’m still working on the details and accessories, need to touch up some paint here and there, but overall we are all systems go in here.
In The Redhead’s room, there’s a much more dramatic change going on, from sweet pigtailed toddler to a kindergartener who I’m learning really loves “making things pretty” and is full of opinions about her room.  

I’ll leave you with a sneak peek while The Redhead and I collaborate on some of the finishing touches for her new, sophisticated pad.

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