Thursday, June 28, 2012

Beachy Bathroom Updates

I didn't take on any super major projects while I was home on maternity leave, but I did use the time to get some little updates that have been on my to-do list for a while, out of the way.
Top o'the list was getting the guest/Redhead's bathroom upstairs finished.
The 'bones' work has been complete for a while, but I've been needing just a couple small additions to officially call it "done".
For now, anyway. ;)
Finally, I can check it off the list...

The first thing I did, and the biggest change, was to replace the bright white shower curtain with this warm ivory one.  I love the original waffle-weave curtain, but the bright white was fighting with my ivory wall and the more I looked at it, the more it bugged me.
I found this simple ruched ivory one and was reminded of some of the beautiful ruffled curtains from Anthro. this season.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Back At It...


Remember when I said I was going to be blogging during my maternity leave? 
Well I kind of lied. 

I mean, it wasn't intentional... I PLANNED to... I just.....

Luckily, I had a stable of super talented gals lined up to guest-blog for me, and I really hope you enjoyed seeing what they've been up to. 
I'm so super appreciative that they took the time to cover for me while I spent time with THIS adorable smooshy mound of baby goodness:

I know, right?  :)

OK, so I'm sorry about not so much blogging during my break, but don't think I was totally devoid of projects (impossible! :) )! 
I took advantage of all the naptime I could, and was able to check off a few updates around the house that have been on my to-do list for some time.
Earth shattering? Nope.  BUT it feels great to have them done. 
And to get to snuggle with this chubby little sweetpea when she woke up? 
Contemplating the new trim color and paint in the kitchen

Well that's just icing on the baby-lotion-scented cake. ;)

I need to take some pictures of what I've been up to, but hang in there with me as I get back in the swing of things.  As always, thanks for stopping by The V Side! 
I'm glad you're here. :)


Monday, June 18, 2012

V Side Favorites: Beneath My Heart

Hey Folks!  I'm back with the last of my "V Side Favorites" guest blogger series!
Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to Traci from Beneath My Heart.
When I found Traci's blog, I was immediately drawn to her weekly feature "Wednesdays with Wanda."  In those columns, Traci shared life lessons on everything from faith and family to recipes, decorating and good living - lessons learned from her dear mom, Wanda, whom she lost a few years ago.  I was touched by Traci's love for her mom, and found myself going back for more.  And more. 
And soon I discovered that Traci and I have a lot of the same tastes in common, though she and her husband take DIY to a whole new level!
I hope you enjoy!
Thanks, Traci, for stopping by - take it away! :)


My name is Traci, and I blog at Beneath My Heart!


I am so excited to be guest posting on Emily’s blog today!
 I wanted to share with you a little project I completed a while back, but I still love very much.


I was need a tablecloth for the table in our guest house at our previous home.

I found what I wanted in my favorite inspiration spot…the Ballard Designs catalog.

It is a burlap tablecloth with jute trim and sells for $85.00.

Of course I said, “Why buy it, when I can make it?” So I went to Hobby Lobby and got 4 1/2 yards of burlap. I like their burlap because it is a softer, smoother material, and it doesn’t stink like most burlap. :) Their burlap was on sale for $1.99 a yard, so it cost me only $9.00.
And here is the table I was going to use. It was a small patio table that Mom and Dad had on their back porch. Since I was covering it with a tablecloth, it didn’t matter what it looked like underneath! And it was the perfect size. (And price…FREE!)
Here’s how I measured it:
(Do not laugh at my drawing! I just really thought you would need to see this part if you wanted to make your own tablecloth. You would just use the measurements of the table you were using, not mine, of course.)
That is a total length of 94 inches. My burlap was 45 inches wide. So I folded it over lengthwise 47 inches (half of the 94 inches I needed.) I did that TWICE, so I would have two identical pieces.
Then I took one of those pieces and cut it right down the middle.
I laid the two smaller pieces on both sides of the larger piece. I unfolded them to show you what it would look like.
Then I sewed each of the two smaller pieces to each side of the whole piece.
Ladies, I didn’t even pin the pieces together! I just held the pieces together on the sewing machine and sewed a straight stitch all the way down. The burlap did well this way. I wouldn’t be able to do that with every fabric. And I wasn’t worried if the ends matched up perfectly because I knew I would be trimming it and adding fringe.
(The reason you add two smaller pieces to the side is so that you don’t have a seam running down the middle of the top of your table. Doing it this way keeps the seams on the sides of the table.)
Now, we are almost finished. You need to fold this entire piece in half (from top to bottom). IMG_3936
Then fold it in half again, just like folding a piece of paper (from side to side). IMG_3937
Since the total length of my tablecloth was 94 inches, I needed to take half that amount to measure where I was going to cut the material, which was 47 inches. Since I couldn’t find my sewing tape measure, I used my husband’s metal tape measure to cut a string 47 inches long. My oldest son helped me with this part. He held the string at the top corner of the material, as I measured. IMG_3949
Then I drew a line from one side to the other to show where to cut. IMG_3950
(My son told me I should leave the scissors on the material to show you guys that I cut it with them. How cute is that?)
The angle at which I took this picture makes the right side look long than the other side, but they are both 47 inches long. Then I put it on the table to see if it worked. (I was doubting myself a little at this point.) But it DID!
I still needed to add some fringe to the bottom. I found some at Hobby Lobby that I loved, but even with the 40% off coupon, it was still pretty pricey. So I am on the hunt for a bargain, or a homemade version.
But even without the trim, I am very pleased with the results.
It created a great spot for our guests to eat! IMG_3984
The two black chairs on each side of the table were purchased at Goodwill for $30.00. They looked like this when I bought them…
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And after I re-did them, they looked like this..chairs 019You can read about that project HERE.
Thanks for letting me share this little project with you!

Check out Beneath My Heart to check on the progress of Traci's latest project, adding an entire 2nd story to the fixer-upper they recently purchased on an acerage. Her kitchen reno alone is amazing!
Thanks Traci for stopping by The V Side!


Monday, June 11, 2012

V Side Favorites: Full of Great Ideas

Continuing our V Side Favorites series, today I'd like to introduce you to Stephanie, from Full of Great Ideas.  If you haven't stopped by her blog, you need to.
I honestly can't remember when or how I first came across her blog, but I responded to her call for guest bloggers earlier this year.  I was shocked to find out that she was not only happy to have me as a guest blogger, but she also already followed On the V Side!  
That was A) super duper flattering and B) totally coincidental - small world, right?

Anyhow, I am in awe of Stephanie's frugalista mojo.  
She and her family take one month out of the year and do a 100% zero-spend-on-non-essentials.
An entire MONTH!  
AND, she still comes up with super cool projects, even when she's not spending a dime.
Y'all know I'm impressed. :)

Without further ado... take it away Stephanie!

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Hi, I am Stephanie, the frugalista responsible for the Full of Great Ideas blog.
When Emily asked if I would be interested in guest posting at 'On the V Side' while she focuses on her new little one, I immediately said yes.
I absolutely love her blog and am thrilled to share a few of my favorite ideas with all of you. I hope you like them and can recreate some yourself.
So, thank you Emily for this wonderful opportunity.

Full of Great Ideas is dedicated to sharing inexpensive, simple and frugal home decor and craft ideas. I pride myself on saving money by upgrading my builder grade house on a dime, making most of my gifts, re-purposing things you can find around your house and by finding a cheaper way to recreate things that normally cost a lot of money for a fraction of the price.
In fact, I have created almost 40 unique gifts all for under $30.

Birth Announcement/Wedding Art Tutorial

The first idea that I thought I'd share, is something that almost all of us can use to create an extremely reasonable but personal gift idea. I have created a step by step tutorial on how to make your own Birth Announcement/Wedding Date Art. I also provide a link to where you can find the numbers for free! It costs $0 to design, under $1 to have printed and a few dollars to frame. So for next to nothing you can create a great gift for a baby shower, wedding shower, anniversary, wedding...the possibilities are endless. If you do not want to make this yourself, you can leave a comment and I will send you a template.

Frame Large Mirrors

The second idea I wanted to share with you was my solution to those big builder grade mirrors we are all plagued with in our homes. I framed both our large mirrors with cheap trim and some crown molding.  It took us a few hours and around $30 each, and we had amazing transformations.

$0 Budget Month

Emily guest posted on my site for this year's $0 Budget month. Once a year my family and I spend a full month not spending any money on non-essentials, and by essentials I mean only fresh fruits and veggies, dairy product, etc. For 31 days we could not step foot in a Dollar Store, home decor store and craft store! I did not spend a dime on crafts, clothing and home decorating. We have done this challenge two years in a row and are amazed at how easy it is and how much money we save.
So out of this came a full page on my blog of $0 craft ideas. There are some pretty big idea and some small ones too.  

Here is one of my personal favorites $0 budget ideas, a stair basket I made out of an old cardboard box and covered with some leftover fabric.
I want to thank Emily again for this opportunity and hope you will come over to Full of Great Ideas to see some of the other frugal ideas I have!

I hope to see you soon,

Thanks Stephanie for stopping by!!!



Monday, June 4, 2012

V Side Favorites: Take the Side Street

Hey there!  
Today I'm introducing you to another of my favorite bloggers... Anna from Take the Side Street!
I found Anna's blog quite by happy accident:
A long time ago, on a blog entry far, far away, Anna left a comment on one of my posts here On the V Side.  Her comment was funny and I could see in her picture she was a redhead like me (what's not to love about redheads?:) ) so I clicked over to her blog and loved every bit of it.
And I've been stalking her ever since.

I'm certain you've seen a few of her creations making the rounds on Pinterest, because some of them will blow. your. mind.  For reals. 

Hey, y'all! My name is Anna, and I write in a little corner of the web called Take the Side Street. Oh, and I'm not from the South, I just like to say y'all. It's a good word. Here's what it looks like:
And here's what I look like:
First off, a big thank you (and congratulations, squee!) to Emily for inviting me here to say hello to her fabulous readers while she takes some much deserved time to be with family, especially her new little squishy lump of baby sugar who undoubtedly smells suspiciously of Heaven.
 Me, baby hungry? Nah. Okay, maybe just a little.
 I was very flattered when Emily asked me to write a guest post, and naturally I agreed right away. Plus, she said something about campfires and singing. And I am not afraid of a little Karaoke. But first, will there be liquid courage involved? Because I lied, and I am sort of afraid of Karaoke.  

Here's what you need to know about me:
I am a regular girl who is allergic to taking herself too seriously, and who likes to make lists and ramble on. I have a wonderful, good-natured husband and two of the sweetest young boys ever. I'm addicted to decorating my little home, and I love a good DIY project.
The above referenced good-natured husband doesn't always understand or condone my deep-seated love of knocking holes into walls, but luckily for me he understands that I am almost always right... I think that's an important quality in a husband! I believe you can never have too many shoes or books, I have zero self control around doughnuts, I hate folding laundry and cleaning floors, and for our most recent wedding anniversary my husband and I bought five baby chicks... because we're insane, and nothing says "I love you" quite like poultry.
 Here are a few of the projects I've tackled...

IKEA Nightstand Makeover

Boys' Room Makeover

Rustic Chic Centerpiece

Painted & Styled Shelves

DIY Sofa Table Plans
I'd love to have you hop over to see me at Take the Side Street, have a look around, and even become my BIBFF (Best Internet Bloggy Friend Forever). Just you wait, that one's going to catch on.
Thanks again for having me, Emily! 

See?  I told you she was talented!  
And funny!

Thanks, Anna, for stopping by!